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Benjamin Mullaney

"I chose to attend business school because I wanted to pursue a career in business that would allow me to lead others and take responsibility for a portion of an organization - two of my favorite characteristics of my military service."

My Story

I grew up in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. I attended Marquette University, where I double majored in accounting and finance, and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration. During my time at Marquette I interned in the assurance services practice of Ernst & Young and received a full-time offer. However, I ultimately declined the offer in order to serve in the military. I chose to serve in the military because I wanted to challenge myself mentally and physically, serve others, and be a part of something bigger than myself. I commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and served for over seven years. During my military service, I led Marines during combat operations in Afghanistan, security operations and multi-nation military exercises in the Asia-Pacific region, and recruiting operations in the Pacific Northwest. I loved my time in the Marine Corps, but my wife and I grew tired of the long periods of separation and relocations. I chose to attend business school because I wanted to pursue a career in business that would allow me to lead others and take responsibility for a portion of an organization - two of my favorite characteristics of my military service.

Why Carlson?

I chose to attend Carlson for four primary reasons:

1) The students, alumni, professors, and staff that I spoke with were passionate about the program and about helping me succeed

2) The enterprise program would allow me to participate in three resume worthy consulting experiences over the course of the MBA program

3) The exceptionally high internship and job placement

4) The veteran's program which gave me immediate access to a network of highly successful alumni

A Day in the Life of a Carlson MBA Student

5:30-6:00am

Wake up and eat breakfast with my wife

6:00-7:00am

Burn some pizza and beer calories at the gym

7:00-7:30am

Shower and get dressed for school - is today casual or business casual?

7:30-8:00am

Light rail to Carlson - listen to my favorite podcasts while reviewing emails

8:00-11:15am

Managerial Economics - did I remember to take the online quiz?

11:15am-12:00pm

Schedule informational interviews with Carlson alumni

12:00-1:00pm

Carlson for Community meeting (working lunch)

1:00-1:15pm

Run to the school store for a caffeine refill

1:15-3:45pm

Strategic Management - glad I read the cases!

4:00-5:30pm

Happy hour with classmates at Viking Bar

5:30-6:00pm

Light rail home - time to finish the podcast I started this morning

6:00- 7:00pm

Make dinner and eat with my wife

7:00-8:00pm

Check emails and update my calendar

8:00-9:30pm

Get a start on this weekends accounting homework

9:30-10:30pm

Decompress with an hour of Netflix

10:30pm

Time for bed!

 

 

 

About Benjamin

Hometown
Chanhassen, MN
Undergraduate Institution
Marquette University
Experience
United States Marine Corps
Ernst & Young
Carlson Activities
Carlson Marketing Network
Carlson 4 Community
Carlson Veterans Club
Internship
Ecolab