Sawasdee krub – greetings from Bangkok, Thailand!
I have been traveling on The MBA Tour now for a little over two weeks and so far, so good! The first leg of the tour took me from Tokyo to Taipei, Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai.
The SE Asia portion of the adventure landed me safely in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where I was reunited with my colleague, Amanda Barth. We wrapped up a very successful event on our first SE Asia stop – with an exceptional turnout at the fair in Saigon. Our travels quickly whisked us away to Bangkok where we are preparing for our next event today and more connections with our fabulous W&M Alumni Ambassadors. Next stop is Jakarta, Indonesia – a new market for W&M and then onto Singapore before I look towards my very first experience in India visiting 5 major cities (details saved for a future blog).
My trip has been incredible. As this is my first international recruitment opportunity with the Mason School of Business, I was a bit unsure about what to expect. Fortunately, one of the greatest aspects of traveling on The MBA Tour is that I have been able to meet a tremendous group of colleagues from various institutions around the globe. Many are seasoned veterans in MBA Admissions, so I have been able to learn the tricks of the trade. I have also been able to form new bonds with my fellow “rookies” which has made things very easy. Of course, I am learning from one of the best, our own Director, Amanda, whom everyone has great respect for in the field. Traveling for 6 weeks can be a bit tiring, but collaborative colleagues, our awesome W&M MBA Alumni Ambassadors and the eager prospective candidates make it great!
The main focus of our tour is to recruit the next very talented international cohort for the W&M MBA. We have done very well and the Asia market is robust with excellent candidates. It has been very interesting to learn what each unique country has to offer. The W&M Mason name continues to be prominent as a top global business program.
I have also tried to find time to enjoy a little of the culture in each city too, so that when I am back in Williamsburg I will forge more meaningful connections with our students and a strong understanding of future candidates. From Kamakura in Japan, to experiencing the Taipei 1010 in Taiwan, to going on a day tour in Seoul and enjoying some good shopping in China, this trip has been a whirlwind of learning and activity. I still have a few more weeks to go, so I focus on maintaining a high energy level to connect with the next group of prospective students and to absorb more of our students’ cultures. 6 cities down and 8 to go! I love being able to represent William & Mary’s Mason School of Business in the global marketplace and to enjoy many incredible parts of the world. Keep posted, I will continue to Tweet, Facebook post and blog as I wrap-up SE Asia and head to India very soon.
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