Update: Gearing up for travel season!

By: Jackie

Greetings from the Simon School! It is now October and travel season is in full swing– we’ve had the opportunity to visit some great places all over the world and we’ve gotten to know some wonderful prospective Simon students.

I just returned from a trip to the West Coast where I started in California, traveling to Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, and then to Seattle, WA and Portland, OR.  It was a fun week that was filled with many events such as 1:1 informational interviews (Events Calendar) in every city, 3 World MBA ( QS World MBA) events, an Inside the MBA event ( Inside the MBA), 3 Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (The Consortium) information sessions, and a visit to Reed College (Reed College), one of our Direct Admission Partnership Schools (4-2 MBA Options).

Travel to such great cities as those listed above sounds like a fantastic opportunity and it is, but it is not always as "glamorous" as it sounds.  For example, even though I had a chance to spend Friday in Portland, I first had to drive over 3 hours from Seattle to get there, and as I have the past 2 times I’ve been there, I got lost on my way to Reed College!  For some reason, I tend to have difficulty navigating the highways in Portland! Maybe it is the sudden changes on the highway to "exit only" lanes, the unfamiliar rental car, or the inadequate directions I always seem to print for myself… who knows. Once I got to Reed I had a great visit with current students, faculty, and staff talking about such things as our upcoming Early Leaders Case Competition (ELCC event information)and questions related to doing the MBA right after college or waiting until after you have a few years of work experience (See Dean Zupan’s statement on Early Leaders)– I then left around 3pm and had about 8 hours before my red-eye flight was leaving for Rochester via Chicago so I thought I would try and see some of the great sites that Portland has to offer.

Needless to say, I enjoyed the rest of my day in Portland in spite of getting lost 2 more times before I finally made it to the airport at 9:30 pm just in time to drop off the rental car and check-in for my flight! All in all, travel season is a lot of fun and I hope that we have the chance to see you on the road soon if we haven’t already! In some of my upcoming posts I will tell you some more about where we’ve been this fall and about some more upcoming events.   

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