I recently spoke with Chayenne Chinn ’11 the Assistant Manager at Asia Grille and proud alumnus of Bryant University. She graciously answered some questions on her Bryant career and post-graduate experience.
Greatest Professional Accomplishment:
Grew up working at my family’s restaurant—have since applied the skills that I have learned at Bryant to managing the business. From employment law to operations management, I continue to learn each day. We have won the Best of RI awards for many years and hope to continue that trend.
What attracted you to Bryant University?
Visiting the campus really made me feel at home and I had an excellent tour guide that explained everything that an incoming student needed. The atmosphere, people, and technology aided my decision in choosing Bryant. Bryant was perfect for me. I was successful in transferring here and was glad that I came here!
What did you major/minor in at Bryant University?
I majored in management and studied psychology as a minor.
What was your favorite course/professor at Bryant University?
My favorite class was Management Leadership Seminar with Professor Lori Coakley. Some topics included communication, negotiation, and leading effectively in the workforce.
This was a self-reflective class that focused on how women can be stronger leaders in the workforce. The course featured guest speakers who spoke about their careers in their field which helped me decide what type of work setting I wanted to pursue after graduating.
Professor Coakley was enthusiastic teaching the course and always pushed me to be a better student.
What was your favorite experience/moment at Bryant University?
My most memorable moment was the chance to study abroad while at Bryant. I chose to study in Australia for a semester and loved learning about the culture and history of the city I was living in. I also went skydiving, which was a thrilling adventure while I was there. Learning about the different ethnic groups and being with a close group of friends made my semester abroad memorable.
How has your time at Bryant University helped you in your professional and personal life?
I am eager to expand my knowledge and learn about various topics due to the vast array of classes I took when I was on campus. I am a member of the National Alumni Council for the past two years and have connected with other alumni from other states. Always a proud bulldog. Whenever I meet someone there is always a connection to Bryant University.
What advice do you have for current students who want to make the most of their Bryant experience?
Definitely get involved on campus. That is a must! There are over 50 clubs and organizations on campus so you are bound to find something that interests you. Otherwise you can create your own club as well. Meet as many people as you can. There are a lot of international students that come to Bryant.
Choose to study abroad and learn about another country is another awesome thing you can do while you are a student.
Gain experience through an internship to learn real world skills as part of your major.
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