How to survive a Notre Dame winter

By: Stacy Srivastava

Notre Dame's campus in winter is a snow globe come to life (Image used with permission. Photo credit: Jessica Cepele Photography)
Notre Dame’s campus in winter looks like a snow globe come to life. (Image used with permission. Photo credit: Jessica Cepele Photography)

If you’re from a warmer climate, you may wonder how we in the Notre Dame MBA program manage the wintry chill and deep snow on campus. Have no fear. As a lifelong Midwesterner, I’m here to offer my expert advice on surviving a South Bend winter:

1. Dress for success. To equip yourself before the cold hits, you need:

* A coat: warmth is key. Nobody will judge you if you spend the season looking like you’re wearing an ankle-length sleeping bag. Seriously.

* Boots: warm and waterproof, with good traction for slippery sidewalks. I personally swear by my fleece-lined Hunter boots, but there are many other options if Hunters aren’t your style.  Continue reading “How to survive a Notre Dame winter”

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”

Season’s greetings!

The many Christmas trees of Notre Dame. Clockwise from top left: Notre Dame MBA lounge, Golden Dome, Mendoza atrium, Main Building admissions office, DeBartolo PAC, and LaFortune student union (Photo courtesy Nitesh Srivastava)

On behalf of the entire Notre Dame MBA community, we at MBA IRISH ECHOES wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!  Continue reading “Season’s greetings!”

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”

ND MBA Preview Day!

By: Tiffany Lee

(Photo courtesy Bill Brunner)

The Notre Dame MBA program hosted 30 prospective students on Dec. 3 for the first of its Preview Days. Attendees came from all over the U.S., including Los Angeles; Houston, Texas; and New York. The day began with a breakfast and welcome from Kristin McAndrew, director of admissions. Next, representatives from our Career Services and Student Services teams shared information on career recruitment and student life in South Bend.  Continue reading “ND MBA Preview Day!”