Students from the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College Emerson E. Evans School of Business traveled to New York City to visit Wall Street to learn more about working in the business field. Roger Watson, assistant professor of business, said he feels it is important for students to get a glimpse of daily life in a center for international business.
“This is such a great educational and travel experience for the students. Visiting Wall Street and New York is such an amazing experience for anyone in business. They get to learn more about finance and its history from professionals in the field who work in this center for international business,” Watson said. “This is the fifteenth time I’ve taken students to Wall Street, so I’m very glad the school of business continues to sponsor this endeavor, and we have the support of our administration because trips like this are so important to providing our students with a quality education.”
All of the students who went on the trip are in Watson’s capstone strategic management course. He said this educational experience doubles as a reward for the students’ hard work in both the course and the school of business.
“The students not only had this invaluable educational experience, but the chance to do some great sightseeing as well. These are students who have worked hard and are close to graduation, so this is a great reward for them,” Watson said. “New York is made from workers who came from everyday America, so it’s important to give them the opportunity to talk to these business professionals and learn how they got where they are. It’s an excellent memory to take with them as they graduate.”
The group spent two days touring Wall Street and the city. Kylie Caudill, a senior accounting major from Grove City, said she enjoyed getting to experience day-to-day life on Wall Street.
“This trip was extremely beneficial. In class we learn about the New York Stock Exchange and how everything happens, but to be able to see everything happen is completely different,” Caudill said. “I also enjoyed getting to tour the city, especially the Freedom Tower. I’m really thankful to Rio for getting to go on this trip because if it weren’t for this trip, I would have never had the chance to see and do even half the things we did.”
Clarissa Kosnich, a senior business management major from Jackson, said she plans to take what she learned on the trip into her career.
“This trip was really inspiring to me. I’m a very small town girl and to think that I was inside of the New York Stock Exchange is surreal. I’m really thankful to Rio and to Professor Watson for taking the time to put this trip together for us,” Kosnich said. “I would never have been able to take a trip like this without the opportunity to go with the School of Business. I think trips like this are important experiences because it’s imperative to realize what’s out there for us in our future professions.”
For more information on the Emerson E. Evans School of Business, contact Admissions at 740-245-7208.