The UNO CBA Student Excellence series highlights several of the outstanding students at the college who were recently recognized for their accomplishments at the 2019 Beta Gamma Sigma Honors and Awards Ceremony. UNO CBA students are diverse, multitalented, and hard-working, and they graduate as intelligent and ambitious business leaders with the knowledge they need to make an impact. Learn more about why we're proud of Bri Eisert, honored for International Business, below.
BSBA in Marketing, Management, and International Business
BA in International Studies, focus on International Management and Area studies
Honors and Involvement
Honors in Beta Gamma Sigma
Honors in Phi Kappa Phi
Honors in CBA Scholars Academy
International Business Student of the Year
Student Marketing Association former president
Students for Microenterprise Development current president
Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity former historian
Honored at department ceremony for International Business
Why did you choose to attend UNO?
"UNO gave me the chance to explore my 'what ifs'. Going into college, I wanted to explore a variety of different paths, careers, and classes. I would switch from wanting to be an artist to an engineer to a museum curator almost every other week. UNO let me explore all of those options and evntually find my passion for business and international studies."
Have you had a favorite class at UNO? Why was it your favorite?
"It’s hard to choose but I think it would have to be International Microenterprise Development, a course taught by Dr. Co and Dr. Holland my sophomore year. I had the chance to learn about international marketing and economics while working on a project impacting women in Vietnam. At the end of the course, I had the chance to travel to Vietnam with a few other students to continue working on the project. It’s what really kickstarted my love for International Business. CBA is always supporting amazing study abroad programs and this definitely was a highlight in my undergraduate career."
How has attending UNO CBA helped you to achieve your personal and professional goals?
"I loved that UNO CBA never tried to put me in a box for my major. I was challenged to take classes outside of my major and work on projects that were outside of my comfort zone (especially when it came to finance and accounting). By getting exposed to all sorts of disciplines, I was forced to think creatively, strategically, and globally. I’m now confident in my skills and abilities to excel in an international career where I can utilize the diverse set of skills I’ve worked on at UNO CBA."
What's your dream job? What pursuits or goals do you have for the future?
"I don’t have a dream job, but I do plan to have an international career. That’s why after graduation I’ll be heading to Costa Rica for the summer to work as a marketing coordinator for a study abroad company. After that, I’ll be leaving for China to be an English teacher for a year. I want to make the world my classroom and learn as much as I can. Luckily, CBA has given me the tools to feel ready for a career like that."
What parts of your CBA journey are you most proud of?
"I’ve received more rejection letters than I can count (some for dream jobs). I’ve made mistakes in my internships and during class projects. I’ve gotten some not-so-great grades. But it’s those obstacles and struggles that have really helped push me to be a better version of myself and to continue to push myself. Because through hard work, those offer letters do come, lessons are learned, and good grades overcome the few bad ones."
What has been the top highlight of your CBA experience?
"It would have to be the people that I have met through attending CBA. From professors to mentors to peers, these are the people that really made my time at CBA amazing. It’s the people that helped make group projects fun, classes interesting to attend, and goals attainable. I know I wouldn’t have had the same incredible experience if I had gone somewhere else."
If you could tell someone about UNO CBA, what would you say?
"UNO CBA is a place where you’re learning just as much outside of the classroom as you are in it. You’re given so many amazing opportunities to network, take on projects and leadership roles, work with other motivated students, and explore your interests. It’s not just about learning the material but applying it to real-life situations."
And finally, if you could give a message to any prospective students interested in coming to UNO CBA, what would you tell them?
"UNO CBA is a place to test out ideas, challenge yourself, and explore what you’re interested in. Even if you’re not entirely sure what your interests are (that was me freshman year), UNO CBA is there to help you figure it out and encourage you to explore those 'what ifs'."