Alumni Success: Taylor Nishimura '20
A strong work ethic has served Taylor Nishimura '20 well — both while attending Pacific University and afterwards in her career. She is a management trainee with Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Hillsboro, Ore., where she earned an internship while attending Pacific. The experience proved invaluable. “It was a preview of the duties that management trainees learn ,” Nishimura said.
When deciding what college to attend, softball and an exercise science program were priorities for Nishimura, because at the time she wanted to be a physical therapist. Originally from Hilo, Hawai'i, she also focused on West Coast schools to stay closer to home. She knew family and friends who had attended Pacific and they had nothing but positive experiences at the school. A trip to Oregon for a softball tournament got her thinking more seriously about attending Pacific. “It was breathtaking,” she recalls fondly about visiting Pacific, “There were so many students from Hawai'i on campus…I had a feeling that this was the school for me.” While touring the campus, she also met with softball coach, Liz Yandall.
As a student, Nishimura transitioned to a business major with a concentration in marketing. She liked marketing because it combined her desire to be creative and enjoyed leveraging technology to advertise. “Marketing is more than just advertising. Advertising is just a fraction of what marketers do,” she can now confidently explain, “They also analyze performance by monitoring where customers are dropping off in the conversion funnel to improve.” Nishimura found the real value of a Pacific University education within the faculty, “My professors helped me understand the course context a lot more than just reading the textbook. Classes are very interactive, and I was constantly challenged by the material.”
On-campus, Nishimura was an active member of NHOH, where she performed in the Luau. She also participated in NCAA DIII athletics as a softball team member. She credits faculty for helping her balance business school, and extra-curricular activities. “They understood that I might miss a class or two for softball, and allowed me to take a missed quiz/test in other ways."
As with her peers, Nishimura’s final year at Pacific was cut short due to the pandemic. However, due to her preparation and drive, her future is set with Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Moving forward Nishimura would like to pursue a career in the travel industry—specifically in the airline industry, “…for their employee benefits. My main goal is to be able to travel,” she confessed.
“The four years flew by,” she said when thinking about her time at Pacific. Even with the cold winters, leaving home, and the sudden changes due to the pandemic, Nishimura says she wouldn’t change a thing, “I am extremely happy with my college choice!”
The College of Business is proud of students like Nishimura, who excel in their careers no matter what the challenge. We are excited to see what the future holds for this graduate. Nishimura has already started to give back to undergraduate students by participating in the Placement Services Workshops offered by the College of Business.
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