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College of Business and Economics
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS3161
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3161
Phone: (208) 885-6478
Toll free: (800) 960-3033
Email: cbe@uidaho.edu

Colleen McHail

NAME: Colleen McHail

HOMETOWN: Harrison, Idaho

YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior

MAJOR:
Finance, Marketing, Management and Human Resources-Mgmt Emphasis

WHY DID YOU WANT TO BE A CBE AMBASSADOR?

Hands down, I believe we have one of the best business programs around. The curriculum and instructors are phenomenal, and I wanted to be able to share with potential students how much this program has helped me. The CBE has given me so much over the past three years and I wanted to be able to give back. I have participated in numerous clubs, received scholarships, and traveled to Asia all because of opportunities the College of Business and Economics has presented.


WHAT HAS BEEN ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCES?

This past summer I was able to travel with the Dean of the CBE Mario Reyes and five other CBE students to Manila, Philippines, on an international business experience trip. I had never left North America before and the experience was incredible. We visited the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Development Bank of the Philippines, and many historical sights. My favorite part was meeting several executives, including the chairman of the board and the president of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), and the managing director of Pfizer Southeast Asia.  

Every morning in IBC (my junior year) was a great experience, especially towards the end. We started out as strangers but by the second semesters we felt like a family.  Listening to music before class and sharing inside jokes made the 8:30 a.m. classes much easier. While taking business classes, you develop amazing relationships with your classmates because so much of the work is team based. Not only did we enjoy our time together in class, but we have created friendships that I’m sure will last long past our undergrad days. When we finished tests or projects we would have celebratory dinners or go out swing dancing. I found people who supported me not only with my academic life but my personal life as well.  The friendships I have made with other students in the CBE are ones I will always cherish.


WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE NEW CBE STUDENTS?


Get involved. There are many, many opportunities to take advantage of!  Work hard and it will definitely pay off. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice throughout your college career. There will always be people willing to help you whether it is trying to figure out your schedule or look for a job. The CBE has a wealth of knowledge in its faculty and staff. I have found several mentors (upperclassmen as well as faculty) and they have greatly enriched my college experience.