Category Archives: Volunteer opportunities

Interim interviews

So we’ve recently finished off a slew of interim finals and midterms and it has been an interesting experience. More interesting however has been the range of interim interviews occurring for everyone: informational, mock, and actual.

I just finished the day with a wonderful mock interview with CEO and all around nice guy Mr. Steve Dutton of Samaritan House in Fort Worth. Mainly based on behavioral interview style, it was more a long conversation about values, goals, and approaches toward those goals. Although I had met Mr. Dutton a few times before through networking events and information tours at Samaritan House, I enjoyed being able to truly talk with him during this time. I had actually been volunteering several times a week with adult tutoring at his company and was able to discuss the development of that project.

Still, I think a lot of the value in the mock interviews and overall process of career building at TCU has been the continued contact with a variety of work, personalities, and companies. Although my mock interview brought me into the area of Non-Profit, many of the companies (Frito-Lay, Victory Partners, Fidelity, and more) have provided a range of interview types in multiple areas for our MBAs.

The experience is something I find fascinating, more so because I’ve taken on the project of filming that experience in interviews with my colleagues, interviews with the employers, and advice and thoughts about the value from this experience.

One more week of mock interviewing for us and still more work ahead. I’ll be sure to post more when TCU posts an official edit of my filming (or when I get out a personal edit of the experience). October should certainly finish strong, but November appears to be looking quite booked.

Side Notes: Go Rangers!

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