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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:

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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.

2019 Smith Cohort
December 6, 2019 - 1:49pm

Before joining my first-year cohort at Smith, I had created an infallible 5- and 10-year plan for how my career and professional life would develop. Or so I thought. By February, the plans had changed entirely. That's when I transitioned from planning for a part-time MBA to receiving an opportunity to attend Maryland Smith full-time with a scholarship.

December 6, 2019 - 1:39pm

People everywhere know Colgate-Palmolive.  

The New York-based consumer products company is a leader around the globe. Its brands, among the world’s most recognizable household names, are sold in more than 200 countries and territories. In fact, the Colgate brand can be found in more than 62% of homes around the world – more than any other brand. Its Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Palmolive, Ajax, Softsoap and Hill’s Pet Nutrition are trusted and relied upon by consumers.

December 6, 2019 - 8:09am

Finals are coming, finals are coming! It’s officially finals season for Term A and as a first-year MBA student, here are some tips to help you get through this first wave, and the waves to come.

Lean on your classmates

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November 29, 2019 - 1:52pm

If you were at the top of your game and submitted an early application for Robert H. Smith School of Business graduate programs starting in Fall 2020, first-round notifications begin issuing soon, in December and January.

So, what should you consider if you’re accepted to graduate school? 

Double Terps Justin Ferguson and Jasmine Snead
November 25, 2019 - 4:08pm

It’s a quintessential University of Maryland love story.

Justin Ferguson and Jasmine Snead first met on the University of Maryland College Park campus in 2015. He was studying communications. She was studying political science and African American studies. He liked structure and planning. She liked to decide as she went along.



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