College of Business Graduating Senior Jazzmin Speziali Earns a Degree and Finds a Home
Written by Bailey Smith, Communications Intern
While in high school, a college degree was a dream for Jazzmin Speziali, a senior from Whitehouse, Ohio studying business analytics and intelligence. This month, she’ll fulfill her dream with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. And, more importantly, while pursuing her degree, she found a new home in the College of Business at Bowling Green State University.
At 16, Jazzmin became independent and was responsible for her living expenses and paying for college. She worked strenuously balancing education with her job of 30 hours a week to support herself. Thankfully, she was able to take advantage of Ohio’s College Credit Plus Program and attend BGSU during high school to get an early start on her college degree. Her hard work and dedication enabled her to attend BGSU and graduate in four years debt-free.
Not only has the College of Business helped Jazzmin find a career she is passionate about, it has also helped her develop meaningful personal and professional relationships. Jazzmin identifies Professor Bethany Niese as one of the first people she connected with in the college. She took Professor Niese’s Introduction to Information Systems course and quickly recognized her passion for information technology and data analytics.
Her relationship with Professor Niese connected her with others as well like Bill Blausey, a BGSU alumnus and the Chief Information Officer of Eaton Corporation, a multinational power management company headquartered near Cleveland. One day, Bill was on campus to network with students and Jazzmin was invited to meet him. Shortly thereafter, she attended the job fair and went to the Eaton booth. The Eaton recruiters immediately recognized Jazzmin because they had heard great things from Bill. She ended up receiving an IT Data Analyst internship with Eaton in Pittsburg, PA.
During the internship, Speziali created a training tool for all incoming employees to use for resolving internal IT tickets. Her managers and coworkers were impressed. She earned her second internship with Eaton at their headquarters in Cleveland, OH. After her second internship, she was confident she had chosen the right career path.
Speziali also developed a strong relationship with Professor Christine Seiler, the advisor for the student organization Women in Business Leadership (WIBL). Soon after joining WIBL, she was asked to be the Vice President of Professional Development. Jazzmin also received the Women in Business Leadership Scholarship from Dr. Theresa Popp Braun. The day she received the scholarship at the annual Women in Leadership Conference, Speziali met Dean Braun. The Braun’s encouraged Jazzmin to apply for the College of Business Student Ambassador Program where she is was an executive leader and has made lifelong friendships. Speziali was also a leader of the Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion.
The senior has been looking forward to her graduation ceremony and celebration. Jazzmin is saddened to think that these will not happen as originally planned. But she remains hopeful that seniors will be able to celebrate their graduation with a commencement ceremony at a later date.
Following graduation, Jazzmin hopes to fulfill her data analyst internship with Owens-Illinois in Perrysburg, OH. Beyond that, she hopes to obtain a full-time position as an IT project manager, become certified by the Project Management Institute, and possibly earn an MBA.
As she starts the next chapter of her life, Speziali will miss her home at BGSU. She credits the College of Business for allowing her to mature into a successful student, and future business leader with a meaningful network. Jazzmin hopes to someday be a proud alumnus that continues to engage with the college.
“The College of Business was an environment for me to bloom by helping me identify an exciting career, confirming my career choice through internships, and developing relationships that have helped me thrive. I will forever consider BGSU my home,” Speziali said.