Monday, October 31, 2011

Ambassador Day 2011

This time last year I was contemplating a change in my career and thought LGO might be the solution. Since I had only really learned about the program from the information on the website and blogs, I wanted to visit in person to figure out if this was really for me, and if I should apply or not.

Last fall my husband and I flew up to Boston and spent the weekend touring the city and ended the trip with a Monday visit to MIT for Ambassador Day. All the information on the websites and blogs, albeit helpful, didn’t hold a candle to actually being on campus and experiencing the LGO energy first hand. The students I met were so friendly, outgoing, and warm. Everyone had such wonderful things to say about their experiences.

I remember taking a walk along the Charles after the final event that evening and deciding that I would apply to LGO. It was really scary and exciting knowing I would take that next step!

Now, a year later, I am helping actually lead the Ambassador Day event! I know what an impact it had on me and I’m pumped about getting to host 100+ potential applicants on campus this year.
Ambassador Day 2010 - SO happy after a day on campus!

Ambassador Day 2010 - Picture taken during the campus tour

The day’s schedule and my personal commentary on the events is below:

Ambassador Day Schedule: November 7, 2011 9:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
9:15-10:30 a.m.: Check in at the LGO office
This is super casual just hanging out and talking with current students. There will be coffee and bagels available. Make sure to get to the LGO office before 9:30am if you want to go to a morning class.

10:30 a.m.-Noon: Tour the campus with current students -OR- Attend a class
You have two options in the morning. We are encouraging everyone that can, to attend class in the morning because we have limited spots in the afternoon classes. The tour will take you around MIT to the places students use/visit the most.

Noon-1 p.m.: Engage in a student-led panel discussion
I’ll be moderating this panel. This panel will be more casual then the one in the evening. You can ask the students tough questions- we’ll tell it to you straight! Also, there will be significant others at the panel/lunch for you to ask questions as well.

1-2:15 p.m.: Enjoy lunch and mingling with LGO students and staff members
Lunch…it will be delicious!

2:30-4 p.m.: Tour the campus with current students -OR- Attend a class
Same deal as above- tour or class.

4-5:30 p.m.: Attend a partner company pro-seminar—Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Angela Thedinga ’10
Representatives from partner companies come to campus each Monday to talk to us about their company and current issues they are facing. It is typically presented in an interactive way, which makes them pretty interesting. The guest coming next week for Ambassador Day is a 2010 LGO alumna!

Information Evening Schedule: November 7, 2011: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
6-6:30 p.m.: Registration and pre-reception
Mingling with current students, alumni, admissions, and staff.

6:30-8 p.m.: Introduction by Jane Deutsch, Director of LGO Admissions and Career Development
Welcome by JoAnne Yates Deputy Dean & Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management
Welcome by David Hardt Ralph E. and Eloise F. Cross Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Program Presentation by Don Rosenfield Director of LGO program
Don gives a really nice overview of the program and you get to learn a little about its history.

LGO Student and Alumni Panel Discussion with Q&A Session
We will have several area alumni at the evening panel discussion that will give their perspectives on career/life after LGO.

8-8:30 p.m.: Reception
More mingling!

It isn’t too late to register for the event! Email to sign-up. Significant others are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in the program, I highly recommend taking the time to come to campus and checking out LGO in person. It definitely made a difference for me!