Autumn in the Upper Valley has arrived, and while many of our officers would typically miss the beautiful foliage season while on the road meeting all of you, this year they get to enjoy the season while engaging in virtual meetups and information sessions.
What’s Up at Tuck is our new monthly blog series, highlighting some of the exciting things going on across various departments at Tuck.
With our September 1 guaranteed interview deadline and September 28 Round 1 deadline behind us, interviews and application review for the class of 2023 are officially underway. Our reading team is flexing their application review muscles and our student interviewers are hard at work, conducting interviews virtually. We all look forward to getting to know you better through your application!
For those of you who are in the early stages of your application journey, our blogs on the admissions criteria are a great way to delve more deeply into what we look for in our applicants and where these criteria emerge in your application. Also note we'll continue to host Online Events throughout the academic year with our Admissions officers, students, and alumni, to offer an inside view of life at Tuck and the Tuck MBA experience.
Coming off a reimagined virtual Tuck Launch program, with new sessions that emphasized personal connections and empathy, our T’22s are settling into their study groups and getting to know their peers. They recently attended Tuck’s first-ever virtual club fair where they had the opportunity to join Zoom meetings led by each of the second-year club leads and learn more about club missions and activities.
This month we also welcomed back our T’21s. With both classes back in session, the MBAPO is focused on supporting students through this challenging time and encouraging them to safely partake in activities that promote community, health and wellness, and mindfulness—from hiking in the Upper Valley, to visiting local coffee shops and bakeries, to tuning into Tuck’s immersive and timely virtual programs. The Tuck Mindfulness Society is soon launching its fall series: “How to Cultivate the Natural Strength and Clarity of Our Mind during These Challenging Times” and Dartmouth's Anxiety Toolbox Workshop is open to all Tuck Students.
The MBAPO's Lauren Morse and Vincent Mack
Our T’22s are already halfway through Fall A and are gearing up for their first taste of MBA recruitment at the end of the month while our T’21s are getting ready for (virtual) on-campus interviews. Our Career Services team is planning a multitude of career events, from Networking Nights, a multi-industry career fair-style event, to mock interviews and office hours, leveraging all resources to ensure that the recruitment journey is personal, connected, and transformative.
With first- and second-year classes back in sessions, Tuck is also seeing an increase in center programming. Tuck's six centers offer students myriad opportunities to explore new industries and deepen their interests. This month centers will host kick-off events for the new academic year, as well as networking events, executive visits, discussions and lectures, and much more. This month the Center for Digital Strategies and the Technology Club hosted a successful virtual SHIFT Tech Conference that featured Tracy Sun T’05, co-founder of Poshmark; Kenny Mitchell T’04, CMO at Snap Inc.; Francis Barel T’05, leader of PayPal France; and more.
September 1 marked a new appointment for Dia Draper who was named Tuck’s first Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Leveraging her long-standing role at the forefront of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the Dartmouth College and Upper Valley communities, Dia is uniquely suited to support the school’s desire to improve in areas of strategic importance—areas that include race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, nationality, and socioeconomic status.
Shared by Amy Mitson
Co-Executive Director, Admissions and Financial Aid
“In addition to sharing personal and professional goals when applying, applicants are asked to share how they would like to impact the community at Tuck. I am always inspired seeing this in action. This month a group of students leading the Mental Health and Wellness Initiative offered an opportunity for fellow students to become certified peer mentors, acting on their personal missions to build and support community at Tuck. This student-led initiative is focused on increasing mental health awareness and advocating for wellness resources for the community.
Spoiler alert: You will need support during your MBA—you cannot do it alone. Peer support is important to mental health and even more critical this year as students begin their MBA experience against a backdrop of a global pandemic, racial tensions, and the challenge of virtual community building. The Mental Health and Wellness Initiative is the perfect example of by the community, for the community, and reflects our lived mission at Tuck of being personal and connected.”