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Senior blends arts with business


Natasha Bansgopaul stays balanced by pursuing a variety of artistic and business endeavors, from dancing to vertical market research.

The senior global management and marketing major also enjoys acting and modeling. She hopes to unite her talents with an event planning and trade show company one day.

“I think it’s refreshing to put on a résumé,” she said. “Employers are surprised and delighted about it. I know that there are other ways of thinking. That perspective helps me a lot.”

Bansgopaul, 21, grew up in Westchester, though her parents are from St. Lucia and Guyana. That heritage is important to Bansgopaul, who as a sophomore was Miss St. Lucia in an annual pageant organized by the Caribbean Student Association.

She continues to do choreography for the CSA as well as other student groups, and also models for Monay Jewelry.

Bansgopaul has had several summer internships in different departments within Pitney Bowes, learning about trade shows as well as customer marketing. Last summer, she also did work for Swirl PR, which manages public relations for several hip-hop industry companies. On campus, Bansgopaul has done marketing work for the Executive MBA Program as well as the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts.

In the end, Bansgopaul said, she’s someone with experience “on both sides of the flier” – as a performer as well as a promoter.

Bansgopaul, a building supervisor at the East Gym, is also a peer adviser in the School of Management.

Brian Perry, undergraduate adviser, supervises her in the advising office. Bansgopaul will be a good manager one day, Perry said, because she’s comfortable leading as well as taking suggestions. He considers her especially friendly, confident and poised.

“She’s a very upbeat, outgoing person,” Perry said, “and she’s genuinely interested in helping students who come in here.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08