Bhrugi's UMD Smith MBA Experience

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Diwali Night

Diversity is one of the things that the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is known for. Associations like International MBA, Asian MBA, Latin MBA, Black MBA and Jewish MBA are proof of this diversity. Dancing on Latin tunes, introducing international students to challah at Shabbat Shindig and celebrating the festival of lights-Diwali are few of the many ways Smith Students celebrate diversity. The International MBA Association organizes one of the most celebrated nights at Smith. It is a night of lights, laughter and luscious food. The Diwali Night, celebrated on 10th November this year. Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. Talking of victory of light over darkness, DMD second midterm was on the same day. #JustSaying The lineup for the events this year was an introductory video followed by singing and dance performances and a fashion show. Smith discovered four singing stars this year. The first singing performance was an indie rock song by Sandeep Iyer. Following the applause was Rahul Rathore who sang a medley of soft rock songs. The most surprising performance was a duet with Manu and Prachi. Surprising because our...

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Dinner with Dean

Dinner with Dean   Growing up I always wished I was given an opportunity to talk to the Dean at my school. I believed my conversation with the Dean would bring about some major reforms such as longer lunch time and no homework policy to the school. These wishes unfortunately never came true growing up, but little did I know they would be fulfilled in business school. One of the signature events at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is the Dinner with Dean series. Yes, it is exactly what it means. It is Smith’s way of encouraging dialogue with MBA students in a comfortable setting. The venue this time was The Common at the Marriott.  Dean Alex Triantis is usually accompanied with one Professor, this time it was Professor David Godes. Professor Godes is the Chair of the Marketing Department and first-year MBAs core marketing professor. Going into the dinner, my classmates and I were not sure what breath of topics we would talk about but Dean Triantis quickly addressed the elephant in the room and by asking about our background. This made us feel very valued as he took immense interest in learning about...

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Hello New Orleans!

Hello New Orleans!!! I thought the first time I’d say this would be when I’d go for Mardi Gras but (un)fortunately I said this when I attended the National Black MBA Conference. Everything leading up to the conference was so intimidating. Dressing up sharp wasn’t an issue but knowing if I was well prepared was surely one. Basically, I was uncertain if I was ready to meet my potential employer and talk comfortably about myself. Knowing myself, it was all the more difficult as I don’t enjoy talking (especially about myself) to strangers. But however, I made it through those two days without any panic attacks and I realized that these esteemed employers are also human and are not there to eat you up. If anything, they help put things in perspective and help  gauge more about the industry, company and role. My takeaways from the conference were: Keep your calm as much as you can, do your best to prepare and don’t stress on the night leading up to the conference, have a good night’s sleep, eat a heavy breakfast (you don’t want your stomach growling when you are talking to employers) and don’t get intimidated by the scale...

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The Home Stretch

      Can you imagine it is been only a few weeks since we started school and we are already in the home stretch phase for Term A? Job applications, elevator pitches and interview preparations for National Black are already so intimidating and when coupled with finals week just gets worse. How do we find a balance between the academics and career? Is it even possible to reach some sort of an equilibrium before all the craziness comes to an end? Well, maybe. I think I have kinda found a strategy that works for me and so I am going to share it with everyone to do my bit for the Terp community.   I have decided to not worry about the finals till after I am done with the conference. I want to give the conference my 100% so I don’t regret not having the learning curve I deserve from the conference. Having said that I am not going to stress and overburden myself with the conference either. I think it is about time we stop (I have) applying for jobs on the National Black website and just concentrate on our SAR stories and elevator pitches. Also, don’t...

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MBA Consulting Forum

  The MBA Consulting Club at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business organized its annual signature event, the Consulting Forum, on September 23, 2016. The forum featured representatives from top consulting firms and aimed at facilitating an open dialogue between students and alumni in the industry. This year’s forum was the 18th in the series, and had representatives from around 11 firms such as PWC,  Cognizant, Deloitte, Boston Consulting Group, Gallup, FMP Consulting, MITRE, Hewlett Packard, First Annapolis Consulting and Privatin among others. The forum catered to participants from across the different wings of Smith- Full Time, Part Time, Executive MBA, MPP and the participation surpassed the attendance from all the previous years. Like any other event of this scale, the forum kicked off by Smith School’s Office of Career Services MD, Dr. K’s warm and inspiring words and the importance a consulting role holds in this day and age. Dr. K summed this up by helping us with the 5 key Q’s (IQ, EQ, PQ, CRQ, ImprovQ) required for consulting. This was immediately followed up with a session on Consulting 101 whose panel consisted of Shantanu Chandra- Advisory Manager in Financial Services Cybersecurity and Privacy...

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10 Tips To Get Through Your First Semester at Smith

  While we absolutely love the newest phase of our lives, there are times we feel we could just take a step back and make sense of the world around us. We started the MBA program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with a month-long orientation, which helped us get accustomed to coming back to school, but we were unaware of how overwhelming it was going to get. I realized that b-school is an adventure, and by adventure I mean nightmare! Well, at least the first semester. So, how do we get through it? How do we find the right balance between academics and career? How do we learn the art of time management? Let me try to answer these questions for you in the best possible manner. So I (with the help of our second-year MBA students) am going to take you through how we can get through each of our classes and what is the key to our career and academic success at Smith. DMD Yes, we are struggling with getting a grip (read staying awake) on this course and in the class. But as future leaders we need to know how mathematical...