June 4, 2012

Farewell from Graduate Student Council President, Carl Palme

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Carl Palme
MS-MBA, 2012

Speaking at Graduation

 Business school came and went, and I am glad that I was able to take advantage of everything it had to offer.  Particularly, I really enjoyed being part of the Graduate Student Council as a Cohort Representative and then as President.  It was a great experience because I was able to give back to the Boston University community and work with really amazing people.

Myself and Erin Gregory (2012 chosen class speaker) on stage at Graduation

As a council we were in charge of helping student organizations with funding for conferences, events, and bringing speakers to school.  We also helped students attend Case Competitions as well as organize certain events.  Most importantly, we were there as student representatives and as a liaison between the student community and faculty & staff.

When we started as council in the spring of 2011, we set a few goals for ourselves:
  •        Build an even stronger community
  •        Improve internal and external communications
  •        Pilot a student led speaker series
  •        Broaden alumni outreach
I would say that we succeeded at everything.  Our community became even stronger than it already was, we used our marketing and analytic skills to improve all methods of communication, we had great speakers attend the school (including Gustavo Valle, the CEO of Dannon), and had fruitful interactions with alumni.

We were successful because of the amazing people that worked on council, as well as the support and excitement we received from the community at large.  BU really attracts incredible people and that makes the experience a whole lot better.

Now that I have graduated, I am really pleased with my experience and with having spent time with the classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013.  I look forward to seeing what the new council will do as well as meeting the incoming class in the fall.  

2012 Graduates celebrating after Commencement
 Grad school went by way too fast, but it was worth every minute!

Carl Palme
Graduate Student Council President
2011 – 2012


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