End of First Session! (Or, in other words, the first six weeks of summer have already passed by!)

End of First Session! (Or, in other words, the first six weeks of summer have already passed by!)

Welcome Fellow Readers!

It is indeed that time again for celebration! What are we celebrating, you may ask?

Is it the recently past Summer Solstice?

No… Not that that isn’t exciting! Who doesn’t love a good summer day? You know, the kinda day that is low humidity, light breeze, and is in the 70s?… Or is that late spring…?

Anyway, no, we aren’t celebrating that!

Then, what else could it be?

Well, if you’re one of the few that decided, “Hey, you know what sounds like a good idea? School, but, like, in the summer!”, then this one goes out to you! Yes, you! I’m happy to announce that you have, indeed, made it through the first six weeks of courses offered over the summer!

…And yes, if you just looked at that and thought, “Okay, but I’m pretty sure while I may feel like Dumbledore, my brain is more on the level that Snape is here… You know, mentally exhausted, drained, but somehow still registering I did it, and so I have a goofy smile on my face.”, then that is perfectly acceptable, too! The point here is that you acknowledge that you’ve made it through!

And to those of you who thought, “You know what sounds even better? School, but, like, for TWELVE weeks out of the summer!”, or maybe even, “You know, I like school and all, but I need the first six weeks of summer before I feel up to school again.”, then I’m here to tell you, “SURPRISE! YOUR TIME HAS COME! In just a little less than two weeks, you will again rejoice with the opportunity to widen your paradigm and learn even more knowledge! I hope you’re ready!… Because ready or not, it’ll be here soon!”

Did someone say SUMMER?!

Did someone say SUMMER?!

Hey all! It’s that time of year that we’ve all been waiting for since… well, since last year!

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I know all of us on the graduate track of life have been through quite a bit of work this past semester, and for some of you, it may have been your first semester back in a few years. If that’s the case, rejoice! You’ve made it through your first semester as a graduate student, and your first semester back in school. For those of you who continued straight from undergrad, you also have reason to rejoice. That means you’ve accomplished a whole year’s worth of graduate work, and now probably only have a year or so left of your graduate degree!

Regardless of where you are in your graduate education path, it’s now time to break for the summer! And to those of you who have done your time, put in the hours of studying and work required, you are now off to bigger and better things. I pray that your time spent here at Canisius will have served you well, and has helped prepare you for your future careers. Relish in all that you have accomplished in your time here, and celebrate your graduation with lots of pizzazz, surrounded by those you care about!

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And for those of you taking summer classes, we’ll be seeing you around this summer!

Flying Bison Brewery Tour with MBAA

Flying Bison Brewery Tour with MBAA

From the new Netflix show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

 

 

 

Candy sounds like a great dinner during this stressful Finals Week!

 

 

I wanted to catch you up on the great events that have been happening this semester!

Even though the MBA Alumni Association is an organization for those who have graduated from the MBA program at Canisius, students are welcome to attend their events which are held throughout the year.  From networking to presentations, the events are great for the professional development of the Canisius MBA community.

Flying Bison Brewery Logo

On Thursday, April 16th, the MBAA Association held a networking event and fundraiser for their MBA scholarship fund at Flying Bison Brewery.  This event was great because we got to tour the brewery and see how Flying Bison craft beer is produced locally in Buffalo!  With the recent economic growth of WNY, there has been a surge of local craft breweries.  Being able to learn, first-hand, from the Brewery Owner’s son on how they make their beer was fascinating!  I took a Biochemistry course during my year of post-baccalaureate studies (back when I thought I would be an OBGYN and go to a DO school to study medicine).  For the laboratory portion of the course, we spent six weeks fermenting grape juice with various sugar and yeast concentrations to understand the fermentation process.  Since beer is made with a very similar fermentation process, it was exciting to see the commercial applications of what was learned in Biochem lab!

Brewing Tanks

This event was the second to last event for the school year for the MBA Alumni Association.  Next week will be the Graduate Business Programs and MBAA Annual Mixer, which will include a silent auction and the Annual Awards presentation to several notable Canisius community members.  If you’re looking to network more with the Canisius business community as a student (or prospective student or alumni) I would totally suggest you come to the Annual Mixer on Friday May 8th so make sure to get your tickets to the event!

Since I’ll keep this censored (so many funny videos involving alcohol that would be totally inaprorpo), here is a funny clip about candy!

Strategic Blogging

Strategic Blogging

 

Hello All! I hope your week has been going well. This week’s entry will delve into a project we are currently tasked with in our Strategic Management class. This class is unique because it is spread over two semesters. The course starts at the midpoint of the spring semester and continues until the end of the first summer session. It is a capstone course that requires the fulfillment of a project and many case studies. There are no exams! This week marked the due date of our first case study. The case study detailed the history of the video game industry. We had to write a paper explaining what we thought was the biggest issue currently facing the industry. It was a very interesting assignment.

In regards to the capstone project, the One-Year students were split into groups and each one picked a different company to work worth. The goal of the assignment is to help the chosen company with whatever business guidance they need. My group chose the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. This is a highly diversified Catholic elementary school ranging from Pre-K to 8th grade. The school has been steadily increasing its academic standing amongst its peers. However, they need some marketing assistance to pull new students into their institution. We had our initial meeting with them on Thursday and are very excited to help them excel.

We are getting pretty close to the end of the semester. The wheels are in motion and every week feels like a triumph. Next week is cut short due to the holiday and we have a four day weekend! For those of you who will graduate after this semester, I wish you all the best. Keep up the hard work it’s almost over! Next week will be my last entry for the semester, but I’ll be back for the summer.

Concentrate on Concentration

Concentrate on Concentration

 

The college experience is truly a fantastic thing. One of the biggest and most important aspects of earning your degree is deciding what you will major in. What is the subject you could see your career revolving around? This could be an incredibly easy decision for some and a terrible nightmare for others. The key is to not get too worried and let the motivation come to you. In time, your major will find you without you even knowing it! This week I’ll mostly discuss how I chose my undergraduate major and what led me to pursue the One-Year MBA program.

I have always had a thing for numbers and puzzles. I was always good at problem solving and math. I wanted to major in accounting because it is fundamentally a combination of both of these areas. This desire led me to my undergraduate degree. Upon completion, I felt that I needed more. I grew fond of the business world throughout my first four years of college. Instead of attending graduate school to further my accounting degree, I wanted to develop a broader range of business expertise. After conducting a ton of research I found that an MBA was my best option. The program at Canisius was especially unique because it allowed me to achieve my degree in one year. That is how I ended up in the One-Year Program.

What is great about an MBA is that it opens opportunities for practically any undergraduate degree. There is a wide variety of students in our class with very different backgrounds. These include Philosophy, Theatre, and Law. Don’t be discouraged if you have an undergrad degree that isn’t business related. Another week has concluded as the semester steadily approaches an end. Good luck studying and look forward to next week’s blog!

Projects

Projects

The time is upon us. The semester has progressed far enough where we are past the introductory stages of our courses. This week marks the transition from learning new material to applying said knowledge. Yes my readers, we have stumbled onto several projects this week in the One-Year MBA program. This blog will mainly focus on projects given to us in our Finance and Marketing classes.

In regards to Finance, we have been assigned a substantial spreadsheet project in which we must manipulate mortgage rates. The spreadsheet needs to be built in a way that either rejects or accepts a client based on a few financial criteria. This project really makes you think outside of the box and apply what we have learned over the past few weeks. Marketing however, has given us a substantially different assignment to complete. In teams, we must choose a product offered locally in this area and create a marketing plan to introduce this product to Cleveland, Ohio. The assignment is to be completed in sections throughout the entirety of the semester. We have only begun the marketing project but it will be interesting to complete. I am currently enrolled in a Taxation course and we must complete a sizable tax return project as well.

This has been a strenuous week but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We get both Monday and Tuesday off next week due to a holiday break. A mini vacation will be very relaxing and much needed. In two weeks I have four exams within two days! Due to this I will most likely not submit an entry for the next two weeks. However, I’ll return right after that with a description of our contributions to a local ethics competition. Enjoy your long weekend and good luck with your studies!