Meet Anna Selig
Major: Business and Enterprise Management
Hometown: Durham, NC
Anna was awarded the Spirit of Wayne Calloway Award by the business school faculty for her responsibility, integrity and commitment to personal and professional growth. “The business school’s culture, mission and values have truly shaped my college career,” says Anna. “I’m honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of individuals.” After graduation, Anna will join Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston as a marketing and sales junior manager.
Q: What made you decide to come to Wake Forest?
A: I’m from a family of “Dukies” from Durham, N.C., and I’m the first in my family to come to Wake Forest. As a sophomore in high school I visited the campus for a football game against Duke and fell in love. I applied early decision, found out I was accepted October of senior year and the rest is history.
I specifically chose to study business at Wake Forest because the business school not only gives students the tools and abilities to be successful right out of school, it teaches leadership and relationship skills that will carry students through their careers. Being a well-rounded person in the work force is one of the main reasons I chose the business school — and luckily it chose me too!
Q: What interests you about marketing?
A: I’ve always wanted to be in the marketing realm but didn’t know quite what that meant. I loved the idea of mixing creativity and personal interactions in the workplace. As I learned more about the study of business, I realized that not only would a business major allow me to do these things, but at Wake Forest, I could also choose a concentration in marketing as part of my degree.
Q: How have you changed since your first days on campus?
A: The most surprising way I’ve changed is that I now know the value of learning the stories of the people around me. In the first days, it was just “what is your name again?” But now I really take the time to learn about people so that I can better relate to them.
Q: Have you participated in any internships or held leadership positions on campus?
A: I spent last summer as a marketing intern at the Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston. Through the internship I was able to install major campaigns for the hotel at large, as well as three restaurants and two bars. I learned so much about everything from client-side marketing and event planning to food and beverage and hospitality. I’ll be returning there full-time after graduation.
I worked in the Benson University Center on campus as a student manager of the marketing team and was named Student Manager of the Year, and I was president of my sorority, Kappa Delta. I was also the secretary of the Panhellenic Council, Secretary of Order of Omega Honors Society, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honors Society).
Q: Who has most influenced you during your time at Wake Forest?
A: So many people have had a huge influence on my time at Wake. Most of all, I would like to thank James Buckley, John Ceneviva, Bob Fly, and Julie Wayne. They have all taught me different lessons and truly have helped me along the way to become who I am today.
Q: What is the best advice you were given during your time at Wake Forest?
A: A friend gave me the best advice: Don’t forget to look back. At first I had no idea what this meant. But throughout these four years I’ve learned that what she meant was do not forget what got you to where you are, and how much hard work, dedication and caring propelled you. Wake Forest has allowed me to really excel, but I have made sure to always look back and smile. I cannot put into words how much my experience in the business school has shaped who I am. I’ll continue to work hard to show the world how strong our school is. I’m so proud to be graduating a business school Demon Deacon.