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“Notification of Selection Results” the subject line read for an email I received one morning. Here it was, the classes I was registered for during my semester in Växjö , Sweden. A lot was riding on that two page document: tuition dollars, my graduation date, my pride at managing to squeeze in two abroad programs barely over SU tuition, and so on. So I opened it…and I was devastated. All electives. Each and every one of them from the Swedish classes to the course on European Union Politics. My dream of studying business in Europe was crushed.
Now I had to make a decision and fast. Forfeit the $3000 down payment on the program and stay in Seattle or make the most of what I had been given.
It wasn’t as if I wasn’t interested in the courses I had been handed. I’ve always been passionate about language at least and the history course seemed very appealing. Plus this was Sweden we were talking about: a beautiful country with gorgeous scenery, rich history, and a culture that, as I would later learn, fit my personality to a T. So I took the jump, boarded a plane and made my way to a tiny city near the most southern point of Sweden. What I would do to make up for the lack of business classes would largely have to wait until I got there.
The first step was to make some friends. Linnaeus University welcomes more than 1,600 international students each year from over 60 countries, which meant that there was a lot of international networking I could accomplish. I started with the dorm building I had been placed in. Most students there were from the US as well, but that didn’t mean that they didn’t have valuable stories to tell.
Mission more or less accomplished, it was time to move onto the Swedes. Being that they are a generally introverted bunch (especially by American standards), this was easier said than done. Thankfully most of them spoke fluent English, which eliminated one hurdle at least. Regardless, I looked around for ways to connect with Swedish students and citizens of Växjö to get to know them and their culture. The Friend Family program and the Buddy Program were my solutions. The former program paired me with a local family who would meet with me once a month minimally to show me around and answer any questions I had about their culture, city, and country. The latter paired me with a Senior Swedish student who would essentially play the same role, but within the confines of the school. Through both programs I was able to rapidly expand my network and connect with those working in and studying the business field.
The next task was to explore a little. Taking advantage of the cheaper traveling expenses between European countries, I visited three other nearby countries during my stay. It was important for me though not to attend strictly as a tourist, but to study up on the country beforehand and visit significant historical sights to make the journey just as educational as it was fun. I am an international business major after all and what better way to study the international portion on a larger scale?
I didn’t stop moving once I was back in my dorm though. Instead I took to studying as much as I could about business in Sweden on my own. From there I would develop questions to ask my expanding Swedish network so I could come home with the satisfaction that even though I didn’t have business classes, I was doing what I could to obtain that knowledge.
Studying abroad is always a daunting task no matter how well your plans go. As I sit here a year later, I am so thankful for the experience. Not only did I manage to achieve my goals, but I learned how to look past my inclination for a perfect plan, and to become flexible even when everything seems to be going wrong. Kiera OlsenSenior, International Business major, Japanese minor
standing next to Ms. Carmen Rodriguez in the early morning hours, in her one
story apartment in Madrid, Spain. She would be my host mom for the next four
months as I studied at a nearby university. I had just arrived the night
before, a day later than originally expected, and I was apprehensive of what
laid ahead. I had never been to Spain, let alone ever set foot in Europe. All
the months of preparation (mentally and physically) had prepared me for this
moment. I was going to be going to my first day of school, and Carmen was going
to walk me from her apartment, in the North Side of Madrid, to the school’s
campus in the south part of the city by way of the famous “Metro” (the subway).
I had to completely trust her sense of direction and her knowledge of the city
to get me to school, only after a few short hours of getting to know each
other. Walking out the door, I completely trusted in her. I made it to school
that day, and every day following for the rest of the semester. But to this
day, I never forgot her act of kindness when I was at my most vulnerable.
was the last time you truly trusted someone? I’m not talking about trusting
that your parents would send you money for food, or trusting your teacher would
be there at your classes regularly scheduled time. I’m talking about trusting
someone when you were completely out of your comfort zone. It’s a tough
question. Many times, people (especially people like me) hate relying
completely on someone, especially in a time of vulnerability. But when I reflected
on this moment in my life, I realized that Carmen had taught me a great lesson.
good leader is able to help others, but a great leader is able to make you
trust them. I had complete trust in Carmen. She explained the process of
getting on the Metro, she made jokes when I didn’t put my ticket in the right
way of the entrance, but most importantly, she made me see that with building
trust comes moments of growth. On that walk, she pointed out several places to
explore; one of which was a great little café. On warm sunny days, I would go
and sit at the café and just take in my surroundings. It was one of the best
times of my life.
was the ultimate factor here. Great leaders (like Carmen) can make other people
around them trust them. Having trust and getting past points of vulnerability
allow you to learn a lot about yourself while teaching you great lessons in how
to lead those around you. Take some small steps in order to get there. We are a
little past the midpoint of Fall Quarter, but its never to late to go to that
club meeting, create that professional relationship with a professor, or even
to go out and try that new restaurant you’ve walked past several times. Who
knows, maybe you will find yourself in the middle of Madrid sitting at a café
and enjoying the view.
Management major | Senior
New Student Mentor
For most of you, midterms are just around the corner. For others, they
may already be here. The most important thing to remember at this point,
though, is "DON'T PANIC." Whether you've been preparing since classes
began or are just getting started (it's ok, I've been there too), you'll want to find a study method that will set you up for success.
Here are some tips to get you on the right track:
Although I didn't include them in this list, you MUST also remember to sleep and eat. If your body isn't in a descent state to absorb the information you're reviewing, all that hard work will be wasted!
I hope at least a few of these tips help alleviate some of those midterm stressors. You can make it past the "DON'T PANIC" stage and into the "I can do this" stage. I wish you the best of luck!
International Business Major | Junior
When talking to my friends, I often hear about their desires
and wishes to travel abroad, but often their preset programs stop them from
experiencing the distinctive cultures outside our borders. Although I highly
recommend study abroad tours to everyone, not everyone that wants to go can go
for whatever reason including: grades, classes available, or even the costs. I
was in a similar position last year; I simply could not go on a study abroad
tour because of my academic schedule planned out for me. Despite these
circumstances, I managed to find a different way to use my passport.
Last winter break, instead of returning home to Las Vegas, I
travelled to Guatemala for a service trip. There, my friend Sarah and I
volunteered for a nonprofit called Long Way Home. Guatemala contains various
problems involving poverty, lack of education, and environmentally unsafe
methods of disposing trash. Long Way Home aspires to solve all of these
problems through ecological projects. When I arrived, Long Way Home was
essentially building a school made from trash in a small town called San Juan Comalapa. Comalapa has a huge waste
problem by disposing their garbage into a deep pit. Long Way Home repurposes the trash into useful building materials. Old Tires full of cement were used
stacked into sturdy walls. Empty beer and soda bottles were placed in lieu of
windows creating beautiful lighting. Plastic was repurposed into reliable
concrete. Like Seattle University, they even recycled compost to enrich the
soil. The school was beautiful with the materials manifesting into marvelous
Our work days usually started at 8 am and ended at 5 p.m.,
and the work varied everyday on the worksite. On the first day, we helped build
a shed for their water containers. Another day, we went to gather tires from
local mechanical shops to build more walls. The next, we were landscaping and
reshaping the grounds for the return of the students. Every day surprised me
with more and more hard work. But, helping Long Way Home progress closer to
their mission made all the hard work valuable. When we were not on the
worksite, we were exploring Guatemala. In San Juan Comalapa, we met
internationally renowned artist Oscar Peren. Peren has paintings exhibited in
many museums around the world, and you can even buy smaller paintings from him
at his house. Beyond Comalapa, we took buses and taxis to get around. We
traveled to Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala City, and various other areas. My
favorite place was definitely the hike up the dormant Volcan de Agua. At the
top, we could see the active Volcan de Fuego pluming.
Now, I know not everyone can afford to leave their homes
during Christmas break, but the point is that you can find alternatives for
your passions than the opportunities set out before you. I had an amazing time
in Guatemala by going after opportunities. If travelling really is a passion of
yours, then you can always find opportunities outside of school to capitalize
on them. The best thing you can do for yourself is invest in your interests
in and out of the classroom because the lessons gained will be beyond
For more information about Long Way Home:
For more information about study abroad:
International Business & Economics (Double Major) | International Economic Development (Minor) | New Student Mentor
As you begin the first year of your college experience
as a student in the Albers School of Business and Economics, take a moment to
think about your personal brand.
A personal brand is something that distinguishes you
from other students and markets your unique talents and abilities. Branding has
become more and more apparent in the business context since the implementation
of social media and can boost, or damage, your personal image.
Should you Care?
Your personal brand begins today. You have already
began your journey to molding your own brand by attending the Jesuit institution
that is Seattle University. Every action you take, club you join and role you
take on/off campus will affect your brand in one way or another. Sonia
Gonzales, a career services manager at Florida International University says “the
worst thing you can do is until you graduate before thinking about social media
as a way to build a brand”. This becomes even more important as new trends in
social media begin popping up and employers set out to conduct more thorough background
Do I Start?
You can start slowly. Here are just some of the things
you can do today to build your brand:
proactive:Attend one of Alber’s LinkedIn webinars or visit the
Albers Advising Center for tips on how to build a strong and attractive brand
both off- and online. LinkedIn, similar to Facebook, is one of the most
commonly used professional networking sites. By creating an account early in
your college career, you can constantly update you job status, post new skills
and achievements, and follow companies that you are interested in!
involved: After you feel like you have gotten the hang of the
workload that comes with college classes, get a part-time job, do community
service, or join a club you are interested in. Employers look for candidates
who are involved beyond school and want to learn less about your job, rather
the challenges and hurdles you faced in that position. If an employer is faced
with two different candidates, Student A who got perfect grades but didn’t do
much on the side, versus Student B that had decent grades but has continuously
taken leadership roles, volunteered, and worked well on many teams, there is a
higher likelihood that Student B will get an offer because they were involved
and made an effort to expand their horizons.
authentic: Lets be honest. College is fun. There are endless
opportunities for you to enjoy your college experience, and at the end of the
day, it is important to remember your values and be authentic. To keep it
short, post on social media only what you would want your future employers to
see, because once it is online, it’s not that easy to remove.
Enjoy your first year in college, make new friends,
discover new passions and be yourself. Your personal brand begins today, and
you control how it will look when you finish your degree and begin looking for
graduate education or a career.
and Finance | Senior
Summer is coming to a close and soon enough the university will be filled with new students. Within the past couple years I’ve spent on this campus, I’ve gathered a few tips based on my experiences here for you incoming freshmen, transfer, and prospective students.
--Gerline Reyes, Junior, Finance major
As my undergraduate career quickly starts winding down, it is due time for some reflections! Actively thinking about it, my time here at Seattle University has been incredibly short. I remember hugging my dad right before he drove away in our Toyota 4-runner on move-in day almost
years ago, the joy of finding out that I had been hired as an RA for the first-time, my heart-pounding when I got a phone call that I had received an internship offer with a major company, flying to San Francisco for an interview with the company that I will be beginning my career with like they all happened in the last week. While it's amazing to think about the great times, It's also not hard for me to vividly remember all the times I stressed myself out to an edge studying for a midterm, taking a girl on a date and her not thinking it was just that, or being turned down from the twenty other internships I applied for.
How do I want to summarize this story? With a metaphor obviously! Baseball is something that I love more than a lot of things in the world and a metaphor relating to the game seems wildly appropriate right now.
Life, especially young adulthood is a lot like stepping into a batter's box. Thing (pitches) are coming at you at 100MPH, change-ups are thrown, and sometimes the dreaded curveball gets thrown. You can go up to an at-bat with the mentality of swinging at everything. Sure you'll fail sometimes, but you'll hit one eventually, right?
Sure you will! But you'll also being swinging and missing a lot too, and believe me, there's few things worse in the world than the long walk to the dugout after a strikeout. The problem with the "go for anything" approach is the fact that it can be incredibly demoralizing to fail over and over again. There's plenty of growing that you can do by failing but it sucks to have it keep happening.
The best hitters in the world are the best at adjusting mid-at-bat. They see the fastball, but recognize that sometimes it's better to let a pitch go by them and wait for something that's better to hit. In this metaphor this means that sometimes it's better to wait for something in your wheelhouse before swinging. Be selective with what you pursue. Get an understanding of what your hot and cold zones are and go for the things that land in a hot spot. Sometimes that means you let a pretty good opportunity go by but a better one could be the next pitch. Remember! You only hit one pitch in any given at-bat.
The beautiful thing about the game of baseball is the fact that you get some many attempts to step-up to the plate. One strikeout won't kill you. Remember this for the swings and miss that happen at amazing pitches (opportunities). Be selective with that one pitch; learn to sit on one to get one that you really like. Remember that the season (life) is a long one and that even if you strikeout on something that seems so, so right, there's another at-bat (opportunity) come at you pretty soon. All of this is summed up pretty nicely here:
"Baseball gives everyone a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game." - Ted Williams
Signing off for the last time :(
Quarter 2015 is in full swing and the sun is beaming down on us all. This means
two things: we could be outside enjoying the sunshine, or we could be focusing
on schoolwork. There are obvious pros and cons to both, and both are definitely
important. In this blog entry I will explore the importance of the sun and the
quest to find a balance between schoolwork and the beams from above.
turns out that humans can’t actually get all of the Vitamin D their bodies need
from food alone. Fortunately, the sun is a great source of Vitamin D! In fact,
scientists report that the type of Vitamin D we get from the sun is not found
in food or supplement on earth. It is a unique strand of the nutrient that is
important to our health and is only obtained from the sun’s ultraviolet B rays.
However, we do not need to be in the sun for too long. It only takes about half
the time of getting sunburn for us to get as much Vitamin D from the sun as we
need. So, get some sun, but not too much!
it’s hard to go to class or go to the library when the sun is shining bright,
which makes sense because the sun hasn’t been around much for the rest of the
year. But schoolwork is important too! A lot of freshmen are just starting to
take business classes, sophomores are starting to take 3000 level business
classes, juniors are taking major electives and other major required classes,
and seniors are taking capstone courses and putting the finishing touches on
their degrees. Spring Quarter is important for any and all business students,
so we must stay focused on school. It is important for us to remember the value
of Spring Quarter classes because many of them play significant roles in our
education. So go to class and the library and don’t forget to do your homework.
forget you can do schoolwork while being in the sun! The hill outside of the
library is a popular spot to do homework while soaking in some rays in the
afternoon as well as the tables outside of the Pigott Pavilion. Take advantage!
We all experience the temptation of being in good weather, especially those
from places with warmer climates, but it is important for us all to remain
focused on the real reason we are at Seattle U: to better ourselves through
exception higher education.
Here you are, sitting in class on a beautiful Spring day wishing you were outside enjoying the beautiful weather. You begin to ask the question: Is my college education really worth it? The San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank (SFFRB) released its 2014 annual report in which economists answered the question of the opportunity cost involved in a four year college education and its net value. The easiest way to determine the economic benefit from a college degree is to look at the difference of average incomes between those with and without college degrees. According to the SFFRB, since 1968, the earnings premium from going to college averaged to about $20,300 per year*. This premium in earnings has been persistent over the past 40 years and shows a clear trend of significantly higher wages for those who pursue higher education.
Many students entering the job market shortly after the recession in the late 2000’s found themselves in an economy with high unemployment rates and very few promising career opportunities. However, the unemployment rates for college graduates were half as high as those for students who only completed high school. Pay cuts for college graduates were significantly less and had a much faster salary recovery rate than for high school graduates.
Just like a treasury bill, the greatest benefit from your college education will be realized in the long-run, not immediately. Coming out of college, it is daunting to have debt from student loans, interest payments that are accruing, and a sense of uncertainty as to where you will be 10 years from now. But the data tells a compelling story. With a college degree you will have a strong foundation to build on, leading to higher average earnings, and will make you a more valuable asset in the job market. These effects will not be immediate, which can be discouraging, but remember that employers are looking for more workers with established skills and credentials to lead the industry.
Even though it may be sunny outside (but really most days it’s not #Seattle) and you can think of a million other things to do than being in class, remember to think about the future and the net benefit of your dedication to a college education. As students at Seattle University, we have the opportunity to apply the lessons that we learned from class and our other extracurricular activities to create a foundation for our future. If you want to see what the Net Present Value of your college education is, check out the SFFRB’s College Education Calculator here: http://www.frbsf.org/education/teacher-resources/value-of-college. Sergiu IspasJunior | Business Economics and FinanceNew Student Mentor*Morrill, Weston H. "Does College Matter?" PsycCRITIQUES 14.6 (1969): n. pag. Web.
If I could give freshman Abbey advice, I would start off
with these four tips:
1. Start looking early. Not many companies offer internships
for freshmen, but it doesn’t hurt to apply or inquire. The worst they can say
is no, and even if they do you would still gain experience in creating a resume
and cover letter. Head over to the Albers Placement Center for help on where to
start looking and resume/cover letter reviews!
2. Internships are meant to not only give you experience in
a field you may potentially want to be in, but they also help develop current
skills you already have. Think about skills you may have developed from previous
jobs, officer positions, or community service positions and use those in your
3. If you’re worried about whether or not you will like the
company, ask for an informational interview. Networking is something that will
help you throughout your college career and the best time to start practicing
is now! Attend the Freshmen Networking Event hosted by the NSM’s in Spring
Quarter for a safe environment to practice your networking skills.
4. Nervous for the interviewing process? Look up some
questions online to practice. A lot of questions nowadays are situational and
require you to describe a time you handled something in a certain way.
There are also more general questions such as:
Always. Always ask questions. You are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you! Ask questions to learn more about the company from a current employee's perspective.
Also, look out for any mock interviews that the Albers
Placement Center may be hosting! If the company you’re interested in is
attending, then great! If not, don’t be picking about signing up for one
because it’s still great practice.
The bottom line is that even though it seems like you have
so much time, you’ll be signing up for graduation and prepping for the real
world before you know it. Time flies when you’re having fun right?
Good luck with your search, and remember – even if you
happen to let time slip by without an internship, you have plenty of resources
at Albers to help you out (:
It's that time of the quarter, every college student's inevitable nightmare - Finals Week.
It's a word that makes every one of us groan in fear, but there's a few things to remind ourselves that help. Here's my guide (or advice) to surviving finals:
1) We're all in this together.
Those High School Musical lyrics got not be more applicable than finals week. As stressed and worried as you may be, at least you're not alone! Everyone at the university seems to join hands in solidarity (a very Jesuit term) to support one another through the week.
2) Professors aren't your enemy
Professors WANT to see their students succeed, and they're always willing to meet with students during their office hours or by appointments outside of class time. Some professors even opt out of using a formal office and just hang out in the cafe area of the business school so they can answer student questions. This is the case all throughout the quarter, but during finals week they are always there to make sure students feel calm and prepared.
3) The world is not going to end
It's easy to think that if you don't get A's on all of your tests and study 20 hours a day and still eat well and work out and be a person...ok, deep breath,..it can easily feel like the world is going to end. But fear not! It's not going to. Finals is finals, meaning no matter what happens, everything will be ok. We all have bad tests, or a bad paper, even if we've worked hard and tried our best. Sometimes that's all you can do. But trust me, ask any student on this campus and we've ALL been there. More often than not, you'll be fine! Just try your hardest and that's all you could ever ask of yourself. You got this!
4) Once it's over, it's vacation time.
The nice thing about finals (other than not having classes that week) is that after your tests are over (and some students end well before Friday) you're on break! Woo! Time to put on the ski gear, hiking shoes, pull out the shopping bags, or jet off to a far away land. The world is your oyster! Or, if you're like me, sometimes you decide to just veg on the couch and watch Netflix for hours on hours. Or, if you're feeling ambitious, you can opt to take an international study tour course or volunteer (internationally or domestically), which I've also done!
Overall, finals week isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. The great thing about SeattleU is that we have an incredibly supportive community of faculty, staff, and students who are all here to help. Remember, you can do it! Albers is here to help.
Now, off to finish my finals!
Professor: "We're going to begin class by introducing ourselves, our major, and what we plan on doing after we graduate."
Girl next to me: "My name is Rachel, I'm a finance/economics double major with a non-profit leadership minor, and I plan on opening a NGO that leverages underwriters to fund educational programs for adolescent girls in Eastern Africa."
Me: "My name is Nanty, and I have no idea what I'm going to do after I graduate."
This actually happened during a class my freshman year, and I still think I'm a little scarred to this day. There is this immense pressure to make "life" decisions early on in college, and I'm here to tell you that deciding on a career as a freshman is pretty ambitious. Even deciding on major your freshman year can be too soon. Finding a major is not what we're interested in here at Seattle University, we want you to find yourselves.
I know it all sounds abstract and existential, but I am always telling my mentees to start the major discernment process by thinking about what they like to do. You will come to love any major if you are able to relate what you learn in the classroom to what you want to be doing outside of the classroom. And it doesn't have to be specific - I have never heard someone say that they aspire to be an financial analyst, but I have heard someone say that they want to work at Amazon. It could be as simple as you want to have a career that is well-respected, and you'll constantly be surrounded by competent people (that's how I ended up an accounting major).
I challenge you all to begin to think about the things you like to do, the people you want to be surrounded by, or even a company that you would want to work for - your major will come when you get to know a little more about yourself.
Nanty Carlson | New Student Mentor
The unfamiliar, brutal, cold weather’s setting in and the struggle of leaving my warm, cozy dorm room is becoming increasingly difficult. I watch from my window as the many upperclassmen roam around campus in their North Face jackets and scarves conversing and laughing together. I reminisce of the glory days in high school, when I would strut the hallways waving at the numerous friends I’ve made over the years; wishing they were here keeping me company in college. But that’s not the case. Everyday consists of the same routine. Wake up, get ready, go to class, eat at C-Street, and then come back to my room to kill time. I haven’t expanded beyond my comfort zone, met any new people or experienced any new things. Throughout my life, I was under the false impression that college was going to be the best years of my life. College is supposed filled with lifetime friendships, long lasting memories and exhilarating experiences. So can someone inform me why this hasn't happened to me yet?
Today, I had a meeting with my business New Student Mentor. As usual he checked up on my academic progress and asked me if anything was bothering me about college. I decided to tell him about my struggle to enjoy college and confessed that I hadn’t made any efforts to get involved. I thought he would just give me the generic sympathy talk that everyone else gives me, but to my surprise he gave me advice that I will never forget. He told me that he too experienced similar troubles when he was a freshman, which is hard to believe. My mentor is currently working two jobs, involved in multiple clubs, maintaining a strong academic standing and has an internship lined up for him in the summer. How could he, someone with such a slow start end up being where he is today?
My mentor told me his biggest mistake was only getting involved at the beginning of his junior year and expressed that it wasn’t easy. He strongly discourages anyone to take the path he did and regrets doing it. He wishes that I learn from his mistakes and start getting involved now. It’s never too early to start creating and nurturing relationships with your peers and professors. Even something as simple as joining clubs that intrigue you or doing community service is a great way to meet people. You never know when the next door will open for you. So now is a great time to attend that networking event, grab coffee with your professor, and get to know the shy girl that sits alone in class. The best opportunities can come from the people you least expect it. The more people you are acquaintances with the better. And the more time you have the easier it is to build these relationships. Who knows where you’ll end up in the future? But being prepared and on top of the game will put you in a great position to be successful.
Winter quarter is upon us and you know that Game of Thrones meme that has the guy with the sword and the text "Brace yourselves, winter is coming"? Well, brace yourselves. Because winter is here!
Winter quarter is the quarter that students traditionally struggle with the most. I mean, think about it, the days are depressingly short, it's cold, and there isn't Thanksgiving to break-up the quarter a little bit. WQ is a time of year that self-care become so important to emphasize.
What then is self-care? For all intents and purposes self-care is what you do to keep yourself sane. They're the healthy activities that give you a reboot. Everyone has their own ways of taking care of themselves and I guess what I'm writing about today are a few things that I do to break myself out of the mundane cycle of class, homework, class, group project, class, meeting, class, etc.
Physical Activity -
Have you ever just left class frustrated? Maybe your teacher or a colleague just said something that drove you up a wall. How do you deal with that white-hot, fist-clenching, jaw-gnashing emotion? My answer? Lift. Heavy. Things. Others choose to go on a run (which I personally don't understand) and do other cardio, yoga. Turning to physical activity isn't just great for your body, but it can also be a great release for your brain as well.
Go for a Walk -
and I'm not talking about making that long trip from your residence hall room to the Cave to get a late-night snack. This city is a beautiful place. If you're feeling overwhelmed, grabbed a coat and just choose a direction. Volunteer Park. Kerry Park. The Washington Arboretum, Lake Washington. I can't tell you about all times I just picked a direction and walked. Walking and just
helped me think through a lot of the things that were bogging me down, and I came back (sometimes miles upon miles) later in a much better place
Note: if you're going to walk make sure you're smart about it
tips and tricks from public safety
Talk it out -
Sometimes there's nothing better than just airing out your deepest frustrations. Keep in mind that there undoubtedly people in your life that care deeply about you. Whether it's your friends, family, significant other, etc. There are people that would give the world to you, and they want nothing more than to see you happy. If you're feeling down, reach out to someone that cares, and just talk. Internalizing negatives feelings isn't a healthy habit to keep. While I recognize that there are times where that can lead to motivation. I would argue eight times out of ten, not talking about what's making you upset in just eating away at you. So find an outlet and just let it all out.
These are only three things that help
and let me emphasize it again,
. Feel better. You can easily apply these things to your own life, but self-care is an intrinsically hyper-personal thing. You know what makes you feel alive. Just remember that there is almost always time to catch-up with work and that you'll always put your best foot forward if you feel like you're in a good place.
Take care of yourself!
is one of the most culturally rich countries in the world. Despite being the
most populous country in Central America, its GDP is only about one-half of the
average GDP for all Central American and Caribbean nations. It is full of
history, from the Mayans, to the Spanish conquistadors, to the more recent 36
years of civil war. Over winter break, I went on Albers’ Study Tour to
Guatemala with the Central American Development Economics course. I’m not sure
that I know enough synonyms for awesome
and life-changing to be able to
adequately describe this trip, but I’m going to do my best!
The trip started off in Guatemala
City. We spent a day touring the city. Our time in there was very brief, but
very powerful. The extreme poverty and income inequality that plague the
country are striking. It was a completely different experience for me to be
confronted with such a stark contrast of wealth and poverty. I struggled seeing
the conditions that so many people live in. The tour of Guatemala City
completely threw me outside of my comfort zone. It made me consider the
extremely privileged life that I have been so lucky to have in the United
States. It made me contemplate my Jesuit education at Seattle University, and
the values of service and justice that it has instilled in me. My perception of
extreme poverty was completely intensified after seeing it in all of its brutal
After our day in Guatemala City, we traveled
to Antigua, where we spent the majority of the trip. La Antigua is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, meaning that it is protected as a place of unique cultural
or geographical significance. Antigua was completely different than Guatemala
City. Its cultural history and stunning
Spanish colonial architecture make the city an attractive tourist destination. The
juxtaposition of wealth and poverty were much less visible. In Antigua, we
visited a variety of companies and organizations, from small startups and
cooperatives to huge multinational corporations.
the most impactful organizations that we visited was a coffee cooperative
called De la Gente. De la Gente’s mission is to provide its farmers with access
to the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to run a successful and
sustainable business. With these tools, the farmers are able to maintain a
profit, which allows them to invest in healthcare, education, and housing.
During our visit to De la Gente, we picked coffee beans with the farmers,
roasted coffee beans, and drank coffee from the beans that we roasted. Then,
the farmers and their families welcomed us into their home, prepared us a meal,
and we all sat down and ate together. Being so warmly welcomed and accepted by
a group of people that we had just met was incredible. To listen to their
stories and to spend an afternoon with Filiberto, Freddy, Julio, and Timoteo
was the experience of a lifetime. They are so passionate about De la Gente and
their coffee, and their passion and hard work have paid off. It was absolutely
wonderful to see such positivity and success.
few days in Antigua, our group took a bus to Lake Atitlán. Our visit to the
lake was absolutely breathtaking. I have never encountered such natural beauty
in my life. I think I spent every second at the lake staring at the water and
the volcanoes trying to take it all in. We took a boat around the lake and
visited a few of the towns along the water. It was very interesting to see how
sleepy and quiet these towns were compared to Antigua and Guatemala City, where
the streets were always full of people.
to Guatemala ended with a day trip to Tikal with another student who attended
the trip. Tikal is a set of Mayan ruins in the northern part of Guatemala. It
is one of the largest known Mayan archeological sites, and a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Touring the city was absolutely out of this world. I felt like I
had traveled back in time. There were howler monkeys, exotic birds, and trees
taller than I had ever seen. To stand among those ancient pyramids, where
people had once lived, was extraordinary. Those huge structures were built
without modern machinery, which, to me, is astonishing.
trip was a once in a lifetime experience. I feel so lucky to have been a part
of it. I could not have asked for a more exciting ten days with such a
wonderful group of people. For me, this was the perfect way to study abroad. Guatemala,
I will be back!
Photos by: Aljohn Gaviola
Laura Molesworth | New Student Mentor
I had a hard time leaving home and coming to Seattle University
four years ago. When my parents were packing up the car to take me up I was
sobbing uncontrollably. If you’re interested in a visual, think a two year old
having a melt down in the grocery store when they don’t get the piece of candy
they’ve been eyeing.
I have always been a creature of habit and routine. I don’t
like when my days aren’t planned out, I don’t like feeling unsettled, I don’t
like change. So, naturally moving to Seattle from my home in Eugene, Oregon was
a huge adjustment. The things I took comfort in were gone. No longer could I
see my best friends, get coffee from my favorite coffee shop or go running on
Of course, as time went on I started finding comfort from
things in Seattle. I made new friends, discovered new trails and coffee shops
that actually had better coffee. I started forming new routines and feeling
more settled as each day passed. As a senior, I can happily say that Seattle is
In six months I will be graduating and am fully aware that
change is once again on the horizon. I am happy to report that this doesn’t
scare me like it used to. The most important thing I have taken away from my
time at Seattle U is that living outside of your comfort zone is the best way
to live. My advice to you, no matter what year you are, is to try and do this
Accept the invitation to hang out with new people, join the
club you’ve been thinking about joining for months, ask out the person you
think is cute from class, check out some concerts, study abroad or head
somewhere new for coffee. While I did find my rhythm and routine in Seattle the
things I’ve enjoyed the most here were the things I didn’t plan.
Changing things up in life can be incredibly rewarding. It
might seem scary or unsettling initially but take it from someone who used to think
the only way to live was to live in their comfort zone. The best people,
experiences and moments are waiting just outside of that zone.
Meghan Manwill | New Student Mentor
Some of us go to the gym on a regular basis and others spend their free time exploring Seattle and the communities around them. The word “active” means a lot of things to different people, but instead of defining active, ask yourself; How do you represent it in your daily routine as a student? Here are three ways that you (yes YOU) can be active in what you do:
1. Active LearningIt is safe to say that most of you came to Seattle University, a rigorous private Jesuit institution, to educate yourselves and develop a way of thinking that you will bring to your field of work in the future. You have a priceless opportunity to absorb information taught by knowledgeable faculty in your classes so take advantage of it while you can! Be active in your classes by staying engaged, asking questions, meeting with your professors and picking their brains on the concepts from class. For me, it has always helped sitting in the front row of my classes as it keeps me engaged, shows the professor I care and allows me to be more present in the class.
2. Active LifestyleListening in class is important, but is very hard to do if you are not healthy. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association showed that people who work out regularly are more focused, happier and overall physically healthier than those who do not. When you have some free time, remember that the gym has a ton of facilities and classes available to all Seattle U students so check out their new weights and different group classes to help you reach those fitness goals!
3. Active Community Member Classes and the gym are both important but let's remember that Seattle University is located in one of the most diverse and exciting parts of Seattle! There are so many things to do off campus with Capitol Hill a few steps away and Downtown just a short walk down James Street. Take some time out of your busy schedules to explore all that this city has to offer from the great food, gorgeous views and diverse communities. Show your student leadership by volunteering through the Center for Service and Community Engagement at many locations right next to campus.College is what you make it. The best way to take advantage of all the opportunities around you is by staying active and being present in the all that you do!
Sergiu Ipsas | New Student Mentor
Freshman year (and really any year in college) can be the best, and the worst, particularly when it comes to homesickness. It can happen at any time, unexpectedly (like in the middle of April) or more expectedly (like right before finals), and it's different for everyone. As much as we all can't wait to be away from home after high school or after a long summer break, it's almost certain that at some point within your college career you will feel a longing for home-cooked meals, your old bed, and having your laundry done for you. I mean, who doesn't like that? The important thing to remember when feeling homesick is to not fight it, feel embarrassed about it, or let it take you over. Like so many things, it's all about awareness.
I'll never forget the first time I felt homesick in college. So, here are some quick tips to combating homesickness:
1. Keep things interesting:
Part of the problem with homesickness is that you get tired of pretty much everything around you. When I feel homesick, the entire city of Seattle seems to lack any fun or enjoyable thing to do, which is just downright silly of me to think. Remembering all of the neat things to do around you can help remind you of the excitement and variety of experiences around you, something we all feel during our exciting college careers. Try to get out and do something you've always wanted to do, or try challenge yourself to a completely new experience altogether. Even if it's just one time, it can help distract you from thinking about home and add a refreshing perspective on things.
2. Don't slack off:
It can be so easy to just give up on school work when you want nothing more than to be at home. You're tired, over-worked, and downright exhausted from weeks of doing homework, studying, tests, presentations...the list goes on. However, pushing all of your finals work further and further towards that impending deadline will only stress you out more. Rather than adding stress on yourself to a near breaking-point right before you leave for break, work on your assignments and studying just a little bit each day so your workload seems more manageable and so you can actually see the progress you're making. This will help make the end of the quarter/semester a lot more tolerable.
3. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good:
Over the summer, I was a little bit of a health and fitness
junkie. Of course, this was when I basically had as much time as I wanted to
prepare meals in advance and have longer workouts. With school, two jobs, and
an internship, I’ve found myself stray away from my path to a healthier
lifestyle. When I don’t have time, I tend to buy anything from whatever is
nearby. Let’s be real, the food on and around campus is pretty good! (Delivery
services like Postmates just adds to it!) Then there are those late night study
sessions that don’t seem like such a good idea the next day... We’ve all been
Here are some easy, helpful tips to get you started!
Managing your own sleep is one of the hardest things to do. I know that I definitely struggle with it!
Most people either get too little or too much, but by getting just the right
amount of sleep you can have a stronger immune system and a good amount of
energy for the day. Research suggests that people need an average of 8.5 to 9
hours of sleep, but it differs for every person. Not getting enough sleep can
result in low-energy, falling asleep in class, or struggling to get up for
class. You might love late nights watching The Walking Dead, but try and sleep
a little earlier to get your body the rest it needs.
2. Have a Party on Your Plate!
No, I’m not talking about having an entire plate of party
snacks. I’m talking about adding color to your meals! Adding fruits and veggies
into your diet is an easy way to ensure you’re getting a variety of vitamins
and nutrients your body needs. It might be hard to stray away from that burger
and fries, but try mixing up lunch/diner with a salad, adding more veggies to
your sandwich, or adding a piece of fruit to your breakfast or snack. Definitely
try red or golden beets! I think that golden beets kind of taste like baby
corn.. but with more nutrients!
3. Make a Bet
Making goals for yourself to workout are great, but it’s
even better when you have a nice prize for yourself at the end of everything!
Whenever I tried to get myself motivated on my own, I usually found that I started
to make excuses once I started getting really busy. Get a friend involved in
your workout and you can bet something as simple as a meal at The Bistro or
C-Street! Inviting a friend and having an end reward can definitely influence
your motivation. You won’t even notice that you’re “feeling the burn” with all
the fun you’ll be having!
I think clichés are dumb. However, they wouldn’t exist if
they didn’t actually some meaning or value to them and unfortunately, the one
piece of advice that I want to pass on is a cliché: dress well, test well.
Now, I don’t mean literally wearing a suit to every single
class or every test, but when you “dress well”, it really can change your
attitude for the day. Imagine that cold, dark winter day where there is only 6
hours of sunlight (yes, these days do exist) and you have the choice to wear
sweatpants and a hoodie or jeans, a shirt, and a wool jacket. What kind of
attitude would you relate to the sweatpants wearer? This person is probably
just trying to get through the day, lacking enthusiasm and drive. Now, what about
our wool jacket student? This person most likely got ready for the day not
necessarily with the expectation that it would the best day ever, but with a
positive outlook, energized and ready to tackle challenges head on.
From this scenario, it should be easy enough to guess who
will “test well”. Our sweatpants friends won’t be putting themselves out there
at a networking event, but wool jacket people might be more ready to attack
this event with purpose. Testing well isn’t just about tests, it is the daily
tasks that we as students, have to balance everyday.
We often judge each other within the first seven or so
seconds, so impress them with the way you dress. At least don’t leave them
thinking about how your pajama pants had giraffes on them. Let them see your
confidence, resolve, and poise. My point is this: looking like you care will in
many ways, translate into actually caring. Caring about yourself, and in this
case, how you look, may help you walk a little taller or even with a bit more
swag. Especially as the quarter creeps up on midterms and as the days descend
into darkness, the best way to stay positive and confident is to perceive that
you are. That vibe is infectious too; it will get passed to others and then
they will pass it back to you.
I think I just gave everyone an excuse to go spend copious
amounts of money on a brand new winter wardrobe. Make sure to ask your parents
Mitchell | New Student Mentor
I know I am not the first to say this, but - welcome to the Albers School of Business and Economics!
Now in my second year as a New Student Mentor, I am finally starting to feel confident in the advice I am giving to my mentees. I have seen my new students experience their share of triumphs and tribulations in their first year. There are two distinct categories of freshmen - the rockstars, and the floaters. One thing that we constantly struggle with as peer mentors is reaching out to these floaters. We have mentees that are going to succeed no matter if or if they don't have a NSM (the rockstars), and then we have those that are constantly waiting for the next break so they can run to The Bottom Line. The best piece of advice I can give a new student is to truly want "it", no matter what "it" could be. This advice follows what I consider to be the golden rule of business school:
No, I am not trying to be ironic by using IHOP's slogan when there is a 24 hour IHOP across the street from campus (but I'll admit that did work out well). Business school is really about constantly setting goals and understanding the means to achieve them. Need an internship? Start looking online, maybe consider coming to the Placement Center for some extra help. Want to get that 4.0 GPA? Say no to your friends a couple times a week and spend those extra hours studying. That's the real beauty of college - you get out of it what you put into it. Although as NSMs we can help you with guiding you to resources and connecting you with the right people, it all begins with you.You are now the sole captain of your life ship, and it's time to conquer the college seas (am I killing it with the metaphors yet?). Surround yourself with the best crew that you can, and make sure you have a strong compass towards your goals.
Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.
The concept of “summer vacation”
doesn’t exist in the real world. As a senior graduating in two short weeks, the
reality of this statement is finally starting to hit me. Unless I become a
professor, this is the last summer vacation I will ever have. Not to be dramatic, but after 16 years of carefree,
three month-long summers, the prospect of having to work in an office for 40
hours a week when it’s 70 degrees outside seems pretty bleak. Never again will
my summer days consist of morning beach time, an afternoon water fight (plus Popsicle
break), then a leisurely evening of reading in the warm air.
But this post isn’t to bemoan the
realities of the summer vacation-free working world; it’s to encourage you
undergrads to savor your remaining summers! I’ve worked full-time every summer
since I was 16 years old, so I’ve had to figure out how to enjoy my summer
anyways. For those of you with summer internships or jobs, here’s how:
I hope this helps you take full
advantage of your summer vacation this year! Enjoy your friends, get out in the
sunshine, and relax before the new school year begins.
Margaux Helm | New Student Mentor
As I sit here writing; I am coming to the end of my
junior year. Being over half way through my college experience,
I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting.
Reflecting on what has gone well, what could be improved on, and well,
One question that continually comes up in my mind is
the one thing I could change if I had the chance to do it all over. And if I had to answer that question point
blank, I would definitely say: networking.
As a first year student, I remember being constantly
bombarded with messages regarding how important networking was. Like clockwork, I would receive emails from
the placement center with internship reminders. My NSM sent me emails about networking
opportunities. Guest speakers and professors continually talked about the
importance of networking. Frankly, I got
bored, and frustrated by it all. I told
myself I had time (which I did), but now, as I am looking for internships, and
post-graduation opportunities, I’m kicking myself for not going to more
networking style events.
Now that I am constantly attending networking
events, I am realizing that the same people show up to the events a solid 80% of the time. Sure, the first time I went to a networking
fair, I felt awkward as heck. I mean, I
always feel a little bit awkward in social situations. That’s just who I am. What makes events
easier though is the relationships that you build with your peers, and
The relationships that you establish at networking
socials goes far beyond surface level conversations, and a handshake. It’s really about keeping in touch. Sending that follow-up email, asking what
seem like mundane questions. You think
that everyone follows all of those tips that you get from listening to
presentations given by the placement center? No. In reality, only a few people actually spend
the time to send thoughtful emails, and letters, and they really do set you
apart from the rest of the pack.
It’s those relationships that you foster that will
help you in the future. It may not get
you the job directly, but put yourself in the shoes of any human resource
coordinator. If you were sitting in
their seat, would you want to interview, and subsequently hire another name on
a resume, or would you rather interview someone you already know? Most would go with the person that they know
because there is a level of comfort there.
I know that I would.
Ultimately, networking won’t guarantee you a job in
the future. You still need to have all
the qualifications that the position asks for.
But one thing is for sure, networking can never hurt.
The relatively good weather we’ve been having this week isn’t
helping the fact that Spring Break is over and that summer is right around the
corner. While many might already be in summer mode and others may have caught
the oh-so-contagious Senioritis, there are still eight more weeks standing in
Even though you might want to spend all your time soaking up
the sun, it’s important to stay on top of your school work. Here are a few tips
to stay motivated and finish this quarter strong!
1. Prioritize Assignments
This is easier said than done! Do whatever helps you stay organized, whether it
is a planner or to-do list. Plan ahead and don’t procrastinate because it will
definitely help you in the long run. Who wants to worry about papers and
assignments while relaxing at the park when you can relax with a clear
2. Reward Yourself
After you finish a hard assignment, go ahead and give yourself a little reward.
Having something to look forward to will motivate you to push through and
finish everything. These rewards can range from sweet treats to watching one
episode of your favorite TV show. Be careful not to cheat yourself and reward yourself early. It’ll take even longer to finish your assignment,
and that’s not what you want.
3. Find Alternative Study Places
Are you longing for the sunlight? Change it up and take your studying to
somewhere you can enjoy a little Vitamin D. It’s still possible to enjoy the
sun and study as long as you find a spot where you’re not too distracted.
4. Study With Other People
Studying with others can help you understand the material better and can help
you work more efficiently. It’s always fun to get a group together and spend a
few hours studying at the library, but just make sure you actually study!
5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
You won’t get anything done with only a few hours of sleep. It’s important to
get enough rest every night in order to focus completely in your work. Plan out
your days in advanced so you don’t end up pulling an all nighter writing a
paper or studying for a test.
6. Work Out
Working out not only helps reduce stress, but it’ll also help you get in shape
for the summer! Think of it as hitting two birds with one stone. Take some time
to go on a run to help you relax, get fit, and enjoy the weather.
Although it’s easy to get that “I don’t care, the year’s almost over” attitude,
resist the urge to go down that road! Try your best in your classes so you know
that in the end you gave it your all. Be optimistic and work hard! If you work
as hard as you can, the more rewarding it will feel when you finally finish the
Good luck this spring! Abbey Fajardo | NSM
Starting college is the ultimate social media ego boost; with every three people you meet on your floor, you're bound to get at least one new follower on Instagram or Twitter. And now that we're almost two quarters through this school year, I'm sure we've all increased our follower count by at least 50. But be forewarned - not everyone catching word of your username is a student. There is a major population of alumni and professionals that are only one click away from seeing your photos from this last weekend's beer pong tournament. Consider this your first glimpse into how powerful, and risky, social media can be.
Winter quarter of my freshman year I landed an internship with our athletics department, a dream of mine prior to starting college. My supervisor was a graduate student, and being only 7 years my senior, became one of my newest Twitter followers. Not having previously thought to censor my tweets, and recently discovering a world of new vices, I recklessly posted about my most recent weekend experience (photos included). Two days later, I was called personally by our Athletic Director to meet with him. Naive as I was, I wasn't prepared for the verbal butt-kicking I received. Turns out he had found my Twitter account through my supervisor and was none too pleased with my choice of content. To save you all the embarrassment and shame I felt during that 30 minute meeting, I've paraphrased the conversation into the following bullet points:
Even the lowly intern forced to be Rudy the Redhawk is a direct reflection of the director, and there is very leniency for those who compromise the credibility of the head honcho.
2. Use the "Would my Mom be okay with me posting this" rule.
If you happen to have a very relaxed mother, you can substitute your conservative grandmother for an indicator.
3. Understand the scope of your actions.
The next professional that sees your racy IG post could be the person that declines your inquiry for a letter of recommendation, use your first years of college to start changing your mindset to include the next 5 years, rather than the next weekend.
I was fortunate enough to escape with just a warning, but it was enough for me to completely change the way I treated my social media. Please consider switching your profiles to private and thinking twice about posting photos from your weekend festivities. You never know who could be watching.
As a senior, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my past four years here
at Seattle University. Looking back, I wish someone had laid out all of the dos
and don’ts of college life when I first started here. While this isn’t a comprehensive list, here
are ten things that I’ve learned since I arrived at Seattle University in September 2010.
Consider this one soon-to-be graduate’s guide to a happy and successful Albers
With the winter season
in full swing, there always seems to come a time of reflection that can often
lead to second-guesses and detachment.
The, at times, dreary
Pacific Northwest weather can tend to throw all of us into a daze, given that
we allow it to do so. With an unfamiliar, ever-changing experience like
college, this weather-induced daze can often result in a period of reflection
full of second-guesses and faux regrets. It's easy to let yourself begin to question
whether you made the right decision to attend the college or university that
you chose or whether attending college was the right decision at all.
While most everyone goes
through the aforementioned period of contemplation, it can become even more
damaging when it's allowed to transform into a period of detachment. When you
allow yourself to become detached, you begin to impact not only yourself, but
also your friends, family, classmates, and all other parties that you interact
with on a daily basis.
Whether this time of
detachment lasts a week, month, quarter, or year, it begins to wear you and
your most critical relationships down. With these thoughts in mind, I'd like to
share a quote from one of my favorite comedians, Louis C.K.
"You’ll be fine. You’re 25. Feeling unsure
and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are
showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel
okay all the time."
While his quote
addresses a 25-year-old, I believe it applies even more so to those of a
younger age. College and your 20s in general are a time to be okay with
uncertainty and embrace it head-on. It's OK to feel unsure sometimes. Like
Louis C.K. said, see what your feelings are showing you and use them to move
forward in the direction that makes you happy. Take a deep breath; try not to
allow yourself to become detached from your friends and family, and turn this
time of reflection into a positive step toward the path that makes you
Austin Porter | NSM
Congratulations for making through your first quarter at Seattle University! Now that you’re through the first one, we still have two to go. Today I’m here to try and give some helpful tips to help maintain some of the momentum that you gained academically this quarter.
Rule #1: Not getting a 4.0 isn’t backbreaking. If you only take one thing away from this, choose this: Grades are important, but they’re not everything.
Ask any admission counselor or professor, and they’ll tell you that you’re here for a reason. If you weren’t smart, you wouldn’t be here. The first critical piece to recognize is that the ability is there, it has always been there, and it will continue to be there. If you didn’t get a 4.0 your first quarter, that doesn’t mean that you’re not smart or that you’re not going to get hired down the road. This isn't to say that grade don't matter, I’m not saying that you should tank the grades, but just realize that a B here, or even a C+ there isn’t going to kill you.
What I’ll offer you is this; you should always be trying to do your best. A’s are hard to come by in college; it’s OK if you don’t have a 4.0. What you should absolutely be doing is utilizing your resources, (you have a lot here), while striving to learn as much as you can.
All right, I just read over that last paragraph and realized that it was pretty cheesy, but the point is still stands, so it’s going to stay right where it is. Here’s a piece of actual advice: take some time to reflect on the things that went well, and not so well and write them down. Be honest with yourself now, even if you got a 4.0, met the love of your life, made a million dollars, or what say you, there’s always things that can be improved.
We tend to stigmatize failure, but should we really be doing that? When I think about all the ways that I’ve grown in the last few years, I’ve found that more often than not, it’s through failing. In fact, I’ve royally screw something up and end up having epiphanies. I cherish the times that I fail because I remember them and try to improve myself so that don’t happen again. This is something that has helped me understand that I’m always growing, adapting, and that I’m nowhere near a finished product. I highly encourage you all to try something similar.
Golden nugget #2: Don’t forget to take care of yourself. When you’re done reflecting on your successes and failures. Take some time to think about what balances you out. What are the little things that just make your heart skip a little beat, and make you grin? Make sure you have time in your days to pursue those activities and moments. I know that things get stressful, I’ll be the first to admit that I easily get wrapped up by everything and forget that I’m a real person and I’m not just a robot that goes to class, meetings, and never stops working.
Self-care is an area of improvement for me for sure, (see I’m even trying to follow my advice). It’s a process, but even if it means that you have to take a step back from all your activities just to take a breath, that’s a step forward. All that we can really do is to take those little baby steps. Change and progress are rarely monumental moments, it’s much more likely to be incremental and almost unidentifiable. We figure out that change has occurred through that ever-important reflection time.
Quick recap: Grades are important, but they’re not everything, Reflect on the things that have gone well and things that could have been done differently, and finally take care of yourself. It’s a long school year, things will change along the way. Always remember that there will always be someone right there with you, and in the words of Dory from Finding Nemo, “just keep swimming.”
Have a wonderful holiday season every.
One thing I would always tell my younger sibling who stresses about what he wants to do in life - dreaming is a free entity.
It is definitely intimidating and stressful to think about the future, but stress not, believe in yourself and have faith that things will fall into place accordingly. Work hard, but more importantly, work smart. There is no such thing as an overnight success and the word "success" is such a vague word as everyone have their own definition of the word.
One of my favorite quotes that I would constantly remind myself during times of doubt, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference in whatever you do."
So whatever your dreams may be, go ahead and take that leap of faith. There is a difference when you see an individual who loves doing what they are doing and another who is doing it for the sake of the job.
Good luck for registration and for the second half of your quarter!
Samantha Aw, NSM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8th: Last Day to Withdraw.
If you are considering dropping a course, please meet with your professor and your advisor to discuss your options. The last day to drop a course is Friday, November 8th. The Withdraw form requires the signature of your professor, so it is important that you start this process prior to Friday.
Freshman: Don't forget to schedule your advising appointments (you will need to schedule two this quarter) with your New Student Mentor (NSM). You will need to have met with your NSM twice this fall to have your advising hold lifted.
Transfers: If you are a first or second quarter transfer, you will need to meet with an advisor in a scheduled appointment to have your advising hold released.
If you currently have an Excel hold on your account, you will need to have passed the Excel Level I Certification prior to Registration Week (Begins November 18) to be able to register on your own. You can check to see if you have an Excel hold on your account by checking your STUDENT RESTRICTIONS on SU online.
If you are a new transfer this fall, you have until the end of the fall quarter to complete this requirement. You should not have the Excel hold on your account, but you should check your STUDENT RESTRICTIONS just to make sure you don't have anything that will prevent you from registering on time.
You can schedule a date to take the Excel Level I Certification by going to the Albers' webpage.
Thursday, November 7, 2013, Albers Executive Speaker Series, Phyllis Campbell, Vice Chairman of the Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase, "Leading in the Turbulent Financial Sector," Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.
There are two main phrases that have really stuck with me since I've been a student at Seattle University:
The first phrase has largely been motivational for me in terms of how I view my classes, extracurricular activities, and internships/ work. It's not a secret that the more heart and soul you put into the things you partake in, you will gain something incredible-- small or big-- out of them. It might be that you put in more hours studying for a difficult course you're taking-- and you end up not only with a good grade, but also genuine understanding/ knowledge of the course concepts. Or it might be that you put in extra time to attend all of a club's events and get to really know your fellow club members-- and you learn the value of teamwork and networking. The more I think about this phrase, the more I realize that I put dedication and hard work into my classes, club activities, and jobs not because I keep thinking, "Oh, I MUST gain something out of this," but because I actually genuinely want to give everything my all.
Something I've struggled with more is the second phrase: Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Like many people, I like my comfort zone. It's cozy and warm. When I force myself to step out of it, I feel incredibly, well, uncomfortable. But if I always remain inside my comfort zone, I will remain stagnant, never growing, and never learning. If I don't step outside, I'll be preventing myself from experiencing new things that may be incredibly wonderful opportunities.
This is one of the best things about being a student in college: we're all here to learn. Nobody will ridicule you for trying something new no matter how awkward and nervous you yourself may feel. Honestly, for me, attending events such as the Career Fair hosted by the Albers Placement Center to meet with potential employers and to network is stepping out of my comfort zone because meeting new people isn't always the easiest for me. But the Business & Engineering Career Fair is next Tuesday, October 22, from 11 AM - 2 PM in the Campion Ballroom, and I'll definitely be there. Why? Because I'm going to start being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
So I urge you. If you are uncomfortable with being a follower, try to give others a chance to step up as a leader. If you're uncomfortable with speaking up in class, maybe make it a goal of yours to speak up at least once a class (or start with once a week!). I promise you that you have nothing to lose.
Until next time,Jane Park, NSM
Freshman year I wouldn’t have known that senior me would be a business student. Regardless, there are a few things I learned this summer that I’m working to get better at.
1. Think about your 35 year plan. Someone asked me what my 35 year plan was this this summer and at first it seemed like an intimidating question, but after I thought about it I realized that it wasn’t. I have dreams and places I want to be someday. Personally, I hope to own a pet corgi at some point. Everyone has things they want in life like a family, a certain career, a level of education. Even bigger than that our Jesuit influences teach us to think about how we want to impact the world.
2. Get good at fending for yourself. There were a total of 1,800 other interns at the company I worked for this summer. Getting asked to come back involves both doing a good job and knowing the right people. You have to be stubborn enough about the value you bring and convince people that they need you back.
3. The informational interview is your best friend.You can learn more from talking to a real person for 20 minutes than you can from 2 hours on a company website. Informational interviews are fantastic ways to build your network, get referred to job opportunities, and get perspective on a company. The Albers Placement Center is a great resource for getting connected to people that work in companies or industries that you’re interested in.
When I’m structuring an informational interview, there are three types of questions I always ask. First, I always ask someone about a specific project or program they worked on. This can be hard to find, but this is where LinkedIn is very helpful. I also always google the person just to see if they’ve written or been quoted in any articles. The second thing I ask is about something I’ve heard from someone else about that particular job or industry. Third, I ask about something I read about their company in the news and their opinion or involvement on the subject.
4. Be ambitious. Use these four years to dream big. Make sure you’re always taking steps to work towards what you ultimately want and do a good job at everything you can get your hands on. It will take hard work to find something to do after college. It will take even more hard work to find something that you want to do. You’re in a great place to help you with those things. Take advantage of that. There are tons of resources in Albers like your NSM, the advisors, the Albers Placement Center, the wonderful professors we have here, and all the different business clubs.
I wish you all the best in your fall quarter!
-Molly Morrisey, NSM
Please take note of the upcoming events this week and in October!
FALL KICKOFF EVENT!
Freshman: ThisThursday, October 10th from 12:30-1:30 in Student Center 160 is your Fall Kickoff Event! All freshman are required to come to this event. You will have an opportunity to meet with your New Student Mentor (NSM), as well as, faculty and staff. Clubs and organizations will also be represented at this event. See you there!
The Center for Business Ethics at The Albers School of Business and Economics presents:
The Vocation of the Business Leader~A Conference on Faith, Values, and Integrity in the Workplace
Friday October 11-Sunday October 13, 2013
The conference is a great opportunity for students to learn about international supply chains, entrepreneurship, and business excellence based on three fundamental approaches to sustainability: human dignity, the common good, and environmental well-being.
Registration Is Free: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/464700
The conference website ishttp://www.seattleu.edu/albers/inner.aspx?id=121222.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
Business & Engineering Career Fair, Campion Ballroom:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Seattle University Business & Engineering Career Fair provides business and engineering students an opportunity to connect with company recruiters, to explore various job and internship options, and to build their professional network. The Business & Engineering Career Fair includes leading employers from the Greater Puget Sound business area.
Albers Executive Speaker Series:
Thursday, October 24, 2013, Pigott Auditorium 5:30 pm.
Brad Tilden, President & CEO of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group and CEO of Horizon Air, "Success at 3.5% Market Share?"
Welcome back to school! Are you looking forward
to Fall Ball?! Did some of you miss out on all the awesomeness last year
because the tickets sold out too quickly? Keep an eye out for tickets and buy
them quickly before they run out! Fall Ball is one of the most popular school
events! Don’t worry if you don’t happen to get a ticket because there are other
excellent events hosted by Seattle University and Seattle University clubs!
Throughout the school year there’s: FASA Jam, FASA Formal, Hui O Nani Hawaii’s Luau,
UFC’s Barrio, and SU club night, Dance Marathon, SU Basketball games, SU
volleyball games, and SU soccer games. Check out all the events at SU Online.
Go to “Student Life,” “Get Involved,” “Events” and you will see all these
opportunities and more!
Do you want to get physically active and burn off
the Freshman 15? Join workout classes in Connolly Gym for only 5 dollars! Sign
up at SU online and join classes like: zumba, circuit training, yoga sculpt, hatha
yoga, express flow yoga, novice yoga, restorative yoga, Tabata boot camp, indoor
cycling, spin & sculpt, core fusion, core circuit, ab attack, and barre and
Thinking about study abroad? The best suggested
times to study abroad are Sophomore year Winter quarter or Fall quarter, or
Early Junior year.
If you are considering studying abroad but don’t
know enough information to make an informed decision here are the steps to
The Five Steps to Studying Abroad
Attend an info
session in the Educations Abroad Office
appointment with an education abroad advisor
Apply to your
required pre-departure paperwork
Important dates to keep in mind are Tuesday
October 22nd and Tuesday January 14th! Visit the Albers
Abroad Office in Pavillion 124 or the webpage at: seattleu.edu/albers/studyabroad
You can also call them at 206.296.2226
- NSM Taryn
Welcome Back! We are so happy to have you back on campus and are excited for the 2013-2014 academic year to start. We hope you are just as excited for the new opportunities that await you this year. Advisors are here to help you with your transition, whether that transition is from high school to college, another college or university to Seattle University, or just making that transition back into school from a great summer break. We hope to see you at least once during the fall quarter to discuss your winter quarter classes, but also hope you will come see us if you have any other questions or to let us know how the quarter is going! During the first week of classes advisors will hold walk-in hours if you have concerns about your current schedule, would like to discuss dropping or adding a course, or have an issue that can't wait. We also have limited appointments during the first week of classes for issues that may take a little longer. You can schedule appointments by stopping by Pigott 318 or calling the front desk at 206-296-5700. Below you will find some important information regarding walk-in hours during fall drop/add period, important dates throughout the quarter and how you can get in touch with the advisors. Make sure you look through all the information and keep it for reference! Welcome back again and we all look forward to working with you! WALK-IN ADVISING HOURS FALL DROP/ADD PERIOD: Wed., September 25th : 9:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-3:00 pmThursday, September 26th : 9:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-3:00 pmTuesday, October 1st: 9:00 am-10:30 am & 1:30 pm-3:00 pm (Tuesday, October 1st is the last day to ADD/DROP classes)
WALK-IN ADVISING HOURS FALL DROP/ADD PERIOD:
Wed., September 25th : 9:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Thursday, September 26th : 9:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Tuesday, October 1st: 9:00 am-10:30 am & 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
(Tuesday, October 1st is the last day to ADD/DROP classes)
Dhorea Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org): Accounting and Finance
Kathleen Horenstein (email@example.com): BAE, Economics, Bus. Economics, International Business, & Individualized Majors
Shery Crater (firstname.lastname@example.org): Management and Marketing
Graduate Assistants: Amy Clawson (email@example.com) and Kali Odell (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be advising our Pre-Business students.
Below are a few important dates, mark these in your calendar. Please click here to view a more comprehensive Academic Calendar, the Final Exam calendar and an Important Dates Calendar.
Last day to add/drop or change grading option for classes.
Last day to apply for graduation: Winter 2014
Mass of the Holy Spirit (classes between 10am-1pm cancelled)
Oct. 28-Nov. 15
Last day to apply for graduation: Spring 2014
Last day to withdraw from classes
Veteran’s Day: No classes
Registration begins: Winter 2013
Thanksgiving Break: No Classes
Last Class Day
Final Exam Week
Dec. 15-Jan. 5
HOW WE ADVISE:
Either in person or by phone - may be scheduled by calling (206) 296-5700 or stopping by Pigott 318. Appointments are each 30 minutes. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule. During registration periods, advisors are in high demand. Avoid the rush and schedule your appointment in advance.
Available during registration periods and the first week of the quarter during scheduled times. We will also have regular walk-in hours during the quarter (see below). Walk-in Advising is on a first-come, first-served basis and is reserved for students with quick questions.
FALL QUARTER WALK-IN HOURS: (starting October 2nd)
Monday: 9:00 am-11:00 am
Wednesday: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Thursday: 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Available via two methods:1. You may contact an advisor at AlbersUGemail@example.com. You may contact your advisor directly.
Have a great first week of classes, we would love to hear about your summer and we look forward to working with you throughout the year!
As I look forward towards graduation, I feel like I am going through the five stages of death. Maybe that’s a little dramatic, but attending and graduating college are a really big deal. I have taken forty-nine classes, completed four internships, and created lasting relationships with peers and professors, and finally, after months of biting my nails, emailing, interviewing, and worrying, secured my very first full-time, adult job. I am just now entering the realm of acceptance, and the journey here is worth talking about.
Until spring quarter of your senior year, you will be in denial. It just won’t register that college is ending. Two hour classes broken up by lunches with friends, having Friday’s perpetually free, and month long winter breaks are all fleeting aspects of a college lifestyle.
I don’t know that it is the worst thing to be in this stage as long as you’re making the most of it. Don’t catch yourself thinking “Oh, I’ll just do that next time,” because pretty soon there won’t be a next time. Go to class - pretty soon you won’t have a class to go to. Go the extra mile in your group projects - pretty soon you might be working with one of your teammates in the real world. Listen to your professors - they’ve been out there in the real world and they know what it’s like. Make the most of the first stage of graduation.
I would equate this stage to the time I told my father, at the mature age of four-and-a-half that I didn’t want to grow up and wanted to be a kid forever. I stamped my foot. I cried. I yelled.
I would like to think I had a more civil reaction to this stage this time around, but I still felt those same emotions rising up. It isn’t fair that I only get four years of this glorious world called college. It isn’t fair that I’m going to have to start paying my own bills next month. But it’s just life. Everyone else is doing it.
I actually considered adding a minor so that I could stay an extra quarter, but that’s about as close to bargaining as I got. I got pretty desperate trying to think of a way to perpetuate college, but it has to end. That’s why it’s such as special experience.
This stage has been the hardest for me. The goodbyes, the farewell dinners, and the realization that everyone is leaving and my whole life is about to change, drastically, has been too much at times.
Seattle University has an incredible community, and I felt like graduation would have me walk through a door that would shut behind me leaving that community behind. I felt an increasing amount of regret questioning whether or not I truly made the most of my time at Seattle University.
Don’t put yourself in this position. Call that friend you haven’t seen in a month. Go to the recommended lecture your professor talked about in class. Sit next to someone new in class and get to know them. You never know when opportunity might strike or suddenly disappear.
And here I am. I am so excited for the next stage of my life. It’s exhilarating, terrifying, and bittersweet all at once. I know that I have the Seattle University and Albers support system to fall back on and that the relationships I made will last me a lifetime. I may not be a student anymore, but I am proud and excited to become an Alumni and join a new community in Seattle University.
Congratulations, Class of 2013. We did it.
Leanna H. RobbCore Honors - Seattle UniversityMarketing Major (Senior) - Albers School of Business and EconomicsDigital Design Major - College of Arts and SciencesNew Student Mentor - Albers School of Business and EconomicsGraphic Designer - Seattle University Student Activities
As I look back on my college years the first feelings that emerge are both happiness and thankfulness. It is a blessing to be able to engage in higher education, and in my opinion the best opportunity of my life, thus far, to receive a degree from Seattle University. Throughout my time here I have grown as a student and an individual into an honest, reflective, and passionate young adult who is ready to tackle life as a working professional, and hopefully leave a lasting impression on the people I am able to contact in this world.
It is strange to think back to move-in day in September of 2009. Am I still the same Amanda? I would say yes. But am I a better Amanda? Most definitely! Throughout my time at Seattle U I have been able to be involved as a student-athlete and a student-leader and both of these experiences have helped me to mature, and grow into the young adult that sits here now reflecting on her college career.
As a student-athlete I have been able to represent Seattle University as a member of the track and field team, I and have learned so much more than how to heave a hammer 46 meters. I became a good teammate, I became accountable, and I developed the skills to tackle difficult tasks head on. I am thankful to our coaching staff for helping me to do this and for their commitment to our team. As a New Student Mentor in Albers I have truly developed as a leader. I have been given the opportunity to practice my leadership skills, through trial and error, with a dedicated and passionate group of supervisors. There are not enough kind words I could say about our graduate assistants, Therese Credle and Megan Fillipi, and our supervisor Dhorea Brown. All of them work to keep us updated so that we can remain good mentors, but also educate us as young professionals so that we are prepared to be leaders out in the “real world.” To them I owe sincere gratitude.
My extracurricular activities aided a lot in my development, but as a student I have had amazing experience and have had professors who have helped me grow as a young professional. Albers, overall, has an amazing group of professors, and especially in my respective major, accounting. I respect each and every accounting professor who I have taken courses with. I remember them all. Niranjan Chipalkatti sparked my love of accounting, and each professor thereafter has kept the flame alive. I am so grateful to Chips, Sarah Bee, Marinilka Kimbro, John Merle, Jim Schneidmiller, Dave Tinius, and Vidya Awasthi. I name them all because they deserve recognition, even if it is simply in the blog of one of the many 2013 graduates. All of these professors have displayed their love and passion for the field that we as students aspire to be a part of. I have continually been challenged, but always motivated, tested, but fairly rewarded. I appreciate the openness that all of these professors have given us. I have learned the ins and outs of debits and credits, rules and regulation, and the intricacies of the financial statements. Most importantly, though, I have learned to work hard and recognize just how much I am capable of.
As if I haven’t said it enough, I am just so thankful for EVERYTHING Seattle University had given me. In closing, I think I will end with my personal mission statement. This is something we were required to make for our Management 489 class. This is one of the capstone courses in Albers, so it makes sense in this class I would be asked to define my personal mission and who I want to be. My personal mission statement is:
I am a person who is dedicated to honesty and goodness, and have used this as motivation to develop a broad set of skills and knowledge that will have an impact on others’ lives. I am always ready to give my all to whatever I choose to do and with whomever I cross paths. I will never falter in my dedication to my commitments as a businesswoman, and one day as a wife and mother. I am confident that I can do it all, and am ready to learn and experience this world with a smile and a positive attitude each and every day.
And with that it is goodbye. I will never forget my time here and all who have touched my life. I also hope I have had an impact on some people so that they will never forget me. Thank you, thank you, and thank you times a bazillion Albers School of Business and Economics and Albers University! Toodles!
Amanda LunaAccounting Major (Senior) | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle UniversityNew Student Mentor | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle UniversityTrack and Field Athlete | Hammer Throw
11 Days, 19 Hours, and 52 Minutes.
It is hard to believe that my last four years here at SU is
down to the final two weeks. My experience at SU has been full of excitement,
love, fun, and the occasional dance party. As the end approaches, I have been especially
focusing on these experiences and trying to properly say “see you later” before
I leave to begin my new job in Chicago.
As a final blog post, I would like to thank all of those
people both in Albers and in the SU community who pushed and challenged me
throughout the past four years.
Yesterday, I was talking to my English 110 professor, Dr. Hawley, about
the maturing I have done in Seattle, especially in the classroom. Especially as an Albers student, I was
challenged to stretch my understanding of concepts of material and not be “ok”
with just finding the right answer. The
Albers school has such great resources in its professors and staff, and I have
been so blessed to be at this university and share in its mission of “educating
leaders for a just and humane world.”
The last four years have been incredible and it is because
of the connections I made within the business school, that I have become a more
mature and focused person. This
experience would not have been successful without all of the support this
school shows its students.
As a parting word: don’t be afraid to know your professors,
don’t be afraid to take risks, and don’t be afraid to speak up and your experience
will be so much better.
Please join us in congratulating all of the Albers Awards Recipients, who were recognized at the Albers Awards Ceremony on May 10th, 2013.
Spirit of Albers Award: Christopher Clem
Albers Undergraduate Service Award: Jonas Harris
UNDERGRADUATE CLUB AWARDS:
Scholarship Key Award ALPHA KAPPA PSI: Saara Janmohamed
Impact Award ASCEND: Eva Mei
Outstanding Leader Award BETA ALPHA PSI: Michael Watson
Leadership Award INFORMATION SYSTEMS CLUB: Taryn Kane
Leadership Award GLOBAL BUSINESS CLUB: Samantha Aw
Leadership Award MARKETING CLUB: Lin Wilson
Club Leadership Award ENACTUS: Jonas Harris
Leadership Award BUSINESS ETHICS CLUB: William Adams
Academic Achievement Award OUTSTANDING FRESHMAN: Loc Cao
Academic Achievement Award OUTSTANDING SOPHOMORE: Quinn Annand
Woodrow R. Clevinger Award OUTSTANDING JUNIOR: Mitchell Chinn
Paul A. Volpe Award OUTSTANDING SENIOR: Kalison Shilvock
Academic Achievement Award OUTSTANDING TRANSFER: Ha V. Nguyen
Summer Registration has begun! Fall registration starts next week on May 20th. Please make sure you check your SU online account for your registration appointment and check your student restrictions to make sure you have no barriers to registering. ALL students should check their STUDENT RESTRICTIONS to make sure the do not have an Advising Hold. ALL students (even seniors) had a hold placed on their account to make sure you meet with an advisor to discuss the new Core requirements. We have had walk-ins all quarter to try to accomodate all of the students. Walk-in hours will be slightly different the week of May 20th.
MONDAY: 9:00 am-11:30 am
TUESDAY-THURSDAY: 9:00 am -11:30 am & 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Please understand that the advisors have been working hard to meet with all of the students this quarter and we have done the best we can to accomodate you. We are expecting busier than normal walk-ins, so please be patient with us as we try to see everyone. If you have a registration appointment after the walk-in hours listed, please check with an advisor to see if we can work with you.
There have been a few courses that have had their pre-fix changed. They are the same courses, just different pre-fix:
MGMT 280 has been changed to BCOM 280
MGMT 320 has been changed to INBU 320
MGMT 486 has been changed to INBU 486
Core requirements are now listed under UCOR, please see an advisor to discuss specific courses you should be searching for.
Albers Graduate and Undergraduate Programs cordially invite you to attend the annual Albers Awards Reception on Friday, May 10, 2013. It will be in Pigott Auditorium from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. Please RSVP (including number of guests) by May 3rd, 2013. Call 206-296-5700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Midterms may be upon you, or you may have just been through them, but summer and fall should also be on your mind right now! It is ADVISING PERIOD! This means you should be scheduling an appointment with your advisor to discuss your long term plan and courses for the fall and/or summer quarter. The 2013-14 schedule of courses is now live on SU online, so you can begin planning for next quarter. A few reminders:
You must schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss your long term plan or develop a long term plan. Your advising hold will not be lifted unless you meet with an advisor in an appointment. Our walk-in hours are not appropriate times to discuss this and get your hold released.
You should be studying for and scheduling your date to complete the EXCEL LEVEL I CERTIFICATION. This requirement is to be fulfilled by the time you have completed 45 credits. Information regarding the certification can be found on the Albers website.
If this is your first or second quarter at Seattle University, you must meet with an advisor in an appointment to go over your long term plan and discuss courses for the summer or fall quarter. You will not be able to register until this hold is released.
If you have not passed the EXCEL LEVEL I CERTIFICATION and this is your second (or more) quarter at Seattle University, you should have a registration hold on your account. If you have the Excel hold on your account and you have not passed the certification by the time summer and/or fall registration begin you will need to see an advisor to register. This could delay your registration. Please make sure that you are checking your student restrictions leading up to Registration Period and before you see an advisor.
Reminder: All students should have received a hold on their account for the new Core Requirements. We have several walk-in hours for you to discuss this with an advisor. This is the only hold we will release during walk-ins. If you have an advising hold because you are a freshman, transfer student or have a hold regarding probation, you will need to schedule an appointment. If you are unsure if you have this hold, you can check your restrictions on SU online.
Are you feeling the need to always be outside? Do you have the desire to skip class? Are you just waiting for Summer to arrive? If your answer is "yes" to at least one of these questions, you might have caught "Spring-itis".
But, do not worry! You are not alone. Many Seattle University students, including Albers undergraduates, come across "Spring-itis" during this sunny time of year. The key to overcome it is to follow a few simple tips and tricks to keep yourself motivated:
Once you try out these tips and tricks, remind yourself of what keeps you motivated. Call your family and friends, make future plans for summer, or energize yourself with a fruit smoothie while sitting on the Union Green!
Then, the "Spring-itis" will disappear, and you will be prepared for what is to come. You have already made it this far into Spring quarter. Finish strong, while still enjoying the outdoors and beautiful weather!
Priyal Zaveri, New Student Mentor
Advising Period starts next week! It's hard to believe it is already time to start talking about summer and fall registration, but in just a few weeks it will be time to register for courses.
ADVISING PERIOD: April 29-May 16
Schedule your appointments early, our schedules fill up quickly. Freshman & Transfer Students (Winter & Spring Quarter Transfers) are required to schedule an appointment with their Academic Advisor. Registration Appointments will be emailed and available to view on SU online Friday, April 26th. The fall quarter schedule will be available to view on SU online starting Monday, April 29th.
NEW CORE HOLDS: The Registrar's office has made the change on your program evaluations to reflect the new Core requirements. All Albers students have had a hold placed on their account so that they meet with an Advisor to discuss how the new Core requirements will affect you. For many this will be minimal impact, so we have walk-in hours to try to meet with sophomores, juniors & seniors (see hours below). Freshmen & Transfers (Both Winter & Spring Quarter Transfers) are required to meet with an advisor in an appointment, not during walk-ins. Please note, walk-in hours are for quick questions and to go over the new Core requirements. Long term planning, Education Abroad questions, major exploration, probation/academic warning, or other issues that are more in depth and will take longer than 10 minutes should be addressed in an appointment, not during walk-in hours.
If you have not seen an advisor and you have a hold on your account, you will not be able to register for summer or fall quarter. There are many walk-in hour opportunities or you can schedule an appointment.
DAILY: 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Additional Walk-In hours with our Graduate Assistant Academic Advisors:
Monday: 9:30 am-11:30 am & 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-10:00 am & 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-10:00 am & 1:30 pm-4:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-11:30 am
The sun is shining, so it is the perfect time to get summer on your mind! If you are planning to take summer courses please check out the resources below:
Summer Registration starts on May 16th. You can search the schedule of courses for summer course offerings on SU online or check out the SU Student Course Guide on the Summer Programs website. The most up-to-date version of what will be offered will be on SU online.
If you are planning to take a summer course at a different institution and transfer it back to SU, please make sure you complete the Transfer Verification Form that can be found on the Registrar's website or you can get a copy at the Albers Front Desk in Pigott 318. This form is required to be completed prior to taking the course. You should also meet with an advisor to discuss what courses would be appropriate to take at another institution.
Undergraduate students (not already receiving financial aid) will receive a 25% reduction in tuition for summer courses at SU.
Enjoy the sunshine and we hope to see you in our offices soon!
Albers Undergraduate Advising Team
The spring quarter is in full swing! Please see below for some important information regarding dates and upcoming events!
CORE ADVISING HOLDS
All Albers students have a BUE advising hold on their account so that you meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss how the new Core Requirements will affect you. Many of you have already met with an advisor regarding the new Core Requirements. We are working to release those holds. We have added walk-in advising (see below) to the spring quarter in order to meet with all of our students. For many of you the transition to the new Core will have very minimal impact, however, you will still need to meet with an advisor. The Core hold will prevent you from registering for the summer quarter and/or the fall quarter. As we get closer to summer and fall reqistration (May 16/May 20) our calendars will get booked and our walk-ins will become busier. Please plan ahead and meet with us early!
EXCEL LEVEL I CERTIFICATION
Freshman, this is likely the quarter that you will take the Excel Level I Certification Exam. There are dates available, you can sign up by going to the Albers webpage in Undergraduate Resources.
Transfers, remember this requirements is to be completed by the end of your first quarter. If you are a fall quarter or winter quarter transfer and you still haven't passed the Exam, this should be a priority for you. You will continue to have registration issues until you pass this. Spring quarter transfers, this is a requirment for you to complete by the end of this quarter.
SPRING QUARTER WALK-IN HOURS
Daily Walk-In Hours: 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Additional Walk-In Hours/Same Day Appointments:
Monday: 10:00 am-11:30 am & 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-10:00 am & 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-10:00 am & 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-11:30 am
UPCOMING ALBERS EVENTS:
Business Ethics Week: Monday - Friday, April 15 - 19, 2013, Keynote speaker, Sheri Flies, Costco. To speak to a class, contact John Dienhart, Director of the Center for Business Ethics, at email@example.com.
Boeing Career DayFriday, April 19, 20138:45am-4pmBoeing Everett LocationSpace is limited and registration is required. Reserve your ticket by April 15 at the Albers Placement Center in Pigott 331 (first come, first served). For more information, click here.
The Freshman to Professional Event: Monday, April 22, 2013, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Mandatory for all freshmen. Learn tips and tricks about networking and put these skills to use interacting with recent alumni in a relaxed setting with FREE FOOD!
Albers Industry Forum: Business Careers in Technology April 23, 20134:30-6pmPigott 102A conversation with Industry Leaders about how to leverage your MBA in the Tech Sector. Click here for more info. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albers Executive Speaker Series: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, Spencer Rascoff, CEO of zillow.com, "Lessons in Entrepreneurship," Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.
Last Day to Withdraw: May 10
Advising Period: April 29-May 16
Summer Quarter Registration Begins: May 16
Fall Quarter Registration Begins: May 20
NEW COURSE ADDED TO SPRING QUARTER:
An additional section of MKTG 350 has been added on Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:45 pm-5:50 pm and will be taught by Professor Chauncey Burke. There is still a lot of space available in the course so you should be able to add this course on your own as long as you do not have any restrictions.
NEW COURSE ADDED TO SUMMER INTERSESSSION:
Dr. Teresa Ling will be teaching a section of ECON 260 this summer during the intersession. You should be able to view this on the schedule of courses through SU online.
NEW CORE TRANSITIONS IN APRIL
Seattle University will be transitioning to new Core Curriculum effective this summer; the transition will begin in April. Program Evaluations will reflect the new Core Requirements starting April 24th. There will be a Student Information Session on April 15th at 3:45 in Pigott Auditorium.
All Albers students will have a hold placed on their account the second week of classes in the spring quarter. This hold is to ensure that students speak with an Academic Advisor regarding how the new Core will affect them. Some of you have already met with us to discuss this. If we have met with you, we will remove your hold the second week of classes. Please check your account after the third week of the quarter; if you have met with an advisor regarding the new Core and your hold hasn't been removed, please contact the advisor you met with to have them resolve this. During the spring quarter we will be holding walk-in hours (see below) dedicated to meeting with sophomores, juniors and seniors regarding the new Core. Freshman, you will need to schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to go over long term planning and the new core. Freshman holds will not be released during our walk-in hours. You can schedule an appointment by calling 206-296-5700 or stopping by Pigott 318
SPRING 2013 WALK-IN ADVISING HOURS
11:30 am-1:30 pm DAILY
Additional Walk-in Hours provided by Megan Fillipi and Therese Credle on:
Tuesday: 9:00 am-10:00 am & 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-10:00 am & 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-11:30 am
As many Seattle U undergraduates are on the brink of becoming Alumni, the scramble to find a job among these students is becoming more and more prevalent. Many of these near graduates are attending events, interviews and discussions related to business careers hoping to land a position they are interested in or become more familiar with a specific industry. Some of these scenarios can be much more serious than others, which instinctively requires them to take more means of preparation prior to the event.
However, I think it is always crucial to be prepared for the unknown, regardless the seriousness of what you think the event is going to be like. Always be prepared to introduce yourself to someone or form a connection that could ultimately turn out to be something unexpected! A simple conversation could mean a job, internship or even a coffee with that executive or recruiter that you are just dying to get in touch with. The following are a few simple things to keep in mind when preparing for that next business inspired event: Arrive early: This will allow you to be at the event before things get too crowded. This will increase your likelihood of a one-on-one interaction with recruiters, executives, etc.
Get accustomed: Take a moment to look around the room and feel comfortable with your surroundings.
Representation: Remember that you represent everything that you are associated with. For example, as an Albers student, I represent both Seattle University and the Albers School of Business whether I am on or off campus. Display the excellence and professionalism that SU has constantly taught you. Make sure you are courteous and deliver your statements and questions with the receiver in mind.
Dress for success: This might sound cliché, but it is true. People definitely judge you based off of their first impressions. Don’t let your dress be what puts you behind your competition. Wear clothes that are fit for the event. You want to make sure you don’t stand out by being overdressed or more importantly, underdressed.
Introductions: Like my dad always said, “Stand up straight, look them in the eyes, and give them a firm hand-shake.” This is so important! You will become memorable to an employer if you introduce yourself properly and clearly state your name.
Research and Prioritize: If you are attending a networking event or internship fair where there are many businesses represented, be sure to do your research. Go online and search companies that will be in attendance and see if they fit your requirements for a workplace. Once you have done the research, compile a list of companies that you must converse with before you leave the event. Set these goals for yourself and keep to them!
--Rob Heer (New Student Mentor)
How would you like an opportunity to make a difference in the educational experience of freshman business students at Seattle University? The Albers School is recruiting business and economics majors, who will be junior or senior standing by fall quarter 2013, to serve as New Student Mentors (NSM's). We are looking for responsible students who have good communication skills, leadership potential, and are interested in advising and mentoring freshman students. This rewarding and exciting leadership position looks great on your resume! We have several positions available. New Student Mentors currently earn $9.45 per hour and work five hours a week, fall through spring quarters. We do require that NSM's have three quarters of course work completed at SU by the end of spring quarter 2013 and carry a minimum of 3.0 cumulative and 3.0 Business GPA.
If you are interested, please pick up an application and reference form in Pigott 318 starting March 4, 2013 and return it by April 3, 2013. Questions can be directed to Dhorea Brown at email@example.com
Read about Taryn Loo's experience as a New Student Mentor. Taryn is a junior Management major with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Being a New Student Mentor means so much more to me than just being a scheduling mentor to freshman and transfer students. It means being open, approachable, friendly, kind, understanding, compassionate, enthusiastic, and professional all at the same time. My experience thus far has been amazing, getting to know all my mentees on a personal level, talking on the phone with them through the stress of registration and trying to make it as smooth as possible, being timely with e-mails, making sure each student knows that he/she has a direction and goal to work towards, and letting them know that their ideas truly matter and that each individual is very important to composing the Albers School of Business and Economics.
Through this experience so far I’ve learned how to better manage my time throughout the day. I thought I possessed good time management skills already, but after having seventeen mentees to take care of, school full-time, and extra curricular activities I’ve learned that time is so precious and it is easy to get flustered when so many things hit you at once. I now live by my planner; it has my whole schedule written out and is my checklist to assure me that I have done everything necessary to prepare for what’s ahead.
It is such an amazing feeling to know that you have helped a student solve a rough problem that almost every student faces. The Albers School of Business and Economics is the only undergraduate school that offers student mentors to their new business students. It is such a helpful process because registration can be so hectic, but having an NSM can help to ease that anxiety. It is also very helpful in making new students feel more at ease talking to peers about their college experience, advisors are so awesome don’t get me wrong, but it’s more of an equal field and a bit of a more comfortable environment talking through a problem or difficulty with someone going through the same experience as you at the same time. Being an NSM has been such a rewarding experience and it truly makes my day meeting with my mentees and personally getting to know them on a deeper level. Friendships are established and communication is open for many years to come! I couldn’t have dreamt of a better college job than being an NSM!
We hope this week has been good to you and you are all making it through your midterms without too much stress! A couple of reminders for you as Registration will begin next week for spring quarter.
FRESHMAN: You MUST meet with your New Student Mentor (NSM) to release your advising hold. If you do not meet with them, you will not be able to register for spring courses.
TRANSFER STUDENTS: If this is your first or second quarter at Seattle University, you must meet with an advisor to release your advising hold. Our schedules are full for the rest of the week, but we have two Graduate Assistants who have limited hours available on Thursday and Friday of this week. Please call the front desk at 206-296-5700 or stop by Pigott 318 to schedule an appointment. We will not lift these advising holds during our Registration walk-ins, so you will need to meet with someone prior to Registration.
REGISTRATION WALK-IN HOURS:
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 9:00 am-12:00 pm & 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
FRIDAY: 9:00 am-12:00 pm & 12:30 pm-4:00 pm
*These walk-in hours are for quick questions regarding registration questions and adjusting your schedule. We WILL NOT be able to add you into a closed class during this week. You will need to fill out a closed class form at the front desk-Pigott 318.
CLOSED CLASS FORMS:
If there is a business class that is full at the time you can register you have to fill out a closed class form. The advisors will evaluate those forms the following week and add students as we are able to. Please do not come to walk-in hours to ask us to get you into a course. You will need to follow the process.
If you have a CORE course that is full, you can either come to our walk-in hours or visit Core Solutions to resolve the issue.
If you are trying to get into a MATH course, you will need to visit the Math Department to be put on a wait list. (Albers does not keep wait lists for courses)
Please check your student restrictions all the way up to your registration appointment to ensure your ability to schedule courses on time. Courses fill up quickly, so it is important for you to resolve all holds prior to registration.
If you are unsure of when you can register, you can find your REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT by logging onto SU online. There is a link under Registration for your Registration Appointment.
Students who have a hold in reference to the EXCEL Certification will need to come to walk-in hours during Registration Week for help registering for the spring quarter.Students should expect our walk-in hours to be especially busy this quarter, please plan accordingly and be patient as you may have to wait to see an advisor. We would like to send our congratulations to Suzanne Jayne-Jensen on the birth of her son February 4th. Both are happy and healthy!
Students should expect our walk-in hours to be especially busy this quarter, please plan accordingly and be patient as you may have to wait to see an advisor. We would like to send our congratulations to Suzanne Jayne-Jensen on the birth of her son February 4th. Both are happy and healthy!
We would like to send our congratulations to Suzanne Jayne-Jensen on the birth of her son February 4th. Both are happy and healthy!
The Freshman Gear Up Event held Thursday, February 7 had a record of 80
freshmen in attendance. Thank you to Russell Aivazian and Molly Morrisey for a
great event, insightful information, and delicious sliders. All those who
attended heard from three remarkable faculty members who teach 200 level undergraduate
classes: Dr. Dean Peterson (ECON 271), Dr. Bryan Ruppert (MGMT 280), and Dr. Valentina
Zamora (ACCT 230/1).
All three professors brought up
important facts that will help freshman as you begin business core classes and continue
your education at Albers.
There are unlimited resources that
will only make a positive impact on your experience. Actively seek out
faculty, classes, and resources that will help you better engage and find passion in your education.
I am thankful for the faculty, staff, and students who have helped and encouraged me
throughout my four years at Seattle University.
Yesterday was the start to Advising Period for spring registration! It is hard to believe it is time to start thinking about spring quarter, but we are already several weeks into the quarter! Below are some reminders, so please make sure you read below as there is important information.
ADVISING PERIOD: February 4-February 15.
REGISTRATION PERIOD BEGINS: February 19th.
There are lots of events going on this week, make sure you are a part of them!
Freshman: Thursday, February 7th is the Gear-Up Event. This is a mandatory event for all freshmen. Join us in Pigott 103 from 12:25-1:25 pm to learn about what to expect from your sophomore year. Lunch is provided. RSVP with your NSM!
Thursday, February 7th: Internship Fair in Campion Ballroom from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. See a list of attending organizations in the Redhawk Network: www.seattleu.edu/redhawknetwork
Thursday, February 7th: Executive Speaker Series: John McAdam, President, CEO & Director of F5 Networks, “From Surviving to Thriving: The F5 Story, “ Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 pm.
Throughout the last year, I have been faced with the daunting
task of applying for graduate school. As the deadlines crept
closer, I began to identify those professors and professionals who
could write me a recommendation, highlighting my skills and
achievements inside and outside the classroom. As I narrowed
down the list, I knew I had a problem: I hadn't made a "real"
connection with a professor after their class had concluded.
Because most grad programs require faculty recommendations in order
to profile your work inside the classroom, I knew I had to identify
those professors who I connected with the most.
In my opinion, my greatest joy of being a business student is
the amazing professors we have at the business school. The
most important thing about being a professional is making sure you
keep positive connections at every turn. Professors in the
Albers school care about their students and serve as wonderful
resources for job opportunities as well as mentors, no matter what
field you choose. Throughout my grad school search, I learned
some important lessons about maintaining a relationship with your
I was blessed to have such accommodating and relatable
professors who took interest in my development. Follow these
simple tips and you will take the most advantage of your
relationship with your professor…you never know when you will need
-Russell Aivazian, NSM
In addition to a professional Albers Academic Advisor, all Albers sophomores, juniors, and seniors are assigned a Faculty Mentor in their major. The annual Profs & Pizza Event serves as a fun and social opportunity to meet with Faculty Mentors, but students are also encouraged to meet individually with their Faculty Mentor throughout their time at SU.
Join us to kick off the 2013 Faculty Mentor Program with PROFS & PIZZA on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 12:25-1:25 in Student Center 160. RSVP at Pigott 318, call 206.296.5700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found on the Albers website dedicated to Faculty Mentors. Information on who your faculty mentor is, what to expect from your faculty mentor and what your faculty mentor should expect from you is on this webpage. We look forward to seeing you on January 31st, please make sure that you RSVP to this event!
There are a lot of upcoming events in January! Make sure you stay connected and utilize the resources that are available to you! See below for upcoming Albers, Albers Placement Center and Marketing Club events.
Albers Education Abroad Information Session
Tuesday, January 15th
Executive Speaker Series-Steve Davis, President & CEO of PATH, "Innovation for Social Good,"
Tuesday, January 15th
ALBERS PLACEMENT CENTER:
Albers Workshop: Networking SuccessThursday, January 17, 20134:30-5:45pmPigott 101A panel conversation to help increase your confidence and competence with networking. Click here for more info. RSVP to email@example.com. Albers Workshop: Networking SuccessThursday, January 17, 20134:30-5:45pmPigott 101A panel conversation to help increase your confidence and competence with networking. Click here for more info. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Albers Workshop: Networking SuccessThursday, January 17, 20134:30-5:45pmPigott 101A panel conversation to help increase your confidence and competence with networking. Click here for more info. RSVP to email@example.com.
Internship FairThursday, February 7, 201311am-2pmCampion BallroomMany employers and organizations will be in attendance to provide information on internship opportunities. Open to all students campus-wide. More info coming soon.
Speaker and Lunch with Danny Piecora
Thursday, January 24th in Pigott 103 from 12:20am-1:20pm
Bringing the Concept of Business Ownernship Closer to your Home and come and hear from local business owner Danny Piecora owner of Piecora's Pizza: The original New York Pizza on Capital Hill. Piecoras Pizza will be provided!
Check out the Facebook Event Page link.
Boeing Tour in their newest plant in Everett!
Friday, February 8th from 12am-4pm
RSVP to Elyse Graf @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Tuesday, February 26th from 5pm-7pm
Come watch Morgan Spurlock's documentary purely paid through advertisements! Check out the trailer, take a study break, and come join us for a fun social where treats are included!
Marketing Club Project: Campus Ministry Brand Identity.
Interested in getting some hands-on experience? Get a better understanding about target market, marketing research, survey distribution, and brand identity by working towards finding out what the Campus Ministry perception is on Seattle University. Learn how to get involved by emailing Alex Walz @ email@example.com
For updates and to stay connected to the Marketing Club, check out their Facebook Page:
Welcome Back! We hope that you had a great winter break and that you are well rested and ready for the winter quarter! It is so great to have all the students back and we look forward to seeing you and working with you this winter.
The first week of classes is in full swing. Advisors will hold walk-in hours on Monday, Tuesday and Friday during the first week of classes (see below). Walk-ins are for quick questions and adjusting your winter schedule. Long term planning and questions that will take longer than a few minutes are reserved for appointments. We do have appointments available this week on Wednesday and Thursday. Stop by Pigott 318 or call 206-296-5700 to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
Tuesday, January 8: 9:00 am-11:30 am & 12:00 pm-3:30 pm
Friday, January 11: 9:00 am-11:30 am & 12:00 pm-3:30 pm
REMINDER: LAST DAY TO ADD/DROP CLASSES IS JANUARY 13TH!
We hope you are excited about the winter quarter and look forward to seeing you all soon! Check out the important dates below!
You've made it to the end of the quarter and hopefully at this point you can see the finish line! I'm sure some of you are feeling a little overwhelmed with studying and preparing for your finals. Make sure that you are still taking care of yourself! Try to get sleep, eat well, and exercise. These things will all help keep your brain sharp for those finals!
It's been a great quarter and has gone by very quickly! We all hope you enjoy your winter break and come back ready for the winter quarter. A couple of reminders for the upcoming quarter:
Classes begin on January 7th.
Seattle University will be closed December 24th-January 1st.
Enjoy your break and we will see you in January (if not before)!
The Albers school of Business and Economics offers several majors under the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree. One of those majors is Management. Below is some information about the Management major that you may not know. Please contact Greg Prussia (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more specific information about the Management major or Shery Crater (email@example.com), the Management major advisor, to talk more about how this major can fit into your academic plan.
The Management major offers exposed to the primary areas of management through a combination of required and elective courses. Majors can also specialize in one of the following areas:
LEADERSHIP- learn how to effectively and purposefully influence others-individually and in teams-to generate positive changes for the greater good.
Suggested Courses: MGMT 471 Adventure Based Leadership (required for all MGMT majors) & MGMT 383 Organizational Behavior, MGMT 491 Managing Work Teams (These are all MGMT electives)
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (HRM)- enhance your knowledge of how organizations attract, develop, and retain high performing employees in order to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Suggested Courses: MGMT 383 Human Resource Management (required for all MGMT majors) & MGMT 477 Managing Diversity (MGMT elective)
INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT-get prepared for today's global workforce through learning how to leverage differences and maximize working relationships across cultures.
Suggested Courses: MGMT 486 International Management & MGMT 491 Special Topics: China (both MGMT electives)
ENTREPRENEURSHIP- learn how to generate and develop your ideas for owning, evaluating, and operating your own business.
Suggested Courses: MGMT 379 Entrepreneurship Essentials & MGMT 479 Business Plan Development (both MGMT electives)
Please also note that the above represent suggested courses sequences only (flexibility is a strength of the major and various combinations of courses can be suggested to suit your interests and needs).
Management majors often take careers in human resource management, general consulting, industrial production management, health services management, and arts and entertainment management just to name a few. Recent graduates have been placed in the following positions/companies:
Senior Consultant-Hitatchi Consulting; Network Operations Manager-Microsoft; General Analyst-The Boeing Company; Junior Compliance Analyst-F5 Networks; Development Associate-New Futures; & Consultant-Advaiya
Are you nervous about the week before finals? Anxious about finals week itself? Ready for Winter break? If your answer is "yes" to all these questions, you might have caught the "Finals Fever".
But, do not worry! You are not alone. Many Albers undergraduates come across the "Finals Fever" in the last two weeks of the quarter. The key to overcome it is to follow a few simple tips and tricks:
Once completing these tips and tricks, remind yourself of what keeps you motivated. If it's your family, give them a call. If it's an off-campus adventure, go try a new coffee place to study at. If it's a friend, make them your study buddy.
Then, the "Finals Fever" will disappear, and you will be prepared for what is to come. You have already made it this far into Fall quarter. Finish strong!
With Thanksgiving Break this week, my mindset has mainly focused on how greatly needed this break is, not on why we have Thanksgiving off. Therefore, I’ve realized that maybe I should begin a list of things I am grateful for.
To start, I am thankful for my family. Without the love and support I receive from them, I would not be here in Seattle today. My morals and beliefs all stem from what I’ve learned from them, and I am eternally grateful for my family.
I am thankful for my professors, Albers, Seattle University, and everything related to school. It’s truly incredible how much I’ve learned and grown since I first came to Seattle in September 2010. Of course, there were some classes that I enjoyed more than others. Even in the classes that I didn’t like as much, however, I learned to think a little differently and become a little wiser. In addition, without the help and support from Albers resources such as the Albers Placement Center in helping hone my resume or from my professors in writing me recommendation letters, I would never have had the confidence to apply for jobs like my current NSM position. I am so grateful to attend a university that cares about its students.
I am thankful for friends. Without them, being at school would be so much bleaker. One of my favorite quotes is: “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust. It couldn’t have been said more perfectly. My friends make my heart swell with love, and I don’t know what I’d do without them.
Finally, I am thankful for my health. I’ve been incredibly fortunate in never having to go to the Student Health Center because I’ve never been too sick (*knock on wood*). However, if you happen to be sick, don’t hesitate to visit the office! And if you’d rather prevent rather than treat, flu shots are available there for $15.
Of course, the list could go on and on, but I thought I’d just share a couple with our blog readers. I am grateful that you took the time to read this! Have a safe, relaxing, wonderful, and food-filled Thanksgiving Break!
- Jane Park, New Student Mentor
It's that time of the quarter again: registration time.
You prepare for it by researching your class options, meeting with
your advisor, and making schedules and back up schedules.
Here are a few steps to take to ensure a successful
Good luck with the registration process!
-Molly Morrisey, New Student Mentor
It's hard to believe the middle of the quarter is already here! We are certain that the students are feeling that midquarter crunch right about now. Try to remember to take a step back and breathe a little bit, this might give you some perspective on the quarter and what you have to get done. Now is the time to kick in those time management skills and utilize your time efficiently.
If you are struggling in a course and have exhausted your resources (i.e., professor's office hours, tutoring, etc) and are thinking about withdrawing a course make sure that you see an advisor! Also the deadline is this Friday, November 2 so you need to make sure you withdraw from the course before that date. Please see an advisor before you withdraw from a course.
If you do find yourself in need of a study group, tutor, or just need some additional help, here is a link to some business resources listed on the Learning Assistant webpage. Your first course of action should always be working with the professor and utilizing their office hours. Learning Assistant has a lot of other programs that you might benefit from, as well. Check out their website to see what workshops, tutoring and group study opportunities they might have. Advisors are also a good resource if you aren't sure where to go to get help!
WITHDRAW DEADLINE: November 2
SPRING QUARTER GRADUATION APPLICATIONS: November 1
ADVISING PERIOD: October 29-November 12
REGISTRATION BEGINS: November 13
If you haven't met with your advisor to talk about classes for the winter quarter, please call the front desk at 206-296-5700 or stop by Pigott 318 to schedule an appointment.
FRESHMEN: You need to see your New Student Mentor twice to get your registration hold removed.
TRANSFERS: You must meet with your advisor to remove your registration hold for winter quarter.
Did you guys have fun at Fall Ball this weekend? Did some of you miss out on all the awesomeness because the tickets sold out too quickly? Don’t worry there are other excellent events hosted by Seattle University and Seattle University clubs! Keep an eye out throughout the year for: FASA Jam, FASA Formal, Hui O Nani Hawaii’s Luau, UFC’s Barrio, and SU club night, Dance Marathon, SU Basketball games, SU volleyball games, and SU soccer games. Check out all the events at SU Online. Go to “Student Life,” “Get Involved,” “Events” and you will see all these opportunities and more!
Have midterms been stressing you out? If you need a break, or just want to work off some stress join workout classes in Connolly Gym for only 5 dollars! Sign up at SU online and join classes like: ZUMBA, circuit training, yoga sculpt, hatha yoga, express flow yoga, novice yoga, restorative yoga, Tabata boot camp, indoor cycling, spin & sculpt, core fusion, core circuit, ab attack, the “Thriller” dance class, and barre and sculpt.
Thinking about study abroad? The best suggested times to study abroad are Sophomore year Winter quarter or Fall quarter, or Early Junior year.
If you are considering studying abroad but don’t know enough information to make an informed decision here are the steps to follow:
An important date to keep in mind is Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 12:30pm-1:30pm in PIGT 105. Visit the Albers Abroad webpage at: www.seattleu.edu/albers/studyabroad
WOW! The fall quarter is flying by and so many things are coming up. Please read through all the information to make sure you don’t miss something!
Advising Period starts October 29th, have you scheduled your appointment with your advisor? Advisors schedules will get filled quickly so make sure you schedule early. Registration will begin on November 13; you can check your SU online account to find your Registration Appointment on October 26th. As you start to think about classes here are a couple to put on your radar:
ECON 474 Forecasting Business Conditions
This class is an introduction to casual and ad hoc time series methods of forecasting utilized by business firms. Regression, exponential smoothing, decomposition, and Box Jenkins methods are included. Prerequisites: ECON 271, 272 and 310. Forecasts are basic inputs for many kinds of decisions in business and government organizations. This course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to deal with time series data analysis that is critical to decision making. By the end of the quarter students will learn how to produce forecasts and evaluate the reliability of the generated forecasts. Emphasis is on the application of various forecasting methods with regard to analyzing and projecting future business and economic conditions. We will cover topics such as single and multiple regressions, exponential smoothing, Box-Jenkins methods among others. The statistical package R will be used for computer applications, which is an open source programming language. It is very powerful and is widely used for data analysis. Knowledge or experience of R is not required to succeed in this course.
Management 491 Managing Teams
This class will explore in depth the nature of organizational work teams, with a specific focus on helping students learn how to manage and lead work teams effectively. Students will also explore the most recent team advances and team challenges by interacting with professionals in real organizations. Topics covered will include internal team functioning (such as knowledge sharing, communication strategies, leadership emergence), external team functioning (such as interacting with stakeholders, managing external trends), and recent team designs (such as multi-cultural teams, virtual teams, cross-functional teams). Skills gained in this class can easily be transferred towards becoming a more effective, positive and influential team member or leader across a variety of professional, personal, and academic environments.
Transfer students, if this is your first or second quarter at Seattle University you must meet with your advisor to lift your advising hold before you will be able to register.
Freshmen, schedule an appointment with your New Student Mentor (NSM) to plan for next quarter and remove your advising hold. You have to meet with your NSM twice during the fall quarter.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Accounting department is ranked 26th and the Finance department is ranked 22nd in the 2013 US News and World Report of undergraduate Business Rankings.
ACCOUNTING LAB HOURS:
The Accounting department has tutors available in the Accounting Lab in Pigott 515D. See below for hours tutors will be available.
Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students are required to complete the Excel Certification. Transfer students, you will need to complete the certification by the end of the fall quarter, freshman you have to complete it by the time you reach 45 credits. Please see the Alber’s website for more information. (Click on the link for Excel Certification to get information on studying for the test and for more information regarding the certification).
On that same website you can find the link to register for the Excel Certification test. Transfer students, you should schedule your test soon, as the dates may fill up quickly!
WALK IN HOURS:
During the first week of Registration the advisors will hold walk-in hours to assist you with course selection. Please see available walk-in hours below. Please note that advising holds will not be lifted during our walk-in hours. If you need an advising hold lifted you will need to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
NOVEMBER 13: 9:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
NOVEMBER 14: 9:00 am-11:00 am & 12:30 pm-3:00 pm
NOVEMBER 15: 9:00 am-11:00 am & 12:30 pm-3:00 pm
NOVEMBER 16: 9:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Studying abroad can be such a great experience, it can open your world to things and places you don't know exist. It can also expand your global perspective which is critical in business at this time. Next Tuesday, there will be an Albers Education Abroad Information Session, make sure you attend and start your journey to studying abroad. Below are the five steps to studying abroad, it's never too early to start planning!
Steps to Studying Abroad…
Albers students are encouraged to develop an understanding of global business through studies abroad. There are specific steps an Albers student needs to take in order to prepare to go abroad:
1. Attend an Albers Education Abroad Information Session:
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:30PM – 1:30PM, Pigott 108
Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 12:30PM – 1:30PM, Pigott 105
Albers Study Abroad webpage
2. Schedule an appointment with an SU Education Abroad Advisor:
Phone: (206) 296-2226
Location: James C. Pigott Pavilion for Leadership, 124
Education Abroad Office webpage
3. Make sure the program is a good academic fit! Find the business and economics course syllabi for the program and submit to Suzanne Jayne-Jensen at Pigott 318 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Core courses need to be submitted to the University Core Department: University Services Bld. 104A
4. Apply to the program! Deadlines for applications vary by program. Consider applying to multiple programs as some programs have limited space.
5. After being accepted to a program, complete all the pre-departure paperwork.
It is now the fifth week of fall quarter and things are picking up. You are finally getting used to waking up early to make it on time for your 7:45 a.m. class, finding time to eat, sleep, and do homework, and settling into your group of friends. Now, it is test time and midterms are approaching. If you thought reading your textbook was optional or have been holding off on studying till later, here are a few things I have learned over the last three years:
Jordan Ollée (New Student Mentor)
No matter where I am, whether it is in the classroom or outside, I will always have emotions. However, sometimes these emotions can limit my success. With the weather about to become dreary and grim, I think it is always important to keep your head up with your eyes on the prize.
Growing up there was always one thing that was said: "The only thing you can control in life is your attitude," and to be honest I believe this to be true. Not only can your emotions sometimes hinder you, but they can also influence everyone around you. Success is driven but also limited by your emotions.
Here are some helpful tips to help with your outlook:
With all of this said, it is important to note that asking everyone to be happy and motivated 100 percent of the time would be unrealistic. However, it is more important to realize that your success is dictated by your attitude. With four years of hard classes it is easy to get worn out, but keep your head up SU! Everything is within your capability.
Rob Heer, NSM
Internships are a very important part of your educational experience. As fall recruiting gets into full swing, we have asked one your peers, Kerianne Halpin, to talk to you about her internships and pass on some great advice to those of you who are looking for an internship or just thinking about one. Kerianne is a senior Management major with an Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor.
Ever since you’ve entered college, you’ve been bombarded with the daunting message that you must get an internship to get a job and ultimately to succeed in your life. Well I’m here to say the same thing, but instead of confirming this message mindlessly, I’m here to explain to you how it has helped me grow, learn, and why it has been pivotal to my success as a student and business professional. Having an internship has been unmet, in terms of professional and personal development, than any other experience I have gained during my time attending college. Through interning, I have learned responsibility for myself in a professional environment, developed my skill set, and gained connections in my industry. I believe these invaluable skills will be a catalyst to my success in the future.
My first internship I obtained the summer going into my junior year at Seattle University. I decided I would stay stationed in Seattle; move off campus, and intern at the Woodland Park Zoo as an Event Production Intern. My responsibilities consisted of providing support to the full time event staff on the day of various events including Zoo Tunes, weddings, donor dinners, and other awesome events. Though this sounded like my dream internship when I first applied, I was quick to learn that interning is not as glamorous as it may seem. It is likely you will be asked to handle tedious tasks, carry heavy things, work really hard, and chances are you’re not going to get paid to do any of it! I’ll get this one out of the way and just say that working unpaid is not ideal. That being said, working unpaid opened up a whole new network of connections in my chosen industry, allowed me to gain experience that I can reference while interviewing for other opportunities, and most of all taught me you have to work hard to get the things you want most. Seattle has a network that is so interconnected that interning with any big, small, or medium sized company in the Seattle area means you are likely to develop a connection that leads to your next opportunity. Interning at the Zoo led me to obtain a paid position this past summer.
I have a bit of advice for those who are about to start an internship. First of all, be a sponge. Soak up every lesson that you can, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take the time to do this so you will walk away with the most knowledge you possibly can. This is your internship and ultimately your learning experience and it is up to you to determine what you will gain from it. Finally, there is a good chance you will feel discouraged and maybe even find yourself asking if it’s really worth it. Constantly remind yourself that you are opening so many doors for yourself. In a short amount of time you will be reaping the benefits of the skills you are gaining and the connections you are making.
For those who are seeking an internship, it’s as simple as this: be open-minded about what a position could offer you, reach out to those around you, and apply, apply, apply! Never underestimate the connections you will make here at Albers. Reach out to your professors as well as your friends and the lovely folks at the Placement Center! Check the Redhawk Network often. You have a million resources at your fingertips; you’d be down right silly not to use them. Don’t forget how far a well-written cover letter can get you and finally, wear a suit, bring your resume, and arrive 15 minutes early to interview!
I wish you all the best of luck in the future as students, interns, and business professionals!
You can do some shopping around, but at some point it’s time to get serious. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself if you think you’ve found a major you’re ready to settle down with:
Although there’s more to college than just academics, they are a critically important part of your next four years. Part of your college experience should be spent feeling like you’re preparing yourself for a job so that you don’t end up in a job wishing college had prepared you for it.
Advisors are a great resource for students! It is easy to get bogged down in policies and procedures and to get overwhelmed with which classes to take and when. Advisors are here to help guide you through the policies and to help you create a long term plan and reach your goals. Advisors expect to see you each quarter and enjoy hearing from you about how the quarter is going.
Advising Period will be here before you know it (October 29-November 12) and the advisors calendars will fill up quickly. Make sure you schedule your appointment with you advisor early, don’t wait till your registration appointment to meet with them. You can find your assigned advisor on your Program Evaluation on SU online and by looking at our website to see the list of advisors by major. Also on that page are some of our guidelines for how to schedule an appointment and ways to meet with your advisor. You can find your Registration Appointment about two weeks before Registration starts (November 13) by logging into your SU Online account and clicking on “Registration Appointments”. You should also clear any holds or restrictions you have prior to your Registration Appointment to ensure you can register on time. Holds can also be found by logging onto your SU online account and clicking on "Student Restrictions."
FRESHMAN you are required to meet with your New Student Mentor (NSM) in the fall quarter and TRANSFER students you are required to meet with your assigned advisor during the fall quarter to do long term planning.
Before you meet with your advisor you should check this page out to know what to expect and how to prepare for your appointment.
A FEW NOTES:
Advising Period is October 29-November 12. During this time you should be meeting with your advisor (or freshman, your NSM) to discuss courses for the winter quarter and start or revise your long term plan.
Registration Period begins November 13.Check SU online for your Registration Appointment and clear all restrictions.
Last day to withdraw from a class for fall quarter is November 2.
To schedule an appointment you can call 206-296-5700 or stop by the front desk in Pigott 318.We do not schedule appointments over email.
There is walk-in advising on Wednesday and Thursdays with our Graduate Assistant Advisors from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Check in at the front desk in Pigott 318.
It is week two of Fall Quarter and summer seems SO FAR AWAY already! Between classes, catching up with friends, and establishing a new routine, it has been difficult to make that transition from relaxing in the pool at my parent's house.
This summer was unlike any other I have had. Usually, they are filled with long weeks of working at Starbucks (I have been a barista for five years now, YIKES) and finding the occasional time to catch up with old friends and with the parents. However, this summer was unlike any other! On one hand, I did not hold my position at Starbucks this summer, so I spent some much needed time for R & R and maybe even slept in until noon (most days). On the other, I spent this summer learning more about myself, my family, and my future career path.
The summer started out with the redemption of our family Christmas present to go on a cruise of the Baltic Sea. We sailed to so many awesome places that I never dreamed I would ever visit: Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. I spent ten jam-packed days eating delicious food, touring some of the most interesting places (like the place where Rasputin was murdered), and getting some quality family time. Even though the world seems to be more connected because of Skype, Facebook, and text messaging it was still nice to get away from it all and connect more with my awesome family members.
The next adventure was definitely being able to make time to rekindle friendships that have been lost in this crazy transition to college. Most importantly, I spent time with my friends doing things that we often did in high school. Eating FroYo, staying up until 4am watching movies, and (of course) cheering on our favorite soccer team: Real Salt Lake, were just a few things we did to enjoy the incredibly hot Salt Lake City evenings.
Amongst all of this fun and excitement, I hopped on a plane to head on down to Anaheim, California to attend STARS College at Chapman University. STARS College is a conference for aspiring student affairs students who want to work in university housing sponsored by ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers-International). 55 students from around the nation all gathered for three days to learn about graduate school, development opportunities, and (of course) to make some lasting friendships. Most of the students who attended worked as Resident Assistants (RAs) much like I do here on Seattle U's campus. Needless to say, socializing and friend-making came naturally to us in only three days. Going to this conference gave me the opportunity to expand my network outside of the SU community. I met students, faculty, and staff from institutions around the country (and internationally) and connected with them about their journey into the student affairs profession. I always thought that networking would be super scary, but I felt prepared and ready based on the opportunities that present themselves here in Albers. Oh….I also went to Disneyland!
Then I made it back here! I came back to the hustle and bustle of college life, balancing two student leader positions, a job, and a full course load feeling even more refreshed than I have ever been. I originally felt that not having a summer job would put me over the edge in the boredom department, but I took that opportunity of extra free time to focus on my personal and professional wellness
We, as advisors, often talk to students about ways that they can enhance their education and develop not only as a student, but as a person. It is so important for students to learn outside the classroom, as well as, in the classroom and it helps you feel connected to Seattle University. There are many clubs and organizations in Albers for students to get involved with and develop leadership and networking skills. Another good way to expand your network and learn from people in the business industry is the Albers Executive Speaker Series. The Albers Placement Center is a great resource for students to learn about careers, networking experience and participate in mock interviews. They have a lot of events and workshops this fall to prepare and connect you to the business world. It's easy to let the quarter pass by, but we really encourage you to take some time and get involved with a club or attend one of the events highlighted below!
Mark Vadon, Co-Founder& Chairman of Blue Nile
Tom Marra, President & CEO of Symetra FinancialCorporation
Fall is also recruiting season for many companies and will take place with on campus interviews in October and November. Below are some opportunities for information sessions with topics ranging from how to succeed in a case interview to an overview of the consulting industry. Please see the Albers Placement Center website to get more information on the fall recruiting season and these sessions.
Below are some updates from a few of the clubs that Albers offer. We will continue to post announcements from clubs as the quarter continues.
ALBERS INVESTMENT CLUB:
The Albers Club extends the opportunity to undergraduate students to gain experience managing a portfolio and increase their knowledge of fincancial markets and institutions. Meetings will be held weekly on Tuesdayevenings from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm in Pigott 416, Puget Power Room. If you have are interested or have any questions please contact one of the following:
There will be an informational meeting Thursday, September 27th in Pigott 200 at 8:30 pm for anyone who is interested in hearing more about MoneyThink volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions please contact one of the
The Marketing Club aims to go one step beyone teh classroom in terms of providing interactive trips and tours, hosting professional speakers, and assisting in networking events. Membership for all is free and the club is open to anyone who is interested to come learn!
The Marketing Club will be at the "Street Fair" on Wednesday, September 26th from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Come by the table to say hi, find out what's coming up next and play for a chance to win a prize or two!
Fall Quarter Meetings:
Please contact President Lin Wilson (email@example.com) with any questions. To get the scoop on upcoming Marketing Club activities check out the Marketing Club Blog and find them on facebook by clicking the icon below!
INFORMATION SYSTEMS CLUB:
The technology sector is a growing industry in all businesses, small and large. Staying up-to-date with the latest technology and having an experience with systems gives you a leading advantage in the job market. Come learn about information Systems in a variety of different fields. Get technical, hands on experience, with fun and exciting projects like web designing, systems, etc.; excellent for resume boosters! Mingle and network with professionals in the IS field and other students to talk about the importance of technology in all sectors. Have a fun time with individuals of similar interests over food, snacks, and drinks. No prior experience needed and ALL majors are welcome. More information about events, meeting times and announcements will come out in the next few weeks. For more information or interest in joining, please send an email to Kyle Bonnell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Welcome Back! We are so happy to have you back on campus and are excited for the 2012-2013 academic year to start. We hope you are just as excited for the new opportunities that await you this year. Advisors are here to help you with your transition, whether that transition is from high school to college, another college or university to Seattle University, or just making that transition back into school from a great summer break. We hope to see you at least once during the fall quarter to discuss your winter quarter classes, but also hope you will come see us if you have any other questions or to let us know how the quarter is going! During the first week of classes advisors will hold walk-in hours if you have concerns about your current schedule, would like to discuss dropping or adding a course, or have an issue that can't wait. We also have limited appointments during the first week of classes for issues that may take a little longer. You can schedule appointments by stopping by Pigott 318 or calling the front desk at 206-296-5700. Below you will find some important information regarding walk-in hours during fall drop/add period, important dates throughout the quarter and how you can get in touch with the advisors. Make sure you look through all the information and keep it for reference! Also, we will be posting important information on this blog each week, so keep coming back to see what's coming up! Welcome back again and we all look forward to working with you!
WALK-IN ADVISING HOURS FALL DROP/ADD PERIOD:
September 17 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
September 18 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
September 19 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
September 20 9:30 am-11:00 am & 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
September 25 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
We also have two Graduate Assistants, Megan Fillipi (email@example.com) and Therese Credle (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will hold regular drop-in hours. Therese will have drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm and Megan will have drop-in hours on Thursdays from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Any student can see either one of our Graduate Assistants.
Below are a few important dates, mark these in your calendar. Please click here to view a more comprehensive Academic Calendar, the Final Exam calendar and an Important Dates Calendar.
Available during registration periods and the first week of the quarter during scheduled times. Walk-in Advising is on a first-come, first-served basis and is reserved for students with quick questions.
Available via two methods:1. You may contact an advisor at AlbersUGemail@example.com. You may contact your advisor directly.
Welcome Back! We are so happy to have you back on campus and are excited for the 2012-2013 academic year to start. We hope you are just as excited for the new opportunities that await you this year. Advisors are here to help you with your transition, whether that transition is from high school to college, another college or university to Seattle University, or just making that transition back into school from a great summer break. We hope to see you at least once during the fall quarter to discuss your winter quarter classes, but also hope you will come see us if you have any other questions or to let us know how the quarter is going! During the first week of classes advisors will hold walk-in hours if you have concerns about your current schedule, would like to discuss dropping or adding a course, or have an issue that can't wait. We also have limited appointments during the first week of classes for issues that may take a little longer. You can schedule appointments by stopping by Pigott 318 or calling the front desk at 206-296-5700. Below you will find some important information regarding walk-in hours during fall drop/add period, important dates throughout the quarter and how you can get in touch with the advisors. Make sure you look through all the information and keep it for reference! Welcome back again and we all look forward to working with you!
WALK-IN ADVISING HOURS FALL DROP/ADD PERIOD:
We also have two Graduate Assistants, Megan Fillipi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Therese Credle (email@example.com), who will hold regular walk-in hours. Therese will have walk-in hours on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm and Megan will have walk-in hours on Thursdays from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Any student can see either one of our Graduate Assistants.
Below are a few important dates, mark these in your calendar. Please click here to view a more comprehensive Academic Calendar, the Final Exam calendar and an Important Dates Calendar.
Last day to apply for graduation: Winter 2013
October 29-November 12
Last day to apply for graduation: Spring 2013
Veteran’s Day: No classes
Registration begins: Winter 2013
Thanksgiving Break: No Classes
December 9-January 6
Grades due by noon; posted on SU online by 6pm
December 25-January 1
Administrative offices closed
HOW WE ADVISE:
Best wishes in your search and in navigating through freshman year,
Molly Morrisey, Business Economics and Humanities Major
Last October, I applied for a summer internship at Boeing and was accepted later that month. By the middle of Fall Quarter, I already knew my plans for the next year. Now, as Spring Quarter comes to a close, it seems almost unreal that in just a few weeks I’ll actually be walking into the Renton offices and starting my job for the next three months.
I’m extremely excited for what Boeing has in store for me. The managers have been taking classes to learn how to optimize their intern’s experience, and this year all of the interns will have desks on the same floor. It will be fun to meet other business students from around the country who have come here to work. I also haven’t met my manager yet, so I’m looking forward to introducing myself, finding out his role in Boeing’s marketing and communications, and getting my first assignment.
Although I’m sure working at Boeing will be both challenging and rewarding, I also have to take summer classes at night. I’m working on completing a degree in Digital Design in addition to studying Marketing at Albers, and the added work load has kept me extremely busy. Hopefully I will still have some time to relax and rejuvenate myself for senior year!
Leanna Robb NSM
First of all, Happy last week of School!
I am going to start this blog post with a disclaimer, yes I will be talking about wearing a tie, but the message is really about doing (in this case wearing) something you may not normally be comfortable with in order to feel more secure, and subsequently grow as a business professional.
With my disclaimer I might have given away the whole point of the blog entry, but I will continue anyway. It is time to start wearing a tie, and that means a dress shirt too. There are a few things that go along with this ‘tie wearing.’
The first is, it isn’t good enough to just own a tie, one must wear the tie, more often than not. I’ll just say at least once a quarter (start out easy).
The next step, and don’t skip this one, learn how to tie the knot yourself. Many, especially those with roommates, tend to rely on others to make sure that simple piece of clothing that makes all the business formal difference is correctly knotted and displayed. If you are going to own a tie then you must learn how to use it.
Step three is a more challenging notion: know the importance of what it means to wear a tie. Many first time (or first few times) tie wearers might describe a tie as a fancy looking noose that isn’t getting the job done. Fancy looking? Yes. Getting the job done? No, wrong job. A tie is a symbol of formality, thus, when worn properly, you are formal. Formal means that you are showing respect to those who you might be interviewing with, but it also means that you are commanding a certain amount as well. A tie says: I have a skill –tying a specific knot-and it says I spent some time on this outfit which means I care about how I am presenting myself right now.
Step four is probably the easiest to master: Wear a tie often. Once you have one, or a few (I suggest a simple black or extremely dark slate/gray to get started) then you wear them. At first you’ll be uncomfortable, but then you’ll move on to possibly thinking that you are overdressed (assuming you aren’t just wearing the tie for an interview or a presentation in class), but then you will move into the territory of confidence and ease.
Think about it this way: If you don’t ever wear a tie, except when you are going to do some sort of presentation, or interview, or other nerve racking experience, putting on that tie is going to remind you of what is ahead. However, if you wear ties often, and feel confident in them, you can get up in front of whoever your audience may be, and present with that same degree of confidence that you have built through this association with the fancy knot around your neck.
This may all be a glorified, step-by-step guide to “practice makes perfect,” but if it works, then use it.
Now go forth, build that confidence that is going to eventually make you a star in the business world.
The only topic of conversation these days is the fact that school is ending in two weeks (some are even graduating!), but what should you do this summer?
But, most of all, I suggest you enjoy some time off and read books you are interested in and enjoy the weather, so by the time fall hits, you are ready for school to start.
This summer I will be studying for the CPA and GMAT, enjoying a trip to Mexico, and looking for a job. Exciting :)
-NSM, Alex Mena
I don't know about how other students feel, I can assume it's the same, but the last three weeks of school are always the most exciting. It is exciting:
1) Because the school year is ending
2) Because the school year is ending, and
3) Because summer is coming!!!
This is not to be taken as summer being a time to totally relax and do nothing. Summer is a time to delve into what you are actually really interested and start making career moves. I'm talking internships!!! Summer gives us free time away from classes to commit to different endeavours and test out different career paths we see ourselves taking. I am soooooo incredibly excited for my summer internship with the accounting firm KPMG this summer! This internship gives me a chance to earn money and valuable work experience, and ultimately decide if public accounting is what I want to do.
So yes, I am excited to get out of classes! But I am even more excited to put my energy into something career oriented and get a taste of the corporate world.
-Amanda Luna, NSM
So you’ve found yourself in a group project. You may be thinking: ‘Why do teachers do this to students? It’s really unfair to make us work together and be graded for it! …that’s so not how the real world works.’
Hate to break it to you, but in a business career, you usually have to collaborate with your colleagues. Group projects are a way to simulate a work place problem and give you a chance to develop your teamwork skills. It may be a tough few weeks (especially if you have some slackers in your group), but remember you are refining your communication skills, time management ability, etc. that will make you successful later on in life. Plus, Albers loves group project so one is in your future.
So here are some tips for getting through a group project:
These are just a few tips. There are many other ways to successfully navigate your way through a group project. Group projects always seem daunting, but the best way to get through it is to be positive and try to work as a team!
E-Commerce and Information Systems, Operations, Quantitative Methods and Applications.
As Spring Quarter draws to a close, course registration is on EVERY business students' mind. Whether you are studying abroad or staying her in Seattle, the biggest (and sometimes most existential) question is: What courses should I take? [Insert Rebecca Black Lyrics Here]. As a person who really wants to know what I am getting myself into when I register for a course, the course titles listed above often give me little hope for my future learning in a class. However, I am here to tell you: GIVE EVERY COURSE A CHANCE!!!
Being in business school means expanding your horizons and taking risks on courses that will give you a leg up in the business world. I can tell you that even though I dreaded the first day of all of the classes listed above, the professors at Albers are invested in creating curriculum that is interesting, engaging, and can be applied to a broad range of business disciplines.
Essentially, my message is this: DON'T JUDGE A COURSE BY ITS TITLE!!!
In order to navigate your way through these courses, I urge you to consider the following steps:
This is not just unique to the business school, and it is important to make connections with your peers, professors, and professional advisors (see what I did there) so that you can tailor your Seattle U experience to your interests and future career aspirations.
Until next time,
Russell Aivazian, New Student Mentor (NSM)
Junior Business Management Major with Entrepreneurship and Finance | Albers School of Business and Economics
This week was registration week for the upcoming Fall Quarter of the 2012-2013 year. Freshmen business students were required to meet with their professional advisors this quarter instead of a mandatory meeting with us (the NSMs). This meeting consisted of planning out classes for the student's next three years at Albers. This is a great opportunity to discuss future plans about studying abroad, internships for credit, or having to meet a certain number of credits. Something I would like to emphasize to the freshmen is that these plans are TENTATIVE and change often, as do your personal plans throughout the years. There were quarters in my undergraduate career that I would go in to see my professional advisor twice a quarter. You never know what will occur and how it will affect your plans, therefore, going to update this plan at least once a year is highly suggested.
Also, there is only a few weeks left in the quarter, this includes finals. It is definitely crunch time and I would like to wish the mentees good luck as they take on the last quarter of their freshmen year!
-NSM, Alex Mena
Advising week is always both an excting time and a busy time for the Albers New Student Mentors. We LOVE it because it is when we get to catch up and check in with all our mentees. Regardless if it is required or not we all love hearing about how our mentees have been and what has changed in their life, and we are ever hopful that they enjoy meeting with us just as much. I would personally like to thank all my mentees (you know who you are) for getting in contact, coming to events, and scheduling appointments. It only makes my job that much easier, and don't worry, I have heard positive things from the other mentors about their mentees as well.
Our only hope is that we help you with taking all that is required while maintaining a resonable schedule. This is the last quarter our mentees are required to meet with us, and it is sooooo sad. I personally hope that I have helped them academically, of course, but also that I have been an influencial part of the first mile in their great SU experience.
NSM, Amanda Luna
The New Student Mentor (NSM) Program is a paid leadership program in the Albers School of Business and Economics. It consists of a selected group of eight junior and senior Business students who provide academic advising and mentoring to first-year Business students, as well as host quarterly events to keep the freshmen connected to the Business School. New Student Mentors serve as role models and work closely to assist the freshmen advisees in their transition to college so that the “first year experience” is a good one. Many of the New Student Mentors are in this position now because of the positive experience they had with their New Student Mentors when they were freshmen in the Albers School. The New Student Mentors represent what an Albers student is to both the internal and external community.