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Eller Connections
Eller Undergraduates Connect with Alumni in the Windy City

Eller undergrads in Chicago
Eller undergraduate students along the
banks of the Chicago River during the
2011 Chicago Study Tour.

By Liz Warren-Pederson

Fifteen undergraduate students spent their spring break visiting alumni and investigating careers in a variety of industries on the annual Chicago Study Tour.

“We visited 16 companies over the course of four days, so it was a lot of information to take in all at once,” said pre-business sophomore Sean Davis. “We saw everything from Accenture, which has over 200,000 employees, to Fullhouse, which consists of its president and a few other employees. The tour included plants and distribution centers, which gave me a different perspective on some of these corporations. And of course, seeing Chicago for the first time is an experience in and of itself.”

“One place that stands out in my mind is the Chicago Tribune,” said pre-business freshman Hannah Keogh. “Known as one of the ‘World’s Greatest Newspapers,’ the company is interesting and exciting in terms of the changes it is making in order to succeed in an evolving market.”

“One of the companies we met with was the Chicago Community Trust,” Davis added. “After speaking with the Trust’s CEO, Terry Mazany (a UA grad), I really want to get involved in the not-for-profit industry. I’ve always enjoyed helping people, and I’ve done volunteer work with non-profit organizations in the past, so I think it would be an excellent career path for me.”

“Before attending this trip, I honestly had no clue what area of business I wanted to pursue,” said Keogh. “After this experience, I know that I have a great interest in marketing. The trip also helped me better visualize what I want in terms of my workplace. I can see myself being happy in an innovative young company.”

“I learned so much in a real-world setting about people and companies that actually play a major role in corporate America,” Davis said. “I think it will benefit me greatly in the near future as I apply to Eller and eventually start looking for career opportunities.”

Learn more about the wide variety of domestic and international Eller undergraduate study tours and programs.

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