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  • 5 Things I Learned from my Experience at Seattle University

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 8/27/2015 03:09:10 PM

    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.

    Tip #1: Get involved.

    Find something you can be passionate about. After being athletic all my life, I missed being in a team community upon entering college. Thankfully, I found rowing my freshman year. For anyone that’s met me, I know what you are thinking: “she is 5’4”, on the rowing team, and not a coxswain? There’s no way.” BUT, there is a way. Be passionate, get excited, and be open to options that at first don’t seem within reach. You’ll meet people, build friendships, and make connections with every club, team, internship, or job you pursue.

    Tip #2: There is something for everyone. Find what interests you.

    Seattle is a great place to first experience life on your own without the guidance and watch of your parents. Explore the concerts and music scenes around Capitol Hill and within campus like at SU’s big event Quadstock, make a Seattle Food Bucket List, and do touristy things in your new home. You only have a few years to freely explore the city. Go find the things you’re interested in, because in Seattle, and especially in Capitol Hill, there is something for everyone.

    Tip #3: Get ready to work hard.

    You’re beginning your adult life. The transition from high school to college is especially difficult for some, but luckily Seattle University is a great place to transition to. As a business student, you will be pushed academically. Professors push individuals to reach their potential and provide a great support system along the way. Believe it or not, your professors want you to succeed. Visit them during office hours; they are here to help you! Also, it’s never too early to begin networking with professors!

    Tip #4: Work hard but don’t strain yourself in the process.

    While it is important to push yourself, know your limits. I learned this one the hard way my freshman year. I remember spending countless nights cramming in the library, frying my brain at ridiculous hours in the early morning and still having to wake up (if I even slept at all) at 5am for practice the next morning. The more you plan and get a head start on assignments/ studying for tests, the better off you’ll be. Learn how to manage your time and how to prioritize. Help yourself out by being prepared, taking care of your precious body, and allowing time for your brain to rest. Trust me on this one.

    Tip #5: Enjoy your time here.

    I applied to 12 other colleges: a few in my home state of California, a couple throughout the nation, and many in the Pacific Northwest. After all my college tours and visits ended, I knew this region was the best fit for me. I believed this was where I could make the most of my college experience, and sure enough, I was right. Years after making my decision to commit to Seattle University, I am still happy with my choice and could not have asked for a better experience thus far. I am pushed academically and have learned to find interest in each course I take. I am still discovering new spots and eateries around the city where I can relax and take a break from school. I am provided with the business environment that is quintessential in building the foundation for my work experience. College really is a time like no other. Take your time to enjoy these next four years here. Regardless of where one goes to pursue a higher education, he or she should make the most of it, and Seattle is a great place to start. 

    --Gerline Reyes, Junior, Finance major

    All It Takes Is One

    Posted by Gumpon Siriboon on 5/26/2015 08:58:20 AM

    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 four 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 :(


    -NSM Zac

    Spring Quarter and the Pull Between Sunshine and Schoolwork

    Posted by Fitzpatrick Jordan on 5/7/2015 12:15:45 PM

    Spring 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.

                It 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!

                Sometimes 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.

                Don’t 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. 

    Fitz Jordan

    The Importance of a College Education

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 4/13/2015 04:51:33 PM

    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. 

    College Education = Insurance

    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.  

    Long-Term Investment

    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. 

    So… Why stay in class?

    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:

    Sergiu Ispas
    Junior | Business Economics and Finance
    New Student Mentor

    *Morrill, Weston H. "Does College Matter?" PsycCRITIQUES 14.6 (1969): n. pag. Web.

    It's Never Too Early To Start Thinking About Internships!

    Posted by Kerstin Abbey Fajardo on 3/12/2015 04:38:13 PM
    When I was freshman I thought, “I am definitely going to start looking at internships early and taking every opportunity that I can!”

    Fast-forward to today, I unfortunately did not start as early as I would have liked. As of right now I have one internship, two jobs, and three officer positions on my resume since my college career started. It’s not necessarily bad, but looking back, I wish I was more proactive in pursuing more internship opportunities. Although interviews are usually nerve-wracking, I think if I applied to more internships, I would have gotten more interview experience and would be less nervous about them.

    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 resume.

    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.

    Some examples are:

    • Describe a time where you had to demonstrate leadership skills.
    • Describe a time when you worked with someone you didn’t like or get along with.

    There are also more general questions such as:

    • Why do you think you’re right for the job?
    • Why do you want to work for _____?

    And lastly:

    • Do you have any questions?

    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 (:

    Abbey Fajardo


    Finals Survival Guide

    Posted by Erik Hagberg on 3/12/2015 02:25:29 PM

    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, 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! 


    Erik Hagberg

    International Business major 
    New Student Mentor 

    Why Choosing a Major is the Least of your Worries

    Posted by Nantaporn Carlson on 2/11/2015 05:46:21 PM

    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