Kevin Nielson graduates from the program in December 2014. Currently, he is studying abroad at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands.
As I prepare to graduate — having said goodbye a bit early because I am abroad during my last eight weeks in the program — I wanted to share some of my favorite experiences from my time in the Crosby MBA program. These are just a few of the things I enjoyed over the past year, and they are in no particular order.
Making new friends
I can’t pinpoint one experience, but I have enjoyed getting to know so many smart and motivated people.
We all have the drive to be successful but know how to enjoy our time off as well.
It’s taken a lot of preparation, but I am very excited to be studying abroad at Maastricht University for the second half of the semester. MU’s partnership with a top-tier institution in the Netherlands allows me to take eight weeks of classes here.
I plan to visit Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, and Cologne. I already know this will be an experience of a lifetime.
Case study for capstone
During capstone, we were split into teams and did a case study on an Anheuser-Busch subsidiary Metal Container Corporation (MCC). This included recording a presentation of recommendations to help MCC move forward with business plans and determine what strategy would benefit Anheuser-Busch most.
SEC Championship game
My first semester in the program, the Tigers reached the Southeastern Conference championship. Three cars full of MBA students took to the road for the big game. The team didn’t win, but the trip will always be a fond memory.
Working with real clients
I was fortunate to work in teams that completed consulting projects for Nasopure and Zuke’s, which is a company that makes all-natural pet treats. These projects allowed me to apply the skills I have learned to real-world situations.
The nerves of a new program and making friends dissipated after the first days of orientation. The program’s weeklong orientation eases nerves and inspires collaboration.
I can list countless moments I have spent enjoying everything the city offers.
Columbia offers a variety of unique dining experiences. And, situated in the middle of Missouri, it makes access to the tastes of Kansas City and St. Louis easy, too.
If you’re more interested in the outdoors than city life, Columbia boasts trails and The Big Tree.
I have hiked many of its nearby state parks.
I was on campus for two football seasons. MU’s home football games were always fun, especially when I made time to socialize at the MBA Association’s tailgates. These events provide great opportunities to get to know other students.
The Crosby MBA program has 50 years of graduates, and the Trulaske College of Business just turned 100. Both maintain impressive lists of alumni, with numerous executives who remain active with the university. This means there are always great guest lectures and networking events as well as an effective mentoring program.
GE Capital internship
Many companies recruit at MU, and I was fortunate to land an internship with GE Capital.
The company has an office in nearby Moberly where I spent 12 weeks working with the Office Imaging Finance team.
I enjoyed my time and was able to gain valuable experience with that organization.
Kevin is studying abroad at Maastricht University with fellow MBA student Olivia Harrison. Check here for updates from Kevin and Olivia’s time in the Netherlands as well as other stories from students’ international experiences.