Reflections on Georgetown McDonough School of Business

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business admit weekend.  Quick and easy to get to by bus, the Hariri building on Georgetown’s campus is beautiful.  It was great seeing how the light streamed in through the ceiling on Friday (but not on gloomy.. gloomy Saturday).  I had a great time with the admitted and current students.  Enough about the building though – I’m sure the most people are more interest in the take-ways from the weekend… So here we go.

1.  Location Location Location:

One thing that kept being emphasized over the weekend was Georgetown’s location in Washington, D.C.  While as a current resident of D.C. this point didn’t really hit home for me, I know that for the other folks from out of town it was definitely a cool part of the school.  Stepping back and thinking about it though, it is incredibly cool that during a class on Brazil, for example, the ambassador to and from Brazil can waltz in through the door and talk about the issues first-hand to students.  Other cool things include the fact that the Fed and the Treasury Department are literally down the road.  Reading up on finance or fiscal policy?  Stroll down the road and talk to the folks setting the policy!  Combine that with a string of star speakers including President Obama, you’ve got an awesome extra-curricular lecture series that can really augment the academics.

2. Business + Public Policy:

The aspect that kept being reinforced throughout the school was the importance of public policy in business.  This shouldn’t come as any surprise given the fact that Georgetown is based in Washington, D.C.  It’s really interesting that McDonough introduces public policy and its importance to businesses and business decisions inside it’s classes and clubs.  I don’t know if there are other business schools that focus on the role that government plays in the private sector. The business and public policy global residency is another great part of the program, allowing students to really engage and get some real-world experience in this area.  McDonough School of Business really takes this seriously and it shows.

3. An undercurrent of finance…?

While not explicitly stated in any of their material, by students, or by their programs, I got a feeling that a lot of people coming out of Georgetown went into finance.  Whether this is correct or incorrect, I don’t know, but there were definitely little things that led to this perception for me.  Firstly, my interviewer was focused on the finance track and wanted to go into that area.  Secondly, the mock class was a finance cast study class.  Thirdly, a lot of the career information I received was related to banking.  I thought that was a very interesting feeling that I got out of the weekend.

All in all, it was a great weekend. Good food, great company, and definitely educational.  Thanks to Kelly Wilson & everyone at the Admissions Office for planning an awesome weekend!

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Health Data: Dream Bigger!

Over the last few months I’ve been exposed to a plethora of healthcare technology apps through my personal research and while working on HealthData.gov.  I think that a lot of these applications are great, and they present information to consumers in a new or more useful way.  But as I look through more and more of these apps, I can’t help but start to see patterns and similarities in the things being developed.

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Reflections on USC Marshall School of Business

I know I said I might edit my last blog post, but I am just way too lazy to do that.  Instead, I’m going to summarize my three key take-aways from this past weekend at the USC Marshall FTMBA 2013 Admit Weekend.  I think this will be more useful and reflective to both future students and to myself in the long term than just a recap of what happened. So here we go!

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Popovich Hall

Coming at you like a freight train

I had the pleasure of visiting the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business this weekend for the admitted students weekend.  I went to LA expecting no time to hang out with my friends and all day of MBA stuff and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.  Kudos to the Admissions Ambassadors for putting together such an awesome event!

… There was so much over the past two days that I have to recompile what happened by looking at the schedule and by looking at the @USCFTMBA13 tweets …

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Capital Hearts & Hope for Japan

Over March 25 and 26, two events were held here in Washington, D.C. to benefit the survivors of the recent Japan Earthquake & Tsunami.  Both the events were co-hosted by a plethora of groups across the DMV area.  I had the pleasure of working closely with the organizers of both events and being able to see first-hand how relief fundraisers can come together in a weeks time.  One of the things that I took away from this was how incredibly fast people can work to set up an event when they’re united behind a cause. It’s really incredible that within a week the events were able to draw support ranging from the Japanese Embassy to student groups at the University of Maryland.

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Twists and Turns

“I’ve often wondered at how lives are shaped by what seem like small and inconsequential events, how an apparently random turn in the road can lead you a long way from where you intended to go – and a long way from wherever you expected to go.”

An American Life: The Autobiography by Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan’s biography has been nothing short of inspiring thus far.  The book opens with the above quote, a quote that I think runs true in my life.  I too have been affected by small and seemingly inconsequential events. The belief that small twists and turns in life can lead to great things keeps the optimistic spirit within me burning.

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Lambda Phi Epsilon Japan Relief Fund

Please forward to those who you think will be willing to help.

To the Brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon,

The terrifying news of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011 in Japan has shocked everyone by surprise. Videos and pictures of the horrendous aftermath are depicted all over the media. The catastrophic tsunami waves swept across the Northern coast of Japan and destroyed houses, lives, and people’s dreams. It’s been declared as one of the most destructive natural disasters in the history. As of now, the death toll has reached over two thousand people and the total is expected to surpass tens of thousands, but the damages to the hearts and souls of all those who are affected is immeasurable. The pain and suffering of the victims can be felt all the way across the Pacific in United States.
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