Category: Around Rochester

A Week in the Life: Chris DiGiacomandrea, MBA Class of 2018

You’ve done your homework about b-school: checked out program strengths, faculty reputation, career outcomes, and rankings. But what is getting an MBA truly like? The student experience can’t be quantified like a statistic – in order to know what your life at Simon will be like, you have to live it. But how do you do that before you start classes? How can you be sure you’re finding the right fit?

Chris DiGiacomandrea, 2018 MBA candidate and soon-to-be pathways operations intern at Amazon, found his fit at Simon. He also documented a week in his life as a student, covering the daily activities that define his Simon experience – from group meetings to cooking dinner with his roommates. Curious about what your life as an MBA student could be like? Take a look.


No two student experiences are exactly alike, but that’s part of what makes business school such an exciting, challenging, and rewarding endeavor. We’re confident that no matter where you’re heading in your career, we can help you get there.

In fact, you may even get there faster than you think. Don’t rule out a fall 2017 entry to the Simon MBA program – our final application deadline is May 15, and scholarship support is still available.

Take the first step toward your future career and apply now.

Snow Day in Northeast – Application Deadline Extended to March 19

snowy photo of Eastman Quad

View of the Eastman Quad from Simon on March 15, 2017. Photo courtesy of Jason Buitrago, associate director of admissions operations and financial aid.

Greetings from snowy Rochester!

In light of the significant winter weather that much of the Northeast US is experiencing, the Admissions Office is extending our March 15th application deadline to March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) for all applicants. As long as you submit a completed application by March 19th, it will be considered for the Round 4 application deadline for admission and scholarship consideration, with a final decision issued on or before April 30th.

Hopefully the extra time will allow you to manage the unexpected challenges that you may be facing due to the weather, and also give full effort into submitting a great application to Simon for MBA or MS study. If you have any questions related to Simon, our programs, or the application deadline, please reach out to us via email for assistance – our team is available and ready to help. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application.

In the meantime, please stay safe and warm!

Five Things I Love About Rochester

The following blog post was written by Katie Freiert, 2017 MBA candidate

As a Long Beach, CA native, moving across the country to pursue my MBA at Simon was a big decision. Now, heading into my second year as a Rochester resident, I’ve come to enjoy many things the city has to offer. Here are my five favorite things about the “Flower City.”

Especially stunning fall colors outside Simon's Schlegel Hall.

Stunning fall colors outside Simon’s Schlegel Hall.

Experiencing all four seasons. This was a new concept for me, because where I’m from our weather stays consistent for the majority of the year. I was in Rochester for a full year before my summer internship and had the opportunity to experience hot summer, crisp and colorful fall, snowy winter, and bright spring. Rochester has fun things to do during each season as well, where you can experience new parts of the city and meet new people! Speaking of which…

The people.  I have yet to meet a Rochesterian who has been anything less than wonderful. They are hospitable and want nothing more than for you to love their city as much as they do. When local students and people in my neighborhood found out I was from so far away, they were more than willing to give recommendations on where to eat, what to do, and how to accomplish day-to-day tasks like where to buy groceries. And while we’re on the topic…

Wegmans Food Markets, which originated in Rochester, has stores in six states along the East Coast.

Wegmans Food Markets began in Rochester and has stores in six states along the East Coast.

WEGMANS.  For those who have not heard of the wonderous place, you’re in for a treat! Wegmans is an experience. It is the supermarket extraordinaire here in the Northeast that has anything and everything you could ever want from a grocery store. They are equipped with the standard offerings, but you will also find an expansive deli, bakery, hot buffet bars that feature cuisines from around the world, restaurants, a coffee bar, and food to go! If you don’t want to take my word for it, Wegmans was recently named the Best Grocery Chain in America by Fortune.

It’s a small big city. I am from a big city in California, so coming to Rochester was somewhat of a culture shock. I wasn’t used to a city being quiet and was amazed by the minimal traffic on the highways. Rochester’s culture, nightlife, and food scene is vibrant enough to keep anyone busy. With its museums, local breweries and wineries, Eastman School of Music, and other great opportunities similar to other big cities, you’ll never have to look far for fun weekend plans.

My favorite—local sports!
As a big sports fan, having access to different sporting events was very important to me. The Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres play about an hour away in Buffalo, meaning that professional football and hockey are never far away. The Rochester Redwings baseball team, a Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and the RazorSharks, a semi-professional team with the Premier Basketball League, give sports fans seasonal opportunities to see the sports that they love close to home.

Check out our webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 12 to learn about what the University and City of Rochester have to offer, as well as the many benefits of being a graduate student in Rochester! Register here.

Experience the ‘Grand Canyon of the East’ — Letchworth State Park

The following blog post was written by Jenika Shannon, 2018 MBA candidate

Have you ever experienced the silence of serenity? Or witnessed the perfection and power of nature? Have you ever felt so small that your worries melted away? Have you ever wandered into a pine-scented forest and heard nothing but the sound of your own footsteps? Silence – broken only by the surrender of fallen branches beneath your bodyweight.

Letchworth State Park, better known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” is about an hour’s drive south of Rochester. The gorge was forged hundreds of thousands of years ago when glaciers as tall as cumulus clouds moved through the region. Three waterfalls were formed by three distinct glacial migrations. The Genesee River now runs through the gorge, adding the fascinating behavior of flowing water to the already magnanimous beauty of the gorge’s layered rock stratigraphy.

If you want to see the park, you will have to visit! Here is a picture of me at the Dam Overlook, instead.

If you want to see the park, you will have to visit! In the meantime, here is a picture of me at the Dam Overlook.

The trees that flank the highway on the way to the park create a sea of greens that any nature lover will adore (I began to question if green is actually my favorite color). The rolling hills of upstate New York produce an awe-inspiring view of the outstretched road ahead – but nothing can prepare you for the spectacle that awaits you at the park.

Exit the highway into a little antiquated town called Mount Morris, and all of a sudden, you feel as if you have been transported into a period of malt shakes and juke boxes. About half a mile down the road, a large brown road sign points left towards the park. The incline begins instantly, and at this point you will be glad that you have the car to do the hiking for you. Pay the $10 (per vehicle) entry fee and continue the vehicular climb into the 17-mile long park. It takes about 10 minutes to reach the parking lot for the main hiking trail – that is if you can resist stopping at the numerous lookout points sprinkled along the winding, one-lane road that snakes around the chasm. Names like “Gorge Overlook” and “Lee’s Landing” paint pictures in your head that beg to be reaffirmed with just a quick stop. Yes, the various lookouts yield majestic vistas, more vibrant and idyllic than your mind’s eye can imagine, but do not spend all of your time on the side of the road. The real treasures lie along a 7-mile hike!

Park your car and notice the faces of those around you – excitement glows on the smiles of those who parked alongside you; delight and pure bliss mark the sweaty countenances of those who have gone before you.

Enter the trail and find a stone wall that runs alongside the Genesee River. Take 126 stairs down to the riverbank and catch a gorgeous view of Lower Falls – the shortest of the falls on the trail. Ascend the stairs and begin the hike to the first plateau, which gifts you with an aerial view of Lower Falls.

The hiking trail is littered with dozens of species of trees and slightly beaten paths. Do not be afraid to go off trail. Exploring a less traveled path may lead you to a stone archway beneath a bridge. A scene so magical, you would not be surprised if a troll approached you with a riddle.

Once back on the main trail, the pattern continues: hike, plateau, incredible view, until you reach the apex. A tricky descent into the forest will lead you to a mesmerizing scene known as Middle Falls. The simultaneously soothing and terrifying sound of thousands of gallons of water plummeting to the base of the waterfall masks most noises, so no children will hear the expletives you murmur upon the discovery of this site.

Take it all in. Breathe the crisp air. Just stare in enthrallment. And, if you are smarter than me and do not waste much time on the tempting lookouts mentioned before, you will have time to finish the last mile of the hike to Upper Falls.

There are 66 miles of hiking trails in Letchworth State Park (of which I hiked 5), covering a range of lengths and difficulties. The park boasts two restaurants, a swimming pool, playgrounds, campsites, a hotel, museum, and anything else you might need to have a fun-filled summer day. In fact, the magic of the park is accessible year round, as there are snow activities available in the wintertime!

I am already planning my next trip to Letchworth State Park. There is just something so addicting about the place. It truly is a gem in the crown that is Rochester.