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Involvement

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Every college kid knows you can't be "studying" all day long, so most students find some kind of organization to become involved with on campus.  Carlson has over 20 student organizations with everything from groups associated with your major, to business professional fraternities, to a multicultural student association.  With so many different opportunities out there, the hardest thing is choosing which ones you have the time for!  All of the groups sponsor great activities about once a week and this is a great way to meet people with similar interests.  I like to attend Student Accounting and Finance Association (SAFA) meetings to listen to business professionals come in from the community and workplace and talk about what a future is like in the real world and what kind of opportunities exist for students.  Of course, one of the best things is all of the free food too!

If you can't find a student group that fits your interests within Carlson you can always join one of the hundreds of groups campus wide.  They have everything from a dance group to a journalism club or even skydiving.  If for some reason you still can't find something you are interested in, it only takes five friends to get together to apply to start your own University of Minnesota student group.  I also like to spend my time playing some of the dozens of intramural sports offered on campus, which are a great way to meet new people and have a fun competition (football playoffs start tomorrow night, wish me luck!).  Even just being involved in different activities in your residence hall as a freshman is a great way to get out and meet new people and experience college life.

To be involved, you don't even have to restrict yourself strictly to student groups either.  There is a thriving volunteer community in Minneapolis, and countless opportunities to donate your time to help.  The Ronald McDonald house is just steps away from the SuperBlock (freshman residence hall area.)  There are also many different area hospitals that love volunteers and are a great way to help the community and build your resume.  Students on campus also put on many great events such as the Susan Komen Walk for the Cure every year as well as multiple other huge events and activities.  These are a great way to go and show your support for those who are sick and searching for cures.

Being involved on campus is easy, and everyone should do it.  At a campus as big as the U, the most difficult part is finding which of the hundreds of opportunities you want to dedicate your time to!

Residence Halls!

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Did you know Bailey Hall is the best hall in St. Paul?

Yeah... not many people do. It's the only U of M residence hall on the St. Paul campus, actually. If you haven't guessed, I was one of the lucky few Carlson students to live in Bailey Hall for my freshman year. It was definitely a different experience than living on the SuperBlock (Territorial, Centennial, Frontier and Pioneer Halls), the others on the East Bank of campus (Comstock and Sanford), or even Middlebrook, the lone wolf of the West Bank. All of the residence halls have their own unique personalities, and anyone you ask will tell you his or hers is the best. So, Bailey Hall. Obviously. 

Residence halls are the best place to meet new people as a freshman. Coming to the U, I didn't know anyone. Being thrown into a building with hundreds of other freshmen in the same situation is by far the best way to solve that problem! Even though we didn't have the same courses of study, many of my best friends are people I met in Bailey! 

If you want to live with freshmen taking the same classes as you, Living Learning Communities (LLC) are a great way to do that! Territorial Hall is home to the Carlson Leadership House, a section of the hall just for Carlson students. It's a great opportunity to meet other Carlson students, and since you'll be in so many of the same classes, it's also a great study-group opportunity. A great opportunity to form Micro-econ emotional support groups as well, I'm sure.

Living on campus is awesome. You'll always have someone to do homework with, you live next door to all your friends, there's easy access to food and always something fun to do! The idea of living on campus in a residence hall may be stressful now, but I promise it will be one of (the many) highlights of your freshman year! Even if you don't get your first choice. Or second. Or third... you get the point. Honestly, Bailey Hall was pretty far down on my list. But it's still the best hall in St. Paul! All of the residence halls are great in their own ways, and anywhere you end up will be fun and full of friends waiting to be met! 

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(in the in the Pyrenees on a weekend trip)

Hello again!

I thought in this entry I would tell you a little about why I chose to study abroad in the first place, and what I think I will gain/what I have already gained on my specific program.

I know students choose to study abroad for myriad reasons: to experience another culture, to learn a new language, and to be a part of something they never have before. For me I think the choice was based largely on the fact that I wanted to be able to speak French fluently, but I had never considered that in pursuit of that one goal I might find myself growing way more than I had ever intended.

I like to think of myself as an independent person but when the lifestyle that I had become accustomed to was left in one part of the world while I traveled to another, it was quite an adjustment for me. In France I had to find my way around, register for classes at the last second (because that's how it's done here), navigate a strange tram system, figure out how to live with my host family of complete strangers, and of course do all of this while speaking a non-native language.

I'm going to be honest here and say that the first few weeks were really hard. Once I was finally situated and had everything figured out I realized I had certainly gained things along the way: patience while waiting three hours in line for a tram pass, adaptability as I learned to use the language day in and day out, and of course appreciation for a beautiful culture so different from my own.

So I guess what I am saying is that after coming back from a study abroad experience, prepare to be a different person with an ability to see a lot of things in a different light. I think that's what makes studying abroad so important for business students because after returning home there is a whole new and fresh way of thinking that develops. This can make you extremely valuable to a company because you can relate to people and understand why they are different from you. Being here is like one big classroom, and I hope I can soak it all up.

I am about a month and a half into my program in France now and it feels like it has gone by in a flash so I'll try to stop and smell the roses along the rest of the way and continue growing and adapting because that's what will make this experience an incredible one.

À très bientôt!

My Internship Search

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Hey everyone!

My name is DJ Wesely and I am a junior here at Carlson.  I am double majoring in finance and accounting and I plan on going on to get my Masters of Accounting as well as my CPA.  I am from Mankato, MN, which is located in southern Minnesota.  I have never blogged before so this will be a new experience for me.  I'm looking forward to giving it a shot an hopefully giving some perspective on what its like to be a junior at the Carlson School of Management and going through the process of trying to get an internship.

Carlson offers countless opportunities to their students in their search for an internship (and hopefully a full time job!)  The Undergraduate Business Career Center offers resume reviews and mock interviews to prepare you for your search.  Armed with a little experience and a professional resume, you head over to the career fair, which is usually towards the end of September.  The career fair is held at TCF Bank Stadium in an awesome room filled with windows overlooking part of campus.  This year there were about 90 companies there to recruit Carlson students.  You have the opportunity, once you overcome your initial nerves, to go up and introduce yourself to all kinds of companies looking for excellent future employees. 

The career and internship fair is a great way to get your name out there so recruiters can put a face to the name on your resume.  After the career fair its best to start applying to jobs on The Edge.  The Edge is Carlson's private job search website and it is constantly filled with companies searching out students.  I have spent days sifting through companies deciding which ones I would like to apply to.

Applying to companies is simple, all you have to do is upload your resume to The Edge and submit it to different companies.  After that it is just a waiting game to see if you got a chance to interview.  The last few weeks I have had several, with a couple more upcoming in the next few weeks!  It is an exciting to have the opportunity to showcase my talents and desire to work for different companies not only in the Twin Cities, but also all across the country.  Interviews are a little nerve racking at times, but it's good to know that I have been properly prepared by Carlson to answer anything the interviewers throw at me!

Well, it's off to homework for me, thanks for stopping by to read and stay posted for more updates this coming year.

Why Hello There!

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Hi all!

My name is Sydney Dillmann and I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I'm currently a sophomore at the Carlson School of Management! This blogging thing is pretty new to me, but I hope I can offer some insights on what it's like being an out-of-state student and sophomore in the process of choosing my major here at Carlson! 

Coming from a larger city like Milwaukee, it's important to me to live in a large city with its own culture and community beyond a local college. That's why I love the Twin Cities! First of all, you get two for the price of one. What a deal! Both St. Paul and Minneapolis have their own individual personalities, so there's always something different for everyone to do!

Minneapolis has been rated one of the most bike-friendly cities for the last few years, so bring along your bike and you're ready to go explore! You can go see your favorite bands at First Avenue, catch a Twins game after classes (but seriously... Go Brewers!), or even head over to the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul to watch a live broadcast of Minnesota's most beloved radio show: A Prairie Home Companion!

There's no dearth of things to do on campus, too. The Weisman Art Museum on the East Bank just reopened a week ago! And it's pretty neat; just this past weekend I went to a a concert there with some friends! Who can say no to free music and food?

Speaking of food... right next to campus you'll find some great food options. Whatever cuisine you're in the mood for, Dinkytown has it. Personally I'm obsessed with Chinese food, so I love that I have at least four different options. My favorite is Pagoda! Whether it's self-serve frozen yogurt from Chilly Billy's or a burger and malt from Annie's, it's all (maybe a little too) conveniently located next to the heart of the East bank of campus.

Of course, school and homework always comes first. But it's nice to know there are so many options for you when all the homework is done!