Management major Jordan Bagan turns a rough start into a red-letter finish
If you attended a case competition in the past year or so, it’s probably because of Jordan Bagan, management major and president of the MacEwan CASE Club. He’s a huge champion for case competitions and an even bigger proponent of getting involved in your school. But it almost wasn’t so.
After his first two years in the Bachelor of Commerce program, Jordan hated school. He was studying hard, but his efforts were not reflected in his marks. He considered transferring elsewhere, but he was halfway through his degree and opted to stick it out—with one caveat.
“I said I would give it one more chance and this time I would make the most of it by putting myself out there,” says Jordan. And like magic, Jordan began meeting people and making friends. “If you surround yourself with people who are doing well and enjoying school a lot, then you’re also going to enjoy school. After that, I wanted to be here every day.”
One of the activities that helped Jordan connect with his fellow students and his profs was being part of the MacEwan CASE Club. When he joined, the club was in its infancy, but its members were recruited by the School of Business to participate in case competitions across Canada and beyond (for Jordan that meant Washington, D.C. and Seattle). A notable part of business schools, case competitions call on students to develop a solution to a business problem—sometimes in a matter of days, sometimes hours.
As president during the club’s second year, he made recruiting new members for competitions his personal challenge. (Two of the students interviewed for “Meet the Class of 2016: School of Business” specifically named Jordan as the person who encouraged them to take part.) By the end of the year, the club had placed at three competitions—adding to its first win in the previous year.
“That’s huge growth for a school club that’s only been around for two years at a university that has only been offering a business degree for eight years,” says Jordan, “Especially when you consider that we were up against schools that have a hundred years of case competition experience.”
It might seem counterintuitive, but as Jordan got more involved in social activities on campus, he watched his grades improve. “I think it was because when I was socializing, I was also studying. I met people through study groups, and you learn best when you’re teaching someone else. Once you start doing better at school, you want to be here.”
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