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Reid headshotReid Edwards, '20, economics and finance, is chair of Romain College's new Student Advisory Board. Here he talks about life at USI and his vision for SAB. 

What makes USI and the Romain College of Business special to you?
USI and Romain College are like a second home to me. They are so special because of the people. Students, student leaders, professors and faculty/staff are so down to earth, helpful and welcoming here. There is a great sense of community at USI that I have not witnessed elsewhere, and I believe that makes a huge difference for incoming students.

What are some of your favorite classes at Romain College and why?
ECON361 Money and Banking was one of my favorite classes. Dr. Marie Bussing, assistant professor of economics, is very knowledgeable as she has a lot of experience with the topic and she makes coming to class fun. You learn a lot of important information, a TON of interesting facts and history, and often get to handle and learn about vintage currencies.

Also, any class taught by Dr. Daria Sevastianova, associate professor of economics, is a great option for economics majors or those taking an ECON elective. She challenges students to grasp advanced concepts but is very helpful along the way and is very passionate about education.

Why did you choose your current majors?
I chose both economics and finance because they involve a lot of strategy and thought processes behind decision making. Both fields are very helpful in order for organizations, companies and consumers to think rationally and make money.

What has surprised you about college?
I was surprised about how important getting involved is in college. A common misconception is that getting involved is just going to make a student busier and will not be beneficial, but this is not the case. Getting involved is important as whatever you are doing has its own benefits, but also you are building connections with other students, faculty, administrators, etc. who may directly or indirectly be able to help you now (academics) or in the future (career).

What do you wish you had known as an incoming freshman?
I wish I would have known the importance of stepping out of my comfort zone even sooner than I did. Getting involved and trying new things has made me more successful and has made USI feel like my home away from home.

What attributes make a student successful in college?
There are many important things such as work ethic, time management, adaptability, etc. that are crucial to student success. An underrated, and probably the most important, attribute to success is willingness to step outside of the comfort zone. Every time I have done this in college I have never regretted it.

As SAB's chair, what are some things you hope to achieve?
I would like to spread awareness of and set a good precedent for our organization. I am hoping that our organization does what its purpose is for: to create the best learning environment as possible in our college, to build community between faculty and students and to address students’ needs and concerns.

What made you decide to pursue being an officer of SAB?
I have always had a passion for serving others and am always trying to think of and find new opportunities to do just that. This SAB should be a great avenue to help others and hopefully create a culture of servant leaders within our college.

Who is your mentor?
Mr. Steber, my high school ag teacher/FFA advisor, has always taught me the importance of building relationships and connections and has stayed in touch with me and supported me continuously since I graduated.

How do you stay focused when the demands of school, work, etc. seem overwhelming?
Due to building connections, I have a solid support group at USI. A lot of people lean on me due to my positions, and thankfully because of my solid support group I have built up over my time here, I am able to de-stress and lean on others when I am feeling overwhelmed.

Are there any hidden gems at USI that you think more people should know about?
The third floor balcony is an underutilized study spot of the BEC. Due to our SGA business representatives initiatives for last year, there are new tables and chairs out there for students to use and it has an amazing view.

Two students on balcony of BEC

Tell us more about your student organization and why USI students should get involved with it!
The Romain College of Business Student Advisory Board is a new student organization with its focus aimed on working for the students of the Romain College. It is a great leadership opportunity, and you are able to represent Romain College students, including yourself, on the board in order to maximize the learning experience in the Romain College. We have four official meetings of the year and are advised by the dean of the Romain College.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In 10 years, I see myself working for TrustBank, the bank I currently work for, and I plan on staying there.

Published September 4, 2019