Getting Back into a Work/Study Routine after the Holidays

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The holiday break can be wonderful. The end of the year is a time to rest, recuperate and spend quality time with loved ones.

Unfortunately, this also means that the holidays can be disruptive. For many of us, it’s often tough to get back into the groove of our routines once the calendar flips over to the new year.

For those of you who are heading back to a schedule that includes full-time graduate school, a combination of work and graduate school, or the time-consuming, deadline-driven MBA application process — not to mention your personal responsibilities — it can be especially challenging to establish the right rhythm. That’s why we’re sharing these tips and resources to help you balance all of your obligations and return to your regular schedule.

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Start 2019 Strong: Tips for Prospective MBA Students

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The time of year is quickly approaching when many of us begin looking ahead to the coming year. This is a great time to reflect on your recent accomplishments and set new personal and professional goals.

If one of your goals is to earn your MBA, you’ll want to start the new year strong. That means making a solid plan with actionable steps that will lead you toward the specific things you want to achieve.

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The Power of Purple – How’s Your Network?

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Making the decision to pursue an MBA can be equal parts excitement and trepidation. Moreover, once it's been made, another crucial choice looms — which programs will you apply to? Those of us who work at TCU’s Neeley School of Business fully understand that it can be difficult to know which school is right for you. That's why we're passionate about helping prospective students determine which program will make the most positive difference for them, both personally and professionally.

One of the deciding factors in choosing a business program is a school’s network. According to the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC), 48 percent of MBA applicants cited a robust network as a reason to attend an MBA program.

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Why Do Top Business Schools Value the GMAT Exam?

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There are good reasons why 7,000 MBA and Masters programs rely on the GMAT when it comes to accepting, wait-listing and rejecting applicants. For one thing, simply signing up to take the GMAT shows schools that you're serious about furthering your education and that you're dedicated to putting forth maximum effort. Additionally, a high GMAT score is a kind of hard currency. Schools view GMAT performance as a proven predictor of any given student's ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment.

According to MBA.com, the GMAT benefits applicants because doing so allows them to:

  • Demonstrate their commitment, motivation and ability to succeed in business school.
  • Provide a reliable measurement of their critical thinking and reasoning skills, both of which are crucial to succeeding in a graduate business program.
  • Showcase their general quantitative and qualitative strengths and abilities.
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TCU Toyota Case Competition

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When in your MBA experience will you be ready to make an impact on an organization? At what point will corporate executives be asking you for your insights?

For MBA students at TCU Neeley, the answer is “immediately.” Our students tackle their first live corporate case before classes even begin.

Case competitions are a great example of how TCU prepares its MBAs both for today's ever-evolving global economy and the careers of tomorrow. Case competitions accomplish this by giving our students ample opportunity to demonstrate their skills in high-pressure situations, to network with thought leaders and to add substantive experience to their resumes.

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TCU Alumnus Gabe Williams Driven to Give Back

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Six years ago, Gabe Williams ‘14 stepped onto the campus of the Neeley School of Business eager to make an impact with his career. Not only did Gabe achieve that goal, but he also enjoyed the opportunity to do it while working for a great employer — the globally recognized athletic brand Nike. 

Gabe’s TCU experience helped him quickly rise in the ranks at Nike. He soon became the company’s Integrated Marketplace Director, overseeing $100 million of investment capital as well as spearheading their long-range strategic retail vision. So why did Gabe decide to leave his dream job?

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