By Carolina Maciel and Jocelyn Reyes, Sept. 20, 2022
Over 100 students gathered for the College of Business Administration’s welcome week that ended on Sept. 15 to explore various clubs, organizations and networking opportunities.
After a brief suspension due to COVID-19, The CBA had one of its first in-person fairs, bringing opportunities for internships, mentors, and connections.
The event was open to all students, featured giveaways and activities and provided free professional headshots from the Poly Lens club.
According to ASI business Senator Naman Pandadiya, the CBA fair benefits students now and in the future. Pandadiva mentioned that one of the biggest benefits is students can learn about what the clubs have to offer.
“Freshmen because it’s a lot of work, but it’s work that is enriching and fulfilling,” said Pandadiva. “You’ll see the fruits of your hard work come to place really quickly after you finish a course and assignment, and you’ll see how often you’ll be implementing it into your own personal life.”
According to Juritza Mata, business administration major, and member of the American Marketing Association, the fair is an opportunity for students to meet and network with others who share the same interest.
“AMA has a lot of networking opportunities,” said Mata. “We do a lot of conferences. we do one nationally, so we are able to meet a lot of people nationwide.
There were 20 registered business clubs to choose from, and the number is growing each month.. One of the most popular clubs was the Student Managed Investment Club where students learn how to invest, how to finance, and about the stock market. Another prominent club was the Real Estate Association which focuses on touring real estate properties and bringing in guest speakers.
The College of Business Admission fair is not only for business majors. Mata encouraged other majors to see what the clubs in the fair have to offer.
“We’re opened to every major. we have some people on our E board that I know — one is a political science major. We also welcome communication majors. Any major, I think, would really benefit from it,” said Mata. “committees as well, so that they are able to just get a hands-on experience to see what working in a field like this would be like.”
Since this is one of the first in-person fairs since the pandemic, the Business Administration are very excited about welcoming fresh new faces.
According to Andrew Cornejo, a finance, real estate and law major and member of the Finance Society, there are a lot of benefits and tips from this club fair.
“Our club offers a resume workshop which, I think, is the best thing we offer. it really helps people to build their portfolio, to ready for after they graduate so they can get a job,” said Cornejo.
Feature image courtesy of Carolina Maciel