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Joseph Alexander

"Being an international student, learning nuances of American business culture is essential for my success in the US. Carlson's enterprise program gives me a safe space to learn, make mistakes and grow."

My Story

During my undergrad I was blessed to identify what interests me: improving processes and scaling up companies. I followed this interest by incubating social business ideas and gaining experience in process improvement and product management. When I realized that my career growth slowed and that I needed an MBA to meet my goals, I decided to pursue an MBA. After my MBA, I seek to gain experience helping companies grow, and to set up my incubator one day.

Why Carlson?

I looked for 4 things in my target school: (1) small class size with a tight-knit community, (2) a high weightage to case/experiential teaching methodologies, (3) location - a Tier 1 or Tier 2 city, and (4) career opportunities - whether companies recruit for consulting, leadership and product management roles.

I traveled from India and visited 6 of my top schools. Visiting Carlson, learning more about the experiences students had working in consulting projects for 3 semesters made me decide to matriculate at Carlson. Being an international student, learning nuances of American business culture is essential for my success in the US. Carlson's enterprise program gives me a safe space to learn, make mistakes and grow.

Living in the Twin Cities

I was often cautioned, or rather strongly warned against, living in COLD Minnesota (MN). Friends and family were concerned about my stay in the cold, and US B-schools from the South often highlighted that by studying in the South, I need not bear the cold of the North. These references to the cold did leave me a bit confused about my decision to join Carlson. If you are new to MN cold, read on...

The secret to remember to embrace the MN cold is the adage: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing" i.e. by wearing the right layer of clothes, no weather is bad. Reminding myself of this adage, I tried to embrace the MN cold. I took Skiing classes at the University and trekked at Duluth (a port city on Lake Superior, aka a colder place north of the Twin Cities), and I loved these experiences.

After a beautiful summer, I look forward to see the color of the leaves change and to experience another MN winter so that I can ski again!

About Joseph

Hometown
Kottayam, India
Undergraduate Institution
Loyola College, Chennai, India
Experience
Social Worth Technologies
Altisource Business Solutions
Wipro
Carlson Activities
Blogger
Sands Family Social Venture Fellow
Carlson Consulting Club
Internship
Product Management at Amazon