This past Monday, I went with my freshman-year Community Advisor and a friend I met through The Tartan to see Watsky. I’ve been a huge fan since freshman year when I heard him appear on The Hamilton Mixtape. x Infinity had released just a few months before, so I immediately jumped to that and fell in […]
The Leadership Program Here at Tepper, you realize that your MBA journey is coming to an end when you receive the email from the Accelerate Leadership Center that is time to schedule your Leadership Journey Presentation. This is the final requirement an MBA student at Tepper must take to receive the leadership certification. To understand […]
“Have you ever even worked in an office before?” the interviewer asked me. My jaw was on the floor. I had prepared for every possible question for this business school interview. I could tell my interviewer a time I demonstrated leadership and teamwork, learned from failure, and solved a challenging problem. I spent months […]
One of the reasons I was excited to go to school in Pittsburgh is its accessibility to surrounding cities. I’ve never been to Philadelphia and when I found out that my favorite artist, whom I have been following for two years, was coming there with a concert, it was a good reason to visit! I’ll […]
It’s hard to imagine that it’s almost half a year since the Tepper Quad officially opened its doors and started a new chapter in Carnegie Mellon University and the Tepper School’s history. With the focus of providing a space for further collaboration and top-tiered business education, the Tepper Quad has certainly been at the center […]
Last month, I had the exciting opportunity to host two students for Celebration of Diversity Weekend. When I was a prospective student, I also visited CMU through these weekend programs, which they have at several times throughout the year. I was able to tour the campus, talk to faculty and students, attend a class, live in […]
Being a college student is hard. Being in a long-distance relationship (LDR) is hard. Put them together and sometimes the combined pressure feels intense. Making such a commitment isn’t for everybody, and these lessons aren’t ones that can only come from being in an LDR. However, I feel as though this experience was needed for […]
Dear Future Self, I wanted to recap the experience of attending classes in unique environments, namely DC and San Jose. You arrive to a previously unknown place and are subsequently surrounded by all the familiar faces that you’ve come to know over the past few months. Your cohort and you have bonded in a way […]
407 students. 6 colleges. 74 projects. 24 hours. Welcome to TartanHacks. This past weekend, CMU ScottyLabs hosted TartanHacks – one of CMU’s largest hackathons. ScottyLabs is a club on-campus devoted to helping students learn about and explore interesting topics in technology. They organize educational events, workshops, community activities, as well as TartanHacks throughout the year. […]
The Quant Club at CMU holds an annual competition sponsored by Goldman Sachs called the Quantathon. As an aspiring computational finance student, I participated in the Quantathon this year with my friends Kunal Rajani (TSB ’22) and Vivek Rao (TSB ’21).
This past Thursday was a major milestone for the Class of 2019 – it was the beginning of the end of our time at Tepper – 100 nights before graduation. Before my time as the Graduate Business Association’s (GBA) Vice President came to an end in mid-January, I planned a 100 Nights Party to commemorate […]
Last week (Feb. 1-2), I participated in my first-ever hackathon-style competition. Am I a bit late to the game? Sure. It seems like everyone in this university popped out of the womb as hackathon stars and fluent in three coding languages. However, it took a bit of time for Tepper to announce their take on […]
“Carnegie Leadership Week”- a full week where you can grow as a leader, meet with your community, and learn from the experiences of alumni and peer. Cherry on top: free food, friends and loads of fun!
Mini 3 at Tepper is, famously, a hectic time for first-year MBA students. January thru March is peak recruiting season for summer MBA internships. Coming off the heels of a long and relaxing winter break, it can feel a little jarring to be thrust back into balancing classes, interviews, and club activities (not to mention […]
My afternoon started with me & my friend assembling all the ingredients that we would require to make ‘Gulab Jamun’ – a sweet Indian delicacy – for the Tepper Cross Cultural Potluck hosted by South Asian Business Association(SABA). Halfway through, we thought it was going to be a disaster but we kept going. The dish […]
One of the most important parts of college, melding together academics and student life, is the clubs you join during your time there. Whether it be a club sport (from running to badminton to fencing to table tennis), a cultural affinity club (from ASA to SALSA to SPIRIT), a common interest club (from parkour to […]
This post is not sponsored; I just really love these stationery products mentioned and would recommend to anyone who shares sentiments that I express in this post! I’m a visual learner. Techniques like color-coding, drawing diagrams, and being shown graphs help me cement information into place. Therefore, throughout high school and college, I have found […]
Amidst the cold, snowy winter and the numerous welcome back events designed to divert and distract from this harsh January weather, a new semester has started at CMU. Along with it, of course, is the fact that all 1,572 of my fellow freshman and I have now officially got an entire semester of college under […]
Today, I stopped by a former professor’s office to ask if he wanted to meet for coffee. Immediately, he responded affirmatively, and we spent the next half hour enjoying the caffeinated warmth, which combatted the numbing cold outside. I’d intended to meet with him and a few professors since last spring, but I hadn’t reached […]
❄ Arctic temperatures in Pittsburgh and no lectures for the day means I get to catch up on recruiting, homework, and of course – blogging. ❄ You may have read my classmate’s, David Baars, blog about the Business & Technology club (B&T) trek to Silicon Valley (if you haven’t, you can find it here) back in the fall […]
We’ve all been there: we get stuck in our ways and everything seems uninspiring, important, and insignificant. Despite going to a college that loves saying “my heart is in the work,” I fall into a rut all too often. At least for me, it often boils down to feeling like I’m re-living the same day […]
There’s no better way to learn about an MBA class than to participate in one. You can attend an online class or meet current Tepper students over lunch during an Access Weekend. Come visit us!
Although we’re three weeks into 2019, I still have a bit of “new year new me” spirit left in me. Maybe it’s because it’s syllabus week (as if such a thing exists at CMU). Maybe it’s Maybelline. In high school, I was much more organized. That fell off the tracks in college, especially last semester. […]
There is a new social media hashtag going around that you might be familiar with: #10YearChallenge. As a Tepper student with a marketing concentration, we could spend time pondering about the virality of this and the implications on marketers and data miners. But, that’s not what this post is going to be about. 2009 – […]
Winter break is over and school is about to start up very soon! But before the first day of spring semester I wanted to highlight the annual gingerbread house contest that was held back in December.
Learning outside of class via activities and events is as important as the learning we get within the four walls of our classrooms – something I learned during my Sophomore fall !
Part-Time Online Hybrid students held elections for the PTOH Graduate Business Associate (GBA) representatives. Specifically, PTOH representation on the GBA, Tepper’s student government body, helps to enhance the unique PTOH student experience. The PTOH GBA President is the Part-Time Executive Officer to the GBA Executive Board which represents all CMU MBA and MSCF students. Also, […]
This past year at this time, I was sitting in my favorite cafe on Capitol Hill in Seattle putting the final touches on my applications for business school. I don’t recall thinking at the time that I’d be trading in Seattle’s grey and drizzle for Pittsburgh’s grey and snow flurries. However, I do remember thinking: […]
For a final project for a class, I was instructed to give a ~ 5-minute inspirational speech for upcoming freshmen. I reflected upon this incident from elementary school and how the meaning hit me almost a decade later. After giving that presentation, I felt inspired to turn it into a webcomic.
The MSPM program has a strong focus on developing practical skills, not just reading theory from textbooks. We intern as Product Managers in the summer, but the semester long capstone project provides a second opportunity to hone the skills we have been learning all year.
Tepper’s MBA program held elections for the new President and Vice President of the Graduate Business Association (GBA) last month. The GBA, Tepper’s student government body, has the mission to enhance the student experience at Tepper while fostering the program’s unique culture. As the outgoing GBA VP, it was my final duty to run the […]
Never has a single word been capable of frightening so many students across the nation, but a particular group are more terrified of this word than anyone else: freshmen.
In the blink of an eye, time has passed from the dewy mornings of May to the chilly rains and early snows of November. In between, I spent ten weeks at General Mills thinking a lot about business, brands, and… tacos!
I have only been in Pittsburgh for 4 months, but this is now my home! I stayed in the city during the Thanksgiving break and explored my new home. If you’re staying “home” for the holidays, or have family visiting during the next few weeks, below I put together a friendly list of (some) things […]
The funny thing about the universe is that sometimes, just sometimes, you get exactly what you want right when you need it the most. As many a first-year collegiette can probably relate, what I had been longing for more than anything during all of last week was to come home to a lovingly cooked meal, […]
In high school, I believed that I needed to attend the college that would teach me the most, the one that would provide me with the material necessary for whatever career path I chose. Similarly, I used to dismiss soft skills, believing that those who believed in such strengths could only pretend to accomplish work […]
When one typically thinks of an undergraduate “business school,” several images often come to mind. Perhaps most common of all is the vision that all business students walk around wearing suits all day, keeping their business cards on hand, and, as one poster in Carnegie Mellon’s Overheard meme page so eloquently put it, preparing to […]
Pittsburgh kicked off the holiday season this past Friday with the 58th annual Light Up Night. For those unfamiliar, Light Up Night is one of the largest and most popular events around the holiday season in Pittsburgh. It is a time of coming together as the greater Pittsburgh population gathers in Downtown where there are […]
Hold onto your seats because the Tepper Staff Committee is hosting its first annual Gingerbread House Making Contest!
Dear Future Self, You applied to an MBA program, got into your first choice school, but before actually going and starting classes it all seemed surreal. August 22nd came around, and BAM, it hit you; you’re now balancing all of your former responsibilities plus an intensive, remote, and collaborative graduate MBA degree. Now a bit more […]
When I came to CMU, I heard about this class, 15-112: Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science. Infamous for its workload and the stress it generated, I believed that I would never take the class, even though it also enjoyed the title of one of the most useful classes in the University. Eventually, after nearly […]
Pittsburgh is a city known for a lot of unique things: the ubiquitous bridges, the underappreciated inclusion of French fries on sandwiches and salads, and one of the most beautiful skylines in the United States. But did you know that Pittsburgh also has a vibrant running scene?
First-year Tepper MBA’s have the option to go on nationwide recruiting treks during the fall break between mini 1 and 2. Learn about the Business & Technology Club’s fall trek to Silicon Valley. My first mini at Tepper felt like a whirlwind. One of my challenges at the start of business school was learning to […]
At 8am on a Sunday morning, the Tepper Simmons auditorium was full of aspiring product managers to hear Lewis Lin. Lin has a strong following from his successful interview technique books, especially The Product Manager Interview which is regarding as a kind of PM bible for getting a job in Silicon Valley as a PM.
Like many people who grew up in the States, I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Although I do not have clear memories of specific episodes, I remember the calmness and serenity of his voice and his neighborhood. This past August, I learned that the WQED station near my residence was where my childhood show […]
Last weekend was the Diversity Weekend at Tepper. My favorite event! Exactly a year earlier, I was an attendee still not sure whether an MBA was right for me. A Tepper student guided me through school during the Friday social event; Dean Dammon presented during the dinner on Saturday; and Leanne Meyer and Jarred Lazear provided […]
Let’s face it – a full time MBA at Tepper is a lot of work! Balancing classes, homework, recruiting work, networking events and case competitions takes a toll on you. However, Tepper also knows how to take care of you! The Graduate Business Association – Tepper’s administrative student body – recently hosted an entire week […]
We’re happy to announce that a new page has been added to the Tepper School site with links to profiles to all current PhD students: https://www.cmu.edu/…/p…/program/student-profiles/index.html We are still inputting information as we receive it, and will be adding more profile photos also, as received.
One of the Tepper Ph.D. students’ more recent traditions: Hallo-Wine! Combining Halloween hijinx with wine tasting. Tons of fun and some great costumes this year too!
As the winter begins to brew, many students across campus are beginning to get sick. The cold weather isn’t the reason though! Although many people think the cold is the prime influence, the cold just allows germs to thrive and replicate in that environment. That is why it is very important to bundle up, get vaccinated, and eat right.
It’s crazy how fast time flies by, and especially how it flies by while campus gets preoccupied by classes, extracurriculars, and socializing. It’s already been a week since Pittsburgh was struck by the tragic act of hate claiming 11 beautiful lives. While the many in the community are still taking things in, it was really […]
It’s not a secret. Pittsburgh is an incredible food town. Crowned Zagat’s top food of 2015, I was excited to see what Pittsburgh had to offer. It did not disappoint.
Tepper students enjoyed Fall Break over the past two weeks. Last year – as a first-year student – I spent Fall Break attending the Healthcare Trek. During this week-long experience we visited over 10 East Coast companies to learn about their culture, work, and MBA positions. This year, after Mini 1 finals, our current first […]
There are not many programs like the Tepper MBA that allow you to switch almost seamlessly between both part-time and full-time versions of the program, a feature (if you will) that I benefited from just a few months ago. My MBA journey started as a part-time student. I spent two years giving up some evenings […]
It was a regular Saturday morning in Pittsburgh. Students were making their way across each of the city’s campuses, laughing and talking with their friends, planning what they would be wearing for the Halloween parties coming up.
There’s nothing quite like walking back to your dorm room after a late night lecture, study session, or review session that makes you feel like you’ve really, truly made it to college. And there’s nothing quite like walking across the Randy Pausch Bridge after dark that makes you feel like you’ve really, truly made it […]
In the first few months of their college experience, college freshmen experience a lot of change and freedom. For example, they live with friends, do everything by themselves, and escape their helicopter parents that are worried at home.
Current Tepper PTOH students discuss what it’s really like in Tepper’s virtual collaboration environment.
When you think of October, perhaps you think about the arrival of fall, the superfluity of pumpkin flavored foods, or the thrill of Halloween. There’s more to October than that, though; it also happens to be LGBT History Month, and, on October 11, National Coming Out day. These more serious topics are celebrated by Tepper MBAs in a yearly event called Coming Out Stories.
When people told me that I would be busy during my MBA, my general response was, “Yeah, sure.” I mean, how bad could it be? I’ve been working for seven years on community outreach projects at an oil and gas services company in Houston. Many of my projects required me to be at events during […]
First and second-year Tepper students recently attended the Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) conference in Minneapolis. One student reflects on the power of LGBT spaces in MBA programs. On October 11, 2018, the LGBT community will mark the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. While there have been some significant improvements in how LGBT people […]
“Transitioning,” “adjusting,” “change”: much like the buzzwords “holistic” and “midterms,” “making the transition to college” is one of those phrases that brings along with it a lot more stress than it actually should. Contrary to my own expectations heading into my freshman year at CMU, I did not spend my first few days wandering around […]
Hello everyone. I am Kshitija Deshpande – First year MBA at Tepper. I am from Mumbai, India.
Every year, the National Black Association hosts a conference and a career expo for MBA students for internship and full-time opportunities. While there were many of us from Tepper – both first and second year – I was one of the international first-year students who decided to brave the rapid waters of National Black Conference in Detroit, Michigan. It was held at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit.
Hello World! My name is Meet Wadhwa and I am an Undergraduate Business Administration student in the class of 2022 at the Tepper School of Business.
“You sure you won’t mind kids making fun of your lunch?” my mom asks my sister when she asks if she can pack supper leftovers for her school lunch. “Mom, I’m Asian,” my 13-year-old sister cooly responds. When my mother told me this story over a video call, I laughed. My sister is easily the […]
Back when I was a freshman, I would walk by the TOC and see everyone dressed professionally. I remember feeling terrible and asking myself, “Why aren’t you dressed up today? I went earlier this week and I went once last week but am I trying hard enough?”
I became a busy person because I say “Yes” at lot. When you say “Yes” as frequently as I do, you end up constantly busy and off to exciting adventures. Stay tuned to see what Tepper MBA adventures I say “Yes” to next.
2018 INFORMS Award & Honorable Mention were recently given to two of our Tepper PhD students! Operations Research PhD student Nam Ho-Ngyuen received Honorable Mention at the INFORMS Optimization Society Best Student Paper Prize for the paper “Online First-Order Framework for Robust Convex Optimization” (Other authors: Fatma Kilinc-Karzan). Operations Management PhD student Neda Mirzaeian received […]
Some pictures from the Tepper Quad Grand Opening! Very nice to see PhD students (past and present) represented by Courtney Williamson (PhD ’16) and Elizabeth Campbell!
A Haiku dedicated to recruiting season! Hand shakes, resumes Try hard to stand out from crowd Tiring but worth a shot! It’s peak recruiting time for many full time and internship positions. From the encompass career fair right now and Tepper meet up networking session yesterday to the Technical Opportunities Conference (TOC) and many company […]
Students from undergraduate Business and Economics mingled outside the new Tepper building while the undergraduate Business advisors served up Millie’s ice cream and various student groups advertised their organizations to prospective members.
This past Wednesday 9/5, SLICE (Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement) hosted the annual Fair at Carnegie Mellon. What was previously known as the Activities Fair, the Fair is an extension to the Activities Fair with not only showcasing the 300+ Student Government approved organizations but also a broader selection of cultural and community partners […]
The 2018 PhD Student/Faculty Picnic is a wrap! Full house! Thanks to everyone for coming out, and thanks especially to Lawrence, John, and Laila for making it a great success. This year’s picnic shirt, featuring the brand new Tepper logo on the front, and a classy, understated nod to CMU on the back, just below […]
Today, I had the opportunity to have a chat with Brandon Pochatila (left) and Brandon Leung (right), current co-presidents of the Out&Allied club at Tepper. Let’s start with an easy question– Tell me about yourself and something you love about Pittsburgh! Leung (L): I’m originally from Atlanta, so I went to Emory university for […]
The INFORMS Student Chapter at Carnegie Mellon University held the YinzOR 2018 student conference on August 24-25, 2018 at Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. Please visit their website for more information: YinzOR 2018 YinzOR 2018
Welcome reception for new PhD students and faculty in the new Tepper Quad Faculty Conference Center. We started with orientation all morning, followed by lunch for all PhD students and faculty, and a reception to end the day!
I’m going to say something a little controversial: Tepper’s analytics didn’t come in handy this summer. I benefited most from my one-on-one coaching with Accelerate, network of peers, and Managing People & Teams course.
If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be doing brand management marketing for a consumer packaged goods company, I would have had a few questions for you. That would seem pretty crazy to me since at that time I was in undergrad studying logistics and marine transportation.
“To serve is to live.” – Frances Hesselbein Last weekend (July 20-24) I have had the pleasure and honor of participating in the 10th annual Hesselbein Global Academy with 38 passionate and emerging leaders as well as mentors and alumni from around at the University of Pittsburgh. In just 5 short days, we learned from […]
Happy less than two weeks of July! While the weather’s fluctuating between “just-right” and sizzling summer heat, here’s a couple cafes in the Downtown (Central Business District) area to check out! Whether it’s for your daily caffeine rush in the morning, catching up with friends and colleages, or even just checking out one of the festivals or […]
My internship at Deutsche Bank has flown by! At of the time of this article, I only have 3 weeks left before I head back to the world of student life. Here are some of the insights I have gained during my brief stint working in investment banking. What are you doing at an investment […]
For the past three weeks I have been interning at SVN | Three Rivers Commercial Advisors (SVN | TRCA) in downtown Pittsburgh. SVN, short for Sperry Van Ness, is a commercial real estate firm with offices around the US and abroad in Canada, South Korea, Russia and couple more. While SVN | TRCA has been […]
Real talk. By all practical, statistical standards, I fall into the Tepper engineer demographic. From a personal standard, I can wholeheartedly tell you that, while I embrace my ultra process engineer tendencies and deep love of manufacturing, by no means am I the classic Tepper student looking to work in tech. I don’t own an […]
Hello my cafe-loving friends! It’s been awhile, but I’m back…and with a bubbling list of cafes in a neighborhood I’ve yet to explore in my posts – Bloomfield/Lawrenceville! Ineffable Ca Phe, 3920 Penn Ave I’d say this cafe is like a hidden delta in a sea of the Lawrenceville neighborhood with a Vietnamese twist to […]
In June 2017, months before I started classes at Tepper, I attended a women’s MBA conference through the Forté Foundation. At the conference, I bonded with my future classmates, listened to lectures from powerful women, and met a variety of companies, including DaVita. I had seen the name DaVita around Massachusetts and knew that it […]
Full disclosure, I entered Tepper without an engineering degree and had no idea how to code. But despite these seemingly “required” skills, I landed an internship as a Product Manager for a top tech company. It wasn’t a fluke and it also wasn’t an easy journey. I often have prospective students ask me, “How did […]
Congratulations to this year’s Tepper PhD Graduates! Here are some photos from this year’s Tepper PhD Graduation Reception, in honor of our graduating doctoral students, as well as to celebrate those PhD students who just earned their MS diplomas.
Of all the semesters I have had at Carnegie Mellon, this past one was by far the busiest. Hopefully yours wasn’t as hectic. But now it’s time to relax and unwind because summer is here! Internships, jobs, vacations, and family get-togethers are just a few of the things that go on during this wonderful time. […]
As graduation draws closer and as peak week events begin, I can’t help but look back at the journey Usman and I started two years ago. In July 2016, we were back home in Karachi, Pakistan, trying to pack our entire lives into a few suitcases. We were excited about coming to the U.S. for […]
Join us in congratulating Ph.D. students Arash Haddadan, Shunyuan Zhang (not pictured), Anna T. Mayo and Emilio Bisetti who were honored at the Awards Tea: http://bit.ly/2jobVI2 #TepperSpotlight
For some people, the ideal summer means lazing around on a beach with a mojito in hand. For others, it means outdoor sports and energy drinks. If you’re like me, you can combine the two by continuing your flip flop adventures on a kayaking tour in downtown Pittsburgh. And boy, what a beautiful journey it […]
Summer is finally upon us and in Pittsburgh that means bringing out your grills, your outdoor yoga pants and most importantly, your flip flops. The city offers so many things to do that it’s probably going to be hard to decide which direction to go first. If you’re a senior with family flowing in for […]
Several students in the undergraduate Economics programs went on a tour of the new Tepper Quad on the last day of classes right before finals week. The building set to open this summer with faculty and staff moving in, it will become the new center of campus. With the Tepper Quad set to have new […]
Last Saturday April 28, residents of Stever House gathered for one of its last large community event – Stever Speaks. Stever House is a first-year residence hall community on campus. More notably it is also known as the “Green House” as it is the first residence hall in the US to be LEED certified. Its […]
Tepper PhD Alumna, Courtney Williamson ‘16, Ph.D., President and founder of AbiliLife, is featured in NextPittsburgh’s Top Women in Tech in Pittsburgh. Click here to view the article.
Like so many cities, Pittsburgh is a city born of annexing smaller towns as it grew from a fort on a strategic river route to a steel powerhouse to the “meds’n’eds” tech city of today. These towns evolved into neighborhoods over the years, and you’ll find that a lot of Pittsburgh residents are very passionate about their neighborhood of choice.
Springtime is an exciting time of year: birds are singing, flowers are blooming, (snow is occasionally falling, to general disappointment), and admitted MBAs are arriving on campus to get to know Tepper better before they start in August. Their two-day immersive experience is run by the Admissions team and a seven-member student committee and staffed by current students, faculty, and administration to make it an exciting introduction to MBA life.
An hour’s drive outside of Pittsburgh lies Ohiopyle State Park, which offers a fantastic collection of hiking trails, white water rafting and fishing. Since the weather was simply amazing this past weekend, a few of us seized the opportunity to go hiking. We started off by scaling the first leg of the Baughman trail, stopping […]
Yesterday, 22 new students were inducted into the Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics) Honors Society. The new inductees joined the current 18 student members who were inducted last year as juniors in a formal ceremony held in the Tepper Grand Room. Led by the head of the Economics department Professor Chris Sleet, the new inductees received […]
Every MBA student must complete a capstone project as part of their graduation requirement. I chose to study abroad for my capstone in Hong Kong and hopefully, I will get to update you on all the fun stuff I will be doing for my 4 weeks in Hong Kong and China! It’s been 2 weeks […]
On Friday March 23 at 5pm, a group of diverse, motivated, and passionate first-years and several upperclass students gathered in Rangos ballroom for ELebrations. Roughly six weeks ago, these same people gathered at Camp Guyasuta, twenty minutes from campus surrounded by nature for an overnight retreat. Most of them had not known each other nor […]
It’s always good to start college on the right foot. Here are some tips for the incoming freshman of class of 2022 regarding a smooth transition to college!
On Friday March 3, CMU Dining Services organized a screening and panel discussion of the documentary film “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” as part of a series of events celebrating National Nutrition Month (NNM) for the month of March. Director of Dining Pascal Petter and Legume Bistro co-owner and chef Trevett Hooper as […]
We have less than seven weeks left in the semester! I know that it has been a tiring and stressful year and summer break is something many of us are looking forward to even if we have an internship or summer job. If you are still dreading the upcoming weeks, here are a list of […]
Yesterday, we attended a Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures program titled “Ten Evenings” at the beautiful Carnegie Music Hall. Ten Evenings is a lecture series celebrating authors from around the world by inviting them to present on their creative process and share their thoughts on their books. The lecture we attended was by Mohsin Hamid, a […]
If you’ve been wondering why Pluto has been demoted from its planet status, or you’ve always wanted to play air hockey against a robot, or you’re simply curious to see what your skin cells look like under a microscope, Carnegie Science Center is the place to go on your next day off. From interactive exhibits […]
While some lucky folks (read: smart planners) were frolicking in the sun and sands of Southern U.S. or Mexico, my husband and I decided to road trip around east coast this spring break, and while sudden and extreme bouts of winter made our journey quite difficult, we still somehow managed to make the most of […]
Between crystal toilets and many many sushis, sakes, and matchas we discovered one of the most amazing cultures that I have ever experienced. During the spring break, I went to Japan with a group of 41 people, my husband included. We were guided by an awesome group of classmates, including 5 who are Japanese […]
While my classmates are trekking across the global for spring break, I was moving out of my beloved apartment in Bakery Square. It was a bitter sweet moment even though I only lived in Bakery Living Blue for 8 months. I have had so many great memories in that building from team meetings and group […]
On Tuesday, Thirty-two of my fellow Tepperonis and I arrived in Israel. Personally, I’ve traveled a lot throughout the United States, but I’ve never taken the opportunity to travel abroad. Needless to say, I’m very excited for the opportunity to visit Israel and to travel with my classmates. I’m also extremely thankful that Tepper and the […]
This is the PhD lounge at the Tepper School of Business which serves a number of purposes. The Tepper School of Business is housed in a building whose plan is among the strangest when it comes to buildings, or most other things for that matter. The entire school has two structures, the Posner Hall and […]
Fear of missing out (FOMO) is real. Life is so short, and we want to cram as much as we can in the limited time we have. We make heat-of-the-moment decisions. We crack under pressure (specifically, time pressure). We want to be in everything we can: parties, hangouts, get-togethers, Deans List, everything. What’s the worst […]
…did anyone miss my Cafe series??? Oh, where has the time gone, last day of Februrary already. I made it nonetheless, didn’t forget about this! This month’s just bit shorter than the others and things have also been more hectic. For this month, I would like to feature a drink right on campus – Rohr Cafe […]
What happens when the Partners Club, the Wine Club and the Data Analytics Club walk into a bar (or a co-working space in this situation)? A Winter Olympics themed Red & White (and Blue) Party of course! With food and wine from around the world, super cool (pun intended) costumes, and real medals for all, […]
Earlier this month Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives organized a talk led by Dr. Jeremy Hunter, Founding Director of the Executive Mind Leadership Institute and Associate Professor at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management. Dr. Hunter talked about how to cultivate mindfulness in the workplace and in one’s daily lives. He emphasized the importance of […]
Many of us that enter MBA programs dream of someday being in the boardroom for a company– someday far, far off. But what if I told you the boardroom was a lot closer than you thought?
Earlier in the semester, I was in a rush to get to Sapna (which I wrote about here). I was planning on walking over to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, but I only had time to get a Lyft ride. I hurriedly ran into the cab expecting a quick drive to the performance, but what […]
Applications for the GSA/Provost Office Conference Funding are due by Wednesday, February 21st. This round of funding covers conferences that fall between 4/1/18 – 6/30/18. Go here for more information and to apply. This award amount is $500 per student with a maximum amount of $1,000 per group. Awardees are selected through a lottery process […]
Transition One – It is time the time of the year where Tepper clubs transition between the old board and the new board. As of last Monday, I officially relinquished my position as the VP of the Part-Time Graduate Business Association. It was an extremely humbling year of serving the part-time community. I could not […]
2018 is the year of the dog. To celebrate, CMU put together its annual Lunar Gala. Over a hundred CMU students, along with members of the Pittsburgh community, come together to create a show centered around the Zodiac animal of the lunar calendar. This year’s theme was Ferox. Lunar Gala described it as follows: “Ferox is […]
Today I spent the day on campus listening to my classmates talk about their leadership journey after being invited by a classmate to hear their story. These presentations are part of an optional Leadership Certification process through the Accelerate Leadership Center. We get so caught up in the day-to-day at Tepper that we sometimes forget […]
For the latest Student Spotlight, I chatted with First Year Full Time MBA students and happily married couple, Alex and Gabe Gerson! I hope you enjoy getting to know the Gersons! Me: Thanks Alex and Gabe for being here for our latest Student Spotlight! Can you please start by telling us about yourselves? Alex: Sure! […]
You’ve seen this word floating around on the internet. Think about it; on blogs, on Instagram feeds, probably even in cat videos. It’s casually thrown in Snapchat stories by millennials who’ve just discovered the use of the crockpot, or by that friend who’s changed their family vehicle from a sedan to an SUV to accommodate […]
“Having a [significant other] is like having a 12 unit course, and I can’t afford to overload,” some students like to joke. There’s a grain of truth to that statement; relationships do take time and effort for anyone, not just for college students. Whether you decide to have a partner in college is completely up to personal […]
The decision to pursue your MBA probably came after weighing a plethora of difficult choices. You might be moving to a new city or country, you must have calculated the opportunity cost of lost wages when resigning from your job, and you may have said teary good byes to friends and family back home. Unfortunately, […]
“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” This quote looks nice in an inspirational tweet or illustrated in an Instagram photo, but truly embracing failure as a part of life is a whole different story, especially for someone who is not familiar with failure. Now, I’m not encouraging reckless behavior. “Doubling your failure rate” does […]
The Tepper School of Business has retained VSA Partners as its new branding firm. Students from the economics department met with them to tell their stories of why they chose Carnegie Mellon and what the university means to them. The senior members of the VSA strategy team learned that students come here from all over the world […]
Of CMU’s various schools, each major has a specific guideline of classes, especially for freshmen, to enroll in. As a Tepper student, I have Business Computing, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Multivariate Analysis. For one of my free class spaces, I decided to take 15-112, the infamous introductory programming course. To my slight surprise, it’s been […]
Opportunities to network abound at the Part-time Online Hybrid MBA Access Weekends. Six times a year all of the Part-time Online Hybrid (PTOH) MBA students, together with various faculty and administration, gather together somewhere in the continental United States to have face-to-face classes, take exams, and meet with leaders from some of the country’s […]
The fantastic thing about the New Year is that it brings with it a clean slate – a reboot button. You could be gorging on meat pies and apple crumbles on Dec 31st guilt free because you know you’ll be hitting the gym come Jan 1st. Or you could be enjoying that last splurge at […]
One of my biggest regrets freshman year was not leaving my comfort zone more. I often pushed myself too much physically and mentally. Ultimately, this caused me to feel as though I almost wasted my first year. Luckily, the new year calls for a new school year, thus a new beginning. My roommate invited me […]
Start out the new year by doing something new. Whether it’s working out more or procrastinate less, how about explore more? This month I’d like to start the year featuring one of my new favorite cafes. You might know of it from its satellite location right on campus at the third floor of the Gates […]
On Thursday 1/18, several Asset Management Program managers from PNC hosted a panel on-campus to talk about an upcoming summer internship program. They were seeking majors ranging from business and economics to history and other social sciences as well as fields in engineering. Several of the panelists were CMU alums, including Gujri Singh and Theo […]
What better way to start off the new semester than with some pastries and conversation? Welcome back everyone and good luck with your classes!
Juggling different schedules is a difficult aspect of any part time MBA student’s life; at Tepper we’re given a very generous winter break. I decided to take advantage of this break from classes and cash in some vacation time to spend time with my family in South Korea. Although I only got to spend two […]
You wake up to a beautiful Sunday morning and reach for your phone to check your messages from last night’s shenanigans. Suddenly, you’re gripped by a familiar, almost nostalgic, terror: the terror of realizing that you have again waited till the last minute to do your homework for your Tepper Part-Time Online Hybrid MBA. […]
Tepper alumni, faculty and current Ph.D. students attended the 2018 AEA/ASSA (American Economic Association/Allied Social Science Association) Annual Meeting, which took place in Philadelphia this year. We had a great alumni turnout at this year’s ASSA/AEA 2018 Tepper Reception!
Many of us are home for the holidays, which means time with family and a chance to meet prospective students! This year I had the opportunity to host the Seattle meet and greet with a colleague from Tepper. We enjoyed some bubble tea while chatting with two prospective students applying from Seattle. It’s always nice […]
The advent of a new year means an opportunity to become a better person and an opportunity to resolve to transform and move in a positive direction. In the light of this, resolutions are good to chart out a path to reflect on and indulge in whats important.
Now that I’m 1/8th of the way through and absolutely a college veteran, I want to recollect on my classes and experiences going through the first half of the first year. I took five classes this semester; Global Business, Principles of Microeconomics, Differential and Integral Calculus, Interpretation and Argument, and Introduction to Philosophy. Funnily enough, none […]
We recently held elections for next year’s GBA. One year after electing 2 men for the positions of President and Vice President, we made a complete 180 and elected 2 women to lead the GBA next year. This is pretty exciting because not only do we have two very qualified candidates leading but also this […]
One of the traditions of the Part Time program is to hold an End of Mini Celebration. This specific end of mini, we decided to capitalize on the season and host an Ugly Sweater Party to get our classmates to celebrate the end of a tough 6 weeks. Selecting a location was simple – The […]
For those of us from, shall I say, tropical climates, Pittsburgh winters are a whole new experience. Experiencing temperature drops of -11 degree Celsius (12 degree Fahrenheit), winds that can blow away anyone weighing less than 110 pounds, and snow a few inches deep can be quite intimidating. Naturally, we bundle up in goose-down jackets […]
Every year, the Student Dormitory Council (SDC) hosts the Almost Midnight Breakfast the night before reading day. Faculty and staff put on their serving caps and aprons to serve free all-you-care-to-eat breakfast food for hungry and stressed out students. The goal? Bring joy to finals week and allow students a time to relax and de-stress with food and […]
‘Tis the season for gingerbread men, holiday preparation, gift-giving…and finals. Most of us are wanting a fast-forward button that skips over the end of the semester and straight into winter break, but unfortunately, we must finish off strong regardless of whatever offers or admissions we may have that are waiting for us. Get a Chrome […]
Featured here is Liliput Coffee & Cafe (477 Melwood Ave) located quietly in the North Oakland neighborhood. With a rustic, urban contemporary feel, Liliput is located by Pittsburgh Filmmakers, which is one of the oldest and largest media centers in the US. With finals and the cold weather abound, don’t forget to take a break and step […]
What happens when the people who love to cook food (re: Culinary Club) get together with the people who love to eat food (re: Partners Club)? A Christmas Party, of course! We’re still confused whether the theme was “ugly sweaters” or “all you can eat” because there was plenty of both going around. People donned […]
The PhD Program is hosting a Toys for Tots TEA on December 7, for the 2017 Toys for Tots drive to help spread hope and cheer for children during the holiday season! Last year, the school’s fantastic effort managed to fill 6 boxes! We hope to see continued support for the program and it’s recipients. […]
One of the best parts about being part of the Tepper community is also being part of the broader CMU community. Every fall and spring semester, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) hosts an event for students to celebrate the end of the semester and mingle with other graduate students in a cool venue. This past […]
Congratulations to Elizabeth Campbell, Alessandro Iorio, and Zijun Shi who have been chosen as 2017-18 Presidential Fellows in the Tepper School. The CMU Presidential Fellowship initiative started a few years ago. Elizabeth, Alessandro, and Zijun are this year’s recipients. Previous fellows are listed on the plaque behind them, and also on the Student Awards web […]
The Partners Club brought holiday festivities a little earlier to Tepper this year with a gingerbread house making activity to Friday b**rs at the school. Some houses demonstrated a deep understanding of structural engineering, while others were created with more contemporary construction in mind, including an “open concept” living space and modern garden hedges. While […]
Giving Tuesday is a huge day for many organizations including Tepper. While organizations make a big push for donations on this day, this was an important day for the Class of 2018 Gift Campaign. Our goal is to be the first class to ever reach 100% participation. When we launched our campaign last month, we […]
For most people, Thanksgiving is their time off to return home to see family and eat their share of turkey and mashed potatoes at the dinner table. However, many international students just don’t have the luxury to do the same due to the many constraints that they face.
Congratulations to Tepper School Ph.D. student Nikhil Malik for winning the Best Student Paper Award for his paper “When Does Beauty Pay? A Large Scale Image Based Appearance Analysis on Career Transitions” at Conference on Information Systems and Technologies at INFORMS.
A diverse group of leaders composed of undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, and faculty members of the Carnegie Mellon community come together to combat campus issues and brainstorm new ways to enhance the CMU experience!
This past week I sat down to learn more about my classmate, Max Lo Presti. The idea of the student spotlight is for our readers and prospective students to get to know our current students! Me: Hi Max, thanks for taking a few minutes today for the Tepper blog. Can you start by telling me […]
Last month I began the neighborhood series on cafes around Pittsburgh and focused specifically on the Shadyside area. For this month, I will be featuring cafes in Squirrel Hill. Here are some of my favorites: Dobra Tea (1937 Murray Ave) As what its name says, Dobra Tea specializes in tea. With nearly 100 different types […]
For anyone involved in the MBA cycle– from prospectives having the first tentative thoughts about whether an MBA is a fit to proud alumni– Poets & Quants is practically a household name. They provide a broad look at MBA programs that feels more personable and informal than many other resources, thanks to articles like “Meet Carnegie Mellon’s MBA Class of 2019.”
On November 20th, 2017, the Accelerate Leadership Center and Tepper Women in Business (TWIB) jointly presented a community conversation about Gender in the Workplace, focused around the controversial internal Google opinion memo written in July 2017.
This past Thanksgiving weekend, the Carnegie Mellon Basketball team hosted their annual DoubleTree Invitational tournament. Chatham University, Baruch College, University of Mary Washington, and Carnegie Mellon University competed for first place. On Saturday, Baruch played Mary Washington and Chatham played Carnegie Mellon for a spot in the championship game. We ended up beating Chatham 80-53 […]
I remember calling home 8 years ago when I first came to the U.S. on Thanksgiving, and telling my parents that I thought it was one of the most meaningful American holidays. The tradition comes with the stereotypical 4pm dinners with members of the extended family, some poor turkey that has been in preparation for […]
As we’re all approaching the end of this semester, I am drawn to reflect on the experiences I’ve had during my first semester here at Carnegie Mellon as an international undergraduate student.
On Wednesday, November 15th, over 125 students packed Mellon Auditorium for an interactive, hands-on Tableau workshop led by representatives from Tableau. With data mining, statistical analysis, and data presentation among LinkedIn’s list of top skills for graduates in 2017, the Tepper Business and Technology (B&T) club partnered with Tableau to provide students with an overview […]
The Partners Club and Part-Time GBA had a ball of a time at Painting With a Twist in East Liberty last night. We painted “Light Up Night Pittsburgh” with the beautiful downtown skyline set against a background of fireworks. While there were serious moments of concentration when we were trying to draw outlines of buildings, […]
As a new member of the Tartan Student Fund, I was excited to engage in something novel and different from clubs of my high school. Tartan Student Fund was just that. The club consists of groups of team members working together to pitch various stocks of their choice to the entirety of the fund, with […]
First year MBA students are like teabags. Wait, wait, hear me out on this one. Just the way a teabag is suddenly plunged into a cup of hot water, first year MBA students plunge head first into the grad school life. If you’re a tea drinker, and you prefer a strong cup like me every […]
Yesterday was a big day for the Tepper community! Businessweek’s 2017 MBA rankings came out with good news for us. As the Marketing Officer for the Full-Time program, I actually heard the news a couple of hours before it was released to everyone else so I could help push the news when Dean Dammon made […]
From the performances, fashion show, food, and dance party, this year’s Diwali Party, hosted by SABA, was a blast and reminiscent of an Indian wedding. Just see for yourself in these pictures! If you end up going to Tepper, you become one big family so you will more than likely be invited to attend one […]
On Saturday, November 5th from 4-6pm in Rangos ballroom was the third annual Iron Chef dorm cookoff competition, hosted by the Student Dormitory Council (SDC). Eight teams from several residence halls signed up to compete for the ultimate pride for their own halls and a chance for their own culinary creations to be featured at […]
The Graduate Business Association (also known as the GBA) is our student government. We have over 40 different MBA clubs, including professional, affinity, and social clubs. Each month, we will be talking to a featured club and posting about it here on the blog. This month, we are featuring the South Asian Business Association (commonly […]
‘Tis the season for Common Application. High school seniors everywhere are frantically applying to colleges and are all faced with one grappling question: “What do you want to do with your life?” Growing up, I was so sure I wanted to become a medical doctor, just like all of my uncles. I would go through […]
One of the Tepper PhD student’s more recent traditions: Hallo-Wine! Combining Halloween hi-jinx with wine tasting. Tons of fun!
Congratulations to the CMU INFORMS Student Chapter for winning the INFORMS 2017 Student Chapter Annual Magna cum laude Award!
We are one week into Mini 2 and I wanted to offer some insights into what to expect this mini as a 1st year. We like to tell everyone that Mini 2 is the craziest mini yet because on campus recruiting (OCR) begins and it’s a whole different adjustment after surviving Mini 1. Personally, Mini […]
What do the words “business school” make you think of? If you’re in the throes of application, it may be “GMAT,” “letter of recommendation,” or “interviews.” Once you’ve started your MBA journey, though, you find a different set of words: “homework,” “bar night,” “treks,” “career fair,” and the famous “case competition.” Four members of Out&Allied combined career fair and case competition by competing in the Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) Liberty Mutual case competition in early October.
Mental health is a daunting topic yet something I am passionate about. In the spring semester, CMU put up big posters with prompts such as “CMU Stress Culture Doesn’t Exist. Thoughts?” where students could put their thoughts. Additionally, former president Subra Suresh had talked about expanding Counseling and Psychological Services, CaPS, so that it is […]
A perspective on diversity weekend 2016, from class of 2019 MBA candidate Ben Strickhouser: I was lucky enough to be invited to attend Diversity Weekend because of my military service in the U.S. Navy. Diversity Weekend was my first visit to Tepper. At this point in my MBA search I had already visited all […]
Majoring in business, I thought that my extracurricular activities should center mostly around my major and help me find my concentration. Thus, I spent the first semester of freshman year going to various activities and general body meetings (GBMs) of various organizations: Undergraduate Marketing Organization (UMO), Introductory Finance Society (IFS), and case competitions. Trying out […]
For this post, I interviewed one of my friends, Surya Kapur who is also a first-year MBA. He is originally from India, and has been living in the U.S for the last few years. I wanted to know more about his experience at the B&T Trek in Seattle and I thought it would be a […]
As 2nd years, we sadly only have 3 more Mini’s remaining before graduation. In Business School, it’s easy to get caught up in your day-to-day; classes, clubs, social events, networking, recruiting….it never ends! However, one constant is the supportive Tepper community. Regardless of what you have going on, your classmates will always have your back. […]
“You’re crazy for doing that.” By now, I’m used to getting this response when I tell people that I’m a Part-Time On-Campus MBA student with a full-time job. I nod my head. Yes, I’m probably crazy. Yes, I constantly wonder, “Can I really pull this off for the next 32 months?” After completing one mini-semester […]
The Undergraduate Marketing Organization (UMO) is a collegiate chapter in the American Marketing Association that aims to provide students professional opportunities of educational, social, and real-world projects to explore marketing and business. Students in UMO come from a variety of majors, including business administration, decision science, statistics, economics, and many more. UMO hosted its annual […]
Partners Club celebrated the end of Mini 1 by taking boys, babes and babies on Pittsburgh’s land and water tour. The tour takes place aboard a cute ducky boat/bus that can travel not only on the road, but also in the river. The tour was followed by a happy (and hearty) hour downtown and students […]
Carnegie Mellon academics keep the student body very busy but when we have free time, many of us like to watch or participate in activities or organizations on campus. Since there are so many things happening on CMU’s campus, it is easy to miss an activity that you would be interested in. Here are a […]