Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Featuring Ishani Adidam, BSBA Student
In recognition of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, UNO CBA is recognizing the stories of students and faculty and paying tribute to the generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans who enrich our country.
We're proud to feature Ishani Adidam, a current undergraduate student in UNO CBA's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program. We checked in with Adidam on her sources of motivation, her advice for other students, and her hopes for the future.
Can you tell us about your education?
"I am currently a first-year student here at UNO. I am Business Administration major with a concentration in Human Resource Management, and I am expected to graduate in 2025. I am a member of the CBA Scholars Academy, and I also made the Chancellor’s list during the Fall 2021 semester."
What does it mean to you to be a student in business?
"Being a business student has empowered me and given me the opportunity to learn more about how this world works and operates through a business mindset. I have already learned so much about leadership, communication, and management just in my first semester. I am excited to continue my journey in business through UNO!"
Who or what inspires you?
"My parents have definitely been my biggest inspiration throughout my life. They have motivated me to be my best self and to never give up. They have also been extremely encouraging and have supported me as I pursue my passions, which is something that I am truly grateful for!"
What advice would you give to students or community members?
"Regarding success in school and business, I believe the most important thing is creating a great network. I never really understood the importance of networking until I started college. Having great friends to rely on for homework help, as well as mentors in the business community, has allowed me to grow academically, professionally, and socially."
When do you feel like your voice is being heard and respected?
"I feel most heard and respected when I am with close friends and family. My support circle has always encouraged me to speak my voice. There are often times when I feel frustrated that no is listening because of my age, gender, or skin color. But having those 10-15 people that do respect and trust me means so much."
What do you hope to accomplish during and after the rest of your college experience?
"There are so many opportunities that CBA offers, and I am still exploring them right now. Currently, I am interested in pursuing a career related to management and becoming a leader for others during and after college. I really want to leave my mark on this world and inspire change for others."
Ishani welcomes opportunities for professional and academic development, or further conversations, at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Instagram @ishani_adidam, or on LinkedIn.