Amanda Colin '14

Amanda Colin

Quinnipiac senior Amanda Colin's work ethic and leadership skills are second to none, whether she's on or off the ice. 

In addition to being a computer information systems and accounting dual major, Colin is captain of the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team. 

"It's an honor and it's nice to know people look up to me and trust me with the responsibilities of being a captain. It's all about setting a good example and representing the women's ice hockey team everywhere-being a 24-hour athlete rather than just at the rink," she said. "That comes down to actions, words and how you present yourself on campus."

As a standout high school player, the Burnsville, Minn. native was recruited by a handful of hockey programs on the east coast. She ultimately fell in love with Quinnipiac's campus and smaller class sizes. 

"I like the more personal classroom scene. Especially when you're an athlete, it's nice when your professors know you. It's easier to work through when you're going to miss class," she said. 

Colin appreciates the flexibility and support of her professors.  When Colin needed a specific class to graduate that was only offered during her practice time, she turned to Bruce Saulnier, professor and chair of computer information systems. 

"Bruce has always been super helpful when it comes to my schedule. He sat down with me and we looked at a different class more suitable for my double major. He was willing to modify things and find solutions around my situation," she said. 

After she graduates, Colin will work as an auditor in Ernst & Young's IT risk and assurance department at the company's Minneapolis office. She credits the faculty and the career development office at the School of Business with helping her land the summer internship that led to the full-time job offer.

"A lot of professors have come from the industry and act as liaisons with different companies. The amount of connections that they have and the amount of effort that they put in to making sure their students have jobs lined up after graduation is awesome," she said. 

When she's not on the rink or in the classroom, Colin spends what little spare time she has tutoring fellow business students at The Learning Commons. 

Her commitment to the University and the community as a whole has led to her being named a recipient of the Emerging Leadership Award from the School of Business. 

"It's an honor to know that the faculty at the University view me as a leader within the School of Business," she said. "It's awesome to know that my leadership ability isn't simply tied to the hockey aspect of my life, but it goes further into my academic success as well."

 

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