Being in the MBA program at Saint Martin’s, we are given the opportunity to connect with many different people one campus along with alumni and businesses in the area.
When I was a junior in college a new professor came to campus, and little did I know she would be one of my favorites and biggest influences in my program. Dr. Wendy Fraser.
This spirited, smiley and driven woman inspired many students at Saint Martin’s to rediscover within themselves why they chose business as their career seeking path. Her excitement for the industry was infectious and only reassured my feelings towards my undergraduate degree in business.
Senior year came along and Dr. Fraser decided to put her focuses on something she was truly passionate about, which was Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Although she was dearly missed, she was exemplifying everything she had taught us in her classes, find your niche, find what you love, stick with it and you’ll find your happiness.
Now, more than halfway through my MBA program getting ready to graduate this spring, Dr. Fraser has gracefully come back into my educational life, giving me a my classmates in Dr. Conants’ MBA 631 Operations class the opportunity to group together and earn our Green Belt Certifications.
For those of your who do not know, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is an international recognized program that operates under the supervision of a Six Sigma Black Belt (Dr. Fraser) to analyze and solve quality problems within a business and also involved themselves with the quality improvement projects.
With that said, I have committed to Dr. Fraser and Six Sigma Green Belt Certification program. My group is required to pick a business, school department or event to work with, identify quality problems and create a presentation on our findings and provide the business, department or event with those findings along with suggested improvements that we believe would improve the operational quality of the business.
I am so excited for this opportunity to expand my knowledge and apply what I learned in my program to real life situational business problems. I am so grateful for the new opportunities and doors that will be opened through this program and the assistance of Dr. Fraser and Saint Martin’s School of Business and Graduate Studies.
What. A. Night.
I am here to report that the 2016 Saint Martin’s University Gala: A Taste of Brazil was a complete success. It was a night filled with amazing food, good spirits and generous donations to student scholarships.
We were so grateful for the support of Eataly Brazil’s renowned Chef Ligia Karazawa and Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern. With their generosity, as a University we were able to raise $1.1 Million dollars for student scholarships.
Although, the night was glamorous and full of delicious food and good times, it is no question that the Saint Martin’s University Gala exists in order to support our students and make school possible.
Being a student at Saint Martin’s my educational journey was made possible by the generous donations to our University’s scholarship funds. I graduated in 2016 with my undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. I was able to do so without any student loans and debt. Now I am attended Saint Martin’s for a final year to achieve and graduate again but with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in the Spring of 2017.
When my journey at Saint Martin’s comes to an end, I will be graduating with two degrees, and debt and student loan free. I owe this great accomplishment to not only my parents and the athletic department but also the generous donors who continue to give to such an amazing cause.
As a student at Saint Martin’s I am so grateful for the opportunities it has provided me and I am honored to be a part of such a generous and giving community. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening, especially those who so generously donated to scholarships for many students like me.
If you were unable to attend the event and feel the contagious urge to empower and support students like myself, you can still make a donation at the Saint Martin’s Giving Page.
Thank you to the Saint Martin’s Community for making education possible. Love – Sarah
I feel like this is the ongoing question that just never seems to end… “What do you want to do after you’re done with school?”
If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me that question i’d be… well let’s just stay i’d have a lot more money than I do right now, being a broke college student and all.
Even though friends, family and people I work with always ask me the same variations of questions, it keeps the process and next step fresh in my head. I’m always thinking about it. I’m always wondering and exploring what kind of fields I might be interested in.
Something I have found is that because I decided to pursue both my degrees in business I have the opportunity to unlock so many different doors. The hard part is finding an industry I can thrive in.
This is where the services and resources of Saint Martin’s can really help! As student’s we are all invited to connect with Ann Adams and Career Services. First of all, she is one kick-butt lady who is hard working and motivational and not to mention A GREAT person to go to for help with resume building.
As a soon to be graduating (again) grad student it is now my turn to utilize the resources that this campus has to offer and she is one of them.
Now, this does not mean that all job are to be found through the help of career services. I encourage you all to also connect with your teachers within your perspective majors. Teachers within your program are great resources since almost all teachers have experience within their field along with contacts who they met along the way.
You never know, those contacts that your teachers have may be looking for some young blood to join their team.
So in conclusion for all of those who ask, over the next several months I plan to work closely with Career Services, perfecting my resume, getting my face out there, apply for jobs and reaching out to my current and previous professors and making new connections. In the business world it’s all about who you know and how far you are willing to go to get it!
Stay tuned to see what happens next!
Last we talked I was finishing up my last few weeks as an undergrad. I had decided to put my MBA on the back burner and explore what else the world had to offer me. Grad week rolled around and as my family and friends started coming into town I was asked the million dollar questions that every grad dreads hearing – especially if they have no idea what is in their future; “So Sarah, what’s next?”, “Do you have a job?”, “Are you moving back home with your parents?”. I ran out of fingers and toes to count how many times I was asked variations of those questions before graduation.
After some serious thinking and conversation with my parents, I had decided that maybe the best option for me wasn’t jump out into the job world just yet. Maybe what was best for me was to stay at Saint Martin’s and finish getting the Masters Degree I had already started, and this is what I decided to do. This last summer after graduation I decided to hit the ground running, enrolling in 2 MBA classes for the summer. Now I’m halfway done with my first fall term and on track to graduate with my MBA spring 2017, only a year after graduating with my BA. Crazy!
Now that I have officially decided to continue my education at Saint Martin’s, I was blessed with the opportunity to be apart of Social Squad for one final year. This year I hope to engage with other graduate students and graduating seniors and show them that continuing your education can open so many more doors. I will be the second person in my family to graduate with a Masters Degree and I couldn’t be more excited to see what this year has in store for me and my future.
Thank you for welcoming me back with open arms, SMU!
Hello again, World! I’ve missed you!
Sorry it has been so long since I have last blogged, but I promise I will be better about jumping on here every couple of days to catch up on life!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season and was able to enjoy family, friends, nature, or whatever it is that makes you happiest!
I had a wonderful time going home to Oregon and traveling to visit with family! Now that the long break is over its time to kick things back into gear and return refreshed, rested and ready to take on my final semester as an undergraduate student. Crazy!
For those that don’t know, I have officially been accepted into the Masters of Business Administration Program at Saint Martin’s and will be sticking around the area for an extra couple of months until my hopeful completion of my MBA by December 2016.
I have also had a recent significant life change, and as time progresses I am beginning to see the positives and I am excited to redirected my focuses on myself and bettering myself in everything I do.
These past several weeks back at school have been jam-packed with different community service opportunities through Circle K but also the planning for further involvement of Athletics with our local Boys & Girls Club.
With everything going on in my life at the moment, I have found these volunteer opportunities to be very therapeutic and rewarding. As some of you know, giving back to the community that helps build you up is so crucially important. I find such joy from volunteering in my community knowing that I am doing a little something out of my day to help someone who might need it most.
The first week back at school was Beach Clean up! Unfortunately I was very sick and was not able to attend. The second weekend back some of us Circle K’ers volunteers with a Lacey Parks & Rec organization called Stream Team to help plant trees and create a bark path at the Lacey Woodland Park. Finally, last weekend was our first Habitat Build for the 2016 year! Some Circle K members headed up to Tacoma to assist other volunteers with the finishing touches on a home we had began building towards the end of 2015. This was so rewarding for the Circle K Club to be able to see how their service was truly making an impact on the lives of those who would soon be living in that community.
This 2015-2016 school year is racing by. With the first semester almost over and finals just around the corner the force is strong in this one to start thinking about what comes next. (corny Star Wars joke)
One would think the most traditional option after graduation would be to get a job. Getting a job right out of college is a great option, but there are always other avenues that you can explore. One of those avenues is enrolling in a graduate studies program (masters). Most graduate studies programs have great opportunities for students who would like to further their education.
Saint Martin’s undergraduate business program and MBA program have a great relationship and make the transition into MBA life seamless. Although I have yet to take an official MBA level course the business program has provided me with plenty of insightful information about the MBA program.
Although I will still continue to look for jobs, I have also made the decision to enroll in 3 MBA courses in the spring semester. Some of you may be wondering, “Wait, how is she taking MBA classes while she is still an undergrad?”. Great question! The answer is that the Business department runs a great program from undergrad to masters. If you are an undergrad student who is in within senior standing you are eligible to take a maximum of 3 masters classes while still enrolled in the undergrad program. Isn’t that cool? Well it gets better! If you are an ordinary student looking to enroll in an MBA program but maybe did not get your bachelors in business you would be required to take a total of 17 courses to obtain a masters degree. But, if you decide the MBA program is something you want to do and you will be graduating from SMU with a BA in Business Administration 5 of those 17 classes will already be accounted for. The first 5 courses in the MBA program are introductory classes that have already been covered for those who will graduate from SMU with BA in Business. Which leaves only 12 courses left to complete a masters degree. Pretty cool, huh?
Currently students have the option to take a maximum of 3 masters level courses while still in the undergraduate program. Once you have officially graduated and are only enrolled in the MBA program I believe you have the ability to take up to 3 classes a term. I am still working out all of the kinks myself and it is all still a work in progress.
With that being said, I hope to have the ability to take at least 3 MBA courses per term in hopes of getting my MBA by December of next year or even sooner! I would be the first person in my family to get a Masters degree and I think that would be a pretty monumental thing and make my family very proud.
If you are as interested in this masters track program as I was when I first heard of it be sure to contact the School of Business at Saint Martin’s. If you are wondering about student-aid the Graduate Studies Office also offers opportunities for students to apply for Graduate Assistant-ships, which is also something that I myself am looking into. If you are a student who is interested in enrolling in the Masters program but not until after graduation here are some of the application deadlines you should be aware of:
- Fall session 1 (Aug. – Oct.) — apply by July 1
- Fall session 2 (Oct. – Dec.) — apply by September 1
- Spring session 1 (Jan. – Mar.) — apply by December 15
- Spring session 2 (Mar. – May) — apply by February 1
- Summer session (May – July) — apply by May 1
I wish everyone the best of luck with the remainder of their semester, good luck with finals and Happy Holidays!