Three Simon Students Named “MBAs to Watch” by Poet & Quants

Congratulations to Mike Alcazaren, Yonnas Terefe, and Victoria (Tori) Vossler, who were named to Poets & Quants’ list of 100 MBAs to Watch in the Class of 2019! After graduation, Mike is headed to Amazon as a senior product manager, Yonnas will join Morgan Stanley as an investment banking associate, and Tori is headed to PwC Advisory as a senior associate in management consulting for consumer markets.

Here are excerpts from their longer bios:

Mike Alcazaren '19 (MBA) will join Amazon as a senior product manager after graduation.

Mike Alcazaren ’19 (MBA) will join Amazon as a senior product manager after graduation.

Why did you choose this business school?
Simon’s culture felt like the best fit among all the business schools where I applied. Being an engineer, I wanted an MBA program that approached business challenges with an analytical approach. This was evident in the curriculum and experiential learning offerings at Simon. I knew Simon was the right fit for me after I attended an in-person recruiting event called “Experience Simon Weekend,” where you really get a feel for the school’s commitment to diversity, community, and academics.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
It’s cliché, but be yourself. The community is vital to Simon and a part of what makes our student experience wonderful. Tactically, I would highly recommend chatting with current students, alumni, and staff to get a feel for what makes Simon special. Lastly, don’t miss the Experience Simon Weekend events! They’re the best way to meet your future classmates and see Simon in person.

 

Yonnas Terefe '19 (MBA) is headed to Morgan Stanley as an investment banking associate after graduation.

Yonnas Terefe ’19 (MBA) is headed to Morgan Stanley as an investment banking associate after graduation.

Why did you choose this business school?
Simon has felt like a community to me since the very beginning. I interacted with Julie Sadwick and Andrew Brayda from the admissions team in 2014. Although I decided to push off business school for two more years, they embraced me with arms wide open when I returned. The fact that they remembered who I was and built that bond with me made it clear that this was truly a community and not just a slogan that admissions teams use to recruit students.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
Prior to applying, do some self-reflection and truly understand if this is the best school for you in terms of fit. The only way to determine the answer to that question is to visit the school and really get to know the current students and staff. Connecting with students and staff will also give you an edge in terms of your application because people will know you and can put a face and personality to your application.

 

After graduation, Tori Vossler '19 (MBA) is headed to PwC Advisory as a senior associate, management consulting.

After graduation, Tori Vossler ’19 (MBA) is headed to PwC Advisory as a senior associate in management consulting.

Why did you choose this business school?
My decision to join the Simon community came naturally. Simon’s culture of encouraging classmates, supportive faculty and staff, and inclusive learning environment—all in a beautiful space—provided the best opportunity to challenge my mind. Simon’s community-centricity drew me in, as I sought to grow myself both professionally and personally. The team-based coursework and 100 students per MBA class were major assets. I felt confident that this intimate setting would create strong lifelong connections, which has more than exceeded my expectations.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
Simon welcomes students from diverse cultures and backgrounds. My top three pieces of advice for admittance are:

  • Focus on your intentions. What makes you tick and drives your passion? Have the answer ready to go because at Simon, and beyond business school, passion will lead you.
  • Showcase your interest in being a leader. Simon’s small and mighty class presents a great opportunity to step up and lead organizations.
  • Express curiosity for a deeper understanding. Simon’s focus on analytics and the power behind comprehending data is a wonderful foundation for growth. You do not need to be an expert to be accepted. That is what our fantastic professors here teach us.

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