By Jane Kim, BSBA Business Management ’09
When asked to write a short blog about the time that I’ve spent at Eller, it felt surreal to me. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was sitting in the “Change of Majors” workshop for students thinking about switching their majors to business. Studying pre-medicine to earning a business degree was a huge change for me, but one that I will never regret for the rest of my life.
During my first year, studying pre-med, I wasn’t involved with any extracurricular activities, so my first year in college was not the experience that I had expected. I was really involved throughout high school, so when I finally changed my major, I did anything and everything I could do to get involved with Eller. I got in contact with Caroline Patrick who was a former Global Business advisor, who hired me as her student coordinator; from there, so many doors opened for me to learn and experience networking. Later on in my junior year, I got accepted into the Eller College Student Council, which has been a pivotal part in my experience at Eller.
I’ve had the opportunity to be chosen to go to Omaha, Nebraska, to meet Warren Buffet with a group of outstanding Eller students. I’ve also had the chance to interview for prestigious companies around the country, go on a class trip to Mexico to learn and experience how business works abroad, and be in charge of the Eller Senior Class Gift. These are only a few of the opportunities that I got to experience and ones that I will take with me forever; they have shaped not only my character, but also made an impact on my overall experience at Eller. Moreover, being chosen as this year’s student speaker for the Spring 2009 Eller Convocation, was an honor in and of itself. To be able to be the face for the school and represent the graduating class was a big responsibility that I took very seriously; but I won’t forget how much fun I had writing, preparing, and delivering the speech!
I know that I am not alone in the experiences that I’ve had while being at Eller, rather, these opportunities that have been once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for me are also ones that are available to other students. There are so many things that I enjoyed as an Eller student and I am confident that if you ask any Eller student about their experience, that they would agree with me that it has been life-changing and memorable.