A Week in the Life of a TCU MBA Student

Andrew Mozeleski, TCU MBA candidate
As you prepare to begin your journey through grad school, the question foremost in your mind is likely: “What will my days be like as an MBA student?”

No matter how much research you did in the process of selecting your MBA program, the daily demands of grad school can be difficult to make out. Between classes, projects, student clubs and activities, interviews and internships, your schedule will be full. But, somehow, you’ll find ways to balance it all and have a personal life.

Though no two weeks in our MBA program are exactly alike, MBA 2015 candidate, Andrew Mozeleski describes a week in his life as a TCU Neeley School of Business student to give prospective applicants an idea of what to expect.

Sunday afternoon: Prepared for an interview for a spring internship with Michaels arts and crafts. Reviewed operations, process improvement, DMAIC process, LEAN.

Monday, 7:30AM: Left Fort Worth for Michaels corporate headquarters in Irving.

Monday, 9 to 11AM: Interviewed at Michaels for spring process improvement internship. Met with three director-level managers, a senior VP and a VP.

Monday, afternoon: Did homework, sent emails planning TCU MBA Marketing Association activities, planned for the week.

Monday, 6PM: Met with first-year student to discuss TCU MBA Marketing Association’s Digital Day event.

Tuesday, 9AMPrepared for informational interview with Pizza Hut Chief Marketing Officer.

Tuesday, 10AM: Conducted 30-minute informational interview with Pizza Hut Chief Marketing Officer.

Tuesday, 10:30AM: Left Fort Worth for Frito-Lay corporate headquarters in Plano.

Tuesday, noon to 2:30PM: Toured Frito-Lay corporate headquarters. There was a lot of activity, as the Super Bowl is approaching and Frito-Lay views the event as a major annual marketing event. Guided a team of Neeley and Associates consultants in discussing a project with the client, a senior director at Frito-Lay.

Tuesday, 3:30 to 5PM: Had a special projects class where a team of five (including myself) is working with the Nestle’s DiGiorno brand team.

Tuesday, 5 to 6:20PM: Met with Frito-Lay team in their class to discuss key takeaways from part one of consulting boot camp the previous Friday.

Tuesday, 6:30 to 9PM: Had CEO Forum class. The CEO of a contract manufacturer spoke about her experiences growing her company’s revenue from less than $1 million to $30 million in less than seven years.

Wednesday, 10AM: Met with NELAB board member. The board member provided direction on managing the team of first years for the Neeley and Associates Frito-Lay project.

Wednesday, 4:30 to 6PM: Attended meeting with Oracle. They have a unique business challenge and would like to hire a team of Neeley MBAs to assist with finding a solution to the problem.

Wednesday, 7 to 9PM: Had dinner with two classmates and took two prospective students to dinner. The two candidates were interviewing the next day.

Thursday, 9:30 to 11AM: Met with fellow principals of Neeley and Associates to discuss upcoming day two of consulting boot camp, which we developed.

Thursday, 11AM to 12:30PM: Had Managing Conflict class, a general leadership class.

Thursday, 12:30PM to 1:30PM: Had meeting over lunch with the Professional Development Center. I work part time as a writing coach. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare for the 400 undergrad resume and cover letter review. Every undergrad in the business school has to formally apply for the major.

Thursday, 1 to 4PM: Met with DiGiorno team to review research we conducted. Also analyzed Nielsen data provided by Nestle.

Friday, 8AM to 4PM: Day two of consulting boot camp.

Friday, 6 to 9PM: Had dinner with fellow classmates.

Saturday, 10AM to 12:30PM: Wrapped up week by completing a few last-minute homework assignments, spoke with my family in California and sent emails in preparation for next week.

Saturday, 1PM: Met with classmates at the Recreation Center to play some pickup basketball.

No matter how busy your schedule may be as an MBA student, there are resources available at TCU to help you make the most of your time. Remember, too, that your classmates are in the same boat—you’re not alone, no matter how busy or stressed you get. You’re certain to build lasting relationships with classmates and professors that will amplify your strengths and carry you into your career and beyond.

Since sharing a week in his life with us, Mozeleski has accepted a position with Michaels arts and crafts retailer. We wish him all the best!

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