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Volunteerism and Community Service Projects are Part of the Simon Experience

There are many opportunities for volunteerism and service projects during the Simon School experience.  Earlier this week, several staff from the Simon School MBA/MS Admissions office took time out of our busy schedules and went to Foodlink Rochester to volunteer.  While there, we received a brief tour and overview of the organization – learning that they rescue and redistribute more than 13 million pounds of food annually to a network of 450 member agencies in a 10-county service area!  As you can imagine, the warehouse is enormous and the network of paid staff and volunteers needed to run the organization is quite large.

After the tour, we were put to work inspecting and sorting the food and readying it in boxes for future shipments to Foodlink’s network of their partner organizations and agencies.  The time passed really quickly and we all agreed that it was a rewarding way to “give back” and make an impact within our community.

Simon students have similar opportunities – either through involvement in the Simon Volunteers student-run club, or by directly connecting with non-profit agencies and organizations within the Rochester community.  We strongly encourage our students to follow your passion and interests and stay involved in service projects during grad school.

A Great Class at Simon!

By: Xinrui (Cynthia) Yan

Greetings from Simon! I have some time to share my life with you and this time I’ve decided to introduce a class that I took last quarter. It is MGC–Business Management Communication. MGC is one of the essential classes that each Simon student (MBA and MS candidates) has to take. It consists of two parts: oral presentations and business memo writing. Like many other business writing classes, MGC teaches you how to write in a formal and professional way. However, MGC is more than just that. It gives students real opportunities to perfect their speech skills. Each student has to make their own presentations and evaluate other student presentations. Unlike those presentations that we made for class projects, these presentations are evaluated based on both content and professional presenting skills. The professor will give out feedbacks right after you finish a speech. You can also learn from professor’s comments on other presenters. Personally, I am always very nervous about presenting in front of a large audience. This class helped me improve a lot by giving me the opportunity to present in front of the professor and my fellow students. MGC class has benefited me more than that. In one of my recent job interviews, I was asked to talk about the market news that I have followed. We presented every week on recent news for our MGC class, so I was able to present confidently and professionally in front of my interviewers. I impressed them a lot!

MGC is just one of many great classes at the Simon School. When you have your chance to visit Simon, you will have an opportunity to visit one of the many great classes. I highly recommend that you explore Simon through this avenue; excellence on both academics and professionalism is absolutely what Simon takes great pride in.

Again, Simon welcomes you to visit and we invite you to sit in on a class. I hope that your new year has started out great and that your decision to apply to Simon is already in progress!

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

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.