If at First You don’t Succeed, be Persistent!

Fahad Mahmood ‘12 overcame many challenges on the way to obtaining the Simon MSF degree and then landing a job with Ernst & Young, Transaction Advisory Services in their Boston, MA Office.   In his own words, here’s the story of his journey:

“I’m a candidate from Pakistan who got into the Simon School MS Finance program in 2010 but was ultimately denied a student visa to travel to the US. I did not give up and re-applied for admission to the Simon MSF program with a stronger profile in 2011. I was ecstatic to be re-admitted and offered a better scholarship, but that quickly turned to distress when I was denied a student visa again in 2011.

“This was when the Simon School took my case to Senator Chuck Schumer. He contacted the US consulate in Islamabad, Pakistan and pushed my case for approval. I re-applied and got the student visa within a week and ultimately joined the program, graduating with the MSF in 2012.

“It did not end over there. Completing my MS degree and graduating in June 2012 with a good GPA was just one step in the right direction. Landing a valuations job with a firm like E&Y was a big challenge, especially in current market conditions. During the job search, I remained steadfast and optimistic, along with the highest level of preparation and persistence to finally get the offer.

“Although I am early in my career journey, it is my utmost goal to make everyone who helped me or took a chance with me proud. Thank you so much once again – it would not have been possible without the support of the Simon School!”

What an inspiring story – this is a great reminder about why we do what we do here in the Simon MBA/MS Admissions Office!  And a great reminder to each of you as you start 2013 – if at first you don’t succeed, be persistent.  Results don’t always come on the timeline that you want, but success may be right around the corner if you stick with it!

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration

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  1. Shay F. says:

    This was such an inspiring story!

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