MBA

July 18, 2016

Dear Incoming MBAs:

Your first year of business school is rapidly approaching! Soon, you’ll be moving from thinking about b-school to thinking about the details of b-school: your class schedule, recruiting deadlines, networking events, and more. Before you reach that point, here are three pieces of advice I wish I had been given as I headed into my first year.

June 20, 2016

I'm looking back on the recent closing of Up-Close event with fond memories. What a great ending to an awesome, well-organized event! It was a delight to see and meet new faces filled with enthusiasm and energy. I had signed up for and attended the last dinner event at TCF Stadium on Friday. So my encounter with the prospective/committed students was brief but enlightening.

June 20, 2016

One of my favorite experiences in business school has been the study aboard component. I chose to take a class that focused on South American and was called “Marketing in the Mayhem: Why Chile Thrives and How Argentina Tries.” I was excited to learn more about why two countries that are so close geographical are so different economically. In our class leading up to the trip we learned that many of these differences were driven by their global trade policies.

June 8, 2016

“I’m a full-time student – Carlson is the school”. Once again, I’m in an interview with an investment bank, trying to explain the Carlson Funds Enterprise and that I’m “not a full-time analyst”. Bank of America, Jefferies, Citibank – every time I walk someone through my resume, no one seems to understand what an “experiential learning student managed fund” means. The reality is, no other MBA program has anything like the Carlson’s enterprise program.

June 8, 2016

“I’m a full-time student – Carlson is the school”. Once again, I’m in an interview with an investment bank, trying to explain the Carlson Funds Enterprise and that I’m “not a full-time analyst”. Bank of America, Jefferies, Citibank – every time I walk someone through my resume, no one seems to understand what an “experiential learning student managed fund” means. The reality is, no other MBA program has anything like the Carlson’s enterprise program.

June 8, 2016

This past week our class had the opportunity to canoe down the Mississippi as a final event before we head off to our internships or to start our new ventures.  One of the things that struck me about the canoe trip was how it was a microcosm of the MBA experience.  You are all in the same boat going down the same river, your teammates’ efforts can have a significant effect on your experience, and once you land everyone goes off to pursue their own adventure.  Canoeing is a perfect analogy to the MBA experience because we are all in business school, our efforts on our core and enterprise tea