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The College of Business welcomes the Class of 2020

Thursday, August 25 2016 12:00am

Freshman Convocation made one thing clear: We’re excited to see the incoming class of Business Bobcats.

By Mackenzie O'Dwyer

Where are you from? Which dorm are you living in? What classes are you taking? These are just some of the many questions freshmen will answer during their first week of college.

On Saturday, Aug. 20 at Freshman Convocation, the College of Business inspired students to answer one of the most important questions they’ll be asked all year: What do you want to accomplish by the end of this year?

“Our goal is to encourage students to think about how they can get the most out of this year,” said Jen Murphy, associate dean of Career Management and Student Services. “Freshman Convocation is the perfect opportunity for students to get advice from College of Business seniors, who were once in their shoes, and our faculty that cares so deeply about their success.”

Megan Brejcha, ’17, was one of two seniors to speak in front of nearly 530 freshmen that afternoon. Brejcha, a natural storyteller, told the freshman class about her first college experience.

“Don’t be afraid to take chances and step outside your comfort zone,” she said. “I didn’t know anyone in my first college class, but that’s when I met my best friend and now I’m going to be one of her bridesmaids!”

Kegan Wise, ’17, advised incoming Business Bobcats to not only get involved but to be involved.

“Don’t just join a student organization to add it to your resume. Take your work and experiences seriously,” said Wise. “You’ll never regret the time you spent putting a little extra effort into a project or getting to know the exceptional faculty and students in the College of Business.”

The Class of 2020 also heard from Tim Reynolds, executive director of the Robert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership, executive-in-residence of management, and devoted Bobcat. Reynolds has deep ties to the College of Business. It was where he found his passion for management and leadership, and where he met the love of his life. Today, he gets to see his children continue the Bobcat legacy.

The program wrapped up with advice from College of Business Dean Hugh Sherman. His three-part takeaway prepared students with the confidence and motivation they’ll need to start off on the right foot: You have the ability to succeed, to be engaged, and to be mindful.

Before heading back to their dorm rooms, the class of 2020 signed their names in ledger books, cooled off with ice cream, and got to know one another; the start to what will be the most rewarding and memorable experiences in their lives.

Incoming freshman Lexi, ’20, said it best, “By the end of my first year as a Business Bobcat, I would like to make great connections with faculty, staff, and students, have fun, and work hard for my future.”

From everyone at the College of Business, we wish you a successful first year Business Bobcats.