Posts Tagged ‘MBA Student Life’
It’s 10 weeks into the school year, and we have five weeks remaining before the much deserved and long-awaited Christmas break. How are the SFU MBA students doing?
Some have excelled in their assignments, some have squeaked by and some… well… some are beginning to realize that a Masters degree in Business Administration is going to take a lot more hard work than expected. Maintaining a B+ average isn’t asking for a miracle, but no one said it was going to be easy. What should students do to survive the 20 deadlines in front of them, the long study hours and dreaded finals? In my opinion, students need to rely on each other to build their self-esteem, point out each other’s strengths and realize the best support that students have is from — no surprise, perhaps — the students around them. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve always liked the idea of holding an MBA but I didn’t start out in business so it only emerged as a reality for me in the last couple of years. I completed a biology degree at the University of Victoria in 2006 and thought I would follow my classmates in to research or medicine. That thought was short-lived, however, and within a week of writing my final exams I packed my bags and moved to Whistler. Read the rest of this entry »
To be clear, I’ve never actually lived in Kansas, but I did grow up in the Midwestern United States. I was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I’ve visited family in Canada two to three times a year my whole life. I’ve never really noticed a significant cultural difference on a day-to-day basis between the two countries.
Then again, I never had to open a Canadian bank account or deal with cell phone providers before either. In hindsight I was foolish for overlooking these difficulties when planning my move to Vancouver, but nobody is perfect.
In my opinion, Canadian MBA students and students in Vancouver are studying in one of the least stress conductive environments that exist in North America. I’d like to speak for global business and MBA students, however since I haven’t visited any schools outside of the US or Canada, I probably shouldn’t. The reason I speak so boldly about Vancouver has primarily to do with the breadth of healthy, outdoor, nature-based activities and programs. The city is a mecca of study-induced stress relief activities that allow for greater focus and dedication when the student goes back to reading that 50-page case study on the feasibility of a large enterprise takeover. For students at Simon Fraser University’s Graduate Business School, the ocean, hundreds of lakes, the world’s best ski resort, and the beautiful Pacific Northwest is at their doorstep. Read on to learn about some of the favorite activities that current SFU MBA students and Alumni like to enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »
Until recently, when the Vancouver 2010 Olympics showed the world that Vancouver weather is capable of 10°-15° C in February, Canada was thought of globally as a “cold place”. In fact in Vancouver, the temperature rarely dips below freezing. Snowfall, while possible is seldom and largely gone after a few days of milder temperatures. The diagram to the left has not been altered in any way, it’s the fourteen-day forecast for Vancouver in late January, 2010, the beginning of the second semester of SFU’s Full-Time MBA program. Even though it threatened to snow a few days that week, the temperature didn’t ever fall below 5°, and there wasn’t much more than a sprinkle of rain. Read on for more info about typical Vancouver weather and activities. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s face it – an MBA is an expensive thing to do. Once you’re into an MBA program, one of the first lessons you’ll learn is that small cost-cutting activities can go a long way. From an accounting perspective, as a student, cutting $100 from your costs is just the same as adding $100 to your profit. Here are some ways to get great value on some of the essentials you’ll appreciate as an MBA student. Read the rest of this entry »
Long commute to B-school? These Podcasts will help pass the time. Best of all, you’ll arrive a little smarter and be warmed up for the day’s MBA learning experience. Below are a series of links that will take you to podcast “channels” suited well to graduate business students, or anyone keenly interested in business.
Many of these Podcasts can be listened to and easily understood buy non-business students.
Every spring, after the rain subsides from the Vancouver skyline, and the city shows its true beauty, the MBA class sets out on a different kind of journey – A cruise of the Vancouver harbour.
For this post I have collected a number of pictures taken during this gorgeous June evening, aboard the incredible 90 foot “Carousel II”. Joined by our peers in all of SFU’s MBA Programs, this fun filled evening of dinner, drinks, dancing, and sunset gazing was definitely a highlight. Check out the pics and commentary here: Read the rest of this entry »
After a hectic week of papers and midterms (a negotiation essay followed by a paper and midterm for our Cross Cultural Management class) the MBA’s headed to the local Vancouver slopes for some old fashioned tubing fun! This event (like most GBSA events organized by Social coordinator extraordinaire, Audrey) was open to students from every MBA class. These open events are great because quite a few of the students in the two Finance streams as well as the Master of Technology (Masters of Business with a focus on Tech) stream attended (for more info on these programs visit SFU’s Graduate Business Programs) homepage. Who knows, the people from other programs could be future business partners. Read the rest of this entry »