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Giving Back

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For those of you that are in high school, I'm sure that you've spent time doing some sort of community service.  It is a great way to give back to the community, meet new people, and have fun!  There are many ways to continue that at Carlson and the U of M too.

Net Impact is a student group at Carlson that does many volunteer projects throughout the year, and they help students learn to apply their business skills to bring out a positive change in the community.  Women in Business puts on a "Dream Date" event each year where they auction off date packages to raise money for charity, and the Student Accounting and Financing Association organizes a 5k run for the Ronald McDonald House near campus. 

Across the university you can join groups like Habitat for Humanity and Students Today, Leaders Forever (STLF).  STLF organizes a Pay It Forward Tour each spring break.  Students ride charter buses all over the country and do service projects in different cities along the way.  I've had a lot of friends go on the tours, and they had an awesome experience.  I also went to Relay for Life last year with a group I'm in, and last year the university raised almost $200,000!  It was a great time.  So you can see that there are tons of ways at the U of M to have fun and help people out at the same time!

The Lovely Hanson Hall

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One of the best things about Carlson is our fabulous facilities. The Carlson School has two of its own buildings, the Carlson building and Hanson Hall. The Carlson building was built back in the 90s. It's a gorgeous facility and is home to many undergraduate classes, events (such as dinners, speakers, presentations, and fun student gatherings), the International Programs office, and the MBA program. While we undergrads do share space with the MBA students in the Carlson building, we get our own beautiful building right next door -- Hanson Hall.

Hanson Hall was completed in the fall of 2008. It's a building designed for just the undergraduate students in the Carlson community. (Hanson and Carlson are even connected by a skyway so students don't need to venture out into the cold in the middle of winter!) The classrooms are specially designed for an optimal academic setting. Each classroom features a dual projection system that allows professors to utilize technology including PowerPoints, videos, special online explorations, and more. The dual projection technology allows professors to show a PowerPoint on one board, and a data spreadsheet, chart, or picture right next to it. The rooms were also designed to hold 75-120 students without the need for stadium seating. Each student has the ability to see, hear, and interact with the professor -- no microphones needed! The tables are equipped with outlets so students can keep their computers charged during class, and the chairs swivel for easy movement for group collaboration during class.

The great design of Hanson continues outside of the classrooms. All three floors of Hanson feature breakout rooms -- rooms students can reserve for group work with their peers, or independent study. Each breakout room has outlets for computers, as well as a flat screen TV that students can use to project a presentation right from their computers. Perfect for rehearsing for presentations!

The basement of Hanson features a large computer lab with three printers (Carlson students get free printing!) as well as the Laptop Repair Center for students with laptops in the laptop program (visit the laptop program website to learn more about that great laptop program!). There is also an undergraduate student lounge with lots of study space for both group work and independent study. A lot of the student organizations at Carlson host their weekly meetings in the undergraduate lounge as well. The lounge also makes a great place for a lunch or snack break. There's even a microwave to heat up your food!

Upstairs houses the Undergraduate Program Office (home of the advisors and Carlson staff), the Undergraduate Business Career Center (where students go for resume reviews, interviews, and any other career related questions), and my favorite feature of Hanson Hall-- Starbucks. It's a popular hangout all day long, but it is an especially popular stop before morning classes start and on days when we need something warm to take the chill of winter away! I recommend the Caramel Apple Spice in the winter and the Iced Passion Tea Lemonade for a cool refreshment when it's warm out-- yum!     

I hope I've given you a little insight to our beautiful space here at Carlson. The students really appreciate having such a nice place to go to class, study, and relax. Make sure you check out the virtual tour on Carlson's website if you haven't already.  It's a great way to see what life at Carlson really looks like!
Hello! My name is Nathan Mueting, and I will be joining the blogging team here at Carlson! I'm a little new to this, but hopefully you'll like what you read! A little bit about me, I am a senior this year majoring in operations/supply chain management and minoring in economics, and with any luck I'll pass all my classes and graduate in May. I am originally from Sheldon, Iowa, a town of about 5,000 people. It was a little bit of a change coming to a school where the freshman class is bigger than my hometown! But that is one thing I love about the U of M, though, with so many people on campus and around the cities, there is always something to do. 

Even though I grew up in Iowa, I have always been a Twins fan (might be due to the fact that I am a twin...), and I have definitely taken advantage of being only a short bus ride away from the new Target Field. The Twins, along with most of the professional sports teams in Minnesota, have student nights with discounted tickets. It's great to take a break from school work and go to a game with some friends.

Another thing I like about living in the Cities is the food! There are so many restaurants to try, it can be difficult to choose at times. There are great ones right around campus and one of my favorites is Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown. With only 14 stools in the entire restaurant, you might have to wait for a seat, but it is worth it (try the blueberry walnut pancakes)! I also recommend Cafe Latte on Grand Avenue in St. Paul; they have the best desserts in the Twin Cities. Although it is tough to break away from my favorites, it is great to be able to try so many different restaurants.

And after eating so much, what is better to do than to spend some time outside! The Mississippi River goes right through campus and there are bike trails along both sides-Minneapolis was named the number one city for biking! It's great to ride your bike or go running along the river or around one of the lakes nearby. It's also fun to rent a canoe on Lake Calhoun or walk around the park at Minnehaha Falls.

This weekend I am going to a corn maze with some friends then to a concert at First Avenue--there are great concerts almost every weekend! I'll also probably have to make time to do some homework, not my first choice of activities, but I do want to pass my classes.
Only a few students know exactly what they want to study in college, and even if they're sure of an area they want to pursue (like business for instance), there are a ton of different majors that are contained within that area. So let's dispel the idea that college students are completely certain about what they want to do for the rest of their lives.I know for sure that I wasn't. During senior year of high school I wanted to do business, pre-law, teaching, and veterinary medicine. So basically I was all over the board.

So on the first day of freshmen year, I was lucky not to be stepping into a lecture hall of students with different interests. Instead, I stepped into a classroom full of Carlson freshmen students and the dean, Alison Davis-Blake, which is an experience not all students get the opportunity to have. Together, my classmates and I learned all about management and how business operates today. Within a couple weeks, I knew for sure that I was in the right place and that business was exactly the route for me.

Soon after, I got the chance to explore the functional areas of business like accounting, business statistics, operations, business strategy, career skills, marketing, and finance, all within the first two years of my undergraduate program. So not only was I sure that business was going to be my area of study, but after exploring these areas, I also was sure of my major. Not too shabby when you consider that about 80% of college students change their major over their college career. I had all the tools at my disposal to decide exactly what my future would hold.

Many programs take the first two years for liberal education requirements, while admission into the business school comes during junior year. I can't imagine the pressure that those first two years would entail and all the outside research that I would have done to determine what I wanted to do. Carlson just made the process stress-free and helped me and my classmates every step of the way.