Albers School of Business and Economics

Graduate Programs Blog

  • 30 new friends

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 10/11/2013 10:20:40 AM

    Last night was my first meeting of Leadership Skills and Team Development (MBA 510) with Bill Weis and I have to say it was awkward, weird, uncomfortable, challenging, and wonderful.  I can tell that this class will shatter my notions of what a graduate course should be. 

    Let me preface by saying that I spent my undergraduate years in a school where you simply show up, listen and take notes, and then go home with little to no interaction between students.  In Bill's class, by the end of the first hour, I met 30 new people and memorized all of their names.  By the end of the second hour, I learned where they were born and raised, where they went to school, where they work, what they love to eat, what physical activities they prefer, what they do for recreation, what program they're in, and a unique fact about them.  In between that, there was twirling, dangerous games of tag, sqeaky hammers, hula hoops, stop watches, animal noises, and plenty of laughs. 

    Many people have said this will be the most rewarding class in the MBA program so it has a lot of hype to live up to.  Our 3-day class retreat is only 2 weeks away and I look forward to seeing what Bill has in store for us!

    Loc Nguyen,

    San Antonio to Seattle

    Posted by Loc Nguyen on 10/1/2013 11:21:18 AM

    A year ago, sitting behind a desk in a mostly empty 15 story building in stodgy  San Antonio, I made the decision that led me to Albers.  I took a hard look at what I had accomplished so far... a paltry Psychology Degree from the local university and an uninspiring 9 to 5 job at a local radio station.  Sure, it paid the bills and I was grateful for the opportunity to learn from one of the founders of Clear Channel Communications, but it was merely sufficient.  I realized that I had become complacent and asked myself, where was my ambition?  Around me were too many young and often single parent families scrambling from paycheck to paycheck and knew I had to escape.  But to do what and where?

    My psych degree just didn't provide enough practical skills that most employers were looking for.  After some research and reading endless articles about the value of a graduate business degree, I decided to go back to school.  The next big question was where.

    Anyone who has done research on b schools knows just how difficult it can be to narrow them down so instead, I decided on a city.  Seattle had always been on my radar because of its liberal views and location in the beautiful Pacific North West but it was just too far away so I set the idea aside.  Now Austin, 90 miles north of San Antonio seemed perfect; most of my friends had already migrated there and McCombs was highly ranked.  As I worked on my McCombs application, the idea of moving to Seattle kept poking at me until I stopped and decided to look up some schools there.  A simple Google search of "business schools in Seattle" quickly found Albers.  As I scrutinized the Seattle University website, I discovered the school mission: "Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world."  I had never seen a school preach social responsibility before and it definitely caught my attention.  I resumed my McCombs application but I couldn't concentrate and decided to look up The University of Texas mission statement to compare and it was something along the lines of: "to achieve excellence in all areas...”  Not nearly as inspiring.  Albers offered a more intimate education experience, far different from my undergraduate experience.  But perhaps the most appealing thing of all, Albers offered the means to better our world through more conscientious business.  After combing through the MBA program curriculum and thoroughly reading the student blogs, I applied and was accepted a month later.

    2 months ago, I made the biggest, scariest and riskiest decision of my life and drove nearly 2,500 miles from San Antonio to Seattle.  My ambition has led me to Albers and I can't tell you how excited and nervous I am to be back in school and to meet new people!

     Loc & ThuAnh Nguyen at Four Corners

    My sister journeyed with me and here we are at Four Corners (AZ, NM, CO, & UT).

    Loc Nguyen,