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A Day in the Life of an MBA Student

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Orientation Week – The intellectual and cultural tone for the One-Year Program begins each August during Orientation Week. Our program is known for its strong sense of community and it all begins here! The weeklong activities include team-building sessions, discussions about core values and academic excellence, conversations with alumni, and a guest speaker keynote address.

The week ends with the daylong Leadership and Teamwork Challenge. By the end of the day, you will know everyone by name and you'll have made many friends to last a lifetime!

Then, on to the life of an MBA Student during the next nine months …


6:30 a.m. -- Wake up and have a quick breakfast.  Grab your gym bag and head to the campus fitness center for a morning run and workout. 

7:45 a.m. -- Pack up from your workout and head home for a shower.  Get drssed in your business casual attire and make a pot of coffee.  Pack up your bag and grad a quick to go cup and head to Snell Hall for the morning.

8:45 a.m. -- Stop at the grad lounge, fumble for keys to the on-campus mailbox, and head to the grad computer lab to check e-mail. Tie up loose ends and chat with friends about last night's case due today. Run off to class.

9:30 a.m. -- Advanced Topics in Supply Chain Management begins with a discussion of the assigned Harvard Business School case study. Small group discussion take place as we are asked to analyze the companies current cross-docking strategies.  Next, we are introduced to a simulation that will begin next class.

10:45 a.m. -- Run to the next building to Java City for a coffee and mid morning snack prior to the beginning of the next class.

11:00 a.m. -- Strategic Management begins with an analyis of Motorola's current marketing strategies and how those strategies have affected market share and overall corporate image.  We end class by discussing our final project which is a company alalysis that is due in several weeks.

12:30 p.m. -- Pack my "mobile office" while the professor quickly wraps up over the rustle.

1:00 p.m. --  Go to lunch with classmates at Cheel Campus Center or the Concrete Cafe

1:30 p.m. -- Return to the graduate computer labs in Snell Hall and check email.  Also check Knightlink to find out which employers are going to be on campus recruiting this week. 

2:00 p.m. -- Meeting with prefessor for Decision Analysis and Spreadsheet Modeling to review questions related to assigned case due tomorrow.  Also meet pick up graduate assistant work (papers to be graded, research assignments for next week) for the coming week.

2:30 p.m. -- Group meeting in the "fish bowl" for Clarkson Consulting Group.  We need to call our client, Carrier Corporation, to finalize dates to present our findings on the advantages of various ERP systems for Carrier.

4:00 p.m. --Begin working on individual assignments for the following days classes.

6:00 p.m. Leave for dinner. Go home and relax for a brief period of time and watch the evening news to catch up on the events of the day.

7:00 p.m. --Back to school for a team meeting on supply chain case due in a few days. Gather in the lounge to divide up the questions after a quick discussion … make plans to meet again.

8:00 p.m. Move to the computer lab for another meeting with Organizational Behavior group. Time to consolidate our ideas into writing our final project so we'll have enough time to make changes before turning it in next week.

9:45 p.m. Home again. Eat a late night snack while preparing my to-do list for tomorrow.  Finish reading last case for my Supply Chain class tomorrow and prepare questions and discussion points. 

11:00 p.m. Take out contacts, brush teeth, set the alarm, and go to bed after a long day of hard work.

PLEASE NOTE: In general, morning is class time; afternoons are for group meetings and Graduate Assistant (GA) work; evenings are consumed with more meetings and homework. Of course, everyone has a different schedule and an occasional interview can displace any of these on any given day. The MBA program is fast paced … time management is essential … but have no fear, teamwork will help to get everything accomplished on time. A one-year program is intensive and not for everyone. Some nights — mainly Friday and Saturday — you can find time to enjoy yourself. Weekends give you an opportunity to relax: visit friends, watch television, sleep, enjoy local pubs and restaurants, go to a hockey game, or play a game of basketball at the gym.