Great Success at Winter Visit Weekend

After lots of planning and preparation, the MBA Admissions team held its annual Winter Visit Weekend on February 1-2, 2013! We were host to approximately 40 prospective MBA candidates and their guests from all over the US and the World interested in learning more about the Mason School of Business. Candidates from as close as Hampton Roads and as far as Japan joined us for this two day snapshot of life at William & Mary. Here are a few of the highlights from the weekend.

Friday morning began with the arrival of our first group of students who were visiting us from Northern Virginia Community College. These individuals are a part of a program through the state department that allows international students the opportunity to study within the U.S. community college system. Participants spend one academic year in the United States and may earn certificates in their fields of study. After completing the program, participants return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their country. Within this group, the countries of Indonesia, Cameroon and Pakistan were all represented. The remainder of our guests arrived over the next hour, representing different regions of the United States (Oregon, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas and all over Virginia) and even several regions of Japan.

After introductions and an overview of the admission process from our Admissions team, we had several fantastic guest speakers from the MBA Program, including our newly appointed Interim Director of Leadership Development Experience and Executive Partner, Charlie Raphael, our Director of MBA CareerPREP, Peggy Gesing and MBA Program Coordinator, Julie Hummel, who shared a great outline of the academic student experience here at Mason. Following a quick break, we headed downstairs to one of our classrooms where our visitors were led in a mock-class session on outsourcing from Assistant Dean and Professor, Deborah Hewitt. Dean Hewitt took the candidates through an interactive classroom session that allowed them to understand and experience the type of classroom environment students can expect when coming to William & Mary. Everyone was very engaged and showed their readiness for the MBA.

The candidates were then able to engage in lively conversation over lunch with a group of our Executive Partners. Since our EPs are a large part of the Mason family, we wanted to be sure our prospective candidates had this opportunity. This was also our chance to show off one of the most unique attributes of the MBA experience at W&M: a distinctive group of retired or current business executives who offer a wealth of knowledge to each student they work with throughout the program. After lunch, the students were able to complete their official admission interviews (if they had already applied), or participate in an information session (if they had not yet applied) with Amanda, Emory or me.

The evening consisted of a wonderful dinner at the Green Leafe Café, a favorite place for students to have dinner, enjoy mug nights and get away from Miller Hall for an evening. We were lucky to be joined by some of our current students and enjoyed a relaxed dinner in Williamsburg. The night ended after a ghost tour through Colonial Williamsburg. Unfortunately (or fortunately) we did not see any ghosts, but it was a good way to end a full day in Williamsburg.

On Saturday, we conducted student and alumni panels where our current students and alumni shared insight about their experiences and what to expect while in the program and post-graduation. The insights from our students and alumni are always extremely valuable to the prospective candidates, so we are very appreciative to our students and wonderful alumni for their support of MBA Admissions!

The finale of the weekend took place at Kaplan Arena where the Tribe Men’s basketball team pulled out an exciting victory over Hofstra, 72-59. We were excited to be able to take our visitors to the game and show them a little bit of our Tribe Pride!

The MBA Admissions team was very pleased with the weekend and is also extremely happy with the talent and strength of the candidates we have seen. We look forward to seeing the remainder of the Class of 2015 come together and hope that many of those we had the pleasure of hosting will be joining us in the fall!

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Randy Tripp

Randy currently serves as the Associate Director of MBA Admission for the Mason School. After graduating from William & Mary with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology in 2005, Randy worked in the Undergraduate Admission Office at William & Mary for 5 years. After being away from W&M for a year and a half, he returned to the Mason School in May 2012 to serve in his current role.

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