July 31st marked my first official event as a representative for MBA Admissions for the Mason School of Business at W&M. I was a little nervous going into the event, but with the help of Amanda and our two alumni volunteers (Scott and Kyle), conversations came easy and I was able to make some great connections with talented candidates.
We were able to meet one-on-one with a couple of students before the actual fair began through The MBA Tour’s Meet-Up option. These discussions were a great warm-up to the fair mostly because the candidates were awesome! They were engaged, energetic and asked great questions about the Mason experience. Scott Sherman, MBA Class of 2012, arrived just in time to join in on the conversation with our second candidate, which we hope solidified the student’s commitment to applying and continued interest in William & Mary.
The first fair event conversation I had with a student began with a mutual admiration of style as both he and I wore great fashionable bow-ties. While I think he was genuinely interested in Mason, I think the common interest in bow-ties helped draw his attention to our table. As the night went on I was able to have several meaningful conversations with students on their way to becoming MBA candidates.
Conversations included joint-degree options (we offer JD/MBA, MBA/MPP, MBA/MAcc, MBA/MGM as dual-degrees), service opportunities available to students (we are the GMAC TeamMBA All-Service award recipient for 2012), case competitions (in marketing, sustainability, finance, etc. at peer schools like UNC Kenan Flagler) and the fun, social events our students organize (Diwali, Mason Idol, Chinese Lunar New Year, Mason Matsuri, Thai Culture Night, International Night, TribeFest for a Cure, Stache for the Cash, etc. While I don’t have all the opportunities offered at Mason pinned down, being able to listen to the alumni experiences as well as Amanda’s great energy when talking with students was just what I needed as I begin my own travel very soon.
Both Amanda and I look forward to seeing many wonderful candidates as we travel over the next few months. So, if you see a tall gentleman in a bow-tie standing next to, behind or in front of a green Revolutionaries Welcome banner, feel free to stop by and say hello, learn more about the Mason School of Business and William & Mary, or just to comment on the tie!
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