September 06, 2017
Undergraduate Business Administration Freshmen Orientation: Downtown Adventure
As first-year undergraduate students move into their Carnegie Mellon dorms and learn the ins and outs of Pittsburgh, one of the highlights of the Tepper School’s undergraduate business administration orientation is the Downtown Adventure.
The Downtown Adventure, which began five years ago, allows Tepper undergraduate students to visit and network at the Tower at PNC Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh and then take a bus ride to the overlook on Mount Washington for ice cream.
Students engaged with alumni and made connections with top PNC employees, including Patrick Blanks, BS ’13, a senior associate of debt capital management at PNC, who welcomed students to the event. His advice to the first-years: go to case competitions, career fairs and summits to get ahead and have a great four years.
Rubab Jafry O’Connor, director of the undergraduate business program at the Tepper School, said the event was created to give students a better understanding of not only themselves, but the people around them.
“The idea is for students to be familiar with each other, the alumni network and recruiters,” O’Connor said. “We also want students to explore all the possibilities available to them during their time at the Tepper School.”
Students asked alumni about the inner workings of life at the Tepper School as well as classes, time management, work and projects, various employment options, and a vast array of activities on and off campus they can participate in.
Undergraduate business administration student Alexander Rocha enjoyed the Downtown Adventure for the opportunity to learning about the different fields of business.
“From this event, I’ve gained a better understanding of the experience and characteristics of successful people. More generally, I gained a better understanding of the field of finance,” Rocha said.
First-year business administration major Aatikah Muhammad agreed that networking at PNC was a positive experience learning how different employees got to where they are now.
“A lot of people are talking about how to get to the different ways to get to where they’re at, and it was interesting to hear all the different ways,” Muhammad said.
For the first three years of its existence, Downtown Adventure was a tour of the city. Now, since its transformation two years ago, students are given a unique networking experience opening them up to the various opportunities the Tepper School has to offer.