As graduation approached, it was a pretty bittersweet feeling. My UNC Kenan-Flagler experience was an incredible opportunity for learning and personal growth. I was sad to leave but absolutely excited for my future.
I had the opportunity to do some really awesome things. On top of participating in the typical student experiences and extracurricular activities, I took time to do some more unique – and perhaps underrated – things you might not think to do while in business school.If you haven’t already done some – or all – of these five things, there’s still time before graduation!
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Get to know administrators.
Most students get to know their professors – but getting to know your school and program administrators is another great opportunity.
Many of these administrators hold advanced degrees and have had successful corporate careers before transitioning to work in higher education. As such, they offer unique perspectives for business students and can often provide you with guidance and insight that is multidimensional. Most are also well-connected and resourced within your school and university. Many times, they can help you find opportunities, build connections, or just provide sound advice and coaching.
Teaching others is one of the best ways you can master a particular topic and a great way to build relationships and camaraderie with your classmates.
At UNC Kenan-Flagler, I built relationships with administrators across a variety of different functions and offices. If you’re interesting in exploring this, start by getting to know the administrators in your MBA program office, career management center, executive development, corporate relations and alumni development offices.
Cook someone dinner.
Sharing a meal is a great way to bond with your classmates and build relationships. Getting to know people in a setting outside the walls of the business school provides a temporary release from the hustle that is b-school – and who doesn’t love a good meal? Cooking a family recipe or an ethnic dish is a great way to share your culture and background with classmates, and you don’t need to be a gourmet chef to do so – although I did use this as an opportunity to improve my cooking (nobody got hurt in the process).