An ND MBA glossary, vol. 2

By: Nitesh Srivastava

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. (Photo courtesy Nitesh Srivastava)

I recently put together a glossary of four common terms that people outside the Notre Dame MBA program may not know. Here are a few more words, phrases, and acronyms to round out the list: 

5. MBAA: The Notre Dame MBA Association, or MBAA for short, is the student government of the Notre Dame MBA program. Most students simply spell out the letters when they say this acronym aloud, although rumors exist of a rebranding that would see the term pronounced as a word, similarly to the title lyric in the 1997 Hanson hit MMMBop

6. Dual-degree student: A handful of undergraduates at Notre Dame are simultaneously obtaining their bachelor’s degrees in engineering and MBAs in a combined, five-year program. Obviously, these students are a bit younger than the average MBA student, so they don’t appreciate my 1990s pop culture references. Informal ways to describe these students include “five-year student,” but especially in a professional context, “dual-degree student” is preferred.  Continue reading “An ND MBA glossary, vol. 2”

An ND MBA’s thoughts on the flexibility of business school

By: Alex Prosperi

Alex and his classmates celebrate a successful end to Mod 2 with a Secret Santa gift exchange. (Photo courtesy Alex Prosperi)

Prior to coming back to academia, I worked at a communications agency. “Agency life” requires an always-on mentality where your client’s wishes – regardless of the task itself or timing – are priority. I’m grateful for the invaluable personal and professional lessons I gained working in PR, but there comes a time when you know you’re ready for the next adventure.

I took about four months off between work and school. And after spending a month backpacking and hanging out with kangaroos in Australia, I was eager to get started in the Notre Dame MBA program.

What I somewhat expected – but what I’m absolutely currently experiencing – is the level of freedom and opportunity that business school offers.  Continue reading “An ND MBA’s thoughts on the flexibility of business school”