Zoe Makropoulos, BS '17: "Business was the last thing I wanted to do"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 Distinguished Leadership Award Winner: Zoe Makropoulos, Rutgers Business School – New Brunswick Undergraduate Program

The dean's Distinguished Leadership Award was created in 2011 to recognize student leaders from Rutgers Business School's graduate programs and its undergraduate programs in Newark and New Brunswick. The award is given to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, service to RBS and leadership potential. The name of each recipient is engraved on the Rutgers Business School bell, honoring them for posterity.

Zoe Makropoulos, left, and Amelia Seecharan carried the Rutgers Business School bell at the Rutgers University Commencement on May 17.

Zoe Makropoulos, left, and Amelia Seecharan carried the Rutgers Business School bell at the Rutgers University Commencement on May 17.

The three Distinguished Leadership Award recipients for 2017 carried the Rutgers Business School bell and led the graduating class procession into High Point Solutions Stadium during Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Zoe Makropoulos, BS '17Zoe Makropoulos, who majored in marketing, is a recipient of this year's award.  After graduation, Makropoulos will continue to work as a marketing & digital media intern at Rutgers Business School.

Makropoulos said: "Prior to coming to Rutgers, business was the last thing I wanted to do." 

"Both of my parents worked in business sectors and I envisioned business as nothing more than working in a cubicle for the rest of my life," she continued. "When I was accepted into Rutgers Business School (RBS), I was still extremely skeptical as to what I wanted to do.

"Four years later, I realize it was the best decision I ever made. In my time here I learned so quickly and frequently that business is far more than just working in a cubicle. Business is everything. 

"My greatest experience came from teaching a class of my own as a peer instructor through Rutgers University's First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS) program. Teaching a group of first year business students is the definition of coming full circle in my four years here. 

"Bringing all of the knowledge and experiences I faced in my time here to these students made me realize how truly fortunate I am to have had such an amazing school to mentor me. I am a huge advocate of paying forward all of the experiences we face. The students in my course taught me so much in the 10 weeks we shared together and I know that each of them will go on to be successful in all that they do.

"The students, faculty and staff at RBS have taught me what business really is, to challenge myself, and they gave me the opportunity to gain a world of perspectives in and out of the classroom."

-Sean Ireland

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