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How my Crosby MBA Developed Me as a Service Leader

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…)

Briefcase to Backpack: Five tips for leaving full-time work for a full-time MBA

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.

  1. 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…)

Crack the Competition Code: 7 Helpful Tips for Surviving your First Case Competition

“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.
Four judges, all industry professionals, waited patiently to hear our strategy. 24 hours of ideation and slide generation, all culminated at this very moment. Pitted against three other teams, the best team from each room would make it to finals and ultimately one step closer to victory.
Our arrival the night before as we stepped onto the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus for the Strategy Case Competition started with enthusiastic greetings from staff and students. After a night of networking, the competition started the next morning with the case distributed to all teams at 9:15 a.m. Each team was assigned its own private workroom and had 24 hours to finalize its slide deck for submission. The case involved coming up with a transformative profitability and growth strategy for a well-known insurance company.
There were two rounds in the competition that saw each team present to a panel of four to five judges. Four teams advanced to the final round, where each had 20 minutes to present to a panel of judges that consisted of senior management, industry professionals, and partners, in addition to all the teams that did not advance. Teams were evaluated on four different categories:
  • 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!”

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Crosby MBA Association – February Organizational Update

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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).file2

 

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.28055892_10155450537868207_5371887318835471484_n (more…)