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May 8, 2020 - 1:22pm

As graduation is around the corner, I have had the time to reflect on my experience the past two years and want to share some of them with you.


May 1, 2020 - 3:26pm

The emergence of COVID-19 has changed much of life as we know it. Gone are the days of handshakes and high-fives, social gatherings, parties and live events and countless other things that we took for granted. In times of social distancing, MBA students have had to adapt to new ways to keep in touch with each other. Students have taken advantage of the phone and internet to find creative ways to maintain a sense of community.

Sign reading "you got this"
April 30, 2020 - 1:52pm

I have used the promise of Neapolitan pizza as motivation through challenges big and small in my life, from long runs to medical care to tough days at work. So, when a wrinkle was added to life as a full-time MBA in March, I immediately thought of my old pal.

April 17, 2020 - 12:07pm

With campuses shifting to online-only classes to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and companies asking employees to work from home, lots of people are adjusting to a new work situation. For some people, the work-remote setup is ideal; for others, far from it.

As an MBA student, I can relate. With all my trusted routines out the window, I spent the first few days of the new online-learning era simply adjusting.

Here’s how I learned to maintain a high level of productivity, in an era of online learning.

Designate a workspace(s)

April 6, 2020 - 9:28am

With much of the world adopting social distancing measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, businesses are depending more on internet-based audio and video software to communicate with colleagues, clients and job candidates. But how can you make sure you're using it well?

Here are 12 tips that will help students and professionals maintain audio and video etiquette:

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.



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