Maryland Smith Blogs


March 3, 2020 - 12:27pm

How do you successfully go from operating nuclear reactors on an aircraft carrier to commercial banking? An MBA sounds like a great place to start and the internship sounds like a great place to take theory to practice. After many months of what at times felt like would be a fruitless effort, the internship hunt has finally come to a close. For MBA students, this process can be as time-consuming, if not more so, than the academics.

February 26, 2020 - 11:09am

In any MBA program there are going to be some moving pieces, from classes to group meetings, and more. But a crucial part of the MBA experience is finding ways to get involved beyond the usual class requirements. Some of the most amazing experiences you’ll have may come through clubs and the opportunities they bring.

Find like-minded people within the program

Second year MBA students cheering on the Maryland Terrapins Basketball Team. Ashraf Khan, Akarsh Mohan, Trey Owens, Luc Ponvert (left to right)
February 13, 2020 - 2:52pm

Second year MBA students cheering on the Maryland Terrapins Basketball Team.

Ashraf Khan, Akarsh Mohan, Trey Owens, Luc Ponvert (left to right)


Girl at desk
February 11, 2020 - 11:32pm

“Thank you for your interest. We will not be moving forward with your application at this time.”

Those words have become the email equivalent of “we need to talk” in today’s recruitment communication process. The adrenaline rush that accompanies seeing a firm’s email push notification on your phone screen is topped only by the sinking sensation that follows reading the email body.

Virginia at summit
February 5, 2020 - 12:09am

My first semester at Smith proved fruitful in both academic and life lessons – the most important being the need to embrace ambiguity. The 35 days (not that I was counting) we had over winter break allowed me to reflect upon one more, equally important, lesson: Sometimes, it’s the climb and not the summit that matters.

January 28, 2020 - 10:25am

I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Southeast Asia this winter break. One of the countries I visited was Thailand, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Though I was traveling for only a few weeks, I tried to absorb as much as I could about the culture, the history and the Thai way of life.

January 25, 2020 - 5:23pm

There are many opportunities to travel during your MBA journey, but it’s the treks that really stand out. Treks are concentrated visits to cities, where you meet with multiple employers to network, check out company offices and explore the surrounding area. Over winter break, our class took a trek to the San Francisco area to meet with Facebook, Uber, Salesforce and many others.

The trip really underscored what makes treks such a great opportunity.

Making far-flung connections

January 24, 2020 - 12:10pm

You’ve probably heard of “the Grand Tour.” It was a key fixture of a higher-level education from the 1500s through the 1800s. The idea of the grand tour was that, near the completion of his formal education, a young man (or woman, in later years) would travel Europe and “learn about the world.”

December 20, 2019 - 3:12pm

Now that final exams, group projects, and papers are done for the semester, we’re looking forward to some well-deserved rest and relaxation. So in the spirit of that relaxation, we thought we’d talk about what all the MBA bloggers are looking forward to doing this break. Maybe there are some things on here you’re looking forward to doing too, or maybe you’ll add something new to your list.

Miranda Taylor:

Data has a better idea | Source: Franki Chamaki via Unsplash
December 16, 2019 - 12:22pm

As a full-time MBA student, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with students from a variety of MBA programs during the past year and a half. One thing has become clear to me in that time. The Smith MBA is uniquely focused on data.

That’s a good thing, because the business world is increasingly reliant on data and analytics. There’s a record need for people with analytical skill and managerial training.



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