Students at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics have almost 30 unique student groups that they can choose to join. In each installment of this series, an executive member of one of these student groups will share their first-hand experience choosing, participating in and eventually leading their group.
Abby Quinn, Class of 2021 economics major with minors in business administration and trust management, is the president of the Blue Hen Economics Club (BHEC) at the Lerner College. Quinn shared why she joined the BHEC, what makes this group unique and more!
When and why did you choose to join this student group?
Quinn: I chose the join the BHEC in the fall of my sophomore year. I was looking for an organization where I could meet people from my major and engage in events surrounding professional development.
What is the mission of your student group?
Quinn: The mission of BHEC is to create a positive learning environment and deliver a better understanding of economic principles, which not only impact the UD community, but our society as a whole. We strive to build a culture that is supportive and shaped around enthusiastic attitudes focused on the field of economics.
What is your best memory from this student group?
Quinn: The best memory I have from the BHEC is getting to meet many other students who have a similar major to me. Some of the people I have met from this club have become good friends of mine!
What is unique about your student group?
Quinn: The BHEC has had the opportunity to partner with many employers who look to hire UD students as well as national organizations like the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
What has been your proudest moment leading your student group?
Quinn: My proudest moment was planning, hosting and overseeing the club’s annual Environmental Case Competition my first semester as president. Although it was overwhelming at first, it was very rewarding to see students submit proposals for increasing sustainability on campus. These students had the opportunity to present their proposals to UD faculty, representatives from the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) and the Green Grants Program of the UD Sustainability Task Force.
What are your goals for the future of your student group?
Quinn: Through my next semester as president, I plan to continue upholding the club’s reputation by planning and hosting events that provide meaningful networking and professional development opportunities for club members.
How has your student group helped you grow?
Quinn: The BHEC has provided me with many networking opportunities with local employers. Earlier this semester, I was offered a first round interview with an employer because of a connection I made at one of our events the prior semester.
BHEC has 30 to 75 members usually attending events and meets once per month as a group and six times per semester for free introductory economics group tutoring at varying locations.