Coursework turns to Practical Application
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / Bookmark & Share
By Rob Stanton, MBA '13
Another week In the books and things are starting to pick up in the MBA program. I learned that I now have two projects that consist of actual consulting work, as opposed to theoretical situations. The prospect is enticing but, at the same time there are significant pressures involved. You don’t want to look like a joke to a “real” company. These projects are group work, and one is a team assembled based on our strengths and backgrounds, which is very realistic. It is a different type of work though, as you have to work a little on it every day or so, or else you’ll fall way behind.
Otherwise, life has been fairly normal. The game against Georgia Tech was a good time, except for having to watch GT’s boring offense all day. The MBAA had a tailgate beforehand and it was pretty lively. It’s always good to get out and socialize every now and again. Aside from those two main events, the week consisted of staying on top of schoolwork. The workload is not especially substantial, but getting behind can turn into a disaster. Luckily most of our work is interesting, due to its practical nature. That’s my opinion of course, but I have never been a fan of reading about “theories.” I am much more inclined to see real life scenarios in practice that demonstrate these theories. For example, we may do a case on soft drink corporations, and how their marketing works in comparison to each other and other industries. We have to analyze what makes them different or similar, and what factors play into these differences and similarities. This allows us to have a glimpse of the real world, as opposed to hearing a bunch of definitions.