Alison Winters '21

Major: Business Economics
Minors: Global Studies and Marketing

Why this major?

I always knew that I wanted to go into the business field, I was just not sure what branch I wanted to study. I actually started my first year as an undecided major, due to the fact that I wanted to explore some of the business fields before fully diving into one. I eventually found myself in a few economics courses and it grabbed my interest right away. I really enjoyed those classes and the professors as well. By my second year, I had declared my major and everything began to fall into place.

What is your career objective?

As for career objectives, I have always leaned towards going international. That is why I added a global studies minor. Whether it be international economics or marketing, I plan to utilize all the skills Carroll has provided me. I will be studying abroad for an entire semester next year and am hopeful to land an internship abroad as well. In return, I hope this brings many new opportunities for the future.

How has what you’ve learned prepared you for your future?  

Carroll is not only teaching students knowledge for their courses, but for life as well. Being a student here for two years, I have learned various life skills that I will carry with me forever. Carroll does a wonderful job on instilling professionalism and good values in their students. This University helps you get a degree and teaches you how to thrive as an individual once you leave.

How have you had opportunities to work closely with Carroll faculty?

To be honest, the small classes and closeness with my professors has been a true blessing. It is one of my favorite aspects about attending a smaller university. It gives students the chance to make real connections not only with their peers but professors as well. Professors here care about your well-being and how you are doing in their class. They know who you are and will gladly go out of their way to help you succeed.

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

My most memorable academic experience was in my Cross-Cultural Seminar my first semester. It was a required course filled with students that were new to Carroll and new to each other. We were all nervous on what to expect and weren’t exactly sure how college was going to work yet. However, this brought us all closer together because we were all in the same boat and understood how each other was feeling. Even today, some of my closest friends were originally from that first semester CCS class. On top of this, the professor I had was an amazing person. He today still remains my favorite professor due to how caring, understanding and light-hearted he was. The energy he brought to the classroom rubbed off on us all and it truly wiped away my fears of college.

How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person?

Being involved at Carroll is a super easy thing to do. They have something here for everyone, I swear. There are an endless number of clubs to join. These organizations are always hosting events to get new members to join while giving the entire student-body a good time. Another great thing that Carroll promotes is volunteering. There are always opportunities to volunteer on campus. Plus, if you are a part of a student organization, you are required to volunteer. Carroll wants to teach us to give back and help our community and I find that to be a very charming quality of our university. As for me, I am involved in a few different student groups and I am always open to joining more. I love to meet new people and formulate connections with students and faculty. It is a great way to get yourself out there and make friends!

What would you say to someone considering business economics?

I would tell them that a lot of people shy away from an economics major because it seems too difficult or tedious, but in all honesty, I believe it is entirely worth it. It is a great field to go into and Carroll’s business school is an up-and-coming program that I am grateful to be a part of. The opportunities that this major provides are endless.

How has financial aid made a difference in your life?

I do receive a few scholarships from Carroll and, without them, I probably wouldn’t be here today. I am forever thankful to Carroll for aiding my academic experience and providing me with the tools to succeed.

What’s your favorite place to study on campus?

I love studying in the library cafe. In the winter it’s so cozy and smells of coffee. The hustle and bustle of everyone going in and out actually helps me focus on my work more. When it gets warm out, I’ll go sit on the patio outside while basking in the sun, taking notes and waving to friends as they go by. Everyone here is so friendly! It’s the simple things at Carroll that bring me pure happiness.
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