Category Archives: Career decision

Get some sleep!

  Arianna Huffington came to speak at work a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure what I’d think of the writer turned politician turned online journalism pioneer. I expected arrogant and out of touch and instead found her funny, down-to-earth … Continue reading

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An MBA’s Prayer for Her Future Self

I’ve had a lot of guest speakers in class this quarter, most of them alums ranging from five to 45 years out of Darden. Most of the time, they inspire awe and I leave the class thinking, “I hope I … Continue reading

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Why can’t MBAs write?

The Wall Street Journal asked that question this week (a big thank you to MBA Cookie for passing the story to me). The WSJ story (read it here) suggests that while MBAs are great at math and analytics, they aren’t … Continue reading

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The value of an MBA

There are a lot of measures of the value of an MBA and some people have been questioning if it‘s worth its salt recently. But the dollar value of my MBA hit home when I filed my taxes this week. I … Continue reading

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What a difference a year makes

Life at Darden right now is smooth. We’ve just come off more than a month of break. Classes haven’t ramped up yet and our stress over them is minimal anyway, because, hey, it’s our last semester here. And many of … Continue reading

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Second Year vs. First Year

 First year of business school is trial by fire. It is hard work and endurance. It is learning something new and potentially mind-blowing every day. It is drinking from a fire hydrant of information and figuring how much to take … Continue reading

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Darden’s Brand Challenge

On Friday night, an event took place that’s very close to my heart: the Darden Brand Challenge. Close to my heart because, well, I helped plan it! And by all accounts, it was a great night. The basic idea: It’s … Continue reading

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Woman with MBA wonders what happens to women with MBAs…

Part of the joy of coming to Darden was the possibility it unleashed. The last two years of my newspaper career were a death spiral of layoffs, reduced quality and hopelessness. Being in an environment where anything seemed possible was … Continue reading

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Buy brands, fight communism

I worry sometimes that pursuing a career in brand management isn’t particularly noble or good for society. I’m especially reminded of that fact when I talk with my boyfriend, who’s pursuing jobs with companies that make innovative life-saving drugs and … Continue reading

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Job recruiting: Like dating without, well, you know

It’s recruiting season for second year b-school students, and it’s remarkable how much the Recruiting Game feels like The Dating Game.  (for more about actual dating in b-school, check out this post) So, in honor of two timeless mating rituals, here … Continue reading

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