Friday, January 24, 2014

Full-Time UGA MBA Student Erin Geoffroy Named 2014 OneEnergy Scholar

First year Full-Time UGA MBA student Erin Geoffroy has been named to the 2013 OneEnergy Scholars class by OneEnergy Renewables, a developer of large-scale clean energy projects.  Erin is one of seven students selected for the class from national pool of applicants representing the nation's leading academic institutions.

The OneEnergy Scholars award program accelerates the careers of high potential individuals who exemplify the dedication and intellectual capacity required to move the clean energy industry forward.  In partnership with NetImpact, OneEnergy Renewables provides award recipients with broach recognition for their achievements, personalized career counseling, internship opportunities, and peer and professional networking.

Prior to attending the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, Erin was a Texas Communications Manager at the Environmental Defense Fund.  She is currently focusing her MBA studies on marketing and corporate social responsibility.

For more:
OneEnergy Scholars: Erin Geoffroy
Terry MBA Student Wins Renewable Energy Award

Friday, January 10, 2014

Thoughts on First Semester

Today we welcome Jennifer Conner, MBA '15 as a guest contributor.  Jennifer was kind enough to take a few minutes to jot down her thoughts on first semester.

As a double Dawg, when I began the process of applying to an MBA program, Terry College of Business was naturally one of the first places I looked into.  Everyone talks about small class sizes and the individualized attention that you receive from professors and other staff members at Terry, and while it was an important aspect, it originally was not high on my criteria for school selection. I was interested more in the strong alumni network Terry has created, the business analytics concentration which was taking advantage of innovative business trends, and the module class system which allows me to focus on multiple concentrations and really immerse myself in the subjects. However, after finishing ¼ of my MBA here at Terry, I have realized how invaluable it is to have professors and career advisors take the time to know me, and to have the time to work with me on an individual basis.

I came into business school with a strong career background, but no formal business training. The first few modules cover business basics, and I found myself challenged to understand concepts and formulas I had never seen before. I am not the type of person who is used to feeling lost in a subject and I found myself struggling with some of the materials. This is where the professors at Terry excel. They were willing to sit down with me and walk me through concepts until I understood the not only the concept but the theory behind the concepts. They were willing to take the time and reteach lectures to make sure that I felt confident in the materials. One professor actually paused class one day when he saw I was getting lost and reworked the concept until I was comfortable. I know that I was not the only person who was confused, just maybe the most vocal about it. The smaller class helped here too, because I would not have been as comfortable asking questions in a huge lecture hall. In a bigger program, I would not have had such direct access to my professors and I would not have had a more difficult time succeeding in my first several classes.

Staff at Terry also have the time and desire to get to know each student individually. The Career Center took the time to review my business background and my future plans and goals, not just professionally but personally as well. The entire staff knows who I am and where I want to go, so if something comes across their desks, they are able to pass it along. Through their support, I was able to land a summer internship at a Fortune 100 before Thanksgiving. If one of the Corporate Relations liaisons who doesn’t actively counsel students hadn’t taken the time to get to know me and my interests, I would have never even seen the application.

The amazing staff and professors are why I decided to continue my education at Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia “with the understanding that there is no tradition more worth of envy, no institution worthy of such loyalty, as the University of Georgia”. 

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