Amanda Bippus, a supply chain management major graduating in May 2021, shares about her experiences at Texas Tech and Rawls College.
Wherever life takes them after Rawls College — graduate studies or a new job — the spring class of 2021 reflects on the achievements made possible through a community that promotes academic success, encourages student involvement, and inspires excellence.
Amanda Bippus, originally from Fulshear, Texas, will be graduating in May 2021 with a bachelor's degree in supply chain management.
As president of the Tech Supply Chain Association (TSCA) and member of the Scovell Business Leadership Program, Bippus strengthened her leadership skills, which helped her land a materials management internship with Baker Hughes. Currently, Bippus works as a student assistant in the Rawls College Graduate Professional Programs Office.
Why did you choose to major in supply chain management?
I chose to major in supply chain management because I want to work cross-functionally in a company and make an impact on increasing efficiency. I hope to have a management position one day and working in supply chain is a great starting point for that. I was also drawn to the major because the industry is growing rapidly and there will be lots of opportunities available throughout my career.
What educational accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am most proud of maintaining a 4.0 throughout my time at Texas Tech. Freshman year I made that a goal for myself, and I am so excited to have accomplished it!
During your time at Rawls College, who has made the greatest impact on you, and why?
My supply chain professor Dr. Taylor has had the most impact on my college career. He was a great resource to go to for career advice and help. He also encouraged me to sign up for a case competition that was one of my favorite things I was able to be a part of at Rawls.
What are your plans after graduation?
I will be working at Baker Hughes as a part of their ASPIRE Supply Chain rotation program. It is a two-year program where I will get to work in different areas of supply chain at their different locations across the United States.
What advice would you offer current or incoming Rawls College students?
I would recommend getting involved in a student organization as soon as you can. I made a lot of friends through being in TSCA, and it was so nice to know people in my classes. Being involved can also help you meet your professors and start building a relationship with them.
What were some of your favorite things about living in Lubbock?
My favorite thing about living in Lubbock is being in a city with so many young people with so much to do. Lubbock is close to so many places to hike, has lots of unique coffee shops, and there is always a sporting event to watch. Everyone who lives in the city is also so supportive of Texas Tech.
Why do you love Rawls College?
I love how Rawls has so many amazing professors who are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure their students are successful. The professors are very knowledgeable on their subjects and make their classes really engaging and fun.