MARS is an incredibly unique opportunity that gives you a platform where you can break through perceived personal limits or boundaries and truly close the gap between where you are today as a student and your true potential as an aspiring business professional.
MARS is more than just a business case competition. It is an experience of a lifetime that strips you down to the core of who you are and spits out a new, changed, confident, strategic person on the other side. You cannot really describe MARS completely in a paragraph, you really have to experience it to understand its life changing impact
Students at McMaster are missing an opportunity if they do not participate in MARS. I formed great friendships, learned about teamwork, found mentors, earned experience, and realized that I really could compete for these opportunities. I also had the chance to befriend Professor Malik who is still a mentor to me today and a wonderful friend. He once told me that time is a choice – you either make time for something or you don’t. Make time for MARS.
If you’re like me, and might be fearful of rejection, all I can say is no one will be disappointed in you trying. No one can criticize you for trying. As a nervous third-year student, who hadn’t quite made my ‘mark’ yet in University, I am so grateful that I took the risk and applied. All I did was try my absolute best, and somehow discovered this whole new world of marketing that I am now so passionate about. I honestly don’t know where I’d be now as a new grad if I hadn’t taken that plunge myself.