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!

Jul 142016
 

Last month, the Smith School welcomed the incoming Part-Time MBA students with a new event called the Dean’s Gala.

The event brought together newly admitted students, faculty, staff, current MBA students, alumni as well as Dean Triantis.  It was a night for our new class of MBA’s to learn more about the Smith community and to begin the process of building a lasting network. Of course, it was also a great time for the new Terps to ask our current students and alumni about work, life, balance and just how hard it will be to take Data Models & Decisions.

Attendees heard from recent alumni, our Part Time MBA Association president, and some wise words from the Dean, encouraging all to not let pre-skills wait until the last minute!

As orientation comes ever closer, the Dean’s Gala was a perfect way for our new Part-Time MBA students to start off the school year.

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Jul 072016
 

Ian Greathead Meet Ian who is currently in his second year of the Shady Grove Part Time MBA and Masters in Accounting Dual Degree!

Where do you work?
I’m a Realtor at Keller Williams Capital Properties.

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?

I chose Smith’s part-time MBA program because it is reputable and well known across the country and the world. It is convenient to my home and work. It has a large great alumni group and now I can officially be a Terp!

What has been your favorite part of the PT MBA program so far?
The global study classes. Great to spend concentrated time with other students and professors, learn real world applications and travel to France and China.

What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
Be clear about what is expected, study smartly by highlighting and taking notes by summarizing most important points, participate in class, and bring school work with you every day so that you can get some studying in any time you have expected or unexpected downtime.

What does your typical work/class day look like?
Emails, calls, driving around to listings and showing clients, prepping for class, then class 6:25 – 10 and best part sleep!

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What is your goal for earning your MBA?
I had always planned it would help with many of my life goals. Management/consulting, entrepreneurship, politics/community leader, and family management.

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

What is your favorite book?
The Giver

Do you have a favorite movie?
Old School

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?
Get work and personal life as squared away as much as possible before school starts as core is very demanding.

Jun 302016
 
Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotI’m working on my application and have gotten to the part where I need to submit my essay. Do you have any tips I should keep in mind? 

When you sit down to start writing your essay, think about the fact that the admission committee reads hundreds of responses to the same question as they’re reviewing applications. Don’t try to tell them what you think they might want to hear – use this opportunity to introduce the real you, the person behind your resume and GMAT scores!

Once you’ve written your first draft, review your essay as many times as you can and be sure to have another person (or two, or three) review it as well. This is one instance where you’re going to want to edit yourself. Although some essay topics could easily run the length of a novel, the Smith admissions team prefers that you keep your submission to about 500 words, or two pages double-spaced. Be clear about your career goals and why you want to get your MBA degree.

In addition to the one required essay, there is an opportunity to submit an optional essay. When determining whether to submit the optional essay, think about whether there is something in your background that might be an issue for the admissions committee. For example, did it take you longer than normal to complete your undergraduate degree? Do you have large gaps in employment? Do you have below the recommended GPA (2.80/4.00)? If so, use the optional essay to your advantage and address the subject.

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.

Jun 232016
 

Alley Benton headshotIf you’re a woman who’s interested in pursuing an MBA, or more broadly, a career in business, you should know about the Forté Foundation!

What is the Forté Foundation?
This organization is a consortium of not only top companies but also top business schools, which work together to create business education and career resources for women.

The mission of Forté is to provide resources and education for women, but also to change perception about business careers among women. Forté works to show that women can have flexible and rewarding careers by conveying the benefits of an MBA while also providing resources, information, and networking.

Should I join if I’m thinking about an MBA?
The answer is yes! The Forté Foundation provides many benefits for women in undergraduate programs, pre-MBA candidates, current MBA students, and professionals.

For pre-MBA candidates, there are webinars focused on building competitive applications, interactions with sponsor schools and MBA alumnae, and career resource workshops. Forté also hosts networking opportunities at in-person MBA Forum events throughout late summer and into the fall.

Forté also offers a yearlong MBA preparation program called MBALaunch, which allows MBA candidates accepted into the MBA Launch program the opportunity to work on application skills, prepare for the GMAT exam, and connect with sponsor schools and MBA candidates.

One of the biggest benefits of Forté membership as you’re applying to business school is the opportunity to be awarded a Forté Fellowship. The Part-Time MBA program at the University of Maryland awards Forté Fellowships to select women each year. Besides the financial benefits of this fellowship, you are immediately exposed to top companies in the Forté network, as well as a network of peers that extends beyond the business school you attend.

After I’m accepted to business school, what can Forté do for me?        
The resources available for current MBA students are similar to those for pre-MBA candidates, but with a different focus. There are webinars that include business skill building such as negotiations and delegating along with opportunities to network with other students, alumnae, and employers.

One of the most important aspects of being a Forté member in an MBA program is the opportunity to attend the yearly MBA Women’s Leadership Conference. This Forté event brings both resources and employers together in one encompassing event.  This is a great opportunity to build a network and begin interacting with employers early on in your MBA journey.

How do I become a member of Forté?
There are a few different options for joining the Forté Foundation and the good news is if you are a pre-MBA candidate or a current MBA student, membership is free! You can click here to sign up.

Alley Benton is an Assistant Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at the Smith School. She has hours at our Part Time MBA campus in Baltimore. You can contact her directly at abenton@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Jun 162016
 

Meet Samuel (aka Sam), who is currently in our DC evening program!

Where do you work?
I’m a Consultant at Deloitte Consulting.

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?
Smith had one of the first Marketing Analytics programs in the nation and I felt that Smith had a tech focus with their business programs.

What has been your favorite part of the PT MBA program so far?
Getting to know my classmates and the analytics courses.

Do you belong to any Smith clubs?
I am a member of the Part Time MBA Association (PTMBAA), serving as a Track Rep and as the new President.

What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
Always schedule time within your week to not work.

What does your typical work/class day look like?
It depends because work can get a bit crazy and clients can be unpredictable, but for the most part I go into work at 8:30AM and get off around 5:30PM. I grab dinner around that time and make it to class by 6:20PM.

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What is your goal for earning your MBA?
My goal for earning my MBA is both career switching and career advancing. I career switched in the first semester of my MBA from a Marketing Analytics analyst to a consultant. I am currently aiming to advance my career life after my MBA.

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
I want to say someone like George Clooney, but I think realistically it is a hybrid of Paul Rudd, Jason Bateman, or Keanu Reeves.

What is your favorite book?
I have so many, but a list of my top five, in no particular order, are probably follows: Man’s search for Meaning, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Desiring God, The Denial of Death, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering.

Do you have a favorite movie?
Besides Lion King, I really enjoy Shawshank Redemption

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?
I would tell myself not to switch jobs and not to purchase a house. And most importantly, breathe.

Jun 092016
 

Former baseball player, former manager, and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda once said, “There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.”

As such, on Thursday, May 12 newly admitted students from the Baltimore and Shady Grove campuses officially became baseball players as they watched the Baltimore Orioles take on the Detroit Tigers and on Thursday, May 26 more newly admitted students from the Washington, DC and Shady Grove campus were christened baseball players as they watched the Washington Nationals take on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Both games were a great opportunity for admitted students to enjoy watching the game, as well as, getting the opportunity to chat with other admitted students, current students, and Smith staff!

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Thank you for all who came out to enjoy some great baseball…and congratulations on both joining the PT MBA family…but also becoming full fledged baseball players!

Jun 072016
 

Fantastic news for those of you who would still like to apply for our Part Time MBA program starting this fall… we are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis!

We have a limited number of openings for each of our Part Time MBA programs: DC Evening, DC Weekend, Shady Grove Evening, and Baltimore Evening.

Smith’s MBA programs only start classes in the fall term, so our next entry point will be Fall 2017. While we’d be happy to help you with an application for that time as well, starting your MBA at Smith this fall is still an opportunity, but you will need to act quickly.

Good luck with your application and please do not hesitate to reach out to our Admissions team with your questions at mba_info@rhsmith.umd.edu or (301) 405-2559.

Jun 022016
 

Our Part Time MBA team is here to answer any questions you have about our program and our admissions process.You’ll see our friendly faces popping up at information sessions, coffee chats, and lots of admitted student events leading up until orientation. Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions about our Part Time MBA program!

Julie DellingerJulie Dellinger
Associate Director, Part Time MBA Admissions & Social Media
Email: jdellinger@rhsmith.umd.edu
Phone: 240-565-2117

Julie joined the Smith School of Business in 2012 and has been focusing on Part Time Admissions and Social Media ever since. She earned her undergraduate degree from Shepherd University and continued her education with Smith’s Leadership Academy in 2013. As a Leadership Academy student, Julie was taught by top Smith faculty in the following subject areas: strategic thinking, project management, customer service excellence, financial acumen, negotiations and leadership.

Prior to entering the world of higher education, Julie spent 13 years in marketing and public relations serving as the Marketing Director at various companies. In addition to her current position at Smith, she also works as a freelance Marketing Consultant and runs her own lifestyle blog.

A native of Maryland, Julie lives in Carroll County and loves spending time with her husband, son and neurotic rescue dog. When she’s not blogging, reading, or catching up on her Netflix queue, she is usually devising ways to plan yet another vacation.

Fun Facts about Julie:
Favorite TV shows: Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Orphan Black, Scrubs
Favorite Band: Train
Can’t Resist Dessert: Basically anything combining sweet & salty!

Alley BentonAlley Benton
Assistant Director, Part-Time MBA Admissions
Email: abenton@rhsmith.umd.edu
Phone: 240-204-7377

Alley began working with the Smith School’s MBA Admissions team in 2014, first with the Full-Time MBA program and now with the Part-Time MBA program. Prior to joining Smith, Alley worked in off-campus housing in the Midwest and more recently moved to the DC area where she spent several years working as a senior admissions counselor for the University of North Carolina, facilitating their online MBA program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Spending a lot of time moving state-to-state, Alley has lived all over the Midwest, but now calls Maryland home. When Alley’s not spending time with her husband or crazy dog, Spector, she can usually be found curled up with a book or trying to enjoy the Maryland sunshine.

Fun Facts about Alley:
Favorite Spot in Maryland: Baltimore Aquarium
Last Binge Watch: Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt
Favorite fast food: Chick-fil-a

Edward BempongEdward Bempong, M.A.
Assistant Director, Part-Time MBA Admissions
Email: ebempong@rhsmith.umd.edu
Phone: 240-204-0342

Edward is the Assistant Director of Admissions for the Part-Time MBA program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Washington, DC campus. Edward joined the Smith School in April 2016.

Prior to assuming this position, Edward was the Coordinator of Academic Success Initiatives in the Department of Resident Life at the University of Maryland, College Park where he managed high-quality academic programming for the 9,000 students living on campus. With more than a decade of experience in Student Affairs, Edward has a keen understanding of student needs. He has taught a variety of university undergraduate courses, managed orientation programs and events, and served as a career advisor.

Edward earned both his undergraduate degree in History and graduate degree in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland College Park. When not at work, he can be found volunteering as a Firefighter and EMT with the Hyattsville (MD) Fire Department.

Fun facts about Edward:
Favorite Book: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Favorite Movies: Coming to America, A Bronx Tale
Hobbies: Collecting vinyl records, photography, playing the bass and acoustic guitars

May 262016
 

Alex photoMeet Alexandra (aka Alex) who is currently in our Shady Grove evening program!

Where do you work?
I’m a manager at Nordstrom Inc.

Why did you choose Smith?
I choose this program for 2 reasons, 1st accreditation of the overall university but specifically the business school, 2nd the format. I loved that the PTMBA program began as a cohort and then continued through electives. That way I was able to build a strong foundation and relationships with my cohort and then meet new people during my electives.

What has been your favorite part of the PT MBA program so far?
Definitely the relationships I built with my classmates. My classmates and I have built an amazing rapport and I believe that I’ve found not only connections for the future but also life long friends.

What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
My best tip is to build a routine. Find the days that you’re going to study and the days that you’re going to spend with friends and family and try your hardest to stick with it. If you have the opportunity to get some school work done at work, take it, just make sure it doesn’t affect your professional life.

What does your typical work/class day look like?
My typical day consists of waking up, packing food to last all day (lunch and dinner), grab a coffee (you’ll need it), head to work, then to school (grab more coffee) and head on home! It’s a long day and you need to plan!

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What is your goal for earning your MBA? (career switching/career advancement/etc)
My goal is to continue to develop my skills and ability in managing people—either within my current company or a new company.

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

What is your favorite book?
The Kite Runner

Do you have a favorite movie?
Forrest Gump

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?
I would’ve reminded myself that this was going to be harder than I thought, it would take me away from my friends and family, work might suffer a bit and you’re going to be tired….but on the day of graduation you are going to be so proud of your hard-work and determination and realize that you accomplished this for yourself.