Seniors Reflect on College Experiences
By Megan Fechter, Bailey McKay, Melissa Reynoso, and Theresa Strey
Commencement is an exciting time as graduates prepare to leave the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and begin their careers. As they embark on graduation, seniors Spencer Eklund, Justin Hubbard, Sean Royer, and Michael Conlin share their UW-Eau Claire experiences, future goals, and advice for current students.
Spencer Eklund is a comprehensive management major, who took advantage of the Study Abroad program and spent a semester in Scotland. Eklund is a fan of the College of Business who believes, “Unless you are a leader in your field, there is no other degree that is more applicable today than a business degree.” One of his favorite courses was Retail Management with Jerry Kollross. Eklund says that it was a good course for anyone interested in going into a small or medium-size business. Eklund hopes to one day “have a position of influence in a small or medium-size business that will provide a lucrative living for him and his employees.” Currently he is working at his father’s business, and he plans to continue working there after graduation.
Senior Justin Hubbard, an Information Systems major, is at ease to be graduating because he has acquired a full time position at Cargill. Hubbard credits the job offer to being involved in an on campus job. While working at his LTS job position, he learned the university had an Information Systems major. After declaring Information Systems as a major, Hubbard was fortunate to acquire an internship with Cargill, as well as one for the College of Business as a technology intern. Hubbard advises incoming students to get involved early on their career planning by building networks and becoming involved on-campus. Hubbard’s network landed him both his internship and his job offer.
Sean Royer will be graduating from the COB with a degree in Management with an Entrepreneur emphasis and a minor in Spanish. Royer keeps his calendar booked with involvement in five campus organizations, working for his father’s variety store, and co-owning a clothing company, December Co. For post-college plans Royer has decided to add a snowboard manufacturing division to December Co. Within five years he plans to own at least two additional businesses, be a millionaire by 25, and get married. When thinking about his past college career and his path, he has one piece of advice: “Get out there, meet people, network, and get involved.”
Michael Conlin is graduating with a degree in Information Systems with an emphasis in Business Analysis. Conlin was previously the student chair on the Information Systems Industry Advisory Committee where he worked with faculty members to structure the direction of the Information Systems program. After graduation, Conlin plans to travel abroad to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In February, 2010, Conlin will be starting a full-time position in the Cargill IT department. Conlin would like to transition into the strategic/leadership side of business. Some advice Conlin has for incoming students is to attend Career Services’ Career Fair, build a resume, take Business Communication classes, and pick a major that you enjoy—not just one that will generate a lot of income.
Each of these seniors will graduate on December 19, 2009. For more information on commencement ceremonies, please visit the Commencement webpage. Best wishes and congratulations on your achievements!
From left to right: Megan Fechter (not pictured) is a senior management-entrepreneur major from Green Bay, WI; Bailey McKay is a senior business administration major from Eau Claire, WI; Melissa Reynoso is a senior management/entrepreneur major from Chippewa Falls, WI; and Theresa Strey is a senior management major from New London, WI. They wrote this article for their BCOM Advanced Writing class.