Admissions and Alumni- A Perfect Recruitment Combination

By: Dana

As an Admissions Representative, one of the things I enjoy the most about what I do is having the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world.  Not only am I fortunate enough to meet prospective students who are just beginning to consider b-school, but I am also lucky enough to meet many of our Simon alumni, who as a network extends across the globe.  These alums believe so strongly in their Simon degree that they are often willing to take time out of their day to assist in our recruiting efforts. They share their stories and successes with others who currently find themselves in a place that is currently familiar since they especially relate to team projects and Rochester winters.  Alumni possess the ability to share their stories of transitioning to a new place in a way that no one else can; the challenges they faced in the program, the sense of accomplishment after completing a team presentation, and most importantly the ways in which Simon helped prepare them for what came next after the walk across the stage.  Alumni are informative and relatable and it is easy to see how much their dedication and encouragement means to those who are considering a similar investment in their time, money and future.

So how do these connections with alum become possible? One great way to meet and discuss business school with others who have been through the same decision making process as you, is to attend recruiting events both on and off-campus.  For off-campus events, MBA fairs in your city are a great start.  It’s an exciting environment full of people just like you who are currently in various stages of their business school search.  But additionally it is a room full of resources who want to help, and who are there to answer any question you many have about b-school, the application process, and ways to prepare for the transition from work back to the classroom.  While we encourage visits to campus, we also recognize that it is not always easy or economical to visit every school on your radar. MBA fairs are an excellent opportunity to let schools come to you, so that you can start an initial search and narrow your top choices down to a few that you would like to visit when the opportunity allows.  It’s also a great way to start networking with a particular school, as many admissions teams will travel with alumni representatives who want to help, and who have great advice and experience to share.  Alum provide a unique opportunity to hear a true account of what it is like to sit in a class, work in team, and live in a new city. 

While everyone has a different story about how they decided that b-school, and particularly Simon, was the next logical step for them, it is amazing to me to see the sense of Simon community that extends not only across our campus, but also across multiple time zones. I hope that you will take advantage of the many helping hands along the way to make your transition to b-school an easier one.  And, as you look towards the future, I hope that you will also consider that these careful choices you make today will be what make you a wonderful mentor to someone else in the future.  Best of luck in your search!

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