Featured Grad: Cole Bruns ’20
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Bloomfield, NE
Activities involved in at Doane: Football, Hansen Leadership Program, Directions program, Newman Club
Plans after graduation: Complete MBA program at Doane, taking courses online
Congrats on graduating, Cole! What was this last year like for you, finishing your undergrad in a pandemic?
This year was very different. It may have presented some challenges for professors and students, but I believe that we have proven that when we all come together, we can push through the hard times. When I look back at it now, I am just grateful that we had the opportunity to continue our education throughout all of this.
You graduated in 3.5 years and took advantage of Doane's Degree+ program, which allows undergraduate students the opportunity to take two MBA courses during their senior year, one each semester. Doane's MBA program is 30 credits, which means you now just need 24 credits to earn your MBA. What interested you about the Degree+ program and when do you hope to earn your master's degree?
I hadn't originally planned to get my MBA when I first came to college. When I first heard about the new Doane degree+ program, I thought that it sounded like a great opportunity. After the first semester of my junior year, I knew that I would be able to finish my undergraduate degree in 3.5 years. This meant that I wouldn't need to go much over four years in total college years to receive my undergraduate degree and MBA. It sounded like too good of an opportunity to pass up. Plus it was another opportunity to push myself, which is something that I always strive for. I currently have my MBA mapped out to be completed in July of 2021.
You mentioned you had an internship with Crete Area Medical Center this year, working with the CFO on staff. What was that experience like for you?
This was my third internship that I was fortunate enough to experience throughout my Doane career and it was an experience that I will never forget. I was able to learn and experience the financial system within healthcare. What made it even more interesting was the current pandemic, which has greatly affected the healthcare finance field. I learned a lot and I'm truly grateful that I was selected as their financial intern of 2020.
What have you enjoyed the most (thus far) about your time as a Doane student?
Doane has presented many new opportunities for my future. What I have enjoyed most is meeting so many great professors, faculty, and fellow students. These are lifelong friendships that truly mean a lot.
What was the most beneficial class you took at Doane and why?
This is a difficult question because there have been so many great courses that I have been able to take. One that specifically stood out to me was Economics 203, which was taught by Professor Manns. This was the introductory econ course. It is well known at Doane that this course is difficult. Going into the first day I didn't know what to expect but later in the course I found an interest in economics. What I liked the most about it was how much it pushed me to grow as a student, which led me into adding economics as a minor. This was just one of the many courses that greatly benefited me throughout my Doane career.
What career aspirations do you have after you earn your MBA?
My future plans are not completely decided, however, I do know that I would like to work within the business and financial fields. I have had three great internships within these fields, which include: commodity trading, banking, and healthcare finance. These are all still possibilities for me as I work to complete my MBA.
Do you plan to attend the spring Commencement ceremony?
I do hope to attend the spring Commencement ceremony and celebrate with friends and family.
What will your lasting memory be of 2020?
2020 has been an adventure. It's all a part of God's plan.