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Future Fright Week

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Do you find business interesting but don't really know what to specialize in?
Are you curious about what job opportunities exist for different majors?
Do you want a better understanding of what each major entails?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions above, then you are like many Carlson School students in their first and second years.  Luckily, there's  Future Fright Week which can help ease your nerves.

Future Fright Week is a series of information sessions (cleverly scheduled around Halloween) that students can attend to learn more about major choices and career paths.  

At each information session, there is a faculty member to talk about the academic side of the major, and a panel of business professionals to discuss career paths related to that discipline. Students have the awesome opportunity to ask any questions they want to the faculty member and business professionals.

The different majors and career paths you can explore during the week include:
•    Accounting
•    Consulting
•    Entrepreneurial Management
•    Finance and Finance & Risk Management Insurance
•    Human Resources & Industrial Relations
•    International Business
•    Management Information Systems
•    Marketing
•    Public & Nonprofit Management
•    Supply Chain & Operations Management

I can't recommend Future Fright Week enough to incoming students (I may or may not have gone to every session... I'll give you a hint, I did).  It is a great way to learn more about all the options you have at Carlson, and it's never too soon to start thinking about your future!

So whether you're afraid of the dark or afraid of your future (or both!) be sure to stop by Future Fright Week at Carlson.  I know you won't regret it.

Fitness!

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Let's get physical! My name is Molly Robinson and I am a junior here at Carlson. I was really involved in sports in high school, and HUGE into cheerleading, so it only made sense to try out for the football cheerleading team here at the U my freshman year. While it was an awesome experience, I decided it would only be a part of my college experience for the one year. I realized I needed to find my own outlets to stay active and healthy without having organized practices and workouts. Lucky for us, our opportunities at the University of Minnesota are endless when it comes to staying healthy. Not only are we right on an awesome metropolitan campus, but we also go back and forth between the number 1 and 2 biker-friendly city of the nation, neck and neck with Portland. A lot of students will have their bikes on campus to make getting to class convenient, but biking is an awesome workout too. Instead of hopping on the bus to go shopping in Uptown, why not take the Midtown Greenway (the biking highway) straight there? Oh, and the Mississippi is right in our backyard... talk about convenient, right? During my time on campus, I have discovered endless running routes along the river at varying distances. The cheapest date you can go on? A run date! For when the weather gets bone-chilling, or you just want to pump some iron, there's always the Recreation center, with options of taking yoga and bootcamp classes as well. I personally like to go to Corepower Yoga, a hot yoga studio just a block away from Superblock (the 4 main freshman dorms) which offers a free week to first time students. Why not broaden your horizons and sweat it out with some local yogis?

While physical activity is a crucial aspect of staying fit, food is extremely important as well. If you eat pizzas at the dining hall every night, that freshman 15 might start looming in as the weather gets cold. Practice self-control! There are so many options in the dining halls that are healthy. Fill up on the fruits and veggies, and treat yourself to the ice cream once and a while or even after a tough homework session. The excuse "I'm a college student" doesn't justify an unhealthy lifestyle! Feel good, have fun, stay healthy!
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It's that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the weather's getting colder, and the U of M is heating up for another thrilling event--Homecoming 2012! Nothing is more representative of what it means to be a Big Ten School than a week jam-packed with festivities. From a cheer-leading competition to a flag football tournament, a University-wide blood-drive to a concert featuring B.o.B., a Homecoming Parade to the crowing of our wonderful Homecoming Court, and, of course, Saturday's football game where the Gophers take on the Wildcats, this week is going to have it all and more!
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Real talk: this is the week I most look forward to Fall Semester. It is a week of spirit, Gopher Pride, and most importantly, community togetherness. Last year, as a freshmen, Homecoming really resonated with me--there I was, scared and, let's be honest, pretty clueless, but I threw myself into the events wholeheartedly. I cheered my teams on through all the events, helped create a rocking house-front display, and really established my place on the University Campus. Homecoming is just that--coming home--embracing the University as a place of residence, a place to grow, to learn, and most importantly, to celebrate. I cannot wait for this week--as this year's theme implies, Homecoming is truly going to be "Legendary"! 
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Hi Everyone,

I'm Vall Ajgaonkar, a senior at Carlson, majoring in Marketing and Economics. Sometimes first-year students ask me what my biggest piece of advice is for them and my answer is always the same: DO SOMETHING! Undoubtedly, my happiest memories and experiences of most growth have come from getting involved in things beyond the classroom. Luckily, Carlson (and the University at Large) have a lot to offer. Here's a sampling of some of the things you can do right from your first year here!

·         Clubs related to your major like:

o   Student Accounting and Finance Association (SAFA)

o   Supply Chain and Operations Club (SCOC)

o   American Marketing Association (AMA)

·         Groups focusing on professional development:

o   Women In Business (WIB)

o   Business Association of Multicultural students (BAM)

·         Ways to stretch yourself:

o   Leadershape

§  A week-long camp focusing on discovering the real you

o   Case Competitions

§  Putting your biz skills to the test with some real-life payback ($$)

o   Carlson Goes to Work

§  A day when  students volunteer in the community and use their skills to help non-profits and small start-up companies

That's not even touching on the over 500 groups offered by the University of Minnesota outside of Carlson. Everything from political organizations to international culture clubs to groups purely for fun (like People Watchers Club or the Quidditch League). The University is also connected to volunteer organizations all over the city so you can spend your free time feeling good about giving back by painting with at-risk youth or by rocking babies in a hospital.

Make friends, make an impact, give back--do something! This University is your oyster, and it's got hundreds of pearls just waiting to be found.

Till next time!