When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also making a commitment to a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.
Just after the Ross Leadership Initiative (the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business’s week-long orientation for incoming students) and about a week after classes start, the student sections go head-to-head in a series of field competitions known as the MBA Games. Although these games take place early in the academic year, the new class of students has already spent orientation and the first week of classes together, so the sections have developed initial bonds—and the competition is fierce. The games begin with Shout Off, a cheering competition between the sections that is sponsored by SC Johnson. In addition to bragging rights for the rest of the winning section’s time at Ross, a financial gain is also on the line: the winning team wins funds for a section happy hour. Sections then compete in a variety of sports activities that have been organized by second years, including soccer, an obstacle course and tug-of-war. These events are also sponsored by companies who donate generous prizes, such as free massages and gift cards.
For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Ross and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.