How to be a Successful Student in the College of Business

Hi everyone, my name is Hieu (pronounced “Hugh Win”). I am a sophomore studying economics and management. I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some things I have done that have benefited me in both the College of Business and in life.

1. Develop your connections. This is a must, especially in the business world. Throughout the time you spend in college, from orientation classes, to teachers and advisers, they will tell you to develop those connections. When the time comes to look for an internship or a job, believe me, these connections will pay off. I don’t mean strictly in the business world either. These connections can be made with the people you meet throughout college ranging from friends to teachers. One of the best ways to develop connections is to get out there and participate. The College of Business has a variety of clubs that you can take part in. One of the best things about these clubs is that you don’t have to be in that specific major to do so. This is an opportunity for you to meet people, develop more skills, and even add that extra something to your resume.

2. Use your advisers. One of the things that I take pride in here at Iowa State is the sense of community. This idea of community also applies to the advising staff. Any time I have questions or concerns, I know they will do their best to answer my questions or find me the necessary information. If you have any questions concerning classes, schedules, or just about any thing, advisers are some of the most knowledgeable people around.

3. Go to Career Services. Here at Iowa State, we have decentralized Career Services for a reason, and that reason is that they know exactly how to help you find an internship or a job, and they know it very well. If you have concerns with your resume, cover letter, interviews, career fairs, etc., go and ask! They are some of the most helpful and friendly people around. These services are here for you, so use them.

4. Follow your interests. One of the things I enjoy about the College of Business is the they offer you the exposure to different majors. It is required by all majors within the College of Business to take an introduction class of all the business majors. This is an opportunity for you to explore your options and interests. If you happen to find yourself stuck between two majors, the curriculum also makes it very possible to double major. Last but not least, it is important to remember that the earlier you get into the professional program, the earlier you can take those core classes, that way you can spread out the harder classes and have some room in your schedule to add another major or minors.

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