Success is a marathon

photo of Katie Bules with graduation gown and capAnybody you ask will tell you that Katie Bules, B.B.A.’19, is not one to do things halfway. As an integrated supply management student, she constantly immersed herself in new trends and self-improvement tactics she garnered from podcasts and business articles or books. In her personal life, she lists marathon training as a hobby. Last year, she ran a half marathon and a full marathon and she’s just getting started.

Bules dove into the full Haworth College of Business experience; serving as Chi Omega treasurer and director of career and personal development, APICS director of case competitions and a Communities in Schools volunteer. She was named a WMU Presidential Scholar in 2019. She offers the following advice to students:

  • Take a proactive role in your learning.
  • Get engaged—inside and outside the classroom.
  • Find a hobby, group or activity, purely for enjoyment.
  • Go abroad—you will learn so much from spending time immersed in another culture.

Bules began a position post-graduation as a member of The Kellogg Company’s supply chain rotational program. She credits the college’s major-specific career fair for connecting her to both companies she interned for—Whirlpool and PNC and to Kellogg’s. She knows the importance of viewing success as a marathon, not a sprint. “Success is not only about overcoming obstacles, it is what you learn about yourself in the process. It requires a positive outlook and sustained work ethic throughout your lifetime.”