Two Texas MBA program directors and I were treated to a tour of Rackspace company headquarters in San Antonio last Wednesday following a Texas MBA information session held on site. Our tour guide? None other than Lawrence Reyes a.k.a SugarBear, Ambassador of Culture. He took us on the grandest of interactive tours that included peeking into themed departments and conference rooms (think game shows, cereal, 80s movies), viewing installations by local artists, traveling down memory lane in a 1968 Hemisfair gondola chair, and a very quick slide down to the first floor! Continue reading
Each November in honor of Veterans Day, Military Transition News releases its Top 40 Under 40 Military edition which recognizes the top service members who are serving or have served in the U.S. armed forces.
This year, two current Texas MBA students – Sandy Vithayanonth and Adam Hamilton – were among those recognized. The excerpts below come directly from Military Transition News.
Sandy Vithayanonth, MBA ’14 Army, CPT
The “proudest achievement” for former Army CPT Sandy Vithayanonth was co-founding a non-profit, called the “Duke Association,” with a mission to build a memorial dedicated to the 118 fallen soldiers of the “Duke Brigade.” “Despite having no previous experience in non-profits and fund-raising, we were ultimately able to raise over $175,000,” he says. As a Platoon Leader in Afghanistan, Vithayanonth “heroically saved the lives of his fellow soldiers by exposing himself to enemy fire and halting Continue reading
We’ve all been there. Despite all the preparations, research and rehearsals, you find yourself nervous about your MBA admissions interview. While this isn’t technically a job interview, you may do well to treat it like one. An MBA admissions interview is a very important part of your overall application and ultimately one of the first steps towards your post-MBA life.
At McCombs, interviews are by invitation only and can come at any time before the decision release date. While some applicants may look forward to the opportunity to interview, others may not exactly enjoy the anxiety thereby engendered. If you are a member of the latter group, look at it this way: the interview affords one of the only opportunities for official face-to-face interaction during the application process, so here are a few ways you can take advantage: Continue reading
You may be one of those people who are trying to decide between quitting your job or not to go back to school and get your MBA. Rest assured you’re not alone. There are some basic questions I ask folks who are grappling with this decision.
1. What do you want to do with your MBA?
The answer to this question can help determine whether one program makes more sense. The majority of Texas MBA students want to switch jobs, and the majority do. Our working professional MBA programs – Texas Evening MBA (in Austin), Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and Texas MBA at Houston – are an excellent fit for those looking to switch to a career in consulting, or to move into a different function within the same industry (i.e. finance to marketing or vice versa). The strong general management focus of the curriculum in the working professional programs give graduates the tools they need to run a company, whether it’s their own or someone else’s. And hands-on experiences through the MBA+ Leadership Program offer students the opportunity to work on a real-time consulting project to add Continue reading
Some youthful things make you feel young like water wars, animated films, and merry-go-rounds.
Some youthful things make you feel old like well drinks, actual young people, and homework.
Our children might not even know what these two are much less how they’re related.
I’m a 30 year-old woman with homework. While my peers continue to do adult things like plan trips and feel competent, I get grounded if I don’t get good marks on my statistics worksheets. No need to point out the fact that I’m the one who would ground me. I know, you whippersnappers, and it only exacerbates the “old.”
I check my answers before turning things in to avoid this feeling.
Life is a blessing, yes, and aging is what happens when you succeed at staying alive. Things like cotton candy taste of childhood wonder. The sugar-spun cloud delights like discovery and potential. “Old” is still lousy, though, and this is why: homework makes me feel slow, and slow gets you eaten by hyenas.
This nostalgic Instagram filter is a lie.
At least once in the next three years, it will come to pass that a fellow classmate will bring home a grade lower than what his or her actual child scored at school. Arguing that the kiddo’s test is over the water cycle instead of statistical regression models is petty, and ultimately unhelpful.
Grad school is cruel like the circle of life.
If you ask about age in the program, and most people do, you’ll find the average age in the program under “class profile.” But you’re actually asking on behalf of your amygdala, the part of your brain worried about survival, developed before numbers were invented and mammoths went extinct.
There is no average age number admissions can proffer that will make me as fast at studying as I was at learning when I was 5 (genius level!) or 15 (all my brain cells!) – and that’s ok, because STATISTICS IS NOT DEADLY.
My cohort is not a wildebeest herd crossing the Serengeti.
Primal fear keeps us human animals from doing a lot of nonlethal things, like public speaking or writing personal essays to apply for school. I have a trick to free up that precious mental bandwidth. If I’m able to recognize that my amygdala is playing a loop of anxiety, regret, or fear, I literally smile at it. Actually, there’s a pair, so I smile upon my vigilant amygdalae, and I say, “Thank you for protecting me. I see the alarm you raised, and I checked it out, so you can rest now.”
I survey my surroundings: a lot of people who want me to succeed, a few who don’t really care either way, and zero hungry hyenas. Coast is clear; I can focus on my midterms, instead of my age.