On Monday, August 22, the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB) welcomed the class of 2018 to Grainger Hall to begin their two week-long orientation program to familiarize students with campus and prepare them for the next two years. The MBA program as a whole touched on topics such as leadership and personality assessments, academic paths, resources within UW-Madison and the Wisconsin School of Business, expectations, and additional opportunities available to students while pursing their MBA. Students met their core teams, volunteered for local non-profits, and met the staff they will engage with over the next two years.
The Center took several opportunities to engage our students on a more personal level. The specialization orientation began with a dinner for all first-year students to sit down and get to know one another. The next day, each student met with Jake Dean for a 1:1 interview which allowed Jake to get to know each student’s goals for their MBA education. We continued our orientation with a Center overview and an alumni panel and networking event. Finally, after classes started and second-year students returned from their internships, all Center students gathered for an all-day networking and team-building event at the New Glarus Brewery and at the home of alum and faculty member Pete Lukszys.
The orientation allowed students to feel connected and engaged with the program even before classes began. This foundation set the students up with the resources and knowledge to begin their successful careers at the Wisconsin School of Business.