My future

Hello everyone,

As I am nearing the end of my final year as an undergraduate here at NIU, I have put a lot of thought into who I want to be in the future and my future plans.

After accepting my full-time position at Medline Industries as a Financial Analyst, I expect to be there for at least the next five years as long as it is the right fit for me. I plan to become a Senior Financial Analyst within five years and be in the process of going to graduate school. I would like to attend the Kellogg School of Management and get my Master’s of Business Administration as I would some day like to manage people within the field of Finance. I also hope that within five years, I will have passed one or two levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst program, a designation used in my line of work. Another main goal of mine is to have traveled to at least five countries by that time; at least one country per year. I plan to travel around Europe after graduation with my brother, it will be my first visit outside of the United States.

I plan to be work very hard these next few years because I feel that these years will define where my career will go and how far it will take me. I intend to impress my superiors and eventually be promoted.

I also am interested to see where NIU will be in five years. As I am leaving, there will be a new chair in the Department of Finance, as well as a new dean of the College of Business. If I am being selfish, I hope that NIU doesn’t change at all in the next five years, so I can come back and re-live the past. If I’m being realistic, then NIU, just like any other great organization, will experience change. I like to think of change as a positive notion, where growth takes place and new ideas are implemented. I know that NIU will continuously become a better place and I am excited to see where that future takes us all.

Until next time,

Jacob Clark



Jane Adney School for Girls

Hello everyone,

I want to tell you all about an exciting opportunity coming up here on campus at NIU.

There are two professors from NIU that have started a high school in Africa for women. The purpose of the school is to provide opportunities to girls who would otherwise never receive an education. The school provides a 4 year education, personal care items, and a uniform for a total of around $800 a year. Occasionally, NIU faculty and students will go to the school and volunteer their time. The school runs almost entirely on donations and sponsors and is always looking for more help.

So, how can you help?

Starting on April 4th, there will be bins and boxes located all around the NIU campus. As NLA’s, we will be collecting as many donations as possible that will go directly to the school. If you want to participate and are interested in the cause, please email me if you would like to know the different table locations and below are a list of items that the school is in need of.

  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • soap
  • socks
  • vaseline
  • whiteboard markers
  • protractors
  • compasses
  • pencils
  • colored pencils
  • assorted school supplies
  • assorted personal care items
  • underwear
  • shampoo

I look forward to helping out with such a great cause and hope that our organization as well as all of NIU can make a significant impact on this school and the girls that attend.

I <3 NIU

Hello everyone, I wanted to tell you today about what makes NIU an amazing school and why I love it here.

I love NIU because of all the beautiful places on campus. More specifically, I love the East Lagoon and the Castle Building (Altgeld Hall). It’s always nice to walk around that part of campus because it is very calm and peaceful. Off-campus, I always love to go to Fatty’s for good food and drinks with good people.

In addition to locations, I love the class sizes here at NIU. Sometimes, you will be in an auditorium with 300 people; but then you will be put in a classroom with about 40 students and it’s great to see the diversity and the chance to talk to a variety of people. By far my favorite class & professor was FINA 330 Corporate Finance with Adam Yore. He always joked around, taught the content effectively, and always had time to meet individually with students.

There are a lot of other great things I love about NIU, but those are the ones that come to mind.



Building a Future

Hello everyone,

I watched a self-reflection Ted Talk and decided to reflect on what I learned.

Watching the Ted Talk and finishing the House activity was very eye-opening for me. Seeing all of my accomplishments and goals was interesting to see; I found out what was really important to me.

After participating in this activity, I decided to make a few long-term goals for myself. I made a plan until graduation, a 3 year plan, and a 5 year plan. Writing these plans out helped me realize the goals that I have set forth for myself. Also, it makes it easier to take steps in the right direction in order to achieve my goals. One last takeaway I learned from the video is to focus on my Life Worth Living section of my “house”. I believe this is the most important section and I intend to continuously go back to it in the future.

Until next time,

Jacob Clark

Finance Student Advisory Board

Hello fellow Huskies! I hope you all had a fun-filled winter break. I went to Florida and Disney World for the first time which was very exciting for me!

I want to mention one of the organizations that I have been a part of for several years. The Finance Student Advisory Board  (FSAB) is an organization that I joined when I was a first semester Junior. I started out as just a member, but my second semester I was elected as Vice President and I really gained interest in the organization and its’ purpose. Essentially, FSAB is a student led organization in the finance department that seeks to market the Finance major to all students and really spread the word of the cool things that happen in our department. We also serve as a sound board for new ideas to improve the department as a whole.

The beginning of my senior year, I was elected as President and I have really enjoyed watching the board evolve through new members and the variety of events that are being hosted. This semester, we plan to execute a College of Business wide Softball Tournament behind Barsema Hall. I really look forward to my last semester as a senior and this organization especially.

Until next time,

Jacob Clark


Hello again,

So the new year is around the corner, and there is always that list of goals that come around for the new year. I want to talk about a few student goals I have set for myself for 2016.

  1. I want to enjoy my final semester

I say this because next semester is the last time I will be an undergraduate. I’m excited, yet nervous to see what awaits me after graduation. Regardless, I want to be less stressed and strengthen my relationships with those that I may not see as often after college.

2. Plan a big activity for NLA

I want to go out with a bang. I would like to plan a NLA-wide activity where we can meet outside of our regular meetings and get to know each other a little more. It is important to me to have a sense of community and friendship among all organizations that I am involved in, and NLA is one that I would like to see more of.

3. I want to graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.5

I currently have a 3.3 GPA and am working hard this semester to boost it higher. When I was a freshmen, I set a goal for myself to graduate with a 3.5 GPA. Ultimately, it is possible for me to achieve a 3.5 I just have to work hard next semester and focus. I am looking forward to next year and the opportunities that will follow.

Have a great rest of the year!


Service at NIU

Hello everyone,

It’s finals week and that means after this is over I only have one more semester until I graduate!

Quick update: This past week I had a few interviews, and I got a job offer on Friday for Medline Industries as a Financial Analyst in their rotational program! I still have some thinking to do before I make any decisions, but it is great to know that the opportunity is there.

I want to talk about a service project that I was a part of during my junior year here at NIU. I volunteered to work a shift at the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB). with a group of honors students. The main purpose of NIFB is to give back to those who go hungry. During the shift, volunteers assemble food packages that are sent out to those in need. It would vary from canned goods, to any sort of meat, to french fries. Our group was assigned various roles. My role in this process was important because I had to weigh every box to be around 8 lbs. If it was over or under, I had to tell the volunteers on the line to either add or subtract from each package. Then, I taped each box and stacked them neatly on a pallet. After the pallet was stacked four boxes high, another volunteer would come and drag it away to make room for more.

Overall, it was a great experience to be able to volunteer my time and be part of a team that cared about the same cause. It is important to give back, and being able to work a random shift on a Saturday provided me with gratitude and a sense of accomplishment.


What I am thankful for

Hello everyone,

Since Thanksgiving is coming up this next week, I wanted to blog about what I am thankful for.

Of course I am thankful for my family. I may not see them as often as I would like to while at school, but they are always excited to hear about what I am doing when I come back. They are a huge support system for me and have always given me the advice that I need.

I am also grateful for the numerous opportunities that have allowed me to grow into the person that I am today. The faculty and alumni who look out for students such as myself is a true blessing. I am thankful for those who have helped me along the way during my college career, especially my professors and mentors.

I am thankful for my roommates. As odd as it may sound, my roommates, new and old, have shaped me into being who I am. They have seen the successes and failures for the past 3 years of my life. I am grateful for being able to laugh and unwind because of them. I am thankful for the relationships that we have built over the years, and I will not take that for granted.

I have had a phenomenal year and there is much, much more to be thankful for but that is all I would like to share for now.

Until next time,

Jacob Clark

P.S.: Today is the first day of snow!


Improving NIU

I think there are a lot of ways to improve NIU. For starters, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to make transfer and non-traditional students to feel more welcome and be more informed. I know many students who transferred in as a junior at NIU and had no idea about how to get involved or what resources NIU has to offer. To make this situation better, I personally made sure to be as much as a resource for them that I could by explaining my experience at NIU and answering all kinds of questions.

Another way to make NIU better is to bring a friend. Bring a friend to any event that you go to. Bring them in order for them to see the great experiences NIU has to offer and so they can see for themselves. This is a very powerful notion because it’s possible that the friend you invited will turn around and do the same for someone else they know.

One strength that this university has is its’ community. As a student, I have met numerous alumni and have been a part of this welcoming community of students and faculty for 3 years. Not everyone will agree with me at first, but when I became a junior in the College of Business, it all came together for me. The kind community that NIU provides makes me think of how I want to come and give back after graduation.

Until next time,


NLA Reception

There was an NLA reception where all of the Dean’s of our respective colleges came out to greet us. As a returning NLA, I have already met the Dean’s of the College of Business but it was great to have a chance to talk to them and catch up. I enjoyed talking with Denise and Beth as they are always a great resource. Over the course of the year, I look forward to speaking with them about new ideas that our NLA’s have.

Last year, I worked with the Dean’s and offered my help in any way they needed. I was then asked to help with the open houses in the COB which I gladly participated in. This year, I am trying to coordinate a college-wide softball tournament and have made sure to ask Denise her opinions on an event like that. I think this is going to be a great year overall and getting to know my Dean’s is an exciting opportunity.

Until next time,

Jacob Clark