It’s Advising Awareness Week in the Wisconsin School of Business! Check back each day this week to meet the academic and career advisors for your major and learn how to make the most of your advising experience. Today, meet Nikki Bollig and Lisa Collins, the advising team for the Actuarial Science major.
As your academic advisor, my role is to
- work together with you on course selection, sequencing, and credit load,
- consult with you about questions you have regarding Wisconsin BBA academic policies,
- assist you in planning for the types of courses you will take if and when you study abroad,
- refer you to academic and other campus resources as appropriate, and more.
A Badger since birth, I was born in Madison and decided to attend UW where I received my BA in International Studies with a Certificate in Religious Studies. After graduating, I moved to Minneapolis for a year to work with a college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students as an AmeriCorps volunteer. I returned to UW-Madison to begin my graduate studies in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and gained experience in several areas of higher education, including student organization advising, student activities, and service learning project management. Academic advising has always been my passion, and I enjoy working with students to discover how their passions align with their academic goals. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, supporting the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers, and spending time with my family and friends.
As your career advisor, my role is to partner with you to help you make well-informed decisions about all aspects of your career including:
- resume, cover letter and interview skills preparation,
- career options in actuarial science and other industries,
- employer research strategies,
- networking strategies,
- evaluation of employment offers, and more.
As a Madison native, I knew from the beginning that I would attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and become a lifelong Badger. I graduated from the Wisconsin School of Business receiving my Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees majoring in marketing. After graduation, I worked in industry for 10 year in various marketing roles. In 1997, I joined the BCC because I wanted to help students strengthen their skills for their chosen career. In addition to providing career advice, I oversee the creation and production of all student publications in the BCC, teach the General Business 365 Fundamentals of Career Planning course, co-administer the General Business 450 and 451 courses, Chair the Undergraduate Awards Committee, and serve as the advisor for Student Faculty Board and co-advisor for Mu Kappa Tau, Professional Honorary Marketing Society. I am also a member of the American Marketing Association. In my free time, I like to walk and listen to audio books (murder mysteries are my favorite!), attend sporting events (particularly Badger and Packer games), travel, and spend time in the sun.
How to Schedule an Appointment with your Advisors
To schedule an appointment with Nikki for academic and course-related questions:
- Log in to myUW online, scroll to Nikki’s name as one of your advisors, click it, and select an available time (displayed in green) from the calendar, or
- Visit the UAS front desk, 3150 Grainger Hall, or
- Call (608) 262-0471
To schedule an appointment with Lisa for full-time, internship or career advising questions:
- Visit the BCC front desk, 3290 Grainger Hall, or
- Call (608) 262-2550
To better accommodate your brief questions or special situations needing immediate attention, drop-in advising is available in both UAS and the BCC from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday of every week when classes are in session
. Drop-in advising appointments are generally 10-15 minutes.