North Central College - Naperville, IL

Kate Oscarson: wedded to her future

A busy life in college has prepared Kate Oscarson for her dream job: event management and wedding planning. She has balanced her weekend job coordinating weddings at her church with a job in the office of admission, singing in Women’s Chorale and a leadership role in the College’s student chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA).

“As president of AMA, I help plan meetings, invite speakers to campus, organize community service projects and make sure everything is progressing with our case competition,” says Kate, a marketing major.

Members of AMA for the past four years have prepared a marketing case study as part of a national competition. With the help of faculty and alumni advisors, they prepare marketing plans for companies like Kodak and Nintendo. The team has consistently placed in the top 25 internationally and earning honorable mention status. Members also attend the annual AMA conference in New Orleans.

With the advice of her advisor, Kate is already pursuing her dream job by sending out resumés to resorts across the country. She has landed a job with a five-star resort in North Carolina as an event planner.

“My advice to all students it to get to know your professors,” she says. “They’ve worked in the field and they’ve got connections and experience to help you find what you’re looking for.”