Derrick knew from the start that this was the right major for him.
I chose International Business because I want to travel. I love learning about the world, different cultures and different people. The introductory course that International Business majors take when they first get here really shows you how you're going to be able to interact with different people. I feel like this major is the best at Champlain because it goes with everything, even the Core classes.
Through his extracurricular activities, Derrick can explore his other passions and find a greater community outside the classroom.
I'm pretty involved with the International Roundtable, a group at Champlain which is a safe space for all sorts of political opinions and backgrounds. We structure a debate; it's interesting, and it works. I feel like we're learning a broader view of why people advocate for certain things.I also joined Quest, a men of color affinity group. We have different topics to discuss, like a spoken word poetry day where we broke down the different poems and how they related to our personal experiences. It was a good support group during my first year-a great family. We look forward to it each week, and we want to team up with other affinity groups around Vermont.
With the help of his former advisor, Derrick landed an internship with Vermont Congressman Peter Welch.
Scott Baker, the Dean of the Stiller School of Business, was my advisor before he became Dean, and he has been a guiding force since I've been here. He gave me tips, sent me to academic coaching and was really supportive. He even helped me get my internship for the office of Congressman Welch. I enjoy working with Congressman Welch a lot because he is very human. I attend events with him, like meeting people at the farmers market, getting people's names, corresponding with them, taking pictures... So what is Derrick's advice for prospective students?
Have fun but stay focused. Get your work done on time and make sure everything you're doing is up to standard. Strive for something. Have a goal that can carry you far. And be open to everyone.
Derrick, International Business major
"I've lived all over Virginia"
Studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland
ROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Burlington is a small, wonderful little town. Everything is close by, and everybody knows everybody. I like it because it's quiet and not as crazy as big cities. I am a transfer student from Vermont Technical College, but I wanted to come to Champlain even when I was studying there. Champlain is a really great school. I have a lot more support here than I had at my previous school-the professors, the library, they all are very resourceful and help me with anything I need. The SMART Space is where I go when I need accounting help, and the students there are so helpful and smart. Almost all of my classes are focused on my major, which is really nice because it is preparing me for my career early in my education. My Core classes teach me how to be successful in the outside world and the workplace. After I get a degree here, I aspire to continue my studies in law school. I know my education here at Champlain is supported by great professors and curriculum, which is why I am confident now as Champlain prepares me for my future.
Stephanie, Business Administration major
Dehjia knew she'd be a good fit for the Business Administration major...
I chose Business Administration because growing up, I was always told that I carried the gift of persuasion and that my communication skills were strong. I decided that 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 very much enjoy the group projects because they give me the chance to broadcast my natural leadership abilities while also giving the opportunity to work with different people with different personalities.
Dehjia volunteered with a local organization as part of her Core class...
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 and feed low-income families that live in poverty around the Burlington area. Dehjia is using her skills from her first year to chart her professional 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 and 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'm now a Front Desk Manager at the Hampton Inn in Burlington. Dehjia dreams of opening her own restaurant...
After graduation, I plan to go to culinary school to be one step closer to opening up my restaurant.
Dehjia, Business Administration major
Studied abroad in Montreal, Canada
For Erin, the tight-knit community includes her professors... When college campuses define a tight-knit community, they only refer to the connections between students. Champlain takes that community to the next level with the amazing connections developed between students and professors. My professors create a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone can feel comfortable enough to participate. Champlain professors don't just stop at teaching courses-the majority of my teachers will help me find connections to internships, programs or mentors because they believe that is part of their job as well. Champlain's faculty wants to open the doors for you to succeed once you graduate and join the workforce.
Erin is involved in the Stiller Women In Business Club...
I am the Public Relations and Communications Officer for the Stiller Women In Business Club. I enjoy being a part of the club because it is empowering to be surrounded by peers who are seeking professional expertise in the business world. To know you are not alone in learning how to network or building a network is encouraging. Having a peer to work with you through navigating the Stiller School of Business Division is motivating.
Erin enjoys the creativity involved in her Management & Innovation major...
I originally applied to Champlain with the intention of graduating with a degree in International Business. I loved travelling and had taken five years of Spanish, so that major seemed geared towards my skill set. After further investigation of what the Stiller School of Business had to offer, I fell in love with the Management & Innovation major. The curriculum inspires creativity and ingenuity, which are critical traits in the rapidly-changing business world. The Management & Innovation major is able to meld structured business courses and innovative rationale.
Erin has figured out what she wants to do next...
The Upside-Down curriculum enhanced my education because, as a high school graduate, there is still some uncertainty to the question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Being placed in courses your first semester that align with your major can encourage you to find your passion sooner rather than later. In my case, the Upside-Down Curriculum reaffirmed that my major was the right choice for me.
Erin wants to work at Ben & Jerry's...
After graduation, I see myself at Ben & Jerry's working within their Social Impact division. Living in Burlington, I have become passionate about a company actively displaying the values it says it embodies. I see Ben & Jerry's passion for their social, economic and product missions, and I want to be a part of that.
Erin, Management & Innovation major
Favorite spot on campus:The Fireside Lounge. It's so open. You can interact with a lot of people, and I find that interesting.
I chose Champlain because... The specialized major, Game Production Management, is not common in the United States. And, I like the school size, small class sizes, and I really like the Core classes.
Why Game Production Management?I really enjoy gaming, of course, and managing the business aspects, the communication, the teamwork. I initially applied for Game Design, but I realized I didn't want to be behind a screen all the time or in a cubicle. I really enjoy talking to people, being outgoing and overseeing a lot of different projects, so I chose Game Production Management.
When it comes to activities...I keep myself super active with three leadership jobs on campus. I am the sophomore representative in the Student Government Association (SGA). This is my second year representing the Class of 2020. The SGA funds clubs, activities-any club can ask for a grant. We also try to be the bridge from students to faculty and administration. I am also a Diversity Representative, which is a peer educator. We host activities and events, talk about critical topics. I also have a new position as a Game Producer Coach, and get to coach first-years in my major. I guide them and see how their doing with homework, time management, and communication.
In the future...Once I start working, that's when I think my actual growth will really be happening, but I think Champlain is helping us get ready for the real world, especially through the classes and leadership roles it offers. My goal is to get into a gaming company. The game industry is super competitive. My dream company is Nintendo, because my style fits their bubbly, cartoony style. But I also like Gorilla Games, Big Hits, Sony, Epic Games.
Advice for prospective students:Be open-minded. Champlain is not your stereotypical college. It's different in a good way. Stay positive. Be yourself. You will miss home, but Champlain just may be your second home.
Michael-Paul, Game Production Management majorOranjestad, ArubaROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS