Student Spotlight: Julia A. Hunt
Full-time MBA student Julia Hunt felt at home in the College of Business Administration from the first day classes started. The Maryville, Tennessee, native attended the University of Tennessee as an undergraduate student, graduating with honors from the College of Business Administration in 2008.
“While obtaining my undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee, the MBA program always fascinated me,” said Hunt, “and I began to hope that I might be a part of the program one day. It was great choice for me because I fell in love with UT and the Knoxville area as an undergraduate and the campus is close to my friends and family. I was also excited to fine-tune the skills I needed to succeed in the business arena in a state-of-the-art facility like Haslam Business Building.”
In addition to earning a high GPA and multiple scholarships during her undergraduate years, Hunt worked for Calloway Oil Company, implementing high-impact, cost-saving measures, and was active in the American Marketing Association.
In 2007, Hunt served as president of the UT Knoxville chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity. As part of her role, she maintained a budget of hundreds of thousands of dollars, raised funds for Children’s Miracle Network and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and oversaw operations of the chapter of 170 collegiate women.
Between Hunt’s graduation in the spring of 2008 and her return to UT in the fall of 2009, she worked as a human resources and price book associate for Calloway Oil Company, a position in which she was responsible for numerous areas including overseeing corporate payroll for the company’s 200 employees and calculating weekly budgets for its 22 convenience stores. While she thrived in the corporate environment, Hunt chose to pursue her secondary degree and now is earning her MBA with a major in marketing and a concentration in entrepreneurship and innovation. She currently maintains a 4.0 GPA, serves on Phi Mu’s advisory council, and works as the vice president of marketing and public relations for the National Association of Women MBAs.
Hunt has worked since January 2010 as an intern for Lay’s Market in Knoxville; she is the company’s first intern in its 100+ year history. Additionally, she is interning this summer for Central Leasing Equipment, a locally owned and operated company, helping the company’s owners with their various entrepreneurial ventures.
“For me, education has always been a continual process,” Hunt said, “one that doesn't stop outside the classroom walls or cease when the tassels are turned at graduation. Studying in the full-time MBA Program at the University of Tennessee has allowed me to continue my education inside the classroom so that I can thrive in a business setting. It has also granted me insight and opportunities into how to best put my skills to work."
"After graduation, I am looking for a position in the field of marketing where I can continue learning and gaining experience in the business world.”