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2009年7月份,我给一个老朋友(Simon FT-MBA,2010春季班)为申请MBA而写的Essay提了几点比较关键的修改建议。后来,她成功拿到Simon的Offer。再后来,她建议我做留学DIY咨询方面的工作,并向我介绍了我的第一个客户。最终,我的第一个客户也成功拿到几个TOP16商学院的面试并顺利拿到Duke Fuqua商学院MBA的录取。 本人毕业于上海复旦大学管理学院国际企业管理系,属于商科科班出身并且做过管理工作、有领导经验的人士。


INSIDER说:MBA Advice From The Class of 2017  

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INSIDER说:MBA Advice From The Class of 2017




Advice gets a bad rap these days. Many people don’t really want it. Advice often requires them to take action and make changes. Chances are, they already know what they need to do. So why ask for it?

If you plan to apply to or start business school anytime soon, you can use all the advice you can get. As an anxious candidate wanting to get into a dream school, you’ll want to learn the ins and outs of the admissions process from someone who successfully got through it. As an incoming student, you’ll want to know how to balance the crushing weight of school work with an active social life and job hunting.

These are issues that MBAs in the graduating Class of 2017 know all too well. That’s one reason whyPoets&Quants asked the Best & Brightest MBAs from the Class of 2017 for their advice to future MBA candidates. From crafting an application to stand out to choosing the right opportunities once you’re on campus, these graduates had plenty to say on carving out identities and prioritizing demands.

When it comes to applying to business school, the class has a clear and unambiguous message: Know who you are and what you want. That advice worked to perfection for UCLA’s Lynn Compton, who went from being a clinical nurse in an intensive care unit to a McKinsey consultant during her two years in business school. She was able to make this transition, she says, because she understood her strengths and hammered them home during the application process. “Everyone comes to business school with a different profile of strengths and weaknesses. Get really clear on what it is that you are 99th percentile at and leverage it. At the same time, surround yourself with people who are 99th percentile in your weaker areas and learn from them.”

When applying to Stanford, Federico Mossa applied a different tact: He emphasized what was unique about himself — a self-taught pianist, guitarist, and bassist who records his own music for fun. While quantifiable metrics inform adcoms, Mossa believes personality and vision ultimately sway them. “There’s something unique about you,” he emphasizes.” It’s not necessarily about the revenue you generated or the costs you saved in your previous job. It’s about what you are passionate about and, based on that, the impact you want to have on the world. Articulate that uniqueness with yourself, and then paint the picture of who you truly are to the admission office.”


That said, MBA applicants are often competing against hundreds — sometimes thousands — of professional. As a result, beingunique may not be enough. That’s why the University of Washington’s Vanessa Kritzer urges candidates to take the next step and be bold. “Share your boldest ambitions,” she implores. “The admissions team wants a diverse group of leaders who will enrich our community, so don’t hold back in sharing your dreams with them. However, make sure you’ve got some short-term ideas for how to get there.”

The University of Chicago’s Andrew Ward, a Muay Thai fighter ticketed to Bain & Company, echoes Kritzer’s sentiments, He argues that being “bold and original” is the true test of any MBA application. “Every candidate is smart and has great professional experiences,” he points out, “so in order to stand out make sure that you communicate exactly what makes you different from everyone else. In order to show this, you might have to stop telling everyone “what” you have done and dig a bit deeper into the “why.”


By the same token, New York University’s Ward Wolffasserts that future MBA candidates should be very specific in their applications, outlining exactly where they will expend their energies. “Make it easy for them to picture you as part of a dynamic community,” he observes. “What clubs would you join and lead; what recent Stern-related news and initiatives are you excited about; what or who would you speak up for in class or around campus; why is it important for you to be in school in New York City? I would also recommend that, with a good deal of humility and creativity, illustrate how you might be able to represent and advance an aspect of the community or stated goal of the school that you care about.”


Once candidates know who they are, Cambridge’s Anvi Shah cautions students to actually be who they are in the interview process. For her, “fake it ‘til you make it” would be a futile strategy for any MBA candidate. That’s particularly true at Cambridge, a collaborative culture that leans heavily on “diverse teams with tough and time-bound deliverables.” “My advice to you is to be your raw self in the interview because you can be only one of the two – fiercely competitive or collaboratively competitive,” she says. “It is only if you are the latter that will you be happy in this school and an asset to it.”

Perhaps the most fiercely debated aspect of MBA applications involves the round when candidates should apply. The second round, for example, can favor MBA candidates with holes in their resumes — an advantage that can be offset by the sheer number of applications that are submitted then. In contrast, the third round attracts more non-traditional candidates, yet also brings a higher bar and fewer open seats. For Yale’s Katy Mixter, however, the first round is the best bet for serious candidates. It’s just not for the reasons people might normally expect.

“Apply in the first round so that you have time after decisions come out to go on an adventure and explore something that you might want to focus on during school,” Mixter explains. “Before I started graduate school, I spent four months working in the Philippines. This experience helped me confirm that I want to work in the development sector long-term. This allowed me to choose my classes and activities accordingly. Plus, it gave me some great stories to talk about during orientation.”


So what can MBA candidates do when they arrive on campus to maximize the value of the MBA experience? Several 2017 graduates recommended trying new things, particularly those that might frighten them. “Get comfortable with the uncomfortable,” declares UCLA’s Colleen Thomas, who went from figuring skating to retail to consulting over her career. “I learned to move beyond the things that I already know, academically, professionally, and socially. Challenging myself in new ways has offered me the opportunity really appreciate the education process.”

At HEC Paris, Vineet Kumar learned to appreciate the journey instead of dwelling on the result. “Don’t confine yourself in one box,” he warns. “HEC Paris MBA gives you a safe playground to try and fail. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Organize a trek, participate in case competitions learn a new language, HEC Paris MBA provides an ocean of opportunities in the short 16-month curriculum. Know your strengths and weaknesses and use this opportunity to develop new skills.”

Southern Methodist University’s Michael Jay Orr, a U.S. Army Captain and “space opera junkie,” takes a more philosophical approach. His advice: Come with a plan — just don’t stay married to it. “Life is a journey with twists, turns and unplanned detours,” he muses. “Many students enter business school with a defined road map for their life. They come with a plan for their chosen concentration, their ideal internship and their future career. I showed up with similar thoughts and ideas. While there’s nothing wrong with having a plan, it’s important to remain flexible and keep an open mind. In my experience, the majority of these plans change in the first semester. Those students who are able to adapt and overcome seem to thrive in business school.”


Other lessons from the 2017 Class may seem cliché. That’s also a testament to their timeless wisdom. That might be the case with Babson College’s John Kluge. His gem: “The more you put into your experience, the more you will get out of it.” Sound obvious? Maybe, but how many people do you know who look back on life using coulda, shoulda, and woulda? “There are no limits to what you can achieve, learn, or experience if you remember that it isn’t up to anyone but you to make things happen,” Kluge argues. “Babson will support you, but you have to take the first step! Action is everything!”

Motion may bear breakthroughs, but UCLA’s Thomas also encourages future MBAs to slow down and get to know their classmates. “Be humble, be curious, be brave. Your peers are incredible in so many ways. Share yourself with them and learn as much as you can.”







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