Senior Experience

College of Business Seniors Engage in Unique Experiences

By Jenny Forsythe, Bob McNutt, Adri Neitzke, Mike Wagner

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers its students many enriching opportunities outside of the typical classroom setting to engage in unique learning experiences. UW-Eau Claire’s study abroad program is nationally recognized, its collaborative faculty/student research opportunities are plentiful, and the university has created a network for international internships. Faculty, student organizations, and university programs are all resources to help each student develop their own unique experience. As graduation approaches, three seniors reflect on their own unique experiences at UW-Eau Claire.

Student: Joseph Milburn
Hometown: Watertown, WI
Major: Business Marketing and Psychology
Unique UW-Eau Claire Experience: Joe conducted research on the topic of ethical considerations regarding undergraduate teaching assistants. He collaborated and presented the findings of his research with professors and fellow students. His experience took him to San Francisco to present at a conference after one of his professors approached him about doing the research. Through this opportunity, Joe learned just how many research opportunities UW-Eau Claire has to offer to students who wish to broaden their educational experience outside of the classroom.
Advice for other students: "Research is a very independent, long, and challenging endeavor, though well worth the effort. Don’t let the hard work stop you from gaining the knowledge and experience that can be gained a through a research project."

Student: Jennifer Forsythe
Hometown: Iron River, WI
Major: Business Marketing, Advanced Business Communication Certificate
Unique UW-Eau Claire Experience: Jennifer studied abroad in Harlaxton, England. She heard about the program through classroom presentations and UW-Eau Claire’s Website. While she was there, Jennifer learned about topics such as British studies and British politics. She enjoyed the classes and the travel experience that this opportunity afforded her. Jennifer values her study abroad experience because she learned how truly independent she is. She believes that everybody is different and studying abroad gives people an opportunity to learn new things about themselves. Jennifer had the opportunity to travel around Europe and she enjoyed the experience so much that she even wants to live in London after graduation.
Advice for other students: “Don’t live with any regrets. If you are even the slightest bit interested in studying abroad, do it! The time, money, and effort will all be worth it.”

Student: Kevin Kolkind
Hometown: Wayzata, MN
Major: Business Management, Leadership Certificate
Unique UW-Eau Claire Experience: Kevin worked in Turkey at the Chamber of Commerce as a Foreign Economic Trade Relations Trainee. He was responsible for conducting research for companies that wanted to import/export with companies of English speaking countries. He learned about this opportunity through the student organization AIESEC, which offers numerous opportunities for international internships. The best part of Kevin’s experience was living and working with so many different people from around the world. He gained a truly amazing cultural understanding.
Advice for other students: “Just keep an open-mind. Put your strong feelings aside if you need to, you’ll learn more from it. If there is an event going on, just attend it and worry about the lost sleep and money later.”

Jennifer Forsythe Bob McNutt Adri Neitzke Mike Wagner

From left to right: Jennifer Forsythe, is a junior marketing major from Iron River, WI; Bob McNutt, is a senior business administration major from Milton, WI; Adri Neitzke, is a senior management major from Menomonee Falls, WI; Mike Wagner, is a senior management information systems major from Marinette, WI. They wrote this article for their BCOM advanced writing class.

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