4 Ways Business School is like a Male Romper

Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter

By Kate Toburen, marketing intern, and senior marketing student, Mike Cottrell College of Business

Getting that undergrad degree in business can be like that of a male romper (or the RompHim, trust me on this one). How, you ask? We’ve come up with four reasons why:

1.           It’s something seemingly ridiculous.

It’s true, male rompers don’t really make any sense. An item originally preferred by infants or women at Coachella has now entered the male fashion market, and has even created political news buzz. In the same way, business school, or maybe even college itself, may seem irrelevant to some. If Bill Gates could go from being a college dropout to the wealthiest man in the world worth an estimated $76 billion then why should someone waste four (or five) years of their life going to school? Truth is, there are just some things that you can’t be prepared for by just jumping out into the real world. Understanding the basics of accounting, finance, management, and marketing all help create a firm foundation for your career. Also, business school can prepare you in a safe environment where your decisions may not ultimately cost you your livelihood. Experiential learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom allow you the room necessary to make mistakes before heading out into your career.

 

2.          It’s everything in one.

No more worrying about finding shorts that match your shirt or worrying about your shorts falling down without a belt or while in the pool. The male romper is multi-purposed to make the average Joe’s life easier. It’s just like business school, where you can take all the classes you need to get that degree along with getting cool benefits such as being a part of clubs, internship opportunities, and making connections with people who have experience.

 

3.          It sets you apart.

Just like personalities, not all male rompers look the same. Some are solid, some are polka dotted, and some that are covered with cats riding on burritos (don’t believe me? Google it).  But realistically, not everyone is cut out to be an accountant or a supply chain operations manager. There are so many majors to choose from and business school allows you the opportunity to take different classes to figure out what best suits your enjoyment. So take a class you may not have thought you would like, it may just surprise you. Just like how all these guys may have never realized how great their thighs looked in a short jumpsuit.

 

4.         It’s trendy and it’s timeless.

Despite all the gifs and memes floating around about male rompers, this is not the first we have seen of these fashion statements. Who could forget Tom Cruise’s iconic aviator sunglasses and military jumpsuit in Top Gun (#LongLiveGoose) or James Bond’s light blue playsuit in Goldfinger?  You may not consider yourself a male romper kind of person, but there aren’t too many people saying they regretted their degree in business because it’s versatile.  According to GlassDoor.com, 8 of the top 25 highest paying college majors are business-related.

Also, you take classes that involve all aspects of business, which allow you to get jobs in occupations other than your major field. So not only does a business degree give you flexibility, it places you above the competition as a well-rounded graduate.

 

So if you haven’t heard of male rompers before, now you know. They still may not sound like your kind of fashion, but don’t worry because a business degree has never looked bad on anyone.

UNG Enactus team takes social entrepreneurship globally

by Kate Toburen, junior marketing major and marketing intern, Mike Cottrell College of Business

At the Mike Cottrell College of Business we encourage our students to grow strong communities within the university and beyond the walls of our institution. The UNG Enactus club is a perfect representation of what it means to build these stronger communities on and off campus.

As an organization, Enactus clubs around the world enable community progress through entrepreneurial action. Their efforts are focused on building entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into sustainable progress for their communities. The UNG Enactus club has developed several projects to aid organizations such as the Angel House and Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK). Many of the projects focus around teaching families how to grow their own nutritious food through gardening, along with providing career development workshops.

Graduate Emile Phommavongsy and former UNG Enactus president had this to say about her experience in Enactus: “Out of all of my college experiences at UNG, my involvement with Enactus has definitely been the most life changing. While my position as president of the organization required a lot of dedication and long hours, the personal growth and the impact we made in the community were the best rewards I could ever have asked for. I have always thought that changing the world would require a college degree or a high salary. However, through Enactus, I realized that you can change the world just by improving your own community.”

Students pose at the Belize City sign
UNG Enactus students pose while on the Belize study abroad tour.

In addition to the efforts of UNG Enactus in north Georgia, they have taken their entrepreneurial spirit outside of the Unitied States to Belize where they have established a series of economic development projects and workshops over the past few years. Their efforts have ranged from basic skills training to teaching locals how to use recycled materials to create jewelry and other items that can be sold. The materials for the workshops in Belize this year were provided by the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Accelerator that the UNG Enactus club won at the National Enactus Competition in 2016.

This passion for improving their communities has led to a variety of honors for the organization, both past and present. UNG Enactus has been named Regional Champion annually for more than 20 years, and earlier this week, the UNG Enactus team was declared a grand prize winner at the United States Enactus National USA Rally of Champions.  At the competition, they received first place in the Unilever BrightFuture Project Accelerator and Nature Made Healthy Living Challenge, second place in Coca Cola’s Uncap Opportunities for Women Challenge, and third place in the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Accelerator.

After competing in the Enactus National USA Rally of Champions and the Enactus Project Accelerators, the UNG Enactus team moved on to the Enactus USA National Championship in Kansas City, Missouri.

UNG Enactus poses for a photo.
The UNG Enactus team finished 33rd out of 105 US teams competing at the Enactus USA National Championship.

The club presented several projects at the Enactus competitions where a panel of business leaders assess the project’s ability to improve the quality and standards of living for those in need.  Total, UNG Enactus finished 33rd out of 105 teams competing at the championship, they claimed 5 National awards, and won $23,250 in prize money. In addition, Mike Cottrell College of Business associate dean of students Katie Simmons was named one of two national Walton Fellow of the Year award recipients. This award is given annually to two individuals from a college or university who have done the most to advance the entire Enactus organization during the academic year and who have made outstanding contributions to Enactus students and the team on their campus.

For more information, or to watch Mrs. Simmons receive her award, visit the UNG Enactus Facebook page.

My Time at UNG

by Evie Somogyi, marketing intern and senior marketing student, Mike Cottrell College of Business

As graduation is merely hours away, I find myself reminiscing about my time at the Mike Cottrell College of Business. The entire experience seemed to rush by, especially my last semester.

During my last semester, I had the opportunity to work at the college of business as a marketing intern. Even though it was crazy-busy, and even stressful at times, I am so grateful for the experience.

As a marketing intern, my supervisor and mentor was our Marketing Manager, Nick Kastner. Because he is so knowledgeable in the field of marketing, especially digital marketing, I was able to learn a lot.

The best part about this internship was that every day was a new adventure. The semester was jam-packed with several different projects — even an AACSB visit. I never found myself repeating the same task; instead, I got to test my abilities in several different areas of marketing.

I feel like my internship really tied together all of the concepts that I learned in class, but then took it a step further. I had the chance to dabble in graphic design, video creation, video editing, content creation, and even help with developing a marketing campaign.

During my time as a marketing student, I had amazing professors that introduced me to many thought-provoking concepts in the field of marketing. I will use the concepts that I learned in Digital Marketing, Personal Selling, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Management, and my Entrepreneurship courses to help me grow my own business (Simply Affinity, www.etsy.com/shop/simplyaffinity).

If I could start college over again, I know I would get more involved early on. I would have done a semester abroad, and I would have applied for my internship at the college of business in the fall semester. This way, I could have learned even more.

However, it’s not productive to focus on the what-ifs. Instead, I look forward to the future with a sense of accomplishment and hope. Everything that I learned throughout my internship, and my time at MCCB, will supplement my future endeavors

While I am not going to miss the stress of college, I know I am going to miss college. There is something truly special about the University of North Georgia, and the Mike Cottrell College of Business, that cannot be found at any other university.

Internship Spotlight: Mallory Ellis

by Evie Somogyi, marketing intern and senior marketing student, Mike Cottrell College of Business

At the Mike Cottrell College of Business, we encourage students to pursue internships related to their field of study. Mallory Ellis, who is a senior accounting and information systems major, with a minor in Spanish, is currently an intern at M3 Accounting + Analytics. Their company primarily focuses on making accounting software for hotels. Mallory is responsible for quality assurance. In this role, she runs tests in order to find bugs in software and documents the trouble areas.

So far, Mallory has had a terrific experience. She enjoys the friendly culture of M3 Accounting + Analytics. Everyone that she has worked with has been very helpful and willing to answer her questions. She has really enjoyed being a part of a team and working towards the goal of rewriting software for their main product.

Mallory discovered M3 Accounting + Analytics through Beta Alpha Psi, UNG’s honors society for accounting, finance, and information systems majors. She went to a career reception in the fall and had the opportunity to speak to people from M3. She interviewed in October and was given the internship for the spring semester.

Throughout her college career, there have been several courses that have helped her in her internship. A couple of these classes include: Systems Analysis and Design and Project Management. Mallory said that, “It’s neat to see how the concepts I’m learning about in these classes are playing out in a real life software project that I am a part of. Meanwhile, having a fundamental knowledge of accounting has also been valuable because I understand why we are trying to make the system do what it needs to do. For example, we have a control built in that does not allow a journal entry to be posted unless the debits and credits are equal, in compliance with U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).”

Mallory’s advice to students who are seeking an internship is to, “Make connections everywhere you go, and go to every networking event — until it becomes awkward when people don’t remember your name.” She also encourages accounting, finance, and information systems majors to get involved with Beta Alpha Psi, because she found both of her internships and her post graduation full-time job through this organization. Mallory is also grateful for the resources that Career Services offers. She was given feedback for resumes, and had a chance to do mock interviews and attend career fairs. Mallory’s professors also provided a lot of support. She said, “We have some pretty amazing faculty at UNG — thank you! The work that you do is appreciated.”

Through the help of Beta Alpha Psi, career services, and the terrific professors at the Mike Cottrell College of Business, Mallory was able to excel in her internships and land a full time job. We asked Mallory what her plans were post graduation and she said, “Post graduation, Lord-willing, I’m getting married and moving to Atlanta, where I will start working at Mauldin and Jenkins. Mauldin and Jenkins is a CPA firm that has a variety of clients, including nonprofit and governmental organizations. I will either be doing tax work or audit work, and I also plan to begin studying for the CPA exam.”

5 Ways an Existing Business Could Benefit a Pitch Competition

by Evie Somogyi, marketing intern and senior marketing student, Mike Cottrell College of Business

When you think of a pitch competition, you probably think of start-ups — and the show Shark Tank. However, a pitch competition isn’t solely for startups or the contestants of Shark Tank. In fact, pitch competitions pose a great opportunity for all entrepreneurs, even those with existing businesses. Here are 5 ways that your business could benefit from a pitch competition:

  1. Gain funding

Have you thought about expanding your business, but you don’t want to get a loan? A pitch competition is the perfect way for you to gain additional funding — no strings, banks, or loans attached.

  1. Rethink your business

As an entrepreneur, it is critical to keep your customer at the forefront of your mind. However, it is also easy to lose sight of your value proposition and why you do what you do. Through the pitch creation process, you will look at your business from many different angles. In turn, this will allow you to rethink the value that you are bringing to your customer — as well as why your business is in existence in the first place.

  1. Gain new mentors

The organizations that run pitch competitions are filled with potential mentors. Many of them have started businesses of their own and are willing to give advice to fellow entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, the connections that your mentors have will allow you to further grow your network.

  1. Gain new perspective

As human beings, it is in our nature to surround ourselves with like-minded people. As an entrepreneur, it is important to surround yourself with many different types of people who can bring new perspectives to the table. By participating in a pitch challenge, you will meet other entrepreneurs with varying perspectives that will help you grow and evolve your business.

  1. Create some buzz

Participating in a pitch challenge creates free publicity for your business. The investment groups that hold pitch competitions also invest in media coverage. Often times, newspapers, magazines, and TV stations cover stories on pitch competitions.

Are you ready to grow and evolve your business? Enter for a chance to win $10,000: https://ung.edu/center-entrepreneurship-innovation/startitup-challenge/index.php