With another successful Commencement behind us, High Point University graduates are commencing prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the Class of 2020:
Name: Morgan Davis
Hometown: Douglassville, Pennsylvania
Post-graduation plans: Davis joins Qualtrics as a sales development representative, where she will be responsible for contacting leaders and executives in organizations of all sizes across many verticals. She will focus on helping leaders gain insights about their market, customers and employees, which allows them to make quicker decisions driven by data.
How HPU helped you get there: “High Point University provided me with every opportunity and tool needed to succeed. Everyone at HPU wants to help you succeed in and out of the classroom. My professors were always there if I needed a helping hand or someone to talk to. The Sales Club and my sales professors helped me secure a job post-graduation. Each semester, the Sales Club hosts a Career Fair for its members. Students can interview for internships and full-time positions with recruiters from successful companies. Professor Randy Moser was my sales professor and taught me multiple tips and tricks, such as the two-minute drill. He helped prepare me for interviews, ensuring I felt confident and composed for the Career Fair. I was challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone throughout my time at HPU which has helped prepare me for the professional world. When I switched to the Earl N. Phillips School of Business during my sophomore year I did not have a LinkedIn profile or an updated resume and cover letter. The Office of Career and Professional Development helped me create a LinkedIn profile and update my resume, along with my cover letter. The Office of Career and Professional Development knows what companies are looking for and assisted me each time I needed to tweak my resume and cover letter. I interviewed with Qualtrics recruiters during the Sales Career Fair. Later that night, I received a text from one of the recruiters asking if I would like to attend a happy hour. The happy hour was with a few other students and the Qualtrics recruiting team. I felt comfortable and prepared for this type of setting because of my sales classes with Professor Randy Moser.”
Most impactful mentor at HPU: “Throughout my time at High Point University, I built meaningful relationships with my professors in the Entrepreneurship and Sales Departments. My most impactful mentor at HPU was Professor Kathy Elliott. I took my first class with Professor Elliott after switching into the Phillips School of Business during my sophomore year. She believed in me and pushed me out of my comfort zone. This allowed me to grow personally and professionally, instilling confidence in my abilities. Professor Elliott was always there if I had a question or to simply take a break and chat.”
Most impactful moment at HPU: “My most impactful moment at HPU was getting the opportunity to study abroad. HPU opened up many doors and I was able to complete a Maymester in Spain and a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia. Studying abroad enriched my degree program by allowing me to improve my knowledge and understanding of how business is conducted on a global scale. This allowed me to broaden my worldview by exposing me to new cultures and forcing me to expand my thoughts and ethics. When I returned to High Point University, I was able to provide an international perspective in classroom discussions.”
Advice for underclassmen: “HPU provides students with an abundance of resources. My advice is to get involved and utilize the resources HPU has available. Join the Sales Club, the Entrepreneurship Club, study abroad, and build relationships with your professors. It is also important to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. This will help you grow personally and professionally. Lastly, enjoy your time at HPU because four years goes by in the blink of an eye.”