If you are interested in learning more about the MBA and MS programs at the University of Rochester, Simon School and are located in the NYC metro area, here’s your opportunity! Join alumni, students, and staff for an evening of networking and listen to an interview style program with Simon alumnus, Roland Caputo as he […]
“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” –Andrew Carnegie
Business school is meant to expand your horizons and capabilities while making sure you Toughen Up and get ready for the challenge of working in a job market that demands the best. I knew Simon would be rigorous, challenging, and quick to push me to the limits of my ability, but what about the other side of the Simon experience? What would the interpersonal culture of Simon be like? Would it be a purely competitive environment, or would it be more welcoming than that? Who would my classmates be, and how would the students engage with one another? Since starting in August I have been consistently impressed with how inclusive and collaborative the learning here has been.
Over and over, I see students reaching out to one another to help teach tougher concepts to those who need clarification. I’ve been a part of student-organized study sessions where people from a particular subject’s industry teach a master class to fellow students. I’ve offered my own assistance to others in areas where I excel, and have received the same in return. When I look around I am struck by how cohesive our class is, and how quick they are to offer support to those around them. Embracing this support structure has certainly helped the success of the group, and as each person brings their own expertise to the table, the entire group benefits and grows.
This support structure is felt even in interactions with alumni. During the admissions process, I was amazed at how quick alumni were to offer assistance with everything from networking tips to case interview preparation and practice. I was so impressed with this that it helped finalize my decision to join the Simon community. I knew I wanted to be able to offer the same assistance and support to incoming students that I experienced. It has been a pleasure to find that this sentiment is common to the type of people found at Simon.
That said, don’t mistake a supportive environment for an easy one. Business school is not easy, and it is not meant to be. The challenges you will face here are designed to stretch your limits in every way possible, and if you choose to meet them head on they will push your growth and development forward in ways you didn’t know were possible. Simon will make sure you Toughen Up, but in the context of Simon’s collaborative culture you will find the experience to be one of the most rewarding of your career journey. We look forward to having you join us!
The University of Rochester and the Simon Business School have launched a new program to help on-campus veterans. The new program was announced during a luncheon on Tuesday, November 12th. Veterans and active members of the military at the U of R will have expanded resources and support services. The services will augment the financial resources veterans get through the Rochester Pledge Scholarship and the “Yellow Ribbon Program”, which provides full tuition scholarships to qualified post-9/11 veterans who want to attend the U of R.
“Programs like this give you an opportunity to merge the leadership skills you’ve developed during several years of service in the military with some of the competencies that are necessary to survive long-term,” said Major Robert Massey, Simon MBA ‘14.
This new program is made possible by the Veterans Alliance, a new affinity group on campus.
More Pictures of the luncheon
Prior to attending Simon Business School, I worked as a business development analyst for a natural gas marketing firm, called Susterra Energy, where I scouted the market for potential natural gas clients, selling energy credits. Working in a start-up quickly enlightened me to the need for a stronger business foundation, and thus, my search for the right graduate business school began.
My desire to join the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and to attend graduate school in the northeast initially narrowed my list of prospective schools. After discovering how renowned and quantitatively rigorous its finance concentration was, I applied to Simon and was fortunate enough to be invited for a campus tour. From its low student-to-faculty ratio to the warm and welcoming atmosphere, Simon immediately felt like home and became my first choice.
Not far into my first quarter during the summer, my dad had been diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Despite the advanced diagnosis, my family and I had remained hopeful that we could beat the odds. I took a leave of absence to fight alongside my dad, but unfortunately, he passed away during my first fall quarter. Needless to say, I was devastated and ran through the gamut of emotions.
We cannot foresee the trials and misfortunes that will inevitably come along life’s journey. The best that we can do is to live each day with purpose and to surround ourselves with people who can support us in times of need. From the heartfelt chats and long hugs of a staff member to a surprise dinner from fellow classmates, Simon has fully supported me through my darkest hours. No words can express the deep gratitude I have for this school. The intimate relationships that I’ve forged in our small class size make attending Simon Business School one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Karen Dowd joined Simon Business School as the new Assistant Dean for Career Management and Corporate Engagement on November 18, 2013. She will oversee our Career Management Center and spearhead its focus on corporate outreach and the professional development of our students.
Karen comes to Simon with 20 years of experience from career management centers at prominent business schools, such as the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. She holds a PhD from the University of Virginia in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, has served as a former member of the Wall Street Group Executive Council, and currently chairs the Asian Expansion Initiative for the industry leading MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance.
Please join us in welcoming Karen to the Simon Community!