Students from the UH Bauer College of Business offered advice to what could be the next generation of Cougars at the June “Take Your Kids to Work Day” hosted by Houston-based Sequent Energy Management.
Youth between the ages of 9 and 17 listened intently as Bauer students from the Energy Association talked about their college experiences and told the group that a business education could be one of the best investments for their futures.
Before applying to college, prospective students should ask questions of older family members or friends who are currently attending a university or those who have already completed a degree, the students told the group.
Finance student Adam Valentine, who serves as vice president of the Energy Association, added that it is never too early for a future college student to attend a class with an older sibling or friend to get an understanding of what the courses are like. “Go to class if you can,” Valentine said.
Sequent Energy risk control analyst Megan Schlain (’07) also told students that visiting a university campus is a good way to determine if college is a good fit. “It’s good exposure for you to go,” she said.
Energy Association president Jeffrey Slaughter shared his personal story with the children, noting that inspiration for future education and career goals can be found in many places. He said his decision to attend college was cemented in junior high. “My parents of course were an influence on my choice to attend college, but I had a 7th grade history teacher who was very encouraging and inspirational,” Slaughter said.
The students also told the students that they have cultivated new leadership qualities at Bauer. College is a time to be responsible in order to be successful, Valentine said. “You get a lot of responsibility thrown on you,” Slaughter added. “You need to have a lot of self-discipline.”
Bauer Undergraduate Business Programs finance advisor Natalie Merritt also attended the session. She told students that learning the kinds of requirements needed for admission was important for those interested in attending college. “It’s never too early to start prepping,” Merritt said.
“There are things that relatively young children can do immediately to start preparing for college, including taking the PSAT in 7th grade, considering enrollment in magnet schools, attending summer enrichment programs and taking advantage of parents, siblings and neighbors,” she added.
The Undergraduate Business Programs office at Bauer holds BBA Basics, an information session for new and prospective pre-business majors, every Friday. For undergraduate admissions information, visitwww.bauer.uh.edu/undergraduate.
By Mayra Cruz
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.