Alexsa Ruiz, a management information systems
(MIS) senior with a minor in data analytics
, spoke during our grand opening ceremony of Reynolds Hall on Friday, August 26.
“The new building is a chance for every single student to find their niche. For me, I am most excited to utilize the data analytics lab because I will get a chance to collaborate with my fellow peers to solve real world problems to help us excel in the workforce.”
Originally from Weehawken, New Jersey (six hours away from home), Ruiz admits that she did not know anyone at West Virginia University when she arrived her freshman year, so she made it her goal to get involved.
When it comes to Greek life, she is involved in Delta Sigma Pi
(business fraternity) and Delta Gamma sorority, where she is the director of social awarenesses – ensuring that all members are shown the utmost respect, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
While both organizations have helped her gain a sense of community and friendship, Ruiz has also focused on building her resume with internship opportunities.
This summer, Ruiz also worked with Ernst & Young
(EY) – one of the Big Four accounting firms – as a Technology Risk consulting intern in their New York City office. This opportunity came from the assistance of the CCD and WVU's many connections with EY.
Now, thanks to the Recruiter lounge and new interview rooms in Reynolds Hall, students like Ruiz will be able to make and keep connections with top employers. "Students like me will now have those in-person interactions that I missed out on in my interview process," she said.
"Everyone has a different learning style and I believe that Reynolds Hall will help those that need face-to-face interactions and hands-on learning experiences like myself.
Grades are important, of course, but learning how to face the competitive business world and making connections outside of the classroom are tools that will last a lifetime," she said.
CONTACT: Shelby Hudnall
WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics, Strategic Communications