It’s hard to replicate the feeling of investing in a real portfolio made up of real money. At UNI’s College of Business, the Krause and the Panther Funds provide opportunities for students to do exactly that.
“Ideas matter.” As I have noted in previous blog posts, this was a mantra chanted by my dissertation advisor, Jon Shepard, during my Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech. Jon, trained as a sociologist, and by then, Chair of the Management Department in the business school, was referring to the vital importance of our thinking on the ways we structure our organizations, institutions, and societies. He was conveying that the ways we live, the rules we observe, the social structures we create, are all derived from someone’s ideas—they are NOT preordained or natural law.
Majoring in business will open the door for many potential career opportunities! Rather than some majors that pigeonhole you into one very specific career, business gives you a lot of flexibility. This makes it a fantastic option if you don’t know exactly what kind of job you’d like to have, but you still have a general idea. With the best business jobs, you can expect high wages, great job security, and plenty of daily mental stimulation.
About three years ago, the College of Business began exploring ways to help underrepresented and low-income students obtain highly recognized experiential opportunities throughout their college years. Denita Gadson, an academic advisor who oversees the College’s student diversity initiatives, had noticed that some students weren’t going on study abroad trips or even joining clubs because of financial barriers.
Decades ago, my sister and her friend were sharing gossip about their junior high classmates. My Mom overheard them and admonished them: “Don’t gossip.” The lesson still resounds, as the friend has recollected to me recently.