Archive for October, 2011

NSHMBA – Where the Terps Ruled the Day

October 19th, 2011 by under Education, Everything!. No Comments.

Career conferences are an interesting phenomena. Students and professionals alike pay premiums to get face time with some of the biggest companies in the world. The goal? Simple, land a job or internship, or at least an interview to land a job or interview, and it is quite the spectacle. People, fully eqipped with a pile of resumes, name tages with their school’s or former company’s name nicely positioned on their left lapel, and a plethora of PAR and SAR stories in their back pockets to “wow” recruiters, cram into the convention space, elbowing each other as they stampede to their ideal, first choice coorporation. With dreams of their fantasy occupation, most would frankly settle for any job from this conference.

For a quick $300 entry fee, $450 cross country flight and three night stay at a hotel of your choosing you are gaurunteed only one thing, that some of these huge companies will be present and that you may be able to snatch thirty seconds of a recruiter’s time. Yes, you may drop your resume, the same resume the company has on file in their online database (and student beware of those dastardly recruiters who still ask you to submit a resume online!), and you may also pick up some nice swag (I myself ended up with a nice Burger King sports tote, a great Snoopy doll for my dog to rip up and a hella cool Kettel One pin…and no, pins are not out of style nowadays.) But for many, you walk home empty handed from your real purpose of attending, and that is to get a J-O-B.

That said, the Smith school, as only Danny Christian could so eloquently state, “DID WORK SON!”

At the 2011 NSHMBA Conference in Anaheim, I can honestly say I was proud to be a Terp. We were the cream of the crop and the buzz of the conference as our contingent of about 15-20 students impressed recruiters everywhere. Becky Eisen and Ananda Kirana each recieved two rounds of interviews with four different major companies including Danone, Merck, Johnson and Johnson, Gallo Wineries, New York Life, Conagra and Mars. Jeff Hildenbrand took down the likes of Best Buy and Intel, while Rodrigo Marin had five second round interviews including Delta. Yours truly landed the two big fish he went there for, MillerCoors and Diageo, and several others had huge success including Hillary, Karan, and a slew of first years.

We not only, as a crew, landed tons of interviews and a few offers, but were those outgoing candididates that were invited to dinners, private receptions and lunches. We stood out amongst the competition and the businesses shared this info with each other, helping us land a few companies now asking to have Maryland be a target school (those companies will remain nameless for now, but wow, some exciting big names!). This is as big a compliment our school can take, and means more than any ranking could define.

Over drinks Friday night, I had two recruiters from Home Depot admit that they heard we had the best talent at conference. I sheepishly thanked them for their kind words and they responded, “No seriously, we’d try to take a few of you ourselves, but we don’t think we have a shot in you actually talking to us.” This is the sort of story that should make all Smith students proud and that shows how talented a cohort we really are.

In a competitive landscape full of vultures and scoundrels, sparse opportunities and a “prove your worth” stress, like the best should do, Smith rose to the top. To be a part of that was worth the $1500 investment.


Random Thoughts From the Lighter Side

October 11th, 2011 by under Everything!, Sports. No Comments.

In efforts to keep you updated on the goings on in the world of a Smith student while balancing the craziness that this week is, I’m copping out on my blog. No, no I am not skimping you on content, but instead I am tossing at you a plethora of quick notes and thoughts in bullet form (a skill I have aquired here in business school, brevity and “straight to the point” knowledge transfer…a definite exit from my journalistic past for sure). So without further adieu, here are some random thoughts from the Lighter Side.

-It’s finals time at Smith, and this morning I took my first final of the year. It was in a Globalizing the Enterprise class, an awesome course that delves into international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, greenfield growth strategies and so much more. That said, this time last year I remember over studying all night, pouring over Lele homework sheets and global economics notes and stressing myself into a tizzy just to end up with a B. So this year, I studied for a two hours. I’ll take the B Professor Jain!

-I lost for the first time this year in our Smith Fantasy Football league by one point…one stupid point. All because Ray Rice had a bye week and stupid Michael Crabtree had only 3 stupid points. Stupid idiot.

Stupid Crabtree. I should wipe that stupid smile off of your stupid face.

-The first time I said the above rant I didn’t use the word “stupid” once.

– Had a phone interview with Target today for a merchandising buyer position. While the position and company completely blew me away and impressed me thoroughly, I can’t help but think, how do people get to work in all that snow everyday for eight months? Do they all own snowmobiles? If everyone does own snowmobiles why isn’t that in the sales pitch to work at Target? That said, I am hoping for a call back and second round interview, not only because I would love to pursue a career with Target but also need to know about this snowmobile situation…

Possibly my new mode of transportation to work.

-NSHMBA is this weekend, and I have to say, a lot of my fellow students have racks of interviews lined up. Big ups to everyone and good luck. (This is all of your cues to post here and also say “Good Luck.”) It takes a lot of work to land just one interview, but to be traveling to Anaheim knowing you have several is a real testament to our class…great job guys!

NSHMBA is in Anaheim this year! Can anyone say Disneyland...?

-I will be giving updates from NSHMBA again this year, so stay tuned!

-I was going to save this for next week’s post, and next week we will delve into this more, but I am too giddy to hold this in. I am the President of the Sports, Media and Entertainment Association at Smith and we will be embarking on a New York career trek to ESPN. It is going to be a great opportunity not only for our club members, but also to extend the Smith brand to a strong, international employer.

-Lastly, today we enjoyed Professor Biehal’s last ever case study lecture today. I have now had Professor Biehal in two different classes and his light humor, frank delivery and honest approach will be missed. Enjoy retirement like we all know you will!

Professor Biehal ... you will be missed. I'm sure "feelings mutual."

That’s it for tonight! Have a good one and I’ll be talking at you soon again!

Editor’s Note: Our 3 on 3 basketball squad did take care of business last Wednesday night, taking home the Smith’s School’s first championship trophy of the 2011-2012 season. Next up: Men’s and Co-ed Flag Football (No Nick Donlin, I will not legitimize ultimate Frisbee on this forum).


3 on 3 Hoops: IM Sports are Back for The Smith Squads!

October 5th, 2011 by under Sports. No Comments.

While many of you are waiting with baited breath for our intramural leagues to kick back up to finally get some answers to the questions that have been circling this off-season, the Smith School may be on the verge of crowning its FIRST champion of the 2011-2012 year tonight. In 3 on 3 basketball, the RH Smithers have successfully finished the regular season with a 3-1 mark and have already advanced to the finals after a blowout victory in in the semi’s this past week. Anchored by a balanced scoring attack by their three stars, all starters from the RH Smithers 5 on 5 squad; Adam Kowalsky, Byron Hartmon and Anthony Moniello, there has been little that could stop this team other than themselves.

The RH Smithers “Big 3” look to buck the national trend of hated “Dream Teams” turned losers by securing the 3 on 3 crown tonight and capturing IM Gold.

Two-thirds of the RH Smithers. Adam Kowalsky on the left, Anthony Moniello on the right.

“Those t-shirts….they mean everything to us,” Kowalsky stated, “this is the only way our brand can grow, with championships. This one is for Kudisch.”

Moniello agreed, “It’s time to back Ken White, we’re speaking up for Smith and kicking some engineering tail!”

Hartmon was not available for comment. He will , however, be wearing some schnazzy Maryland flag shorts.







So for now, put to bed the anxiety about burining questions like: Who will start at quarterback for the RH Smithers, the young, spry Byron Hartmon or the old, cratchety vet

Ragano prepares for the football season and an intense QB competition.

Tony Ragano? Is Mike Lukcih really coming out of retirment for one more run? Can the RH Smithers repeat without former NFL wide-out Jamal Jones (who left in free agency to Harvard)? And instead root for the powerhouse in action tonight at 7:30 on the Armory courts.