Why did you transfer to Champlain?
I was fortunate enough to find Robert Kiyosaki's book, Why 'A' Students Work for 'C' Students and 'B' Students Work for the Government, in which he mentions that Champlain College is the only educational institution that provides financial literacy knowledge in the United States. That is why and how I decided to transfer to Champlain.
What would you say is the strength of the professors and the classroom experience at Champlain?The opportunity to get the real-life experience right off the bat from our incredibly passionate and well-experienced professors. Our professors go out of their way to make sure that students understand the material properly.
What projects have you worked on in classes that you've found particularlyrewarding/useful?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 ordering coffee, hiring and firing servers, advertising and promoting the business, and setting hours of operation, employee wages as well as the prices of menu items.
Have you had opportunities to apply what you've learned in the classroom toexperiences outside the program?Being an RA, I became more consistent, meaning that I am not as easily affected by the outcomes of different kinds of situations. I am a much better communicator, since I have been doing public speaking for a year. Furthermore, being an RA gives me a great opportunity to apply my values such as integrity and responsibility.
Have you had any internships while at Champlain?Successfully completing diverse internships throughout my college career has been a priority. During summer 2016 the Freeman Foundation Program provided 25 fellow students and me with a great opportunity to spend two months interning at Chinese companies in Shanghai, China, while experiencing authentic Chinese culture. My internship experience proved to be valuable in terms of exposure and knowledge and provided me with a cumulative opportunity to integrate all I have learned at Champlain College and apply it in a practical setting.
I also interned at an investment firm, where I worked on a macroeconomic research project to aid the emerging markets investment team in its evaluation of emerging economies. My leadership, presentation and teamwork skills have continued to strengthen, and this experience will help me to apply my analytical skills and business acumen to be successful in the financial services industry.How has your experience at Champlain changed you?I look at things with different perspectives. I have grown more into an adult, being an RA, PA, Orientation Leader for International Students helped me mature. I had great exposure to different people with different outlooks who have also given me deeper perspective.
Zhomart, Business Administration and Finance Double Major Almaty, KazakhstanROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Caryssa transferred to Champlain to be in Vermont...My previous university was not a good fit, and I wanted to come back to Vermont. Going to school in my home state, I knew I would get relevant experience and find a job in the place where I wanted to live.
Champlain provided support during the transfer experience...As soon as I started the application process, I received information from Champlain about what they had to offer. I rarely had questions because the Admissions staff was excellent. They made sure I was ready for the adjustment.
Caryssa values the community...Champlain has the most welcoming campus. The tight-knit community makes everyone feel important—no one goes unnoticed. One thing that was important to me in transferring was getting to know my classmates and professors. One week into the semester and the professors already knew my name. That made the learning environment much more comfortable.
The faculty is what makes Champlain special to Caryssa...The faculty go above and beyond to make sure you leave with the knowledge and experience necessary to be successful in your chosen career. When you go to class, you aren't being lectured. You're learning firsthand from someone who was in the same seat as you. They become your friends over your four years here, and those relationships lead to your success.
Caryssa appreciates the opportunities Champlain offers... Through professional experience, interviews, internships, guest speakers, resume workshops and the many opportunities they have to offer, Champlain helps you uncover your potential and be more than you ever thought you could be. They make you excited for your future; there are endless opportunities to be successful here.
Caryssa, Accounting Fairfield, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Alana chose Champlain to continue her education...I decided to transfer to Champlain College after I graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with my Associate degree in Liberal Arts. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do, so I looked at a bunch of different schools. I have family in Burlington, and I visited campus while I was here, and it was so small and cute. Something just told me that it was right.
Social Work turned out to be the perfect major...I transferred into the Social Work major because I always wanted to help people, and I wasn't sure which major would give me what I wanted out of life. Social work is a helping profession, and I actually didn't know about it until I did more research. I thought it was all book work, but I found out that it was exactly the program I needed, so that's why I chose it.
Alana loves Burlington, especially the waterfront...I love being a student in Burlington because the city is so adorable, and there's always something to do. There's never a dull moment. My favorite spot to go is actually the waterfront on Lake Champlain. No matter what time of day you go, there's always a quiet spot you can go to meditate, practice yoga, or do homework. Alana was pleasantly surprised by Champlain's classes...My old school was very lecture-based, and I was expecting the same when I came to Champlain, but every class I've taken has been discussion-based. The professors help get you involved in internships, and they really focus on your career and what you personally want as a student, which I absolutely love. It's so helpful to get you involved in your career path rather than lecturing at you and telling you what the books are telling you. Classes are more about what you need to know, which I found interesting and amazing, honestly. Champlain is really good about letting you see your opportunities and helping you grow within your profession.
Alana, Social Work Albany, NYDIVISION OF EDUCATION & HUMAN STUDIES
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
Why Accounting?I took an accounting class in high school and liked it. All my accounting professors have been very knowledgeable and taught me concept and theory but also used hands-on examples. They taught me how to be a professional. Also any business degree is practical in the real world.
Professors at Champlain...They know who you are! You can go to them, and they are reliable. They become not only mentors but friends in many cases.
Carolyn on internships and on-campus work experiences:I interned at JMM and Associates for two tax seasons. I learned what goes into doing a tax return and bookkeeping from the ground up. Now that I have been in a real world business setting and gained credibility of my knowledge, I am able to have them to endorse me when I apply for jobs.
I also worked on campus both as a tutor for a year and as teacher's assistant. I learned how to help people and the importance of organization and timeliness of an effective professor.
Champlain prepared Carolyn for the future...I am now a well rounded and educated person with conceptual and real world experience.
Carolyn's advice for future students:Jump right in and come here! If you see the major or know the area you want to study, Champlain will deliver. There are so many things that Champlain offers; you just have to come here and experience them!
Carolyn, AccountingEssex, VermontROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Alice came in as a transfer student.Before I came to Champlain, I got my Associate degree in Engineering at a community college in Virginia. I was a little worried that none of my credits would transfer and that I would have to retake everything, but Champlain worked with me to transfer almost all of my credits.
She appreciates the Upside-Down Curriculum.The Upside-Down Curriculum allows me to take courses in my major from the very first year. I'm able to experience a lot more about what is in my field, so I knew from the beginning that programming and computer science are what I wanted to do. Instead of writing papers all the time, I'm writing programs and algorithms, which are a lot of fun.
Her professors surprised her.One of the really surprising things I found at Champlain was that the professors don't focus a lot on independent study and research-they focus on building the curriculum and teaching their students as effectively as possible. My professors are willing to work with me and teach me how to go above and beyond. My favorite professor is Warren Sides, I had him for Discrete Mathematics. He just puts wonderful flare into the classroom; it's something absolutely magical.
Alice chose Champlain for its welcoming community.Burlington seemed like a very accepting community, and it felt like a place I would want to live and experience life. When I first came to Champlain, I was really scared. Then I realized that everybody was really supportive and accepting, and I found a lot of great communities that helped me become more confident and happy with who I am.
Now she works for Champlain's Marketing department.I'm the Web Application Developer in the Marketing department, so I build new and exciting innovative content for the college's websites. Working in Marketing has certainly taught me that I am not a one-woman team and that I need to be able to work with people-not just reach out to them but rely on them as well. We have a wonderful creative team of artists and writers, people who can really bring a project together, and that's what it's going to be like working in the real world.
And is on the Dance Team.My favorite spot on campus is the dance studio. It's just a fun and active place, and I love all the mirrors everywhere. I'm part of the Champlain College Dance Team, so every week we go and dance and practice for performances. Sometimes we do hip-hop, sometimes we do lyrical, contemporary, ballet; it really depends on what performance we're doing and what we want to do.
In the future, Alice wants to work with smart technology.My end goal is to mismatch my engineering degree and my computer science degree to make smart tech. While I had a framework of what I wanted to do when I came to Champlain, now that I've been here and I've worked with other groups of people, I think I've become more and more prepared to actually do that. I've actually been able to work with smart tech a bit in my Emerging Technology class. I built a home automation system in my apartment so I connected a variety of micro-controllers to different aspects of my apartment, built a server, and built an app for my smartphone. I can remotely control my lights, my TV and my essential oil diffuser, so it smells like sunflowers when I get home.
Alice, Computer Science & InnovationKeysville, VADIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
It was a good sign to Megh that Champlain Digital Forensics professor Jonathan Rajewski fielded multiple phone calls from him with questions about the program—before Megh even applied. And that a transfer admissions staff member helped him find a job on campus—before he started. That made Megh's choice seem all the more solid when he transferred to Champlain from a community college in his hometown of Philadelphia.
He was already convinced about Champlain on one front. "It has the nation's best Computer & Digital Forensics program with the best professionals in the field teaching us," he says. "The small classroom size allows a better faculty-student interaction. And it's great to study with professionals who use the tools and software in real life."
In addition to attentive faculty and staff, the Summer Bridge Program helped Megh's transition to Champlain. "It was the best way to transition into Champlain. It gives a taste of what it's like," he says.Megh, Computer & Digital Forensics Philadelphia, PADIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCESWhere is Megh now? Megh is Head of Innovation at UE LifeSciences in Philadelphia, PA.
As a transfer student, I fell in love with Champlain for all the personal attention shown to students and the desire to help them excel. I felt that the smaller size of the student body was much more conducive to making meaningful friendships with peers as well as professors. Also, studying business administration at my previous school felt like I was neglecting a certain creative "itch." Discovering Champlain's Management of Creative Media major was so exciting because it was the perfect hybrid of developing business skills and specializing in a chosen creative field.
The Management of Creative Media program has been rigorous, hands-on, interactive and experiential. Professors engage with students in class discussions, assign interesting projects and really make an effort to provide a meaningful education. I love that Champlain professors and advisors do a remarkable job getting to know their students and making themselves available. I'm always impressed by how much they are preparing us for the real world through opportunities, resources and connections that will lead to success after graduation.
My time at Champlain was absolutely transformational. Having transferred here, I could not have been happier with my life and my education.
Nicole, Management of Creative Media Major*Publishing SpecializationThree Bridges, NJROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
*The name of this major changed to Game Production Management in 2016.Where is Nicole now?Nicole is the Experience Curator and Guest Services Manager at the Willard Street Inn in Burlington, VT.
I lived in New York before coming to Vermont and I had experienced some pretty tough situations. Thinking back on my struggle, I didn't want it to be in vain, so Criminal Justice made sense. I didn't want to be a part of the problem, I wanted to be a part of the solution to individuals that had lost their way but could either be apprehended and/or rehabilitated. Vermont is very supportive of restorative justice, the idea that people can be rehabilitated into productive members of the community; when I had my first restorative justice class, I knew this was the major for me. The Criminal Justice Program encourages students to go out in the community and find a way to earn some hands on experience. One opportunity I had while studying at Champlain was to intern at the State Attorney's Office for my capstone field experience course. During my internship I saw how much went into making the world a better place, and how many people give their life to the cause.What I like the most at Champlain College is learning by experience and how committed the professors are. I can't possibly mention all of the help that was offered, received, and is still available to me. They have turned my education into one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences of my life. It is my purpose to make them proud and show them how much they've helped me become a better person and professional.
Kadie, Criminal Justice MajorWinooski, VTDIVISION OF EDUCATION & HUMAN STUDIES
After Champlain, Veronica headed straight into her field and landed a position with Dealer.com in Burlington, VT as a Digital Strategist. In no time at all, Veronica worked her way up to becoming a Senior Digital Strategist.
Veronica's Business Administration major was tailored to her interests...
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.
Veronica's classes gave her the skills she needed to enter her field...
"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, Business AdministrationWaitsfield, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS