The second semester of the M.S. in Commerce program has been a whirlwind of new topics, projects, professors, and groups. All of us in the Business Analytics track recently had our last Friday of classes ever, and so as of now, this is what a typical week looks like for us.
At the beginning of the program in the fall, all M.S. in Commerce students, regardless of what track they were in, had the same schedule. The program was split into section one and section two with one starting in the morning and two starting in the afternoon. With the exception of one track-specific class at the end of the semester, everyone took the same courses with the same professors, on the same days.
When classes started in the fall, all students in the M.S. in Commerce program, regardless of track, generally had the same schedule. The program was split into section one and section two with one starting in the morning and two starting in the afternoon. With the exception of one track specific class at the end of the semester, everyone took the same courses with the same professors on the same days, with the only variation in start time. This spring, things are very different, because all three tracks are currently taking industry specific classes to their specialties.
I majored in American Studies as an undergraduate. Through this major, I analyzed American culture, and tried to figure out where it came from and how it evolved. I focused on the evolution of music in the 20th century. I wanted to understand the socio-political and economic factors that influenced music, and how music influenced those factors in return. While interesting, this path from American Studies to graduate business student is not immediately obvious.
We got in touch with three members of the M.S. in Commerce Class of 2016, who specialized in Marketing and Management, after they had a chance to experience the real world for a few months. Read on to learn what post-grad life has been like so far, as well as what aspects of M.S. in Commerce (MSC) they’re finding to be the most valuable so far.
McIntire’s Commerce Career Services (CCS) creates opportunities for its students to learn about the business world in a variety of exciting ways. There are lots of guest lectures, panels, colloquiums, and in class speakers every month, but one of the most interesting ways that McIntire helps students to connect with businesses is through trips to cities that companies actually operate in day to day.
Before the M.S. in Commerce students even start the program in August, McIntire’s Commerce Career Services (CCS) reaches out to them to start the job search process. Students are provided with numerous resources to make sure they’re fully prepared when companies start visiting in the fall. From big events like the Commerce Career Fair, to panels and “coffee chats” with employers, to one-on-one resume reviews and mock interviews, CCS is constantly helping students figure out where their next steps should be and how to get there.
One of the great things about McIntire as a whole is that the Student Services office regularly puts on events that bring the community together. Students, faculty, and staff all gathered last November to enjoy a great winter bash with cake and hot cocoa before the legendary Lighting of the Lawn. Then, to kick off the spring semester, we just had a huge Lunar New Year celebration last Thursday with seemingly endless dumplings, tea and candy tasting, karaoke, and a chopsticks competition. McIntire’s halls were decked out in paper lanterns and decorative knots for the week leading up to the celebration.
Over winter break, several M.S. in Commerce (MSC) students traveled to New York for the annual NYC Marketing Trip led by Commerce Career Services. All MSC students were eligible to apply to the trip to gain an insider perspective on companies and industries, along with rich networking experiences. This year they met with eight different companies: NBA, HBO, Google, Sullivan, RF Binder, Havas Worldwide, Bounce Exchange, and HYFN.
The spring term is off to great start here in at McIntire. Student services has been providing a warm welcome back with treats in the grad lounge and a huge Lunar New Year celebration this week. The weather has been really beautiful for January, and us M.S. in Commerce students are now focusing on our track-specific coursework, so we’re each starting to become a bit more of an expert in Finance, Business Analytics, or Marketing & Management. We’re also starting to book our international flights for this year’s Global Immersion Experience (GIE), to everywhere from Sweden to China!