So I um… haven’t been the best blogger last quarter which is bad but at least demonstrates that I’m constantly busy with so many amazing activities within Anderson that it has slipped my mind at times. Keeping up with this will be a good New Year’s resolution.
Looking back on the fall quarter which flew by so fast there are so many standout moments that they all seem like a blur. Amongst the highlights were the Automobile Business Association trip to Vegas, the Breckenridge ski trip, and celebrating the end of exams in mid-December under the sun.
As I have previously written, we all come in to business school with our own apprehensions and anticipations so allow me to share some of the insights from the first quarter that have surpassed my already high expectations.
The student body and culture of Anderson is constantly cited as one of the main draws to the school and so it was for me but I cannot emphasize enough how amazing this has turned out to be. I am constantly surrounded by friends and more importantly good people. This has been true at every turn and I’m constantly surprised by my classmates.
The opportunities – especially in entrepreneurship – have been unreal. The entrepreneurial career path I’m following is a daunting one where I’m supposed to kind of pave my own way, there’s no traditional recruiting and this can be very tough when everyone around is receiving job offers from top companies. The Entrepreneurship Association and the Price center have been incredible at easing me into the entrepreneurial mindset and process. From organized events to introductions and immersion within the LA startup scene it’s been brilliant and was a major factor in me currently interning at MuckerLab and helping one of their startups with business development.
Finally, I’ve been really impressed by the level of the professors. Not only do a lot of them have real industry experience but they are also excellent lecturers and seem to have a true vested interest in student success. They are constantly accessible, incredibly knowledgeable and genuinely very nice people.
As this winter quarter is kicking off in the sun (obviously) I can’t wait to see what the next few months hold for me.
-Chris Varin, 14'