While our current MBA students were preparing for final exams and getting ready for summer internships, and our graduating MBA students were bracing themselves for re-entry into the "real world" of full-time employment, the some of the UCLA Anderson Admissions & Parker Career Management Center team were on our way to St. Louis to meet our newest class of Consortium students. Although June marks the conclusion of the academic year, it also serves as the beginning of the MBA experience for Consortium students who attend the Consortium Orientation Program (OP). Students from throughout the US travel to a different location each year to participate in OP.
Here are some of our incoming Consortium students making their way from LAX to STL:
If you are not familiar with The Consortium, "The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is the nation's largest diversity network, linking top tier students, leading MBA programs and corporate partners, including Fortune 500 companies." The mission of The Consortium "is to reduce the under-representation of African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanic Americans in education and business." The Orientation Program, or OP as it is commonly referred to, is the kick-off for the entering Consortium class.
My favorite part of participating in OP is getting to know our incoming Consortium students. I really enjoy seeing how quickly they come together to bond as a united group. While a large part of attending OP is focused on networking and meeting with recruiters, I'm glad that our students embody UCLA Anderson's pillar of "sharing success" and rapidly understand the importance of collaborating and working to support each other. I can truly say that attending OP with our students is one of my favorite trips to make each year and I look forward to many more to come.
Welcome to our newest Consortium class!
If you support The Consortium's mission and are interested in learning more about the organization, please visit their website.