Category Archives: Fun in Fort Worth

When MBAs Go Golfing

Left to right: Mary Anand, Ngyhia Randle, Tracy Ning Song, Marianna Kisin, Yan Wu, Bart Shirley, Olivia Engkvist, Anh Truong

Golfing is one of those things that any MBA student/graduate should be able to do. I don’t know how it is in real life, but in the movies, it seems like a lot of important business decisions are made out on golf courses. It would be such a shame for one to be left out of those sorts of things just because one can’t golf.

Last weekend, several of us MBAs and one Masters of Accounting student decided to do something about improving/establishing our golfing abilities. Eight of us trekked out to the Benbrook Par 3 Golf Course for three hours of hitting balls. Most of those balls went straight down the fairway (several people discovered hidden golfing talent that day), but there was certainly a number of balls that veered off into the tall weeds, or plunked right into the middle of the water trap.

It was a great time. We got nice tans, shared some laughs, and zipped around on golf carts. Seven out of us eight golfers are going to be graduating in a couple weeks, but I really hope we’ll all keep in touch and keep golfing together.

— Olivia Engkvist

1590 Beach Road, Benbrook, TX
(817) 249-3727
Nine holes, all par 3
$9 per person
$6 per golf cart
No tee-time required


Song of Snow and Ice

Snow days mean building snow men and surviving cabin fever

So in the days following the near complete cloud cover the US, we have been having snow and ice here at TCU. This of course is filled with both good and bad news.

Good News: School is closed and has been closed for the entirety of the week from Tuesday until now. Which means a mini vacation, hot cocoa, warm beds, and the lava game.

Bad News: School is closed and has been closed for the entirety of the week from Tuesday until now. Which means class schedules are wonky, and while it seems like a good idea for a day or two, it starts to wear on productivity.

Good News: Snow and Ice. That means sliding around, building snow men, the general merriment of powder and packing fights. General awesome.

Bad News: Snow and Ice. Dangerous road conditions mean no road trips (which for me was a trip down to Austin for randomness like Ushicon) and for others means dealing with crazy people and calling AAA sometimes. Unless you’re doing this on purpose. You people trying ice donuts outside know who I’m talking about.

Good News: Projects can be done. Time to do all those random projects, papers, and freelance work you decided was a good idea to pick but have been lying in wait for your attention. This could include catching up on the textbook readings or storyboarding those videos.

Bad News: Cabin Fever. At a certain point you can only be so productive before the voices start telling you all work and no play, and for some reason you have a recently stained smooth wood handle ax in the corner of your room….

I could continue with such contemplations, but the laziness (both good and bad) is starting to kick in and I’m afraid I must return to naps and reprieves. Hope everyone is staying safe and warm and enjoying the snowy weather. It doesn’t seem like Texas should shut down as much as it does with so little snow, but I for one always love the fact that we can celebrate this pristine beauty whenever it happens upon us.


annie nguyen

Trick or Treat or Travel

Halloween weekend began with a consolidated workshop on international business for the various study abroad trips offered by TCU. As an avid traveler, I like that TCU has a wide range of study abroad programs and offers fascinating subject matter as it relates to growing globalization in the business world.

The workshop offers a preliminary introduction to current issues of international business in terms of legal parameters, capacity constraints, and overall necessity of cultural understanding. By outlining how important these issues are becoming for business, it really emphasizes how enlightening international travel can be.

 I’ve always been a proponent of travel expanding perspective, and the opportunities TCU provides add a layer of interaction with local businesses that you might not get on your own. Basically, I can’t wait to check out Chile and truly explore those ideas.

Besides having a workshop for travel, we followed the Saturday night with a Halloween bash filled with good people, great costumes and a fantastic props and conversation. We had our professor look-alikes, California raisins, killers of serial killers, and inflatable Cheshire cats. Just saying, nice balance this weekend of work and play.


 annie nguyen

Neeley MBA students love to give back

The video that Michele posted at the end of her October 8 blog post ( brings up a great point about the Neeley School of Business: Honor is a big deal around here. During orientation (we call it START Workshop), every student in every class signs a poster pledging to follow the Honor Code. Every START Workshop (for our full-time students, anyway) includes a community service portion, in which all students are encouraged to participate in a school-selected service project, as you saw in the video Michele posted about the Class of 2012’s trip to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. The MBA Association and several of the student organizations go so far as to elect community service officers, who find volunteer opportunities for the classmates throughout the year. Like I said, honor is a big deal.

And it’s not just a big deal in name, either. It’s a big deal in practice. In the video, one of the classmates, Annie, said that “We are here to help as much as we can, for this time, and hopefully in the future as well.” Since volunteering at the food bank, several members of the class of 2012 have signed up to volunteer for Junior Achievement, a program that sends community members into public schools to teach kids about personal finance and business, as well as to encourage them to stay in school so they can succeed in life. Our volunteers will dedicate one hour a week for five to seven weeks presenting the Junior Achievement curriculum to a class.

Karthik, far left, and Olivia, far right, had fun teaching seventh graders.

Several of the members of the class of 2011 volunteered in this capacity last year. My friend Karthik and I worked with a seventh grade class, teaching them about budgeting and the importance of a college education for a good career. In addition to that, we learned about one student’s “crazy dancing skills” and another student’s pet hamster. By the end, we had made some great memories from visiting with those kids every week.

More volunteer opportunities are going to be popping up throughout the rest of the year, and I’m excited to watch my classmates rise to the occasion, showing just how much the Neeley School of Business prizes and exercises its honor!

— Olivia Engkvist

Boot scootin’ at Billy Bob’s

We’ve reached our five-day Fall Break at the Neeley School of Business, which gives me and my fellow MBA students a chance to catch our breaths and reflect on the first half of the semester. Finals for our eight-week classes are next week and midterms for our two full-term classes are the about 10 days out.

It’s interesting to think of how far we’ve all come since START orientation week in August. Back then we were just getting to know each other, and now many great friendships have been forged. Just tonight the first-year students joined the second-years at Billy Bob’s Texas honky tonk in Fort Worth’s historical Stockyards. It was an evening filled with great laughs, cold adult beverages and some lively boot scootin’.

The Neeley “family” is like no other group I’ve ever been a part of. No matter our age, background or heritage, we all now have a common bond. The hard work will pay off, and by the end of this semester, we’ll all be better people for making this journey together.

Speaking of better people, I thought I’d share this video from our START orientation week back in August. We had the honor of volunteering at the Tarrant Area Food Bank. It was a wonderful experience for everyone.

— Michele Machado