Category: Around Rochester

New on the Podcast: On-Campus Events Student Roundtable

SimonBizcast_podcast_logo_MR1_LightFit is important when deciding on a business school, and at Simon we believe there is no better way to truly get a sense of what your life will be like as an MBA student than to experience it for yourself.

Julie Sadwick, senior associate director of admissions, chats with MBA students who visited Simon during the admissions process—they reflect on favorite campus visit memories, how attending events influenced their decision to enroll, and more!

MBA Panelists:
Emily Bader ’20 
Sean Dozier ’21 
Joshua West ’20 
Sayuri Yassuda ’20 

Check out our Experience Simon Weekend events for 2019-20 and mark your calendar. We hope to see you in soon in Rochester! 

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See Yourself Here: Visit Simon this Fall

Welcome to SimonFit is such an important part of deciding where you want to pursue your MBA, but how can you be sure of something so intangible? At Simon, we believe there is no better way to get a feel for student life than to live it. We hope you will join us at one of our fall on-campus events so that you can experience our #SimonStrong culture firsthand. 

Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference 
– October 11–12, 2019

The event kicks off on Friday, October 11, at 11:30 a.m. with Diversity Conference, which includes conference sessions on community impact and diversity and inclusion, a Diversity Leadership Panel, and an opportunity to network with Leadership Panelists, current students, and alumni.

Diversity Leadership Panelists include:

  • Victor Anthony ’02 (MBA), Managing Director – Internet Media, Aegis Capital
  • Ronald Brien ’99 (MBA), Founder & Managing Director, AstroHire Recruiting and Staffing
  • Stevan Ramirez ’95 (MBA), Vice Chair, Catholic Charities Community Services
  • Belimar Velazquez ’09 (MBA), Marketing Director, Volpara Solutions

Experience Simon Weekend programming kicks off at dinner on Friday, where you will have the opportunity to network with Simon alumni, faculty, staff, and current students. The evening will also feature a conversation with Jeremy Cooney, principal at Red Thread Strategies, LLC. 

On Saturday, October 12, you and other prospective MBA students will fill your day at Simon with the following activities:

  • Alumni and student panels
  • Admissions interview (optional)
  • Campus tour
  • Sample MBA class
  • Networking with faculty, current students, and alumni with work experience at companies including Boehringer Ingelheim, Celgene, Dell, Frito-Lay, Gartner, PepsiCo, and more. 

After our formal event programming concludes late Saturday afternoon, you will have the option of attending our annual Simon Gala, where you can meet and mingle with current Simon students and get a taste of student life.


Experience Simon Weekend with Women’s Conference – November 8–9, 2019

The event kicks off on Friday, November 8, at 11:30 a.m. with Women’s Conference, which includes conference sessions, a Women’s Leadership Panel, and an opportunity to network with Leadership Panelists, current students, and alumni. 

Experience Simon Weekend programming kicks off at dinner on Friday, and the event programming extends throughout the day on Saturday, when you will be able to:

  • Attend alumni and student panels
  • Conduct your admissions interview (optional)
  • Take a campus tour
  • Participate in a sample MBA class
  • Network with faculty, current students, and alumni with work experience at companies including Intel, JP Morgan Chase & Co.,  and more.

After our formal event programming concludes late Saturday afternoon, you will have the option of attending a social event with current students sponsored by Simon Women in Business.

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Visiting campus is a great way to assess fit, and at Simon we make it easy with generous travel stipends, complimentary hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, and meals during scheduled events. For more information email events@simon.rochester.edu.

We’re also flexible. Can’t miss work on Friday? Join us on Friday evening for the remainder of the weekend’s programming—dinner begins at 7 p.m. Please note that if you attend the conference, you are required to attend the entire Experience Simon Weekend event. 

Register today to take the first step toward immersing yourself in the Simon community. We hope to see you in Rochester this fall!

Moving to Rochester? Current Students Are Here to Help!

Picking up your life and moving to another city to begin a graduate business program is a big change. One of the things you’ll need to check off your “to-do” list is finding a place to live. But where should you begin?

We have you covered! Current students answered a few questions about their homes in Rochester to help you figure out what option is best for you.

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Wallace Gundy ’20 (MBA):

Where do you live?
I live in the Park Avenue Neighborhood in the Whittier Building on South Goodman between Monroe and Park. It’s owned by Hannah Properties.

How did you make your decision?
I am a super social person so I wanted to live alone to balance that. I was looking for a managed apartment complex in a walking neighborhood and wanted to be in close proximity to restaurants and coffee shops. I was also on a budget, and this was an affordable option that met my wants and needs.  

What is your favorite thing about living there?
The proximity to everything in Rochester. I feel very centrally located and can be virtually anywhere on foot, in my car, or via Uber ride in a short period of time.

How do you get to campus?
I drive in a carpool with four other classmates—it’s super fun and eco-friendly!

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are considering living off campus?
Covered parking is HUGE and something I didn’t even realize was a luxury until I had it. You don’t want to be cleaning snow off your car in the morning before 8:30 class!

 
Jessica.HalladayJessica Halladay ’19 (MBA):

Where do you live?
I live with two classmates in a house downtown, close to East and Alexander where there are lots of restaurants and bars.

How did you make your decision?
I lived in grad housing (Goler House) during the first year of my MBA and wanted to try living off campus this year to experience more of Rochester.

What is your favorite thing about living there?
I like being close to bars and restaurants. It’s easy and quick for me to go out and meet people. 

How do you get to campus?
I either take a University of Rochester shuttle (the Orange Line), or if the shuttle is not running, I grab a city bus (which takes me to College Town).

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are considering living there?
Try living off campus. It’s pretty easy to get around Rochester, even without a car, so branch out and try to get out into the Rochester community. Also, talk to as many current students as you can—many of them will have tips about areas to target and areas to avoid.

 

Karthik.KrishnamoorthyKarthik Krishnamoorthy ’19 (MBA)

Where do you live?
I live in Goler House, one of the on-campus graduate housing options.

How did you make your decision?
I chose Goler because it is the most convenient way to get to campus during winters. You can also take the tunnel through the medical campus and get to campus whenever it is snowing outside.

What is your favorite thing about living there?
The people. Many of my classmates live here and it becomes super comfortable during exam times to study with friends.

How do you get to campus?
Two campus shuttles run to Goler House: the Blue Line and College Town express come every 20 minutes.

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are considering living there?
It is an amazing place and you feel like a family, with all friends around. Choose this place—Goler is the best during the winter months in Rochester.  

Springtime in the Flower City

Spring has officially sprung in Rochester. This is a great time of year – the weather warms up, the flowers bloom, and the sun shines past 8 p.m.!

Folks around here find ways to enjoy the outdoors all year round, but this is an especially good time to get outside and take advantage of what the city has to offer. Here are five spring activities we recommend students check out in Rochester.

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  • Go to a Red Wings game. The regular season of our hometown team (a Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) begins in April and lasts through Labor Day Weekend, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to grab some peanuts and Cracker Jacks at Frontier Field during your time at Simon.
  • Check out the Lilac Festival. Held each year in early May, nothing says spring like the Lilac Festival. The food vendors, artisans, and — of course — lilacs are all within walking distance of campus.
  • Shop at the Public Market. The market is open year round, but it’s extra special in the spring. Head out on Saturday morning (Tuesdays and Thursdays are also options if you don’t have class!) to grab some coffee and snacks while you stock up for the week ahead.
  • Grab a bite outdoors. We recommend you have at least one al fresco meal in our foodie city. In fact, two great options — Grappa and The Distillery — are in College Town, just a short walk from campus.
  • Go to Letchworth State Park. While this isn’t in the City of Rochester, it’s worth the drive. Find out for yourself why it earned the nickname “Grand Canyon of the East.”

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This is just a taste of what Rochester has to offer. We hope you’ll spend a spring (or two!) with us so you can experience it for yourself!