The following blog post was written by Mikayla Hart, 2016 MBA Candidate. I’m very grateful that I participated in UR Simon the other weekend. This annual event, which is for Simon’s newly admitted MBA and MS students, was a busy couple of days. Students met future classmates, attended a case discussion led by Professor Greg […]
The following blog post was written by Vicki Turakhia, 2015 MBA Candidate
My favorite time of year in Rochester is not when the weather starts to get warmer or the first snow, but the ten days set aside in the month of May. These ten days are for the Rochester Lilac Festival. This festival features live music, wine slushies, deep fried candy bars, games, zip lining, gorgeous lilacs and more.
This year was the first year that I had the nerve to try zip lining. And it was great! For a small price and a large amount of bravery, I was able to try zip lining. And while the distance wasn’t that far, it felt like a big step for me. The Lilac Festival proved to be better than previous years with great entertainment, weather and food. I also had the wonderful opportunity to try a deep friend Snickers® bar. I now wonder why all Snickers® are not deep fried?
This year was the 117th anniversary of the Lilac Festival! The festival is held at Highland Park, a beautiful park situated very closely to the University of Rochester. This year was especially great because the lilacs were in full bloom. The air smelled of lilacs and the park looked incredibly colorful. Going to the Lilac Festival is one of my favorite things to do in Rochester. The festival just ended, but I never miss it and I hope to go in the years following as well.
If you ever have the time, I highly recommend the Lilac Festival. It gets better with each year and showcases the Rochester community perfectly.
The following blog post was written by Andrew Belliveau, 2015 MBA Candidate
This week at the Simon Business School, students had a chance to witness a unique event: the conferring of an MBA degree that was earned 47 years ago. The degree was given to Gerald Gitner, and it was an honor to attend the event and learn about Gitner’s career since he attended Simon. He matriculated at the business school directly out of undergrad. After leaving Simon, his career took off in the airline industry. After just four years at Trans World Airlines (TWA) he became an executive and he served in increasingly important roles in several other companies in the industry, such as Pan American, before he started People Express Airlines.
Gitner’s degree recognition was an inspiring event to witness for several reasons. Firstly, it is always nice to meet Simon alumni who have accomplished such incredible things with the skills they refined here. Secondly, I particularly associated with Gitner’s background since I also came to Simon directly from undergrad. Hearing his story about being recognized as a leader early on in his tenure at TWA gave me confidence as I embark on my own career. Thirdly, it was so nice to see Gitner return to Simon to accept his degree so graciously.
I hope that I will be able to stay connected to the school as an alumnus and this event was an example of what that might look like. I believe this is the beginning of a time of even stronger alumni relations at the school.
The following blog post was written by Mikayla Hart, 2016 MBA Candidate.
I’m very grateful that I participated in UR Simon the other weekend. This annual event, which is for Simon’s newly admitted MBA and MS students, was a busy couple of days. Students met future classmates, attended a case discussion led by Professor Greg Dobson, participated in a Career Management Center Workshop, sat in on current student and alumni panels, learned more about Simon’s social and academic clubs and more!
I remember being in this same position last year, as an incoming MBA student, and being overwhelmed with joy for the life change that was to come. I’m finishing my first year at Simon and I had just as enjoyable a time attending this event, being on the other side of things – the best part was seeing the incoming class and the looks of excitement (and a little bit of nervousness!) on their faces.
I had great interactions with the students over social gatherings, meals and happy hours. These were great opportunities to get to know the students, discuss career interests and passions and share my insights on how to prepare for the recruitment process in the fall. And of course I enjoyed showing students around Rochester and all its hidden treasures!
It was a pleasure to meet the incoming class and I look forward to seeing them on campus when they return in the fall. One of the best things about Simon is its strong sense of community. The interactions I had this weekend confirm that the strength of this community will continue to develop this year and always.
Narrowing down the schools you want to apply to is half the job. Applying to them is probably the other, more significant half. Like anything else that is important in life, a b-school application requires thorough research and groundwork.
We know the key pillars of any b-school application are GMAT score, work experience, undergrad GPA and application essays. The first three pillars previously mentioned are static parts that you cannot influence during the application process. For instance, the most you could do is retake the GMAT in an attempt to improve your score, but even that plateaus after a certain number of tries. Your biggest remaining opportunity is the application essays. The good news is that these carry a lot of weight. I went through the application process a couple of years ago and I thought it would be helpful to share the below tips on how to make your essays – and overall application – more competitive.
- Know how to tell a good story in your essays. Align your story with the school’s identity. The Admissions Committee will need to determine if the school is the right fit for you and if it will help you achieve your goals. If your ambition is to become an entrepreneur and the school doesn’t have a historical trend of producing such placements, you may want to position your story carefully or even consider applying to schools that have a stronger entrepreneurship profile.
- Connect with current students and alumni. This is the best way to learn about the school. Ask questions about their school experience, what the culture is like, how the school helped them succeed, etc.
- Attend on-campus and off-campus events. MBA and MS fairs and off-campus and on-campus admission events are great ways of experiencing the b-school firsthand. Besides, these events also get you in front of the admissions staff, which could be a great endorsement to your application. When thousands of applications are submitted electronically, creating a personal impression can go a long way.
- Conduct online research. This includes reading the school’s website and student blogs. (If you are reading this, you are already ahead of the game!) Not everyone gets a chance to connect with current students and alumni so the next best option is internet resources. Apart from the school’s website, you should consider checking out Poets and Quants, The MBA Tour and other b-school forums like PaGaLGuy.
I encourage you to consider these efforts as you develop and finalize a competitive application – at the very least, these efforts will help you reflect on who you are and where you want to be!