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MBA Q&A Recap

By: Indra Kar

On October 24th, the NYU Wasserman Center hosted a MBA Q&A Information Session. As a junior majoring in Economics, I was interested to see what the panelists had to offer regarding MBA admissions. There were five people on the panel:

Brian White, Assistant Director of MBA Admissions, NYU Stern

Liz Batsche, Current MBA Student, NYU Stern

Daniel Egan, Director of Energy and Sustainability, Vornado Realty (MBA CUNY)

Amy Leasca, Marketing Director, HBO (MBA Fordham)

It was a very informative program that was organized by Wasserman, and it was very helpful. There were three key takeaways from the seminar:

Essays and Recommendations are Important

Just like the college application process that we are familiar with, the MBA admissions process depends on factors other than GPA and standardized test scores. Both Brian White and Amy Leasca encouraged finding undergraduate professors and former mentors who would be willing to take the time to write very good recommendations.

Liz Batsche stated that applicants should be authentic when writing their essays because schools are looking for “the right fit.” And the essays provide outlets to demonstrate this “fit.” Daniel Egan provided a personal anecdote. He said that he was a liberal arts student in college at NYU where he majored in Metropolitan Studies which itself is not necessarily business-inclined. But he was still admitted into an MBA program of his choice. From his success, he recommended that applicants take advantage of their strengths and hone in on them in their application.

You Do Not Have to Apply While in College

All four panelists had prior work experience before entering an MBA program. Mr. Egan highly recommended a break between the end of undergraduate school and the beginning of MBA school. For him specifically, he worked in real estate for a few years after graduating from college at NYU. He didn’t start attending the MBA program at CUNY-Baruch until five years after he graduated from NYU. And he said that he was very happy he took the time off. Mr. Egan chose to apply to CUNY-Baruch’s real estate program because he was very interested in that industry.

Mr. White, who works for NYU Stern’s MBA admissions department, also worked for a few years before he attended Stern. He said that the majority applicants for a number of concentrations have at least a year of work experience. So it may actually be in the best interest of the applicant to take time off after college and gain work experience.

Ms. Leasca only applied to Fordham’s MBA school which she would eventually attend and graduate from. However, she regretted only applying to one school. Her advice was to apply to a few schools because it is important to see what different schools have to offer. If students take a year or two off before applying, they will have those years to fully research MBA programs and figure out which ones are best for them.

Networking and Campus Visits are Very Helpful

We know that having connections with the right people can help someone land a job. It can also help your chances of admission to a top MBA school.

 All of the panelists emphasized that a campus visit is a great way to network with current students and admissions officers. Mr. Egan commented on how this skill is important even when you are already attending MBA school. The reason is that connections can become your “lifelines” when the nature of an industry changes. And you don’t know when a particular industry will go through these changes, so you need a safety net of people in case your department unexpectedly becomes down-sized.

Test Prep Tips: MCATS

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Similar to other admissions test, your success on the MCAT will depend on your test preparation and how early you begin your preparation. Plan to begin your preparation 6 months before you plan to take the exam. This allows you plenty of time to become comfortable with the exam so that there are no surprises come test day.

Tips for success on the MCAT exam:

Understand, Don’t Memorize: The MCAT assumes you know new information and know how to use formulas. It now tests your ability understand the physical, biological, or chemical processes they describe. When preparing for the exam, try explaining out loud or writing down an explanation of these processes.

Know what you’re up against: Don’t be blindsided by the test. Take a practice exam under the time constants and pressures of the actual test day. Then, assess your strengths and weaknesses.

Hone in on your weaknesses: While it may be easier, and more self-fulfilling, to practice your strengths, really zone in on your weaknesses. The best course of action when studying for the MCAT is to further your strengths and improve your weaknesses.

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Immediately following the exam, you will be able to receive your score report with full comprehensive feedback on your individual performance, on a web-enabled mobile device (smartphone or tablet).  One of our expert instructors will provide a short overview on how to interpret your score report, followed by an optional workshop on test-taking strategies.  

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Test Prep Tips: LSAT

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Unlike other admission tests, the LSAT is designed to both measure and project your ability to do well in Law School. Because of its unique format, it is essential to familiarize yourself with its format and the type of questions that will be asked.

Here are some tips to excel on the LSAT exam:

Practice everyday: Even if you are busy with school, 2 jobs and extracurricular activities, it is extremely important to practice at least one new section every day and to take an occasion quiz or practice exam.

Practice…and then analyze: When it comes to the LSAT, practice doesn’t make perfect. You must be able to understand the questions and the formatting of the exams. Spend a couple of minutes looking closely at the questions you have gotten wrong and how you could have gotten the right question.

Think critically and visualize: The LSAT tests your ability to reason and to think critically. However, don’t keep everything in your head. Draw pictures, diagrams, graphs, whatever you need to do in order to flex your logic. You must be able to understand complex hypothetical relationships between multiple objects and be able to express that relationship.

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Test Prep Tips: GRE

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Here’s a couple of tips you should read before you get started:

  • Get to Know the GRE: Unlike the SAT, the GRE is most commonly taken as a computer-adaptive test. The difficulty of the questions is based on your accuracy of the the previous questions. This means that if you do well on the first sets of questions, the next sets will be more difficult.
  • Start Your Preparation Early:Break out those old high school math books, start refreshing on those basic tenants of high school math, sleep with your dictionary, read as much and as often as you can, and take an extra English course to polish your writing skills.
  • Gather some resources or take a prep course: Kaplan offers a number of Resources to help you prepare for the GRE and is a proven leader in test preparation. See their website here, follow their GRE Blog here, or sign up for their “Question of the Day” here.
  • Take a practice exam: The worst thing you could do for your GRE Test Score is to walk in to the exam without having ever taken the exam before. Take a practice exam before you begin to study. This will also help evaluate the areas you should focus your study in.

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