Kevin Hartenstein

Kevin HartensteinMajor: Marketing and accounting

Favorite quote: "I can only hope that we never lose sight of one thing; that is was all started by a mouse." - Walt Disney

Biggest mistake as a first-year student? What did you learn? My biggest mistake as a first-year student was keeping to myself and being afraid to build relationships. What I have learned from that experience is to never be afraid to talk to people, especially during orientation. The relationships I have built by having random conversations with people are remarkable, and some of those people have even become my best friends.

How did you choose your major? I was undecided when I came to BW, but I finally chose a double major in marketing and accounting, because this gives me more opportunities and areas to explore in the business world. I was very indecisive with my major and changed it many times. I resorted to these two majors, however, because I really enjoyed the classes I had in relationship to the two. So, if it were not for the business classes and professors I had, I may have never decided on these two majors.

What has been your best experience at BW? I cannot really think of one major experience at BW that I could consider as my best. I have had so many great memories and experiences here at BW that I cannot choose just one.

Favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is right outside of the Union steps. I love this spot because you can see a lot of campus activity around you. For instance there could be people playing frisbee right in front of you, or others eating lunch outside on one of the tables. If you listen carefully, you can hear the music playing from the Welcome Center in the background. Also, during the spring, the view while looking at the Union is truly amazing. I love this spot because it is so lively.

Best piece of advice given to you? My dad gave me this piece of advice. He said to "Give everything time." I had a hard time transitioning to being away from my home and being at college. Whenever I would tell my dad about the hard times I was facing, he would always tell me to just give it time; and that is what I did. Now BW has become my home, and I love every second of being a part of this University.

One thing you want the incoming students to know as they get ready for their summer orientation experience? To be yourself and to not be afraid to have fun. You will only have a great orientation experience if you allow yourself to, so open up and have a great time.