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7 Things to do when in your first year at business school

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Hi everyone. I am writing this post from the Winter Garden (see the picture above - how cool is that!?)at the new Ross building. Ann Arbor is getting colder every day and I am dreading my lack of experience of harsh winters. The happy hours on Thursdays help and so does the ecosystem of having people feeling similar emotions around me. I asked two of my MBA2 friends about what they recommend that I do in the first year of school and decided that it would probably help everyone around here.

They are also in-school entrepreneurs. BschoolTravel will also conduct a chat and a youtube live session soon with us so stay tuned. Find out more about them HERE


7. Build relationships with second year students


The amount of knowledge and resources that second year students have is invaluable for incoming students. Whether it's knowing which courses to take or how to prepare for specific interviews during recruiting, second year students have already experience it all. Some MBA programs offer more formal processes to meet Y2 students, while other programs are a bit more informal. Regardless, make sure you make the effort to meet them, as it will pay dividends in the long run.

6. Leverage your professors


Getting to know your professors often gets lost during the hustle and bustle of your first year. However, Professors can be an invaluable resource outside of the classroom. They have several connections to the professional world and are an incredible free resource for student entrepreneurs to tap in to. The little effort it requires to set up a coffee chat can go a long way with your professors.

5. Flexibility is key


Let's face it - you're going to be busy during your first year. Between classes, recruiting, and social life, you must prioritize and make a lot of sacrifices. However, the key is being flexible. Things change in an instance and that corporate presentation you were planning on going to may no longer seem all that important. Just make sure you aren't glued to your schedule and are open to breaking it sometimes, even if it's for a spur of the moment drink with classmates.

4. Travel


Some of the best advice I got when entering my MBA was to travel. There will likely be no other time in your life when you have the time and friends to travel with than during your MBA. The money may be concerning in the short-term, but trust me you'll be okay after getting that signing bonus! Not to mention, travel usually helps you see new perspectives as a business leader.

3. Off campus recruiting is real


Many students get caught up in the sexiness of on-campus recruiting and how to strategically place their bid points. But what students forget is that there are an endless number of companies that don't recruit on campus but are still looking for MBAs. And to be quite honest, I found several of these positions more interesting than the cookie-cutter roles through on-campus recruiting. Don't be afraid to do a little exploring and tap into your own network during you recruiting cycle.

2. Meet people outside your cohort


One of the biggest value-adds of an MBA is the network you gain. And while it's easy to become comfortable with your friends and classmates within your cohort or section, you'll end up limiting your network. Make sure to try to meet people outside of your section. Also, make sure to make friends with those that you normally wouldn't. More times than not they will help you see new perspectives, making you a better future business leader.

1. Have Fun


Most importantly, make sure you have fun! Too many times I've seen students isolate themselves because of their recruiting or academic concerns. Everyone should remember how unique of an opportunity this really is and should take advantage of it. Don't be afraid to balance your hard work with some good drinks with good company!

Feel free to ask questions. Dale from BschoolTravel will stick around the thread to answer questions and share more about his first year at Ross and maybe his experience with entrepreneurship even!

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only what you can do is learn more, focus in studies and enjoy more in college.
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This article is interesting. It describes college life in a way so that we can spend our college life in the best way.
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Interesting article! From what I heard, a lot of students try to do everything for FOMO. There's value in slowing down and thinking what you want out of your MBA and going after the experiences you want
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New post 19 Dec 2018, 10:03
Great article! I would say having fun is obviously the most important thing, but some people aren't able to relax until they have an internship lined up. So maybe

1. Get a job and work your ass off to get it

2. Have fun!
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New post 23 Apr 2019, 17:45
This article is interesting. Help me a lot since I am new student in 1 year.
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New post 25 May 2019, 16:01
WOW, awesome list, I really appreciate this.
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Yes, would love to hear an update!

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While people freak out about networking, all it takes is one conversation over the next four years to get a good job out of college. I've "networked" here and there, but I don''t expect anyone I've talked with to remember me, let alone give me a good job, when I graduate a year from now. The hardest part of the school of business is getting in. Plan your fun, it's college.
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