Why did you decide to come to UWEC for college?
I admit that UW-Eau Claire wasn’t my first choice. The two universities I was considering were the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and UW-Eau Claire. I was set on going to the U of M until I decided I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and go somewhere I’ve never been before. That’s how I ended up making my final decision. I am so happy I changed my mind because I can’t imagine loving any other university as much as UW-Eau Claire.
Why did you pick the major you selected?
I came into UW-Eau Claire as an undeclared student. I thought about so many different majors. At first I wanted to be a nurse. Then I considered majoring in sociology, psychology, or social work. I finally decided I wanted something in business. I explored all the different business majors, from marketing to management. Then I learned about health care administration. At first I was hesitant about the major but after taking more classes related to the field, I am absolutely thrilled with the path I have chosen. The best part of the program is the practicum. I can’t wait till 2013 to work at a long term care facility and get experience in the field. If you’ve got a “helping heart and a business mind” this is the major for you.
Have you held a leadership position in a student organization while you have been at UWEC?
I am a part of the board of directors of Beta Upsilon Sigma. I am currently the secretary. BUS is one of the biggest student run organizations on campus and of course I would encourage all business majors to join. The organization does a lot of great things for the community and has helped me network with people on our campus. Through my position, I have learned a lot about leadership and how running such a big organization can be difficult but also very rewarding. This experience has also helped me with my public speaking skills because getting in front of a room of more than 100 peers is nerve-wrecking. I am truly grateful to have this position.
What does success mean to you? How has UWEC College of Business prepared you for success?
Success to me is getting what you aim for and being happy with yourself. Getting a degree means a lot to me. I am a first generation college student and for a while, I was the only one in my family who continued his/her education after high school. UW-Eau Claire College of Business is preparing me for success by offering challenging and rewarding classes. I believe we have some of the best professors and their success makes me hopeful and excited to achieve and obtain my own.
In your opinion, what role did/does CADE play in helping you achieve personal, academic and/or career success?
CADE has been very helpful. I knew I could go there whenever I needed some answers. My advisor was absolutely amazing as well. Dr. Meg Devine always answered my questions and was always willing to help me. She put me on the path to graduate as soon as possible and when I was hesitant about my major, she laid out other options. She was the perfect advisor.
What tips and or words of advice do you have for high school students coming to Eau Claire?
- Get involved. It’s one of the best ways to meet people and especially people with the same interests as you.
- Ask for help. More than likely there are other people in your shoes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, everyone around campus is more than willing to lend a hand.
- Be optimistic. “What you put into it, is what you get out”—the phrase is a cliché but it’s a cliché for a reason. UW-Eau Claire may not have been your first choice, but if you’re open-minded and optimistic, I really believe you’ll fall in love with this campus like I did.