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Simon Student Clubs…Another Way to Learn, Network, Give, and Join the Simon Community

By: Uma Pansari

Clubs are a great way to enhance your leadership and social skills. The Simon School gives you great opportunities with a variety of different clubs. Simon Women in Business Club (SWIB) is a club for the Simon women to get together socially, whether for happy hour, networking , playing golf or listening to a panel of fellow women peers  about their internships/jobs/interview experiences. We learn from each other and become a stronger group. We also invite women who have been successful in their respective careers and life and have them share their stories to inspire the Simon Women. It’s a great way to connect with the other women and learn from each other. We all come from diverse backgrounds and there is so much to learn. Women are amazing, as they can put a smile on and act like everything is fine even if really the world is on their shoulders and life is slipping through the cracks of their fingers.

Simon Volunteers is a club where we believe that volunteering and giving makes us better human beings . Taking time out from the busy schedule to volunteer at a Ronald McDonald house, participate in the local events like the East Ave Grocery run ,Polar plunge, JA in a Day… just to name a few. We also organize fundraising events to raise money for the Secret Santa Fund  to buy gifts for the kids while partnering with the local schools and charities. Not only do the students participate, but the faculty and school staff join in too. This just makes for a great experience to work with your fellow students and teachers outside of the academics.

These are only a couple of examples of the many Student Clubs that you can participate in. Take a look for yourself!

 

 

 

A Great Class at Simon!

By: Xinrui (Cynthia) Yan

Greetings from Simon! I have some time to share my life with you and this time I’ve decided to introduce a class that I took last quarter. It is MGC–Business Management Communication. MGC is one of the essential classes that each Simon student (MBA and MS candidates) has to take. It consists of two parts: oral presentations and business memo writing. Like many other business writing classes, MGC teaches you how to write in a formal and professional way. However, MGC is more than just that. It gives students real opportunities to perfect their speech skills. Each student has to make their own presentations and evaluate other student presentations. Unlike those presentations that we made for class projects, these presentations are evaluated based on both content and professional presenting skills. The professor will give out feedbacks right after you finish a speech. You can also learn from professor’s comments on other presenters. Personally, I am always very nervous about presenting in front of a large audience. This class helped me improve a lot by giving me the opportunity to present in front of the professor and my fellow students. MGC class has benefited me more than that. In one of my recent job interviews, I was asked to talk about the market news that I have followed. We presented every week on recent news for our MGC class, so I was able to present confidently and professionally in front of my interviewers. I impressed them a lot!

MGC is just one of many great classes at the Simon School. When you have your chance to visit Simon, you will have an opportunity to visit one of the many great classes. I highly recommend that you explore Simon through this avenue; excellence on both academics and professionalism is absolutely what Simon takes great pride in.

Again, Simon welcomes you to visit and we invite you to sit in on a class. I hope that your new year has started out great and that your decision to apply to Simon is already in progress!

If at First You don’t Succeed, be Persistent!

Fahad Mahmood ‘12 overcame many challenges on the way to obtaining the Simon MSF degree and then landing a job with Ernst & Young, Transaction Advisory Services in their Boston, MA Office.   In his own words, here’s the story of his journey:

“I’m a candidate from Pakistan who got into the Simon School MS Finance program in 2010 but was ultimately denied a student visa to travel to the US. I did not give up and re-applied for admission to the Simon MSF program with a stronger profile in 2011. I was ecstatic to be re-admitted and offered a better scholarship, but that quickly turned to distress when I was denied a student visa again in 2011.

“This was when the Simon School took my case to Senator Chuck Schumer. He contacted the US consulate in Islamabad, Pakistan and pushed my case for approval. I re-applied and got the student visa within a week and ultimately joined the program, graduating with the MSF in 2012.

“It did not end over there. Completing my MS degree and graduating in June 2012 with a good GPA was just one step in the right direction. Landing a valuations job with a firm like E&Y was a big challenge, especially in current market conditions. During the job search, I remained steadfast and optimistic, along with the highest level of preparation and persistence to finally get the offer.

“Although I am early in my career journey, it is my utmost goal to make everyone who helped me or took a chance with me proud. Thank you so much once again – it would not have been possible without the support of the Simon School!”

What an inspiring story – this is a great reminder about why we do what we do here in the Simon MBA/MS Admissions Office!  And a great reminder to each of you as you start 2013 – if at first you don’t succeed, be persistent.  Results don’t always come on the timeline that you want, but success may be right around the corner if you stick with it!

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration

Roland A. Caputo and the Simon School in New York City

If you are interested in learning more about the MBA and MS programs at the University of Rochester, Simon School and are located in the NYC metro area, here’s your opportunity! Join alumni, students, and staff for an evening of networking and listen to an interview style program with Simon alumnus, Roland Caputo as he discusses The New York Times highly successful paywall project, and the impact digital media is having on traditional business models.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Admissions pre-event reception at Westin Times Square, Westin Bar 10, 270 W 43rd St
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Roland Caputo event and Alumni Reception at TimesCenter, 242 W 41st St.

Attendees will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open beer and wine reception – the event is free but RSVP is required to Robyn Winstanley by Tuesday, Jan. 15th – robyn.winstanley@simon.rochester.edu

About the Speaker

Roland A. Caputo was named Sr. VP and CFO for The New York Times Media Group in November 2008. With this role, Mr. Caputo is responsible for the financial functions at The New York Times, nytimes.com, and The International Herald Tribune. Previously, Mr. Caputo had served as vice president and chief financial officer for the newspaper since January 2006. Mr. Caputo holds a B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York (SUNY) and an M.B.A. in finance and applied economics from the University of Rochester.