"The reason I am an accounting major is because a professor approached me outside of class and told me that he thought I had a lot of potential."

"When I started the college search, I thought I wanted a big city school, a change of pace from my regular life. My best friend's father, who is an alumnus, actually convinced me to go on a tour with him. The fact that my friend's dad still loved the school enough to want to give me a tour, how he is still connected with his friends from his time at Bucknell, and his passion for the school despite being away for twenty years, really spoke to me.

"The highlight of my experience thus far has been interacting with the professors. The reason I am an accounting major is because a professor approached me outside of class and told me that he thought I had a lot of potential. From there on out I've always felt comfortable approaching professors, asking them questions, and they've felt comfortable with me, inviting me and my fellow classmates to their homes, introducing their families. That's really inspire me to learn and explore things may not necessarily be comfortable for me.

"The alumni community has also played a key role in my Bucknell experience. This summer I participated in Bucknell's Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management (ILTM). ILTM takes management and engineering majors and connects them with clients like GE. Each week ILTM brings in alumni to talk about different topics from leadership, to management, to strategy, to innovation, to design. The alumni come with such open arms, willing to help you with internships and career advice, and offer meetings later in life. It meant a lot to me that these professionals would trek all the way out here to help us out."

Alexa is from Allendale, N.J.

Posted January 2013
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