By Brodie Reynolds, Associate Director of Admissions, Full-time MBA, University of Texas at Austin
We have a tendency here at the McCombs School of Business of bragging incessantly about how great our students are. They truly are not only the smartest MBA students there are, but also the kindest, most genuine, and highly capable people that we know. But what makes them this way? I could begin to list off their unique work backgrounds, or the interesting things they learned during their undergraduate experiences, or their innovative career plans, but these lists do not really explain what makes them special. These lists of course matter, but if I were to identify the defining characteristic of the McCombs student, it would be an excitement for learning, and an adventurous spirit that keeps this excitement alive through adversity and change.
Knowing this characteristic is so pervasive within our student body, we work very hard to create an academic environment that supports and encourages innovation, adaptation, and excitement for the unknown. We insist that our student body is as diverse as possible, so that the unknown can be found not only in the coursework you take, but also in the person sitting next to you in your study group. Diversity, at its core, is opportunity: opportunity to learn, opportunity to step outside yourself and grow, and opportunity to make a network that can pull you in the directions that will most benefit your future. It is what makes us different, and we encourage each of our students to be themselves fully, without reservation.
This summer we are celebrating our 30th year of partnering with the Consortium of Graduate Study in Management (CGSM), an organization whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse MBA candidates. You can learn more about the Consortium and its mission by attending the Information Session they offer during their Orientation Program event, which is in Austin this year from June 5th – 10th, 2014.
This is only one of many ways we support and promote diversity, including our Diversity and Women’s Forums, the Forte Foundation, MLT, and our many, many student organizations. Each year we are excited to see the countless ways each new student adds to the diversity we have forged over the decades McCombs has existed. We look forward to the possibility of adding your uniqueness to our community as well.
No matter who you are, you can be successful at McCombs, as long as you, too, are excited about the unknown and want to grow with the people around you.