September 26, 2011

And we’re off!!!

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Carl Palme
MS-MBA Candidate, 2012
President, Graduate Student Council

The rest of the graduate student body is back in the School of Management and things seem to be in full swing. We have had class for two weeks, and already so much has happened. For starters, we are getting to meet all the new students, who are great! A team of second years has already won a global case competition. And, we have gone on a boat cruise with 300 other students and significant others.

As president of the Graduate Student Body Council, I could not be happier. It is the priority of the student council to maximize the student experience and so far we have done just that. Over the summer we were busy organizing the boat cruise, revamping our newsletter, and working with club presidents on helping them get the year started. We also launched a new website!!!

The council is elected in the spring by the graduate student body, and has representation from many of the programs such as Public Nonprofit, Health Sector Management, and MS-MBA. The Graduate Student Council also represents the students and works as a liaison between the student body, the University and the community. Click here to meet the current council members!

Next Time: How to use technology to your MBA advantage.

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September 21, 2011

Welcome from a Math Finance Student

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Taylor Marge
MSMF candidate 2013

I’m excited to be writing my first blog post. My name is Taylor Marge. I am a first year student in the Mathematical Finance program at Boston University. I am from Rhode Island and went to the University of Rhode Island as an undergraduate. My hometown is only about an hour south of Boston. Living so close I have been to the city many times although since moving here I have become much more acclimated to traveling around the city. Growing up in the area I am a longtime fan of all Boston sports. It’s nice to see many of my classmates joining me in rooting for Boston.

The program started just a few weeks ago and already the work is picking up. Although I have spent many hours solving homework problems I have also had time to explore the city and the university as well. Outside of the classroom our class has spent a lot of time together in both formal and informal events. The Graduate Programs Office started the semester with an orientation which included an introduction to the program, an introduction to Bloomberg and a manners workshop which taught business etiquette. The orientation also included at trip down to the Boston waterfront where we were all able to socialize and get to know each other. Since then many of us have gone out together on our own. In addition to exploring the city my classmates have gotten together to do many activities ranging from studying to playing soccer and going to the gym.

In addition to the rigor of the program an advantage of the Math Finance program at Boston University is the Feld Career Center. We have received both group and one on one advising on topics such as networking, resume writing and writing a cover letter. The Feld Career Center offers the Math Finance program a dedicated advisor to prepare us to find an internship and subsequently a career.

I am looking forward to getting to know math, finance, my classmates and the city better in the coming months. Hopefully this will culminate in both an internship and an interesting and fun career.

Wish me luck!


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September 3, 2011

Making The Most of Your First Semester

Hey class of 2013, you’re finally here! Pre-term is flying by and next week the second years will join you at SMG. You have your calendar for the semester and opportunities and assignments are multiplying at exponential rates. So here is a little unsolicited advice.

1. Remember What’s Most Important

You will have to juggle academic, career, and social responsibilities, so take some time over the long weekend to remind yourself of the reasons you decided to get an MBA. Use these goals to help you choose which opportunities to take advantage of and which ones to turn down.

Do not let the quest for the best grades shape your semester or you might miss out on key networking opportunities and memorable life experiences.

Have fun. You are going to work really hard, but you are also going to become close friends with the amazing people in your cohort. If you realize that you have spent two weeks in the library, it is time to take a break and explore Boston with friends, or do an informational interview at one of your target companies.

2. Take Advantage of Resources at SMG

One of SMG’s greatest assets is the personalized attention that you can receive. So after you choose a career community, go visit the faculty director and ask him/her to introduce you people who are working at your target companies.

Also network with your classmates and with second years . . . we can not wait to meet you.

You all know this by now, but we have one of the most approachable Deans ever. So introduce yourself.

In short, settle in and make yourself at home!

Post by:

Anya Thomas
MBA & PNP candidate 2012

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