Max Karsok

My name is Max Karsok and I am a junior at Bryant University. I study marketing and applied analytics, and am originally from Douglas, MA. On campus, I am the Head Resident Assistant of the Upper Village residence area, and work as an Admission Fellow and a Student Ambassador in Bryant's Office of Admission. Thanks for reading!

Next Time You Hear From Me…

December 19th, 2014

We're in the middle of finals week here in Smithfield, RI, so needless to say it is crunch time in terms of handing papers in, submitting projects, giving presentations, and sitting in the quiet section of the library for 6 hours straight studying for your Market Research Exam tomorrow (a.k.a. me). The semester officially ends Friday afternoon when all of the exams are done, so as crazy as it is now, within the next 48-72 hours, Bryant students will empty out of the residence halls and relax for the next four weeks before gearing up for the spring semester again. That means that after this post, you won't be hearing from me for a few weeks as I head home as well. But before I go, let's talk about the big thing that will happen in the world of undergraduate admission between now and the end of January...Early Action Admission Notifications!

Here in Bryant's Office of Admission, Early Action decisions are sent out in the middle of January to students that have applied before that deadline. In my experience with prospective students, those that choose to apply to Bryant early action will also submit applications to the other schools that interest them early action as well. First of all, good for you guys staying on top of your game! Secondly, if you receive other schools' decision on your admittance around the same time you receive Bryant's, you'll have lots of letters coming in and lots of things to think about-don't fret!

One piece of advice that I always tell prospective students is to stay organized and stay ahead. You early action folks have already fulfilled part 2 of that tidbit, but staying organized is equally as crucial. I recommend that once these letters from Bryant and other colleges come out, that you make an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of which colleges you've been accepted to, which ones you have not, and which ones you are still waiting to hear from. Then include information that is important to you about each school: for example population, different majors, extracurricular opportunities, proximity to home, tuition cost, etc. If you are someone like me who applied to lots of different schools, it can be hard to remember all of the little details that can be very important in selecting the right school. So, as these letters come in, update that spreadsheet; it only takes a few minutes each time and it will make your life SO much easier come decision time.

 When I get back from break, I hope that that spreadsheet will be all set up, and Bryant will be at the top of the list! And of course, to those of you who have applied early action to Bryant University...GOOD LUCK!

 Enjoy the upcoming holidays with your family and friends, spend time with those you care about!


Talk to you folks in January! And as always,

Thanks for reading, and Go Dawgs.


Living in Bryant’s Newest Building…and Filling it with Holiday Spirit

December 11th, 2014

For the second year in a row, I have had the privilege of living in Bryant's newest dorm on campus, Hall 17. Hall 17 is primarily occupied by juniors, while sophomores and seniors live there every year as well. It is a suite-style dorm (like all sophomore and junior housing), where you and one roommate live in a room together, and there are 2 other rooms that have two people in each of them. The six of you then share a common room fully equipped with couches and tables, as well as a bathroom.

There are several perks to living in Hall 17. First of all, it looks like a hotel both inside and out and is definitely the nicest dorm on campus. Each room has its own thermostat, so every individual pair of roommates can decide how warm or cool their room should be as opposed to the entire suite being one temperature. The rooms themselves are slightly bigger in hall 17, but there is a trade-off because  the common room is slightly smaller in 17 compared to other dorms. Additionally, most suites on campus have one larger bathroom, but 17 actually has three separate bathrooms in each suite. There is one full bathroom and two half bathrooms (just a toilet and just a shower). This is not an issue for my friends and I, but it sure is helpful when there is a suite of girls that all need the bathroom in the morning!

I happen to live on the first floor of my building, which presents another advantage. The majority of the first floor of hall 17 is actually a pizza place called Ronzios (I think it's a Rhode Island thing). First of all, there pizza and sandwiches are super good, and second of all it is about 15 steps outside of my door! Convenient and delicious, two of my favorite things.

I live with four of my good friends, and in spirit of the holiday season, each year we decorate our suite. While we aren't exceptionally creative and are limited in our resources, I think this is our best year yet! Check out some of these pictures and see for yourself:




I hope life is good wherever and whenever you are reading this! Wish me luck as we head into finals time...the end is in sight!!!

Thanks for reading, and Go Dawgs.


First Semester Class Update

December 3rd, 2014

I hope everyone enjoyed the long Thanksgiving weekend! It sure was good to be home. Now that I'm back in Smithfield with the rest of my fellow Bryant students to finish up the remaining three weeks of the semester, I thought I'd take this week's blog to give you an update on some of the things I've been doing in my classes. As you may or may not remember, I am a Marketing and Applied Analytics major, so you will probably be able to tell that most of my courses connect with one another and what I am learning in one class often ca translate to another.

Consumer Behavior: I take this class with fellow blogger John Logan, and it's based on concepts and theories related to how people make purchase decisions. It is especially focused on group and societal influences, decision making processes, and how different types of marketing techniques can be applied to every one of these theories that we discuss. My team and I just finished up our semester long project where we had to go out and film a section of the population to discovery what "A Day in Their Life" is like. The goal was to see how different types of people (ex: professors, students, veterans, retired people) behave and consume on a day-to-day basis. My group decided to study female college students from Rhode Island, so we filmed students from Bryant, Johnson and Wales, University of Rhode Island, and Providence College throughout the course of the day and then applied the concepts that we had learned over the course of the semester to the film of the female college students that we captured. We present this week so I am hoping it is well received because I think we did a great job!

Data Mining for Effective Decision Making: This is my analytics course for the semester, and in this concentration we look at large data sets and use various analytical tools and techniques to draw conclusions, predict future outcomes, and make accurate decisions that are all data driven. This concentration (and our Advanced Applied Analytics Center on campus) is sponsored by SAS, one of the leading business analytical software companies in the world. We have SAS loaded onto our Lenovo laptops at school, and are learning how to use this extensive software every day through hands on exercises. We just finished a project where we were given a large sales data set for a company over the past year, and had to break the customers into segments. Then we examined what was unique about each segment and how a marketing campaign could be specifically tailored to each of those various segments.

Managerial Accounting: This is a class that I think every person should take if they wish to work in a successful, efficient business operation one day. This is my honors class for the semester (I am in the Honors Program at Bryant), so our class is only composed of about 18 honors students. Managerial Accounting is focused on the internal side of accounting; things like budgeting, reports that are used by managers as opposed to stockholders, and general accounting information that is used more so by the employees of the business, not necessarily broadcasted to the outside world. For our final exam we will be presenting our report on a case study where my group needed to study a company's financial records and create an accurate, futuristic budget for the following year. We have to justify where all of the revenue is coming from, where the costs will be incurred, and why we budgeted certain items certain amounts of money. I think it is very applicable to any job anywhere because this is the type of information you need to have a basis understanding of no matter what business you enter upon graduation.

Market Research: This class is directed towards the methods and necessary steps it takes to conduct a research study. This includes creating surveys, meeting ethical qualifications, collecting and analyzing the data, and so on. My group in this class will present our research next week on the effect of sharing emotions on social media and if that sharing of emotion makes your feelings stronger. Our professor is very involved in his research as well (I feel like every time I research something in his field he is the one that wrote the article!), and my team is actually test running his emotion sharing hypothesis, so it was awesome to take a hypothesis from a professional researcher and be able to test-run it for him. It reassures me that the work I am doing is beneficial and applicable in the real world!

For more information on my marketing and applied analytics concentrations, or the Bryant curriculum in general, check it out on our website here:

Also, make sure you're liking Bryant Admission on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Instagram, it's a great way to stay in tune with what's up in Smithfield! And for those of you that applied to our Early action deadline of December 1st earlier this week, CONGRATULATIONS!!

Thanks for reading, and Go Dawgs.


What I’m Thankful For

November 25th, 2014

I hope everyone is excited to start their Thanksgiving breaks (I know I sure am!) as we approach the end of the calendar year. Thanksgiving, as you all know, is late this year, so this break for us at Bryant comes later than usual, which means when we come back the end of the semester will approaching. Because so much of the year has gone by already, Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the semester (and year) that is nearly behind you and appreciate the things that we can sometimes overlook. So I hope that with all of the turkey in the coming days, also comes appreciation and time with the people you care about most. Just like anyone that is reading this, I've got plenty to be thankful for, but here's what makes the short list:

  • I'm thankful for the countless men and women that work everyday to serve our country both internally and abroad, risking their lives every day so we have the opportunity to exercise the freedoms that they serve to protect. Thank you.
  • I'm thankful for my hometown of Douglas, Massachusetts, and all of my friends that I grew up with there. I would not be in the position I am in now, or the way I am now, without them. I hope that as you enjoy the remainder of your own senior year and final months at the place you may very well have lived your entire life, you can appreciate what that place and those people have done for you.
  • I'm thankful for every experience, opportunity, success, failure, and memory that Bryant University has ever given me. My first 5 semesters here have been so much more than I could have ever imagined, and I will be forever appreciative of that. The opportunities I have gotten in this Office of Admission, in Residence Life, in the classroom, and from the campus as a whole have been some of the best of my life. But above all, I am thankful for the people that this University has brought me close to; peers, professors, supervisors, and friends alike, they have all made my time here so worthwhile and I truly feel blessed to be even a small part of the incredible community that surrounds me.
  • I'm thankful that I am healthy and in such a place where I am able to write this piece to you all and that you are able to receive it in equally as good health.
  • I'm thankful for my family. The most important people in my life are those who have supported me from the beginning, and who will continue to support me at every turn around a corner and every decision I make. They're the people that make coming home for Thanksgiving so awesome.

Enjoy the holiday.


Bryant Takes on the Champs at Gampel

November 19th, 2014


This past Friday, the Bryant Men's Basketball season officially began. And began with a bang. The Bulldogs traveled to Storrs, Connecticut to take on the defending national champion UConn Huskies at Gampel Pavilion. While the game was on the road, the Bulldog faithful (or as we call it here in Smithfield, "The Dawg Pound") was in full effect in Connecticut as students filled two full buses of students to cheer on their team, and the arena itself was littered with Bryant University sweatshirts and memorabilia. The trek was about an hour and a half both ways, but boy was the drive worth it!

Needless to say, when any team goes on the road to face-off against the reigning national champions, you go in as underdogs. Bryant has always been in this role, especially with this being some of our first years with Division 1 playoff eligibility. However, being projected to lose badly against the Huskies did not stop Bryant from putting on a show. After going down early in the game, the Bulldogs went on an 17-0 run towards the end of the first half to take a 7 point lead into halftime.


Bryant led for much of the second half as well, and were tied with Uconn late into the latter parts of the half. Eventually, UConn became too much for Bryant to overcome and we were defeated, 66-53. However, sports journalists and radio hosts were buzzing about how the "upset-minded" Bryant Bulldogs put such a scare into the defending national champs. We were originally just excited to get the chance to play the national champions, but to almost hand them a loss? Even better.

Like I said before, the Dawg Pound travels. And this didn't just include students, but even President Machtley (and his signature selfies) made the trip down to Storrs:


You can check out the rest of his crazy pictures from the game on his Twitter, @BryantUprez.

 For the full game recap from the exciting night in UConn, follow this link:

We were severely outnumbered (they only give the away team so many tickets), but we did our best to make as much noise as we could. Whenever the Bulldogs scored, 95% of the arena was quiet. But you could hear that 5% all the way from Smithfield.

Thanks for reading, and Go Dawgs.


Interview Season

November 12th, 2014

Hey all, I hope this whole daylight savings thing is treating you okay (because I shed a metaphorical tear every time it starts getting dark at 4:30), and that you are reading this in happy and healthy spirits. I want to talk this week about a skill that can be applied to your college application process, but also to even a broader scope for your future (and mine) as young adults.

I work within the Office of Admission in a variety of roles, but my most significant role is that of an Admission Fellow. Myself and six other students serve as fellows, and we provide assistance to different admission counselors while they are on the road and in the office. One of our main responsibilities is to give the interviews of prospective students who would like to be interviewed by the office as part of their application. Some of you reading this could have already had an interview (maybe with me!) and others may be interested in the process. So today I want to share with you my 5 tips for being a great interviewer, so that if you do come in to an interview you'll be prepared! (Remember, these are tips tailored for a college admission interview, but really apply to all types of interviews).

5. Do your homework. An interviewee loves to know the reasons you are here. If you took the time to come for an interview for admission, you must have reasons why you would like to attend that school, so tell them! It's great to know some information about the school you are at so you can apply specific programs that they offer to your particular interests. Be sure to check out the school's website so you are not going in blind and you can have a conversation with your interviewee about the institution you are interviewing to be accepted to.

4. Do your homework. Again. But this time, do your homework on you. This means that you need to be prepared to articulate your answers to questions well, and be able to reflect upon your past experiences. An interview is all about the applicant (obviously), so all types of questions are going to be looking to hear you speak about your opinions, your past experiences and activities, and to generally find out more about you as a person. You can prepare for this by creating a resume that documents the activities you have done in high school, or even just reflecting back  before the interview so you can call upon the lessons that you have learned through your years and how those lessons can apply to studying at a college or university.

3. Get Contact Information. Your interviewer will often reach out to you with their contact information, but if they do not be sure to request it. Staying in touch with your interviewer and other members of the admission team is a great way to express interest in the school, as well as an avenue to ask further questions that you may have down the road. Always to remember to walk out of the interview with at least one e-mail address that you can go back to if you want to follow up or seek additional information.

2. Speaking of Questions...Ask Them. You are making a monumental decision in your life in choosing to attend a university. In order to make the choice that best fits you, you should ask questions to as many people from the admission team as you can. Not only is a great way to show interest and preparation for the school and for the interview, but there are no better resources for information about a school than the students that go there and the professionals that work there. I am always happy to reflect upon my Bryant experiences (hence why Admission lets me blog about them), so I love when prospective students are curious about the school and ask.

1. Be Confident! Far and away the most important rule of interviewing. If you don't believe in you how is the interviewer supposed to believe in you? Come to the interview prepared, well rested, and feel good about the conversation you are going to have with the interviewer. Even if every bone in your body is nervous, put a big smile on, and walk in the door (and then walk out with a smile too!). Above all else, be confident in who you are.

I hope I will see some of you in the coming weeks on campus, whether it be for an admission event or for an interview! To schedule an interview with a member of our admission team, follow this link here:

Thanks for reading, and Go Dawgs.


Bryant’s Top 10 Halloween Costumes 2014

November 6th, 2014

Some people think that celebrating Halloween ends when it's no longer acceptable to go trick or treating in your neighborhood. Well, I'm here to tell you that those people are wrong. While the candy collection down the sidewalks of streets around your hometown may be behind us, the spirit of the spooky night still lives on.

This year's Bryant Halloween started in the morning in many cases, as certain professors offered extra credit to those students that showed up to class in full costume. Other professors brought baskets filled with candy (so maybe the candy part isn't over yet either?) to their classes, even if it was 8am.

Later that night, students put serious time and effort into crafting the most creative costumes and the results were hysterical, horrifying, and sometimes even both. This year Halloween took place on a Friday, and I was on call in my area of campus (I'm an RA, see blog 1). So while I didn't get to dress up on the actual night of Halloween, I did get a front row seat to see everyone's costumes. I wish I could paint you the picture of what our campus looked like with everyone dressed up as something different, but I'll have to settle with reporting and analyzing some of my favorites. Without further ado, my Top 10 Costumes of Bryant Halloween, 2014 edition:

10. Katniss Everdeen: Katniss kicks off our top 10 with a costume imitating her outfit in the first movie (the one based in the forest), equipped with her bow and all. This costume worked extra well because the person in the costume looks similar to Jennifer Lawrence to begin with! The look-alike element in addition to the comprehensive outfit gets her a spot on my list.

9. Waldo: A Halloween classic that is often overlooked, in my opinion. While the "Where's Waldo" theme shows up every year in Halloween, this year's participants excelled by adding to the costume. Not only was the red and white stripes evident, but the big glasses and red hat were a staple in many Waldo costumes.

8. Jackie Moon: Played by Will Ferrell in the movie Semi-Pro, Jackie's costume is easily noticeable with a nice big blonde wig and a Flint Tropics jersey. However, what separates the contenders from the pretenders is wearing the headband, the white shorts, and carrying around a basketball. The guy I saw had all of these things to make sure the costume was complete, and that's why he comes in at number 8.


7. Soldier: Again, this one is easy to do if you want to do a mediocre job. However, this army costume makes the list for two reasons: 1. His costume was complete with army boots, an entire camo outfit, and a face painted to make it look like he could hide in a tree and no one would see him. 2. This guy was a pizza delivery man. I repeat, a pizza delivery man! If he can dress up and make my Top 10 while still on the job, he's a true Halloween hero.

6. A Construction Crew: We enter the group costume section of out Top 10, and in at number 6 is a construction crew. This was a group of 8-10 males that had coordinated with matching outfits from a specific construction company, so all of their shirts matched, they all wore the same type of jeans , and matching yellow hard hats. Great team effort.

5. The 7 Dwarfs: I give credit to group costumes because it has hard to have that kind of coordination, especially with 7 people. These girls were matched to the nines, and each one had a hat on that distinguished themselves as 1 specific dwarf. Coordination + execution= Number 5.

4. Pocahontas: If there was a most detail oriented or complex costume award, this girl would have won the gold, silver, and bronze. There were all sorts of different colored feathers involved, an intricately painted face, it was extremely well done. On the basis of quality, I couldn't leave her off of the list, and she could have easily moved up even further if it wasn't for an incredible top 3.

3. Wendy Peffercorn and Squints: I may be slightly biased here because the Sandlot is one of my favorite movies of all time, but regardless this costume was creative and it snuck up on me. These are not main characters in the movie (recall Squint's crush on Wendy the lifeguard, and he fakes drowning only to have her rescue him), making this couple costume that much more likable. I appreciate someone who does their research and picks  a costume that makes people say "Ohhhhh, that's funny!" That's what I did, and that's why that duo holds down the 3 spot.


2. Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan: The names are less important, but the legendary book turned movie, The Great Gatsby, has a particular style to it, and it's easy to tell when someone is dressed to fit in the Roarin' 20s. This duo matched in their appearance, but were both dressed to attend a Gatsby like gathering. Again, slightly biased because I am a big fan of book and the movie (really that time period as a whole), so when I saw the two of them together and realized what they were doing, I knew that they would be one of the best.

And finally...

1. A New York Jets Fan: A Jets t-shirt, and a paper bag with eyes cut out to go over his head. An Easy Number 1. Congratulations.

I had some honorable mentions, but I think my Top 10 gives you a nice idea of the dedication and commitment that goes into each and every Halloween costume. Some are simple, and others take days to create, but each one has a message to send, a scare to create, or a laugh to be had, and that's what makes Halloween, Halloween.

And they said it was for little kids.

Thanks for reading, and Go Dawgs.


Spotlight: The Bryant Golf Club

October 28th, 2014

Midterms are OVER. It's been a long three weeks with exams and projects due at the halfway point of the semester, so everyone over here in Smithfield has been tucked away at the library or working with their favorite tutor to make sure they're ready for that big finance test tomorrow. Well those days are finally behind us, and here we are in the last week of October! And you know that means: only a few more weekends of enjoying the fresh fall air outside before winter (yikes) strikes again.

 My friends and I do everything we can to get outside during these nice weekends of the fall semester, and we often do that at the golf course down the street from Bryant. The Crystal Lake Golf Club is located 15 minutes from Bryant in Mapleville, Rhode Island, and they partner with the Bryant Golf Club on campus. Check out Crystal Lake's website here: Just 1 of our over 100 clubs and organizations, (yes, we have a club for almost everything)the Bryant Golf Club works with the course to provide a discount for Bryant students to play there. Members of the Golf Club pay $20 at the beginning of the semester and can walk 9 holes twice a week for free. FOR FREE!



Every Wednesday afternoon is one spot that is always open to the members, and that is where most of the members will play together. However, the second nine holes can happen anytime during the week. Ryan Ianuzzi, who sits on the e-Board for the organization (who also happens to be very good at golf), said that the flexibility is a nice option. "Since a lot of students have busy schedules, I like how the club-course relationship allows us students to go out and play with friends when we are able to".  Did I mention you only pay $20 a semester? Okay just making sure.

This nice weather and The Bryant Golf club perks  make it easy to get over to Crystal Lake a play once or twice a week. My friends and I walk 9 holes every Friday afternoon all semester, and it's a great way to start the weekend off right. While some of us are better than others (and by that I mean a lot better than me), it is a great time no matter how good you are, especially when you get to soak up these last few fall days!

 The Golf Club is an example of just 1 club on campus that makes students' Bryant experience that much more enjoyable. And to think, we've got over a hundred more waiting for you once you step in the door.

Thanks for reading, and go Dawgs.


Let’s Eat Local: Farm2Fork at Salmo!

October 22nd, 2014


This past week in Salmanson (our main dining hall, scroll down my blog a little ways to read all about it), Aramark hosted an event called "Farm2Fork", where they created specialty dishes with products brought in from local farms from around the area! This included a stir-fry dish with fresh vegetables from local farms, fresh apples and apple cider, and much more. I spoke to a representative from FreshPoint at lunch the day of the event, who told me all about what his company does to help get Aramark, along with other food providers, fresh food from local areas.

FreshPoint works in between the small farms in New England and the large food providers to connect them with each other. It can be tough for the chef's at universities to reach out and find small farms with the best produce in the area, because they are obviously very busy and need to feed lots of people 3 times a day! FreshPoint creates connections with local farms (and thoroughly inspects them to make sure they are the kinds of farms they want to be connecting with), and then works with the executive chef's at places like Bryant to bring fresh, local produce to our community.

My favorite part about the event was that they had signs telling everyone what local farm the produce and cider came from that day, it was cool knowing we got to support a farm that was just down the road while having a great lunch!


I left lunch last Wednesday knowing that Bryant supports local community farms, and had a few delicious fall apples in the process. Kudos to Aramark for putting on a great event!


Thanks for reading, and Go Dawgs.


Fall Interview Season

October 15th, 2014

The firms in the insurance and accounting industries tend to hire new interns and employees in the fall for the following summer because their busiest time of the calendar year occurs in the spring (when most other industries hire interns). Why is this important to us? Well, two of Bryant's most popular majors are Actuarial Science (College of Arts and Sciences) and Accounting (College of Business). This means that many of our students were suited up and had resumes at the ready this week as they interviewed for internships and full-time positions in their respective field.

So many of these Bryant students got the opportunity to interview with these companies through the Amica Center for Career Education, Bryant's outstanding career services team. They provide many services to Bryant University students, including mock interviews, strengths test, and resume critiques. However, what may be the most beneficial resource the Amica Center offers is called the Bryant Career Connection, where applications for internships and full-time jobs are posted to a portal where Bryant students can submit their resumes and cover letters to. The job-hunt can be tough, especially in the competitive world that we live in, so having all of these postings right at our finger tips to choose from is an amazing resource. Remember, Bryant students come from all over the United States and the world to study in Smithfield, RI, so the Amica Center does not just post opportunities in New England. There are internship applications for companies located all over the place, so that Bryant's widespread student population can find some experience wherever they choose.


Nick Johnson, a junior actuarial science major from South Windsor, Connecticut, interned this past summer  at Traveler's Insurance in Hartford, CT. Nick has since been asked to return for another summer in 2015, but the internship hunt for Nick last fall was not so easy. With all of the companies and all of the applications, he's not sure what he would've done without the help of the Amica Center. "I wouldn't have gotten my internship without the Amica Center. Everything from the resume critiques to having recruiters come onto campus for interviews, having them as a resource throughout the entire process was extremely advantageous".

Dom Cauteruccio, also a junior study actuarial science, has interviewed with several recruiters on campus this fall, and he feels more prepared because of the services from the Amica Center. "I've heard lots of positive feedback about the resume that I've put together over my years here, and the Amica Center really helped me fine tune the intricacies of a resume to make it the best it could be for these interviews".



And to top it all off, Bryan't Amica Center, coupled with reputation and rigorous curriculum of our University, breeds tangible results. 98% of Bryant's class of 2013 had a job or was enrolled in graduate school 6 months after graduation. Now that's a stat for you!

Best of luck to all of Bryant's actuary and accounting majors as they look for that dream job or internship in the coming weeks!

For all stuff Amica Center, follow them on Twitter @bryantcareer

Thanks for reading, and Go Dawgs.