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An Inside Look At Orientation

My name is Hunter McClellan and I am a first-year MBA student at Baylor. I have an undergraduate degree in finance from Stephen F. Austin University and plan to pursue a career in investment management. My goal for writing this post is that you gain some insight about a few of the activities that stood out to me during Baylor MBA’s new student orientation.

“It also allowed us the chance to come together as a group and get to know each other while giving back to the Waco community. This trip gave me a greater perspective into what Baylor is all about.”

The first activity that stood out to me happened to be on the very first day. After all of the introductions and a couple of presentations, we split into different teams to do service projects. My group went to Caritas’ Hidden Treasures thrift store. Caritas is a non-profit with the mission: “To provide urgent support to people in need in our community.”

At the store, we did everything from sorting through donations to looking up prices and moving items all around the store. We were able to help with many of the smaller, yet time-consuming, tasks that typically consume a lot of the regular volunteers’ and workers’ time. It also allowed us the chance to come together as a group and get to know each other while giving back to the Waco community. This trip gave me a greater perspective into what Baylor is all about.

Professional development opportunity to learn more about professional dining etiquette. 

After our morning sessions on Tuesday, the Career Center staff hosted a career panel and networking event for us. The panel consisted of ten Baylor MBA alumni who represented a variety of industries including healthcare, finance, consulting, and marketing. This allowed each of us to gain insights and practical knowledge that would not only be useful throughout the program, but that would also carry over into our future careers.

At the conclusion of the panel, we were able to network with the panelists one-on-one while enjoying dinner. I personally enjoyed this opportunity because it gave us the chance to ask questions and practice some of our networking skills in a relaxed environment with people who were there to support and encourage us.

Hunter and the Komodo Dragons competing in the MBA Olympics.

On Thursday, we met at Baylor’s Eastland Lakes for the MBA Olympics. Each team wore their team color and made their own flags with different mascots. I was on the Green team and our mascot was the Komodo Dragons. Throughout the morning, we competed in a variety of different challenges ranging from rope swinging to riddles. We had a great time and learned how to work together on a team with a bunch of other leaders. This was the most fun activity to me and was great for team building!

Finally, on Friday, we got a behind-the-scenes tour of McLane Stadium. It was super cool to be able to learn about the history of Baylor football and we even got to throw a few passes on the field. As Baylor students, we all have access to free tickets to athletic events, which has provided a great opportunity for our program to bond. Especially when GBA hosts tailgates before the games.

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Orientation week at Baylor was everything: fun, challenging, and even a little stressful at times. It created an environment to get to know one another in a relaxed and easy way. It challenged us to starting thinking about and planning for our careers from day one. Orientation was not only helpful and informative, but also a great way to become closer to our classmates!

 


Want to join us at Orientation? Connect with us to start planning a customized application strategy that works specifically for you. Visit www.baylor.edu/mba for more information about how to get started with your application.

 

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