As spring comes to Minnesota, Carlson students all become incredibly excited because we know what is coming up...Business Week (probably one of the best weeks of the year)! In a big celebration of everything Carlson, BWeek provides so much to do that I'm almost tempted to not go to class for a whole week so I can attend every event!
Arguably the best part of BWeek is the free food everyday for both breakfast and lunch. From Mesa pizza to Subway to Qdoba, we had it all. If you think now that this isn't such a big deal, free food becomes one of the best things in college...just you wait. Companies also sponsored each meal so there were representatives there to talk to and make connections with. Our sponsors included General Mills, Travelers, State Farm, Target, PWC, KPMG, Ameriprise Financial, Ecolab, Securian, and Ernst and Young to name just a few. So every possible area of interest was covered from marketing to accounting and students were able to make connections that truly can help them get that dream job in the future.
Also during lunch there were events put on by various students groups. Some of these events are traditional but some are new every year. American Marketing Association put on an awesome fashion show and the Supply Chain and Operations Club and AKPsi put on events like Quiz Bowl and Family Feud (where our faculty members got to participate as well). There is probably nothing more priceless than watching your professor go head to head with other students on subjects like popular music and culture.
There was also an awesome Target case competition where underclassmen are in one division and upperclassmen in another so you, in your first year of college, don't have to compete against seniors. These case competitions are a great way to really challenge yourself and get exposure in front of top executives at Target. It's also an amazing way to learn about business as you actually try to solve a real business problem.
In addition to all these great events and food, there was also an incredible theme. Take a look at this video
to see what the week's theme was all about. I think it's a inspiring way of thinking of our paths through life. It's called DOT and Carlson is excited to be committed to making even more of an impact in our community.
So start early and commit to your DOT, do one thing, because a culmination of these one things is all it takes to make a change.