Emma Biller


Finance major valued the opportunities at ONU.

Though Emma Biller began her first year at ONU majoring in pharmacy, she decided to switch to finance.

“It made sense because I have always been very data driven,” she said. “I also am enthusiastic about personal finance."

An internship with Marathon Petroleum Corporation in Findlay sparked her interest in corporate finance. She is now a financial analyst in the Commercial Credit division at Marathon.

“I never imagined myself in the corporate world, but after my internship, that was where I saw myself in the future,” she said.

Being from Vanlue, Ohio, made Emma feel right at home upon arriving in Ada. “I loved the small-town feel because I grew up in a small town. I also loved the small classes because I was able to build relationships with my classmates, the faculty,  and the staff."

And she valued the opportunities ONU gave her.

“One experience that helped me grow was the Student Investment Group,” Emma shared. “Having the opportunity to run an investment portfolio with my peers and our advisor was incredibly special. My knowledge of investments grew immensely because I worked hands-on in the stock market.”

Emma believes the real-world examples used in the classroom and the career fairs and events helped introduce students to their eventual work lives.

“I was prepared,” she said, adding that she has a message to share with students interested in ONU’s Dicke College of Business Administration.

“The finance program is very strong,” she said. “For one thing, you get exposure to various aspects of the field. In your core classes, you will learn about investments, international finance, corporate finance, personal finance, and so much more. Also, each student must do an internship, which is a wonderful way to apply the knowledge you are learning as well as get real-world experience.”

Emma also has real-world insight to share with students interested in ONU.

“Be prepared to work hard but also know that the hard work will pay off. You are held to ambitious standards, but this university and this program will take you far.”