Why did you decide to come to UW-Eau Claire for college?
My high school counselor recommended UW-Eau Claire’s strong business program and it seemed to be just the right size. It seemed large enough for plenty of opportunities but small enough for individual attention and that’s exactly what it has been for me.
Why did you pick the major you selected?
The reason I became interested in information systems originally was to complement my original choice of accounting; I thought a background with technology would be helpful in our rapidly developing world. In my third semester I found that I was more interested in my IS coursework and the careers it could lead to than accounting. Professor Gaber taught my introductory IS course and was so excited and knowledgeable about the field that it was hard to not want the same experience.
Have you held a leadership position in a student organization while you have been at UW-Eau Claire?
Serving as vice president of programming for Student Accounting Society has taught me how to work in a team for a professional organization, communicate effectively and efficiently within my team and with professionals in the field, and manage the responsibility of a extracurricular leadership position along with school and work.
What does success mean to you? How has UW-Eau Claire College of Business prepared you for success?
Success means doing as well as I personally could in any given situation; I’ve learned to measure my success against my own potential rather than someone else’s standard. The UW-Eau Claire College of Business has prepared me by equipping me with the professional skills and technical abilities to excel in my chosen field. The College of Business staff are excellent and I believe they could help me gain the ability to work and succeed in any line of work.
What tips and/or words of advice do you have for high school students coming to Eau Claire?
The best advice I have is to try something right away, it’s impossible to know what you want to do just by reading about it. Once you have some experiences with one major or another it will be much easier to decide what works best for you.
It’s important to always balance your responsibilities. If you don’t take on any responsibilities you won’t get as much out of your college experience as you could, but taking on too much can make you less effective in everything and will take the enjoyment out of your time in school. Get involved, but make sure you’re still having fun!