At GBR, I remember hearing how busy the MBA students would be once the program started, between schoolwork and a social life. Since my husband is part of the Erb program, I wondered if it would be the same hectic schedule as the typical MBA student.
First, let me provide a brief insight into the curriculum for the Erb student. Typically the student begins his or her first year with coursework at the SNRE (School of Natural Resources and Environment) and a few classes at Ross. In the student’s second year, he or she officially kick starts the MBA by joining a section and participating in the core curriculum. I won’t lie –Jimmy has been crazy busy this first year. Between classes, studying, extra-curricular and social activities, there’s a lot going on. But I will say that somehow in the midst of this busy schedule, we have been lucky to have actively created chances for normalcy in our schedule and Erb is great about including partners in its events.
Partners are invited to a night of the Erb Orientation at Professor Tom Gladwin’s barn; I was able to meet other partners and Jimmy’s fellow classmates over delicious Michigan beer and good local grub. Some events are planned by the program such as the Erb Banquet and Erb Holiday Party. These events are great because as a partner you have the opportunity to get to know your partner’s classmates, teachers, advisors, etc. Most other events are put on by the students themselves. Student events range from a Thanksgiving potluck to Erb Camping to a West Coast vs. East Coast ‘90s rap party This past February, the Ross Ski Club planned a ski trip to Boyne Mountain in Boyne, MI. We were unsure about going but ended up sharing a cottage with six other Erbers whom we did not know well and we had a blast! It was the type of weekend that left me feeling like I was definitely part of a special group and has made me look forward to all the fun events to come!