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.
Through his extracurricular activities, he was able to 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, IrelandROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Champlain's Upside-Down Curriculum allowed Emma to find a major that was truly the right fit for her...I came into Champlain thinking that public relations was going to be my calling. I liked the classes, but what really intrigued me was a marketing class I took in my first year. We did a live-client class, where we had to choose a client, get in touch with them and work with them all semester. I was like, "I want more of this," so I switched to the Marketing major, and I didn't even lose any time or credits. The Upside-Down Curriculum, and having those major specific classes in my first year, helped me narrow down what I was interested in and figure out what was right for me. Emma's professors have challenged and guided her toward success...Champlain's professors are so passionate about what they do, and they're also passionate about what their students want to do. In class, teachers are super helpful and always say, "I'm here for you," but they also make sure to say, "I know you can do it on your own." The professors at Champlain won't give you training wheels, but they will always be there to catch you if you fall. Her in-class experiences have even helped her find internships...I'm a Marketing Intern at Butch + Babe's, a restaurant in the Old North End of Burlington. We worked with the owner in my Integrated Advertising class. After the course was done, I handed the owner of the restaurant my résumé and a cover letter and said, "I'm here for the summer." We had a meeting, and she said she really liked all of my ideas from the semester. We worked together all summer, and we still work together today. I've been working hand-in-hand with her business goals, where she wants her company to go, and increasing customer engagement with her brand. My major related classes have helped prepare me for the real world.
To incoming students, Emma says... Champlain is a place where almost anyone can learn. If you're passionate about something, this is the place to be.
Emma, Marketing majorBrunswick, MaineStudied abroad in Prague and the United KingdomROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
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.
On 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.
Thanks to the Upside-Down Curriculum, she knows what 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.
Where does she see herself in the future?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 majorWilmington, DEROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
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
Stephanie likes the close-knit feeling of Burlington.
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 provides support and community.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.
She loves how career-focused her program is and knows she'll be prepared when she graduates.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 my degree, I aspire to continue my studies in law school. I know my education at Champlain is supported by great professors and curriculum, which is why I am confident that Champlain prepared me for my future.
Stephanie, Business Administration majorBurlington, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Elijah was set on Champlain...I applied Early Decision to Champlain, it's 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 like the small class sizes. The tight-knit community, the classes, the area, they all make for an overall great college experience.
At first, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do.I think for anyone like me who doesn't really know what they want to do, the Upside-Down Curriculum really helps because you can try things out. I know people that switched from business to film their first year, so it's really good for anyone who wants to try something and work it into their schedule. Before I chose Finance, I took a variety of accounting and finance classes because they're so close together. If I had wanted to switch to accounting or any other business major, I would have been equipped to do so.
Elijah loves the Core... I think Core is really cool. I can honestly say that the professors in the Core are some of the best, they are so good. The teachers are what make the Core. I had one professor, Erik Shonstrom, who is literally the best teacher ever. He just made me want to come to class because I wanted to know what he was going to say. I had a class called Bodies: Dance with him, so we got to try a bunch of different dances like salsa and hip hop. As a sophomore you can pick your classes in Core and really tailor it to your interests. It also made me a better writer, and it's a good complement to the major-specific classes because it's so different. It's different, but sometimes I do end up finding that it ties into my major-specific classes, which is interesting.
His internship gave him confidence...I was an intern at Redstone, a property management and real estate company. It was super cool; it felt like I was actually doing things in the world that mattered. It was a very rewarding experience because I felt like, "Wow, I'm here, I can work for a real company, I can do this and it's not as scary as I thought it would be." It was a nice feeling. I like how Champlain encourages you to do internships because you can really apply what you learn in class. If I hadn't taken the classes, I would not have known nearly as much going into the internship.
He enjoys getting involved on campus...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 this year. I've also been an RA, and that was really cool. I got to meet a lot of people and the other RAs felt like a family. I play intramural sports, so I play basketball every Tuesday, which is a lot of fun.
There's so many clubs, and so many things you can do to get involved with student leadership. What I've told every first-year I've talked to is, "Just do everything, get out there, try new things. Your college experience is what you make of it, so make the most of it."
On summer in Burlington...I got the opportunity to stay here over the summer and I lived with one of my best friends. Whether it's exploring the area, hiking, swimming, shopping or just hanging out, there's something to do for everyone. We went to North Beach a bunch of times, and there's so many parks around where you can just toss a Frisbee.My friends and I did a sunrise hike, which was like a bucket-list item. We woke up at the three in the morning and hiked Camel's Hump. It was one of the best experiences ever. Another good thing to do is go to the farmers' market, because you really just get a sense of Burlington. Everyone is so happy and eating food together, there's people doing yoga and juggling. You can't go wrong with the farmers' market. No matter where you go, you're getting the Burlington experience. It's hard to explain, it's just Burlington.
Elijah, Finance majorKeene, NHStudied Abroad in Dublin, IrelandROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
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 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.
She 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 skills she started honing in 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.
She's got big dreams...After graduation, I plan to go to culinary school to be one step closer to opening up my restaurant.
Dehjia, Business Administration majorPhiladelphia, PAStudied abroad in Montreal, CanadaROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS