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Elijah Rubin on Applying to Champlain Early, the Upside-Down Curriculum, and Getting Involved on Campus
Stiller School of Business
Intern at Redstone Property Management in Burlington, VT
Relationship Banker at Mascoma Bank in Burlington, VT
What I tell every first year is to just do everything, get out there, and try new things. Your college experience is what you make of it, so make the most of it.
What made you decide to attend Champlain?
I applied Early Decision to Champlain. It's actually the only school I applied to—I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't gotten in! It has a good business program, and I really liked the small classes sizes. The tight-knit community, the classes Champlain offers, and the Burlington area all make for an overall great college experience.
What do you like most about the Upside-Down Curriculum?
I think for anyone like me who wasn't sure what they really wanted to do, the Upside-Down Curriculum really helps because you can try things out. Before I decided on Finance, I took a variety of accounting and finance classes because they're so similar. If I wanted to switch into Accounting or any other business major, I would have been equipped to do so.
How can students get involved on campus?
When I was in high school, I didn't do a lot of extracurricular activities, so when I got to college I knew I wanted to get involved. I've been in CHAMP (Champlain Has Activities and Motivational Programming) since my first week here, and I became an Orientation Leader my senior year. I've also been a Resident Assistant, and I play intramural basketball every Tuesday. What I tell every first year is to just do everything, get out there, and try new things. Your college experience is what you make of it, so make the most of it.
Nyjah Strange on the Upside-Down Curriculum, Core, and CHAMP
Stiller School of Business
Ifrane, Morocco and Shanghai, China
Ecommerce Intern at Asia Socks Inc. in Shanghai, China
Financial Analyst at Burton Snowboards in Burlington, VT
The Upside-Down Curriculum is not only empowering, but it also prepares you for the real world from the start. You know in your first year if your major is really what you want to pursue in life.
How has the Upside-Down Curriculum impacted your education?
The Upside-Down Curriculum is not only empowering, but it also prepares you for the real world from the start. You know in your first year if your major is really what you want to pursue in life. I have friends at other schools who are just now getting in their accounting and financial management classes. I'm able to say that I did that my first year.
What do you think of the Core curriculum?
I think that the Core is very important. At first, you come into the Core with a high school mind-set, and you just want to get it over and done with. But sophomore year, we're able to choose our own Core classes. I took Ethics & the Environment, and we focused specifically on water. That was the best class I think I've had at Champlain. Not only did it open my mind to environmental ethics, but I pursued a new lifestyle where I'm now GMO-free—everything is organic.
Are you involved with any student organizations on campus?
I am a part of CHAMP (Champlain Has Activities and Motivational Programming). We put on events for students on campus, like Spring Meltdown and our Snowball Dance, which is amazing. One year, Snowball's theme was "Enchanted Forest," and it was honestly the best event I've ever been to. I met a ton of people. I thought no one would know who I was. I don't know how I did it, all I did was dance in a circle, but I pulled random people in and danced with them. People still come up to me and say, "Hey, I remember you. You danced with me!"
Zhomart Dairov on the Freeman Foundation Grant, BizCafe, and Life in Burlington, Vermont
Stiller School of Business
Business Administration and Finance
Data Analytics (now Data Science)
Finance & Marketing Intern at meXBT in Shanghai, China
MBA Candidate at the University of Connecticut School of Business in Hartford, CT
My internship experience proved to be valuable in terms of exposure and knowledge, and provided me with a cumulative opportunity to integrate all I have learned at Champlain and apply it in a practical setting.
Have you worked on any particularly exciting projects in the Business Administration program?
In my Business & the Entrepreneurial Mindset class, we ran a six-week simulated coffee shop competition, called BizCafe. We made weekly decisions surrounding coffee orders, hiring servers, setting employee wages, and promoting the business. We placed first out of six virtual coffee shops in our course.
You were part of the Freeman Foundation Grant internship program in Shanghai, China. What was that experience like?
The Freeman Foundation Grant allowed me to spend two months in Shanghai, China, interning at meXBT, a FinTech company that operates in a payment service provider industry, all while experiencing authentic Chinese culture. My internship experience proved to be valuable in terms of exposure and knowledge, and provided me with a cumulative opportunity to integrate all I have learned at Champlain and apply it in a practical setting.
What do you like about going to college in Burlington?
One of the great things about going to college in a small town is the way the community caters to students. Eateries stay open late, public transportation is convenient, and local businesses welcome their student customers. College is also a great time to be living so close to the great outdoors. Champlain has active outing clubs that sponsor free or highly subsidized trips, so students living in the city can still enjoy the natural beauty of Vermont.