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Broaden Your Horizon

By: Bonnie Liu

Hi all? How is everyone recently? Is the weather in your area getting hot now too? I hope that you can enjoy the coming summer. Weather in Rochester is mostly unpredictable, but is recently getting hotter and hotter!

Today, the hottest place is nowhere outdoors, but inside Simon, because our Broaden Your Horizon is moving to Latin America! Broaden Your Horizon is Simon’s traditional Seminar Series which has been going on for more than 20 years. Back to 1991, Simon Students initiated a series of lunchtime presentations sponsored by students from different countries around the world and hosted by SimonUnited. The presentations will introduce cultures, politics, economics and business of students’ home countries. Of course traditional cuisine is a “must-have” part in the seminar too! Since then, Broaden Your Horizon has become a traditional Simon Seminar Series and is held in every quarter throughout the academic year. Broaden Your Horizon is also one of the most popular seminars amongst all the Simon students!

I had a great lunchtime today with many Simon students at Broaden Your Horizon. What comes to your mind when talking about Latin America? Sunshine, beautiful beaches, delicious food and drink, music, dance, etc.? Anything that you can or cannot image is presented during each seminar. Students representing Chile, Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti and Brazil gave us an all-around introduction to their countries. Besides presenting slides and videos, our talented Simonites also danced and sang songs for us. I was greatly attracted by not only the cultures and awesome views of these countries, but also by our Simonites’ talent and passions. I just can’t wait to start my discovery trip in Latin American countries!

Being in such a diverse community as Simon, you can broaden your horizon every day. I feel lucky that I joined this great community and learned from all my Simon classmates. What is our next stop at Broaden Your Horizon? It can be anywhere and we are looking forward to you joining our Simon Family and introducing your home country to us.

Finally, as June is approaching, I would like to congratulate the Simon Classes of 2012. Congratulations on your graduation! Wishing you guys all the best, and keep broadening your horizon in the future! And to all my future Simon classmates, see you in the fall!

Meliora
Bonnie

 

 

New Student Luncheons with the January Cohort

By: Crissi

This week the Simon School welcomed the new Accelerated M.B.A. students in the class for 2011.  Many new students arrived from around the world to join the Simon Community.  As a member of the Admissions Office, I had the distinct pleasure to share lunch with some of these new students and get to know them better.

The Career Management Center holds the FOCUS career planning program during new student orientation to jump start students in their career search before they even hit the classroom.  The FOCUS program holds professional luncheons throughout orientation to provide the students with an opportunity to practice their personal introductions and networking skills.

During one such lunch it dawned on me what a valuable experience it is to ‘practice’ attending professional luncheons.  This will inevitably become a part of any business persons’ schedule, and it is unusually challenging and at times awkward to be forced to introduce oneself to strangers.  This becomes more taxing when the goal is to leave a positive and lasting impression from a singular brief interaction.  Articulate and compelling introductions are of great value but are often given little thought or preparation prior to being thrown into one such situation.  I found these lunches were just as valuable an exercise for me as for the new students.  I would also like to note that a number of students were impressively confident and articulate; clearly they had practiced this skill in their life before Simon.

I am sure the professional luncheons provided as much ‘food for thought’ to the new students as it did for me.  For the new students, this is only the beginning as they can look forward to mock interviews and the like as they continue working with Simon’s Career Management Center.