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Integrate, defined as “to bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole.”
I came to Mizzou my freshman year striving to build something out of infinite components and limited instructions. Each year added to my University of Missouri experience has connected those disconnected fragments of knowledge and moved me in a forward direction. Numerous mentors, faculty, friends, and Columbia community members pushed me to be better, to connect the pieces and weave them into a singular thread that ultimately leader on Mizzou’s campus. When I started the Crosby MBA program, I was provided me the opportunity to integrate my classwork and skill sets I had been developing throughout my undergraduate career.
I currently serve as one of two graduate assistants for Mizzou Alternative Breaks, or MAB. MAB is a student-led program that sends groups of students across the country and internationally to volunteer during all academic breaks. It promotes the idea that grassroots service is something greater than a week or an event– it is a global movement. MAB is the largest alternative breaks program in the country. We run an over a half a million-dollar fundraising campaign, and operate similarly to a non-profit organization. (more…)
I have always been the type of person who loved school. But when I considered entering the full-time Crosby MBA Program in January 2016, I was petrified. I had just spent four years working in the sport apparel industry and earned an education in exercise and sports science. My resume certainly contained meaningful educational and professional experiences, but I had no formal “business” exposure. Fast forward two years and two months, I am proud to say that I am nearing graduation from the Crosby MBA Program.
The decision to leave the workforce and pursue an MBA was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
In light of my previous apprehension about going back to school, here are five lessons that I hope will inspire others to confidently leave the workforce and enter a full-time MBA program.
- Do not let a non-business degree deter you from earning your MBA
I admittedly had some insecurities about making the transition from science to business. What I did not realize is how my scientific education refined universal critical thinking and analytical skills. Although my experience teaching human cadaver labs did not necessarily help me understand discounted cash flow models, it certainly fueled my inquisitive nature to master a concept. Truthfully, any form of formal education can translate to gains in the MBA realm. The trick is to make associations and utilize your unique background and skill sets. (more…)
“Team C you’re up” were the last words I remember hearing before Shraddha, Lycus, Rebecca and I walked into the room to present our case recommendation.
- Overall content
- Growth and product strategy recommendations
- Strategic thinking and analysis
- Presentation style
With the best team overall winning the money, the bragging rights and the Oprah-sized check – “and you get a check and you get a check!”
Student Organization Update: Crosby MBA Association
The Crosby MBA Association (CMBAA) is hosting a multitude of events this Spring semester. One of the primary missions of the organization is to help foster community within the MBA program and create meaningful relationships among students. CMBAA achieves this mission by organizing social events for members throughout the school year.
On February 9th, CMBAA hosted an international potluck to celebrate the cultural diversity within our program. MBA students prepared a variety of dishes from all over the world, helping the event become a huge success! Students were able to indulge on various Indian, Asian, European, and American cuisines (plus lots of desserts).
For the rest of the semester, CMBAA is providing students with many opportunities to get involved and build community. Coming up soon are events that support CMBAA’s philanthropic venture for the 2017-18 academic year. This past August, CMBAA members voted to focus the organization’s philanthropic efforts on the Central Missouri Humane Society. As a result, CMBAA will be hosting a trivia night fundraiser in addition to sending members to donate their time at the Humane Society within the next couple of weeks. Giving back to the Columbia community is another key component of CMBAA’s mission. (more…)