For those who attended summer camp as a kid, you might be familiar with a little game called “High Low High” (aka Glums and Glows or Rose, Bud, and Thorn). As the second month of business school is officially behind us, I’d like to take a minute now to document my September High Low High.
High: Being the diehard eclectic music fan that I am, my first “high” has to be the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which took place in Zilker Park from September 23 – 25. In one lovely Sunday afternoon, I saw Ryan Bingham & the Deadhorses (is it possible that he’s not married yet??) followed by Fleet Foxes followed by Arcade Fire. And the night before, I caught the breakthrough neo-soul band Fitz and the Tantrums at one of the many aftershows playing across town. What compounded my enjoyment of the festival weekend was that thanks to the fact that I’ve got a pool of ~250 peers in my class at McCombs to work with; it’s never been easier to find concert buddies. Whatever your taste in music, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a fellow fan or at least someone who’s willing to try something new with you: all you need to do is vocalize your interest on our class-wide facebook wall!
Low: Instead of enjoying a day of fun with friends and family as I have for the first 28 Labor Days of my life, this year, I labored tirelessly through the entire holiday. You see, because we complete the bulk of the MBA core coursework during our first semester at McCombs, we actually take mid-terms for four of those courses during the first week of September. Such is life. At least I have a nice place to study in my quiet home near campus which I share with a couple other graduate students from outside the program. It’s actually owned by a professor of architecture at UT whom I hope to take a class from at some point! Thank you, craigslist.
High: My second high is twofold and relates to extracurricular opportunities McCombs provides me with to pursue my career goals. First, I was offered a spot on the HomeAway MBA+ project, which is going to entail analyzing social media related data on behalf of the Austin-grown early stage company. HomeAway, which became a publicly traded company just a couple of months ago, represents a complete departure from the more traditional major corporations I have worked for in the past. So, I look forward to getting a window into what it would be like to work at a smaller, more entrepreneurial organization in the future. The content of the work is also very exciting to me because I am hoping to target marketing roles in my post MBA career, and so I need to start bolstering my experience with social media platforms ASAP! In addition to this opportunity, I’ve also submitted an application to the Board Fellows Program which allows students to sit on the board of a local non-profit over a one year period. As I’m also looking for work which enables me to align my head with my heart, I am crossing my fingers to be selected for one of the community development oriented organizations I’ve applied to.
Onwards to October!