Jessica Lampner on a snowy ski slope.

MSM Student Spotlight: Jessica Lampner

Jessica Lampner is a student in the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program. We spoke with Lampner about why she chose the MSM program and asked about her study abroad experience in Austria last semester.

Jessica Lampner stands by bicycles and a canal.


Q: Tell us about yourself.

Lampner: “Hi, my name is Jessica Lampner. I am an adventurer, music lover and lifelong learner. I am from Surfside, Florida. I am a student at UF pursuing my Master of Science in Management degree, set to graduate this spring. I graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Innovation from UF.”

Q: Why did you join the MSM program?

Lampner: “I joined the MSM program because of my curiosity about the business world and my entrepreneurial spirit. With a background in psychology, I learned the science of human behavior and I wanted to learn how to integrate that into a business setting.”

Q: What did you like best about the MSM program?

Lampner: “There are three things that make the MSM program so amazing. Firstly, the courses: From Finance 101 to Economics to Professional Communication, I really apply what I have learned in each course in my day-to-day life. Secondly, the professors: The level of knowledge and excitement that each professor brought to these courses makes learning so enjoyable. They are also brilliant and cool people. And thirdly, the diversity of the student cohort creates a mosaic of different personalities, perspectives and, most of all, wisdom. Group projects are always fun.”

Jessica Lampner poses next to colorful houses in Rome.


Q: Would you recommend this program to other students studying psychology at UF?

Lampner: “I would recommend this master’s program to any undergraduate student, especially psychology students. The psychology and business combination provides a well-rounded and holistic understanding of what business is really about: relationships.”

Q: Can you share with us about your experience studying abroad?

Lampner: “My study abroad experience in Vienna has been the most enriching and fruitful time of my life. I studied digital ecosystems and business analytics at Wirtschaftsuniversität Vienna (WU) or Vienna University of Business and Economics. I have met people from all over the world, had conversations about different religions, politics, social life, food – anything and everything – and mostly adapted to life outside of the US. It has been great to get out of my bubble.”

Q: What other countries have you been to? What is your opinion of international education?

Lampner: “I have been to Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and, my favorite, Austria. From my short educational experience here, I find international education to be more independent and challenging.”

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

Lampner: “Aside from working, I plan to get more involved in my community, form new connections and relationships, focus on my physical and mental health and continue to learn about what interests me.”

Jessica Lampner poses between two statues.