AFTER CHAMPLAIN, Nikki became a Brand Development Specialist at Chamonix Films. Now she herds creative chaos to deliver brilliant brand films to her client's doors.
"I chose Champlain for two reasons: the first was its Upside-Down Curriculum, enabling me to get an early start on my major courses and internships," said Nicole, and that is exactly what she did. "I had six classes in my field by the time my first year was complete because of Champlain's Upside-Down curriculum. This allowed me to get my first two internships that summer, beating out older students from other colleges because I had already had more experience." And she didn't stop there. By the time she graduated, Nicole had interned in nine different locations throughout Vermont and in Dublin, Ireland. She did everything from branding, strategy and social media management to international trade, research and event planning.
"The best part of doing these internships was being able to think creatively, create campaigns for real companies, and see my branding and writing work actually put into use. It gave me a better idea of my strengths and weaknesses as a professional and person."
Within four months of graduating, Nicole not only had a full-time job but she was looking for her own interns from her alma mater.
"I started planning for post-grad in September, so my professor, Amy Beattie, knew about those plans and my job goals pretty early on. According to Amy, she noticed my writing skills right away, and my aptitude for project management (the class she taught), made me a fit for the position mentioned."
Nikki, Marketing MajorLowell, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
New York resident Paxton is already creating headlines for himself. He launched PaxTunz, a hand-tuning and hot waxing service for skis and snowboards that became an overnight on-campus success and was featured in The New York Times on November 5, 2011. "If you had told me during my first-year orientation at Champlain that I would have a business featured in The New York Times at the start of my sophomore year, I'd have said you were crazy."
Paxton now co-runs The Lodge, an on-campus store featuring local foods, coffee and items produced by students. The Lodge is managed by Champlain students majoring in business, marketing, communications and graphic design. "We all hail from different areas of study and create a balanced team with a common purpose."
Paxton, International Business majorVictor, NYROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I got a scholarship to come to the United States when I was 15, and I went to high school at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. I decided on Champlain because I like the size of the school, and I heard they have a great accounting program. In Accounting, everything makes sense. To sit for the CPA exams, I added a Finance minor.
This summer I will have my third internship with one of the big four accounting firms in Boston, and I've already started receiving my acceptance letters from graduate schools. Eventually I want to go home and help contribute to my country through the small businesses there.
Lawuo, Accounting majorGbarnga City, LiberiaDIVISON OF BUSINESS
"Champlain is a school where you dive right into your major. They give you the right classes so you know if you really want to be doing your major for a living. They give you inspiration for your career. My teachers are always offering office hours. They encourage us to come see them whenever we need help. It definitely gets away from the stereotype of a large college where you're just a number. There's no distance between the students and faculty.""Burlington feels right. There are so many things to do outside of class, including events downtown that can be used in school. I can go to see a local band then write about it for a class in my major. Burlington has become where I live, not just where I go to school. I fell in love with the place. Champlain seems as if it were meant to be here. It has become part of the city."
Jude, Management of Creative Media majorWilliamstown, MADIVISON OF BUSINESS
"I love traveling and have an interest in other cultures. I was abroad for a full year. The first semester I chose Cyprus. Because it was a multi-country study-abroad program, I actually got to study in India and China, too. Second semester I studied in Spain and went throughout Europe to Sweden, Portugal, France and England."
"Right now I'm working on my Capstone project. I'm helping a local company do the research to see if they should export to Montreal or not, so I'm actually doing a consulting project and applying everything I've learned. I can put it on my resume, put together a portfolio and say, 'Look, I can do this kind of research.'"Maureen, International Business majorHinesburg, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS