Student Spotlight: Francisco Flores
Sophomore accounting major Francisco Flores is the vice president of the Undergraduate Business Council.
What are you studying? Why did you choose that major?
I am an accounting and pre-dental student with a Spanish minor. I chose business with pre-dental curriculum because I want to know as much as I can regarding business before owning or sharing a practice myself. I loved my accounting classes in high school, so I decided to stick with it through college.
What programs or groups are you involved with at the School of Business?
I am vice president of the Undergraduate Business Council, a member of the Multicultural Business Scholars Program, the Business Leadership Program, Business Honors Program and Koch Scholars Program.
How do you think getting involved helps students succeed?
Early and active involvement facilitates experiential learning and opportunities to get to know faculty and peers. Without my involvement in the UBC and the special undergraduate programs, I wouldn’t know a majority of the people I know today, people that have significantly contributed to my success so far. Getting to know people, learning from them, and learning with them, makes my experience at the School of Business that much more fun and fulfilling.
What has been one of your best School of Business experiences?
Most of my favorite experiences revolve around the UBC. I have been a member since my first weeks of freshman year, and my passion for the organization and the other 20+ organizations within the school continues to grow. I love making decisions through the UBC that make the school better. One of many special experiences at the School of Business was being able to perform a month-long review of the School of Business website with my fellow UBC members. I was able to help identify strengths, weaknesses, and deliver feedback to the Dean’s Office through an hour-long presentation. This was a legitimate, real-life consulting job, and I am grateful to have been a part of it.
What’s the one piece of advice you received in the b-school that you’ll take with you everywhere?
The best piece of advice I have received is to always be “on”. You never know when you are going to meet someone or have an opportunity present itself that impacts your academic experience, career aspirations or life in general. You always want to be prepared for what life throws at you.
What is something you still hope to learn, in or out of the classroom?
In school, I am looking forward to my management classes. I hope to learn how to effectively manage people and businesses, practice those skills outside the classroom, throughout my everyday life, and eventually in a dental practice of my own.
By Caitlynn Salazar