Tuesday, July 31, 2007

new caveat

Initially, I was tagging entries in this as "Beginning." I decided this was obviously unnecessary because I am obviously still preparing (school hasn't started yet).

So if you're looking for things like my preparations, look at the beginning of the blog. The new an entry is, the more experience I had gained when I wrote it. Other than that, the labels should be pretty logical.

Power of MBA - Networking

As I prepare to begin BYU's MBA Program in about a month, one thing I am making sure I brush-up on is my Networking and Social Skills. A huge power to getting an MBA is the networking opportunities.

To prepare for all this networking, I am re-reading "How to win Friends and Influence People". I'm doing this because of all the important principles in here.

Reading this is already helping me out at my current job. I've established a few contatcs that should help me out come internship time next summer. I definitely recommend reading this book to anyone, but especially those who are taking off 2 years of work to learn how to become more effective leaders.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Laptop for BYU MBA Program

Well you are supposed to have a laptop when you begin the BYU MBA Program. From the couple of tours I came to school and took I know that you will use this extremely.

I already owned a 3 year old Toshiba laptop with Windows XP & 512 MB Ram. I decided to get a new one. I like the Toshiba, but its slow on the start-up and noisy with the fan. As much as we use these, I figured I would be better of buying a new one.

I went with a smaller Laptop. I'm going from 15" screen to 14". I do have some reservations about the smaller screen since I will be working from this computer constantly for the next 2 years. My plan until now was to have the smaller laptop when I needed it, but then to have a kick-awesome desktop that I mainly worked from.

Since I will be working (90% or so of the time) mainly from the laptop, I may regret having the smaller computer. I will make sure and write down my thoughts on this later. Hopefully I will not consider it to be too small.

One website that was suggested for purchasing you laptop from is: http://www.gotapex.com/. I didn't use it so I don't have a good recommendation, but check it out, you may like it.

Friday, July 27, 2007

BYU MBA - Rafting Trip

One thing to watch for when your starting the program is the various trips that happen before the Semester Starts. This trip allows you to meet some second year students and (more importantly?) alumni/recruiters of the program. I see a lot of benefit to this because 1 of the main values in a Full-Time MBA Program is all the Networking Opportunities.

We're going to Moab, UT the 23-25 of August. Mostly I think this will be fun, but I'm hoping it really pays off in other areas as well.

Blog Outline -

Well here goes my first post in what I hope becomes a very long blog.

I feel it will be a good servcie to BYU and future students and so I plan on writing in this blog every weekeday once school starts. Even on my internship, as long as I legally can, I hope to remain in that habit.

I do this for 2 reasons. This will benefit me because it will help me remember a lot of what I learn. Truthfully, this blog could be pretty boring as I right down a lot of the items I learn in class. But hey, repetition helps you to remember
Reason #2 is that I really wanted to see what people were dealing with as I was researching the school I was going to attend. Hopefully this will become a treasure trove of information for those deciding on where to go.

Now, can I be disciplined enough to accomplish this? I do have some goals while in the program. I need to lay those out and then like it says in Good to Great, I need to see if I achieve those goals. I don't get to make excuses at the end of the semester/year/program/internship for not achieving those goals, I need to directly compare.

So if you're insterested in BYU's MBA, watch this blog, I'll let you know how it works out for me in the next 2 years.