Although I have a year left at UB to finish my MBA, soon I will be leaving the undergrad experience behind. The past four years here have been some of the most challenging and rewarding that I have ever experienced.
I remember moving into Governors and feeling sick at the idea of living somewhere other than my bedroom at home for the first time in my life. Now, I am getting ready to go to Tennessee for the summer and feel similarly about leaving Buffalo for the first time. UB has taught me that stepping out of my comfort zone is the only way to grow, network, and be able to influence others.
The campus has gotten smaller every day since I arrived and it is bittersweet to know that I will be leaving it all behind very soon. Working for Admissions as a tour guide and blogger has brought me close with so many great people and I am so grateful to have had this experience. I hope my blogs have been helpful and caused you to consider UB as the next step in your educational career. Go Bulls!
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is the question my fellow Industrial Engineering club Eboard members and I asked a roomful of bright young women at Emmet Belknap Intermediate School a few weeks ago. Some of the responses included: teacher, veterinarian, doctor, and engineer. Our goal by the end of our hour-long visit was for each of our audience members to clearly visualize themselves in a sciences-related career.
There is still so much untapped potential for women in the sciences, and the technology teachers at this school have made it a priority to introduce their students to the possibilities an education in the sciences can bring. I was blown away by the interest all of the girls showed in the stories we had to share about our engineering experiences.
We talked with them about chemical, biomedical, industrial, mechanical, and electrical engineering fields. Their willingness to stay after school, share their ideas, and ask questions just shows that they are already on the right track. Our visit was personally the highlight of my week and I know that we will be staying in touch and visiting again. I will never forget these girls and cannot wait to see the impact they will have in the future!
Thank you for the momento, my own button
These were the instructions I was given when I arrived at UB’s Alumni Arena before the basketball game. I was the official hot pretzel girl and was on a tight schedule. My engineering club and I volunteered to work for the game selling food and drinks at the concession stands in order to raise money. I have never worked with food before and was a little nervous. But after all, we are industrial engineers, and have a lot of experience with process efficiency. I decided that my pretzel-making would be no different.
Business was steady at first, but once things began to slow down, I stepped out to enjoy a little bit of the game. One of the managers pulled me aside and asked if I would hand deliver some food and drinks to the head of UB’s Campus Dining and Shops, sitting in the stands. I happily did so and enjoyed meeting her. On my way back to the kitchen, however, I also ran into President Tripathi and had the opportunity to introduce myself. Even though I was dressed for the kitchen and covered in salt, he shook my hand and said he was glad I stopped to say hello. I will happily be hot pretzel girl again whenever they may need me!
A few months ago, I was approached by one of my fellow MBA classmates and asked if I would like to participate in the Panasci business plan competition. At this point, all I knew about the competition was that it had to do with entrepreneurship and the startup of a company.
I’ve never thought of myself as becoming an entrepreneur, but I agreed to participate because it sounded exciting and like nothing I had been a part of before. What really pulled me in was the competitive spirit; any graduate or undergraduate teams with business plans having to with life sciences, engineering, or technology can enter. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for engineering and MBA to mesh, so I couldn’t say no! There are three rounds of pitches, where each team shares their main idea, revenue model, and overall business plan.
Tomorrow we have our second pitch and we are so excited about how far our product has come. The best part about being in this competition is the amount of connections and networking opportunities I have had. I’ve made some very valuable connections in the Buffalo area and hope that our team goes all the way!
Before a few weeks ago, I had no idea what a kurti was, how to wrap a sari, or how to dance in the Indian style. I had also never had traditional Indian food before. All of this changed the night of Diwali Dinner, an informal event planned by Indian students in the MBA program. They made food for everyone in our program and invited us to celebrate Diwali with them. This was by far my favorite thing that I have done with fellow MBA students so far. One of my friends lent me a kurti, which, unlike a sari, is a longer shirt that is normally paired with a scarf and pants. Saris, on the other hand, are made of one piece of cloth that is carefully wrapped around the body. Although I was nervous to try a different food for the first time, I would now recommend authentic Indian food to everyone. Happy Diwali!
Many people are left in a state of shock and awe when I tell them that I have lived in Orchard Park my entire life and have never attended a Bills game. Thankfully, this is no longer the case! On the 21, I was invited to go with a friend who has season tickets. If you remember the game, it was very exciting right up until the end when we lost. Despite that small disappointment, I had a great time and am planning on going to the Thursday game coming up. Just one more fun thing to add to your Buffalo to-do list!
UB has been and will always be a school where you get your money’s worth. As schools around the area began to close because of Hurricane Sandy and what might be coming our way, UB did not budge. Sure enough, the next day all we saw was some rain and gusty winds, thankfully.
Once again, Buffalo dodges another brutal force of mother nature successfully. We may have snowstorms, but at least we do not see tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes. If you want more days off, I recommend attending a different school. But if you appreciate the individualism of a school that remains open even when those around it are closing for bad weather, join us all here at UB!
It is possible, every day. Just get a carpool pass! Ever notice those green signs along the front row of spots reserved for carpool passes only? This is where you could have a guaranteed spot, every single day. My roommate and I both turned in our individual parking passes for one carpool pass a few weeks ago and absolutely love the arrangement.
Pros for you:
- You couldn’t get any closer to academic buildings unless you parked on the lawn
- Totally free
- Guaranteed spot
Pros for UB:
- More carpools means less cars on campus
- Environmentally friendly
I have yet to find a con in this program yet, so if you have a friend who lives closeby with a similar schedule as yours, think about taking a look:
MBA Advantage is an orientation program for incoming MBA students that began this past Monday. Three days, a handful of countries, a few great meals, multiple motivational speakers, and a few group activities later, is the new and improved “you,” feeling awesome and knowing that you’ve grown already. And all this in just 4 days!
Classes haven’t even begun yet and I already feel like I know the majority of my class. There are about 100 of us and it is such a change from undergrad at UB because everyone has such different backgrounds. Almost everyone I have talked to so far has their B.S. in a different field. There is also a range between no work experience (for the 3-2 students like myself) and 7 years (the most I have heard so far). I’ve always thought of diversity as UB’s greatest strength and it definitely shines in our MBA program.
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Being new to UB’s campus is not always easy based on its physical size and large student population. Add a busy schedule onto that and you have yourself the first week as an Honors College Freshman. This is where the Honors Mentoring Program comes into play. If an incoming student chooses to participate, they will be paired up with a mentor who has similar interests or background. This is a great new way to meet people quickly who may have the inside scoop and a few years of experience under their belt. Congrats to those of you who are new to the campus and we can’t wait to meet you!