Student Spotlight: Albert Chatigny, 2015 MBA Candidate

Being new at Simon isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

AlbertFour months ago was the beginning of my MBA journey along with over ninety other incoming students. We arrived at Simon in early August, excited about the experience ahead.

Let’s be honest about the buildup to finally attending an MBA program: it’s exhausting! Boosting your undergraduate GPA, getting work experience, studying for the GMAT, contacting schools, visiting schools, interviewing, talking to friends, family, coworkers…

It’s all worth it.

Simon has been both challenging and rewarding as I’ve learned far more than I thought I would this early in the program. More importantly, I have entrenched myself in a network of classmates with whom I will continue to learn, work, grow, and laugh with for decades to come.

Domestic students have selflessly organized grocery store trips to help international students adjust to life without transportation. The latter group organized festivities for everyone in order to expose domestic students to their cultures/celebrations. Those who stayed local for Thanksgiving were invited to dinner in an apartment just off campus (and over 40 students showed up!)

As far as I’m concerned, the community here is second to none. Within the first few days of the program, everyone knows your name. Within weeks, strangers become close friends. Four months in, you feel like you’ve known your classmates for years.

Essentially when you’re new, you’re not new for long.
Which is why at Simon, being new isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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