Starting An MBA: What Happens When I Get There?

By: Ryan Teague, MBA Candidate, Class of 2010

Someday, believe it or not, you will be done applying to business schools.  You will have been admitted to your dream school (Simon, of course) and you’ll join us here to finally begin your MBA.  Today I’m going to try to give you an idea of what to expect during that first year as an MBA student at Simon.

Orientation
During orientation you will get a lot of information about expectations, ethics, career options, and resources, and there will also be activities to encourage interaction with your new classmates.  Many of you will move to Rochester in July, August, or September.  You will choose whether to live in graduate student housing offered by the university (most of which has free shuttle service to campus) or private apartments or residences in the area.

1st Quarter
When the first quarter starts later in September, you will begin your first four core courses, and you will be assigned to a diverse student team that you will work with in all four of those courses.  In addition, you will also participate in part one of a three-part management communications course.  Classes and labs will take place Monday through Thursday, and you will spend a fair amount of time meeting with your team outside of class time to complete assignments and projects.  You will also begin your internship search by starting to reach out to target companies and by attending on-campus corporate presentations from visiting firms.  There will also be opportunities to join and actively participate in many student-run clubs and organizations.

2nd Quarter
In the second quarter you will be assigned to a new team with which you will work in your new courses.  This time, you will take three required core courses, the second module of the management communications course, and one elective course of your choosing.  You will experience snow and your first Rochester winter, but it probably won’t be as bad as you think.

3rd Quarter
For the third quarter you will be assigned to a team for your final two core courses.  You will complete the third and final part of the management communications course, and you will be able to choose one or two electives, depending on how you wish to distribute your course load for your remaining quarters at Simon.  The weather will start to warm up, and you will probably be at least a little glad to see the snow melt for good.

Summer/Internship
Internships typically last around 10 to 12 weeks.  Many of them include good pay (up to the equivalent of MBA-level salary) and some include housing benefits or moving allowances.  For many students, the internship is essentially a summer-long job interview, and many companies frequently make job offers after the internship that will be contingent upon successful completion of your second year of the MBA program.

Back to the Present
So, there you have it.  While it is impossible to capture all the great experiences you will have, that is a brief summary of what you might experience next year.  I hope you will continue to explore the benefits of Simon, and, if you find our program matches your goals and personality, I hope you will join us.

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