The ABCs of the MBA world

By: Mike Weppler

The one-year MBA class of 2017 on the field in Notre Dame Stadium. (Photo courtesy Hannah Fronczak)

As the new year arrived, I was prompted to reflect on 2016, highlighted by my experience as a one-year Notre Dame MBA student. It has been intense and challenging, yet fun and rewarding. I have learned the ABCs of surviving and thriving in the MBA world, and I hope these lessons will help you to succeed in your Notre Dame MBA experience:

A for Academics: Wanting to take every course is natural. Unfortunately, that leaves little time for anything else. To focus, I asked these questions: What is most important to learn for my career? How do I supplement my strengths? How do I shore up my weaknesses? What will be an interesting experience to cement valuable skills in my mind?  Continue reading “The ABCs of the MBA world”

An ND MBA glossary, vol. 1

By: Nitesh Srivastava

The Mod 1 and Mod 2 class schedules for the Class of 2017, with an interterm in between. (Photo courtesy Nitesh Srivastava)
The Mod 1 and Mod 2 class schedules for the Class of 2017, with an interterm in between. (Photo courtesy Nitesh Srivastava)

The Notre Dame MBA program has a distinctive culture; as such, students, faculty, and administrators sometimes use jargon that may be unfamiliar to prospective students and others outside the program. We at MBA IRISH ECHOES strive to bridge the gap between our world and yours, so I have put together a brief glossary of Notre Dame MBA-specific terms: 

1. Mod: In the Notre Dame MBA program, each semester is divided into two modules (or mods for short). As a result, rather than say “first semester” and “second semester,” students say “Mod 1,” “Mod 2,” “Mod 3,” and “Mod 4.” Because each mod is only about seven weeks long, classes go by quickly!  Continue reading “An ND MBA glossary, vol. 1”

From the business world to B-school

By: Jessica Villella

(Photo courtesy Jessica Villella)
(Photo courtesy Jessica Villella)

Prior to business school, I held a management position leading several teams for an international company. After being in the workforce for nearly 10 years, what would it be like to transition back to school? Would it be worth it?

After months of indecisiveness, I took the plunge and decided to go for it. Getting back to studying was a shock to the system. Flashcards were my new best friend. While my coworkers finished work and went home to relax, I went home to take practice GMAT exams and work on application essays. Turns out I was a little rusty at standardized tests! My husband was a huge support, helping me push through the tough times.  Continue reading “From the business world to B-school”

How to prep for consulting in the Notre Dame MBA program

By: Brad Wise

(Photo courtesy Nitesh Srivastava)
(Photo courtesy Nitesh Srivastava)

Consulting is one of the most popular post-MBA career choices for incoming students each year. Here is a look at some of the resources and opportunities available for Notre Dame MBA students considering a career in consulting:


Students may select up to two of the program’s academic concentrationsTypically, students with limited pre-MBA industry experience pursue the consulting concentration plus a functional concentration. 

For example, a student targeting EY’s Finance practice or Transaction Advisory practice may choose to pursue finance as a second concentration. Alternatively, students pursuing a generalist position at Capgemini may choose finance, business analytics, or marketing as a second concentration.  Continue reading “How to prep for consulting in the Notre Dame MBA program”

Dispatches from Chile: A mod abroad

By: Steve L’Heureux

Notre Dame MBAs in Chile, 2017 (photo courtesy Steve L'Heureux)
Notre Dame MBAs in Chile in fall 2016. (Photo courtesy Steve L’Heureux)

During Mod 2 in the fall, the Notre Dame MBA program offers second-year students the opportunity to study at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. About a dozen classmates and I are nearing the end of our stay, and I simply cannot recommend it enough. Sure, as I sip wine in Argentina or soak in the thermal springs of the Atacama Desert (all the while thinking about the students stateside unpacking their winter jackets), it seems obvious why a mod abroad in Chile beats out the alternative. But the value from the mod abroad program goes so much deeper than warm weather and full-bodied Malbecs.  Continue reading “Dispatches from Chile: A mod abroad”