I’m in the middle of my eighth year as Director of Marketing for the College of Business and I still love this place. I’m an MBA alumna so I’ve actually been here since the late-90s and I’m one of those students who graduated and never wanted to leave. So I didn’t. There’s actually a LOT of alumni who work here, mostly for the same reason.
I went to one of the Big Ten schools (let me emphasize BIG) for my undergraduate degree and then got my MBA here, so I can really see the difference between a big school and a small school. I couldn’t believe the difference of the experience at Butler—everyone knew my name, I got to know the professors personally and it was apparent that everyone was interested in my success. It’s really fun (and easy) to recruit students to Butler now, as it’s really easy to promote and sell something that I’ve personally experienced and believe in so much.
I was privileged to be at the table for the development of our real life, real business theme and approach to education and to see it evolve over the years. At its essence, it means that students learn about business by doing business. Plain and simple. Students and faculty work with real businesses on real issues and problems—and everyone learns and grows along the way (even the professors). It starts from the day freshmen hit campus—and goes all the way through our graduate programs and consulting services for businesses.
First year students start learning about business from day one. They have so many amazing experiences that I wished were available when I went to college. They have a faculty advisor AND a career mentor (a business professional) who help them choose classes and work toward a career. They learn a lot about teamwork, develop a business plan, and start working on a four-year career development plan (that includes two internships in the junior and senior year). Sophomores take this foundation even further and can start and run a REAL business for credit (and keep the profits). A lot of students participate in life-changing international experiences such as study abroad or our Leadership London program.
It’s funny because I interact with the parents of prospective high school students when they visit campus. I’ve heard many of them say they wished they could start their college experience over again and come to Butler. I feel the same way.
Where do I sign up?