First-Year Integrated Core
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President Gregory Crawford speaks at the inaugural festivities for the FYIC program in 2016
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Student Spotlight Archive

rachel clevelandRachel Cleveland is in pursuit of the Miami Experience. As a sophomore Supply Chain Management major with a minor in Spanish, she is wholly focused on not only reaching her end goal of a degree from Farmer School of Business, but also on fully utilizing the wide range opportunities that Miami provides its students to grow. When describing what drew her to Miami she said that “As a student originally from northern Minnesota, I still find myself frequently explaining to people that I don’t go to school in Miami, Florida. I heard about the university from an upperclassman friend and after touring, fell in love with the sense of connectedness. The importance of networking, global exploration, curious questioning, and personal growth are at the forefront of all that Miami does. It’s not just a statement, its tangible actions that affect students in a very real, positive, and meaningful way. I know this value will carry through long after I graduate.”

With that experience comes a wide array of classes that are meant to widen students’ perception and understanding of the world, while also creating skills that will drive them to become leaders in their respective fields. Rachel says that her favorite so are MUS 135: History of Jazz and BUS 102: Business Communication “As someone with a passion for listening and understanding jazz music, Dr. Kernodle brought a Miami Plan class (MUS 135) alive in a really meaningful way. Lecture was engaging and she asked students to connect with music in a bold way, coming to class was exciting because you never knew what the day would offer. BUS 102 [was] perhaps most rewarding as a first-year student is learning how to write and achieve success at a collegiate level. Transitioning from high school to college expectations is challenging no matter your background and BUS 102 prepared me in incredible ways to both access the FYIC program and the rest of my academic courses successfully. [BUS] 102 asks you to assess audience, situation, and context to analyze and respond to real world situations. No matter what career field you end up in, this is a critical skill.”

Currently working as an Undergraduate Assistant for BUS 101: Foundations of Business in the First-Year Integrated Core, she says that “Since finishing the FYIC program, I found myself wanting to stay involved with the evolution of the program…I genuinely see the value in the opportunity FSB is providing to students and hope to see its continued success. The FYIC program introduces students to the Farmer School of Business and the quality of work expected from students. You will learn to appreciate what your professors expect out of you as they are training you to be a globally minded, critically thinking student ready to contribute in an ever evolving world. The program allows you to establish yourself, begin to denote what interests you versus what doesn’t, and form meaningful connections with faculty that will help make the rest of your Miami experience exceptional.”

Speaking of her own experience in the FYIC Rachael said “The FYIC program challenged me. It was the first class that I’d ever taken where I knew I would be good at some things and challenged in others. Learning where I fit in as a leader was critical in assessing where I could utilize those strengths or rely on others to help me learn and grow. Especially for a very type-A person like myself, this program encourages you to let go, accept that failure is a critical component of future success, and embrace teamwork as a communal process towards an outlined end goal. A semester later, I still find myself reflecting on the skills learned from the program. Both in respect to challenges and successes, there is plenty to take away and apply to internships, other classes, or personal leadership styles. Most universally perhaps was the FYIC’s ability to focus on the importance and necessity of communication in a raw way. Working in teams of individuals that likely differ from you in style, priorities, and work ethic; it is critical to take note of where strengths lie and communicate, repetitively if need be, the end goal and timelines for meeting such a goal. Teams that are open yet firm with one another, collectively understand the end goal, and challenge one another to be the best are the teams that will succeed.”

When considering the long term impact of the FYIC Rachel said that “Before the FYIC program, I didn’t have a firm grasp on what it meant to be a business major – it seemed general and all encompassing. As the process evolved, you could clearly see and define where parts of the program would clearly appeal to individuals interested in each sector and area of business. The FYIC program was like a puzzle and each discipline had their own piece to contribute. It helped clearly define the importance of process, communication, collaboration, and integration across fields and offered a much clearer insight to the business process. I know for a fact that I have become a better communicator and team member as well as a team leader. The program encourages leadership as well as mindful participation and I think both leading and listening are critical components to successful business leadership. Additionally, the opportunity to see so many different ideas and solutions for the challenge is so exciting as it shows there are countless ways to think about a problem and that each individual team brands themselves and their solution as “the best.” It makes me hopeful to know that in an often turbulent world, there are so many bright individuals and bright ideas willing to challenge the status quo.”

rachel cleveland and steve wozniak and friendRachel describes what she likes best about the FYIC. “The FYIC challenged me in countless ways. The first being, quality management. Everything that gets turned in needs to be substantive and representative of your team, in its entirety, to the highest caliber possible. Taking shortcuts doesn’t fly because others are depending on the quality of your work. However, this notion is reciprocal. Just as your teammates depend on you, you depend on them to turn in the same manifestation of work. I now carry with me an increased importance and value placed on team collaboration and communication for the sake of turning in the highest quality work possible. Working for a major client proved Miami’s dedication to providing students with tangible and real experiences. There was an expectation of excellence and a standard to be met and this standard and association with Miami and the greater business world will continue to challenge and encourage students to be forward thinking, young business leaders fueled by integrity.”