A group of 19 Northwestern students studying various areas of business were given the opportunity to go on a trip to Denver, CO from March 30 to April 2.
Denver is a growing city with a wide variety of businesses to explore. They spent two days touring local companies and firms and met various people working in Denver through connections with NW.
They had a gathering with NW alumni where they spent the evening networking and sharing their experiences at NW. They saw networking in action making the connection to Josh Hornstra, who works for the Denver Nuggets. He was able to get the business students game tickets, a signed basketball and access to the court for a picture after the game.
The business club has done various trips in the past, but this was the first trip out to Denver. Students felt like the long car drive was definitely worth it.
Sophomore Marco Alessio, said, “One of my favorite activities was the alumni reunion because we had the chance to learn and ask many questions to people who were sitting in the same classrooms we are now. Another relevant experience for me was the interaction with Tim who showed us that belief in what you are doing is crucial to becoming successful especially at the beginning when it is very hard and trust is hard to gain.”
Junior Zoe Heemstra, said, “Several people from different organizations advised us to just go for our dreams, even if we feel unqualified or scared. One developer told us that we are more of a professional in our field than we think we are, and I think that’s a really good mindset to have as we go into our careers.”
The business club is a student-led group for all majors seeking valuable professional experience. Their goal is to help students transform into business professionals who are prepared to impact the Kingdom of God. They hold various events throughout the year along with a trip to a large city.
Advisor Ashley Stanislav said, “We want students to see what opportunities are available in locations outside of NW Iowa. We’ve gone to Minneapolis, Omaha, Des Moines and Sioux Falls, and this year we decided to go a bit further and explore Denver. Trips like these help build professional networks for students with the companies that we tour and the alumni that we interact with. They also give students the chance to see what it could really look like to use their degree after they graduate.”
Students who are interested are encouraged to learn more about the business club by following them on Instagram @northwesternbusinessclub and by looking out for more of their events sent out through email.