Author: ksmith

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Beach Week is the Best Week

The last class was over. We survived disorientation. The only thing standing between the class of 2016 and graduation was the blissful time known as beach week. During my first year, I didn’t have time to go to beach week due to preparations for our final Goizueta Marketing Strategy Consultancy presentation. The additional practice was well worth it, but I felt like I missed out on an opportunity to bond with my classmates. Given the lighter course load during my second year I made sure to attend this Goizueta tradition. The great part about beach week is that it...

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Goizueta Golfs…A Lot

“It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling”- Mark Twain MBAs are generally competitive. One does not leave his or her job for a year (or two) if they aren’t confident that they can find a position in the field of their choice upon graduation. That competition manifests itself in many ways. For example, several classmates won the IM basketball title two years in a row. It helps having teammates who played basketball in college! I prefer a different form of competition: golf. Every year the Golf Club organizes a tournament for...

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One Last Formal

This April, the Graduate Business Association organized the last formal for the Class of 2016. Consider this the equivalent of business school “prom”. The group I was with treated it as such with a large dinner at Melting Pot before walking to the Egyptian Ballroom at Fox Theatre. The Fox Theatre is an Atlanta landmark that has several ballrooms that can host events as well as a large theatre for different entertainment purposes. As part of Club 16, an effort to increase engagement between the class and the various locations of Atlanta, students are encouraged to attend the Fox...

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Top Chef — GALA Edition

“Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.” – Julia Child Do you ever watch the Food Network and say, “I want to try that!”? Do you consider yourself a top-notch cook? For the first time in my life, I was able to answer both of those questions this past Friday. As part of my education for the Goizueta Advanced Leadership Academy (GALA), my team was given the opportunity to plan, purchase, prepare, and present a three-course meal to a panel of chefs, faculty, and staff. Step 1: Plan Being the business school students that we are, my team of four...

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Road Tripping

“We don’t hide the crazy, we parade it down the street.” – Anonymous Dean Brian frequently mentions the value proposition of Goizueta Business School: World class academics, intimate learning environment, and location in a dynamic, global city. One of the perks of being located in Atlanta is that there are many cities in the southeastern United States within driving distance of school. One such city is New Orleans, Louisiana; home to the biggest and best Mardi Gras celebration. The last time I was in New Orleans was after Hurricane Katrina hit the city in August 2005. Before I graduate,...

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Semester Series: Kirk Smith – The Benefits of Cultural Diversity…at the Expense of Your Waistline

“Think global, act global” – Roberto Goizueta Mr. Goizueta’s quote above couldn’t be truer. Over 40% of the Class of 2016 are international students, resulting in many opportunities to interact with different cultures from around the world. November has been a busy month at the school in terms of cultural diversity at Goizueta Business School. There were three events that are worth highlighting how one can eat like a champ even when on a limited budget in business school: Every year, the International Business Association hosts an international potluck. This is an exciting event where students from each country...

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Semester Series: Kirk Smith – Information is King…From Stocks to Sports

“The most valuable commodity I know of is information” – Gordon Gekko, Wall Street How does Gordon Gekko relate to sports? Great question. Gekko’s quote is pertinent across any industry. Individuals with the most information have a competitive advantage. As sports continues to evolve in the 21st century, data and statistics are increasingly driving decisions made by clubs around the world. One of the sports most impacted by this shift from intuition to quantitative measures is baseball. With the introduction of sabermetrics and the acceptance of principles established by Billy Beane (see Moneyball the movie to understand this at...

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Semester Series: Kirk Smith – You Get Credit to Follow Your Passions…Seriously!

“Ask anybody. It’s fun. It’s hard and you stand out there on that green, green grass, and it’s just you and the ball and there ain’t nobody to beat up on but yourself… It’s the only game I know that you can call a penalty on yourself, if you’re honest, which most people are. There just ain’t no other game like it.” – The Legend of Bagger Vance Golf. Arguably one of the greatest sports played today. In Augusta, Georgia, the pinnacle tournament of golf is played every April at Augusta National Golf Club. Due to the weather in...