Onwards and upwards

By: Sylvia Banda

Members of the Two-Year MBA Class of 2017 during Orientation. (Photo Courtesy Sylvia Banda)

It is with great pleasure that I have the honor of writing the last blog post by the current editorial board. As you know, MBA IRISH ECHOES launched in the Fall of 2016 in an effort to preview “Life Inside the Notre Dame MBA Program”. We’ve had numerous posts on topics such as football weekends, dual-degree programs, study abroad, student treks, extracurricular activities, and best tips and practices as an MBA.

I would like to thank the Class of 2017 in their remarkable efforts in launching the blog to what it is today, particularly, Nitesh Srivastava and Bill Brunner.

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Pursuing the common good in Haiti

By: Sylvia Banda

(Editor’s Note: The Round 3 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.)

A beautiful mountainside view during a visit with a community organization in Fondwa, Haiti. (Photo courtesy Sylvia Banda)

What is the common good? While business school may seem like an experience built for honing in on quantitative and financial skills, my experience has continually challenged me to think broader in scope. In fact, as part of my time in the Notre Dame MBA program, I enrolled in a multidisciplinary course offered by the University’s Center for Social Concerns. The course, The Common Good Initiative (CGI), explored ways in which individuals pursue the common good, particularly in challenging situations.

Through the course, I had the chance to travel to Haiti with seven other graduate students from programs in sociology, biology, theology, and law. Haiti being the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere means it is a frequently discussed “failed nation state” case study. While it is oftentimes cited for its struggles, my experience in Haiti illustrated the apparent and inspiring examples of people pursuing the common good. The common good is a phrase used in Catholic Social Teaching to encompass the conditions of social life which enable human flourishing. Our group interacted with Notre Dame’s Haiti Program and a number of organizations seeking to enhance life in areas from Global Health to Education.  Continue reading “Pursuing the common good in Haiti”

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!”