Student Success Spotlight: Michael Isaac

Michael Isaac, Senior Economics (Pre-Law track) major, Insurance and Risk management minor

Involved at UCA:
COB Student Ambassador 2022, 2023, 2024
Alumni leader for IDEAL freshman leadership
Community mentor for Build at Carmichael
President of the UCA debate and forensics team

Why did you choose this field of study?
I first studied accounting but later chose economics because I wanted to be able to utilize my knowledge of business on a global scale through the pre-law track.

Tell us about your internship experience.
I’m currently completing an internship. I learned about the Windstream Financial leadership program thanks to our amazing faculty over at Career Services. I chose this internship because I wanted to be able to use my knowledge of accounting in an environment that would help me grow as a professional and also as a leader in business. Here, I am learning that the accounting I have learned so far in the classroom is just the surface of what amazing things we can do with our knowledge base.

How do you think this internship will be/has been beneficial in your career?
I think it is going to be one of the most beneficial things I have done, so far. I think that through this internship I will meet a ton of people who will help me get my name in rooms that I otherwise would never be allowed to enter.

What advice do you have for students who may (or may not) be considering an internship?
Don’t feel pressured to go into the world of work; just be sure that you are using your time to connect with those who know how to help you achieve your goals. Mentors are very important, and if you do not want an internship at the moment, be sure to find a good mentor.

Has a volunteer position helped you gain skills? Tell us about it.
I have learned a lot about the art of personal connection through my volunteer work as a College of Business Ambassador. I use the skills of communication not only in my work but also when communicating with coworkers and creating strong relationships.

Michael was among the first class of COB Student Ambassadors in 2022

How do you plan to use your degree?
I plan to use my degree as a gateway to apply to law school and then use my knowledge of business to be an excellent Corporate Attorney who specializes in mergers and acquisitions.

What tips or advice would you give to new, current, or prospective business students?
Don’t be afraid to say yes to opportunities; when you get too comfortable you are only stopping yourself. Do what you can and say yes to every opportunity as long as you aren’t compromising integrity. I recommend the College of Business (COB) to anyone willing to listen. Thanks to the people at the COB, I have learned about how a knowledge of business can set one up for a lifetime filled with success.

COB awards banquet 2022

award-winning debate team, AR Capitol 2023

award-winning team, national competition 2023