Tessa Johnson BS’20

Name: Tessa Johnson
Hometown: Hanover, MD
Course of study: Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain/Operations Management; double minor in Arts Entrepreneurship and Leadership in a Cross Disciplinary Perspective
Anticipated graduation date: May 2020

Why did you decide to come to NC State? 

I picked NC State because of the culture that comes with being a part of the Wolfpack. No matter where you go in this world you can meet an alum and they will treat you like family. I also love how much the faculty and other students want you to succeed. 

Why did you decide to study supply chain management?

I decided to study supply chain because in today’s society a company’s supply chain can easily persuade a consumer whether or not to buy from that company. Having a transparent and efficient supply chain is becoming more and more important every day. 

What do you like most about the supply chain student experience at NC State / Poole College? 

The thing I like most is the trust I have in my professors. Most of the professors in the department have industry experience and are able to bring students more in-depth insights to the world of supply chain.

Can you describe your internship experiences from your time as a student? 

I have had two internships — the summer between my sophomore and junior year I was given the opportunity to be an Operations Intern at Walmart. The following summer I was an Area Manager Intern at Amazon. In both of these roles I learned incredibly important skills necessary to be a supply chain manager such as data collection, managing associates, and transportation logistics. 

Did you take the supply chain practicum course at Poole College?

Yes, I took the course in the fall of 2019. I was on a team with 2 other students and we worked to complete a project with Caterpillar. Our project was based on forecasting for spare parts of one of Caterpillar’s machines. In this project I was able to use the skills I have learned in my supply chain classes and apply it to a real world example. It was great for us to help Caterpillar to get a better understanding of how they should use forecasting models. 

What does NC State’s motto of “Think and Do” mean to you, and how do you feel it has helped shape your student experience? 

NC State’s motto, “Think and Do”, is something I apply to my everyday life. To me, “Think and Do” means to think outside the box and use creative means of fixing problems. It can be applied to everyday small problems or much bigger problems that can’t be fixed in a single day. 

What other extracurricular activities are you involved with at NC State?

I am a 4th year member and team captain of the NC State Dance Team! We dance at all home football and basketball games along with all parades and pep rallies. We end our year with the NDA Collegiate Nationals in Daytona, FL in April. Being a part of the dance team has allowed me to represent my school in the best way possible. 

What are your plans and / or aspirations for after graduation? How do you feel your student experience has helped prepare you for these?

After graduation I have been given the opportunity to work at Wrigglesworth Enterprises (W.E.) in Wilmington, NC.  At W.E. I will be an Inside Sales Representative and help source products to the local state and federal government. I originally met the owner of W.E. after he attended the Supply Chain Career Fair. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity and I am confident my courses at NC State have set me up for success in this job.


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