I am Jameson Dunn, an upcoming junior, double majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Economics. My involvement in campus activities has been a great experience and of tremendous value. Currently, I am President of the Financial Group and I am also involved with the Intramural Sports Program. This summer I am excited to begin my second internship with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. I believe it will add immensely to the repertoire of skills and knowledge I learned from my first internship with College Pro Window Cleaning.
My decision to attend Merrimack College was based primarily on the school’s commitment to providing all students with a plethora of opportunities to develop academically, spiritually, and philosophically as well as its emphasis on service to others. The small New England, catholic campus atmosphere was also a major selling point. In a small school setting, the relationships that are established with classmates will endure well beyond graduation, many becoming lifelong friendships. I’ve found that you are able to make substantially more quality connections and create stronger bonds with classmates in a smaller school environment of 2500 students, versus in a larger school where you may be one in twenty thousand students. In addition, the liberal arts component of our school was very appealing to me. I believe the well-rounded education I’m receiving will assist in my pursuit of becoming an all-around person with knowledge in a broad range of subjects. The one thing I wish I was more careful with, though, especially at the beginning of my college career, was the realization that in terms of overall GPA, these “elective” classes are just as important. So be sure you’re just as focused on these classes as you are on your major courses.
At the end of my freshman year I was offered the position of President of the Financial Group. Accepting this position was a fairly simple decision as the benefits were numerous, despite knowing the amount of work the position entailed. Being an officer in a club is very rewarding with the most appealing benefits being the added focus on finance and the unbelievable networking opportunities it affords. In my first year as president, the funding received from student involvement more than doubled, the number of members that landed internships during the summer increased significantly to a new all-time high, and a new goal was adopted to implement a peer internship development program in the fall which will allow students to learn from their classmates’ experiences from the summer. The school offers many leadership opportunities but if that much added responsibility doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, I strongly suggest getting involved in some type of organization. Being part of an organization that complements your future career ambitions can be an amazing link between college life and a professional career. Probably the most advantageous part of being a member of a business school group is meeting other students who have similar professional goals. I’ve made great connections and friends because of my position as President of the Financial Group. Along the same lines of connecting professionally is connecting personally. During my freshman year, I played club hockey and met some of my closest friends today. Participation in intramural sports has provided me with a little weekend money along with a chance to meet and work with some great people.
The summer after my freshman year, I was an intern with College Pro Window Cleaning. I received an excellent real world experience during my time with them and it ended up becoming a great stepping-stone to my internship this summer with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Internships are a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes time to find a career after school and the earlier you start planning and/or testing the waters of different fields, the better your chances are of finding the perfect job for yourself upon graduation.