Ashraf Khan

Social Life in the New Norm

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.

12 Tips For Your Next Video Meeting

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:

Lessons from Thailand

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.

What We're Doing Over Winter Break

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:

What to Expect When You're Expecting During Your MBA

Successfully completing a two-year MBA program can be difficult. But when you are expecting a child, the demands on your time can pose even more of a challenge. According to its class profile at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, the 2019-2020 full-time MBA cohort averages 30 years of age. That means many students are faced with the additional challenge of balancing new additions to their families while going through the program.

Five Tips To Finding the Right Internship

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.

Productivity Hacks for the MBA Student

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:


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