2020 – what a year it has been so far. Unlike the Roaring Twenties, a hundred years ago, which is defined as a decade of economic growth and prosperity largely driven by wartime recovery, we are starting the 20s of this century off with great uncertainty.
As we wrap up the semester, I want to take a moment to reflect on the past few months.
My name is Sonali Gupta and I am a rising senior in the undergraduate business program at Carnegie Mellon. I’m majoring in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Business Technology and I’m minoring in Global Systems and Management.
When I first heard the news that CMU was transitioning to online classes to prevent the spread of coronavirus, I wasn’t sure what to think. On the one hand, I was surprised and impressed by CMU’s ability to quickly adapt to a novel situation. Transforming every college class into its online counterpart is a monumental […]
Raise your hand if your “new semester, new me” energy has fizzled out. Much like many of you, I’m also raising both my arms like I’m an amusement ride fanatic anticipating a massive roller coast drop. I’m still, surprisingly, keeping up with my planner. It actually gives me a moment to recharge every week and […]
I used to be a hardcore paper planner user. In high school, my planner was basically my third hand and ready to jot down a new deadline or appointment. Somewhere along the way, I started telling myself “I don’t need to jot it down; I’ll remember!” (cue Morgan Freeman narrating: “she did not remember.”) This […]
We live in a guideline-driven world. It makes sense. We’re constrained by our information processing capabilities, our time, and our energy. Tools like hard-and-fast rules help us make decisions efficiently. They give us a sense of structure in an otherwise unmanageable sea of chaos. They exist for a good-enough reason: they highlight a general trend […]
I know this might sound cliché, but in my experience, time passes by pretty quickly. I remember in high school, I used to look back on previous terms and think to myself, “Wow, was that really three months? It felt more like three weeks.” The strange thing is, I can’t say the same thing about […]
“I know this seems like a scary commitment, but you need this.” I let the words sink in: I needed to dedicate 10.5 hours every week to an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Basically, my therapist wedged me between weekly therapy and hospitalization. Was I happy with myself? No. But routine comforted me. I felt like […]
As the leaves change color outside and Thanksgiving break approaches us, the Carnegie Mellon community is bringing out their holiday spirit. On Wednesday, the Tepper School of Business set up a cozy Autumn Acoustic Cafe in the Undergraduate Commons area.
This year, Carnegie Mellon University launched a new undergraduate business class called “Business Science”. A required class for first-year Tepper students, the course focuses on studying business through three distinct lenses: economics, operations research, and organizational behavior. I interviewed Professor Routledge, who teaches the class, about his new course. Where did the idea for […]
180 Degrees Consulting is a national organization that serves to advance student consulting experience while benefitting local nonprofit organizations. Prior to this year, 180 DC at CMU existed, but then fizzled out due to a myriad of factors. Fortunately for the CMU community, a new president is spearheading the effort to revive the organization into […]
When I was growing up, I never thought I would go into business. Both my parents worked in the finance industry, and I would constantly overhear phrases like “fiscal quarters” and “Sarbanes-Oxley”. I’d ask them what these obscure phrases meant, and they’d smile and try their best to explain how these terms fit into the […]
Welcome to my first blog post! I’m Jonny, and I’m a freshman at the Tepper School of Business. I chose to major in business partly because I know a lot about economics, partly because I’m interested in finding jobs with high salaries, and mostly because I’m fascinated with how businesses run their operations and maximize […]
In the spirit of the first Orientation not in a brightly colored shirt welcoming first years but as an alum, I thought I’d write an open letter to the Carnegie Mellon University Class of 2023 sharing some words of advice and reflection of my four years at CMU. I know how many speeches, welcoming messages, […]