Last week was Thanksgiving in the U.S., a time to reflect on the things that we’re thankful for. I’m sure many of you first-rounders are thankful to have that application complete.
For you second- and third-rounders, in case you missed it, Senior Associate Director Diana Economy and I hosted an Admissions webinar yesterday (December 4) to share advice and tips on the Ross MBA application. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.
I thought I’d take some time to share a few things on my list. I’m thankful that I have a job I love. How many people can say that and really mean it? I love the strategic, analytical, organizational, and leadership challenges I get to work on. I love the people I work with – from my dedicated team to our energetic students to our passionate alums around the world, our down to earth faculty, and of course, the interesting MBA candidates I get to meet along the way.
The one thing I wish I had more of: Time – time to take advantage of all the great things that happen around the school and in Ann Arbor. In any given week, there are so many opportunities to learn, and to meet students and speakers doing and talking about a wide range of things. Take this week, for example.
- Tonight is the Integrated Product Development (IPD) Student Trade Show. IPD is a course that combines students from Ross, the College of Engineering and the School of Art & Design in interdisciplinary teams to design, build, price and market a product. Each team operates as an independent firm in competition with other teams. This year’s product challenge was to design dorm furniture using locally-made parts and standard hardware that can be easily assembled by college students. In the initial stage, people from around the world could login to view the IPD trade show and vote on the best product. December 4 was the live trade show where attendees could view and vote on the winning product.
- Tomorrow (December 6th), is the kickoff of the Michigan Business Challenge, a campus-wide business plan competition where student teams compete for prize money while pitching to and getting feedback from judges, who are veteran entrepreneurs and investors. Past winning teams have been comprised of business students teaming up with students in other programs across the University.
- Also on December 6th, the Revitalization and Business (R&B) club is hosting a talk with Detroit’s Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr. He will discuss the city’s rebuilding efforts in the wake of the December 3rd ruling by a federal judge allowing Detroit to enter bankruptcy status. The R&B club connects students with leaders and change makers in business, education and community investment who are working to revitalize Detroit.
If I had one wish it would be to have more hours in the day so I could take advantage of all of these events. I often hear students lamenting about “FOMO” syndrome (Fear Of Missing Out). I guess FOMO just comes with being a part of such a great school, university and community.