It never gets easier, you get better.

It’s no secret that college students are extremely busy. Between classes, tests and homework, students must have proper time management habits in order to balance it all. Not to mention that the social aspect of college life full of extracurricular activities, clubs and spending time with friends leaves students with even more to juggle. I interviewed Kentina Ishimwe to get an insight of a day in her life.

Kentina Ishimwe

Kentina Ishimwe is finance major, she came to the U.S. in Spring 2020 to pursue a higher education, and since then, she has found passion in learning about the ways of the world and herself included. when asked what a day in her life looks like she said during school the year, her day resembles the typical day of most college students.

Her day is characterized by classes, studying, or completing work whenever she can. she also works which, tends to make her day a little bit longer. When all these activities are done, she allows herself to rest. She also works on campus as an Admission student worker/ tour guide, a peer tutor for IS 120, a custodian student worker and a residence academic peer mentor in Blackburn 2. She says it can seem like a lot of work, but it is all about being organized. Besides work, she is part of the Women in Business Organization (WIB), the African Student Organization (ASO), and the International Student Organization (ISO). Her advice to other finance students is to make sure that you know what you are in for. If given an opportunity, you should strive to do an internship or be a part of a business to make sure that Finance is what you want to do. I say this because, in my opinion, what we do in class is theory-based so, that can take you only so far. If you have experience in your field of studies, you have an advantage.

I also got the chance to talk to interview Dr. Michael Osei. He is an Assistant Professor of Financial Economics at Tabor School of Business, Millikin University. My teaching responsibilities include Financial Management, Investment, International Finance, and Principles of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics.

What inspired you to have a career in business?

Finance is the most important aspect of a business. Finance is an important part of everyday life and financial literacy can be the difference between poverty and a great life well-lived. The importance of financial literacy and smart financial decision-making cannot be overemphasized. Finance and Economics are both included in the so-called FAME subjects (Finance, Accounting, Management, and Economics). I wanted to be a professor of financial economics, in part, to help students understand the economic world that they live in and the basic financial skills necessary to make the decisions that will support a healthy and financially secure future.

Do you have any advice or motto to give to a finance student?

The world of finance is vast, has a greater job mobility and higher growth rate than most business careers. Financial literacy is also very important in today’s society and a major in finance will help you make financially responsible decisions. So welcome to the world of finance! Remember, every decision in life involves a tradeoff so if you have made the decision to be in school and to pursue a major in Finance then make it count; give it your best shot no matter how challenging it may be! Choose excellence and do not settle for mediocrity or resort to excuses. No matter your background, believe you can for “if you can believe, all things are possible to [the one] who believes”. See each day as a gift and always make the most out of it!

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Kellia Urujeni

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