“Before I Die”

The Business Honors program is truly a unique and special group of students many may not know much about. The whole point of this special project, thought up by BH Junior Genie Phan, and co-led by Junior Amber Jeanseau, was to spread the word about what we have to offer and who we are as individuals and as a program. The hope is, down the road and in the near future, for more students both in Mihaylo Hall and on the CSUF campus, to understand who we are and what we do as a Business Honors Program. I had the privilege of sitting down with Amber and Genie to discuss the vision, goals, and ideas behind this giant 6 piece chalkboard looking wall entitled, “Before I Die…”. The  project, brought about by the Visibility team( a branch of the BH Brand Awareness team)was a great stepping stone towards achieving the long term goal of spreading the word about our program. Read on to hear more about what they had to say!

Name: Genie Phan, BH Junior, Marketing

CH: How did you come up with the idea of this project?

GP: My Brand Management team leader, Cindy Kuan had mentioned it to me after talking to Professor Clark about it. I found out that it is actually a worldwide event that many people take part in so I researched the process of making the wall. After being completely fascinated by the whole concept of the “Before I Die…” Wall, I decided that this was a project that I wanted to help lead. I was so lucky to have such amazing leaders to help with this project.
CH: How many students did you hope to get involved?
GP: I never thought about a number as far as how many people we hoped to get involved, however I did imagine every student who passed by the Mihaylo building, business major or not, to be completely awestruck by the massive display at the front entrance. I pictured students writing their dreams or aspirations on the wall, taking pictures with their friends in front of the wall, or just simply enjoying what we have provided for them. This was just meant to be something different from their daily routine or walk to and from their classes.
CH: How many hours did you spend putting the wall together and what does it symbolize to you??
GP: We spent a total of 21 hours from Friday-Sunday, Feb 21st-23rd. I told myself at the beginning that it wouldn’t matter how long or how much work it was going to take to put this project together. My hope was that the Business Honors students would see how great and unique this idea was and how it would provide an unexpected reaction from the students at Mihaylo Hall. I definitely think that this is something students at Cal State Fullerton have not experienced before and hopefully were excited to find that this project was provided by our program. This project symbolizes the commitment of my peers to the program that we are so lucky to be a part of.
And now her Co-leader, Amber Jeanseau…
Name: Amber Jeanseau, BH Junior, Marketing( Aspiring to work for a financial company)
CH: What is your role in this project ?

AJ: This is really Genie’s “baby”, but as her co-leader for the Visibility division of our Business Honors Brand Management Team, I was completely on board with her vision. Genie planned the materials and really got this project off the ground. It’s so great working with her and being co-leaders. Her work ethic and creativity inspires me to do more every day.
CH: What other ideas might you have to increase the awareness of the BH program at CSUF and how could you include the other BH students? What is the importance in including them in the project as well??

AJ: Well, our other ideas are hush hush right now. But make no mistake, BH students from all teams (Fall Fundraiser, Teamwork, Yearbook, Winter Gala, Recruiting, Brand Management) will be involved. The importance of including all BH students in this project was to create a strong unit among Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Because we are all going so many directions each day, we often get too busy to really bond. Although Business Honors has been around for 4 years, I think we are really just now beginning to ramp up the Visibility of the program and that includes all our members being a strong unit.
CH: What is the goal/wish you want to get out of this project? Why is it so important?

AJ: Our focus is to make the Business Honors Program more visible across campus. We are not really a club or a campus organization per se, so we get a little lost in the crowd. This wall is only the beginning. We have other plans in the works and we’ll be doing something about every 6 weeks to keep reminding people that BH is here, we are strong and we are proud to be at CSUF/Mihaylo!
**These ladies are truly inspiring and an awesome example of what committed students we have in the BH program. Thank you so much to Amber and Genie for taking the time to speak with me, the many BH students who were involved in this project, as well as the various Mihaylo business students who took the took the time to get involved and participate in this special project. There is definitely more to come from our program and we look forward to spreading the word about how unique and special our Business Honors program really is! Thanks for reading. CH

“Twin” Nguyen, Superstar Senior!

As Winter Break comes to a close we hope that you all have had a very safe and relaxing time with family and friends. Additionally, we want to thank everyone who was involved in the Winter Gala event last month, one student in Particular: Tuyen Nguyen, a BH senior who I had the privilege of interviewing. Check out what she had to say about the event and where she sees herself after graduation. We love you “Twin”!

CH: What business skills did you utilize in planning this event?

TN: “Since this is the first time BHP put together students organizing projects, there were certain challenges in communicating and collaborating. However, it gives all students the opportunity to know and work with each other. I had the chance to sharpen leadership skills, coordinate other people, as well as apply statistical knowledge in estimating and budgeting for the event.”

CH:I know you as well(I am) are a fellow transfer student(you transferred last year), what school did you come from and how was that experience making the change to CSUF?

TN: “I went to Orange Coast College before transferring to CSUF. I did not know about the BHP until the deadline for applying for the program had passed. I still tried to turn in the application and fortunately I got the phone interview and was accepted to the program. Due to my introverted nature, sometimes it is difficult for me to speak up in the group. Through my current job as a tutor, I gradually have learned to become more confident and to improve my communication skills. “

 CH: What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy to do in your spare time?

TN: “I really love crocheting whenever I have free time. My skills are not at the advanced level yet, but it is very fun to make DIY crafts. I also like practicing TaiChi, yoga, and meditation.”

CH: After graduation where do you see yourself/what would you like to do?

TN: “One of my biggest dreams is to work with non-profit organizations, especially in education. I want to contribute my time and talents to make big changes. Before that, I love to have a short vacation to Japan upon graduation.”

Thank you so much for what you do “Twin” and we wish you the best of luck for your last semester at CSUF! ~ CH

 

Meet David Schenker, Teamwork project group

I had the pleasure of interviewing David Schenker, class of 2015, who sits in a chair position of the Teamwork group. David came up with the exciting idea of organizing the biggest event we have ever seen in the Business Honors Program – an Anaheim Ducks hockey game, complete with broomball and fun on the ice afterwards. This is not a small undertaking by any means (150 seats are being held for our group), and did I mention it is OPENING NIGHT too?! What a gem. David has been involved with every step of this strategic plan, and I know I cannot wait to attend! The game will be on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7 PM. We still have a few tickets available, so please contact David so you do not miss out on this great opportunity!! (562) 225-2429.

**Check out my interview with David below to learn about his journey to the Business Honors Program, and the emotional intelligence that has helped him succeed in his educational journey.

David Schenker

Concentration: Entertainment/Tourism

CH: “What business skills have served you best in your current position for the Teamwork” group?”

DS: “My initial connections were very critical in the planning stages of this project. Because I work for the Ducks, I had the idea to incorporate Prianca’s (Senior, teamwork leader) idea of ice-skating, with this larger scale event. I felt this would be a fun opportunity for the Business Honors students to bond and get to know each other outside of the school setting. Additionally, organization has played a key role in the success of this project. I have had to create spreadsheets to keep track of the expenses and money collected, as well as allocating jobs to other members of my team to ensure the success of this event.”

CH: “I know you, like myself, transferred this year from junior college. How has this leadership position benefited you in the transition and helped you adjust to a larger scale university?”

DS: “The great thing with these project teams is that they allow you to bond over an organizational goal. I missed out on the initial bonding opportunity in the summer because I was unable to attend the Fall Kick-Off in August. Since then I have gotten to know people in my teamwork group through the planning of this event. Interacting with them, putting together what we have learned in our classes, as well as incorporating something that I am passionate about (the Ducks), has really given me so much pleasure, and has allowed me to get to know my fellow Business Honors students on a more personal level which has been a great transition to a larger school.”

CH: “What advice can you give to future transfer students and/or students interested in joining the Business Honors program?”

DS:  “Specifically for me, I had a long road to the Business Honors program. I attended Junior College in Long Beach, and initially wished to transfer to CSULB. I came to realize the Business focuses offered were more vast here at CSUF, and had to change my road plan based on the classes CSUF required. I had my eye on the Business Honors program, but because I was short on classes to be accepted, I needed to complete them immediately and it was virtually impossible to get them all finished over one summer in order to be a part of the program. I ended up hunkering down and staying at Junior College in Long Beach to complete the classes (something I was not too happy about), and eventually made my transition into the program. My major piece of advice to give anyone about this program is that it is not a race. At the end of the day it is about the way in which you set yourself apart, and the Business Honors program allows you to do just this.”

CH: “As juniors we are currently enrolled in Management 339. Have you come across any situations in your group project where you had the ability to utilize some of the skills we learned in class?”

DS:  “One of the first topics we discussed in class had to do with emotional intelligence which really grabbed my attention. This was so powerful to me because I feel there is a fine line between someone in charge who has this “power” attitude compared to someone who has a calm demeanor and is respectable. In our group and just in general, I try to work hard to not be that guy who is a loudmouth because it is easy to cross that line and get there when you are given power. Additionally, you have to know who you are working with because everyone is so different. I want to be like-able because that is important to me – like-able people are hired. It is easy to have a good relationship with people you come into contact here in this program because everyone is just so great.”

CH: “Where do you see yourself after graduation as far as career aspirations/goals?”

DS:  “I would like to take advantage of the doors that have opened for me (specifically with the Ducks). I am very interested in hockey operations, where I am hoping to land a potential internship in the near future. Here I would have the chance to work in the front office and interact with executives responsible for the day-to-day operational tasks of the organization. I definitely would like to go to graduate school, however I know there are opportunities when we graduate from this prestigious program to get a job and join a company where they may even pay for my higher education. Imagine that! “

CH: “Thank you so much for setting aside the time to talk to me today.”

DS: “Thank you Cat. I hope everyone comes out and supports the team and our program. It is going to be an exciting event in an electric atmosphere. Get your tickets today!“

Meet Cat Hamer, your Business Honors blogger!

Business Honors junior Cat Hamer is taking over the Business Honors blog and we wanted you to get to know our newest blogger. Be sure to check the blog frequently for Cat’s latest posting!

Business Honors: What is your concentration? What are your future career goals?

Cat Hamer: My concentration is marketing. I would ideally like to work as a freelance copywriter when I graduate. There are so many websites that need content written and I have always loved to write. I tended to be a “fluffy” writer growing up and learned only a few years ago that this writing style lends itself nicely to advertising writing, which I have become quite good at. I’m excited for the future and am beginning to slowly branch out to gain writing jobs/experience while I am still in school to build contacts.

BH: Are you involved with any other activities or organizations?

CH: I am currently a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) on campus; there are so many opportunities to get involved it is overwhelming. I hope to get more involved after I have put in my first semester of Business Honors and get a feel for the workload!

BH: Do you have a hidden talent?

CH: I used to be a professional ballet dancer and lived and worked in Germany so I have always been very musical and fluid. After stopping ballet, I learned and explored Latin dancing which I enjoy very much. I can do a very good salsa ;) …..

BH: What hobbies/interests do you explore in your free time?

CH: I love writing in my spare time and listening to music. Music is a big passion of mine! I have the most eclectic mix of music on my iPod from Latin to Reggae to House and Jazz. When I have the time, I love throwing dinner parties for friends, and enjoying nice food and company. Traveling is a big part of my life as I lived in Europe for 5 years, so when I have the opportunity I enjoy getting away and exploring new places and cultures.

BH: Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

CH: My grandfather was always a huge mentor to me. When I stopped dancing, he encouraged me to tap into my talents as a writer. He was a professional writer himself and always told me I had a gift with words and should really think about that as a career. When I was in the 6th grade, I entered a poetry contest on poetry.com and was recognized with a poem I had written about ballet. He bought me the hard bound copy and was so proud – I’ll never forget that day. I still think about him all the time and although it has been a year since he passed away, I have no doubt that he is looking down on me – proud of where I have come and excited, like I am, of what lies ahead.

BH: If you had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with any person in the world (living or passed), who would it be and why?

CH: I would be interested to meet with Steve Jobs. I heard he did not complete school and yet, became so successful. I would ask him for “business advice” that I could apply in the real world. We all make ourselves so so crazy with school that sometimes speaking with someone who made it without killing themselves over classes may put things in perspective and may remind me to be a little less hard on myself. I tend to be way too serious and make myself sick over it every semester!

2013 Fall Kick-Off Event

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, 88 new and continuing Business Honors students got together for the annual Fall Kick-Off. The students participated in creativity and collaboration icebreakers and “game shows” to get to know one another. Students with the most clever ideas or the correct answers were able to choose their prize from a collection of Business Honors swag.

The signature event for Business Honors students was the scavenger hunt. The incoming freshmen and juniors were paired into groups with continuing sophomores, juniors and seniors to find various locations around campus using the clues provided. Once the scavenger hunts concluded, each team came together to demonstrate “what it means to be a Titan” through creative and humorous presentations.

At the end of the day, the new students went home with new friends, Business Honors goodies, and a better understanding of the Business Honors culture.

Finals week, a student’s perspective on ACCT 201A

For all you non accountant majors and even future accountants, let me tell you…Accounting 201A is hard! Unfortunately I have to admit, this class is definitely necessary for the future, no matter what major you are in, so it is absolutely necessary that you take it. It will depend on the professor you get but the workload for this class is not really heavy if you base it on homework, however you will probably have to read the book many times to get an A in the class. I went around and asked those that got an A in the class and how they did it. The one answer I got is read, read, read. Class is typically based on power points and examples and I highly recommend that you read the chapter for that class BEFORE you go to class….or likely you will not understand what the professor is talking about. So read and study hard! The good news is we’re all honors students so an A is definitely attainable! And if self studying isn’t really your thing, I would recommend tutoring which is very helpful! I have utilized the tutoring center a couple times myself and found it very helpful for homework or before a test. And if you ever find yourself having a hard time, just know that you are not alone and there are many of your peers that would be willing to help. And now that we come to an end about this class, all I have to say is, good luck!!

~Caroline

Food drive ~ holiday spirit

Talented, motivated, and dedicated. These are all words that describe the Business Honors students. And this coming week, we have decided to dedicate our time to people in need of help. The holidays are close and in the spirit of the season, millions of people will be holding canned food drives to distribute to families.  In the coming weeks Business Honors will also be holding a canned food drive as well as getting involved in philanthropy events to do our part. On November 3rd Business Honors will be working with Project Buddies, an on campus organization that holds events for special needs college students. We will be taking a trip to Disneyland and spending a few hours with these students. I have worked with them before and know for a fact that all the students have a lot of fun and it really means a lot to them. We will also be having decorated boxes in the Business Honors Center SGMH 1407 next week to collect canned food for donations. The boxes will be separated between the four years for a little competition since we are competitive business honors students! This is the first year that Business Honors will be holding this event, so come out and give your support and hopefully we will be able to turn this into a tradition!

~Caroline

Andrew Cavish, our Boeing intern

After a very interesting Careers at Boeing workshop, Caroline interviewed Andrew Cavish, senior Business Honors student about his 12-week internship at Boeing. Here’s what they discussed:

Caroline: How did you find out about the internship and what process did you go through to be selected?

Andrew: I’m a very proactive person so instead of waiting for internships to come to me I did some research and found this one. I applied online and they contacted me to go through several levels of interviews that were more behavioral based down at Seal Beach. After many follow ups I went through two final rounds of interviews and got a call from them two weeks later informing me I got the internship position.

Caroline: What type of responsibilities did you have as an intern at this company?

Andrew: I took the lead on a LEAN implementation. LEAN is a process of identifying ways Boeing can save money or make a task more efficient. DD250 notes were what I worked on the most, which is used when selling to the US government or any government. I also co worked with one other person to estimate job proposal hours for work orders on the C17, the P8, the international space station, and the F18 Super Hornet. I also worked on a team of pricers to negotiate prices on an order for Australia.

Caroline: How did this internship help prepare you for your career after graduating?

Andrew: I learned a lot with this internship and got some experience working for one of the largest businesses in the United States. I was also able to get accustomed to workplace etiquette which is really important in any company regardless of where you work in the future.

Caroline: Did you receive any additional opportunities or connections from the internship?

Andrew: I received plenty of connections including 60 professional contacts. I interviewed for one of their rotational programs and was able to get a job with the BCFP (Business Career Foundation Program) which is a 2 year, 4 rotation program. It is a highly competitive program, hiring only 10 college grads per year.

Caroline: What advice would you give to other students looking for an internship?

Andrew: Be proactive, go out there and look for what you want. Go to career fairs and search online for opportunities, internships aren’t going to just come to you. Have an awesome resume and cover letter ready to go. A good strategy is to think of five places you want to work and visit those websites and see what you have to do to get an opportunity with them. And finally, don’t just take something if it’s not what you want; make sure you go for what you want. Know your value and what you have to offer and never settle for anything less than your goals.