Smith Welcomes New MS Students
In a week filled with activities, MS students at the Robert H. Smith School of
Business were introduced to both life at Smith and in the United States. From Wednesday,
Aug. 15, to Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, students came from all over to attend the
new MS student orientation before starting their school year in College Park.
Some students came from Maryland; some came from other states around the U.S.;
and many hailed from China. Excited at the prospect of studying in America and in
a location so close to Washington, D.C., the students exuded enthusiasm as they
walked through the welcoming halls of Van Munching.
For many of them, those hallways they walked through on their first day of orientation
will be the same that become a home away from home as they begin their journey in
one of Smith’s four MS programs: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Supply
New students received a warm welcome from Dean G. “Anand” Anandalingam and other
members of the Smith School’s faculty and staff. On Thursday, the international
students attended informational sessions from the Office of International Services
to learn about adjusting to life in the United States. This was followed by presentations
on Friday by the Office of Career Services (OCS) about making the most of OCS and
the services it offers. Students also learned about resume reviews, scheduling coaching
appointments and upcoming career fairs.
After a weekend to explore their new home, the students reconvened on Tuesday
to meet with faculty and staff from the Masters Programs Office (MPO). The staff
at MPO talked about the university’s honor pledge and code of academic integrity
before introducing students to university librarians.
They then had a day of bonding and teamwork as they headed over to the University
of Maryland’s ropes course, where they participated in teambuilding and ice breaker
activities. Wednesday ended with an English Provision Exam for the international
At the end of orientation, students walked away with a solid foundation of what
to expect as the newest MS students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
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About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.