On Accepted Students Day, I met Professor Tom Myers who told me that the opportunities and experiences I would have at Champlain are unmatchable. And he was right.
Champlain does an excellent of job encouraging students to step outside their comfort zone and visit a corner of the world they may not have otherwise. I had the chance to study abroad at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) on the outskirts of Seville. I fell in love with Spain the moment I arrived and am amazed every day that I got on the plane four months later to go home.
My most important piece of advice is if there's an opportunity to live with a family, take it. I fell in love with my host family and truly had the chance to integrate into Spanish culture. This experience was invaluable because I not only improved my Spanish skills immensely, I learned about my abilities to live and travel on my own, and how to be an empowered person with virtually no support system.
I also spent a summer interning in Shanghai, China, as part of the Freeman Foundation Grant. Going to Shanghai was one of the most important decisions of my life. I grew more as a person emotionally and professionally in the three months I spent there than I did in the 21 years before that. It isn't until you are living in a country where you don't know any locals, don't know the language, and have no directional bearing that you learn the true meaning of independence.|Alaina, International Business MajorAbington, MAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
"I love traveling and have an interest in other cultures. I was abroad for a full year. The first semester I chose Cyprus. Because it was a multi-country study-abroad program, I actually got to study in India and China, too. Second semester I studied in Spain and went throughout Europe to Sweden, Portugal, France and England."
"Right now I'm working on my Capstone project. I'm helping a local company do the research to see if they should export to Montreal or not, so I'm actually doing a consulting project and applying everything I've learned. I can put it on my resume, put together a portfolio and say, 'Look, I can do this kind of research.'"Maureen, International Business majorHinesburg, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
New York resident Paxton is already creating headlines for himself. He launched PaxTunz, a hand-tuning and hot waxing service for skis and snowboards that became an overnight on-campus success and was featured in the New York Times on November 5, 2011. "If you had told me during my first-year orientation at Champlain that I would have a business featured in the New York Times at the start of my sophomore year, I'd have said you were crazy."
Paxton now co-runs The Lodge, an on-campus store featuring local foods, coffee and items produced by students. The Lodge is managed by Champlain students majoring in business, marketing, communications, and graphic design. "We all hail from different areas of study and create a balanced team with a common purpose."
Paxton, International Business majorVictor, NYROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I connected with Nordica as a sophomore, thanks to my advisor, Tom Myers. He used to work for the company and asked me to participate in a focus group for their new marketing campaign. From there, I set up a summer internship which lasted throughout the fall semester while I was in Shanghai studying at Fudan University.
Working with Nordica was amazing and provided valuable work experience. I generated marketing content, such as product videos and blog posts for the brand. I also had the opportunity to provide the company with input on how I thought they should direct their brand in order to focus on their desired target market.
While I was abroad, I also held an internship with Wild Rampage, a company that distributes action sports goods throughout the country. China is an incredible place that, as far as business is concerned, is incredibly fast-moving and constantly changing. My time in Shanghai really pushed me to grow personally and develop my understanding of the global environment. The fact that I held two internships abroad shows employers that I know how to work in international environments, and that I have cultural awareness in the workplace.
Before graduating magna cum laude, Zach received his certificate in Advanced Global Studies from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He currently works for Headwaters MB as an analyst.Zach, International Business MajorPalm Harbor, FLROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I switched into International Business my sophomore year, and over my four years at Champlain, I've gained a lot of experience from jobs, class projects and even studying abroad in Dublin.
I never thought I'd go to Ireland, but I loved it. I had never really left the East Coast, but now I've gone to more countries than states outside of the East Coast. While I was in Dublin, I interned at HKM Media, a local magazine company. From huge projects, like working on important spreadsheets for both Totally Dublin magazine and a website called Lessmore, to phoning companies to gather information for these tasks, I was able to partake in the background work of this type of business. It was definitely worth it to partake in an internship abroad since it was a great experience gaining important skills I can use in the future.
I came back from Dublin, I declared a Marketing minor. I liked the creative aspects of marketing and how different it is; every country is so different with varying values and cultures, so it seemed to compliment my degree.
After graduation, I want to be able to travel and explore the world more over the next several years while I am still young and able to do this. Since I am majoring in International Business and already have some experience abroad, hopefully I'll have luck finding a job internationally.
Allison, International Business MajorMilford, CTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I already love International Business, but then a course, professor, peer or project proves it's possible to have even more passion for it! My first week on campus, I was enrolled in International Business (IB) courses. The Upside-Down Curriculum provides this opportunity, and I'm more than grateful as I wouldn't have wanted to wait up to two years to really get going in IB courses. All of my professors have had tremendous industry experience and are beyond passionate in passing along their knowledge to their students.
We also have an amazing business community to tap into. I've had the opportunity to work with a few local businesses in previous coursework, from local ski and bike shops to Keurig Green Mountain. The first business course I took even included running a simulated coffee shop and competing against other groups.
The hands-on applications give a strong sense of comprehension. We're learning topics in a way that we can easily apply them to real business problems, rather than just for an exam. The global marketplace is constantly changing, and I know upon graduation I will feel well prepared to enter the global workforce with all the knowledge and skills I've received through Champlain.
Shelby has studied abroad at Champlain's campus in both Montreal and France. She spent the summer between her junior and senior year interning in Shanghai through the Freeman Foundation grant.
Shelby, International Business MajorWorcester, MAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS