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Being on Hold

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.  


The "Why Simmons?" Series: Part 2

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!


Learning Opportunities Outside of the Classroom

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.


The "Why Simmons?" Series: Part 1

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.


Homework Time? A Balancing Act

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.     



Study Groups: A Key to Surviving Grad School

During my first semester as a full-time MBA student last fall, it took me just a few short weeks to realize that study groups were going to be my key to survival.  Many of your professors will tell you this - they often comment that if they notice a student is struggling in their class, the first question they'll ask is "are you working with a study group?" I'm here to tell you: listen to those professors.  They know a thing or two!


Getting your MBA: Part-time or full-time?

When I started the MBA program at Simmons, I was a part-time student.  Then, last fall I transitioned to the full-time program.  And now, this fall I'm transitioning back to part-time to finish the program.  Having experienced both options, I feel I am uniquely qualified to help prospective students think through what might be best for them.  Read on for my top 5 things to consider before choosing a part-time or full-time schedule!


Preparing your spring application? Tips from someone who has been in this exact situation, IT IS POSSIBLE!

For many prospective students thinking about applying for the Simmons School of Management Spring 2014 start, there is a question of just how feasible it would be. With the month of October coming to an end and the deadline of December first not too far in the distance, the window of opportunity is growing smaller and smaller as each day passes. From someone who has been in this exact situation, IT IS POSSIBLE!