Megan Shekleton, BSBA
Marketing '11, has traveled to
India and China so far as an
BSBA Marketing '11
By Brittany Smythe
BSBA Marketing '11
Marketing junior Megan Shekleton has a passion for traveling and experiencing different cultures.
“From a young age, I was bit with the travel bug, so I knew that whatever career I pursued I wanted it to involve travel,” she says. “I decided on marketing because I love how it connects psychology with business. Studying the consumer and discovering ways to better market a product or company intrigues me.”
While she’s on her way to becoming a world traveler now, Shekleton spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Frankfort, Kentucky, where the biggest store in the city was Walmart and everyone knew everyone else. Her family moved to Tucson, and she attended Salpointe Catholic High School. She was drawn to the University of Arizona because she recognized the number of opportunities large universities offer, but also she knew that through the Eller College, she would have access to personalized attention and a close-knit community.
Now a junior in the Eller College, Shekleton has already studied abroad in three different countries. Her first experience, during the summer between her freshman and sophomore year, was a trip to India, led by Global Business Program coordinator Sue Umashankar.
While traveling with Umashankar, Shekleton visited large companies including IBM, Tata, Honeywell, and Infosys, as well as the nonprofit ASSET India Foundation, which was founded by Umashankar’s daughter, Eller alum Nita Umashankar. “The trip to India really opened my eyes to the intricate culture and vast amount of opportunities available for business in a developing country,” she says.
After her acceptance into Eller, Shekleton participated in the inaugural Global Cohort experience in Nanjing, China, last summer. “I learned firsthand the differences and similarities between the American and Chinese cultures, which will aid me in the future in doing business in China,” she says. “While living in China for two months, I did not just learn about these cultural differences through a textbook or a teacher, but I was able to experience them in my everyday life.”
While her ambitions to travel have guided her undergraduate career, she continues to excel in her academics with a cumulative GPA of 3.957. Currently, Shekleton is studying in Florence, Italy, and is taking advantage of the accessibility that Europe provides to so many neighboring countries.
Her involvement with Eller-oriented events goes beyond travel, as well. Last semester, she served as a professional development associate, connecting Eller faculty and students through weekly classroom announcements, job market resources, and workshops offered to a variety of groups on campus. She is also a member of the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity and Chi Omega sorority and is heavily involved in both organizations.
While Delta Sigma Pi has supplied her with the resources become a more polished professional at Eller, Chi Omega has helped her connect with the community through service and philanthropy, plus build her social network. Shekleton is also involved in the American Marketing Association and National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and she recently joined Beta Gamma Sigma.
This summer she will intern as a business analyst for a 10-week project-based program with Target Corporation at its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s another experience that will contribute to her goal of a career in global marketing.
View the wide variety of international programs — from the Global Business Program to study abroad opportunities — available through Eller Undergraduate Programs.