This is the first in a series of profiles spotlighting current and former Business students and alumni who have made the most of their experience and stand out among their peers.
Amanda Hickman Serves up Success
By all accounts, Amanda Hickman (RSBC ’16) took Rutgers School of Business—Camden by storm. “I fell in love with Rutgers on my tour. Two of my favorite attributes of the campus were the welcoming, open atmosphere and faculty and administrator accessibility,” – attributes she used to her full advantage as she double-majored in Accounting and Finance and developed relationships with a number of RSBC faculty, including Dr. Kaufman-Scarborough, Ralph Giraud, and David Vitt, which led to some incredible opportunities.
Amanda came to RSBC ready for leadership. She became captain of the Tennis Team after her first year, and held the position for her remaining three years years at Rutgers. She participated in the Business Leadership Development Program, where she studied the responsibilities that come with reaching a position of influence, and the negative outcomes when that power is used for personal gain at the expense of others. Her classmates describe Amanda as one who lifts up the people around her, and leads from within not above.
Rather than simply bettering herself, Amanda worked to help others. She was a regular volunteer at campus events, and ultimately became a Civic Scholar, completing a 300 hour volunteer service term through AmeriCorps. One of her positions was at the Neighborhood Center, where she helped to build a marketing sector, designing their website and producing promotional video content.
Amanda’s commitment to excellence won her four accounting-related jobs and internships during her time at RSBC, including an auditing co-op with KPMG. She also became a member of the Philadelphia Council for Business Economics, and worked with faculty on an Honors Thesis (joint research project) titled “Characteristics of a Stock Market Winner” using the Bloomberg Terminals in the Financial Markets Lab.
Due to her many distinctions and tireless dedication to success, Amanda was invited to be the undergraduate student speaker at RSBC’s 250th Anniversary commencement exercises in 2016, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Amanda’s next steps toward her goal of becoming an executive at a Fortune 100 company are completing her CPA certification, followed by an MBA at NYU, and a CFA designation.
Congratulations, Amanda, on your many achievements!
Majors: Accounting & Finance
Class Of: 2016
Hometown: Millville, NJ
Campus Involvement: Business Leadership Development Program, Honors College, Finance Honors Thesis, member of the Woman’s Tennis Team, captain of the tennis team for three years, Civic Scholars (freshman and sophomore year), completed a 300 hour volunteer service term through AmeriCorps, Student Experience Center Advisory Board Member
Awards: NJAC Rookie of the Year, NJTCA Player of the Year, Rutgers Woman of the Year