BOWLING GREEN – Anika Singhania wants to become a computer programmer, but in the past few days, she has enjoyed learning about the business world.
Miss Singhania, a Sylvania native, is one of 38 rising high school seniors attending Bowling Green State University’s Young Women in Business Leadership camp this week. This year marks the second year Bowling Green is putting on the camp.
As Miss Singhania has learned about the business world, she’s seen how business could fit into her desire to be a computer programmer.
“I think hand-in-hand with any job is business, and maybe I want to be an entrepreneur,” Miss Singhania said.
Students from Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan are attending the camp, which started Sunday and runs through Thursday. The students are getting a taste of college life as they live in residence halls.
Lessons include learning how to be an entrepreneur, developing leadership skills, and building a personal brand. The importance of network is stressed during the camp, too, with students meeting college faculty and business leaders during the week.
Skyler Pachell, a Perrysburg native, said she didn’t expect the camp to be so focused on networking, but she and other students have written down people’s contact information.
“They’ve really expressed how important it is to keep in touch with everyone you meet, just in case you do have those connections later on,” Miss Pachell said.
Along with learning about business and networking, the students were also given $100 to do a community service project during the week.
Susan Kosakowski, a recruiting manager for BGSU’s College of Business, said that one group of students bought toys for the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.
Mrs. Kosakowski added she appreciates how the camp helps introduce and prepare young women for the business world.
“We want to empower these young ladies to become valuable assets in businesses around the world,” Mrs. Kosakowski said.
On Tuesday morning, Mrs. Kosakowski taught an interactive class called “The Biz X Experience.” It showed students about data analysis, data gathering, and customer service.
Miss Pachell said her favorite part of the camp has been meeting new people. She added she has enjoyed hanging out with other students in the dorms and playing the card game “Apples to Apples.”
“I’ve honestly have had the best time ever here, and I’m happy I came,” Miss Pachell said.
The camp costs $150, with additional costs underwritten by Bowling Green’s yearly Women in Leadership Conference.