Author: Brett Patterson

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ONE-YEAR AT GOIZUETA: BRETT PATTERSON – LETTER TO ME

Dear Brett of 4/27/2015, Hi there!  It’s me/you. So, tomorrow is the big day – you are moving to Atlanta!  Orientation starts next week and I know you’ll do great!  It might be hard and a little sad taking on all this change at once.  Yes, you are leaving a job and co-workers you love, being close by to family and friends, and your big (and incredibly affordable) apartment in a little city that’s had your heart since you first started undergrad.  Now before I make you cry in front of the audience of Uhaul boxes surrounding your bedroom,...

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ONE-YEAR AT GOIZUETA: BRETT PATTERSON – SOUTHEAST ASIAN FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH, & DINNER

“How has this experience changed you?” – The prompt for the final paper following our Mid-Semester Module foray around Singapore and Malaysia “I’ve gotten a little fatter…?” – My first thought in regards to the two weeks of Southeast Asian delights I have to admit, as thrilled as I was to explore a new continent and culture and cross some places off my travel bucket list, I was also a little nervous about acclimating to the Southeast Asian diet.  Growing up, my family had a steady rotation between American, Italian, and Mexican food.  I have always been a little...

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ONE-YEAR AT GOIZUETA: BRETT PATTERSON – THE HEALTHY MBA

It’s the beginning of January.  A new year, a new semester, and a few resolutions.  I am not typically a New Years Resolution type of person, but I always find the fitness and diet craze to be particularly interesting this time of year.  I dread my regular trips to the gym because I know it will be overly crowded with the temporarily motivated resolution makers, yet I get incredibly excited by the increased inventory for discounted workout clothes at T.J. Maxx.  But whether you have a resolution or not, the MBA experience has the tendency to add a few...

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ONE-YEAR AT GOIZUETA: BRETT PATTERSON – MAKING A LIST AND CHECKING IT TWICE

With the holidays fast approaching, it is the time of year for checklists.  Checklists to finish up the semester, checklists to get ready for Christmas, and checklists to generally have fun!  My checklist just for the day includes: Return Amazon.com Textbook Rentals Mail Christmas Presents to Extended Family Get Oil Changed in Preparation for the 7.5 hour drive home Complete Travel Forms for Mid-Semester Module Begin Reading for the Dean’s Reading Series Finish this Blog Post While all these things are well and good, and make me feel productive as a check them off, there is another list that...

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One-Year At Goizueta: Brett Patterson – How To Lose A Job Offer In 5 Easy Steps

Editorial Note: This post is satirical.  To successfully secure a job offer, please do the opposite of what is described below. Recruiting season is upon us!  One by one companies are coming to campus for company presentations, networking events, and on-campus interviews.  They are scooping up candidates left and right.  Some of my classmates have been missing for days, being kidnapped and flown to cities around the country for final round interviews.  This recruiting is demanding, time consuming, and should be avoided at all costs.  With 98% of Goizueta students receiving an employment offer within three months of graduation,...

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ONE-YEAR AT GOIZUETA: BRETT PATTERSON – SPACE INVADERS TO CLASSMATES

“Ahh!  Who are these new people invading our space?” is the thought that instantly comes to the mind of a One-Year student come August.  All 62 of us have ruled the school and owned the building this summer.  It was all about us and we had more space than we ever needed.  Gone are the days of taking over an entire auditorium style classroom for a team meeting and knowing that food buffets and snacks in the halls are exclusively for us.  As the First-Year students began orientation, we were still able to sneak a few free lunches from...

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ONE-YEAR AT GOIZUETA: BRETT PATTERSON – IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

“It’s the final countdown!  Dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun!”  Europe’s classic 1986 anthem blares on the speakers while people around me bob their heads and bust out their best air guitar performances.  Rock concert or karaoke competition?  Nope!  Five minutes before at Finance Final in a Goizueta classroom?  Bingo! It is hard to believe how fast this summer has gone by and that we are almost done with the Core!  Only group projects and presentations stand between us and a 10-day vacation, but from the look on our faces, you’d think we were high school seniors anxiously...

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ONE-YEAR AT GOIZUETA: BRETT PATTERSON – CHEERING THROUGH THE CHALLENGE

As you can imagine, an MBA challenges you in a lot of ways!  As we round out the end of Summer Block 1, our skills have been put to the test – our presentation ability, our regression modeling ingenuity, and even our toe dexterity…  Yes, it is exam week at Goizueta, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!  This past weekend our study teams participated in the First Annual One-Year MBA Summer Decathlon, ten grueling games designed to challenge our strength, mental agility, and sense of humor!  We participated in Emory themed trivia, color sorted Skittles using...