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  • Interviewing 101

  • It's Cold Outside!

    Another semester has passed, but the cold weather is still here.  One great reason to be in a big and resourceful University is that the transportation system is very convenient. If it is freezing outside I can just take the bus. I don’t really have to walk to all my classes because the bus leaves me in front of the building where my classes are. Most bus stops have a screen with the times the buses arrive to that stop, so I don’t need to wait in the cold. Having this transportation system helps me stay warm and healthy so I can focus on my classes.


    No matter the weather outside the College of Business Facility is always warm and welcoming. I always do homework or chat with my friends in the atrium where it feels like I belong.

  • Career Fair Thoughts

    The Spring 2014 Business Career Fair is this Tuesday and Wednesday. Over 130 companies will be attending – looking to hire specifically University of Illinois students for internships and full-time positions. According to the Wall Street Journal, the University of Illinois is the #3 preferred institution for recruiters. Employers know and recognize the caliber of students that come from the ILLINOIS Business School and so they intentionally seek out our students to work for their companies. These companies are looking for students to fill such a variety of roles – from consulting, to marketing, to financial analysts, to sales, and more. The ILLINOIS College of Business does such a good job of providing opportunities such as a career fair with over 130 companies for students to advance.

    Career fair can be a little overwhelming the first time. You walk into the huge gymnasium and there is just a mob of black suits and portfolios. Each company has a booth and there are lines of students at each booth waiting to talk to the recruiters. Thankfully, freshmen year, everyone takes Business 101 which helps prepare you for career fair through resume critiques and perfecting your “elevator speech.” Business Career Services is also a huge resource in preparing for career fair. You can schedule a resume critique with an advisor or even an employer, do a mock interview, or just go talk to them about certain companies and soak in their advice.

    Often times, meeting a company at the career fair will lead to an interview and then an offer. I have an internship for the summer with Kohl’s Corporate and I first met them at the career fair in the fall. Another comforting fact, 92.5% of graduating seniors from the College of Business in 2013 had a full-time job or were in graduate school within three months of graduation. As intimidating as it can be, everything works out for the best. You just have to be confident in yourself and you will make a good impression.

  • 5 Things I Didn't Think About When Making My College Decision

    1. You tend to get a job in the area you go to school.

    Most college career fairs host companies from that geographical location. If you go to school in California, a lot of California companies or offices recruit students for that area. My family is from Illinois and so staying in Illinois is something that is important to me. Hundreds of companies from Chicago and other parts of Illinois recruit at The University of Illinois year after year.

    2. Having college friends when you are home on breaks is really nice.

    Most people at the University of Illinois are residents of Illinois. I am from the suburbs of Chicago, and almost all of my friends from college live within a 20 minute radius of me. This is wonderful for having people to hang out with over breaks and for rides to and from school!

    3. Recruiters associate your caliber with the caliber of your school.

    The University of Illinois and the College of Business are well known among recruiters. It is a large school and companies have had many U of I alums working for them. They know the work ethic, integrity, and talent of students in the College of Business here.

    4. The alumni base of a college is your immediate network.

    As you have heard, people often say that it is all about who you know. Relationships and connections are how you get to where you want to be. The ILLINOIS College of Business has an alumni network that is 50,000+ strong! There are a lot of people out there for you to connect with and resources to help you connect with them to reach your goals.

    5. A big school can be for everyone.

    When I was applying to colleges, I knew (thought I knew) that a small school would be the best fit for me. I applied to several small school and then to one Big 10 school – U of I. Here I am at U of I and I would not have wanted it any other way. I have found my niche here. With a school of 40,000 students, you are bound to find your place somewhere. My favorite thing about the ILLINOIS College of Business is the community. Everyone is so close-knit and I have built strong relationships with peers and even the deans. I love walking through the business building and seeing so many faces of friends. The College of Business truly made U of I feel like a small school but with all the benefits of a large university.

  • Orange Krush

    Returning to campus after fall break is such a bittersweet feeling.  I was sad to leave a home full of great food and better family, but I am excited to get back to campus and end a great semester!  There is however one thing that excites me more than anything about returning to campus and that is Illinois basketball.  Coach Groce and the Illini are currently undefeated and everyone on campus is very excited about how our team has been playing so far!

    This year, I am a member of the basketball student cheering section, Orange Krush.  As a member of Orange Krush, I have the opportunity to sit right next to the court every single game.  Never have I experienced such an exciting atmosphere as when I had the opportunity to sit courtside while Illinois played 18th ranked Gonzaga my freshman year.   If you are a basketball fan of any sorts, I recommend becoming a part of Orange Krush when you get to campus!

    Orange Krush is a student led organization that not only cheers at every basketball game, but also has the opportunity to give back to the community around us with grants and donations going to many local charities.  This past year, the Orange Krush Foundation donated approximately $150,000 to the University and 61 charities.

    Many other College of Business students like me are involved with business organizations but are also involved in the Orange Krush Foundation as well. Joining Orange Krush is not only a great way to support our university, but also a great way to meet other students from around campus. 

    Waiting for the game to start!  

    I had to share the view with this guy for the entire game! 

  • The Calm Before The Storm

    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, good food, and gratefulness. I think that this Thanksgiving was surrounded by a very unique time – with the typhoon in the Philippines and the destruction from the tornadoes right here in central Illinois. Those extremely devastating situations were a blatant reminder of just how much I have to be thankful for while people across the world and also right next door are suffering from such great loss. Sometimes I think it’s healthy to step back from our lives and truly reflect on everything we have been blessed with. I am glad that we have a national holiday for that here in the United States, but I wish that it could be more of a lifestyle – spending time each day being thankful for all that we have. Our entire week of Thanksgiving break was very rejuvenating and came at the perfect time. I spent a lot of time lounging around watching movies, reading, cooking, baking, and spending quality time with family. Now it’s Monday and we are back at school and are already crazy. We have a week and a half left of classes and then comes finals week. This time leading up to finals is full of last exams, big presentations, group projects, and lots more. Thanksgiving break was definitely what you can call “the calm before the storm.” The good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! In just three weeks we will be home for a month of winter break and finished with first semester…and then will come even more lounging around and watching movies and family time. During these next few weeks when I am busy and stressed, I am going to do my best to remember how much I have to be thankful for – especially the opportunity to go to such a wonderful university.

  • The Age Old Balancing Act

    Thanksgiving break is right around the corner, and with it comes relaxation and lots and lots of food. But as soon as we come back from break it will be Finals mania! This is always around the time when I think about the advice my parents gave me before coming to school: that balance is key to a healthy lifestyle. With so many ways to get involved, a rigorous set of coursework, as well as fun social events popping up everyday, it can be very hard to balance it all! It has taken me the last two years to realize how I balance studying, working out, and hanging out with friends.

    Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way:

    1. Study during non-test weeks. This allows you to skip over the stressful cramming right before tests, and actually allows you to absorb the material and truly understand it.


    1. When possible, refrain from ordering food to BIF. We all know especially around this time of the year it is easy to basically call the Business Instructional Facility our first home since we spend the majority of our day in classes or studying in the building. In my experience, it is always a good idea to take a study break and whip up a quick meal in your apartment.


    1. Take the time to go to the gym. Over the summer I started doing yoga, and I can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Blocking off times in your day to workout at the gym is a great way to blow off steam.


    1. Remember to have fun. The College of Business at UIUC has a phenomenal academic program, and this is clearly demonstrated through the truly incredible faculty as well as interesting courses offered. That being said, it can be easy to get caught up in studying 24/7 to get the grades you want, but the best students have a great grasp on work life balance. Find that balance, and there is virtually no limit on what you can accomplish at this University.
  • Future Women in Business Fall Conference

    If you are a female, we have an exciting event coming up for you! It is the Future Women in Business Fall Conference and it is an event that I have been working on for the entire semester now. I came up with this idea as I thought back to how much I struggled with deciding what major to pursue in college. A lot of people recommended business, but I honestly didn’t really know what that entailed. I had this (very far off) perception that business was for outspoken and competitive individuals who sat at a desk all day long working with numbers and spreadsheets. I decided to heed the advice of others and I declared a major in business, not really looking forward to what I was getting myself in to. Now that I am a junior in the College of Business here at U of I, I laugh at my old perception of a career in business. There is such a vast array of things that you can do with a business degree – things that I never thought of. A degree in business can open the doors to so many opportunities and it is not a degree that restricts you to one specific industry. I want current high school girls to realize all of the different things that you can do with a business degree. The Future Women in Business Fall Conference provides a way for female high school students to learn just that. It is perfect for students who are considering a career in business, for people who are exploring what major to pursue, for people who feel lost on what to choose, and even for people who think that they could never see themselves in the business field. The event will consist of a keynote speaker, alumnae presentations on what they are doing with their ILLINOIS business degree, and a panel of current U of I students. The alumnae are from companies such as Google, Motorola Solutions, PwC, Groupon and others. It is an event that I wish I had the opportunity to go to when I was making my college and major decision. You will learn that business is even for someone who is soft-spoken, loves to bake, and wants to have a career that helps others – people like me.

    Where: The Illini Center – 200 S. Wacker Dr. in Chicago

    Date: Saturday, November 23rd

    Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

    Follow this link to register TODAY because space is limited: http://business.illinois.edu/undergrad/admissions/events.aspx.

    We hope to see you there!

  • First Blog

    Hi Everyone,


    Welcome to my first blog. I have never blogged before so this will be a new and interesting experience. Let me tell you a little bit more about me; I am a sophomore in the College of Business pursuing a degree in Supply Chain Management and International Business. I was born in Guatemala City, and Spanish is my native language. When I came to the United States everything was different from what I used to do. One of the biggest challenges I faced was learning English, and I am sure that I will never stop learning it. But that didn’t stop me from getting accepted to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I went to Evanston Township High School where I had very good teachers and people who helped me succeed along the way.

    Why did I end up at U of I? I applied to different universities and I got accepted to all of them. What made the difference in my decision was that here at Illinois I found a welcoming place full of good people who are devoted to helping students like me thrive. Another reason for me choosing U of I was that wherever I go there is always someone who shares the same Alma Mater. This builds long friendships and great networking opportunity to better succeed in the real world.

    The decision to come to the College of Business at Illinois is one that I will never regret! I look forward to posting more throughout the year and hopefully get to meet you during an admissions event in the future. Go Illini!

  • Soaking in the Knowledge

    When I first started pre-school, I remember playing with blocks and learning the alphabet. In elementary school I learned how to multiply and divide. In middle school I learned how to read chapter books, and in high school I learned about the joys of physics. Thinking back to pre-school I remember going to school was my favorite part of the day. But somewhere along the way, school became more about passing tests and memorizing definitions, and I forgot about how great it was to actually learn and absorb knowledge. That all changed when I came to the University of Illinois. I still remember walking in my first class of freshman year, Philosophy 101, and making some of my first friends in college. That class, along with some of my other business courses has 100% shaped who I am today. Especially now, since I am learning about all the various functions within the business world- it has become crystal clear to me that I have fallen back in love with learning. Going to class is great not only because you are surrounded by your friends, but also because the knowledge you gain the classroom can really be applied out in the real world. Business 101 is a course that every freshman within the College of Business takes. I know, personally, I still think back to group projects in that class where we had to think through situations and use our problem solving skills. I actually have a full day of classes ahead today-and I honestly couldn’t be happier to spend my time learning interesting and applicable things!

    -Until next time