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McCombs Summer Institute Testimonials

Noah Harness, Corporate Communications Junior - Summer Institute 2016

"This program was hard. Going into the program, I was convinced that this would be one of the more difficult things I would encounter and endure in my academic career. Luckily, during this program I made life long bonds with people I value and respect. I also learned more about my love for finance and the investment industry. I plan to apply for the MSF program (the advisors/coordinators came to speak to the students in the program). The program is hard, and it needs to be. It serves as a test to us students and affords us an opportunity to exceed our preconceived limitations. I learned a great deal about business, people, and myself. This program is a privilege, and I am glad I took it up during this past summer."

McKenzie Cornish, BFA Dance Sophomore - Summer Institute 2016

“TBSFI was so much more than I expected. I come from the world of Fine Arts, and while I excel in my field, I found that by pursuing a rigorous business foundations program, I’ve been given an attractive skill set that differentiates me from the next person in an interview. Now, the world is mine. All of the hard work paid off, and the future is brighter than ever!"

Clark Higganbotham, Biology Junior - Summer Institute 2016

"One of my favorite parts about [MSI] was the cohort model approach to learning. In several of my classes at The University, there have been over 300 students and I did not get the chance to even meet some of my colleagues. In the institute, however, I became close with everyone in my cohort and even some students in different cohorts as well. Another great part of the summer institute was the fact that many of the professors teach in McCombs during the long semester so I felt as if I was really getting the full Business Class experience. I also appreciated that BA 320F was taught in person as opposed to online. I learned a great deal in the program and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to do Business Foundations."

Katie Steel, English Sophomore - Summer Institute 2016

I spent the summer doing the McCombs summer institute and it was life changing. It was definitely hard, as it should be, to take five business courses in eight weeks but I got so much more out of it then I would have if I would have taken these classes during the regular semesters. 

For one thing, I met so many people from different majors and got to connect with them on a deep level since I spent the whole summer struggling alongside them. It not only helped build my network but it also opened my eyes to a lot of different thought processes and ideas. 

Then there was also the guest speakers who came every other week or so. They were usually CEO's and/or entrepreneurs and they were extremely interesting and even helpful on a personal level. After they spoke I usually stayed behind to speak with them about my personal endeavors and they all gave me advice or encouragement and then gave me their business card or connected with me on linked in! I've already met with three of them outside of the program to discuss my current venture. 

Which leads me to the most important thing that I got out of the program. In entrepreneurship we had a 7 week project where created the framework for a business from the ground up. I had already had an idea for a company but I didn't know what the next steps for it were. Luckily my five member group agreed to use it as our business to work on. We spent a good chunk of our time in the program working on this business. That included creating projected cashflows, a mission statement, a marketing plan, and so much more. Not only did I learn so much about the business and myself throughout this process but it's actually become much bigger than that. With the help of some [MSI] professors and a few of the guest speakers from the program I am actually working toward launching my product in March of this year! [MSI] pushed me to do things that I never would have done before and gave me the skills that I need to actually execute these ideas that I have. I would recommend [MSI] to anyone who asked me about it. There are truly no other opportunities like it. 

Sarah Vasquez, Public Relations Sophomore - Summer Institute 2016

I was first introduced to [the Summer Institute] at my regular PRSSA meeting where [they] invited everyone to a "Brand Camp." At the time, I felt very unsure of where I wanted my career to take me. Somehow I knew that if I could just take a few steps back and understand what my personal brand was, I would be able to better discern what type of career I wanted for myself. I attended the Brand Camp, lead by Katie Pritchett. She made us focus on several questions that would help us to determine our personal brands. Some of the questions were easy for me to answer, and others I could hardly answer at all. The brand camp was the start, and I left with several unanswered questions that I was determined to have answered in a few months. Almost coincidentally, the Brand Camp gave me the foundation I needed to begin an internship. My manager's goal was to have us understand and build our personal brands. After that great coincidence, I was accepted into the TBFSI program. The program was intense and challenging, however the small classroom experience and hilarious instructors made the program enjoyable. My cohort was extremely close and we all helped each other "survive" the summer. My favorite classes were in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Professional Development. The instructors made sure that what they were teaching was relevant to all majors. Once again, with Katie Pritchett's guidance, I was able to finally answer those questions about my personal brand. Even better, with the resume and cover letter assignments from class, I was able to pursue and then successfully secure the internship I had been pining over for months.