One of the most difficult things about going to college or trying something new is figuring out how to fit in. Hundreds of students each year flock to NIU and have to begin their academic careers anew. As a business major, what are the best ways to fit in and flourish in your new environment? I’ve heard this question many times and one of the best answers I can give is the Business Careers House. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Maria Ziebinska, a Community Advisor from the Business Careers House, to learn a little bit more about what they have to offer.
The Business Careers House is a residence hall that serves as a living learning community. In this community, business majors can go and get help in anything business oriented. Whatever students have questions about they can either come to me (a Community Advisor) or they can talk to the House Leader Chris. Students constantly have questions about which classes to take and homework help. Since the residents are business students, I put up a bulletin board about class registration. We include information like what number to call to set up an advising appointment, a sheet containing the Gen. Ed. requirements (specifically the ten core classes to get into the upper level courses), and tips with staying on a four year track.
As Community Advisor for the 10th floor, my job is to help my residents connect at NIU and be successful. I let them know what is going on in the residence halls and around campus. If they have specific interests that they wish to pursue, I help them get in contact with someone that knows where to go to pursue those interests. Basically, whenever students have anything they need to talk about they can come to me.
The BCH is located in Grant C and spans five floors from the 8th to the 12th. The floors are designated to business majors. We all have common interests and we all hang out and it’s nice to be on the same level with everyone. Since everyone is in the business program many of the residents have similar classes. Because of this, we set up designated study hours where we meet in the study lounge on our floor and do homework. If a student does have questions about an assignment, people are there to help! It definitely feels like a family!
It’s open to all classes, not just underclassman. I’m Upper-class and I have two residents that are taking UBUS 310 right now with me. Transfer students also enjoy the House and have found a great support system here as well. The support is all the same. We cater to residents needs, so if someone speaks up with specific questions as a transfer, freshman, returning students, even upperclassman, it is our job to help.We work hard to point students in the right direction. A few events we have already done with the BCH are Dinner with the Dean, Time Management Tips from the BCH Leaders, and Bowling in the Huskie Den. Dinner with the Dean gave residents a chance to meet the Dean, and she gave tips on how to be successful in the College of Business. Time Management Tips were to give students tips on how to manage their time as they transition from high school to college. Bowling was a chance for all the floors in the BCH to come together and bond.
One of my residents, he was one of the students that didn’t really know what path to go down, so the House Leader and I helped him write up a resume and we took him to the internship fair. We showed him how to network and how to find out more information about the different career paths he enjoyed. Like I said before, we’re all there to help each other out!
To learn more about the Business Careers House and all it has to offer, visit their website at http://www.cob.niu.edu/businesscareershouse/index.asp 2.0out