Okay, so I’ll start off by saying that they first day of the full-time MBA pre-term program is fairly similar to the first day of kindergarten. You may know a few of your classmates before starting the program, but for the most part, you are starting fresh. New friendships. New professors. New daily routine. The list goes on and on. Nobody fully knows what to expect, however, everyone is eager to jump in and meet new people and get their feet more than wet in the MBA program. We were introduced to case study methods, student associations at Fisher Fair, leadership and international opportunities, etc. I had an awesome experience with the MBA pre-term program and wanted to share a few of my highlights:
Keynote Speakers– We were privileged to have the opportunity to hear from two great business minds of our time: Sharen Jester Turney, CEO of Victoria’s Secret and Mitch Feierstein, CEO of the Glacier Environmental Fund Limited. Both speakers shared their vast knowledge of business and management with the class. Each of the speakers related their history and how they got to where they are today. The time they spent instructing and speaking to us was very beneficial. It was neat to see into the minds of some of the world’s finest business executives.
Summit Vision – Summit Vision is a high-adventure ropes course and team building facility. The day that we spent there was great for meeting new class mates and building team unity. The best part of the day was watching and encouraging fellow students as they attempted to tackle the pamper pole. I have no clue why the activity is named the pamper pole, but I have a pretty good guess. Individual climb to the top of a 30 foot telephone pole, are then required to stand on the top, and then jump about 9 feet to a trapeze. Needless to say, it was a fun activity for everyone and a good opportunity to help encourage others to get over their fears.
Meeting My Team – This was the big moment that everyone was waiting for on the second day – meeting your team that you will be working with for your entire first year as a Fisher MBA. I have to say that I couldn’t be happier with the team I was placed in. We have a nice balance of talents, experience, cultural diversity, etc. All I can do is restate that I couldn’t be happier with the team I have been placed in. Getting to know them throughout the year will be a life changing experience, as I am sure our friendships will last a lifetime.
I could go on and on about the MBA pre-term but we would be here for days, because that is how long it lasted. I will end with stating simply, it was a lot of fun!