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Simon expands opportunities for Field Project experiences for MBA students

Simon has recently developed new partnerships with public and private companies to create a distinctive opportunity for our MBA students through Simon Field Projects. These assignments are 3-5 month consulting projects that allow our students the opportunity to apply classroom skills in a real-world setting while strengthening their professional resume. Teams will conduct research, develop recommendations, and propose an implementation plan. There may also be opportunities for the teams to work with the company on implementation of their suggestions.

The Field Project teams will include first-year MBA students acting as consultants who will provide recommendations to clients on a defined business situation. Each team will also have an experienced second-year MBA acting as the Project Manager and an assigned faculty advisor.  This year, Simon Field Projects span a variety of fields and industries, including finance, consulting and entrepreneurship.

Interested in learning more about the Simon student experience?  Post a question or connect with me over e-mail: Rebekah.Lewin@simon.rochester.edu and we can get you connected to a current student.

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration

 

Scholarship Weekend is More than Earning Increased Scholarship Support!

By: Jonathan Markowicz

Scholarship weekend at Simon goes by very quickly. A lot is packed into a short amount of time. However, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The opportunity to earn a full scholarship meant the difference between launching my own company while at Simon and not. Therefore, I came to scholarship weekend with a strategy, which was to make an impression.

For me this meant more than just schmoozing with classmates and alumni. My professional background was directing a community rowing program and serving in the United States Air Force- far from Wall Street. I never did a case study before, let alone participate in a competition. When I was handed our case on Ikea, I read it through and thought, “Now what do I do?” Furthermore, I was nervous that people would converse using business jargon and I would have no idea what they were talking about. I couldn’t fake what I didn’t know. Therefore, I needed to highlight my strengths: my communication skills, my creativity, and my energy.

That weekend, we turned my hotel room into base ops where we worked diligently on our Ikea presentation. I worry that I don’t take things seriously sometimes because we framed our presentation as a travel itinerary, in fact my role in the presentation was the travel agent/emcee, and handed out little soaps and shampoos to the judges as a gimmick. In hindsight, it worked; however, on the day we presented, we had no idea how it would go over and just committed to doing something that no other group would. Not only was this the impression I wanted to leave with Simon, it was my way of giving Simon an idea of what I could bring to the class environment.

I’m reading this over and wondering if it comes across as kind of contrived. Let me conclude, then, by sharing a recent experience. I was down in Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy helping with the relief efforts. My military unit was stationed at the distribution site at Floyd Bennett Field loading and unloading truckloads of food and supplies. Two men from the Coast Guard pull up to load their vehicle with some water. And, wouldn’t you believe, one of the reservists was a teammate of mine from scholarship weekend. Although he didn’t end up going to Simon, for he resolved to pursue other career opportunities, we quickly reminisced over our over-the-top Ikea presentation, late-night work in the hotel, and the evening reception (which is a story for another time). So, there you have it, an example of making an impression at Simon’s Scholarship Weekend and seeing how far the Simon network can reach when you least expect it. It’s real.

Congratulations to everyone invited and I look forward to meeting you this weekend.

Women’s Weekend- Don’t Miss this Opportunity!

By: Stephani Springer

As I think back on my admissions journey to the Simon School, there is one event that always seems to stick out in my mind; Women’s Weekend.  This weekend provides a great opportunity for prospective female students to come to the University of Rochester campus to learn about Simon and mingle with current students, alumni, faculty, and admissions staff. I am looking forward to joining the event this year to share my experience, as a current student for the first time!

When I attended Women’s Weekend as a prospect in 2011, I had the opportunity to network with alumni from my intended program who wound up becoming great contacts as I continue my time here at Simon. Female alumni fly in from all over the country to share their stories with future Simonites.  Hearing their stories can shed some light on what you can do with a degree from Simon and I can say from experience, you will not be disappointed. It also turned out that the alumni and admissions staff present at the networking dinner conducted admissions interviews the following day as well. Having the opportunity to chat in a casual setting ahead of time made the actual interviews the next day much more relaxed. This was one of the greatest advantages of attending the event.

Women’s Weekend also gives prospective students the opportunity to hear from current students what the Simon experience is really all about.  What better way to get the inside scoop than to talk to those currently going through it? Current students volunteer to help with these events, so take advantage of our presence and ask tons of questions; we are willing to help. Please click the link below for details and registration for this year’s event. I hope that all prospective female students will come join us for Women’s Weekend 2012 to hear the inspiring stories of these female powerhouses, learn about the program from current students, and maybe even have your admissions interview.

Women’s Weekend 2012 Event Details and Registration

 

 

Attending Women’s Weekend was Quite an Experience for Me!

By: Tonya Reetz- MS Candidate 2013

About a month before Women’s Weekend, I had participated in the Early Leaders Case Competition that the Simon School hosts annually, so I was unsure of what the takeaways would be from attending another event, primarily based on the closeness of time.  I thought that this event would just be a few more student and alumni panels, which were also offered during the Early Leaders event.  [Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I didn’t enjoy these panels because each and every new panel always provided different insights as well as gave me the ability to see how the school impacted each panelist.]  How incorrect I was!  The Women’s Weekend gave me the chance to interact on a more intimate, yet professional manner, with students, alumni, and administration.

Before this event, I knew I wanted to obtain my masters, but I was unfamiliar with the difference between the MBA and the MS programs for my chosen concentration (healthcare).  I was able to have all of my questions addressed at this event.  Granted, these questions might have been able to be answered through electronic communications but being face to face with a recruiter put a much more personal touch to my dilemma.  I was able to choose the right program to apply to because of this event. The Admissions Recruitment Counselors are very willing to make sure prospective students start on the right path and there is even an opportunity to be interviewed during the event as well.

But, beyond this personal dilemma that was solved, I was able to meet so many bright, fantastic, and compassionate women.  Unfortunately, I had only grabbed two women’s contact information (and still keep in touch with them today), but two is better than none, which is what I would have had if I didn’t attend the event at all.  Even if someone is just thinking about attending the Simon School, I would definitely recommend to go to this event, or any of the Open Houses or Information sessions, because of all the positive experiences I had.

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