Student Testimonials

Below are testimonials from 2021-22 first-year Lindner Business Honors students explaining their decisions to attend UC, their Lindner Business Honors experience thus far and why prospective students should become Bearcats.

Keiana Slaughter


"Over the last school year at the University of Cincinnati, I have learned so much about myself and what I want to do over the next three years. I have been able to be a part of amazing clubs that are trying actively change the world around us. I’m eager to dive deeper into these orgs and make an impact on the community. Through the Lindner College of Business, I have found a community of rigor and excellence and I can't wait to continue to learn and grow with my peers within the college."

Kayla Niklaus

"Getting into the Lindner Business Honors Program here at UC was the final confirmation that I was meant to be here. Since being in the honors program, I have grown academically, professionally, and personally.

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The honors courses I have taken, have given me a full view of the business world. From courses in Business Law to Information Systems, not only have I had the best professors, but I am equipped with information to make me a well-rounded businesswoman.

The honors program prides itself on professionalism. In my time in the honors program so far, I have been able to attend an etiquette seminar. Something as simple as eating still is something that we are taught to master when we get out in the business world. In my Career Success class, we are taught how to effectively network and build relationships with professionals. I have also been taught how to interview effectively. All these skills combined helped me land my first co-op this summer! I will be working at American Modern Insurance Group in their sales operations department.

Personally, in the honors program, I have met some of my best friends. Every day I am surrounded by students and staff who truly care about their goals and are willing to help me get to mine. I have no doubt that the honors program has pushed me to be the best that I can be." 

Grayson Mentzel

"I'm a first-year Lindner Business Honors student majoring in marketing and finance with a minor in business Spanish. I chose UC primarily because of my experience with alumni and students from the Lindner Honors-PLUS program.

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My time in Lindner Business Honors has been amazing. We've not only had a full schedule of business-focused classes from the very first week of school, but we've also experienced the business world outside of the classroom.

Some of these opportunities include a tour of the new TQL Stadium, where FC Cincinnati plays. We also met with industry leaders of diversity and inclusion at Fifth Third Bank, and spoke with notable professionals in the start-up and venture capital scene. We also had the chance to tour UC's 1819 Innovation Hub and learn about entrepreneurship and consulting opportunities.

During my time here, I have made some of the best memories of my life. I couldn't imagine my college experience being any different. I am honored to be a Bearcat, and I think you will be too."

Christopher Swedes

"Since the fall semester, I have declared an accounting major as well as a CCM music minor, and now more than ever, I feel that I am in the right place at the right time. Having now interviewed for summer co-ops, it has become clear that the Lindner Business School (and Honors in particular) is a name, which employers take very seriously. Now, I am proud and grateful to have solidified my first summer internship, as an accountant at Cintas’s global headquarters. With the unique opportunities to integrate business education with corporate experience, I have quickly found that Lindner is often hailed as the flagship business school in Cincinnati.

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 Moreover, a business is “only as good as its employees”, and the same is true for universities. The accomplished and well-respected faculty are what give the Lindner College so much value. Especially in the Honors program, the professors, career coaches, and academic advisors have poured into our lives personally, academically, and professionally.

Perhaps the best evidence of a Lindner education lies in the donors, who so graciously and humbly give back to the program. I recently had the privilege of meeting some of the people who make this education possible, to whom I am immensely grateful, and they exemplify the value of my education.

In short, my experience at Lindner (and CCM) has introduced me to a concept I first heard from Dave Rapien, one of my current professors. LBH students are not boastful or proud, but they work hard, show gratitude, and with enough grit and discipline, always get the job done. These are not only qualities that businesses relish in the 21st century, but they ultimately build character and mold us into a better society.

Keya Nandi

"A big part of why I chose UC was the curriculum and opportunities available on campus. With the flexibility of being able to explore my various interests academically and personally, I knew that UC would be the right fit for me. Ever since being here, I have been a part of a network of dedicated faculty, staff and peers who have constantly encouraged me and worked with me to help me achieve my goals.

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Being an international student, I was nervous about not being able to find a place for myself here. However, with UC and Lindner's dedication towards promoting diversity, and with the amazing Lindner Business Honors community alongside me, I have never felt more confident.

Being a part of great clubs like Lindner Women in Business, Student Government Mentorship Program, and South Asian American Student Association have not only given me a chance to continue pursuing my interests, but they have also provided a great way for me to go beyond my comfort zone and learn new things.

Despite only being in my first year (majoring in business economics and business analytics), the Lindner Business Honors program has provided me with an ocean of opportunities. From small class sizes to personal networking opportunities with prospective employers and alumni, this close-knit community has become my home away from home. It has been every bit of what I imagined my college experience to be and more. I cannot wait to explore everything else that Lindner Business Honors has to offer!"

Nicole Patricio-Agosto

"I am a first-year student working towards a double major in accounting and insurance and risk management, as well as a business Spanish certificate. Being half Latina and half Asian, and coming from a small town, the diversity present on campus and of the student body really drew me to UC, as well as the close proximity to downtown.

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Campus is always buzzing with people and booths set up with information and free swag. From hammocking to skateboarding, there is so much to do in our little corner of Cincinnati.

As a Lindner Business Honors student, many doors have been opened for me. The program has given me an amazing group of friends and helped me establish great relationships with my professors, making the learning experience much more personal. I always see familiar faces on campus, from getting something to eat, to walking around, or even in classes outside of Lindner. I feel as if I am in a place where everyone around me is rooting for my success and providing resources for me. 

Being a Lindner Business Honors student, I have already had great experiences, such as meeting with companies, participating in fun, informal gatherings and participating in leadership development at Camp Joy. Overall, I can confidently say that this is one of the best decisions I have made in my life."

Questions about Lindner Business Honors?

Please reach out to Ashley McFarland, associate director, undergraduate recruitment at