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Davidson College student interview

Davidson College student interview

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE DARTMOUTH TUCK BUSINESS BRIDGE PROGRAM 

An interview with Davidson students Chelsea Savage ‘21, Alex Gomez ‘21, and Alexandra Romero ’20 after they participated in Tuck Bridge's first virtual program in summer 2020.

With the shift to virtual, remote learning in March, Tuck Business Bridge got to work making plans to deliver its summer programs virtually. The goal was simple – deliver the same high-touch, rigorous, and comprehensive program, but in an online environment. The team sought to not only replicate the residential program remotely, but to make the program even stronger by leveraging some of the benefits of virtual connection, such as special guests and increased alumni networking. On Zoom, students attended live classes, interacted with faculty, met with MBA mentors, worked with peers in study groups, completed business simulations, valued a company, participated in 1-1 resume reviews, mock interviewed, attended career workshops, and so much more. The summer was a success, with 97% of participants saying they would recommend the program to a friend.

What did Davidson students who participated this past summer think? We spoke with Chelsea Savage ‘21, Alex Gomez ‘21, and Alexandra Romero ’20 about the program – why they chose it, what they learned, and the value it provided.

Why Bridge?

Alex Gomez: As a Political Science major who’s interested in pursuing business, I wanted to learn basic knowledge and skills in order to ease this transition and gain an edge in the recruiting process. I was able to take introductory courses in Finance, Marketing, and Spreadsheet Modeling, all of which aren’t offered at Davidson.

What did the program provide?

Chelsea Savage: I came into the program with little career direction and a weak understanding of business, and I left with a focused career path and skills I will be able to display in interviews and use in the workplace.

Alex Gomez: There were also some amazing resources for networking, with lots of opportunities to hone your interviewing skills and explore different types of business careers. Additionally, I really enjoyed working with my study group throughout the program – it was nice to make friends despite the virtual circumstances, and the experience of collaborating as part of a team will serve me well in the future.

Alexandra Romero: This experience has equipped me with quantitative analytical skills in preparation for my career. Outside of the program’s curriculum, I have been able to tap into a helpful network that I am extremely grateful for.

What was your favorite class?

Alex Gomez: My favorite class was Marketing. I didn’t know much about it before, and it was really interesting and has changed my perspective on certain things like job interviews, the media, and business in general. The MarkStrat simulation was my favorite part of the program.

What company did you choose for the capstone project?

Chelsea Savage: Gap

Alex Gomez: GrubHub

Alexandra Romero: Chipotle

How was the virtual delivery?

Chelsea Savage: I am extremely thankful for the Tuck Bridge team and the work they put in to make the online program just as accessible and supportive as it would have been on Dartmouth’s campus. Even though it was virtual, the invaluable connections I was able to make with peers, career professionals, and recruiters gave me the boost I needed to solidify my professional skills.

Alex Gomez: I thought the virtual format went as well as it could. While Zoom fatigue was inevitable, I still learned a ton and was able to bond with my study group.

What is your biggest take away?

Alex Gomez: The ability to work in a team is arguably the most important skill in business (and is crucial for life in general).

Alexandra Romero: This program gave me the ability to speak confidently about business topics that I otherwise would have not been able to speak on as an Environmental Studies major.

Would you recommend the program?

Chelsea Savage: If you are interested in business at all, I would highly recommend applying!

Alex Gomez: I would definitely recommend Bridge to anyone who is interested in a business career.

Want to learn more about the Tuck Business Bridge program? Visit the website, attend one of our virtual events, or reach out to recruiting manager, Sarah Chapin at sarah.b.chapin@tuck.dartmouth.edu

 

Read their testimonials below:

Chelsea Savage ’21 | Sociology
I really enjoyed my virtual experience with Tuck. I came into the program with little career direction and a weak understanding of business, and I left with a focused career path and skills I will be able to display in interviews and use in the workplace. Even though it was virtual, the invaluable connections I was able to make with peers, career professionals, and recruiters gave me the boost I needed to solidify my professional skills. I am extremely thankful for the Tuck Bridge team and the work they put in to make the online program just as accessible and supportive as it would have been on Dartmouth’s campus. If you are interested in business at all, I would highly recommend applying!

Alex Gomez ’21 | Political Science
I really enjoyed my experience at Tuck Bridge. As a Political Science major who’s interested in pursuing business, I wanted to learn basic knowledge and skills in order to ease this transition and gain an edge in the recruiting process. I was able to take introductory courses in Finance, Marketing, and Spreadsheet Modeling, all of which aren’t offered at Davidson. I found the fast-paced and rigorous nature of the program to be quite rewarding, and was surprised at how much content was covered over three weeks. There were also some amazing resources for networking, with lots of opportunities to hone your interviewing skills and explore different types of business careers. Additionally, I really enjoyed working with my study group throughout the program – it was nice to make friends despite the virtual circumstances, and the experience of collaborating as part of a team will serve me well in the future. We did a company valuation of Grubhub for our final project, and it was really cool to combine what we learned in class with real-life research and analysis of the mobile food delivery industry. Overall, I would definitely recommend Bridge to anyone who is interested in a business career.

Alexandra Romero ‘20 | Environmental Studies
My role in my team was to research and analyze Chipotle’s digital strategy and describe how it contributed to our Chipotle valuation. This program gave me the ability to speak confidently about business topics that I otherwise would have not been able to speak on as an Environmental Studies major. This experience has equipped me with quantitative analytical skills in preparation for my career. Outside of the program’s curriculum, I have been able to tap into a helpful network that I am extremely grateful for.

 

https://wildcat-career-news.davidson.edu/

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Tamara Gomez-Ortigoza

Tuck Bridge Stories: Tamara Gomez-Ortigoza

WHY TUCK BRIDGE WAS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I HAVE EVER MADE
By Tamara Gomez-Ortigoza Dartmouth’21, Bridge ’18

Thinking about finding your first job after college and setting out on your independent adult life can be intimidating. Or at least it was for me, especially because as an immigrant I did not understand the US job market nor the type of opportunities it might hold. I applied to Tuck Bridge before starting my sophomore year—right around the time when I first started to worry about having to find a job in a few years and about not knowing what I wanted that job to be. I had just started to settle into the idea of majoring in economics, so I thought perhaps something in the business world might be a good fit, but the terms so often being thrown around by older students—“private equity,” “consulting,” “venture capital,” etc—were mostly meaningless jargon to me. At least they all just kind of blended into this image of a corporate job taking place in some high-rise building somewhere. I felt confused and overwhelmed, and yet I knew that I wanted to somehow get ahead and start familiarizing myself with a profession that might be a good fit for me, and this was where Bridge seemed to come in, so I decided to take a chance and joined the Bridge 2018 Winter cohort.

I will not lie and tell you it was simple and wonderful, because it was not. Bridge was challenging and stressful, but also life-changing. The three weeks both crawled and flew by, but at the end of it I could hardly believe just how much I had learned and changed in such a short period of time. All these storm clouds of confusion and doubt somehow cleared so that after Bridge I had a good idea of what I wanted and where I wanted to go after graduation. I finally had a clear understanding of all the different career paths I could pursue and how well they fit with my interests and personality. And in addition, through courses with some incredible Tuck faculty, I had also gained valuable skills in subjects like Excel and accounting. Not to mention that throughout the entire program I was able to interact with remarkable Tuck MBA student mentors who would continue to stay in touch with me and to help me when I finally went through the corporate recruiting process.

Looking back, I could not be happier about deciding to be part of Tuck Bridge. It truly was what helped me find my path in many ways and what provided me with the confidence and support to seek out opportunities that I might once have thought inaccessible. If you are on the fence like I once was, take the leap. It will change everything.

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Designed for top liberal arts and STEM undergraduates and recent grads, the Tuck Business Bridge certificate program delivers a comprehensive business curriculum taught by top-ranked MBA faculty from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, a capstone team project, recruiting services, and one-on-one career guidance. Business Bridge provides students with essential business skills by combining an intensive classroom experience at a world-class business school and the hands-on training of an internship–all designed to help launch a rewarding career.

https://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/mba/blog/why-tuck-bridge-was-one-of-the-best-decisions-i-have-ever-made?utm_source=insta&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=bridge

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Kyle Emery

Tuck Bridge Stories: Kyle Emery

Kyle Emery attended Tuck Bridge in summer 2020 as part of our virtual cohort. He was highlighted by Union Athletics about his time at Bridge.

​https://unionathletics.com/news/2020/9/15/mens-lacrosse-what-have-u-done-this-summer-kyle-emery.aspx

Name: Kyle Emery
Sport: Men's Lacrosse
Major: Economics
Program: Participated in the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth's Business Bridge Program

Kyle Emery is entering his junior year with the Union College men's lacrosse team, where he has been a two-year member on defense.As a sophomore, he was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Garnet Society. In the classroom, Kyle earned Liberty League All-Academic Team honors this past season as an Economics major.

Was getting into a program like this something you planned on doing this summer?
I planned on having a resume builder this summer after interning at a Mutual Fund Management Company during my freshman summer, but I was unsure what that would be as there are difficulties with sophomores pursuing business internships, especially now with COVID's impact.

How did you learn about this program?
I learned about the program through the Career Center, Union alumni, and recent Union graduates from the Class of 2019. I applied to the program via an online application, which included questionnaires, personal essays, and professor recommendations. I received my acceptance letter around April.

What did you do at your program?
As part of the Business Bridge Program I was taught introductions to basic Business School courses by M.B.A. faculty. Using these teachings, I was tasked with a group project to value an NYSE company of our choosing and present this valuation to a panel after the program. I was exposed to coursework such as corporate finance, financial accounting, strategy, and marketing, along with multiple team-building exercises, and access to Dartmouth's network of career services. My group had a lot of success through this program, and our final presentation on Chipotle Mexican Grill will be featured on the school's website and social media pages.

Was your program changed at all due to the pandemic?
The program was originally supposed to be completely in-person, as I was supposed to live in the Dartmouth dorms and attend classes and seminars throughout Dartmouth's facilities. Because of COVID, the program went entirely virtual. Our central platform was Canvas (the equivalent of Nexus) where every resource of the in-person program was transferred to be online. Classes and seminars were virtual on Zoom, and my group met daily on Zoom to complete group work and our final presentation.

How is your program related to your major?
As an economics major who has a passion to enter the business world after graduation, I had not known what area I was most passionate about. Through this program and exposure to the major parts of the corporate and non-corporate business, I have developed a new interest in marketing and some career paths following this sector. I hope to continue my search with the career center now knowing this
about myself.

What do you plan to do after graduation?
I still am shaping my career path and hope with the help of the Becker Career Center, I will formulate that this coming fall.


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Tuck Bridge Stories: Alec Marchuk

Tuck Bridge Stories: Alec Marchuk

Alec Marchuk attended Tuck Bridge in 2014 and graduated from Dartmouth in 2015. He currently is an MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Before starting my MBA, I worked at ClearView Healthcare Partners. In this position my key responsibility was to lead the day-to-day efforts of our healthcare projects to success.  That encompassed managing teams of analysts and consultants, overseeing the client experience, driving the thinking behind our problem solving, and shaping how we ultimately presented our findings/recommendations. 

I wanted to attend Bridge because as senior year approached, I had no idea what opportunities existed post-graduation for me to be able to use my science and economics backgrounds meaningfully.  I felt the resources available through Bridge, and Tuck more broadly, would help me find a path forward and build helpful skills along the way.

I think what surprised me most was how invested the Bridge team becomes in those who attend the program, even once it is over.  It has been years since I graduated Bridge, but I am still connected to the program through my relationships with the wonderful team who makes Bridge happen, which I really value and never would have expected.

Tuck Bridge was critical in shaping my career trajectory, as my one-on-one sessions with the Career Development team were what initially introduced me to healthcare-focused consulting.

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