Champlain seemed like an ideal school. When I was accepted and received a scholarship, it became even more of an option for me. After coming to Vermont for the first time for Accepted Students Day, I really loved it.
I started at Champlain as an undeclared Business student. Of all my business courses, I really enjoyed my accounting classes. They resonated with me because of where I went to high school (Maine School of Science and Mathematics). It seemed like a good career path, especially with the option to double major in Finance. After my first year, I declared a double major in Accounting and Finance.
Accounting and Finance tie into each other a lot. My classes are all specific to accounting and finance. They're math classes, and I love math, but they're more comprehensive and about understanding the numbers. And with summer courses and credit flexibility, I'll be able to graduate in four years rather than five.
A lot of people who graduated last year from the Accounting program worked in the Accounting Lab with me, and they had job offerings set up by second semester of their senior year. They were definitely prepared and had the opportunities to acquire those jobs. I am certain of myself and my capabilities, and I know I'll definitely be prepared for the job market after graduation, too.
Victoria, Accounting & Finance Double MajorHolden, MEROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Being in the Stiller School of Business here at Champlain was weird for me at first because everybody knew so much about business, stocks, investments and international business. I never had that background, but they were very welcoming anyway. It's such a small community, but it's not overwhelming. It's so close knit that you know, no matter what, this person who you sit next to in class has your back.
There's a lot of women within Stiller to start out, but as you start getting deeper and deeper into your major, the girls kind of dwindle away. But it's not awkward, it's kind of empowering. When I graduate in May 2018, I'll be graduating as the first female African American Finance major at Champlain. I couldn't believe it; for a year, I went searching to see, like, it can't just be me, there have to be others. And there weren't; it was just me. And now that I'm a junior, I've met another female African American Finance major who's coming to Champlain.
It makes me feel good knowing that there are other women coming in for Finance, and it's not just a field for men. We're showing that girls can do finance too. Women can do it, too, at that. And we can be just as good at it as the next guy on Wall Street, you know? So, it's really empowering knowing that I'll be graduating with that on my head; I'm holding myself to very high standards and I want to keep it that way.
Nyjah, Finance MajorPhiladelphia, PAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I was attracted to Champlain because I wanted a small school where I could get to know everyone in my classes and know people across many different circles. I appreciate the opportunity to be with my classmates through a series of classes so we can build stronger connections and get to know each other more deeply. Between that and the residential experience, you get the opportunity to connect with just about everyone on campus, even the professors.
The Finance professors have knowledge and experience in finance that comes from the real world-when professors are talking about a finance concept, they've dealt with it directly in their careers. Professor Fritz Burkhardt is one of the most interesting people I know. For every lesson, he has a relevant, real-life example that really helps you understand how each concept works.
My classwork, which uses mainstream measures of financial success, gave me the grounding I needed to create more qualitative measures of success at my internship at Milk Money in Charlotte, VT. I worked to help investors understand and quantify the value of local investment. Milk Money is doing something very innovative, and my opportunity to work with them and define socially responsible investment criteria was definitely unusual. I think it will help me stand out to future employers.
I'm confident that when I graduate my skills can provide value to an employer. The professors I had brought real-world experience into the classroom in addition to their expertise and life experience. The class experiences, job placement resources and support at Champlain help me feel confident about finding the right employer when I graduate.
Augie, Finance MajorWaterbury, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
In my first-year, first-semester class Business and the Entrepreneurial Mindset, we participated in a six-week project called BizCafe, in which we ran a virtual coffee shop and made weekly decisions surrounding the business, including analyzing income statements and balance sheets, hiring and firing servers, setting employee wages, advertising and promoting the business, setting hours of operation and setting prices of menu items.
Not only did my decision-making capabilities improve, but I also started doing a lot of analysis before making decisions. My horizons expanded incredibly in terms of the functional areas, such as accounting, marketing, operations, management and economics.
My internships provided me with a cumulative opportunity to integrate the skills I have learned at Champlain and apply them in a practical setting. For example, the Freeman Foundation Grant allowed me to spend two months in Shanghai, China. There, I interned at meXBT, a FinTech company that operates in a payment service provider industry, while also getting to experience authentic Chinese culture. I was also able to help with the launch of a payment service in Asia, which allows clients to transfer funds internationally via Bitcoin.
My leadership, presentation and teamwork skills have continued to strengthen since then, and I believe these opportunities will help me to apply my analytical skills and business acumen to be successful in the financial services industry.
Zhomart, Finance & Business Administration Double MajorAlmaty, KazakhstanROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When I came to Champlain, I was a Business Administration major; after taking some accounting classes, I realized that I was good at it and had the skillset to double major with Finance. Accounting and Finance allows me to learn a lot and gives me skills that will position me well for any career in business.
If I choose to go into finance or pursue the CPA exam, I'll be more than prepared to go into either field because of what I've learned at Champlain. Also, with the credit that I brought in, I can reach the 150 credit hours needed to sit for the CPA exam within four years.
One of the best things about the double major is that the parallels between Accounting and Finance. The courses are structured in a way that really highlights where Accounting and Finance overlap, and the course materials also spill over into some of the Business Administration and Marketing courses.
The double major also positions you for the best possible career opportunities. Even if you don't sit for the CPA exams, you'll have this great foundation of accounting and finance that allows you to do well in any business career. I've already learned so much that when I enter the job market I'll be positioned to be a good asset for any company.
Jeffrey, Accounting & Finance Double MajorFarmington, NY ROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS