Dehjia Thompkins on Leadership, Volunteering Through a Class, and Professional Development
Dehjia Thompkins, '18
Stiller School of Business
Account Handler at Vermont Business Magazine in Burlington, VT
Customer Account Specialist at Dish Network in Tempe, Arizona
I've enhanced the skills I've gained at Champlain since my first year to guide me through my professional career. I have learned to be well-rounded and adapt to any and every situation I am faced with.
What made you pick your major?
I chose Business Administration because growing up, I was always told that I had the gift of persuasion and strong communication skills. I decided I would have a future in the business world due to my strength, drive, dedication, and straightforwardness. The business program at Champlain College is amazing. I especially enjoy group projects because they give me the opportunity to broadcast my natural leadership abilities while working with different people with different personalities.
Have you had any meaningful experiences with the Core curriculum?
A specific project that I was able to work on that I found rewarding was for my Global Condition class. I worked with Feeding Chittenden, and was granted the opportunity to cook for low-income families that live in poverty around the Burlington area.
How has your time at Champlain affected your career?
I started my professional career as an Administrative Assistant at the Quality Inn in Colchester, Vermont. I was in charge of making reservations, solving guest issues, keeping track of paperwork, all while maintaining a strong work ethic. I've enhanced the skills I've gained at Champlain since my first year to guide me through my professional career so far, especially my communication skills. I have learned to be well-rounded and adapt to any and every situation I am faced with. Since this internship, I have become a Front Desk Manager at the Hampton Inn in Burlington.
Christine Koogle on Choosing Her Major and Minor, Planning Campus Events for Students, and Coordinating a State-Wide Event
Christine Koogle, '20
Stiller School of Business
Operations Intern for Road Pitch in Shelburne, VT
Events on campus help students to relax and have fun, and I love being a part of that.
What made you choose Champlain College?
I began looking at Champlain College when Event Management was a major. When I applied, Event Management changed to a minor, but I loved Champlain so much that I chose Business Administration instead. I knew it would cover many topics in the business sector, and I could be successful when it came to looking for a job. I felt good choosing a school where jobs are a priority and learning is experiential and practical.
Have you had any on-campus jobs?
I have had many jobs on campus, including being a Resident Assistant, an Orientation Leader, and President of CHAMP (Champlain Has Activities and Motivational Programming). These jobs allowed me to connect with students in various ways. Some were focused more on helping students process new things and handle information, while other jobs allowed me to be on the more playful side of things. Events on campus help students to relax and have fun, and I love being a part of that.
Can you tell us about one of your internships?
I was the Operations Intern for Road Pitch based in Shelburne, VT, which is a week-long event where more than 50 business people ride motorcycles across Vermont to listen to pitches from small businesses for prize money and mentorships. I organized much of the event, like booking sites, taking RSVPs, updating the website, facilitating registration, and doing a lot of financial organization. It was a perfect combination of the material I had learned in business classes as well as my event management classes.