Student Voices

Student Voices
By Gopal Chakrabarti, MBA ‘15 I initially found it difficult to identify the most important aspects of my experience here at Ross. At first, my thoughts drifted to the normal MBA marketing jargon we’ve all heard before. Concepts such as the network, exit opportunities, resetting one’s career, etc...
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By Miranda Spradlin, MBA ‘15 Recently, 11 of my classmates braved the stage to tell personal stories on the topic of “I used to believe…” during an event called StoryLab. The stories were diverse and engaging, and they got me thinking: What are some of the things I used to believe in, and how have...
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By Zach Papadakis, MAcc ‘15 After completing my undergraduate degree from an institution in the “state that shall not be named,” I began visiting Masters of Accounting programs across the Midwest and East Coast. Many of the institutions were stuffy and lacked aesthetic, and in most of my meetings...
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By Naoyuki Tohda, MBA ‘15 My biggest takeaway from the Michigan Ross Global MBA Program is that the key success factor for business in Asia isn’t business logic -- it’s a deeply ingrained sense of humanity. Trusting relationships are a key driver for Asian businesses. So, if your business wants to...
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By Katie Marenghi and Lauren Opatowski, MM ‘15 It was just one year ago that we walked across the field at the Big House to receive our undergraduate diplomas. Together we had degrees in Creative Writing, International Studies, English, and Film. But, according to...
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By Nnamdi Maduagwu, MBA ‘15 I recall asking a Ross grad during the admissions process what her biggest benefit from the Ross MBA was. Now, as I prepare to graduate, I would say that I share her same sentiment; above all, Ross has equipped me with the skills to ‘sit at the table.’
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What is unique about research at Michigan Ross – and what I will take with me from my time here – is that here, the emphasis is on research that makes a positive difference in the world of work.
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MAP has truly transformed my idea of what it means to make a positive difference in business. Now, I know that can sound cheesy because that mission is plastered all over Ross, but hear me out.
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On Monday morning when we arrived at the Google offices in Singapore we were treated to a tour of the campus, a stop at the cafeteria to enjoy an impressive spread of international cuisines, and a flurry of important meetings. We met with Googlers from various business units to gain a deeper...
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We get a bad rap in pop culture, but it is widely agreed that the hallmark of any developed economy is a sophisticated and well-established capital market. Well, folks, guess what group fuels these immensely important capital markets with information?
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MAP just kicked off this week, and as I think about the opportunity ahead, I cannot imagine when else I would have a chance to work for an NFL organization.
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I just visited some of the most important banks on Wall Street with 24 of my fellow female Ross BBA students, and it gave me goose bumps.
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By Gautam Thapar, MBA ‘16 At this time last year, I was a high school history teacher in California. Now, I’m an aspiring entrepreneur. I loved teaching, but after four years I had become restless, aware that my impact was limited to the four walls of my classroom. Each day, 120 students would...
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Jacob Gordon, a Ross BBA junior with a focus in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and a dual degree in Spanish, is traveling to Chile over spring break to learn about the Chilean wine industry. Jacob is also a member of the Michigan Sports Business Conference, and in the future he hopes to combine his...
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The purpose of our trip was to begin our semester’s capstone action-based learning project working for Habitat for Humanity based in Atlanta, GA. The former president is a huge proponent of Habitat, and we thought it would be a nice opportunity to understand some of the roots of the business.
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I really believe the lessons gained from the research and teaching here at Ross can profoundly reshape leadership styles, team dynamics, and problem solving methods within the U.S. Air Force Officer Corps.
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I uttered the first thing that came to mind: “How’s do you like…ummm…South Africa?” An embarrassing trip-up...
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I’ll be honest, because I went out on my own I was pretty skeptical about whether or not career services could help me.
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Coming back to school was a very difficult decision for me. After working for six years as a consultant, the idea of making professional and personal sacrifices to become a student again wasn’t very appealing.
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And I had always thought of Ross as being extremely competitive. Considering I had been working for a very collaborative nonprofit children’s museum, I wasn’t sure a competitive culture would be right for me.
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When you start business school, there’s one thing people always tell you: “You need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
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I don’t hate money, but I believe that it is possible to do something that taps my passion and utilizes my skills, and that money and social impact don’t have to be a tradeoff. And this year’s Social Innovation Summit helped me solidify that belief.
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The University of Michigan recently nominated me for the Rhodes Scholarship, arguably the world’s most prestigious academic award. The road to Rhodes has not been easy, and there remains a long process to actually win the scholarship, but I feel very proud of how far I have come already.
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In my time as a student in the Ross Master of Management Program, I have been given the chance to apply valuable skills learned during that time to real-life business environments, and that has been so eye-opening.

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