Sep 222016
 

Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotWe always suggest to our prospective students that if you are looking to apply to our Part Time MBA program to make sure to attend one of our in-person information sessions at the campus of your choice. It’s a great way to see the campus and learn about the program all at once. However, if you can’t make one of our in-person information session we invite you to join us for one of our upcoming Part Time MBA Admissions webinars!

It’s a great chance to learn more about the admission process, the Part Time MBA program and the Smith Community… from the comfort of your desk.

You can find our list of upcoming sessions on this link: Part Time MBA Information Session & Webinar Schedule.

If you find one you’d like to attend, be sure to register so that we can send you the log in link and instructions before the webinar begins!

Julie Dellinger is the Associate Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at the Smith School. You can contact her directly with your Admissions questions at (240) 565-2117 or jdellinger@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Sep 152016
 

Are you planning to apply to Smith’s Part-Time MBA program this year?

Here are our upcoming deadlines:

deadlinesThis year we will be introducing Smith Super Saturdays, interview days specifically for the Part Time MBA program. Interviews are held in Van Munching Hall on select Saturday’s throughout the admissions cycle corresponding to each application deadline. Conducted during the first half of the day by current students and alumni, Smith Super Saturdays provide each and every applicant the opportunity to present their self as a candidate to our Part Time MBA program. In addition, activities including networking sessions, workshops and panels round out the experience and provide a look into the professional network and culture that is uniquely Smith. Details about Smith Super Saturdays are emailed directly to each applicant approximately ten days after each application deadline. While interviews are not required in order to gain formal admission, they are strongly encouraged.

Also, don’t forget to attend one of our Part-Time MBA Information Sessions before you apply to learn about our program and the application process!

Sep 082016
 

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Thank you to everyone who entered our 2016 social media contest!

After eight months of collecting entries from our @SmithPTMBA twitter account and out PT MBA blog, we have chosen two winners to receive their Apple iWatch prizes. Congratulations to Terrance Johnson and Melissa Farzin!

Sep 012016
 

Meet Joe, a current student in our Baltimore Evening Part Time MBA program!

Where do you work?
UMBC – Graduate Coordinator for LGBTQ Programs and Proctor & Gamble – HR Management Intern (during the summer)

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?
Smith’s program seemed like it would afford me the most valuable education I could get at a state school in this area. It was really important to me that I would feel challenged by my classmates as well as my professors and from my class visit I could see that was the case here. I also loved the fact that Smith offered Global Experience courses. Not studying abroad was my biggest regret from undergrad and I knew I wanted to do it in my MBA career.

What has been your favorite part of the PT MBA program so far?
I have really loved the time spent bonding with my cohort. I have learned so much both inside and outside of the classroom with them. I always look forward to the group projects in my classes for that reason.

Do you belong to any Smith clubs?
I have participated in the ChangetheWorld.com Consulting program in the fall semester as a Team Leader. I also participated with the PTMBAA and Smith Pride Alliance.

What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
Do not be afraid to take time for yourself. Not giving yourself time off from studying will cause you to burn out and not put your best foot forward. Sometimes just taking one night off will give you the energy and motivation to go from an A- to and A.

Joseph Levin-Manning - casual picWhat does your typical work/class day look like?
I’m fortunate in that I am currently only working part-time which allows me to talk a few extra classes. I start my day going to work like most of my peers. I tend to have very intense and draining days at work, but I make sure that I build enough time into my schedule to recover before class. Then I head to campus and check in with MPO (the Master’s Program Office) to see what is new and talk through my career and academic goals. Ashley has been a great help with everything related to classes and my student experience.

What is your goal for earning your MBA?
I am switching from work in Jewish non-profits and Higher Education to working in Human Capital and Organizational development. Long-term I want to work on training and development in the corporate environment.

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
Tough question…it boils down to one of two people. Hugh Jackman is one option because in order to play me you need to be very versatile as well as sing and dance. The other option is Joseph Gordon-Levitt because life as a Joseph with a hyphenated last name is a unique experience and I think he gets it.

What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is Katherine by Anne Sexton. I love history but I love fiction and this combines both!

Do you have a favorite movie?
Easily “The Fifth Element” because it combines an amazing aria with science fiction!

What piece of advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time to when you applied for Smith’s PT MBA program?
Do not get caught up in the rankings or job placement rate, come and visit. While a school’s ranking and job placement rate matter it tells you nothing about the actual environment of the school. The best way to know if this program is for you is to visit and experience for yourself. Or just call me, I’d be happy to show you around and extend you a warm Smith welcome.

Aug 252016
 

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Are you starting to research MBA programs in the area? Are you getting confused on which school is which? Do you understand the differences between Smith’s Weekend MBA and Evening MBA programs?

Sign up today for one of our Part Time MBA Information Sessions or Coffee Chats!

Our information sessions are a great first step to your MBA research! Each session offers prospective students an overview of our Part Time MBA programs and our application process. Our sessions are available at all three of our Part Time campuses: the University of Maryland Biopark in Baltimore, the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville, and the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

A Coffee Chat is a more casual opportunity to stop by, grab a cup of coffee and ask a quick question on your way into work. While it’s not a full information session or presentation, it’s a chance to ask your personal questions face-to-face with someone from our admissions team.

Click here to register for an upcoming Information Session or Coffee Chat!

Aug 182016
 

Alley Benton headshotThe hardest choice you’ll make in deciding to go to business school is determining which program is right for you. This question can be a difficult obstacle when you’re trying to narrow down your list of potential schools, especially in an area like the DMV where first class business schools are all around. The search can be time consuming if you’re trying to visit each school and reach out to them individually to learn more about what they have to offer. Luckily, MBA programs have found a way for you to meet with school representatives from all over the country and the world in one evening… MBA Fairs!

These events, held in the evenings and weekends, bring together a wide range of schools and programs for prospective students to meet with admissions representatives. Attending MBA Fairs is a great way to learn more about the business school application process and individual programs. While it can seem like a daunting task walking into a room of 50+ school booths, here are some tips for attending MBA Fairs like a seasoned veteran:

  • Have a list of target schools to speak with and have some well thought out questions for the school representatives and alumni.
  • Visit a few school booths for programs that you have never considered. Maybe an international school or even one close to home that you hadn’t yet researched.
  • Many of these Fairs have industry expert panels and individual school presentations before or after the fair… attend a few to get some insider information.
  • Get contact information from the school representatives and follow up.
  • Have confidence in yourself! Don’t introduce yourself and then tell school representatives that you’re bad at math and are worried about the GMAT. Let them know why you’d be a great fit for their program and how you’d contribute to their class. This is a first impression, highlight your strengths!

The Smith School will be at a number of MBA Fairs this fall and we hope to see you there!

Idealist Graduate Fair – Washington DC – September 27, 2016 (additional information and registration link)

QS World MBA Tour – Washington DC – September 28, 2016 (additional information and registration link)

Inside the MBA – Washington DC – October 11, 2016 (additional information and registration link)

Alley Benton is the Assistant Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at the Smith School. You can contact her directly with your Admissions questions at (240) 204-7377 or abenton@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Aug 112016
 

Michelle GallagherMeet Michelle, a current student in our DC Weekend Part Time MBA program!

Where do you work?
I am the Managing Director of Cross-Cultural Communications in Columbia, MD. We train bilingual or multilingual individuals to work as interpreters in hospitals, clinics, social services and school systems. Our clients include individual interpreters, language service providers, nonprofit organizations and local, state and federal government agencies. I direct our business operations, strategic planning and marketing efforts.

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?
I chose Smith based on the recommendation of a friend from undergrad. An English major who paid for his undergraduate education by serving in the Army, he loved how an MBA gave him the practical knowledge and skills to advance his career in the Federal Government. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being taught by a world-class faculty who are, at the same time, approachable and eager to share their knowledge.

What has been your favorite part of the PT MBA program so far?
More than anything else, I’ve greatly enjoyed working with and learning from such a wonderful group of people, in particular, my fabulous cohort! Most classes include a significant amount of group work, enabling you to learn from your colleagues’ diverse backgrounds and skill sets. I’ve learned how to lead – and how to follow – in different groups, as well as how to build a great team in the first place. I’ve directly applied leadership and management skills I’ve learned from classes to my current role as we hire more employees and build a collaborative company culture.

Do you belong to any Smith clubs?
In addition to be being a Track Rep for my cohort, I served as the Vice President of Marketing & Communications on the PTMBAA (Part-Time MBA Association) Board in 2015-2016.

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What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
Be disciplined yet reward yourself! The last thing you want to do on a Sunday after being in class all day Saturday is homework. Yet, that is precisely what you should do in order to get a jump on the week ahead. It’s better to do a little bit of homework everyday instead of hitting the books the night before class. However, acknowledge that you’re human and deserve a break. I incentivize myself by looking forward to get-togethers with family and friends – and yoga!

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What does your typical work/class day look like?
I work 45-50 hours a week plus one business trip per month. Work is pretty consuming so I’m fiercely protective of my ‘free time’ in the evenings to do schoolwork and exercise. Schoolwork takes up about 10-15 hours and in-class time an average of 4.5 hours per week.

What is your goal for earning your MBA?
For the moment, I love being able to apply everything I’ve learned in the program to my role as the director of a small business. Eventually, I’d like to transition to a management and/or marketing role in a larger company, and then perhaps start my own business.

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
Even though we look nothing alike, I’d love to be played by Jennifer Lawrence. In addition to being a fantastic actress, I love how she’s brought out the issue of gender pay inequality among actors in Hollywood. Equal pay for equal work!

What is your favorite book?
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.

Do you have a favorite movie?
The Last Unicorn. Based on the classic fantasy novel of the same name. Although this is an animated film, it’s definitely not for children!

What piece of advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time to when you applied for Smith’s PT MBA program?
Take a statistics class before starting the MBA program! I believe I’m in the minority but I’d never taken a statistics class in grade school or at university. That knowledge would have helped me a great deal in some of the program’s core classes. On a lighter note, I probably would have read more books for pleasure had I known my brain would be taken up by business reading for the next two years of my life!

Aug 022016
 

Thank you to everyone who has entered our PT MBA contest so far! You still have a few weeks to enter, so be sure to do all THREE of the following steps:
Step 1: Follow us on twitter at @SmithPTMBA
Step 2: Tweet us a message using #WhySmithPTMBA with why you are applying to our program
Step 3: Leave a comment on any blog post on the PT MBA blog (this post or any other!)

At the end of the month, we will pick two winners to win an Apple iWatch. It’s that easy!

Here are some of our latest #WhySmithPTMBA tweets:

 

 

Jul 282016
 

Meet Steve who is currently in the DC Weekend Part Time MBA program!

Where do you work?
I’m an Officer of Government Relations at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?
I felt it is the best in the area, and it had the best structure and course offerings.

What has been your favorite part of the PT MBA program so far?
Classes out of my comfort zone, it makes feel I am actually learning. And of course meeting all my interesting classmates!

What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
Take time to plan ahead, and it is never too soon to start.

What does your typical work/class day look like?
Typically it was just work, and then school work in the evenings when I had only Saturday classes, but now I go straight from work to school on M &W.  I plan to take the electives that interest me the most regardless of whether they are at night or on Saturday.

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What is your goal for earning your MBA?
Advancement and Flexibility

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
John Cusack

What is your favorite book?
The Power Broker – Robert Caro

Do you have a favorite movie?
Probably My Cousin Vinny (or Major League, big Cleveland sports fan!)

What piece of advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time to when you applied for Smith’s PT MBA program?
Ask more questions!  In retrospect I didn’t have a full understanding of coursework, time, and classes.  I wish I would have asked more specific questions.

Jul 212016
 

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Time is running out! If you haven’t already entered, be sure to do the three easy steps to enter our social media contest. We will be picking TWO winners to recieve an Apple iWatch at the end of August!

Here’s how to enter in THREE easy steps:
Step 1: Follow us on twitter at @SmithPTMBA
Step 2: Tweet us a message using #WhySmithPTMBA with why you are applying to our program
Step 3: Leave a comment on any blog post on the PT MBA blog (this post or any other!)

Winning entries will be collected from now until August 31, 2016. On that day, we will use a random number generator to determine two winners.

Good luck!