As a high school student Benjamin Craig's motto was, "Here's my plate, load it on." He brought that mentality with him to Emmanuel, where he has always been ready to take on a new opportunity.
Chris Coutsoukis '16 is a firm believer in the benefits of a liberal arts education. His personal & career interests are numerous and diverse, and he wanted his academic & professional preparation to reflect that.
While an undergraduate, he explored many different career paths—and many different companies—completing seven internships in various fields. A summer 2015 internship with multinational financial services giant Fidelity Investments, in which he went above and beyond to make his presence known, led to a full-time job offer as a financial representative at Fidelity Investments. He currently serves as a Communications Analyst with the firm.
During his time as an administrative intern at Fidelity, and now a full-time employee, he has been exposed to many facets of the company and has had the opportunity to network with company leaders. Coutsoukis has made a name for himself as an ambitious and independent worker.
"Coming to Emmanuel, I didn't want to limit myself to one specific set of skills," he said. "I have a broad range of interests, from finance and marketing, to government and music. A liberal arts education allowed me to study a wide variety of disciplines, and I was able to showcase that when working with my employer. The fact that I could focus in finance but still develop a marketing film made me stand out from the other interns."
His time as a digital marketing intern and marketing and promotions assistant for local radio stations piqued his interest in the music industry. Eager to apply the skills he was developing in his management education, he began experimenting with creating a venture of his own. In early 2016, he founded Headrush TV, a national, web-based Rock and Alternative publication and digital media company. Headrush TV has secured exclusive media coverage with major label artists like Korn, Bullet For My Valentine, Shinedown, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember and many more.
Coutsoukis also spent a semester as a research assistant with Assistant Professor of Management Jing Yang, through which he contributed to literature review for the department's study on hybrid learning. Reflecting on his four years at Emmanuel, he affirmed the importance of engagement in all aspects of the Emmanuel experience—with faculty, staff and fellow students, in clubs and organizations and with the College's mission.
"Participating fully in all the opportunities an organization has to offer you is critical to creating sustainable success," he said. "I learned that first-hand at Emmanuel.
"Everyone at Emmanuel is really committed in the purpose of the College and to student success. Having access to faculty was huge for me, and it was great to be connected with professors who already have successful careers and can offer their mentorship and guidance. I went to the Career Center nearly every week. Personally and professionally, I always had a community here to help me grow and develop. Some of the relationships I've built at Emmanuel are going to last a lifetime."
Coutsoukis was also a member of the Emmanuel College chapters of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society and the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society and served as a peer tutor in the Academic Resource Center.