As a graduate assistant for the admissions team here at the School of Management, I speak with a lot of prospective students. One of the questions I get asked most often is "why did you choose Simmons?" My next few blog posts will address this important question, so read on and stay tuned! I hope it helps you decide if Simmons is the right place for you.
Part 1: Because of the Community
When I first started to consider going back to school for an advanced degree, I wasn't sure what degree I wanted to pursue. The only thing I knew was that I have a wide variety of interests, and I didn't want a degree that would box me into just one narrow career path. An MBA seemed like a great fit, but I had a hard time envisioning myself in an MBA cohort. It's a stereotype, to be sure, but I just kept picturing all of those suits! Coming from a health education and retail background, I wasn't sure that was for me. I knew that no matter what degree I ended up pursuing, I needed to be in a community where I felt I belonged. And the minute I started looking at the MBA program at Simmons, I knew I had found my community.
As I looked into Simmons, I was able to come to campus for an informational interview, an information session, and a class visit. Every time I set foot on Simmons ground, I felt at home. For anyone considering graduate programs, I highly recommend visiting campus - a few different times if you can manage it. Nothing else can replicate the experience of being in the classroom, observing the discussion and getting a sense of who your fellow students would be. It is well worth the time! For me, it absolutely solidified that Simmons is where I want to be.
The community at Simmons includes current students, alums, faculty, staff, and even incoming students! I have met so many wonderful people during my time here - people who have become dear friends, mentors, and key contacts in my ever-growing network. I had classmates come to my wedding. I've had professors introduce me to contacts at my target companies during my job search. I've had staff help me arrange informational interviews to learn more about industries I'm interested in. I've gone to birthday parties, offered (and received!) moral support during challenging life transitions, and celebrated milestones with my classmates. Most of all, whenever I'm walking through the halls of the SOM, I see other students, professors, and staff who know my name, and really want to know the answer when they ask how I'm doing! Simmons is a special and unique community. If you are thinking about a graduate degree in one of our management programs, I hope you will come visit us and see for yourself!