Aniqa Feerasta has studied abroad, placed second in a worldwide business competition, ran in the Akron Marathon, secured one of two coveted CBA Summer Scholars awards, spent a day with Warren Buffet - one of the richest men in the world, presented an award winning paper at a national conference, all while working and participating in numerous campus activities.
Feerasta became involved with campus activities shortly after her arrival at UA, serving on the Residence Hall Programming Board and Residence Hall Council during her freshmen and sophomore years. A member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), she has also served as vice president of the Honors Business Group and currently serves as vice president of marketing for the Economics Club.
She has worked as a student assistant in the CBA, as a news broadcaster for student-run WZIP-FM, as a New Student Orientation leader for international students, and as an intern for local businesses.
Feerasta spent the 2007 spring semester studying in South Korea. In 2008, she received international recognition when she took second place overall in an essay contest sponsored by the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. She won approximately $10,000 for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award for her work, “Rising from the Rust: Reinventing the Manufacturing Cities of the Industrialized World,” based on the city of Akron. She accepted the award at the St. Gallen Symposium on May 16, 2008 where she presented her essay to an audience of world leaders.
Also in 2008, Feerasta was one of two students selected to receive the first ever CBA Summer Scholar Student Award which pairs undergraduate students with a faculty mentor for an in-depth, one-on-one research project.
Selected from more than 100 applicants, Feerasta worked with Deborah Owens, associate professor of marketing and international business, on a study of the role of international students as drivers of economic growth in Ohio. She had to present her findings at the UA Conference on Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research and prepare a completed research report suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal by the faculty mentor.
During summer 2009, Aniqa completed a marketing/public relations internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The internship focused mainly on social. She was part of a team that interviewed speakers from an event and posted the videos on YouTube. Feerasta was also one of the main designers for the Facebook webpage for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
In March 2010, Feerasta presented her grant-funded undergraduate thesis on Marketing Ohio’s Universities to Global Talent (coauthored with Dr. Deborah Owens and Dr. Prashant Srivastava) at the Federation of Business Disciplines Conference in Dallas, Texas. The paper was awarded best in track for nonprofit marketing by the conference committee.
Feerasta graduated with a dual bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in Spanish. She will receive her degree in Economics in August 2010.