College of Business
Why did you choose your major?
I basically fell in love with my economics course in high school because the instructor had decided to teach it more as an "intro to capitalism" class than as a theory-based class. And fortunately for me, this was right around the time that students were sending in college applications and picking majors. I remember looking over the course listing and curriculum for the College of Business and the Finance concentration really stood out as providing several of the topics that were of interest to me.
What does receiving this particular award mean to you?
The award is symbolic of many things, but for me, the award serves as recognition of a lot of sacrifices made on a consistent basis over the last few years.
Who has been instrumental in your life and/or who has contributed to your academic success?
I've always maintained that I owe a lot of credit to my instructors. They were there for me not only as teachers, but also as mentors, sponsors, and perhaps most importantly, as friends. Most professors that I respected and was close with had tireless work ethics, and that really motivated me to model my own performance after theirs.
Did you overcome any hardships or adversities during your life, that has helped shape who you are today? And if so, could you please briefly elaborate?
Like most people, I've experienced personal issues and instances that might not be considered representative of a model student or contribute to an ideal learning enviroment. Overcoming adversities, however, is an integral part of character development, and though I care not to elaborate on specifics of my story, I believe that my past has helped who I am today.
What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?
First acknowledge that academic excellence is relative and that each person might define it slightly differently. But if asked directly, I would advise other students to try and determine what they are interested in as early as possible in their academic careers because I think that it makes learning much easier. Once you have that topic figured out, run with it: read the textbooks, follow the industry/craft, practice it on your own, participate in class, reach out to teachers, show passion, etc. This is a time consuming process that can often be difficult or scary, but if done consistently, your abilties will strengthen and your confidence will follow. Leverage that confidence and skillset into participating in as many programs that the school has to offer.
Where would you like to be in 5-10 years?
In 5 years I would like to have a post graduate or be close to starting/getting one. In 10 years I hope to be well into my career, known to many in the company as an 'up and coming' sharp young professional.
A few words from his nominating professor:
Eric is also a Gary J. Sbona honors student, Thompson global intern, and participated in the international travel program to China
- Bill Devincenzi