The Ross Difference: A Week In My Life As A Business Student

My professional business fraternity hosted our information session in Robertson Auditorium. Here, current members got to speak with interested students and learn more about the club!


Like Tuesdays, Thursdays are also filled with classes. As I’m pursuing a marketing concentration, never did I think I would enjoy my Finance 300: Financial Management class. Yet, I have an awesome professor, Jon Carmel, who keeps me engaged and has even taught us lots of useful information to better understand the stock market. By cracking jokes and providing real-world examples, he makes this class fun and relevant.

After classes, I was excited to end my afternoon with a shift for my BBA ambassador role. As a student ambassador, I support prospective Ross students and provide insight into the student life experience. Today, I hosted a drop-in session, where high school students have the opportunity to meet with me to ask questions. Many times, I provide them with insights on how to balance classes with clubs or dual degrees, how the business classes help you find your career path, and why I chose to Go Blue. I love my role as an ambassador because of the amazing Ambassadors I get to interact with. Of course, it’s an extra bonus that I get paid! Michigan has tons of job opportunities that are incredibly manageable to do even with a busy schedule. Opportunities range from advising first-year students to being a course assistant for your favorite professor.

For dinner, I headed over to my sorority to enjoy quesadillas with my friends. I was able to join a sorority my second semester of first year. Being a part of this community has enabled me to develop additional friendships and have a support network beyond the business school. Now, I live in a house near campus with five of my sorority sisters.


Madelyn Woodrow

One of the best parts for many Ross students is that there tends to be no class on Fridays! This allows me to spend the day focusing on other involvements and getting homework done. As part of my BBA ambassador role, I also give tours of the business school and host informational panels for families. During my tours, I love to highlight Robertson Auditorium, where speaker series and conferences are hosted each year. One of my personal favorites is a speaker event where the founders of Boom Chicka Pop told their inspiring founders’ story. Another popular favorite is the Michigan Fashion Media Summit that brings in outstanding Michigan alumni from companies like Conde Nast and Louis Vuitton to speak on relevant fashion and media topics.

After that shift, I headed over to a meeting for the Michigan Ross Global Initiatives Office, where I am a peer advisor. After spending last semester abroad in Helsinki, Finland (learn more about my experiences here!), I have been able to now come back and work closely with the office to develop materials for incoming and outgoing exchange students. Currently, another advisor and I are working on a health and safety presentation to better prepare students who will be traveling overseas for the winter semester. I ended my day with going to Hillel, a campus organization that supports Jewish college students through events and activities, for Shabbat dinner. As a Jewish student, I love that there is a community here for me and of course, the best part is being able to enjoy a free meal.


It’s game day!! Saturdays here in the fall are the best. Students roam campus in maize and blue, filled with excitement and school pride. After a busy week, game days are a time for students take a break from work and take time to be with friends. For me, I started my day early at 7 a.m., when I got ready and fueled up on pancakes with my housemates. We then headed off to a few tailgates and ended up at the game, where the Michigan Football team defated the University of Connecticut.

The best part of football games is being surrounded by thousands of students, all chanting the fight song together when we score a touchdown. As someone who is not a football expert, I also look forward to the half-time performance. For today’s game, the Michigan Musical Theatre department performed alongside the Marching Band to student favorites like Mr. Brightside. After a long day, I headed home to nap for a few hours, followed by a delicious dinner with my friend and her parents at Mani Osteria. Mani Osteria is a great Italian restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor and the perfect place to go when parents are in town.

The courtyard is one of my favorite study spots in the fall. It overlooks the Michigan Ross buildings and is typically a quiet place to work.


For me, Sundays are a day to get work done before the week picks up, but also a time to enjoy my weekend. I began my day at one of my go-to spots near campus: Argus Farm Stop. Argus is a local café and market (started by a Ross alum) that sells local produce, snacks, and coffee. My friend and I grabbed some coffee before going on a morning walk to catch up. The afternoon was spent doing homework outside and enjoying the warm weather in Michigan while I can.

While any college student spends their weeks at class, doing homework, and enjoying campus, I believe Michigan Ross stands out for its student involvement and community. From joining clubs, to taking on leadership roles and taking the time to build relationships, I have found that Ross does a great job of enabling students to succeed and grow academically. At the same time, the school encourages opportunities to partake in unique initiatives outside of the classroom and build long-lasting friendships.

I hope my week gave you an insider’s look at how I can do that. I am so grateful to be a Wolverine at the Ross School of Business and thrive in this bustling, exciting environment!

Madelyn is a senior at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing. When she’s not in class, you can find her spending time with her consulting club and sorority, going on runs, or enjoying all the delicious restaurants in Ann Arbor!


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