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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Getting Into the Marriott School is not About the "Bear Necessities..."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Everybody is always talking about the work experience, grades, resume, and references to get into the  Marriott School.  Is all that really that important?




Ha, it is.

For those of you struggling to find that extra experience for that extra edge, here are some tips to help you meet your educational and career goals.

1) Attend Internship Night this Thursday,  November 17th.  Visit room 710 in Tanner from 5:30-7:30 to learn about internship opportunities and other resources available to help become a stronger candidate for both acceptance into your program and into your career goals.  Food will be provided!

2) Participate in an On-Campus Internship (OCI) or Social Innovation Project (SIP) this coming semester.  Both are great options to learn technical and soft skills without leaving campus!  More information can be found here and here if you're interested!

3) Join a club! Clubs are a great way to add experience, network, and just make friends. Here are a couple of upcoming events!

- Finance Society: Every Tuesday: Underclassmen Academy @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Room W242 Tanner Building. Email byufinancesociety@gmail.com with any questions!

- Information Systems: WAIS (Women Association for Information Systems) Information Dinner! November 15, 6-8 PM in 710 Tanner.

- Marketing: Pre-Management Panel (visit MA Pre-Management Panel for more details must log in to view the link).

- PreMa: Internship Night and Getting into the Marriott School & Meet the Clubs Lunch (visit PreMa Events for more details (must log in to view the link).


Before you head home for turkey and football, try your hand at one of these options to detract from you stress level (so you can really enjoy that stuffing).  Happy Thanksgiving, ladies!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What's in an Idea?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016



My dear sisters (in Zion..?),

Happy October! We are so grateful for everyone who came and attended our successful dinner last Thursday.  For those of you who were unable to attend, club leadership sent out an email with Jasmine's slides.  Please feel free to reach out if you would like them and haven't received them.

Today is Tuesday.  I thought Tuesday would be an appropriate day to discuss a controversial issue - the controversial issue.  Politics.

America was born in 1776 because of a single idea: freedom for all.   Think about this for a moment - an entire revolution, comprised of brilliant, inspired men who consecrated their reputation, time, and wealth - all for an idea!  Ideas, not people, shape history.  It is not Hitler who slaughtered a race - it is the ideas he stood for.   I'd like to share a speech with you I read recently about this power of ideas by a man named Neil Postman.

"I want to tell you about two groups of people who lived many years ago but whose influence is still with us. They were very different from each other, representing opposite values and traditions. I think it is appropriate for you to be reminded of them on this day because, sooner than you know, you must align yourself with the spirit of one or the spirit of the other.



The first group lived about 2,500 years ago in the place which we now call Greece, in a city they called Athens...They were...the first people to develop a complete alphabet, and therefore they became the first truly literate population on earth. They invented the idea of political democracy, which they practiced with a vigor that puts us to shame. They invented what we call philosophy. And they also invented what we call logic and rhetoric. They came very close to inventing what we call science, and one of them- Democritus by name-conceived of the atomic theory of matter 2,300 years before it occurred to any modern scientist. They composed and sang epic poems of unsurpassed beauty and insight. And they wrote and performed plays that, almost three millennia later, still have the power to make audiences laugh and weep....They believed in reason. They believed in beauty. They believed in moderation...


The second group of people lived in the place we now call Germany, and flourished about 1,700 years ago. We call them the Visigoths, and you may remember that your sixth or seventh- grade teacher mentioned them. They were spectacularly good horsemen, which is about the only pleasant thing history can say of them. They were marauders-ruthless and brutal. Their language lacked subtlety and depth. Their art was crude and even grotesque. They swept down through Europe destroying everything in their path, and they overran the Roman Empire. There was nothing a Visigoth liked better than to burn a book, desecrate a building, or smash a work of art. From the Visigoths, we have no poetry, no theater, no logic, no science, no humane politics...


Now, the point I want to make is that the Athenians and the Visigoths still survive, and they do so through us and the ways in which we conduct our lives. All around us-in this hall, in this community, in our city-there are people whose way of looking at the world reflects the way of the Athenians, and there are people whose way is the way of the Visigoths. I do not mean, of course, that our modern-day Athenians roam abstractedly through the streets reciting poetry and philosophy, or that the modern-day Visigoths are killers. I mean that to be an Athenian or a Visigoth is to organize your life around a set of values. An Athenian is an idea. And a Visigoth is an idea...


Now, it must be obvious what all of this has to do with you. Eventually, like the rest of us, you must be on one side or the other. You must be an Athenian or a Visigoth."

It is incredulous, and honestly embarrassing, that politics have transformed into a reality TV show.  At the end of the day, I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, and I'm certainly not going to tell you what to believe.  But I am begging you to vote.  I'm begging you to to contemplate the ideas you believe America stands for.  I'm begging you for vision.  



It is not "what's in a name?", dear Juliet; it's "what's in an idea?" that matters.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Another Year Older (and Wiser Too)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Hello friends!  I'm back.  I know what you're thinking; ahhh, I thought we were rid of her for good!  Alas, I regret to inform you I've lived to write another year.
This year, Jane is taking on just a little bit of a different persona. This year, I'm a pre-management girl who loves country music, pancakes, and that biting feeling when your nose is just too cold who's struggling to survive the pre-reqs (yes, I can love country music and still go to business school....)
My purpose this year will be to 1) approach being a woman in the Marriott school with fresh eyes and remind you of your journey in, 2) supply useful information about the school, interviews, career prep,  and inform you of upcoming events, and 3) provide comic relief (because life gets hard.)
As midterms are upon us, I thought I'd bring you a little goodness this morning.  You can do it!  Remember, professors love to freak us out with the first test; it is seemingly always the hardest, and as the semester continues, you're only adding more points to your grade. You got this, bae.
Don't wanna take my word for it?  Take his.




I'm so excited to be able to spend the next eight months with you!  Whether you're like me and applying in June, in the junior core wreaking havoc on your social life, or peacing outta here in April, I hope we can learn and laugh together this year.  It's going to be one to remember.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Music and the Mind

Thursday, April 7, 2016
I like to browse HuffingtonPost.com before classes and read the articles that stand out. Today as I was reading about Beyonce’s newest comments on feminism I thought about the impact music has on its listeners. Beyonce is able to communicate her personal beliefs from the powerful platform of music. The phrases she sings are catchy and often play on repeat. You can find her music playing almost anywhere.

From personal experience, I know the songs I listened to as a kid still get stuck in my head all the time. I continue to intake new music though. I like my yoga class more when there is meditation music playing. I get psyched walking into classes that has sweet tunes playing. Movies become infinitely more scary when creepy songs are playing. I even remember things better when there is a melody. Music is playing so often and I have a strong emotional tie to it, but what does music actually do?

This question led me down the rabbit hole of research on how cool music is for intellectual and emotional development. Daniel Abrams, author and postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University of Medicine, said, “Brain regions involved in movement, attention, planning and memory consistently showed activation when participants listened to music -- these are structures that don't have to do with auditory processing itself. This means that when we experience of (sic) music, a lot of other things are going on beyond merely processing sound.” 

That gives music a lot of power. So how do we take advantage of this free and easily-accessible resource? On an individual level we can select music that we find empowering. Being aware of what you are listening to and the affects it has on mood is vital. On a larger scale, companies have been using music as a marketing strategy for decades. If you want to continue following me through the rabbit hole, this article talks more about our emotional ties to businesses because of melodies and has great video examples of music in marketing. (And here is the Apple video mentioned in the link that does not show up.)   

So as you are studying for finals or planning summer fun, remember the affect music has on everything you do. Use it to your advantage.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Case Competition

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Being a business student, there are two words you’ll hear a lot: case competition.


What is a case competition?

The internet isn’t giving me straight answer where or when these competitions started, but we sure do participate in a lot of them at the Marriott School. In a case competition, teams of typically four members receive a case study before the day of the actual competition. This study goes into detail about a certain corporation or industry. After giving an excess of information and data about the business in question, a problem is posed for the teams to answer. Teams then use their knowledge to solve this problem through collecting additional data, creating new models, charting graphs, and so on. A paper is usually written to present all of your findings and recommendations (with an executive summary since you never know if someone will actually read your whole paper).

The day of the competition, teams present their findings to a board of judges. An audience often attends, but it is only the judges that ask questions at the end of the presentation. The judges also request a copy of your slide deck. What is a slide deck? A printed version of the power point you are using. This makes it easy for judges to follow along with your presentation and look at the numbers you cite up close.

Why participate in a case competition?

Well sometimes you do not have a choice. Classes often have case competitions for assignments. When you do have a choice though, there are more benefits than just a grade. Case competitions help establish a team, push your mind to think outside the box in a short amount of time, and look great on resumes. Not to mention if you win, there is usually a prize or a trophy.

Fox TV win emmys 2015 ricky gervais trophy


So don’t be intimidated next time you hear about a case competition. Everyone gets better with experience and practice. Plus, you really don’t need to be a pro to come home with a prize. Just let your creativity flow and know you are making a difference to the company the case is about. 
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