The first day of class dawns upon the students of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The freshman class of Smith race to get to their lectures and discussions, praying they are not late. Internship opportunities and full-time jobs are most likely the last things on their mind as they tiredly grab their syllabi.
Starting off freshman year of college is easily one of the most nerve-racking experiences of one’s life. You could feel the eager and anxious energy as the Class of 2021 made their way to the steps outside the Xfinity Center. This nervous energy turned into laughs and smiles as they gathered around their classmates for their class picture, a tradition for all incoming classes. The fall semester kicked off on a beautiful Saturday morning, where the new freshmen were officially welcomed into the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business family during this year’s Smith Leadership Institute, Aug. 26, 2017.
To top off a week full of professional development for the freshman class, the Smith Start program had its culminating Networking Day on Friday, Feb. 24, hosted by one of our most generous sponsors and partners, KPMG. This event allowed the freshman class to apply all the networking skills they learned throughout the week in a very realistic setting.
On Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, freshman business students were invited to take part in the Global Young Professionals Institute as part of the Smith Start Program.
Every year, the town of College Park, Md., sees an influx of thousands of new students from every corner of the nation and even the world. You step into a classroom and you may find a student from Minnesota, Japan or Panama. The teachers that mold and inspire the great minds of the future here at UMD come from all parts of the globe: Lebanon, Germany, India, China, Romania, Nigeria, the list goes on and on. The companies and organizations that are studied meticulously in the classroom, from Pepsi to Apple, from KPMG to Samsung, are global entities with a global workforce and global assets. Take a stroll through Van Munching Hall, and you’re guaranteed to hear more than just the English language. So why is the global mindset so important? The answer is much closer to home than you think.
On Friday, Feb. 19, freshman business school students participated in Networking Day as part of the Smith Start program. Smith Alumni and recruiters from companies like KPMG, Target, Macy’s, and more led the day with words of wisdom, entertained questions, and detailed the importance of starting to develop one’s professional pursuits early.