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Tag: "Women MBA"

Take on the World at Simon

By: Jerrica

As someone who will be posting regular blog posts for Simon, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Jerrica, and I just started the MBA program in early August.  In contrast with most of my fellow students, I don’t have an exact plan in mind for after graduation; I have an idea, but I’m still fleshing out the details on what path to take to realize my goals, especially because I have always had varying interests.

To give you an idea of what I mean: I was, and still am, interested in studio art; I began my undergraduate career at Lake Forest College intending to go into Chemistry, but after working in a research lab one summer, decided I needed more personal interaction than a gas spectrometer could provide; worked as a DJ for the campus radio station and eventually became the General Manager; graduated with a degree in Communication and English; worked at a bank; was the Office Manager for a small law office (meaning I had a chance to do pretty much ev-er-y-thing for the office), and then finally applied to business schools and enrolled at Simon. Phew.  Though some classmates have seemed destined for management since childhood, I’ve never felt like that (as if the wandering path couldn’t tell you already).

But, as I’m sure you’ve felt, I had a moment when I felt I could take on the world, and I knew that business school was the tool I needed. For me, it happened during a breakfast conversation with my parents one Saturday, while my mom was venting her frustrations about her boss. Hearing her laments, I started coming up with solutions and giving advice (some that I clearly was not qualified to make) and thought, why not? After that, I began my search for programs, eventually found Simon, and instantly fell in love with the campus and the people.

If you’re interested in Simon (and if you’re taking the time to read this, you probably are—just a little bit), then I want to talk to you.  What are your plans, or better yet, what has been your path?  What was your “take on the world” moment? Though I can’t speak for other business schools, I know that Simon is all about networking and connecting, so you might as well start practicing.  Post a comment below, or send me an email: Jerrica.Krzywicki@Simon.Rochester.edu.

Women’s Weekend- Don’t Miss this Opportunity!

By: Stephani Springer

As I think back on my admissions journey to the Simon School, there is one event that always seems to stick out in my mind; Women’s Weekend.  This weekend provides a great opportunity for prospective female students to come to the University of Rochester campus to learn about Simon and mingle with current students, alumni, faculty, and admissions staff. I am looking forward to joining the event this year to share my experience, as a current student for the first time!

When I attended Women’s Weekend as a prospect in 2011, I had the opportunity to network with alumni from my intended program who wound up becoming great contacts as I continue my time here at Simon. Female alumni fly in from all over the country to share their stories with future Simonites.  Hearing their stories can shed some light on what you can do with a degree from Simon and I can say from experience, you will not be disappointed. It also turned out that the alumni and admissions staff present at the networking dinner conducted admissions interviews the following day as well. Having the opportunity to chat in a casual setting ahead of time made the actual interviews the next day much more relaxed. This was one of the greatest advantages of attending the event.

Women’s Weekend also gives prospective students the opportunity to hear from current students what the Simon experience is really all about.  What better way to get the inside scoop than to talk to those currently going through it? Current students volunteer to help with these events, so take advantage of our presence and ask tons of questions; we are willing to help. Please click the link below for details and registration for this year’s event. I hope that all prospective female students will come join us for Women’s Weekend 2012 to hear the inspiring stories of these female powerhouses, learn about the program from current students, and maybe even have your admissions interview.

Women’s Weekend 2012 Event Details and Registration



Attending Women’s Weekend was Quite an Experience for Me!

By: Tonya Reetz- MS Candidate 2013

About a month before Women’s Weekend, I had participated in the Early Leaders Case Competition that the Simon School hosts annually, so I was unsure of what the takeaways would be from attending another event, primarily based on the closeness of time.  I thought that this event would just be a few more student and alumni panels, which were also offered during the Early Leaders event.  [Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I didn’t enjoy these panels because each and every new panel always provided different insights as well as gave me the ability to see how the school impacted each panelist.]  How incorrect I was!  The Women’s Weekend gave me the chance to interact on a more intimate, yet professional manner, with students, alumni, and administration.

Before this event, I knew I wanted to obtain my masters, but I was unfamiliar with the difference between the MBA and the MS programs for my chosen concentration (healthcare).  I was able to have all of my questions addressed at this event.  Granted, these questions might have been able to be answered through electronic communications but being face to face with a recruiter put a much more personal touch to my dilemma.  I was able to choose the right program to apply to because of this event. The Admissions Recruitment Counselors are very willing to make sure prospective students start on the right path and there is even an opportunity to be interviewed during the event as well.

But, beyond this personal dilemma that was solved, I was able to meet so many bright, fantastic, and compassionate women.  Unfortunately, I had only grabbed two women’s contact information (and still keep in touch with them today), but two is better than none, which is what I would have had if I didn’t attend the event at all.  Even if someone is just thinking about attending the Simon School, I would definitely recommend to go to this event, or any of the Open Houses or Information sessions, because of all the positive experiences I had.

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Attending an On-campus Admissions Event is Highly Recommended!

By Stephani Springer

The admissions process to a graduate program can be an overwhelming and stressful experience.  Throughout my admissions experience I was also completing my final year of undergrad; talk about added stress. However, I was able to find some relief in what came to be my favorite part of the admissions process, the on-campus events.  These events provide a no-pressure look into the Simon experience (well, except Scholarship Weekend, that’s stressful).  There are countless opportunities to ask questions of staff, students and professors. My personal favorite on-campus event was Women’s Weekend.

I was initially drawn to Simon because of their initiative to bring in more females, specifically young women such as myself. Women’s Weekend provided me the opportunity to talk to female alumni of my chosen program and see where they ended up.  The results were not disappointing; past women of Simon have gone on to be business owners, directors and high powered executives of fortune 500 companies.  Not to mention they were all so friendly, down to earth and genuinely interested in the prospective students.  Who wouldn’t be drawn to a school that helped produce such fabulous and powerful women? I think all female, future business extraordinaires, have that secret desire to rule an empire. After my Women’s Weekend experience, I am confident that Simon is capable of getting me there.

Now of course the gentlemen out there are wondering how they can have a similar experience.  Simon offers numerous other on-campus events for all students such as Saturday at Simon, which this past year actually overlapped with Women’s Weekend.  Saturday at Simon hosted a particular panel that I can truly say solidified my intention to choose Simon when offered admission.  There was a panel of students, current and recently graduated, that held a Q&A session.  By this point we already had plenty of opportunities to ask our admission types of questions to staff, and were now seeking the student perspective.  They shared their experiences of life at Simon, gave opinions on course load and provided tips on making the most of your one or two years at Simon. The students also let us know that although the programs are tough and everyone seems to only talk about the academic aspects, Simon is a fun place too.  There is the Toastmasters Wine Club, happy hours and a party or two. It wasn’t just me, there was almost a sigh of relief across the room after that information was shared. At that point we all knew Simon’s stellar academic credentials so it was great to hear there is time to unwind as well.

I highly recommend attending an on-campus event at Simon during your admissions process. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions, tour campus and network with current students, alumni and future peers. Check out www.simon.rochester.edu for a list of upcoming events (note-the Saturday at Simon is now listed in the Simon Open House section) or contact someone in the admissions office directly, they are more than willing to help. Best of luck to everyone gearing up to navigate the business school admissions process!