• Coaching and Consulting -- Kathryn Flaschner, MBA Class of 2017

    Coaching and Consulting — Kathryn Flaschner, MBA Class of 2017

    During her MBA journey, Kathryn Flaschner, MBA Class of 2017, learned that a leap of faith can lead somewhere unexpected. Before she accepted her summer internship with Cognizant, she never pictured herself working in IT consulting, but taking a chance helped her realize one of her key strengths: developing trusting relationships with clients that enable her […]

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    Unlocking Opportunities at Google – Treadwell Singfield, 2018 MBA Candidate

    “Are you sitting down, or standing up?” When he received the call from Google offering him a summer internship, Treadwell Singfield, 2018 MBA candidate, recalls the moment was exciting, nerve-wracking, and intense. But there was one thing he knew for sure: he made the right choice to pursue a Simon MBA. As someone who had […]

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  • Where Will You Be? Experience Your Simon Acceptance Moment

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    The decision to apply to business school is a big one. It takes hours of research, preparation, and dedication, but when it all pays off, the feeling is second to none. Several students shared their reactions to the moment they found out they were getting a Simon MBA. Where will you be when you get […]

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MBA Summer Internship Reflections: Mars, Inc.

Tite Jean-Pierre, MBA Class of 2018, is spending her summer as an associate brand manager at Mars, Inc. She shared her perspective on her first month on the job.

What was your first day like?
The first day was phenomenal! Although I had visited the Mars Petcare office twice before, it was never as a full-time employee and an official 2017 summer intern. Mars is a learn-by-doing company with structured learning scheduled throughout the internship. On the latter half of day two, we went to our desks and I received a better ‘welcome to your desk’ reception than anyone else. The office is an open setting and is dog friendly. As I arrived at my desk to greet my marketing team, the cutest dog ran up to greet me. He was at my feet jumping and wagging his tail and would not leave until I gave him some love! I found out a few seconds later that his name is Allister, the mini schnauzer of one of our marketing directors. I’m not sure if the marketing director put him up to it, but it was a welcome for the books!

What were your first few weeks like in general?
The first weeks consisted of many meetings, kicked off by a meeting with my line manager and a briefing on the scope of my project and expectations for the summer. The saying ‘drinking out of a fire hose’ is sorely overused, but information certainly was coming quickly and steadily as we strived to get an understanding of our brands, a deeper understanding of the company culture, and attend the continual training on our calendars. It was refreshing to attend the events to unwind, get to know our fellow associate brand managers, and familiarize ourselves with the cities of Franklin and Nashville.

What are you working on?
I am working on a product within the company’s GreeniesTM brand – pet treats and dental care for pets. I am working on the Pill PocketsTM product “a nutritious treat for dogs and cats that contain a built-in pocket, for hiding a tablet or capsule.” My project is well within the realm of a typical marketing role, as I strategize with my team to raise awareness of Pill PocketsTM.

What is the culture like?
The Mars culture centers around building strong relationships. The results and bottom line are not the only things that matter to the company – how you achieve those results are also crucial. The company is privately owned by a family that fully believes in the Mars Five Principles. Mars is one of the pioneers of the open office setting, as associates in all levels have the same style and size desk as a VP would. Our executives are either connected to a multi-desk with us or are just a few steps away and always open to dialogue. Although there are moments of brief silence, the office is usually buzzing with conversations between the marketers and teams. As a person who deeply values relationships, Mars is a great place to be!

What is one concrete way Simon’s curriculum has prepared you for your internship?
What I learned throughout the progression of the Communicating Business Decisions sequence comes to mind. In particular, something that Professor Carol Shuherk would say in the persuasion course (that I was originally skeptical of) was “consensus is key.” Getting your team to buy in — not to just agree with your statement but to fully believe in it with unanimity — were the strong overtones of that class and are concepts that also ring true at Mars. The company truly believes in building relationships and collaboration. What I learned in that class over the entirety of my first year as an MBA student was crucial to understanding and seeing the fit for myself in a company driven by those same beliefs.

What are you liking most about your internship?
I am loving the day to day surprises that can come with being a marketer. Although I start my day with an agenda, I have learned that the ability to deal with the unexpected and adapt to ambiguity are important skills. Unexpectedly, I was tasked with a project for my brand that included tapping into my creative skillset to brainstorm a slogan. Marketers don’t typically go into brand management for the creative aspect of the career, but having a creative mind and being able to jump-start creative conversations and give direction that fosters an environment for creativity is certainly a component of the career, and I have loved seeing the level of engagement required to balance the art and science of marketing in my role.

What are you finding the most challenging about your internship?
My internship, like most summer internships, is only about 10 weeks long. As short as that sounds, it becomes even shorter when you are balancing your time for work and your project, making quality connections, and getting to know the city you might permanently move to in just a little over a year. My project is stimulating and challenging, but having worked full time for a few years before business school, I find the challenge of hard work and high expectations welcome and invigorating. I am finding that maximizing the 24 hours we are all given in a day –and not being able to add just one to two more! — is the most challenging part of my summer.

‘Oh the Places We Go’ — Fall 2017 Admissions Travel Preview

July marks a very busy and exciting time for the Admissions Office. Our 2018 application just opened, we are looking forward to seeing our new students at orientation over the coming weeks, and travel season is about to get underway!

Our admissions officers are going to be all over the globe this fall, so if you were hoping to connect with us out on the road, we wanted to provide the July schedule as well as a preview of the upcoming larger international trips. Review our full travel schedule here.

airplane in the skyJuly Travel Schedule:
Thursday, July 13: Seattle, WA – Downtown Marriott Waterfront, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15: Los Angeles, CA – LA Hotel Downtown, 11 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 16: San Francisco, CA – Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 11 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 18: Houston, TX – JW Marriott Houston, 5:00-9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 20: New York, NY – Westin New York at Times Square, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 20: Atlanta, GA – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 5:00-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 22: New York, NY – Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Monday, July 24: Chicago, IL – DoubleTree by Hilton Magnificent Mile, 5:00-9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26: Washington, D.C. – Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 27: Boston, MA – Hynes Convention Center, 5:00-9:30 p.m.

Extended International Travel:
Aug. 12-24: Latin America (Mexico City, Mexico; Lima, Peru; Bogotá, Colombia; São Paulo, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico)
Aug. 31-Sept. 4: China (Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai)
Sept. 14-18: Africa (Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa)
Sept. 18-23: India (Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai)
Oct. 21-28: Latin America (São Paulo, Brazil; Bogotá, Colombia; Lima, Peru; Mexico City, Mexico)

We encourage you to request more information or contact the Admissions Office to receive emails when Simon is coming to a city near you. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Use #SimonTravel on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with our travels and to share pictures from events!

Calling All Applicants: Simon’s 2018 Application is Open!

Happy Monday! We are very excited to announce that the 2018 application for Simon’s full-time programs is now open! Our first deadline is October 15, and we encourage applicants to apply early for maximum scholarship consideration.

Here’s a look at our four application deadlines for 2018 entry:

Application Round: Application Due: Notification By:
Round 1 October 15 December 15
Round 2 January 5 March 20
Round 3 March 15 April 30
Round 4 May 15 July 1

Applicants who apply by January 5 will be considered for participation in Scholarship Weekend – an invitation-only event where our largest merit awards, including full-tuition fellowships and named scholarships, are awarded.

Additionally, here are a few resources you may find useful while completing your application:

What’s Next?
We encourage you to read the application and its requirements thoroughly. Then, register for our upcoming webinar, Jump-Start Your Fall 2018 Simon Application, on Wednesday, July 19 from 9-10 a.m. EDT. During this webinar, a member of the Simon Admissions Committee will go over what’s new in the Fall 2018 application, provide advice on how to best prepare your application, and review resources that will help to give you a competitive edge. Register Now!

Then, once you’re ready, start your application!

Remember, if you have questions or need assistance in any way, please reach out to the Admissions Office – we’re here to help you throughout this exciting journey of applying to B-school. We look forward to receiving your application and connecting soon!

Application Preview: Updates for Fall 2018 Entry

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again: The Simon Business School 2018 application will go live on Monday, July 10!

Here’s some information that will be helpful to know as you prepare to apply for the MBA Class of 2020 or the MS Class of 2019:

We wanted to alert you to two notable updates we made to this year’s application:

Rush Rhees1.) You now have the opportunity to provide an InitialView interview and writing sample when applying, which the Simon Admissions Committee will use as part of the holistic review of your application. While this is not a required component, it is an excellent way to add another dimension to your candidacy. For more details, visit our FAQs.

2.) The TOEFL/IELTS exam is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English. This requirement is now waived for applicants who meet the following conditions prior to matriculation at Simon:

Attended three or more years of post-secondary education taught solely in English and received a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college or university where English was the language of instruction.

Essay Preview

We wanted to give our faithful blog readers a sneak peek of Simon’s essay prompts for 2018. Please keep in mind that fully answering each question, staying within the word limit, and using correct grammar and spelling are all important elements of writing a successful essay. We recommend that you start developing your essays early and then read, re-read, and edit them accordingly. Having someone else proof read your essays is often beneficial as well.

Essay 1: Describe your short-term and long-term goals for post-MBA or post-MS. Given the fluctuation of economic and industry hiring trends, identify a back-up plan should your short-term goal not be immediately attainable. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? Lastly, what aspects of your intended Simon Business School program make it a good choice for your graduate study? (250-500 word limit)

Essay 2: In 25 words or less, provide us with an interesting fact about yourself not expressed elsewhere in your application. (25 word limit)

That’s it for now! Check the blog on Monday for additional information as you plan to apply to business school—and most importantly—the link to our 2018 application. We look forward to assisting you throughout the application process!