So what’s it like to be a business major at Utica College? Well, for anyone who’s wondering, I’ll be happy to tell you: It’s great. To be entirely honest, I would say it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I am half way through my junior year here at UC, and I can honestly say that I have no regrets.
I grew up in New York Mills, a village right next to Utica, and my high school was a ten minute walk from Utica College. At first I chose UC for the convenience factor, but I soon realized how much I underestimated the potential of the school. After about a week and a half of classes, I quickly developed strong working relationships with all of the professors that I had.
In fact, I was lucky enough to have James Norrie, Dean of the Business School, as a Teacher’s Assistant in my Business Management 101 class; this turned out to be one of the best strokes of luck I had ever had. We got to know each other quite well in a short amount of time, and he has become a bit of a mentor to me. I can’t imagine that there are many other colleges in the country or even the world where the dean of your school is able to be a TA in one of your classes.
With my classes going well, I chose to join one of the many different club and organizations on campus: the Utica College Investment Club. I was interested to learn more about finance and stock trading so I simply showed up to a meeting. Within weeks, I learned more about trading stocks than I could have ever imagined. What was truly fascinating about the club was that it was ran by students and they manage a $100,000+ portfolio of real money.
After my first semester, I began to take a far more active role in the club. At the end of the year, I was elected to vice president of the Investment Club; next semester, I’ll be taking over as president. We meet every Wednesday at 4:00 in the trading room (shown above). Meetings always begin with some type of food, as the club has decided that business should always be mixed with pleasure.
Thanks to the Investment Club, I was even able to secure my first financial internship after my freshman year. I learned so much over that summer that I came back to UC feeling ready to tackle anything my professors could throw at me.
The Investment Club aside, the faculty here at UC are just as great. Because of the small class sizes, you get to know them quickly and often have many of the same professors multiple times, which is actually quite nice because you know what to expect each year.
Just recently, we had a speaker come to the campus to talk about his career in management and how he started his own business. I was lucky enough to be invited to the cocktail hour and dinner held beforehand.
During that time, nearly the entire faculty of the business school was gathered together and having great discussions about the happenings on campus as well as the economic events transpiring around the world. To be able to be a part of these events on campus is amazing. UC has so much more to offer than meets the eye.
Personally, I’m extremely excited for all of the business and finance classes to be moved to downtown Utica in the fall. The new classrooms look sleek and modern and the new trading room will certainly make the Investment Club even better. It’s really an exciting time to be here at UC.