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Calling all UWA-Foster Applicants: (2016 Intake) Class of 2018!!

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How Foster MBAs Spend Their Weekend: Camping in Olympic National Park  [#permalink]

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FROM Foster Admissions Blog: How Foster MBAs Spend Their Weekend: Camping in Olympic National Park
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About the author: Ricardo Limon (right) is a second-year MBA student at Foster. He’s currently a finance intern at Microsoft. Before coming to Foster, he worked for FEMSA Logística in Monterrey, Mexico.

One of the best things about Foster is its location — it’s so close to so many great hiking and camping spots.

Back in March, I decided to spend a few days in Olympic National Park with two classmates. From Seattle, we drove to Lake Quinault, and then setup camp at Willaby Campground. We managed to snag a great spot right by the lake.

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We spent the day hiking the Quinault Loop trail. It runs around Willaby Creek, and takes you right near a bunch of small waterfalls – the sights are amazing.

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For dinner, we cooked burgers, hot dogs, and steak on a small charcoal grill. We even brought eggs and bacon for breakfast. The next day we drove the South Shore Road. The scenery is truly incredible – views of the lake give way to the river, and finally you can see mountains. Along the way, we spotted elk, deer, and many birds (even some hawks). When we reached the coast, we hiked to Irely lake.

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For our second night, we stayed in the Kalaloch campground, right near the Olympic Peninsula. There we had a perfect view of the coast, and could watch the sunrise and set over the water.

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The next day we made our last stop at Rubi Beach, where we saw a bald eagle hunting for fish.

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We were sad to leave so soon, but had to head back for class. Fortunately, it was only about a two-and-half-hour drive back to Seattle. Exploring the Pacific Northwest is a big part of the Foster program. It’s a great way to balance academics, continue to bond with one another, and also enjoy the great outdoors.

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Foster Success Stories: From the Back Roads of Appalachia to Managemen  [#permalink]

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FROM Foster Admissions Blog: Foster Success Stories: From the Back Roads of Appalachia to Management Consulting
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In August, Steve Tomick will be a management consultant at Accenture in Seattle, working in the firm’s communications, media, and technology group. But just two short years ago he was doing something very different.

Steve graduated from Wake Forest with a dual major in history and secondary education. He’s certified to teach high school social studies. But Steve never pursued teaching; rather, he chose to work with the Appalachia Service Project — a nonprofit dedicated to repairing substandard housing for low income families in the heart of coal country. His plan to work a single year quickly turned to six, and Steve found himself touring the country, trying to drum up support and volunteer commitments.

“I really enjoyed it and I was — and still am — passionate about the mission, but I reached a point where there wasn’t going to be any more career progression. At least not in the near future,” Steve explained. “I thought I would go get an MBA. I hoped it would accelerate my career. When I was looking at schools, talking to people, everyone seemed really supportive at Foster. I knew it would be a great spot to make a career transition.”

Steve credits the career management office. “[Career coaches] Jessica Ma, Elaine Newtson, and Gene Geckler helped me tell my story. My background is a little unusual, and I wasn’t used to speaking business language. They helped me connect the dots and communicate to employers.”

For his internship, he interviewed on campus with the healthcare giant Philips. It was his first time working in a corporate setting. “It was great. It helped me solidify my skill set and gave me confidence,” he said.

Still, consulting felt like the better fit for Steve. To get his role at Accenture, he leveraged his Foster classmates. “I didn’t intern at Accenture, but I had built up strong relationships with my classmates that did. They really filled me in and pointed me in the right direction during recruiting season.”

Steve also cites Foster’s Consulting Society. “They have great resources for case prep. But even more helpful was the alumni social events. I met a few people at Accenture, and it definitely helped me understand the culture.”

“I’m excited to start at Accenture this fall,” Steve said. “It wouldn’t be possible if I hadn’t come to Foster.”

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How Playing Intramural Soccer is Like Getting Your MBA  [#permalink]

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FROM Foster Admissions Blog: How Playing Intramural Soccer is Like Getting Your MBA
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(From left to right, top row: Alessandro Longhi, Brooks Lindsay, Ivan Gonzalez , Hank Montalbano, Jordan Wall, Jonah Rankin. Bottom row: John Stewart, David Kim, Ricardo Limon, Mike Vint, Andrews Bryant, Travis King. Teammates not pictured: Tanay Chaturvedi, Zach Stevens, Sean Wales, Dan Gardner.)

About the author: David Kim (above) is a second-year MBA student at Foster. He’s currently an operations intern at United Airlines. Before coming to Foster, he worked for Harvard Business Publishing in Cambridge, MA.

 

Winning feels good. But losing stays with you. You remember losing. You remember what happened, how it felt, and the countless “what-ifs” that run through your head. This is exactly what I experienced when our Foster MBA intramural soccer team’s season came to an abrupt end in the semi-final round of the playoffs.



We were a rag-tag team. Out of shape, but experienced. We had “old-man strength”.  It was the first time we had played together but our chemistry and confidence grew after each game—especially after come-from-behind wins.  We went into the playoffs confident in our abilities and ready to take on the best of the University of Washington.  We faced the team that gave us our only loss during the regular season.



We dominated all game, yet the score was even. Soon, the referee blew his whistle. It was time for penalty kicks.



Penalty kicks are the worst. I’d rather flip a coin to determine a winner than go into PKs. It’s the most nerve racking, anxiety-inducing way to end a game. Nothing comes close — except walking into your first finance midterm, or any one of Charles Hill’s strategy class.



“Who wants to take one?” I asked.



At that specific point in time, every player looked around. Within 10 seconds, we had self-selected and sorted our order. I was third. I don’t recall the outcome of the penalty kicks that occurred before my turn, but I knew if I missed we would lose. I picked up the ball and walked towards the goal. I placed the ball on the spot and walked back, starring down the keeper.



My heart was racing. I took a few deep breaths to help settle me. Then, I ran up and kicked the ball.



The opposing goal-keeper dove to his left. I kicked it to his right. But I did not kick it wide enough. The ball went right into his legs.



I missed. The game was over. The feeling of letting my teammates down left an extremely bitter taste in my mouth. I never wanted to feel this way again.



There are a lot of similarities in playing a team sport and what you’ll experience in your first year of business school. You’ll meet a bunch of people and develop “chemistry” with them. Every person will have their strengths and weaknesses, their role within the team, and their availability on any given week. There will be wins and there will be losses. But most importantly, you’ll never want to let your teammate down. When you do, you’ll learn from it adjust next time.



I’m not scared to be in that position again. In fact, I look forward to it. I will embrace that moment. It is with that mentality that I look forward to enter into my final MBA year, and the next intramural season with my teammates.*



*We are actively recruiting new players, if you’d like to join contact me for a trial and a potential multi-beer contract with Paccar Saint Germain FC (name TBD).

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