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  • Getting Involved on Campus

    “You can make a big school small, but you can’t make a small school big.”  Hearing this was one of the defining moments in my college experience.  Within the first week of school, I attended Quad Day.  Quad Day cannot be described in words, it is one of those things that you have to see in person to fully grasp.  Seeing the hundreds of tables with their slogans and free giveaways, it was easy to feel overwhelmed- but that was the best part- there was an infinite amount of things you could do on campus.  And if you didn’t find something you wanted to do (which was near impossible), then you could start a club yourself that did do whatever it was. 

    I realized early in the school year that I wanted to be a part of a professional organization as well as a social organization on campus.  Recruitment for both these types of organizations was not only right at the beginning of the semester, but also around the same time.  Though I was kept busy at the beginning running from meeting to meeting, I finally found my niche within Business Council and a sorority here on campus.  These two organizations gave me outlets for different things.  When I needed to relax and take a load off, I could partake in social events.  When I wanted to buckle down and get work done, I could do homework with my friends in Business Council.  Overall, getting involved has helped me find my niche within a big school.  This involvement however should never take away from school work.  This balancing act doesn’t come easy, but when you finally learn how to juggle the group projects and meetings, it all becomes worth it. 

  • Back and Better Than Ever

    Back and Better Than Ever

    The year has started back up again and I can feel the excitement everywhere!  I’m returning for my third year on campus, and it feels so strange to call myself an upperclassman.  Information sessions with companies have never seemed more important, and I’ve never been to BCS (Business Career Services) more times than this week.  That being said, I would like to offer up some advice to some of the younger folks in the College of Business: Don’t wait to get involved!

     

  • Career Fair

    The College of Business students can emit a sigh of relief now that the career fair is over! Last week, September 18th- 20th, we hosted 236 companies for our fall career fair. This is a great opportunity for students to meet recruiters, ask questions about various leadership conferences, internships and full-time positions that each company is offering. As required in the curriculum of Business 101, all freshman College of Business students were in attendance. Most undergraduate and graduate students attend in search of networking and job opportunities, as this is a great way to gain exposure to various companies. This three-day event truly attests to the College of Business’ remarkable student talent and how eager companies are to recruit our students. Complete with business professional attire, a revised resume and some individual company research, each student has the opportunity to attend as many days as they choose and talk to as many companies as they wish. While some students find this to be a nerve wrecking time, it is the key stepping stone to building that relationship with a potential employer. Now that the career fair is over, interviewing season is just around the corner. Good luck everyone!

  • And we're back!

    Welcome back everyone! It is officially school season and time to get back in the groove of things. As a member of a social sorority on campus as well as a business fraternity, the recruitment process has been in full swing! Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity has wrapped up interviews and we are very excited to welcome our new pledge class! For those who are not familiar, business fraternities are RSOs on campus associated through the College of Business. Each fraternity as well as Business Council have pillars or ideals that they model their chapter and council by.

                As a member of Phi Gamma Nu, we model our chapter around professionalism, philanthropy and our social pillar. Now that all of us are back on campus and we have new pledges, our exciting events have begun for the semester! We have awesome philanthropy events for this week such as tutoring in the Champaign community on Tuesdays and Adopt-A-Highway on Saturday. Welcoming our new members, we have our first chapter of the semester Wednesday and a Professionalism 101 event for our younger members on Thursday. Next Monday we have a Career Fair Panel offering advice and tips on approaching recruiters at the Career Fair, which is already next week! I know it would not be a complete week without social events! Thursday is Capture the Flag on top of Krannert Art Museum, light-up frisbee on the quad after Chapter, PGN bowling event with our corporate sponsor Deloitte next Tuesday, and the chapter camping trip next weekend! I am definitely back in school mode and looking forward to a great semester with PGN, my sorority….and school work of course… 

  • 10 Countries in 2 Years

    WANDERLUST: a strong desire to travel and explore the world. I had it, and now it’s even stronger. I always knew that I wanted to study abroad in college. I have been fascinated by other countries and cultures ever since I was young. I was probably the Travel Channel’s biggest viewer when I was ten years old. My favorite winter-time activity was going to the German Christkindlmarket in Chicago and eating potato pancakes with applesauce and buying little wooden toys from the merchants. My favorite exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry was the room full of decorated Christmas trees from around the world. I would even read my mom’s cooking magazines when they had special articles about foods from around the world. Needless to say, I have always had the desire to explore other countries.