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Tutoring for Spring Semester 2017 is in full swing in the Resource Library (Lommasson 154)!  Our tutors are an excellent resource to help you get a jump on the new semester.  Our tutor schedule will let you know what subjects are being covered and when you can find the right tutor for you.  We hope the semester is off to a great start!

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TRIO helps students succeed!  Our students are rockstars who continually challenge themselves, inspire our staff and set and example for their peers.  Each month we feature a TRIO SSS student who has excelled in their studies and is progressing toward graduation!

December 2018 Student of the Month

Christian Slavin - International Business/Business Management & Entrepreneurship

 Christian Slavin

 

Having grown up on a cattle ranch near Salmon, Idaho, I have lived in the countryside for most of my life. However, when I reached high school, I realized I wanted to explore the world and see what there is outside of rural America. During my junior year, I studied abroad with the Rotary Youth Exchange in Taipei, Taiwan, for one year, where made many wonderful memories and started my Chinese studies. In college, I decided I wanted to study Japanese as well, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for a career. After my sophomore year of college, I switched to an international business/business management & entrepreneurship dual degree with Chinese and Japanese minors, and was then accepted to study abroad in Taipei again over the summer in 2016. In August of 2017, I was fortunate enough to be selected to intern for one month at the Commercial Branch of the American Institute in Taiwan (the de facto US embassy in Taiwan). Upon finishing my month at the embassy, I then continued on to study abroad as a Gilman Scholar at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, for one year, studying Japanese foreign policy, international economics, Chinese politics, and Japanese business practices. In August of this year, I returned for my final semester at the University of Montana.

In this age of increased polarization, I believe one of the most effective solutions is simply increased human-to-human communication between different people and cultures. In studying Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, I have met many wonderful friends who have expanded my horizons far beyond anything I had previously dreamed of, and so I hope that I too can bridge cultural barriers to help others learn and grow in the same way that I did. My career goal is to work as a trade dispute resolution expert as part of the US Department of Commerce; however, this will likely require many years of previous business experience, and so before then, I would like to work in Taipei for an international corporation, so that I can better understand international negotiations from firsthand experience.