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Eric

Why did you decide to come to UW-Eau Claire for college?  

I came to Eau Claire for similar factors that most high school students look at; the medium size of the campus, small class sizes, and a strong college of business. That being said I ended up loving it for more reasons than just these. The opportunities I have had here would not have been as available at other universities. I have been able to do student-faculty collaborative research, study abroad twice, participate in an internship program, and become involved in a wide range of activities and clubs. All of this on an amazingly beautiful campus!

Why did you pick the major you selected?

I picked operations/materials supply management because I like the opportunities for process improvement and streamlining a factory’s product flow. Also this in this major you can find a position in a company where you can be a part of their global supply chain. Companies across America are in need of individuals who have a strong operations background and who understand the global networks needed to manage the company. APICS—The Association of Operations Management is another big reason why I chose this major. I got involved in the club my third year and enjoyed touring Chippewa Valley businesses to see things in action that I was learning about in class.

Have you completed an internship?

I was very lucky in that I was able to participate in an internship program overseas. The PIE Grant (Partnerships in International Education) provided the resources to locate a logistics company in Guangzhou, China where I worked in the Overseas Department. I was able to work alongside my Chinese co-workers and learn vast amounts about Chinese business culture, the logistics industry in China, and how to communicate with international clients. This experience is an example of the opportunities you can have at UWEC. Working in an international setting changed the way I look at business being done in today’s economy.

Have you studied abroad?

I was able to study abroad twice for a total of three semesters. The first program I participated in was at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan. I wanted to experience a culture different from the rural Midwestern one I grew up in. The program was very reasonably priced and worth every penny I spent on it. We have an exchange program with Kansai Gaidai so I was able to pay Eau Claire tuition. The second program I participated in was at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China. I realized that studying abroad was something I would only have the opportunity to do in college so I wanted to stay a full year in China. I loved being able to learn about one of the world’s most important and quickly developing countries. I would advise any student to study abroad. I would also encourage others to pick a country that has a different culture that ours. You would be surprised how small barriers like language and culture are when everyone is enjoying making friends in a study abroad setting.

What does success mean to you? How has UW-Eau Claire College of Business prepared you for success?

Success for me means not having regrets about the effort you put into something. I always give 100% in the activities I am involved in and learn something new from every experience. UWEC College of Business has prepared me by challenging classes and assignments that test practical skills while building your ability to apply the theory behind the concepts. This type of analytical thinking will allow UWEC graduates to become leaders in whatever field we pursue.

What tips and/or words of advice do you have for high school students coming to Eau Claire?

Be passionate. In everything you do try to learn something and apply what you have learned in the past. You will find that amazing opportunities will come to those who are actively seeking them. Making the best use of your time in college is not all about putting your nose in a book. Excelling academically is important but along with that other outside of class skills need to be developed. Special interest clubs, student-faculty collaborative research, student government, international buddy program, and the countless festivals and events on campus are great outlets for developing lifelong learning skills. Also, enjoy your time in the dorms and don’t move out too early. Some of the best friendships you will form during your college years will be with the people you live with during your first years on campus.

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