After completing my first semester with my most of my cohort, I was unsure about stepping out of that group to take an elective this summer. Being that I have yet to take the Negotiations course, I had yet to acquire the skills to convince others to join me in the summer elective I found most relevant to my goals and interests. Once I was able to login to the class website, I saw NO familiar names and thought the worst: the fear of having to introduce yourself to another group of strangers is the stuff on sleepless nights--ice breakers can be the worst! Would I be the last kid picked for the team? But then I remembered that I'm at the Simmons School of Management and nothing here is ever that bad! After the first day of class, I was right-- it wasn't bad at all! Plus, venturing out of your original cohort (and your comfort zone) offers opportunities for growth and a fresh start.
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On Wednesday April 23rd Simmons hosted its 35th Annual Simmons Leadership Conference. The conference hosted a number of inspirational speakers, including Entertainer Rita Moreno, Biological Anthropologist Dr. Helen Fischer, Journalist Rana Foroohar, Astronaut Mae Jemison and Humanitarian Activist Zainab Salbi, to name a few.
As much as I can't believe I've finished my first semester of the Simmons MBA program, the past fifteen weeks have been a long list of accomplishments! I've survived (and thrived) through the application process, my first midterms, case analyses, projects, and FINALS! It was a steep learning curve, but Simmons was there to help every step of the way.
When I saw that my first semester of business school included "Financial Reporting and Analysis," a required course for the MBA program, I was a bit concerned about how challenging it would be. Having earned my degree in comparative literature (years ago), it's been a while since I've taken a math-related course, and honestly, numbers isn't my strongest suit. Needless to say, I was a little worried. I know I'm not alone in this respect. Even my classmates who have worked with accounts in their jobs aren't completely comfortable with the some of the accounting ideas we go over in class. Luckily for us though, as Simmons students we're able to seek the assistance of Simmons Tutorial Services!
After I graduated with my undergraduate degree I was excited to be out in the "real world," but I always knew, in the back of my mind, that I would be going back for further education at some point. I planned to work for a couple years, and then go back to school in my mid-twenties, when I had a better understanding of what I really wanted to get out of my graduate degree. I didn't expect that process to take 7 years.
A few weeks ago, I wrote part 1 of a series on why I chose to come to Simmons to get my MBA, and described the special community that exists here. And now I'm back for part 2!
You might already know that Simmons is ranked the #1 MBA for women by the Princeton Review. Just this February, Noodle.org named Simmons one of the "Great MBA Program Options for Women" (take a peek here). I love how these rankings help to capture and communicate what makes up that Simmons....well, special sauce. But have you ever wondered what it really means for an MBA program to be a great opportunity for women, what that looks and feels like day-to-day? Well, read on for my perspective as a student!
As a smaller college, Simmons is able to create an intimate and personalized experience that is catered to each student's needs. I think most of my classmates would agree that our classes have the right amount of students to diversify and enrich discussions without feeling overwhelmed or overlooked.
One great perk of academic life is access to speakers and events that can expand your own perspective and provide an opportunity to network with others. Simmons is especially great for providing these opportunities in both formal and informal settings. In the short time I've been at Simmons, I've attended a key note, lunch session, happy hour, and reception, just to name a few.
As a graduate assistant for the admissions team here at the School of Management, I speak with a lot of prospective students. One of the questions I get asked most often is "why did you choose Simmons?" My next few blog posts will address this important question, so read on and stay tuned! I hope it helps you decide if Simmons is the right place for you.
I have gotten several questions on how much home work we have to do in the Healthcare MBA program. It is a very important consideration when weighing the undertaking of such a rigorous program.
The question of how much homework we have per week depends on several factors. I believe the canned response is that for every hour that you are in class you should expect to spend two hours preparing. In actuality, the answer depends a lot on you. I have found that a major contributing factor in homework time is your previous knowledge on the topic of the class. Example, if you have taken an accounting class during undergrad you may not need to spend as much time as your classmates on your accounting homework. Another factor is the type of class. This is true for the subject matter (quantitative versus qualitative) as well as the class format (blended versus totally in person).
Another factor to take into consideration is the amount of time that you have been out of school... I know personally that there was a definite learning curve. It took me a while to get back into the swing of doing school work. I had to relearn study habits and find a new groove now that I have both a full time job and family life to balance. What worked best for me and what I would highly recommend is to carve out a set time for your school work. Some people work better in small bursts throughout the week. Others find it helpful to have a whole day dedicated to schoolwork. Again, it depends on personal preference as well as your school-work-life balance, but in the end it is important that you find what works best for you.