November 2012 Archives
Spacious, bright, friendly faces, relaxing. These are only a few of the words that describe the Carlson School of Management and Hanson Hall building. Both of these buildings were built and designed for Carlson students so that we could have a quiet place to study, do group work, and even catch up with friends.
My name is Erik Lean, and as a senior at Carlson, I have spent most of my past four years in these two buildings, and I have enjoyed every minute of it (even on those long nights doing group projects or studying for finals!). Looking back at all of my memories here at Carlson, there are so many things that I'm going to miss once I graduate.
I remember when I first came to the U of M as a freshman. I had classes all over campus in all different buildings, and it was a bit intimidating trying to navigate through all them all, especially in the winter. That's the nice thing about being a Carlson student. By the time you're a sophomore, you along with all your classmates and friends will have most of your classes in either Carlson or Hanson. Better yet, both buildings are connected by a skyway, so you'll never have to go outside in the winter.
Some of my favorite memories about the Carlson building were late night study sessions in the breakout rooms with friends. Breakout rooms are small meeting rooms in the Carlson and Hanson buildings that Carlson students can reserve for studying or group projects. There are dozens of them with all different sizes. I remember one semester when six of us stayed there until 2 am, ordered pizza, chatted on Facebook (when we should have been studying), and got some McDonalds. It was a blast.
The best thing about Hanson is hands down the Starbucks! Yep, there is a Starbuck inside the building so you don't even have to go outside in the winter to get your coffee. Right before class every day, whether it's 8:00 am or 3:30 pm, you'll see students, professors, and staff all lining up to get their daily dose of caffeine. I am also one of these caffeine enthusiasts. Whenever I need to meet with someone, we just meet at Starbucks for a chat over coffee. It's so convenient.
These are only a few of my favorite things about Carlson and Hanson. There are so many more memories that I could go on and on, but I figure you might not want to hear me ramble on for too long. If you want to know the rest, we would love to give you a tour of our facilities!
Hanson Hall Atrium
Dr. Suess' quote always makes me think of how fantastic the opportunity for an international experience is for Carlson students. Below are some of the experiences that my friends and I have had.
- Summer after freshman year spent 3-week program in Mexico studying intermediate spanished followed by a 6-week program in Spain studying linguistics and art.
- A semester during junior year spent in Vienna, Austria with weekend trips all around various countries in Europe.
- A semester during sophomore yearspent in Ecuador over sophomore year
- A semester during junior year spent in Kenya. Camped under the stars on "pride rock" from the Lion King.
- 2 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa during winter break of junior year
That last one was me! I got to see the African sun set from the top of Table Mountain, pet a cheetah, stand eye-to-beak with an ostrich, see penguins lounging on a beach, and experience the bounty of the beautiful wineries the western cape. Any study abroad experience whether 2 weeks long or 1 year long can be an incredible one. Here are some things to start thinking about:
- How would you fit it into your schedule? Summer after freshman year is an awesome option. Many of your peers will take a semester during their junior years. Students who want to pursue multiple majors or degrees may find themselves strapped for time, and that a winter break program or a two-week program in May could be best.
- Do you want to finish a Carlson requirement or study something totally unique? For example, many of my friends took a required Accounting course that had a two-week winter break trip to Argentina, or a Human Resources class that takes a two-week May trip to Australia.
- What might be the cost of this program? My friends who went to Europe definitely spent a bit more than they would have for a semester at the U of M, but my friend who went to Kenya spent far less than she would have for a normal semester. My South Africa program was an extra 5K or so on top of whatever tuition I was paying.
- Special note: Carlson offers tons of scholarships and financial aid for study abroad! The school will find a way to make it possible for you to complete this requirement!
And finally, the most important question:
Where do you want to go? When you combine the U of M's Learning Abroad Center with Carlson's Global Institute, you are looking at options of over 300 programs from 70 countries. No choice is a bad choice!