The College of Management’s Graduate Business School Hosts Three, Student-Lead Information Sessions

By Anna G. Szczebak

Do you want to learn the ins and outs of UMass Boston’s Graduate College of Management? Well, who better to turn to than the experts themselves: current students. On March 22, April 12, and April 19, College of Management Graduate students invited prospective students to join them for three virtual information sessions, Why UMass Boston?, Work/Life and Grad School Balance, and MBA/Master’s Programs Explained.

Moderator Anna Szczebak (MBA), and panelists Jack Li (MBA), Priya Padhiyar (MSBA), Valentino Palmieri (MSF), Joshua Fried (MBA), and Arsalan Siddique (MBA), share personal experiences from their respective programs.

 If you missed these panels, watch the recordings on the College of Management website or read below for a brief snapshot of each.

Why UMass Boston?

 The panelists covered affordability, diversity, programs and specializations, degree flexibility, networking opportunities, student resources, and more.

Attendees learned that UMass Boston is the third most diverse university in the country. This impressive statistic shows just how dedicated UMass Boston is to living out their mission and values.

Arsalan shares his perspective, saying, “It’s really a diverse campus. As an international student, it’s interesting to see diversity like that. It’s a respectful and inclusive environment. Diversity plays an important role in your education.”

A poll conducted during the event showed that 75% of attendees consider affordability an important factor in their grad school decision.

“Coming from a family of immigrants, affordability was very important to me. That’s why I chose UMass Boston,” shares Jack.

 Work/Life and Grad School Balance

 This balance is an important component of graduate school. And, admittedly, not always an easy one to maintain. The panelists give realistic depictions of how they manage to go to school and work full-time while still balancing family, friends, and fun. They touch on topics such as UMass Boston’s flexible degree programs, time management skills, and tips and tricks for coping with heavy course loads.

“Being in school and working full-time has enhanced my time management skills. It has helped me become a better version of myself and a better professional because I am exposed to all these different challenges,” says Arsalan.

MBA/Masters Programs Explained

 Maybe you already know which program you want to pursue. Or perhaps you’re deciding between more than one. Either way, this panel gives a valuable, insider look into the nitty-gritty of UMass Boston’s MBA, MS degrees, and certificate programs.

Josh touches on the flexibility of the MBA program, saying, “You can customize the course load that works for you. There isn’t a wrong way to do it. There is a temptation to get it done all at once, and there is a one-year option, but it depends on the person. I encourage you to pursue the option that works best for you, whether it’s full-time, part-time, online, or in person.”

Graduate College of Management Students Launch the Bloomberg Trading Challenge

By Anna G. Szczebak

A group of driven, UMass Boston students have organized the Bloomberg Trading Challenge (BTC), the only university investment competition to take place entirely within the Bloomberg Terminal. Bloomberg is a global company dedicated to connecting decision makers with accurate data and insights about the financial market. Its platform, the Bloomberg Terminal, is used by asset managers and policy architects in business, finance, and government all around the world.

Members of UMass Boston’s Graduate Student Managed Fund, Brian Walker (MSF) and Valentino Palmieri (MSF), alongside Laura Rodriguez, a member of UMass Boston’s Undergraduate Student Managed Fund, are working together to organize, launch, and run this challenge.

With the help of PhD candidates, Hugh Qiu and Faraz Moghimi, the group recruited nineteen teams from UMass Boston, Clark University, and Bryant University. Each team has been given remote access to the Bloomberg Lab, an on-campus center for the Bloomberg Terminal, at their respective universities. Over a period of seven weeks, from March 8 to April 23, each team will invest $1 million into US equities. The three teams with the highest return on investment (ROI), will present their findings to BTC participants and various professionals in the finance industry.

“Many finance students couldn’t get internships this past year due to COVID-19. Because of this, BTC is a valuable opportunity. It gives students a chance to learn the same skills they would have in a finance internship. Participants gain experience outside of the standard classroom setting and practice navigating the Bloomberg Terminal, a resource that is heavily utilized in the finance industry. BTC also adds to the participant’s portfolio of professional skills, improving their communication and research abilities,” explained Brian.