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Oh, Finals Week

Posted by Veronika Zwicke on March 15, 2017 at 5:03 PM PDT

The title says it all...oh, finals week. It is the week we all learn to dread the second we step foot onto campus. And for some reason, winter quarter finals seem to be the worst, well, for me at least. The weather always seems to encapsulate my mood oh so perfectly. It's cold, it's dark, it's rainy, and it's like my soul as I prepare my final Marketing Research paper. Sorry, Dr. Obermiller!

But this post isn't for me to complain about my dread for finals week. This is a post with some tips and tricks on how to survive it. Here is what makes studying just a bit better for me.

1. Turn it off:

I know. It's hard not to constantly put that stupid dog face filter on yourself while taking selfies on snap chat to send to your friends. TURN IT OFF. Move it away from reach. When you type your paper on Microsoft word place it in focus mode. Don't know how do that? Learn how to do it here: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_officeinsider-mso_mac/insider-fast-word-for-mac-focus-mode-is-here/b111a712-d5ca-43c6-b75e-8e644819e17f 

2. Talk:

Take some time to talk to actual human beings, in person. Not on your phone. Meet up with someone at the Bistro, invite me to the Byte and buy me something (I ran out of meal plan money the last week of February). Spending time with people gives us an energy boost (yes, introverts, that goes for you too). Talk to someone. Texting doesn’t count.

3. Stop:

You can't study forever. After about two hours of hard studying, your brain starts to crap out on you. Take some breaks. Stretch. Refresh. Breathe. Your mind won’t burn out quite as quickly this way. I like to go on walks, or sometimes simply lay on my floor and force my cats to love me. You do you. I don't judge.

4. Go outside:

But it's raining! Yah, whatever that's what umbrellas and rain jackets are for. Plus the longer you stay outside; the more appealing the library will become because you know, it's inside, away from the rain. C'mon I know I'm stretching on this one, but heck, it works!

5. Eat the brain food:

Ezelle's Fried Chicken doesn't count, and it hurts my heart just typing that. You have to nourish those brain cells, especially if you’re sleeping less than usual. Go to the cave and buy some fruits and veggies or go to C-Street and make a salad. Your body will thank you. Plus, that fried chicken will taste all the better when you know you are done with finals.

6. Find your space:

There is a reason people go to the library; wait, what?! It’s a breeding ground for good study habits. If the library isn’t your thing, that’s cool too. I'm surprisingly not the biggest fan of it. It's too quiet for me. So try dedicating a space to studying and stick with it. Avoid your bed or the couch, yes, I know, I'm guilty of loving my bed too much as well. Those places are associated with relaxation and can be counterproductive to your studying attempts. Take it from me, I just sat on my bed for five minutes and woke up from a three-hour nap. Whoops!

7. Move:

Exercise reduces stress. Ugh, I know, I know, I hate the gym as much as the next person. I know you think you don’t have time, but I promise if you take 20 minutes to run or bike or whatever at the gym, your brain will function at a higher level, and you’ll be far more efficient as you work. Plus you can combine Netflix and gym time, you know, watch Netflix while you work out on your phone. Just do it! (See what I did there, hehe).

8. Sleep:

During finals week?! Am I crazy? Maybe. Even for me, all the caffeine in the world can’t replace a good night’s sleep, so do your best to get some shuteye. If you must stay up all night, find some time to nap. But please. SLEEP!

Y'all I know you can do this! Take these tips and tricks and own finals week. You owe it to yourself. 

Cheers,

Vee

Veronika Zwicke
Marketing and Management double major (Junior) | Albers School of Business & Economics | Seattle University
New Student Mentor | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle University

President | Seattle University American Marketing Association (SU AMA)
Director | Canisius Designs – Seattle University’s Student-Run Design Agency

http://thoughtcatalog.com/terran-tout/2014/12/how-to-survive-finals-week/ 

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

Posted by Chisup Kim on March 6, 2017 at 1:03 PM PST

During the cold, brisk weather of Winter Quarter, it is not hard to anticipate the luxuries of summer, whether it be the ambiance of music festivals, meeting summer friends, or enjoying the sweet, warm weather. For most undergraduates, it is the only down time we have from working on and off campus all year. While I agree that downtime is a necessity, I also believe that it can also be a time used to get ahead. Although it is tempting to take the whole vacation off, summers can also be the time to separate you from the rest of your peers. The following are some options to consider for your options for not only this summer but the rest that you spend as an undergraduate student.

 

Summer Classes

For most of us, summer classes sound terrible straight off the bat. However, contrary to that common belief, summer classes are very flexible to your summer schedule. Summer classes can be taken in four or eight week sessions, which leaves plenty of time for the rest of your summer. All my friends who have stayed in Seattle for the summer have loved it. Summer is Seattle’s best season with plenty of summer events, concerts, and amazing weather to help you get through those classes. This is an easy way to get some credits out of the way to add that extra major or minor to your degree. At the end of my undergraduate academics, I wish that I spent at least one summer here in Seattle to get that extra minor and enjoy a Seattle summer.

 

Summer Internships

Although internships seem like a way far out, it is never too early to start applying. Internships are out there, but you just need to make the effort to find them. Even if you do not get an internship this summer, you can start to build rapport with recruiters to apply again for the following year or for even full-time applications when you graduate. Internships can be found through the RedHawk Network, but you can broaden your search with job aggregators like Indeed, LinkedIn Jobs, Glassdoor, and many more. Searching for an internship is not always easy, but we have the Albers Placement Center to provide help throughout the entire application process.

 

Volunteering

A very flexible option for summers is volunteer work. Personally, I have taken the effort to volunteer consistently for summer camps for underserved high schoolers and for international volunteer opportunities in Mexico, St. Lucia, and South Korea. Nobody is going to deny work to a free volunteer, especially nonprofit organizations. Volunteering over the summers have opened doors for me that I still benefit from today. Many of my co-volunteers abroad have gone on to become professionals in public policy and business that I still connect with today. Along with those connections, I gained rich cultural and professional experience from my volunteer work abroad.

 

Spending your summers wisely are not just about making your resume look better or getting ahead in classes, but rather to avoid complacency. As much as we all appreciate vacation time, summers are the time to integrate your own personal interests with what you learn in the classroom. You can still make time for the music festivals, for friends, and for the warmer weather, but the time you spend in between working hard can make your summer feel that much sweeter.

 

Best regards,

Chi

Finance and Business Economics Double Major (Senior) 
New Student Mentor | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle University

A Hidden Gem in Albers: Student Faculty Research

Posted by Nick Haddad on February 20, 2017 at 11:02 AM PST

As students, there eventually becomes a time in which we all begin to delve into our specified majors. As this happens, we begin to join clubs, create friend groups, and slowly but surely, start to put ourselves in environments that at least somewhat simulate the situations we might be in when we graduate college. This being said, I have nothing against these actions that take place; In fact, I encourage them! Surrounding yourself with people with similar goals is something that every person should do. What I am here to talk about though, is that there is one other less traveled and well known road that students can take that has a plethora of benefits attached to it.

Although it may initially sound dull, engaging in faculty-student research with a professor has the potential to be much more than it may seem. From here, I am going to list three big reasons why you should consider finding a professor to do faculty-student research with.

  1. You have the ability to study whatever you like (To a certain point)! Despite the wide variety of electives available for us after finishing our core major courses, it’s impossible to satisfy everyone’s interests to the utmost extent. This being said, while engaging in faculty-student research, you have the opportunity to delve deep into a particular topic of your choice! For example, if you’re a marketing major interested in the return that commercials with dogs have in them, there is quite the possibility that, given the professor, you could delve into a topic as depicted as such. To be realistic though, the goal is to research something that no one else has researched before, which leads me up to my next point.
  2. The benefits of doing faculty student research is never ending. In fact, you can even become published as a result! Depending on the level of involvement you want to be in with a professor (There are 3 different levels of varying workloads), you can go from assisting your professor to even collaborating with them! This being said, if your research goes far enough, it gives you the opportunity to speak at seminars and even receive a stipend for your work as well. Not only this, but you even can receive an extra notation on your transcript that probably none of your other peers will have!
  3. Last but not least, the relationship that you will build with your professor will not be established better any other way. Due to the constant meetings and collaborations with your professor, you will bond with them much more than you would in the average day of class. Having meaningful one on one sessions on topics that you’re passionate about allows it to be extremely engaging as well. From this, the bond you build with your professor has the potential to benefit you in the future as well, especially when it comes to job referrals and recommendations.

All in all, when it comes to getting yourself ahead of the rest of your peers, I believe that engaging in faculty-student research is a great way to both educate yourself in a field interesting to you while at the same time creating a long lasting bond with a professor! I hope you consider it as well!

 

Best,

Nick Haddad

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

Posted by Thu Trinh on February 9, 2017 at 11:02 AM PST

     Your first answer to the title is probably “of course I know myself very well, IT’S MYSELF.” In this blog post, I’d like to talk about how a question that seems so trivial has become my guiding philosophy.

     One might think that there is nothing similar between a student who is extremely busy by being involved in many things on and off campus and another student who has a lot of free time because he/she is not very involved. I beg to differ, and I would like to offer my theory on why those two seemingly different people might actually be very similar.

     Just a few weeks ago, I attended the Albers Executive Speaker Series and listened to CEO/President of REI, Jerry Stritzke, spoke about the northwest values and how REI embodied and incorporated those values. Near the end of his talk, there was one word that he used that beautifully summed up the idea behind my question in the title. As part of his advice, he urged the audience to “be deliberate.”

     In the technological and digital world today, we are being bombarded with a massive amount of information about every corner of the world continuously. With some help from the internet and social networks, we might know about an event that happens in a small town on the other side of earth almost instantly, yet we rarely take the time to connect with ourselves and really try to learn about ourselves.

     We often overlook our own values, strengths, and weaknesses thinking that “of course I know myself best.” On the surface, it might seem true. However, the self-awareness I would like to talk about here is not what you want to eat for dinner, or what movie to watch this weekend, not even what you want to study in college. Those are just events and preferences. The self-awareness I’m talking about is whether you know what your values are, what makes you happy and how you define success.

     I believe that is what Mr. Stritzke meant when he used the word “deliberate.” It means do you know what is the purpose of the events in your life, do you know the why in every action you take, or are you just taking the default option. When you do something with a purpose, when you’re being deliberate, you will find more joy, drive and motivation; and when you do something with such enthusiasm, it is more likely to be a rewarding experience.

     The power of choice is a great asset that is often forgotten. We all possess that power but if we don’t utilize it, someone else will exploit it. In his book “essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” McKeown wrote: “If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.” Back to the two hypothetical people I talked about above, this is where they coincide. Even though one is overwhelmed by trying to do everything and one is discouraged by not doing anything, they have both failed to effectively prioritize their lives. They both forget about the power of choice that they have.

     My final advice for those two hypothetical people and for everyone is to take the time to reflect on yourself, on your values, on what deeply inspires you, on what makes you happy, and on what success means to you. Once you’ve discovered yourself, have the courage to say no to everything else because very few things are essential, yet many things are trivial. There is no such thing as priorities, only priority.

 

McKeown, Greg. essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Crown Business, 2014.

 

Thu Trinh
New Student Mentor | Albers Advising Center
Accounting | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle University Class of 2018

On Gratitude this Season

Posted by Layla A. Fidel on November 21, 2016 at 10:11 AM PST

            This year is my last as an undergraduate student at Seattle University. Over the past four years of my time here, I’ve gotten to think about all of the opportunities that I have become so grateful for. As I enter into this week of Thanksgiving, I took the time to reflect on my gratitude for my experiences as a student here. 

            Seattle University has provided me with a home. Being from Hawai’i across the Pacific Ocean, I was afraid that I would not find a sense of belonging. However, because of the strong community here, I have found my place. From my first year of college living in Campion Hall in the Health and Wellness Learning Community, I discovered a place that I was fairly confident would be a comfortable home for me. I found home in the third floor study spaces in Piggott overlooking the Atrium, in the Writing Center at the Lemieux Library, in the smell of coffee wafting from the Bottom Line, and in the familiar faces around campus. I’ve been able to find people here that make it feel like home—mentors, friends, professors, classmates. I proudly accept and embrace my identity as a Redhawk because of this pride for my new home. For this, I am grateful.  

            Seattle University has provided me with challenge. Academically, physically, emotionally, this institution has pushed me to my limits for the better. It has forced me to question my pre-dispositions, my assumptions, and my sense of self. Each day has presented itself with a new challenge whether it be how many miles I will run at the Eisiminger Fitness Center on that given day, how well I do on my Global and Domestic Macroeconomics midterm, or how I approach someone that I’ve been nervous to. Each day is different and keeps me on my toes keeping the experience all the more exciting. Although there is some routine, there is always opportunity for change and challenge here. For this, I am grateful.

            Seattle University has provided me with the opportunity of self-discovery. I could not imagine who I would be if I hadn’t chosen Seattle University. The holistic Jesuit education has truly made an impact on who I am today. The conversations that have presented themselves have allowed me to delve deeply into places of vulnerability that have shaped my perception on life and have allowed me to think critically about my space in the world. I've been able to discuss topics around diversity, intersectionality, academic elitism, and equity with my peers in different areas around campus. I've been able to heal in rough times with the people on campus and with the help of the resources provided like CAPS or HAWC, which has lead to my ability to discover myself even further. My time here has affirmed my passion for people; it has aided my vocational discernment; it has helped me find myself or at least parts of myself. For this, I am grateful.

            Seattle University has provided me with a hope for the future. The past few years here have been formative. This school has given me a toolbox that I will bring with me outside of its walls. Although it has taken my own time and effort to get me to where I am, I worked collaboratively with the resources offered to me by the university. I've immersed myself into this idea and this certainty that I will do something greater and I have it in me to change the world because of the empowerment this school has provided me with. Without Seattle University investing into me as a person, me as a student, me as a humanitarian, me as a leader, I would not be as confident I am about the days that lay ahead. For this, I am grateful.

This Thanksgiving season, I wanted to make sure that I acknowledged the university that has given me so much. I wanted to acknowledge the people here who have given me so much. I wanted to acknowledge the experiences here that have given me so much. It is a privilege to be a member of this Seattle University community. Happy Thanksgiving.

 

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” Brené Brown

The Union Green on a Fall Morning The Union Green on a Fall Morning 

Layla Fidel 
Marketing Major | Entrepreneurship & Innovations Minor | Senior 
New Student Mentor

Making an Educational Investment In and Outside the Classroom

Posted by Danielle LeBaron on October 28, 2016 at 6:10 PM PDT

Freshman year at SeattleU was an overwhelming and exhilarating experience for me. One repetitive memory I have, however, was almost all my lower level business professors telling us “read the news” and “keep up with current business events.” I used to cringe at the criticism because, as with all first-year students, it was a busy year of acclimating to college expectations, living away from home, and trying to get a handle on a college social life.

It wasn’t until I started keeping up with current events that I finally understood what they were talking about. Whether I had heard about a sudden drop in commodities' stock on CNBC or listen to an analyst’s perspective on the economic impact of layoffs at Boeing on NPR, I felt even more prepared going to class because I had this additional knowledge.

For most of you, the little free time you have before and between class is probably dedicated to catching up on social media, listening to music, or chatting with friends. What if you spent that time scrolling through a business news feed or listening to a podcast? This minor time investment has great returns and will most definitely make you stand out in class.

So, where should you start? For quick access on breaking business news, start following some organizations on Twitter such as Bloomberg and Forbes. Podcasts, like NPR or WSJ, are another free, convenient method that would provide more analytical conversation on business issues. If you’re willing to make monetary investments, a Harvard Business Review or The Economist subscriptions is a great routes. Also, make sure not to forget about all the resources available to you on the Library databases. These aren’t exclusively for writing papers or researching for a project. If you’re learning about a certain company in, let’s say, BUAD 1000 take a second to browse their financials and any recent news on sites like Morningstar or The Wall Street Journal, both of which can be accessed through the library’s business database.

When you start upper-level business courses, all the materials you cover will begin to coexist and you’ll be able to make overarching connections. That means when the quarter ends, don’t necessarily put all that material behind you. It will appear in a future course…or even on a sidewalk in Germany.

Over the summer, I went on the Albers EU Study Tour. For one it was by far the best educational experience of my life and I would recommend it to anyone considering education abroad. On many occasions, it gave me a chance to make those cross-discipline connections and put to use some of the knowledge I had gained in my Albers classes.

One afternoon, a friend and I were walking back from our Bundesbank visit in Frankfurt when we ran into an Australian videographer working for a Chinese new station. Since he realized we spoke English, he asked if we knew about the New Silk Road. By chance, I happened to have taken my International Business course (INBU 3200) the quarter prior and knew exactly what he was talking about. Before I knew it, I was hooked up to a mic and sharing some information on how this new method of Eurasian transport will help alleviate transatlantic shipping conflicts but has stirred up conflict in Central Asia.

During this INBU course, we presented on an international business issue every week. At first, it seemed like a lot of material to be researching and presenting, but after a while, I started making connections to everything we were learning and what I was also reading in the news. Many other visits on the study tour brought up issues that I had learned in my business law, ethics, and management courses in addition to all the material we learned in our study tour prep lectures. I believe this background knowledge made my study abroad experience better than it could have been.

I know your first-year can be overwhelming and seem like a lot of material and expectations are thrown at you - but, that’s college. And to be honest, the expectations will only increase as you progress through all your business courses. So, maximize your time at Albers and make that extra effort by not only holding onto the educational investment you make in the classroom but also outside. 

Danielle LeBaron
International Business Major, Accounting Minor | Junior
New Student Mentor

Discovering Your Passion

Posted by Braden Wild on October 24, 2016 at 10:10 AM PDT

I am often asked what drives me to invest time in clubs here at Seattle University. There is no right answer for everyone to this question. Every person is going to have a different path for what success looks like and what getting involved looks like. There are many opportunities offered to those who seek them out at Albers, show initiative, and want to make something better for their peers. But for me it comes down to finding and nurturing a passion.

What I challenge you do is not to be involved in too many things as I always have or go for what is the most impressive title on your resume. What you must never stop doing is looking for what sparks a fire in your heart, a deep passion for that work. You need to want it, prioritize it, breath into it life. You will only get out of involvement at Albers or Seattle University what you put into it. And you never know when you will discover a new passion.

For me that project is the Fair Trade coffee business I started on campus. It has not been an easy or smooth transition. It has meant that instead of going to bed I am up at 11:00pm bagging coffee for a rush order the next day. It has meant presenting and justifying the project in front of all my Albers faculty and staff. It has meant spending Saturdays crafting and refining the business plan or cancelling plans to do research. It has been long and hard work and it is not done yet.

That being said, I also have no regrets about the work I have put in. I have no regrets because I found my passion. Because I pursued my passion it carried me all around the world to Nicaragua, Vietnam, and Guatemala getting to work first hand and in partnership with coffee producers from around the world. I get to travel to conferences, run a real world business with actual money and hire on other student to share in this vision and help discover their own passions.

Involvement should always feed your passions. It should be hard work, have a meaningful impact, and be something you can be proud of. It should make you think, question, and wonder if we need to do better. And you will have an opportunity to do that, be it at Albers, Seattle University, or other places across the world. You must always put in the work and keep your eyes and ears open to the possibilities around you. You never know where they may take you.

Braden Wild

International Business and Economics | Junior

New Student Mentor

 

 

Why I Chose Seattle University

Posted by Chisup Kim on October 1, 2016 at 8:10 AM PDT

Just the other day, a professor asked me what did I enjoy the most during my time here, and I jokingly told that individual that I would respond later. I thought about the best classes I took, my personal achievements, and my professional experience. But, when thinking retrospectively, my favorite part about Seattle University is that it highlighted the value of people, especially those around me. During my freshman year, I was not that involved. I had a good group of friends, but my extracurricular involvement was lacking. I joined one club, and went to two meetings. To say I was in that club would be an understatement, and I was ready to transfer from Seattle University after my freshman year from my perceived lack of opportunities. However, my sophomore year and on was when I finally started becoming involved. I joined more clubs, became involved in residential life, played on some terrible intramural teams, and became more involved in my business classes. My grades started getting better. My professional development soared. Most importantly, I met a large number of unique individuals, and recognizing their uniqueness only strengthened my understanding of myself.  As you can tell, I didn’t transfer.

What I enjoyed most is that I could get a quality education, while meeting the people who were here with me. Approximately 4,700 undergraduate students are enrolled at Seattle University, and not many campuses have the same luxury of this small community where you can connect with more people. At larger universities, a common psychological phenomenon is Barry Schwartz’s Paradox of Choice, where a larger abundance of people might actually lead you to meet less of them due to choice paralysis.  A close friend of mine that recently graduated from UW told me that she would meet people and never see them again in the sea of students. I’m happy to say that I cannot relate to that at all. We all share the same classrooms, Cherry Street, library, and most importantly, friends. I never met someone new, who didn’t have a mutual friend, and I think the small community here enriched my experience more than anything.

So, my biggest advice to freshmen is that you’re going to create your circles, but you should expand them as soon as you can. As busy as you are, go to that club meeting you’ve been pushing off. As much we hate them, create group texts to hangout. As much as you might get nervous, go meet that person sitting across from you. Meet these people because you’re going to see them around for the next four years, and for a select few, even longer. And if you don’t know where to start, my inbox is always open.

 

Best regards,

Chisup Kim | New Student Mentor

The Most Important Tab in LinkedIn

Posted by Fitz Jordan on June 2, 2016 at 10:06 AM PDT

LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool for professionals of all ages (including first year students in college) and across all industries (including the non-profit sector). I highly recommend all Albers students utilize this free social media platform to connect with other professionals and expand your network.

Something that typically remains unnoticed among Albers undergraduate students is the size and quality of the Albers alumni base. There are tens of thousands of alumni all over the world working at all types of companies in every occupation imaginable. And they’re almost always willing to help current undergraduate students connect with the professional world. So how can we get in contact with them?

When you log into your LinkedIn account, hover your mouse over the tab named “My Network”. From the drop down menu that appears, select the tab titled “Find Alumni”. You will be taken to a page that lists all 39,473 alumni of Seattle University. Use the filters in the center of the page to find an alumnus that works at a company you would love to work for in an occupation you aspire to attain. If you click the arrow on the right side of the filters window, you will see there are three more filter options for finding alumni. The “What they studied” filter is especially helpful if you are not sure what you want to do with your education because it allows you to see how alumni have used their degrees to get where they are today.

Once you’ve found an alumnus who works at a company you would like to work for in a position you would love to have, connect with them and send them a message. I recommend connecting with more recent graduates as they can relate more to your efforts of finding the right career path, but older graduates have great insights as well. In your message, ask if the alumnus would be available to meet for an informational interview. The Albers Placement Center has a great pamphlet for informational interviews that you can pick up whenever. Remember that people simply might not have the time to meet depending on their job or the time of year, so don’t be discouraged if they don’t reply or reject the invitation. If they accept, find a time you can both meet over coffee to discuss their company, their career path, their goals, and even internships. Be sure to share your own interests and goals as well. It is always courteous to find a location that is close to the alumnus’ workplace. Be sure to follow up with a thank you card or email, and try to stay in contact with the alumnus.

This has served as a great way for me to expand my network, learn more about different occupations and companies, and land the exact job I’ve been looking for. I know it can work for you too! Alumni are a great way to connect with the professional world, which makes the “Find Alumni” tab the most important tab in LinkedIn.

Please also remember that for these connections to work, you must return the favor when you are a graduate. So don’t forget to help undergraduate students find the right career path when you are an alumnus!

Senior Memoir: Three Things I Wish I did in Undergrad

Posted by Sergiu Ispas on May 26, 2016 at 12:05 PM PDT

With graduation in under two weeks, I want to share the top three things that I wish I was involved with in my four years in Albers:

1) Study abroad

Whether it was a scheduling issue or a conflict with work, I was never able to study abroad and utilize the connections that Seattle University has with various other prestigious institutions around the world. Regardless of what degree you are pursuing or the field of work are hoping to enter, college is one of the best times in your life to travel, see new places and immerse yourself in different cultures. All the classmates that I have spoken to about their study abroad experience have brought back fond memories and stories of their time in a different country. Even though four years seems like a long time, I strongly recommend that you start thinking about study abroad as early as your first year so that you can plan ahead and minimize the conflicts with classes and jobs.

2) Connecting with professors

At the Albers School of Business, we are very lucky to have professors that are passionate about their work and encourage all of their students to come during office hours for help of homework or to talk about research topics and post-college plans. At first, it may feel intimidating to speak to your professor one-on-one since we are all accustomed to the classroom setting. However, once I started going to my professor’s office hours, mainly for graduate school and career related questions, I found their advice to be extremely valuable in my post-graduation decisions. But by Senior year, I began to realized that I did not take full advantage of the opportunity to connect with my professors and learn about their path through academia and the workforce.

3) Getting to know people outside of Albers

The first year, or two, when you live in the dorms, getting to know other students outside of Albers is easy and comes almost naturally. However, as I migrated off campus and lived in a house further away, I narrowed down my friend groups to almost exclusively Albers students. This is by no means a bad thing, but I truly believe it pays off to talk to people who have different views on business and can provide insight on the world around us with their academic background. While it’s always fun to sit around talking about interest rates and how consumers make shopping decisions, I think it would benefit all Albers students to step out of their comfort zone and understand other people’s perspectives. After all, the Jesuits do encourage holistic learning.

Your experience in Albers is what you make of it. Your plans coming into college are likely to change throughout the years and you will find more opportunities for growth and leadership as you get more involved with your professors, colleagues and other opportunities provided by the school.

Some last words of advice:

Participate in EVERYTHING, even if it’s not your thing, you’ll probably find that if you participate you always have fun. Don’t be that kid that is “too cool for school” because you will miss out.

Best of luck!

Sergiu Ispas
2014-16 New Student Mentor