October 9, 2015

Business School Minutia: Focus on the Trees, Step Back to Take in the Forest

Heather Frutig is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

Business school is a two-year job search. Most things that we do have the end goal of a good job in mind. What a “good job” looks like is student specific. It can be high paying or meaningful or simply higher up the chain than what we were doing before. No matter what the end looks like, the means is the same for all of us. Lots and lots of minutia.

Like brushing our teeth every morning and evening to ward off cavities and rock a white smile, business school is a long series of small and seemingly insignificant actions. All the little decisions that we make on a small scale add up to create the people who we are. The small choices dictate the greater result. Business school is all about the details, the small decisions, the minutia that determines who we are. The weekly readings, meetings with professors, executive summaries, check-ins with the Career Management Office, coffees with contacts, information sessions and prepping for interviews. It’s these actions that seem to make the difference between being a successful student and and simply going to school.

We’re given a bunch of time to reflect on our vision, values, priorities and life goals and then use those parameters to tease out what an industry, position and career looks like. The next step is to dive into the details of club meetings and job interviews and professional organizations and believe that when we emerge, we’ve been true to ourselves and created the right framework.

From my current vantage point mired in the middle of my third semester, I think the trick is to focus on the trees but periodically step back and take in the forest. It’s the trees we have control over but it’s the forest that we’re living in.

October 5, 2015

Weatherhead Student Clubs: Multi-Cultural Club at the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival

Eeshan Srivastava is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

According to Wikipedia, “The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic
Chinese and Vietnamese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese Han calendar and Vietnamese calendar (within 15 days of the autumnal equinox), on the night of the full moon between early September to early October of the Gregorian calendar.” It’s a thousand-year-old tradition celebrating the harvest, and as a matter of fact it also coincided with the sighting of the Blood Moon this year.

On September 28, our school’s Multi-Cultural club and the Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) organized a booth at the Thwing Center next to Kelvin Smith Library. Second year MBA candidates Juhi Dubey (club president) and Tejas Choksi (club co-president) and MSM-Finance students Ruiyao Wei (GBSA) and Zhe Wen worked hard to set up the booth and interacted with Case Western Reserve students all evening. I was fortunate enough to view the action from up close. I would estimate that over 800 students attended the event as the Thwing Atrium was completely packed.

The club’s booth was colorful and lively, having a string of colored lanterns as a backdrop and the table full of painting materials, candies and thin strips of paper having riddles written on them in both English and Chinese. Students who visited the booth could win a colored lantern by correctly answering a riddle (I was able to answer two riddles!). They could also paint a white lantern and take that with them. One student amazed us with her artistic abilities by creating a beautiful painting on a white lantern. Students could also get their names written in Chinese, in a calligraphic style. Grads, undergrads and even kids visited the booth and had a fun time!

The festival itself had several such booths by different student groups and featured a variety of activities and games traditional to the Chinese and Vietnamese culture. The Thwing ballroom was set up to provide ethnic food and saw a massive queue of students line up to get a taste of those delicious cuisines. It was a great night of fun and togetherness for the students of Case Western Reserve and I hope we continue the tradition next year as well.

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September 30, 2015

HeadsUp: Weatherhead School of Management Homecoming 2015 - Oct. 7-11

Homecoming 2015: October 7-11

All Weatherhead alumni are invited: encourage all of your Weatherhead friends to attend! 

We are excited to welcome you back to campus for a fun-filled weekend, including class dinners, thought-provoking programming, networking opportunities and, most importantly, time to reconnect with longtime friends and classmates! An entire weekend is planned with events and activities to commemorate your time at the university.