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The concept of “summer vacation”
doesn’t exist in the real world. As a senior graduating in two short weeks, the
reality of this statement is finally starting to hit me. Unless I become a
professor, this is the last summer vacation I will ever have. Not to be dramatic, but after 16 years of carefree,
three month-long summers, the prospect of having to work in an office for 40
hours a week when it’s 70 degrees outside seems pretty bleak. Never again will
my summer days consist of morning beach time, an afternoon water fight (plus Popsicle
break), then a leisurely evening of reading in the warm air.
But this post isn’t to bemoan the
realities of the summer vacation-free working world; it’s to encourage you
undergrads to savor your remaining summers! I’ve worked full-time every summer
since I was 16 years old, so I’ve had to figure out how to enjoy my summer
anyways. For those of you with summer internships or jobs, here’s how:
I hope this helps you take full
advantage of your summer vacation this year! Enjoy your friends, get out in the
sunshine, and relax before the new school year begins.
Margaux Helm | New Student Mentor
As I sit here writing; I am coming to the end of my
junior year. Being over half way through my college experience,
I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting.
Reflecting on what has gone well, what could be improved on, and well,
One question that continually comes up in my mind is
the one thing I could change if I had the chance to do it all over. And if I had to answer that question point
blank, I would definitely say: networking.
As a first year student, I remember being constantly
bombarded with messages regarding how important networking was. Like clockwork, I would receive emails from
the placement center with internship reminders. My NSM sent me emails about networking
opportunities. Guest speakers and professors continually talked about the
importance of networking. Frankly, I got
bored, and frustrated by it all. I told
myself I had time (which I did), but now, as I am looking for internships, and
post-graduation opportunities, I’m kicking myself for not going to more
networking style events.
Now that I am constantly attending networking
events, I am realizing that the same people show up to the events a solid 80% of the time. Sure, the first time I went to a networking
fair, I felt awkward as heck. I mean, I
always feel a little bit awkward in social situations. That’s just who I am. What makes events
easier though is the relationships that you build with your peers, and
The relationships that you establish at networking
socials goes far beyond surface level conversations, and a handshake. It’s really about keeping in touch. Sending that follow-up email, asking what
seem like mundane questions. You think
that everyone follows all of those tips that you get from listening to
presentations given by the placement center? No. In reality, only a few people actually spend
the time to send thoughtful emails, and letters, and they really do set you
apart from the rest of the pack.
It’s those relationships that you foster that will
help you in the future. It may not get
you the job directly, but put yourself in the shoes of any human resource
coordinator. If you were sitting in
their seat, would you want to interview, and subsequently hire another name on
a resume, or would you rather interview someone you already know? Most would go with the person that they know
because there is a level of comfort there.
I know that I would.
Ultimately, networking won’t guarantee you a job in
the future. You still need to have all
the qualifications that the position asks for.
But one thing is for sure, networking can never hurt.
The relatively good weather we’ve been having this week isn’t
helping the fact that Spring Break is over and that summer is right around the
corner. While many might already be in summer mode and others may have caught
the oh-so-contagious Senioritis, there are still eight more weeks standing in
Even though you might want to spend all your time soaking up
the sun, it’s important to stay on top of your school work. Here are a few tips
to stay motivated and finish this quarter strong!
1. Prioritize Assignments
This is easier said than done! Do whatever helps you stay organized, whether it
is a planner or to-do list. Plan ahead and don’t procrastinate because it will
definitely help you in the long run. Who wants to worry about papers and
assignments while relaxing at the park when you can relax with a clear
2. Reward Yourself
After you finish a hard assignment, go ahead and give yourself a little reward.
Having something to look forward to will motivate you to push through and
finish everything. These rewards can range from sweet treats to watching one
episode of your favorite TV show. Be careful not to cheat yourself and reward yourself early. It’ll take even longer to finish your assignment,
and that’s not what you want.
3. Find Alternative Study Places
Are you longing for the sunlight? Change it up and take your studying to
somewhere you can enjoy a little Vitamin D. It’s still possible to enjoy the
sun and study as long as you find a spot where you’re not too distracted.
4. Study With Other People
Studying with others can help you understand the material better and can help
you work more efficiently. It’s always fun to get a group together and spend a
few hours studying at the library, but just make sure you actually study!
5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
You won’t get anything done with only a few hours of sleep. It’s important to
get enough rest every night in order to focus completely in your work. Plan out
your days in advanced so you don’t end up pulling an all nighter writing a
paper or studying for a test.
6. Work Out
Working out not only helps reduce stress, but it’ll also help you get in shape
for the summer! Think of it as hitting two birds with one stone. Take some time
to go on a run to help you relax, get fit, and enjoy the weather.
Although it’s easy to get that “I don’t care, the year’s almost over” attitude,
resist the urge to go down that road! Try your best in your classes so you know
that in the end you gave it your all. Be optimistic and work hard! If you work
as hard as you can, the more rewarding it will feel when you finally finish the
Good luck this spring! Abbey Fajardo | NSM
Starting college is the ultimate social media ego boost; with every three people you meet on your floor, you're bound to get at least one new follower on Instagram or Twitter. And now that we're almost two quarters through this school year, I'm sure we've all increased our follower count by at least 50. But be forewarned - not everyone catching word of your username is a student. There is a major population of alumni and professionals that are only one click away from seeing your photos from this last weekend's beer pong tournament. Consider this your first glimpse into how powerful, and risky, social media can be.
Winter quarter of my freshman year I landed an internship with our athletics department, a dream of mine prior to starting college. My supervisor was a graduate student, and being only 7 years my senior, became one of my newest Twitter followers. Not having previously thought to censor my tweets, and recently discovering a world of new vices, I recklessly posted about my most recent weekend experience (photos included). Two days later, I was called personally by our Athletic Director to meet with him. Naive as I was, I wasn't prepared for the verbal butt-kicking I received. Turns out he had found my Twitter account through my supervisor and was none too pleased with my choice of content. To save you all the embarrassment and shame I felt during that 30 minute meeting, I've paraphrased the conversation into the following bullet points:
Even the lowly intern forced to be Rudy the Redhawk is a direct reflection of the director, and there is very leniency for those who compromise the credibility of the head honcho.
2. Use the "Would my Mom be okay with me posting this" rule.
If you happen to have a very relaxed mother, you can substitute your conservative grandmother for an indicator.
3. Understand the scope of your actions.
The next professional that sees your racy IG post could be the person that declines your inquiry for a letter of recommendation, use your first years of college to start changing your mindset to include the next 5 years, rather than the next weekend.
I was fortunate enough to escape with just a warning, but it was enough for me to completely change the way I treated my social media. Please consider switching your profiles to private and thinking twice about posting photos from your weekend festivities. You never know who could be watching.
Nanty Carlson | New Student Mentor
As a senior, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my past four years here
at Seattle University. Looking back, I wish someone had laid out all of the dos
and don’ts of college life when I first started here. While this isn’t a comprehensive list, here
are ten things that I’ve learned since I arrived at Seattle University in September 2010.
Consider this one soon-to-be graduate’s guide to a happy and successful Albers
With the winter season
in full swing, there always seems to come a time of reflection that can often
lead to second-guesses and detachment.
The, at times, dreary
Pacific Northwest weather can tend to throw all of us into a daze, given that
we allow it to do so. With an unfamiliar, ever-changing experience like
college, this weather-induced daze can often result in a period of reflection
full of second-guesses and faux regrets. It's easy to let yourself begin to question
whether you made the right decision to attend the college or university that
you chose or whether attending college was the right decision at all.
While most everyone goes
through the aforementioned period of contemplation, it can become even more
damaging when it's allowed to transform into a period of detachment. When you
allow yourself to become detached, you begin to impact not only yourself, but
also your friends, family, classmates, and all other parties that you interact
with on a daily basis.
Whether this time of
detachment lasts a week, month, quarter, or year, it begins to wear you and
your most critical relationships down. With these thoughts in mind, I'd like to
share a quote from one of my favorite comedians, Louis C.K.
"You’ll be fine. You’re 25. Feeling unsure
and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are
showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel
okay all the time."
While his quote
addresses a 25-year-old, I believe it applies even more so to those of a
younger age. College and your 20s in general are a time to be okay with
uncertainty and embrace it head-on. It's OK to feel unsure sometimes. Like
Louis C.K. said, see what your feelings are showing you and use them to move
forward in the direction that makes you happy. Take a deep breath; try not to
allow yourself to become detached from your friends and family, and turn this
time of reflection into a positive step toward the path that makes you
Austin Porter | NSM
Congratulations for making through your first quarter at Seattle University! Now that you’re through the first one, we still have two to go. Today I’m here to try and give some helpful tips to help maintain some of the momentum that you gained academically this quarter.
Rule #1: Not getting a 4.0 isn’t backbreaking. If you only take one thing away from this, choose this: Grades are important, but they’re not everything.
Ask any admission counselor or professor, and they’ll tell you that you’re here for a reason. If you weren’t smart, you wouldn’t be here. The first critical piece to recognize is that the ability is there, it has always been there, and it will continue to be there. If you didn’t get a 4.0 your first quarter, that doesn’t mean that you’re not smart or that you’re not going to get hired down the road. This isn't to say that grade don't matter, I’m not saying that you should tank the grades, but just realize that a B here, or even a C+ there isn’t going to kill you.
What I’ll offer you is this; you should always be trying to do your best. A’s are hard to come by in college; it’s OK if you don’t have a 4.0. What you should absolutely be doing is utilizing your resources, (you have a lot here), while striving to learn as much as you can.
All right, I just read over that last paragraph and realized that it was pretty cheesy, but the point is still stands, so it’s going to stay right where it is. Here’s a piece of actual advice: take some time to reflect on the things that went well, and not so well and write them down. Be honest with yourself now, even if you got a 4.0, met the love of your life, made a million dollars, or what say you, there’s always things that can be improved.
We tend to stigmatize failure, but should we really be doing that? When I think about all the ways that I’ve grown in the last few years, I’ve found that more often than not, it’s through failing. In fact, I’ve royally screw something up and end up having epiphanies. I cherish the times that I fail because I remember them and try to improve myself so that don’t happen again. This is something that has helped me understand that I’m always growing, adapting, and that I’m nowhere near a finished product. I highly encourage you all to try something similar.
Golden nugget #2: Don’t forget to take care of yourself. When you’re done reflecting on your successes and failures. Take some time to think about what balances you out. What are the little things that just make your heart skip a little beat, and make you grin? Make sure you have time in your days to pursue those activities and moments. I know that things get stressful, I’ll be the first to admit that I easily get wrapped up by everything and forget that I’m a real person and I’m not just a robot that goes to class, meetings, and never stops working.
Self-care is an area of improvement for me for sure, (see I’m even trying to follow my advice). It’s a process, but even if it means that you have to take a step back from all your activities just to take a breath, that’s a step forward. All that we can really do is to take those little baby steps. Change and progress are rarely monumental moments, it’s much more likely to be incremental and almost unidentifiable. We figure out that change has occurred through that ever-important reflection time.
Quick recap: Grades are important, but they’re not everything, Reflect on the things that have gone well and things that could have been done differently, and finally take care of yourself. It’s a long school year, things will change along the way. Always remember that there will always be someone right there with you, and in the words of Dory from Finding Nemo, “just keep swimming.”
Have a wonderful holiday season every.