April 21, 2017

MSM-Finance students attend Chicago City Trek

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Over spring break, students in the MSM-Finance program explored the city of Chicago and visited
five companies: Morningstar, Trading Technologies, Elmspring, 1871 and Megalytics. City Treks occur in the fall and spring semesters and are a great opportunity to learn about different companies and connect with alumni. CMO highly encourages students to participate in them when they are offered. City Treks can spur internship opportunities and grow your network.

Overall, the students enjoyed the Chicago City Trek and learned interesting details about each company. The following students shared their experiences and thoughts on the companies.

Siqi Chen: The city trek was unforgettable and I learned a lot. For Morningstar, I loved the culture of this company, creativity and freedom. I'm also interested in its development program. For TT, I'm curious about its trading software and hope to have more opportunity to know how the software works. Elmspring gave me a lot of details about how a startup grows. Although it's not my first interest, I also learned a lot from the speech we listened to. The tour in 1871 was great. But I think the working environment was a little too noisy for me with so many people working and talking in same area.

Yiran Wang: I really appreciated the way we visited Morningstar with the presentation and panel Q&A with employees from different departments. Thank you for providing us a chance to get in touch with our alumni; we had a pleasant meeting with them.

Jiayun Zhu: The atmosphere at Morningstar was quite perfect and it gave me the opportunity to talk with the people who work there. I felt that they are really passionate about their work. The focus at Elmspring was on collecting different kinds of information and I am interested in this field. 1871 is a cool place for people who want to own their business. At Megalytics, they spent most of the time telling us about the growth of the industry but I did not receive many details about the work. It would have been great if they had spent some time telling us about a typical work day. TT is a good company, but it focuses on computer science and hires more people whose major is computer science. And I think it may give less opportunities to MSF students.

 Check out all of the resources CMO offers, in addition to City Treks.

April 7, 2017

A Farewell From Alexis

The following blog post is brought to you by Alexis Hayman, departing Director of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). Her last day with CWRU will be Monday, April 10. From everyone at Weatherhead, we thank her for her service and dedication to the institution and its students.

Hello All! I just wanted to write a little note to wish you all the best as I depart Weatherhead next week. I have had the pleasure of working as your Director of Student Experience for almost two years. While this is not a very long time, I feel as though I have been able to share an incredible number of great memories with you all. The students have always impressed me with their passion and interest in becoming better leaders. From my first Weatherheadless Ball, seeing nearly 250 students from the Weatherhead community come together, to this year, seeing that number increase by nearly 100, I know student enthusiasm for being a part of this school is booming. I have truly loved seeing students pull together to participate in meaningful community service work, such as Junior Achievement and the many projects organized by student clubs such as Net Impact and Multicultural Club. It has been so exciting when career-focused clubs, such as the Finance, Consulting and Marketing clubs, find events and opportunities to grow their understanding of their chosen fields.

I’d also like to make a special thanks to all of the staff and faculty who worked so hard to incorporate Student Experience into the school. A sometimes amorphous department, we enjoyed so many collaborations around the school and the university. We truly couldn’t have been successful without you. To name just a few: Professor Goldberg’s efforts at connecting Weatherhead with the Breakthrough Schools, and MaryBeth Keeler’s enthusiasm for helping students interested in finance find successful opportunities for leadership.

Finally, I’d like to thank the STEX Team: Meenakshi Sharma, George Smiltins and Mimi Filsinger. Always quick to respond and find a way to realize student goals, it has been fantastic to work together. With a student body hovering around 800, around 14 clubs, over eight graduate programs and innumerable career goals, working to ensure the student experience is a positive and productive one is not easy! The STEX Team has worked incredibly hard to help students every day and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. 

I wish you all the best on your journeys! Have a fantastic summer!