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Ashleigh Coaxum

The Wisconsin Real Estate MBA: Two Year Review

by Ashleigh Coaxum Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ashleigh CoaxumOver the past two years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to network, travel, and take on leadership roles during my time at Wisconsin.  When I first arrived on campus, I immediately knew that I wanted to leave my mark. I set my eyes on leadership roles: becoming the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association and the Real Estate Club Career Fair Coordinator. Both of these leadership roles taught me valuable lessons which I will take into my professional career post-business school: 1) Delegate, Delegate, Delegate – you cannot do everything alone 2) Always be open to different and sometimes competing ideas - your classmates have valuable life experience which should be validated and celebrated 3) Have fun! - It makes long days and nights worthwhile. Giving back to WSB was a rewarding experience which pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow both in and outside of the classroom.

Ashleigh CoaxumIn addition to my leadership experiences, my two years at WSB have afforded me the wonderful opportunity to travel abroad to Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, and Germany. In particular, I most enjoyed attending the largest real estate conference in the world – MIPIM in Cannes, France – two years in a row! The James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate has exposed me to conferences, alumni events and domestic Treks to Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. The networking opportunities are an invaluable way for students to connect with alumni and gain a global perspective on the current real estate industry. No other program in the world could have exposed me to more global real estate than UW-Madison’s Real Estate MBA.

To sum up Year 1 in a tweet: “A whirlwind pasta making course - throw it all on the wall and see what sticks; RE the holy trinity of liquidity, risk and growth #jumparound”

To sum up Year 2 in a tweet: “Second year is the best year: MIPIM, Berlin, yachts, CMBS, job hunting, offers! #almostthere #togetherforward”

As I wrap up my final few weeks, I know that I leave Wisconsin with more knowledge of business, real estate, and myself. I will miss my classmates, our late night study sessions in Grainger Hall, our fun nights on State Street, and our epic adventures abroad. Cheers to my classmates of the Class of 2016! We’ve made it – together forward!

Ashleigh Coaxum