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”

Why I’m glad I waited (for B-school)

By: Bill Brunner

(Editor’s Note: The Round 2 admissions deadline is coming up! In honor of the occasion, enjoy this bonus post from MBA IRISH ECHOES, and be sure to check back over the next few days for more content.)

(Photo courtesy University of Notre Dame)

It is funny looking back at my first year out of undergrad, because I had a comically unrealistic expectation about the impact I would make. It was a rude awakening to spend what felt like an eternity (six months) as a glorified proofer. I remember saying to myself multiple times, “Did I really go to school for four years to do this?” I also remember thinking I was going to put in one year in the professional world and then go to business school. My flaw here (among many) was that I thought business school was only going to teach me how to apply theories and to learn from previous case examples, similar to college. I hadn’t thought about invaluable learning tool that is the symbiotic sharing of past work experiences among classmates.  Continue reading “Why I’m glad I waited (for B-school)”

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”

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!”