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Japan Trip 2012 by Simon Asian Club

By: Bonnie (He) Liu

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful start to the New Year and that everything is going well.

As promised, I would like to introduce our Japan Trip during the past winter break. Our nine days trip to Japan was amazing and this was the most wonderful trip that I have ever had! The trip had two major parts, one was corporate visits to companies, and the other one was sightseeing.

The opportunities of visiting top companies are very precious and unique for us business school students. During the trip we visited eight companies including: UBS, Toyota, Hitachi, Microsoft, Nomura, Societe Generale, Citi Bank and Rakuten. All the companies are leading players both in Japan and around the world in their own industry. What impressed me most was their hospitality. Although our visit was during the holiday season, which was also the busiest season for companies to do year-end balances, almost all the companies had their senior managers even CEO welcome us and present to us.

For the content of presentation, each company covered different areas of topics and shared their own insight with us. In summary, each company covered one or some of the following topics: 1) overview of the world financial market and Japanese market; 2) estimation of Japanese Economy under a new government leader; 3) company’s history and current status; 4) new product strategy, future business development strategy and people strategy etc.; 5) corporate social responsibility and partnership with other parties. At the same time all our participants had very active interactions with companies raising many insightful questions. We greatly appreciated what those eight companies shared with us and we did learn a lot as well. Not only did we have a deeper understanding of the market and the companies, we also got many networking opportunities with professionals from various areas.

The other important part of this trip was of course sightseeing and culture experience! Thanks to our Japanese classmates who helped organized the trip, we were able to visit those landmarks in Tokyo and at the same time enjoy life in Tokyo as real Japanese people.

We had our crazy Christmas party in Ginza singing Karaoke while enjoying delicious food. We had a whole day bus tour to 1) Tokyo Tower with the view of the whole Tokyo city and even Mt. Fuji; 2) one of the most famous gardens in Tokyo to watch a tea ceremony; 3) DIY Monjayaki on the boat with a great view of the sea; and 4) visit to Sensoji Temple. We had our alumni party in a great restaurant with 17 alumni who came to join us and shared their experience with us. We watched a Geisha performance and learned Japanese traditional art culture.  We went to Yokohama and Kamakura to explore Japanese Ramen culture and enjoyed a seaside hot spring house along with a visit to the famous Kamakura Great Buddha, and great snacks and food were a key part for sure. We also went to many other Tokyo’s landmarks including Omotesendo, Shibuya, Tsukiji fish market and Tokyo SkyTree. And for the last day of the year 2012 we had a wonderful hot spring tour and had our New Year countdown on the cruise with a fantastic night view of Tokyo Bay Area and fireworks! There can’t be a better way to finish an old year like this and start a new year by making a wish at a Japanese Shrine in the early morning.

Does this trip sound great to you? I can keep talking about our trip with a lot more fun we had there if there is not a word limit. Interested in the trip? Why not come and join us! I am curious of where is our next destination now.

At the very end, I would like to thank all our board members of the Simon Asian Club who made great efforts to make this wonderful trip real. And many thanks to all the eight companies who hosted us, thanks to all our alumni who joined our party, and thanks to all the support we received from different offices of the Simon School. We cannot make it without all of this help.

Thank you all who read this blog, and hope to see you soon at Simon.

Meliora.

 

Simon Student Clubs…Another Way to Learn, Network, Give, and Join the Simon Community

By: Uma Pansari

Clubs are a great way to enhance your leadership and social skills. The Simon School gives you great opportunities with a variety of different clubs. Simon Women in Business Club (SWIB) is a club for the Simon women to get together socially, whether for happy hour, networking , playing golf or listening to a panel of fellow women peers  about their internships/jobs/interview experiences. We learn from each other and become a stronger group. We also invite women who have been successful in their respective careers and life and have them share their stories to inspire the Simon Women. It’s a great way to connect with the other women and learn from each other. We all come from diverse backgrounds and there is so much to learn. Women are amazing, as they can put a smile on and act like everything is fine even if really the world is on their shoulders and life is slipping through the cracks of their fingers.

Simon Volunteers is a club where we believe that volunteering and giving makes us better human beings . Taking time out from the busy schedule to volunteer at a Ronald McDonald house, participate in the local events like the East Ave Grocery run ,Polar plunge, JA in a Day… just to name a few. We also organize fundraising events to raise money for the Secret Santa Fund  to buy gifts for the kids while partnering with the local schools and charities. Not only do the students participate, but the faculty and school staff join in too. This just makes for a great experience to work with your fellow students and teachers outside of the academics.

These are only a couple of examples of the many Student Clubs that you can participate in. Take a look for yourself!

 

 

 

Scholarship Weekend is More than Earning Increased Scholarship Support!

By: Jonathan Markowicz

Scholarship weekend at Simon goes by very quickly. A lot is packed into a short amount of time. However, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The opportunity to earn a full scholarship meant the difference between launching my own company while at Simon and not. Therefore, I came to scholarship weekend with a strategy, which was to make an impression.

For me this meant more than just schmoozing with classmates and alumni. My professional background was directing a community rowing program and serving in the United States Air Force- far from Wall Street. I never did a case study before, let alone participate in a competition. When I was handed our case on Ikea, I read it through and thought, “Now what do I do?” Furthermore, I was nervous that people would converse using business jargon and I would have no idea what they were talking about. I couldn’t fake what I didn’t know. Therefore, I needed to highlight my strengths: my communication skills, my creativity, and my energy.

That weekend, we turned my hotel room into base ops where we worked diligently on our Ikea presentation. I worry that I don’t take things seriously sometimes because we framed our presentation as a travel itinerary, in fact my role in the presentation was the travel agent/emcee, and handed out little soaps and shampoos to the judges as a gimmick. In hindsight, it worked; however, on the day we presented, we had no idea how it would go over and just committed to doing something that no other group would. Not only was this the impression I wanted to leave with Simon, it was my way of giving Simon an idea of what I could bring to the class environment.

I’m reading this over and wondering if it comes across as kind of contrived. Let me conclude, then, by sharing a recent experience. I was down in Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy helping with the relief efforts. My military unit was stationed at the distribution site at Floyd Bennett Field loading and unloading truckloads of food and supplies. Two men from the Coast Guard pull up to load their vehicle with some water. And, wouldn’t you believe, one of the reservists was a teammate of mine from scholarship weekend. Although he didn’t end up going to Simon, for he resolved to pursue other career opportunities, we quickly reminisced over our over-the-top Ikea presentation, late-night work in the hotel, and the evening reception (which is a story for another time). So, there you have it, an example of making an impression at Simon’s Scholarship Weekend and seeing how far the Simon network can reach when you least expect it. It’s real.

Congratulations to everyone invited and I look forward to meeting you this weekend.

Take on the World at Simon

By: Jerrica

As someone who will be posting regular blog posts for Simon, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Jerrica, and I just started the MBA program in early August.  In contrast with most of my fellow students, I don’t have an exact plan in mind for after graduation; I have an idea, but I’m still fleshing out the details on what path to take to realize my goals, especially because I have always had varying interests.

To give you an idea of what I mean: I was, and still am, interested in studio art; I began my undergraduate career at Lake Forest College intending to go into Chemistry, but after working in a research lab one summer, decided I needed more personal interaction than a gas spectrometer could provide; worked as a DJ for the campus radio station and eventually became the General Manager; graduated with a degree in Communication and English; worked at a bank; was the Office Manager for a small law office (meaning I had a chance to do pretty much ev-er-y-thing for the office), and then finally applied to business schools and enrolled at Simon. Phew.  Though some classmates have seemed destined for management since childhood, I’ve never felt like that (as if the wandering path couldn’t tell you already).

But, as I’m sure you’ve felt, I had a moment when I felt I could take on the world, and I knew that business school was the tool I needed. For me, it happened during a breakfast conversation with my parents one Saturday, while my mom was venting her frustrations about her boss. Hearing her laments, I started coming up with solutions and giving advice (some that I clearly was not qualified to make) and thought, why not? After that, I began my search for programs, eventually found Simon, and instantly fell in love with the campus and the people.

If you’re interested in Simon (and if you’re taking the time to read this, you probably are—just a little bit), then I want to talk to you.  What are your plans, or better yet, what has been your path?  What was your “take on the world” moment? Though I can’t speak for other business schools, I know that Simon is all about networking and connecting, so you might as well start practicing.  Post a comment below, or send me an email: Jerrica.Krzywicki@Simon.Rochester.edu.