May 17 2017

Part 1 Hola Ecuador: Candace’s Study Abroad Experience at EMU

by blogemu

The anticipation is mounting. A new adventure is on the horizon. I am anxiously awaiting my first trip out of the country. Studying Abroad has always been a dream of mine, and on May 18th, I leave for the trip of a lifetime to Ecuador! Buenos Dias!


As an undergraduate, I never had the opportunity to study abroad and I was convinced I would never have the opportunity after I graduated. Starting graduate school this fall, I was surprised to learn that my program of study had a study abroad course offered. The program is titled, “Becoming Global Citizens” and is an 11-day trip to Quito, Ecuador. It is a faculty-led program by Dr. Raul Leon. Dr Leon is from Ecuador, so this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.


This study abroad trip will include cultural, tourist, and academic excursions to fully immerse all of us into the Ecuadorian culture. The excursion I am most excited about is to the Gondola ride to the top of the Pichincha Volcano, but every excursion will help us become true Global Citizens. We will stand on the equator. We will walk through a valley of a dormant volcano. We will visit the Otavalo Indigenous Market. We will relax in hot springs. We will go to a Chocolate Factory and the Mindo Cloud Forest. We will get to visit local schools and learn about their educational system. We will gain valuable skills through learning cultural competencies.


For this trip, I have a few goals.

  • One is to open up more to my classmates and be more open to new experiences.
  • The second is to learn as much as I can every day and write about it in a journal as a keepsake of my first experience abroad (and keep it to continue through my hopefully many more experiences abroad).
  • The third is to let go of all of my preconceived notions about Ecuadorian/South American experiences and people to truly learn about their culture and to learn empathy and how to be a global citizen.


I will follow up on these in my blogs to come, but I am excited to share this experience with you and let you see my personal journey and growth on this short trip abroad.




Candace Tulacz is a Master’s Student at Eastern Michigan University. She will start the second year of her program in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Student Affairs this coming Fall.

May 14 2017

EMU’s ‘intrusive advising’ can overcome barriers to 4-year degree

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It might sound uncomfortable, but “intrusive advising” is exactly what students need to overcome barriers to a 4-year bachelor’s degree and get on track for a more promising career. It’s like a proactive Q&A with a college advisor (so it is an interrogation of sorts!) that helps identify obstacles to finishing a degree and figure out in advance how to get past them.


Do you have the time to finish a degree? Can you afford it? How can you balance classes with work? With family? With the rest of things you value in life?


At Eastern Michigan University, many College of Business students aren’t fresh out of high school. They’re living life, and dealing with its challenges. They’re juggling school, work, family, and more, and they’re rising to the occasion.


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How? They’re getting good “intrusive advising” – otherwise known as helpful guidance. Here’s a description from Deedra Springgay, the Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Services in EMU’s College of Business:


“We have a conversation. I ask a lot of questions. I don’t just tell you what classes you have left to do. I want to sit down with you and find out what’s happening in your life.


“We have students with cancer. We have students with small kids at home. We have students who commute. We have students who want to get done as quickly as possible. All of those are going to have different paths, and we match the path to the student. We’re really here to make sure you get through college in a timely and efficient path. My teammates and I really want to do the best we can for each of our individual students.”


Whatever your situation, it’s possible to transfer to EMU and complete a business degree. Time and money are common problems that can be solved with wise planning and helpful guidance.


Whether you’re in community college or it has been a few years since you’ve been in a classroom, you can make an appointment to meet with an advisor in EMU’s College of Business and talk about how finishing your degree can help you achieve your professional goals. You can meet with an EMU advisor at any time for free, even if you haven’t started applying for admission.


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By asking “intrusive” questions, EMU can help you figure out how to make college work for you by charting a course that takes into account your unique situation. We can talk about how an EMU business degree can boost your career and job prospects, and what kind of return on investment to expect.


The process and timeline for going back to college may look different for you than for a traditional undergraduate. It might even look different from every other student on campus. But the result will be the same: a degree from a business school that The Princeton Review has named one of the country’s best for 2017.


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May 11 2017

(Part 3) How this guy’s future could change for the better at EMU

by blogemu

A business degree from Eastern Michigan University improves job prospects, increases income potential and leads to a higher quality of life.

Cob, an imaginary cartoon person who represents a typical EMU College of Business transfer, has some pretty common reasons for thinking about a 4-year degree. He also has some common concerns about affording tuition.


Looking long-term, however, the upfront costs of a bachelor’s degree pale in comparison to the return on that investment – both financial and otherwise.


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Cob should consider these benefits of earning a 4-year degree:


*Increased income potential – People with bachelor’s degrees earn 30-percent more money over their lifetime than people with 2-year associate’s degrees, according to federal census data. Compared to people with only high school diplomas, 4-year degree holders earn 65-percent more.


*Improved job prospects – Not only do students in EMU’s College of Business gain more knowledge and learn more skills, they also get hands-on learning experiences that jumpstart their careers. An alumni survey of 2013 EMU business school grads found a 94-percent job placement rate with an average salary in the $50,000 to $59,999 range.


“We’ve become known within the corporate world as the institution that helps our students get that hands-on experience that allows them to hit the ground running, whether it be through an internship or a cooperative education experience or a part-time job in the industry. You get to apply those theories and concepts before you even get to graduation. Most of our students come out of college with a degree as well as hands-on experience, which helps them in the job market because for those positions that require 1-year experience most of our graduates already meet that. In terms of your ability to market yourself once you graduate, you’re in a whole other ballgame.” –Sarah Otto, Director of Career Development & Outreach at Eastern Michigan University.


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*Higher standard of living – Money aside, research shows that people with 4-year college degrees are more likely to exercise regularly, more likely to volunteer and be active citizens in their communities, and more likely to spend quality time with their children. They’re also more likely to get jobs that provide health and retirement benefits.


*Enhanced job marketability – A 4-year degree from EMU’s College of Business prepares students for hundreds of careers, or even for starting a business. The broad training that people get as they obtain a bachelor’s degree makes them better able to adapt to an ever-changing economy, enabling them to switch jobs – or even careers – more easily than people without a 4-year degree.


Need more reasons to finish your degree at EMU, Cob? Apply now.


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