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November 4, 2019 - 11:48am

In your MBA career, and after, you’ll be working on a lot of teams. They'll include people from different backgrounds, with different strengths, and different workstyles. You’ll want to set up these teams for success so you can grow as an individual and as an effective team member.

Here's how.

David Rubenstein (at right) speaks at Politics and Prose on Tuesday, Oct. 29 for the release of his new book, “The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians.”
October 31, 2019 - 1:41pm

The greater Washington, D.C., metro area is a hub of activity. It’s an international city. The opportunities to meet people and find educational events are nearly endless. In the second year of my MBA program, I finally have time to enjoy more of what D.C. has to offer.

October 30, 2019 - 11:58pm

I grew up in the suburbs in North Carolina and got my bachelor's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. But it wasn't until I left Raleigh, N.C., to pursue a job in New York City that I realized how impactful diversity can be when it comes to shaping my own perspectives. Hearing about cultures, religions and values that differed wildly from my own shaped my understanding of the world, of people and of business.

On the hunt for the right internship.
October 28, 2019 - 12:36pm

The internship search can seem pretty daunting at first for an MBA candidate. With so many opportunities to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Here are a few tips that can help you with your search:

Start your search early: Getting a head start with your research can help you be better prepared to tackle the internship search head on. The more time you are able to allocate to the internship search, the better off you will be in the long run.

Chicken nugget
October 22, 2019 - 1:54pm

The almighty chicken nugget. Find it at Rudy’s Cafe at the Robert H. Smith School of Business in College Park, Maryland.


No matter how busy life gets as a University of Maryland graduate student, hunger is one constant. It strikes every day around lunchtime. So, what’s hungry student hard at work inside the Smith School of Business to do?

We have the answer. These on-campus and near-campus food options will help keep your hunger at bay: 

Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
October 17, 2019 - 3:44pm

If you’re going to get an MBA in or around Washington, D.C., it’s not a bad idea to know a few things about local history. A lot can be learned from 243 years of collective U.S. leadership experience. Here are a few simple tools to get you started.

Yes, you should go to happy hour
October 15, 2019 - 10:25am

The MBA program is serious work. With classes, homework, team projects and the 10 million other things on your to-do list, taking a break might seem like the last thing you should do. That’s most definitely not the case, however. Here are the reasons why you should try to make it to happy hour.

October 11, 2019 - 2:25pm

It’s a challenge all MBA students face: There is so much to do in so little time.

When you begin Maryland Smith’s rigorous full-time MBA program, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But as your first year progresses, you’ll find that you learn a few tricks, you hit a certain stride, and you begin to develop productivity hacks that help you become more efficient with the time you have.

Here are a few productivity hacks I’ve developed throughout my MBA journey:

October 7, 2019 - 11:20pm

Ground your feet. Relax your hands into a resting position. Center yourself. Breathe. 

Then begin.

I was never someone who struggled with public speaking. I grew up in my local community theatre and immediately loved the stage.

October 2, 2019 - 9:02am

Let’s face it, the ultimate goal for completing your MBA is to get a job; not just any job, but the job of your dreams.

To get that, you need a knockout resume – that one singular, sheet of paper that showcases all the expertise you’ve gained throughout your life and career, and highlights why you’d be the perfect candidate for the position.

How can you make your resume standout from the rest? Here are three important tips I’ve learned:



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