William Adamski ’20

Major: Business Administration
Minors: Finance and Earth Science


What made you choose this major?

I chose the business administration major because I wanted to challenge myself and study something that I’m passionate about. I really like learning about the markets, trends, and how different businesses and organizations are run. My friends and family were also positive influences on my decision to major in business administration. They were encouraging and supportive of my choice by taking the time to discuss their careers with me.

What is your career objective? 

My primary career objective is to pursue a career in banking. Additionally, I plan on attending law school to study business or environmental law.

How has what you’ve learned in your courses so far prepared you for your future?  

The rigorous courses I took freshman and sophomore year laid the foundation for the classes I’m currently taking as a senior. For example, my accounting and finance classes taught me the basics which I’m still using in my upper level Investment Management course.

What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?

Prior to an interview for a possible banking internship, I was able to meet with one of my professors who had previously worked in the field before coming to Carroll. He helped me to prepare for the interview by sharing his thoughts on banking as well as giving me tips for a successful interview.  

What is the most memorable experience you’ve had in your education at Carroll?

The most memorable experience I had at Carroll was in my Business Law class my junior year. We were paired up with a partner and had to argue a court case in front of the class. We had to prepare for the case by conducting background research on our client, the opposing client, and reviewing case law that was pertinent to our case.  The class and assignment is what sparked my interest in law and I enjoyed the time I spent looking for facts and ways to argue my case.  

How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person?

I started out as a business major with an earth science minor. I chose business because it was broad enough to capture a lot of my interests, and with advice from my advisor, I added my finance minor. My earth science interest comes from my years participating in summer camp classes and volunteering/interning at the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) in their horticulture department. My passion for the environment also came while earning my Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts. In addition to my academics, I have participated in intramural basketball and volleyball. During my sophomore year, I was one of the founding members of a new campus chapter of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.  This year, I became the Vice President of Finance for the Interfraternity Council where I get to work with all fraternity chapters on campus and manage the Council finances. This position has given me the opportunity to utilize a lot of the information I’ve learned in my business courses. As you can see, through Carroll, I’ve been able to explore a lot of my interests without having to sacrifice my academics.

If you were recommending your major to a prospective student, what would you tell them?

I would tell prospective students that business is a very dynamic major with professors who are passionate about teaching and bring a great deal of real-world experience to the classroom. Also, there are many opportunities to meet and network with alumni in the business field. 

How has financial aid made a difference in your life?

I have received two scholarships. One of them was academic and the other was the Hilger Tradition Award, granted to me because my father and aunt were Carroll graduates in 1988. I am very grateful to have received the scholarships from Carroll as they’ve really helped ease the burden of my student loans.

What’s your favorite place to study on campus?

The campus library is one of my favorite places for studying. I can choose to study on my own or collaborate with others in the group study rooms.  

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“I chose the business administration major because I wanted to challenge myself and study something that I’m passionate about.”

— William Adamski '20

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