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  • Still Going Strong! "Five Minutes With..." Week 5!

    Josh McDonald, Marketing & Sports Management
    Josh McDonald, Marketing & Sports Management

    This week we sat down with first-year MBA Josh McDonald from Nashville, Tennessee.  Josh came to Illinois MBA after graduating from the University of Louisville with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and a minor in International Business.  He played football for the Louisville Cardinals and had the chance to experience an Orange Bowl win!

    In his free time, Josh enjoys writing for his blog "Just GQ" [], reading and cooking. During his time with the MBA, he plans to concentrate in Marketing and Sports Management.  We had the chance to talk with Josh, on the record, about stress, time travel and his favorite part of the Illinois MBA.  Keep reading to learn more...!

    So, Josh, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?  The lead role....let me think, who's hot right now? Who's in a lot of movies? [Thinking] I have someone in mind, but can't remember his name...although, I don't think anyone could play me better than I could. I would be best at accurately representing the interesting dynamics of my life. However, I would request that Zoe Saldana play my leading lady [Oh, she is really cute!]
    If you are given a chance to travel back to the past where would you go and why?  Mmmm.... [laughing], I would go back to kindergarten due to the lack of responsibilities.  Or, I would go back to....[pause] no, kindergarten is definitely where I would go.  I really enjoyed 30 minute classes and nap time being a frequent staple of the day.  I also really liked my teacher, which really makes the whole experience really cool.
    How do you define and tackle stress?  I have found that I like to adopt a "divide and conquer" mentality...tackle my issues one by one.  The best way I ease my stress is to have music in the background so that I can be in the right state of mine so that I can achieve optimal results.  [But, what is your definition of stress?] I define stress as factors which produce anxiety.  I am anti-anxiety - but, there is stress in MBA school.  Having five finals in five days pretty much sums up "stress".

    To date, what is your favorite book?  Umm, [thinking intently], I would say my favorite book would be either "To Kill A Mockingbird" or "Brian's Song".  I enjoyed "To Kill A Mockingbird"- it's an American classic; it was one of the first series book that I read in fourth or fifth grade.  I really liked how it tackled issues around racism and brought them to the fore front.  I also had a deep appreciation for the white people who helped in the story, depsite how they would be perceived in society.  At a young age, it send a great message and a good lesson for kids to understand to ease some of the racial tensions that we still struggle with on occasion.  "Brian's Song" was great because I enjoyed the athletic aspect of loyalty between friends. 

    And of course, our favorite question, what is your favorite part of the Illinois MBA?  My favorite thing about the MBA is my marketing professor, Hayden Noel.  I really enjoy every aspect of his class - and look forward to it!  I also enjoy IBC and the camaraderie that I have with the students in the program.

    Thanks so much again Josh!  Stay tuned for next's weeks edition of "Five Minutes With..."