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The biggest thing I got from my classes at U of I wasn’t the subject material—it was learning how to learn. I continue to learn something new every day, and I wouldn’t be able to do that if I hadn’t figured out how to do things on my own while in college.

Profile: Madelyn Walters

Alumni
Business Analyst at Adayana
Supporting lead consultants in developing materials for client meetings, facilitation, and managing project responsibilities and being the main contact for clients throughout a project are a few jobs faced daily by agricultural and consumer economics alumna Madelyn Walters as a business analyst for Adayana.
“I like my work because it’s always changing,” says Walters. “There are never two days in a row where I’m doing the same thing. I also like the challenges my communication skills face while I am trying to understand what the client wants. We do a lot of communication via email, so it’s important to be as clear and concise as possible.”
Walters thinks people who are self-motivated and willing to take full responsibility for their work really excel in this kind of workplace. She emphasizes the importance of communicating clearly, being professional when working with clients, and being able to prioritize and manage time wisely. 
“The biggest thing I got from my classes at U of I wasn’t the subject material—it was learning how to learn. I continue to learn something new every day, and I wouldn’t be able to do that if I hadn’t figured out how to do things on my own while in college.”
During her years at Illinois Walters was involved in the Hoof and Horn Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Sigma Alpha, and the International Business Immersion Program (IBIP). She says her experience traveling to Brazil with IBIP was unforgettable, but there is also something about campus life in general she will always miss. For Walters, the College of ACES made a very large university seem much more manageable, especially for someone who came from a very rural background.
 “The opportunities that U of I, and particularly the College of ACES, provides for students are unmatched,” says Walters, “in terms of study abroad, internships, jobs, professional development, scholarships, and extracurricular activities.”