Madison Advising Peers

COB Madison Advising Peers (MAP) are College of Business students who care about their fellow students and are committed to helping them achieve their college goals. MAPs work in conjunction with the Academic Success Center by providing supplemental academic advising information and assist other COB students who may have general advising questions, but don't know where to go.   A MAP can be a supportive and friendly resource for students who feel overwhelmed and confused.

Meet the MAPs
Adriana Bolivar, Economics and Modern Foreign Languages (French) double major

Adriana BolivarFuture Career Goals: International Development

Hobbies: Travel, EDM concerts and festivals, learning foreign languages, professional napping

Academic failure and how you turned it around:I struggled a lot going into COB 191. I had never taken a statistics class so while for most people in my class the material was just review and relatively easy, it was all completely new for me and it took me a longer time to understand it. I didn’t take my difficulty seriously at first because I thought I could handle it on my own so I did poorly on the first test. After that, I knew that I needed to improve in that class, not only for my GPA, but also because I needed to be prepared for COB 291. I began to study with groups, read the textbook (not required by the professor, but it helped a lot), and attended office hours every week for extra help. After the next two exams I understood the material so much better and by the time of the final I knew how to do everything.

Emily Hoang, CIS major

Emily Hoang - 2019Future Career Goals: Technology Strategy Executive/ Entrepreneur (one day)

Hobbies: Cooking, Hiking, Crafts, Binging Netflix

Academic failure and how you turned it around: When I was a freshman, I came in absolutely sure that I wanted to be a Finance major. I remember doing balance sheets and cash flows in high school and it came easy to me. However, after COB 300, I gained a lot of curiosity in the influence of technology on our world, and I wanted to be a part of that - so I picked up the CIS minor. I took my first CIS and my first Finance class after COB 300, and found that I enjoyed problem-solving with writing Python scripts. The hard part was officially switching my major. At the time, I had an internship offer with a Big 4 firm as Finance major,  so was it a good idea to switch? I wasn't doing bad in FIN 360, but CIS 221 really clicked with me and I was excited to go to class. For that reason, I knew I had to switch. Now that I'm a senior, I know I made the right choice. My advice: Don't be afraid of change, but try things out first before making any big decision!

Elena Rogers, Marketing major

Elena Rogers - 2019Future Career Goals: Lawyer

Hobbies: crafting, cooking/baking, reading, traveling

Academic failure and how you turned it around: General Education courses were not my thing. When you get to college, you expect to have more autonomy about the classes you select.  Though I appreciate having basic knowledge in numerous subjects, I was not excited about taking these courses, especially the ones for the science requirement. I enrolled in Geology without high expectations. I was so surprised how much I enjoyed the material. My professor was extremely enthusiastic, which made it hard not to love the class. She was the first professor that made me realize that general education courses can be fun. Know it is okay to take a break from your major courses.

Tyler Zogg, Accounting major

Tyler ZoggFuture Career Goals: Certified Public Accountant for a public or private accounting firm

Hobbies:Baseball, Netflix, Snowboarding, Fishing

Academic failure and how you turned it around: Taking Principles of Management as my very first college course proved a difficult introduction to my college career. Being surrounded by upperclassmen as a freshman was intimidating and made me feel extremely lost. I knew I had to get my act together before it was too late, and I began to meet with my teacher as well as my classmates. I was able to learn valuable study skills and truly understand the material beyond simple memorization. My initial struggles taught me that with the right study techniques and a positive mindset, I could get the grade I wanted and be successful in my college career.

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