Second-year MBA reflects on her “Simon Bucket List”

The following blog post was written by Raven Hudson, MBA Class of 2018

As a second-year MBA student concentrating in marketing and entrepreneurship, my time at Simon is drawing to a close. The New Year is a good time to evaluate progress and set new goals, so in that spirit, I thought back to the “Simon Bucket List” I created before coming to business school, and I’m proud of how much I’ve accomplished in a year and a half.

My Simon Bucket List

Diversify my portfolio – take advantage of the finance and accounting courses available
Our MBA program is ranked No. 2 in the world for finance by Financial Times of London, and regardless of which of the 15 areas of study you choose to pursue at Simon, I recommend taking a few finance or accounting courses. Finance heavily influences marketing, especially when you own profits and losses and are in charge of launching new products. The courses I took came in handy during my internship at Baxter Inc. in the Commercial Leadership Development Program (CLDP), and will continue to serve me well when I return to Baxter as a CLDP marketing manager after graduation. If you’re interested in marketing like I am, I recommend Entrepreneurial Finance and Financial Statement Analysis.

Students gather with Carla Harris.

Students gathered with Carla Harris at the SFIC event.

“Expect to Win” – meet Carla Harris in person
“Create your own agenda, know who you are and what you want from your career, and don’t spend a lot of time comparing yourself to others.”- Carla Harris, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley

After following her career for the past two years, my dreams of meeting Carla Harris came true at an event sponsored by Simon Finance and Investment Club (SFIC). I also recommend reading her book Expect to Win, in which she outlines key strategies for thriving the workplace.

Make an impact – give back to the community while gaining consulting skills
I came into business school with 2.5 years of work experience. Compared to the Simon MBA class profile, I knew it would benefit me to find a project to enhance my work experience so I could be a competitive candidate to recruiters. Simon Vision Consulting allowed me to gain project management and problem solving skills by managing a team of four of my peers, while giving me the opportunity to give back to the Rochester community at the same time. There are various clubs here at Simon that also allow you to give back, such as Simon Volunteers and Net Impact.

Gain global experience go on an international immersion trip
The Simon EDGE program offers global awareness exposure for MBA students through opportunities to travel abroad for 1-2 weeks. In the fall I took a “Doing Business in South Africa” course led by Dean Ainslie, and we traveled as a group to South Africa in December. I recommend immersion trips to anyone passionate about understanding how business is conducted on a global-level.

raven_photoBecome a student leader on campus – bring my “vision” to Simon
I’ve always had a passion for economic development. Before coming to Simon, I worked as a marketing consultant for a law firm that focused on small business and entrepreneurship. Simon Vision Consulting allowed me to pursue my passion, and I am now the president of the student-led pro bono consulting organization. I highly recommend making the MBA experience your own by getting involved with student-led clubs and organizations. With more than 30 options, there’s something at Simon for everyone.

With two terms left in my MBA, there are still a few things I’d like to accomplish, including more international travel and attending more conferences. I plan to make the most of my final months as an MBA student, and I look forward to taking on my next challenge – my full-time role at Baxter!

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