Archive for December, 2007

crunch time!

December 11th, 2007 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

  • Marketing presentation
  • Creativity presentation
  • Creativity paper
  • Creativity box – will explain this later
  • Leadership presentation
  • Leadership final
  • Lele team assignment
  • Lele final
  • Finance final
  • This is all that’s left between me and five glorious weeks of winter break. Creativity class was interesting. I wrote a 4,000-word paper on creative recruiting techniques and human resources innovation. I was at a volleyball tournament last Saturday, so I spent all of Sunday writing the paper. I haven’t studied. And we had to put together a creativity box, which we would use to facilitate creative thinking sessions. Yesterday was show-and-tell day.

    Now I have to buckle down and study. I have today and Wednesday to cram for Lele, and then tomorrow from noon to midnight to cram for leadership. This weekend is devoted to surviving finance (note, I didn’t say “studying”).

    Winter break…here I come. Ski, snowboard, gym, movies, tv…the good stuff.

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    the young and the overly ambitious

    December 4th, 2007 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

    Bring Something to the Table, Then Get Your MBA
    (read it for yourself at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/17/AR2007111700683.html)

    I was walking through Rudy’s (the cafeteria in Van Munching Hall) yesterday and stopped to read an article posted on a bulletin board in the hallway. It debated the merits of getting an MBA too early – that is, being young and without “significant” work experience. I guess the article was posted for several reasons, one was that a Smith staff member was quoted, and probably a second might have been to discourage ambitious Smith undergrads from pursuing an MBA directly out of college. I completely agree with what Sam Kang had to say – you have to know what you want and why you want it before you decide to pursue it.

    But the article basically said and quoted MBA grads and candidates on this point: if you don’t have work experience or “expertise” within an industry, you will have nothing valuable to contribute. Don’t even bother.

    And check out what this guy has to say:

    “The worst MBA classmate or project partner to endure is one who has nothing to contribute. . . . Those with little experience that somehow make it through the gatekeeper in the admissions office become dead wood in class,” said Hubert, 47. “Several years of knowing your industry, organization and department will prove to be far more meaningful as one MBA project after another come your way. And, in-class dialogue will become more robust.”

    I was supposed to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2006 when I received an offer to work at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. I became a cooperative education student, completing three work semesters, and delaying my graduation for the chance to work there. I walked in May 2007 (while I was working in Houston, I drove to Austin just for commencement). I finished my undergraduate degree with a little over two years of full-time work experience through co-ops and internships.

    According to this said Peter Hubert, I “somehow made it thorugh the gatekeeper in the admissions office” and have become dead wood in my class. I know my work experience is heavy on the transient internship experience, but it’s certainly more than I’d seen in any of my peers (until I came here, of course :)).

    Yes, I am a young MBA candidate. I don’t have the average five years of work experience. But I have much to contribute and in terms of intelligence, I can keep up with anyone in my class. One semester here has taught me that much. And sometimes, having less work experience is an advantage – thought processes don’t refer directly to “what we did in my previous organization…” But does it matter much that I knew why I wanted a Smith MBA and why now was the right time? Not to Hubert, who is a loan officer and an MBA candidate at Mount St. Mary’s.

    Well, the rest of the article goes on to examine other candidates and to suggest that it’s not necessarily a bad thing to go right on to get an MBA. Nice coverup.

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    group project overload

    December 3rd, 2007 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

    The list of things left in the semester is dwindling, slowly…too slowly.

    • Marketing presentation
    • Creativity presentation
    • Creativity paper
    • Creativity box – will explain this later
    • Leadership presentation
    • Leadership final
    • Lele team assignment
    • Lele final
    • Finance final

    The best part is that the marketing, creativity, and leadership presentations are all this week – Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. In that order. I can say I’m not looking forward to my three finals. I haven’t taken a cumulative final in awhile. As an journalism undergrad, I think my upperclassman classes only had finals 10 percent of the time, and they weren’t cumulative. Of course, that meant I had some huge project to complete. Here, I have a project to complete and a cumulative final to take. Isn’t that lovely.

    I seem to have forgotten everything today (luckily nothing connected to the marketing presentation). I was supposed to bring my camera. I forgot my lunch in my car. I forgot my wallet at home (I better be careful driving home). Luckily I had the help of a few good friends and managed to borrow money to buy lunch from the small cafeteria in Van Munching. And the marketing presentation went off without a hitch – I wonder if Whole Foods Market will ever hear of our market penetration strategy. 🙂

    December 3…just have to make it through December 17.

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