I think of Business Administration as my umbrella degree because I can do whatever I want with it. My goal is to one day have an enterprise or corporation that combines interior design and event planning, and it would buy and sell companies within a similar luxury industry. The Business Administration curriculum is really conducive to obtaining that knowledge to start toward my goal. Last semester, I was in an entrepreneurship class, and I had to create a full business plan for a fictitious company. That project was a culmination of all of my classwork I had done so far combined with real-world experience. It was really rewarding and I feel that it will be useful in the future when I'm looking for an investment or partners.
As someone who will be graduating early, I definitely feel I will be confident when entering the job market. I think that my hands-on experience that started from day one at Champlain will contribute to that confidence. I'll be proud to say that I'm a Champlain graduate, and I think that the fundamentals of my education will speak for themselves.
Christian, Business Administration Major
Broken Arrow, OK
ROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When I was looking for colleges, I hired an expert to help me find the perfect fit. I had the opportunity to come out to Champlain, visit the campus and speak with several professors. Because of the amazing academic system that Champlain offers, I decided to submit my application as Early Decision.
I have always had a deep love for the art of music and have been DJing for ten years. My music has been heard in over twenty countries. But no one can survive in the entertainment world without watching their own back. I decided to major in Business Administration at Champlain and master in music elsewhere. There are many programs, teachers and classes that have supported my interest in being a business major and applying it to DJ entertainment. I'm learning new ways to market myself as a DJ, which has helped me stay not just one step, but several steps ahead of my competition. Also, because Champlain has the type of teachers that care about you as a person and not just a number, I have had countless interactions with my teachers to discuss how I can improve marketing my DJ name.
After living here for one school year, I have DJed for corporate events and made a decent mark on Church Street. With the help of Champlain, I have DJed well over fifty events this school year. Champlain has helped me go from a nobody to one of the top requested DJs in Burlington.Josh, Business Administration MajorNorthbrook, ILROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I chose Champlain because I liked that it's a smaller and closely connected school, but is still in the heart of downtown Burlington. The atmosphere makes everyone feel safe, and the beauty of the school makes you never want to leave. I enjoy going everywhere, like Oakledge Park in Burlington to have a barbecue and play Frisbee with friends.
I feel comfortable at Champlain. The faculty and staff have all been wonderful, and my major has made me passionate about my future career. It's nice to go to a school that allows teacher-student appreciation. The classes are small and interactive. I don't leave the room feeling bored. The Core Curriculum has also really helped me improve my writing skills and keep in mind that I need to stay creative.
At first, I wasn't entirely sure that I wanted to study Business Administration because I have many passions, but the program gives me so many options for my career, including the option to change things up completely. I am so happy with my choice and I can't wait to earn a degree here.Allison, Business Administration MajorColchester, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When Veronica transferred to Champlain, she wanted to merge her passion for photography with Business Administration. With help from her advisor, Professor (now Dean) Dr. Scott Baker, Veronica designed a professional photography specialization. "I can still do what I love but with a business background," says Veronica, who used her transferred photography credits to create the specialization.
"I already feel I could start a business with the knowledge I now have," says Veronica. "Since taking accounting, I know how to manage money, and Business 110 showed me the different parts of a business and how they work together."
Veronica participated in Champlain's Summer Bridge Program* for transfer students. "The fact that you can take six credits in the summer is a huge help. It will save time during the semester so I can focus on my major."Veronica, Business AdministrationWaitsfield, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
*The Summer Bridge Program has evolved since and has been incorporated into the Core requirements for transfer students.
Where is Veronica now?Veronica is now working for Dealer.com in Burlington, Vermont, as a Senior Digital Strategist.