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A lot of motivation in choosing a school comes from where it will position you for your future. If the career search and the possibly of choosing some specific field seems daunting, that is completely okay...because as much as people want to insist that they've known from the age of two that they were going to be an accountant, it honestly never happens quite like that. At various stages in life, people want to try new things and in the college years, career exploration takes center stage. So what I'm saying is that there is no need to be stressed about choosing a career field because Carlson provides everything and more to help you be the "U" you want to be. Now I, like you, was once in that panic stage, and I also haven't always had a concrete idea about what I wanted to do. At various points throughout my four years I have thought about being a lawyer, a small business owner, an analyst at Target, a French professor, a Marketing I guess you could say I was a little all over the place. But every step of the way my advisor was there to support and help me in whichever way that she could even if that meant switching from Carlson. I think that truly speaks of the support system here from both the advising staff and the Undergraduate Business Career Center that cares so much about each individual student. Though when you are ready to start choosing potential career fields, Carlson has every opportunity to contact with those people and industries through clubs, the career fair, and the mock interview marathon to name a few. So it's all up to you. Honestly I find myself right at this time to be sort of a non-traditional student in that I studied abroad at a time when most seniors were interviewing for a whole bunch of jobs. But just because you follow a little different path doesn't mean that Carlson can't help you. In fact for students like me they had a special career fair this summer so that those connections could be made before I left for France. It was like getting the best of both worlds in that I was able to have my study abroad experience right when I wanted it and I was still able to interview with the companies I hoped to work for without being here during recruiting season. All of this process is made easier by the amazing set of services the career center provides like the Edge (our own computer system where companies post jobs and internships), the set of 22 interview rooms (where companies come directly to Carlson to recruit), the classes that prepare you for interviewing, and the active and diligent effort with which Carlson engages the business community all make this an incredible time to be graduating from Carlson and searching for a job.

LeaderShape 2012

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This year, I cut my winter break short by a week. I came back to the U, packed my big purple duffle bag full of warm, camp-appropriate clothes (and one business casual outfit... what?) and set off for Hanson Hall. Two buses were waiting there to transport me and about 55 other students to Camp Ihduhapi for our six-day LeaderShape experience.

The past four years, the Carlson School of Management and the College of Science and Engineering have been teaming up to provide this experience for a group of students-- 30 from each college-- with the hopes that it would impact us in some significant way and push us to think deeply about our values, passions, and our visions for the world. Putting aside the day-to-day realities of life and thinking big picture-- then BIGGER picture-- was difficult for a lot of people. But almost everyone there had been recommended this program by a friend who said it was an amazing experience, even life-changing. So we trusted in the process. 

At LeaderShape, we were encouraged to imagine a world where anything is possible, where there are no limits to the amount of good one can do in the world if he or she is just passionate enough. And I have to say, it's refreshing to take a step back from thinking about school life and the little bubble you live in and think about big ideas for the world. What do you want the future to look like? Whether it involves a source of clean drinking water for every man, woman, and child, or eyeglasses for every student, the possibilities are infinite. 

Beyond all the amazing ideas thrown around and discussed in an honest, open environment, my favorite part about LeaderShape was that it brought together two colleges within the University that are normally about as far apart as it gets. Both physically and metaphorically! I loved hearing all the different perspectives brought to the table. It made for discussions of such a depth I've rarely ever experienced before. 

But we're determined not to let it end there. All kinds of meetings to get together and have those same kind of discussions (as well as just to hang out!) are in the works. LeaderShape was a great experience and I've made all kinds of amazing friends around campus because of it. And I feel like I know myself better, too! 

Long story short: It's awesome; sign up for LeaderShape 2013 next year. Okay? Okay! 
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Growing up in Minnesota, I loved playing in the snow and seeing it glisten in the sun. Now it takes a little extra preparation to go outside in the cold, and I just hope I don't wreck my boots in the slush. However, after living on campus for 3 years now I do have a few tricks to surviving a Minnesota winter: 1. Boots and a long coat. It doesn't matter what brand of boots you own, just that they keep your feet warm and help you avoid slush. I made the best purchase of my life when I bought a coat that went down to my knees. It might not be most fashionable coat, but it does the trick to keep me warm. 2. Dry your hair. I made the mistake on the coldest day of the semester of going outside with wet hair. My hair froze within 2 minutes; I was scared to even touch me head in case my hair broke off. Having dry hair might take more effort, but it saves you from some hair trauma later in the day. 3. U-Pass. I live off-campus this year and buying a U-Pass for Metro Transit this semester has saved me. The bus stop is a block from my apartment and it goes straight to West Bank, but it takes the same amount of time as walking, and is a lot warmer. 4. Tunnels. I mastered the tunnels at the U when I was a freshman, and they still are key to keeping me warm every day. Especially on West Bank, they are great! Once I get on the bus by my house, I barely have to walk outside to get to class in Carlson. If you follow these tips, you will most definitely survive a Minnesota winter, especially if it is as mild as this year. Just in case it does get colder, (in severe weather cases) I wear Under Armour leggings and shirt under all my clothes, which keeps me nice and toasty.