Thank you to everyone who visited the campus on Monday (September 23). Those of us who work in Admissions, at any school, enjoy the opportunity to meet prospective students (it is a lot more fun than just reading, reading, reading!) and we know it takes time and effort to visit programs, so thank you for coming to see us.
This first Visit Day was a success all around. Our visitors sat in on Chris Hanks' Developing Business Plans class and were selected to be the judges in a "Shark Tank-like" pitch contest. After an information session about the program and a career management overview, there was a tour of North campus, which is lovely this time of year. Finally, the day finished with lunch in the Dean's Conference Room. Good food and great conversation. We do it all again on October 14, October 28, and November 11. If you have not had a chance to experience the Terry MBA program, please come visit us this Fall!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The application season for Fall 2014 entry is upon us. Our Full-Time MBA application will be available in early August and we are launching some changes that we hope will improve the process for all applicants.
First off, we are requiring only one essay: In a personal statement, discuss your accomplishments, short- and long-term career goals, and how an MBA is suited to that career path (500 words).
The optional essay is still in place and the topic has not changed: Is there anything you want to tell us in regard to your application?
The final change is that we are requiring two Professional References instead of two written Recommendations. I know this will be a relief to many of you!
Why did we make these changes? The Admissions Committee deliberated for some time and we collectively felt that it was important to streamline the application process. The new essay allows candidates to focus on their specific reasons for getting an MBA from Terry and that is the information we most need to learn from them. Recommendations are the aspect of the application process that applicants have the least control over, so we decided to remove this anxiety-inducing barrier. We trust that you can provide us with reliable references, but we don’t want the recommendation to delay the review of your application. Your supporters are very busy people, busier than ever these days, and the Committee decided that we could gain equally valuable information from calling a reference as from a written recommendation. It will save every one time and provide us with more useful information.
All that said, we are excited about the next application season and we hope you apply to Terry! If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
|Michael Betts, '13|
Our purpose in visiting China was to learn something of its culture and its business norms. We visited a number of companies including Baidu, Douban, Bao Steel, a German Industrial Center, an arena run by AEG, and an economic partnership area between China and Singapore. We also visited a number of cultural and historical sites, including the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Great Wall of China.
The Great Wall is a bucket list item for many people. It is an extremely unique experience to walk along the stone wall that once divided “civilization” from the “barbarian” hordes. The wall goes on as far as the eye can see and is rather incredible. The Forbidden City was most interesting because we were somewhat of a tourist attraction ourselves. Millions of people visit the historical sites in Beijing every year and almost all of them are tourists from within China. Many of them are from much more rural areas where they have, perhaps, never seen a westerner. They were particularly interested in a red-haired classmate of ours.
It was extremely fascinating to learn about business in China. The economic environment is changing very quickly and we had an opportunity to visit private Chinese companies, state-owned Chinese companies, and foreign companies doing business in China. We visited established manufacturers and internet startups. We had a chance to compare the capitol of Beijing and experience its intense nationalism and the metropolis of Shanghai and how it has been influenced by the global economy.
China’s role in that global economy is constantly evolving and the value of this trip to our understanding of the future business environment cannot yet be fully measured. I could write for pages about all of the experiences we had there, about things like hutongs, Jade Buddhas, administrator’s gardens, Chinese markets, the role of the Chinese government in business, the Chinese hospital system – the list goes on. I consider it, without question, to be one of the most valuable things I have done during my MBA experience at Terry.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
|Betsy Curry, MBA '14|
This year started strong with our annual Candemonium event. During Candemonium, which is in November, the MBA classes compete against one another to see who can get the most non-perishable food items donated and then use them to build a unique structure right in front of Brooks Hall. This year was our most successful collection yet! The Candemonium trophy went to the first years who had a more diverse mix of food products, but the second year’s undoubtedly made a more memorable structure as they managed to re-construct Brooks Hall itself out of canned goods. In total, the MBA students proudly donated 4,165 pounds of food to the Northeast Georgia Food Bank. The Terry MBA students are proud that our efforts will provide 3,500 meals to Athens residents.
Another favorite event of the Volunteer Dawgs is working with Habitat for Humanity. This year we teamed up with this outstanding non-profit to build a ramp for an Athens family that has a special needs child. Students also worked with Extra Special People, a non-profit organization that strives to boost the self-esteem of developmentally challenged adults and children by offering a night for them to show off their individual talents. Relay for Life was another fun night where students participated in a six-hour event to raise money and awareness for cancer research, benefiting the American Cancer Society. The last notable volunteer work took place with the Athens Land Trust. Students worked as business consultants to help residents of a low-income neighborhood develop business plans so that their products could be sold at a new farmer’s market that opened in May.
Using our outstanding accumulated business knowledge to help our community is the most effective and impactful way to spend our service hours, which is why next year I will work closely with each club to find semester-long or year-long projects that benefit local non-profits in the Athens area. Marketing students can be so helpful to a non-profit just getting off the ground, the Healthcare Club has so much to contribute to a local clinic, and no one is better than the Entrepreneurship Club members at developing and implementing business plans. We will put our business skills to work for the Athens community, and look forward to another year of service!