MIM Survival Guide: Your First Day of Class

This is part of a new series to showcase all the details you need to know about the MIM program. The post below details the what you need to know before going to class and how first classes in the MIM program generally run. If you want to read the first blog of this series (registration, books and syllabus) click here

Dress Code


MIM Students wearing formal attire in Tokyo. From left to right, Susan Forrester, Mengyao Luan, Bin Hao, and Tram Doan.

This was honestly one of my largest trepidations coming into the MIM program, thinking that everyday would be formal wear. No need to fret new students! For most days MIM students dress rather casually sporting jeans, T-shirts, or whatever suits their fancy. Some tend to dress up slightly for the first day of class in business casual (collared shirt, slacks, skirts, dresses, etc), but again this is not a requirement. There will be days when formal suits are required for presentations, networking events, and particularly for the trip to Asia in March. During these events, men are expected to wear full suits, while women can wear pant suits, skirt suits, or dresses with a suit jacket.


As always, bringing the books required for the course to the first class is a good rule along with any homework due during that first session. Professors will also encourage you to bring name cards (or to make them in class) which you should receive during orientation. For taking notes, I always bring a notebook and pencil/ pen, however many students do take their laptops to class as well. However, please note that some professors will inhibit the use of laptops during class time, and all professors frown upon checking email and social media accounts during class. Another option is to print out the power point slides for class, if the professor has uploaded them to D2L, and take notes directly on the slides.  As class times run long, it’s also a good idea to bring water (or coffee/ tea) and a snack to eat during the break.

General Class Structure


Professor Lee Buddress teaching students supply chain and logistics.

First classes tend to begin with a short introduction to the course, syllabus, and background of the professor. Then it’s right down to business, so don’t be surprised if it seems like the professor is flying through the material. Each class with roughly four credits will be conducted once a week for five hours each over the course of eight weeks. Although it may seem daunting, it is a relatively short amount of time to go through all the material these professors have prepared. A typical class will have either one long break for lunch or dinner (usually 30 minutes) or two to three shorter breaks that span from five to fifteen minutes.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to add them below or email us at askmim@pdx.edu. You can also message or tweet us your questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Juli Tejadilla


  Juli Tejadilla is a full-time student in the Masters of International Management program. She previously graduated with two Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Studio Art from Linfield College. While her interest in international business began as an undergraduate student, she has been traveling around the world since she was nine months old. She hopes through the MIM program to learn key insights to conduct business internationally and to establish herself as a global citizen.


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