Before Chris Ondek ‘19 was a Business Management major at York College, he was a member of the United States Marine Corps. His four years of service were also his most formative. “Becoming a Marine has been by far my greatest accomplishment. It challenged my mental toughness as well as my physical fitness at such a high level that I have not faced a similar personal challenge since,” said Ondek.
Ondek made the most of his time in the service, quickly moving up the ranks from Team Leader to Section Leader to Platoon Sergeant. He was also voted valedictorian of his Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership course. When he transitioned to civilian life and was looking to further his education, Ondek was immediately drawn to York College. “I chose YCP because the school ranks in the top 52 best colleges for veterans according to U.S. News rankings, and, so far, I’ve not been disappointed,” said Ondek.
Since coming to YCP, Ondek has continued on a successful path. His experience managing teams and operations during his time in the Marine Corps has led him to excel in Management classes. He has become involved with Enactus, acting as an executive board member, participating as a speaker for the competition team, and contributing to projects such as their Young Men’s Leadership Conference and their York Business Academy.
When he is not on campus, Ondek volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America as an advisor to local adult leaders. After graduation, Ondek hopes to have a long, successful career working for a Fortune 500 company, learning and mastering all aspects of the business world.
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