Next stop, Seattle

Abby Bangs, international business and supply chain management major

Georgia native Abby Bangs considered the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia, but a campus visit changed her mind. “I came on the USC tour on a whim. It was the middle of the summer, and even though it was crazy hot, I loved it,” says Bangs. After completing her degree in international business and operations and supply chain management, she heads to a job at Amazon in Seattle.

On my first Monday of classes we all wore our sorority tank tops to class. I sat next to a girl who also had a Delta Zeta shirt on, and now she’s been my roommate for three years. We’re both at Darla Moore together; she’s accounting.

I was the first from the international business program to go to my university in Taipei, which was intimidating at first. But I got what I wanted out if it. I wanted to be outside of my comfort zone and to make friends that weren’t American, and I definitely had that in Taiwan.

I took an international business class in the fall before I went abroad, and then I took an international business class with the same professor the semester after I got back. It’s really easy to sit in America and say, “These are the theories, this is what works.” But then when you go abroad you have to think about it and apply it. I’m glad that I framed my time abroad with those two classes so I could wrap up and have a complete experience. You need to reconcile what you learned.

If I hadn’t hit the ground running and taken advantage of all the things South Carolina had to offer, it would have been my fault.

I’m moving to Seattle to work for Amazon. I will be an area manager so I’ll be working in distribution centers and have a team of 20 to 60 people in fulfillment. I was approached by a recruiter on LinkedIn. I took an aptitude test, and she emailed me after the test. I did a preliminary interview, then flew to Seattle for an interview and got an offer.

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