Spreading Your Wings and Flying

Spreading Your Wings and Flying

Sep 22
Theresa Miller, Academic Advisor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
  

I have been an academic advisor for four years now, so the first incoming freshmen that I met at summer registration four years ago just spread their wings and headed out to the real world!  I had the privilege to know these students for four years, and truly enjoyed watching them grow from a high school student with an inkling of a career path to a mature, college senior with aspirations, goals, and a resume to knock potential employers’ socks off.  My students ended up this May in every type of business, from a small family owned financial planning firm to a major Fortune 50 company, and everywhere in between.  And each student’s individual decision about where they want to work is exactly been that – individual.

Last week I found one of these students on the job. Meggan Carroll, a 2011 alumna of the Financial Planning Program, found happiness in her career at MPS Loria, a small financial planning firm in Burr Ridge.  Meggan was instrumental in organizing a Financial Planning Club while a student here, and used her free time during her college years networking with other students, as well as professionals, in the field she wanted to work in.  Her duties are exactly what she envisioned when she was a student; working with clients to create a financial plan for their personal use or small business, pour over investment strategies that fit a client’s needs, and develop a career that will allow her to really utilize all the skills she used in coursework here at the University of Illinois.

Seeing Meggan find her place in a career gives me goose bumps as an advisor.  She is just one of many examples I can find when I go out of Mumford Hall, and all of them are equally as heartwarming.  I’m so glad I had a chance to get to know them, and be a small part in helping them get to their goal.