"With Carlson's smaller class size, I had unfettered access to resources that my peers at other schools were forced to compete for."
Originally from Central, MN, I majored in Applied Economics as an undergraduate here at the University of Minnesota. Having minored in management here at Carlson as an undergraduate, I got my feet wet in Carlson's business curriculum and loved it. It is what drove me to apply for and accept a position working in retail as an analyst role for the Target Corporation. During my three years at Target, I discovered my passion for strategy and white-space problem solving. I knew that I needed a well-rounded business education to succeed in transitioning to a strategy role that interested me most. With this goal in mind, I began exploring master's programs and discovered that an MBA at Carlson was the right fit for me.
I chose Carlson because, as an LGBT candidate, I knew that an accepting MBA culture was a non-negotiable for me. I had my feelers out, scheduling coffee chats with club leaders and attending admissions events while I compared Carlson to other schools. What I discovered was that with Carlson's smaller class size, I had unfettered access to resources that my peers at other schools were forced to compete for. I also discovered how invested my peers and the administration were in ensuring my success. Discovering that the attention I would receive as a student was better than what I found at the larger schools I was comparing it to is what made the decision easy for me. In addition to Carlson's resources and culture, I knew that I wanted to broaden my professional experience as I planned to transition from a merchandising role to a more strategic role in consulting. I knew that in order to achieve this goal, I needed to immerse myself in a program that would give me real-world experience managing client projects and helping me to develop the skills I needed to succeed. After I discovered the Carlson Consulting Enterprise, I knew that the positive experience I had during the admissions process coupled with the resources the program offered would set me up for this successful career transition.
A Day in the Life of a Carlson MBA Student
|7:00AM-7:30AM||Wake up, answer a few emails on my phone, and have breakfast before heading to campus.|
|7:30AM - 8:00AM||Stop by the master's lounge to print slides and catch up with classmates before grabbing coffee from Starbucks in Hanson Hall.|
|8:00AM-9:40AM||Meet with my team to discuss priorities and project progress for our b-term enterprise project.|
|9:40AM-11:35AM||Stop by the Carlson Consulting Enterprise to pick up some coffee (I love coffee!), a snack, and work on some homework due that week with my classmates.|
|11:30AM-12:00PM||Status with my enterprise director on priorities, deliverables, and to talk strategy surrounding the client work that needs to be done in the coming weeks.|
|12:00PM-1:00PM||Jump into a COMPASS club meeting (Carlson's LGBTA club on campus) to discuss an upcoming social event we're planning.|
|1:00PM-2:00PM||Touch base on this week's priorities with an executive client over the phone to talk progress and gather feedback for our Carlson Consulting Enterprise project.|
|2:00PM-3:30PM||Drive five minutes downtown to meet for coffee with a recruiter.|
|3:30PM-3:35PM||Drive back to campus to finish out my day.|
|3:35PM-3:45PM||Catch up with classmates in the Carlson School's atrium before heading to finance class.|
|3:45PM-5:25PM||Listen to one of Professor Moser's (we call her "H-Mo") pithy finance jokes while the class cracks up and she somehow makes finance seem like the most fun class in the world as we learn how to value companies.|
|5:25PM-5:45PM||Drive home down West River Parkway through the Mill District, overlooking the Mississippi river, before arriving back home.|
|5:45PM-7:00PM||Grab a quick bite to eat before taking a quick run across the Stone Arch Bridge.|
|7:00PM-9:00PM||Meet a classmate at Spyhouse Coffee (again with the coffee) across from my apartment to work on some homework together before turning in for the evening to watch one of my favorite shows on Netflix.|