Category Archives: Paul

It’s All About Who You Know

When I first entered the MBA program here at Elon, I was told we were going to learn from our classmates.  We were going to lean on them for support and count on them.

This is very true.

I have made several friends here in the program and we are all in the same place.  Over the past year I have had several study groups, group projects and even paper writing teams.

These last two weeks have been very difficult and I am a bit overwhelmed with homework.  This week I was having problems with a take home exam. We had to write a paper on a topic I just simply could not understand.  A few days before it was due, one of my classmates sat down with me and explained what was being asked.  He even showed me what he did (we wrote on different topics).  When I was finished he even proofread it for me.  I would have probably received a ‘C’ without him, but with his help I got an ‘A’.  He is even in the process of helping me get a job with him.

On Saturday, two classmates and I are getting together to work on an exam and project.  Last weekend I worked with three others on another project. This semester has by far been the most intensive.  In my year plus at Elon I have worked with probably 20 others.  I have made about 10 -15 good friends that I see outside of school.  I even set up one of my classmates with my roommate, they now live together and are engaged.

It is the people here at Elon that make it a great place to be.


Confessions of a Satisfied Multitasker

I am currently sitting in my International Business class, which I love.

I just came from a meeting of fellow students who are trying to create a not-for-profit consulting group.   By the end of this weekend I have four chapters of reading, some homework and I need to work on two projects. On top of that, I need to work on creating the applications used by the consulting group, plus I need to finish a proposal concerning teaching a skills class here at Elon.

Oh, I forgot I also have to write an executive summary for the Rice Competition.  I have designed a new product that I am entering in the competition.

I want to be clear that I have chosen to get the most out of my time here at Elon.  Every day I walk into the building I say hello to Judy and Dr. Burpitt.  Every professor knows my name and they all know me as a person.  I have been encouraged to try these different activities.  More than one professor has asked me if I wanted to get involved in something.  They do this because they know me.  It is my choice to do all of these things.  Elon allows me to explore many different opportunities.

A Tale of Two Programs

When I first looked into getting my MBA, I researched the universities in the local area.  I live in Chapel Hill.  I narrowed my choice down to three choices near my home, and then further narrowed my list to two. One school was Elon, we’ll call the other, School B.

I was blown away at my interview at School B.  I felt like a burden and that I was lucky they were making time for me.  After speaking to several students currently getting their MBA’s from School B I came to realize that this feeling would not soon change.  The competition and cut-throat atmosphere did not appeal to me.   It would be great to have an MBA from School B with their reputation, but I did not feel it was a good fit for me.  The cost of School B was never a factor in my decision; it should have been.

So it was down to Elon University.  During my visit to campus I met some very nice people and was able to ask questions of current students.  The flexibility of the program and the consideration by the professors truly appealed to me.  The reputation of Elon was great, and has only gotten better.  I asked job recruiters and a couple of school counselors about Elon.  The description that I heard repeatedly was, “Everything Elon does turns to gold.”

I still was not sold.

One afternoon I called to ask questions about prerequisites.  Judy Dulberg answered her own phone.  It took me a moment to speak due to my shock.  I introduced myself, in which Judy replied, “Paul, we can’t wait to see you in class. You know, there are two other students who work in your business park.  Maybe you can all carpool.  I will introduce you the first day of class.  What can I help you with?”

After I picked my jaw up off of the floor I asked my questions, which Judy answered straight away.  Judy and I continued to speak for about 15 minutes. I was sold.  I accepted an invitation to Elon and ended my pursuit of School B.