Bear Studios Blog

Bear Studios contributes to the Olin Blog, the official blog of the Olin Business School at Washington University. 


Your ‘greatest weakness’ as a learning opportunity

I’ve learned that the best way to overcome my weakness is to put myself in uncomfortable circumstances that test my levels of confidence and familiarity. I have had a great deal of awkward conversations, churns in my stomach, and painful rejections, but as I challenged myself to keep going, I finally reached success.

April 24, 2019 by Kristine Yim, Strategy Fellow


Becoming a chef after freshman year, developing a recipe for life

My goal is to make a fantastic meal. This trial and error will take time and effort, but it is worth it. It is important, at the end of the day, for your meal to taste good to you.

November 21, 2018 by Garrett Passamonti, Strategy Fellow

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Confidently lost: feeling better about being unsure

To avoid burning out early, investing in activities that encourage exploring multiple interests at once is ideal. I joined Bear Studios, a student-run consulting firm that works with local St. Louis startups, as a design fellow. I found an intersection between business and the creative fields. I was able to test how to apply the concepts I learned in my art and design courses against a potential interest in business consulting.

October 15, 2018 by Melissa Guo, Design Fellow


How to personally grow through positive change

If you consistently learn about yourself through self-reflection, open yourself to new ideas, take other people’s perceptions less seriously, push your comfortable limits with challenging goals, and learn to embrace failure, then you are well on your way to achieving personal growth.

April 30, 2018 by Ben Kosowsky, Strategy Fellow

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Reframing perspectives: A skill to break out of habit

Since my start at WashU last semester, the most important lesson I have learned has revolved around the value of the word “reframe.

April 4, 2018 by Laura Glanz, Strategy Fellow

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Chasing high impact: The new American Dream

As a member of Bear Studios, a student-run strategy firm and LLC, I actively use the resources and knowledge that I can contribute at the time to add value to our clients’ projects. I may not have all the answers, but that does not mean I should not leverage what I do know to make the biggest impact that I can.

March 7, 2018 by Lexi Jackson, Director

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Failing Forward: A student's perspective

I have been with Bear Studios since March of 2017. I’m still asking stupid questions, and I’m still learning on the job. But I think that’s the point: I am learning.

November 27, 2017 by Jacob Finke, Director

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Defining value through business cycles

My main takeaway from this experience was that while it’s useful to have a standardized tool kit to assess a traditional business (like Apple), a more important soft skill to possess is adaptability.

November 7, 2017 by Syed Ahsan, Strategy Fellow


Bear Studios, TechArtista connect students and startups

Bear Studios has formed several key strategic partnerships with WashU and St. Louis-area organizations, with a focus on organizations that share a similar mission and that have a strong sense of community.

November 1, 2017 by Lexi Jackson, Director

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Bear Studios takes student learning beyond case studies

Being able to build a relationship with the client and talk through ideas, refine others, and produce a finished product they were excited about, was incredibly rewarding. Seeing the development of skills and interests I’d picked up in the classroom and applying them directly to my extracurricular involvement excites me for future projects with Bear Studios.

October 25, 2017 by Tommy Elzinga, Strategy Fellow