Our blog, written by students, faculty, and alumni, highlights key trends in the Austin business ecosystem, opportunities to engage in social responsibility, and gives student perspectives on a wide range of business topics.
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This is another opportunity for us to learn more about our community through the experiences of students, alumni, and faculty. We can’t wait to grow together while we explore exciting trends, look at topics from different perspectives, and get to know each other a little better.
As members of the Austin business community, we have the ability to connect with diverse companies and network with others who share the same passions as us. As a student, it can get overwhelming trying to juggle your 15 hour class load, a new internship, all while making sure you’re taking advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. And on top of that, we’re navigating a new learning environment. While the nature of the business world seems precarious, there’s one institution that’s consistently dependable: The Bill Munday School of Business!
Whether you’re a student, faculty member, staff, or an alumni, chances are you’ve encountered someone who has had a lasting impact on your experience as a Hilltopper. Thanks to our 14:1 student to faculty ratio, students can develop and maintain sustainable relationships with their professors and administrators. The relationships formed at MSB not only build the foundation for academic success, but root us in our Holy Cross values.
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Until then, keep your toppers up and masks on!
Madison Wells, '21
Hey fellow Hilltoppers and welcome to our new blog, MSB Voices!
What Brought me to St. Edward's: A Professor's Perspective
My interest in St. Edward's University actually started over a decade ago.
I was at the end of my own undergraduate career and had the opportunity to visit a friend who was attending (and graduated from) St. Ed's. I was immediately infatuated. She had nothing but positive things to say about her experience and how St. Edward's helped her to grow and expand her horizons. Plus, look at this beautiful campus.
At the time, I was considering getting my PhD, and I immediately thought--well, if I do this thing, I definitely want to work at a place like this. And, look at me now!? I am still pinching myself and so grateful for the opportunity.
I was able to attend a small university myself and had a faculty member take me under their wing and steer me in the right direction. I had no idea (zero!) what I wanted to do after college, but he took the time to discuss options, do some research with me, and eventually encouraged me to try getting into a PhD program. This is why I wanted to find my way back to small school academia. I want to have an impact. I want to know my students and for them to know me and my passion for my subject and their learning.
I love that St. Edward's gives me the opportunity to truly get to know my students and their goals and aspirations, foster a fire for lifelong learning, and guide them on a more personal level than was possible at my last institution. Bonus, we get to do all of this in the hub of innovation that is Austin.
One way in which I have been able to get to know students further is in my role as co-advisor of St. Ed's HIlltop AMA chapter. The American Marketing Association that is. We are excited about this year and new opportunities to expand the chapter. I also am serving on a small committee as a coach for the inaugural HSI Battle of the Brain Competition. At St. Edward's, students aren't just a number in the group. They have the opportunity to make lifelong friends and truly steer the direction of projects to match their interests and goals. I think these kinds of activities and opportunities set the St. Ed's experience apart and will help our students achieve the real goal (a j-o-b). As for me, I am enjoying getting to be one of the guiding hands in these activities and for the chance to see my students grow and expand their own horizons.
I still need to try a famous cup of Jo's coffee on campus and hope to see you all in passing there soon!
Dr. Sarah Mittal
The views and opinions expressed in the MSB Voices blog are those of the authors. Any political views shared by students are their own.