Monday, January 31, 2011

Kelley MBA Gala

No fim de semana passado, eu fui no Kelley MBA Gala, festa de gala tradicional do MBA de Kelley. Foi super bacana! A festa sempre acontence em um historico predio de IU chamado Memorial Union, um lugar super bonito. A festa inclui DJ, coquetel, jantar a francesa, pista de dança e cassino. SIM, cassino!! Mas é obvio que sem dinheiro, os tres estudantes que acumularem mais pontos ganharam premios, quase meu marido ganhou! A comida estava deliciosa. Foto dos brazucas daqui!


Que pena que estou no segundo ano e não vou estar aqui ano que vem! Mais fotinhos do MBA Gala do ano passado, saudades do nosso segundo ano brazuca Zedu!!

Learning about Ghanaian Culture

GLOBASE is a unique opportunity at Kelley to gain hands-on experience consulting with a social enterprise venture. I’m participating in GLOBASE Ghana. My team (in the picture below) is working with Aid to Artisans Ghana (ATAG), a local NGO that supports artisans in a matter that preserves cultural traditional while improving artisan livelihoods and their communities.

In the class, we’ve been learning about international business, strategic management and consulting. Guest speakers and even a live musical performance by musician, Bernard Woma have helped us learn about the rich Ghanaian culture.

The class will culminate with a trip to Africa in March, where we’ll work on the ground with our client and present our business proposals. And don’t fret; we’ll have a few days to explore Ghana as well. Monkey sanctuary here I come…

This past week, our class had a great time when several of the clients from Ghana came to visit. With Bridget, the social entrepreneur who runs ATAG, we delved into the challenges facing the orgnatization. We began to build a strong relationship, the foundation for a successful consulting engagement. Our clients also went to their first Big Ten basketball game – a favorite MBA student activity. Go Hoosiers!.

Click here to read the GLOBASE Ghana MBA program blog. Kelley’s GLOBASE program also goes to Peru & India.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Five Tips for Navigating the Behavioral Interview

If you are wondering what MBA Student Activities are keeping the first-year MBA students at most Top Ranked MBA Colleges busy around this time of the year - think interviews! Scores of prospective students go through interviews during the MBA Admission cycle, but right after a grueling first semester, they face another challenge - the search for internships.

Here are some tips that could be useful for anyone facing behavioral interviews. If you want to explore tips for case interviews, see my earlier blog post.

Small Talk: The start of the interview is extremely important since it will set the tone for the rest of the interaction. Do not hesitate to break the ice, and get the conversation started. Short, curt responses must be avoided and instead try to look for areas of common ground. Establishing rapport early in the interview will make the process seem more like a friendly discussion that a stressful interrogation.

Tailor your Stories: It is extremely important that you read the job description carefully and have a clear idea of what skills are required to perform the required tasks. Further, remember that apart from the skills mentioned in the job description, employers often look for qualities like leadership, teamwork, communication skills, and willingness to perform beyond expectations. Your stories should be interesting and easy to understand. Avoid using jargon or getting lost in the details to ensure that the interviewer can follow along easily. Follow a structured approach to highlight your qualities: briefly state the context, the action you took and the outcome. Demonstrate your fit with the requirements for the job as well as the culture of the company.

Questions at the End: Ensure that you thoroughly research the company. If the interviewer opens it up for questions at the end, this is your chance to demonstrate your curiosity. A great way to structure your question is to describe the motivation behind your question before you ask it. For instance, referring to an article you read or perhaps an area of interest. Ask a question that the interviewer is in a position to answer and does not make him or her uncomfortable. Avoid asking for information you can easily find on their website.


Ask for the Job Gracefully: Closing the interview well is as important as the opening. Carefully think about the last impression you would want to leave the interviewer with. Succinctly restate what you bring to the table and what attracts you most about the company. Lastly, convey you interest in the job and thank the interviewer for considering you.

Do not forget the Thank You: It is easy to forget to ask for the interviewer’s contact information, for instance a business card or e-mail address, at the end of the interview. Pick at least one memorable moment from the interview especially one where you learned something new. This is not the time to take unnecessary risks. Write a separate and different note to each interviewer and recruiter. Demonstrate your understanding of good business etiquette.

Above all, it is important that you be yourself. Be natural! This can be a difficult thing to do in a stressful interview situation. Being calm under pressure will enable you to perform at your highest level. Before you walk into the interview room, just take a deep breath, know that you have prepared to the best of your ability and feel ready to explore the experience!

Good luck! Please feel free to share any additional tips you may have, based on your interview experiences, in the comments section below.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Interview Tips

I've spent the last couple of weeks at various brunches, dinners, and MBA fairs across the US. We are in the peak of "interview season" so I thought this would be an appropriate topic for discussion. While admission interviews are not required, we encourage you to schedule an interview as a part of the admissions process. We offer interviews on the Bloomington campus and at events held in a variety of locations in the United States. You should plan to complete an interview before you submit your application for the deadline you’ve chosen. Once you submit your application, interviews will be available by invitation only. Those invited to interview may be offered the opportunity to interview via Skype or phone. Skype and phone interviews will not be available to candidates who have not yet applied. We do not offer alumni interviews; all interviews are conducted by members of the admissions committee. Because we attempt to space out the number of interviews, an invitation to interview may occur at any point in the application review process.

Here are a few tips for your admissions interview:
  • Treat it as a professional interview. Dress appropriately, arrive early, and come prepared with copies of your resume.
  • Remain calm and collected. Accept a glass of water, if offered, to allow you to compose yourself during the interview as needed.
  • Review your goals and be prepared to share "your story." You should be able to clearly articulate the link between your past experience, where you are currently, and your future goals.
  • Be sure to provide specific examples but also be concise. It is a delicate balance and you will want to use the 20-30 minute interview time wisely. Tell your story but let the interviewer guide the discussion.
  • Realize that interviews are not static. There is not a standard list of questions that you will be asked to answer.
  • Most importantly, be yourself!! There are no right or wrong answers. An interview is simply a chance to get to know you better!
  • Lastly, be sure to follow-up. While it may not be expected, a short thank you is always appreciated and can leave a lasting impression.
Message from the Admissions Committee: Be sure to join us for upcoming brunches and dinners across the US! If you're not able to join us at these events, register to attend our upcoming online chat. (An online chat specifically for admitted students is available on the admitted students website.)

Wow… sólo faltan 100 días.

Faltan 100 días para que termine la maestría. Les voy a platicar de 3 eventos que fueron importantes durante este tiempo que llevo estudiando mi MBA.
1. Case Competition: el objetivo fue evaluar cual era el mejor Mercado para que la empresa Eaton lanzara una nueva tecnología. Durante toda una semana estuvimos investigando sobre los mercados y diseñando la estrategia. El case competition te enseña a trabajar en equipo con personas que tienen otra cultura (3 americanos, 1 hindú y 1 mexicano), otro background (publicidad, finanzas, project management, consultoría y mercadotecnia). Finalmente aprendes a escuchar y hacer preguntas que permitan llegar a una mejor solución como equipo.

2. Treks: en 2009 durante la semana de Thanksgiving un grupo de MBAs de Kelley visitamos las oficinas de Colgate-Palmolive y Macys.com en Nueva York y en enero del año pasado fuimos a San Francisco y Oakland para visitar Del Monte Foods, The Gap y Clorox. Un trek te permite conocer la cultura de las compañias porque durante la visita Directores y Gerentes de Mercadotecnia hablan sobre los retos, oportunidades y experiencia profesional. Después de haber visitado una empresa tienes una mejor idea si esa compañia y tu son un buen fit.

3. Peer-coach: este programa permite a estudiantes de segundo año ser el mentor de 3 alumnos de primer año . El objetivo es compartir con los alumnos de primer año tus insights sobre la búsqueda de internship, pero sobretodo hacerles ver que la clave del éxito se encuentra en que tengamos el mindset correcto. Suena un poco cliché pero puedes tener los skills, la experiencia, pero si pierdes de vista que oportunidad = incertidumbre puedes llegar a perder el momentum con mucha facilidad.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lessons in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness

It is great to be back writing for the MBA Program Blog. As I enter the last semester of the Two Year MBA Program, I will continue to bring you exciting reports about the MBA Student Activities at the Kelley of School of Business. This week I will highlight one of the exceptional classes I attended last fall.

X573: Organizational Behavior and Leadership is taught by Professor Phil Podsakoff. This class provided me with a refreshing perspective on a variety of topics related to organizational effectiveness. Professor Podsakoff who has published several papers introduced us to a lot of interesting research in this area.

The teaching techniques used were unique consisting of experiential exercises, group discussions, reading assignments as well as presentations apart from insightful lectures. IU is crazy about basketball (read more on Joe’s blog) and analyzing clips from the movie Hoosiers for examples of good as well as bad leadership and organizational behaviors was an excellent way to reinforce concepts learned in class.

Some of the interesting topics discussed include leadership effectiveness, employee selection, job performance, job satisfaction, incentives and citizenship behaviors. I always thought of leadership as a topic that was difficult to teach, but trust Professor Podsakoff to help you understand principles that are have great applicability to the corporate work environment through a highly methodical approach. If you are in the MBA Program, regardless of whether you are, say, a Strategic Marketing MBA or a Life Science MBA, I believe you will take away something useful from this class. The lessons you learn could make you a better employee and a better manager. I highly recommend taking this class.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wool Socks Off, Tie On

It's great to get to reach out to all of you again on the MBA Program Blog! I had a wonderful, three-week break over the holidays and am now on day four of being back at one of the top ranked MBA colleges - and loving every minute of it.

For my first week of break I opted to take a true break - no career work, no second semester work - just pure relaxation and Netflix submersion. As week two hit though, it was time to go through my Excel Tracking Spreadsheet and follow up on every networking relationship I had begun. Even in times of relaxation, it's essential to keep up relations for that much desired, much dreamed of internship (and one day dream job).

I came back to campus one week early but kept a low profile so I could prepare for another semester of school. This involved cleaning my apartment, grocery shopping, paying bills, buying books and preparing the already-assigned homework.

This "quarter" I'm taking four courses: an Accounting course required by all, a Marketing Course with Jonlee Andrews, an International Business course with Roberto Garcia (one of my Academy directors), and my GLOBASE Peru course taught by Phil Powell. I already have my first call this upcoming Friday with the Peruvian company I'll be consulting for: Gervasi, a fish exporting company. I'm very excited - this will be my first international business experience.

Life in the new seat as VP of Marketing and Communications for my class is great! My initial work is on bettering the Monday Morning Email that goes out each week to the entire class, and am working with the MBA office to generate more and better video content for all prospective, current, and past Kelleys! Hopefully you'll be seeing more of us soon!

Monday, January 24, 2011

A New Year, a New Schedule

Hello and Happy New Years! I am so incredibly excited to be back at Kelley after a terrific three week break. Last year (meaning when I was a first year), I spent the holidays networking and traveling on treks preparing for the upcoming internship interview season. This year was a completely different story, as I spent the break relaxing and spending time with family. As I look back and reflect on my first three semesters of Kelley's two year MBA program, it is hard to believe just how much I have been able to cram in to such a short period of time. I accepted my full time job offer to work as a brand manager for General Mills in Minneapolis shortly before the break and am incredibly excited to sit back and enjoy my last semester in Bloomington.

Keeping my MBA program blog up-to-date with the same themes as last semester, I thought I would kick off the new year by sharing a little bit about my MBA course curriculum this seven weeks. My first class is X575, listed in the course catalogue as an experiential course. This was a new class offered for the first time last spring and is a class geared around improving your verbal communication abilities (meaning public speaking, interviewing, presenting, etc). I hope to take this chance to fine tune and polish my abilities! I am so excited to have class with Rockney Walters again this seven and his M574 Pricing Management course is an absolute must for all marketing majors. Additionally, I am in M513 Marketing Strategy Simulation, and I know this will be a challenging course. We are on teams of four and will have the chance to run a fake business through Marketstrat software and are responsible for making decision and putting the theory behind our other marketing strategy courses into action. Finally, I am so incredibly excited to be going on a Kelley International Perspectives (KIP) trip to Australia and New Zealand over spring break! We had our first class last night and I really enjoyed getting to learn more about the two countries through trivia and the first of many guest speakers.

It is shaping up to be a great semester and I look forward to staying involved in MBA student activities my last semester at Kelley!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Passing the Torch And Some Spring Supply Chain Courses

Before the Winter Break, we held elections for club officer positions. Officers serve in their second and third semesters. I enjoyed seeing the presentations from those running and having an opportunity to hear their vision for our supply chain professional club - SOMA (Systems and Operations Management Association).

The new leadership team has already begun implementing their strategic plan by introducing a Kelley simulation competition (aka "Littlefield") for interested students as well as surveying students to understand their interests in terms of activities, industries, and companies. To expand a little more on Littlefield, this is a simulation where you manage a factory supply chain seeking to optimize the number of units moving through the system given the cost to purchase and produce units as well as the cost to purchase additional equipment for the different work stations. The team with the most cash on hand at the end of the game is the winner.



Having taken a series of electives to fulfill requirements for my Management major (i.e. MBA Management degree), I am excited to be taking some more Supply Chain courses this quarter. Currently, I am taking Excel VBA for Modelers and an independent study which will focus primarily on Data Analysis and Regression. For my VBA class, I have already begun working on my first assignment which involves writing code to generate a series of actions in Excel at the push of a button. I am not sure if other MBA programs offer this course, but as a supply chain major, VBA is (and has been) invaluable to automating reporting and data analysis within Excel, saving a lot of time.



Independent study courses are another example of the flexible program at Kelley. You can write your own proposal and choose your own professor and spend between 1-2 quarters working on a project. So if you are pursuing a Social Entrepreneurship MBA or a Life Science MBA or a Strategic Marketing MBA or whatever the case may be, you can still pursue any course of study that is not formally offered through official courses.

Learning Two "Languages" this spring

As a second-year strategic marketing MBA student, I have a bit more free time this spring semester. One of the ways that I'm filling up this time is by learning two languages: Yoga and Visual Basic.



Yoga

While it might not be the typical MBA student activity, I've started doing some yoga classes through IU Recreational Sports this spring. Even after just one week, I've definitely seen improvements in strength and flexibility. It's also a very relaxing workout that helps clear my mind after a day of work. The language element is in learning the names of the poses (aka Warrior 2, Child's Pose, Downward Facing Dog, etc.).

Last week the classes were free (as a trial week), and for the rest of the year they are only $7 a class. Definitely very affordable, even on a student income. Considering that I'm sure I will have some stressful days when I am working on the road, it's a great "language" to learn. I definitely can see continuing with it even after finishing this two year MBA program.


Visual Basic

I'm learning this language in a more formal setting: my K515 class with Professor Chris Albright. As you can see above, he literally wrote the book on using Visual Basic in Microsoft Excel. While the class is just one week old, we've already seen examples of models that can create an ideal stock portfolio and run optimization models in one click.

In my mind, the experience you get running models in Excel at Kelley helps to set it apart from other top ranked MBA colleges. I know that at this point, I am in the top 1% of all Excel users, and I haven't even gotten into the meat of my Visual Basic course. I'm excited to learn this language because I know that it will help me in my future career and will definitely enable me to "wow" my coworkers and clients. That will definitely help set me ahead of others with an MBA professional degree.

Flurries of activity for the MBA program blog

When I think of a word to describe this week, flurries is the first to come to mind. Flurries, as in the snow flurries we received all week. Flurries as in the flurries of activity in the Graduate Career Services office with the kick-off of internship on-campus recruiting. Flurries of fun with Bourbon and Bison at the Scholars Inn. Finally, flurries of activity on the blog, with the addition of several new authors on the MBA program blog.

First, we are deep in the heart of winter here in Bloomington, and campus is absolutely stunning after a fresh snowfall. As a student without a snow car, I have been so grateful for the rides from friends helping me out this week as to spare the citizens of Bloomington with my less-than-stellar driving abilities.

It is the time of year where the first years get to put all of their hard work and practice to the test with the official start of on campus interviews. I did 10 mock interviews in 36 hours last week to help several students put the final touches on their interview style and have been working with my 4 mentees through the peer coaching program to make sure they are feeling confident headed into the week.

I had the pleasure of enjoying the company of 15 of my classmates at the Scholar's Inn special Bourbon and Bison tasting (coincidentally while it was snowing light flurries). This was one of those unexpected nights that turned out to be a great time of good food, great friends and even better memories from the evening. These monthly Chef's dinners have become a favorite of mine and have helped me expand my pallet and help me discover that I actually like a wide variety of things, including bourbon and bison.

To end the week, we had blogger training and welcomed several new bloggers to the Kelley School of Business MBA program blog. It was a great refresher on how to be an effective blogger, and we got to pick our blog focus. I'm continuing with 2nd year curriculum, food in Bloomington and the Peer Coaching program, and have been able to share information on two or the three with you in this post. I guess that means I better focus on academics in my next entry. Stay tuned and stay bundled!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

We All Win

Two hours ago I was sitting in my jeans and new Christmas sweater waiting for an interview. And as I looked around the waiting room, at my brilliant and diverse classmates of one of the top ranked MBA colleges, talking and congratulating away, I thought to myself, "we're all going to make it."

We're in the flurry of interview season at the Kelley School of Business, so everywhere you go you see MBAs dressed to their best as they strut around the Godfrey Building. While sitting in a meeting with my MBAA slate, I received a last-minute email from GCS, the Graduate Career Services, saying that GM today had decided to interview for a social media internship position and that I should hurry on over from the MBA Admission office right away.

Luckily, they were fine with casual dress since it was a last minute announcement. But a thought hit me as I looked around at my peers. I've been here for only six months, and I know everyone in the room, from the current students who came from India, the Navy, consumer product companies and Wall Street, to the front desk operator, the wife of a good friend in the program. And I realized, all of these students have been mock-interviewing with each other for this, sitting in interview slam sessions, checking each other's resumes, making each other the best they can be.

Alumni walk out from the interview rooms and casually chat with students, finding out how school has been, how professors have changed and where the great places on campus are now. Then these alumni take the students back and interview them for internships at Fortune 500 companies and more. As the students come out, we high five each other, congratulations abound, "good luck"s are whispered here and there. And THAT'S when the realization comes:

No other MBA program is like this. We've all done our best to make each other as great and ready as we can for internships and success; and when interview day comes, it's not about who beats who or who does better in the interview room. It's about everyone succeeding, everyone reaching their goals and dreams. That's the Kelley collaborative culture.

Be a part of it.

Oh, and the interview went well. I'll give you details later this spring!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Vida em Bloomington

Bloomington e uma cidade pequena, mas com muitos atrativos! Estamos a aproximadamente 1 hora de Indianapolis, para aqueles que buscam uma cidade maior e com mais opcoes de lazer e entretenimento. Mas Bloomington e uma cidade muito gostosa e com bastante atividades – para os poucos momentos que o curso de Kelley permite que nos aproveitemos as boas coisas da vida. A cidade tem varios restaurantes com diferentes tipos de gastronomia intenacional (falta uma churrascaria... mas tem lugars com boas opcoes de carne tambem). Alem disso, A Jacob School of Music, sempre eleita entre as melhores escolas de musica dos EUA, sempre tem apresentacoes muito boas. A cultura na cidade eh muito forte e muitas pecas da Broadway se apresentam aqui tambem. Por ser uma cidade universitaria, os bares sao sempre um grande atrativo e um otimo ponto de encontro. Ou seja, a diversao e garantida!

Por ser uma cidade pequena, ir de um lugar para o outro e muito facil! Sem transito! E muito convidativa para se fazer tudo a pe (claro que no inverno fica um pouco mais complicado...)!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Kelley Partners' Club and Options for Families

About 1/3 of Kelley MBA students are coming to Bloomington with their partners, spouses, and/or families. This results in a strong and active community for not only the students, but also for the partners and families. Whether it is the Kelley Partners' Club or Kelley Kids' activities, there is no shortage of opportunities for those that may be joining their students in Bloomington. In fact, you may also be happy to know that IU's Campus View day care was just recognized with high marks. We realize that this decision may likely involve others in your life. These organizations are here to offer support and a community for students, partners, spouses, and families. Feel free to reach out with any questions or to gain additional information!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Great Start to a Final Semester

Happy New Year! A lot has happened since my last post on the MBA Program Blog. After completing the on-campus recruiting process, I was offered and accepted a full-time position with OptumHealth as a Senior Operations Consultant.



The position is the culmination of a great deal of hard work in the MBA program. What is most satisfying is that I pursued an MBA with a goal in mind and I was able to make it a reality. Of course, it would not be possible without the competitive education I have received and the extensive alumni network supporting and hiring Kelley MBAs. If you are considering Kelley, keep in mind that between the graduate and undergraduate schools we have one of the largest alumni populations of all of the Masters of Business Administration Programs. This really sets Kelley apart (as a footnote to the Business Graduate School Ranking).



On a separate note, this past week I participated in The Washington Campus program, a 1-week course in Washington, DC focusing on business and public policy which attracts a variety of schools and programs in addition to the typical two year MBA program. We got to hear from some amazing speakers, including economists, lobbyists, and congressmen on topics ranging from health care policy to energy policy. Our Kelley group was also fortunate enough to spend an hour with our Senator - Richarard Lugar - which was an amazing opportunity to ask him questions related to our course content (see picture below--I am on the far left). And, we got to visit the House of Representatives, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Washington Press Club. Overall, I met some really smart people and learned a lot about how public policy is created and passed through congress. Among MBA student activities, this is one I would definitely recommend.


Noticias de Bloomington

Caros patricios,

Meu nome e Victor Araujo e eu sou um aluno do Full Time MBA da Kelley School of Business em Bloomington Indiana. Termino o curso agora em maio e volto para o Brasil para trabalhar.
Antes de vir para Bloomington eu trabalhava como engenheiro para a Gerdau no Rio de Janeiro. Trabalhava na area industrial, era chefe de forno. Decidi fazer o MBA para poder ter uma transicao de carreira, sair da area industrial e ir para area comercial. Consegui a transicao, vou entrar para o programa ECLP (http://www.cefcorp.com/eclp/) na GE em Belo Horizonte.
Nos proximos posts eu vou falar mais sobre a minha experiencia aqui em Bloomington.

Saudacoes,

Victor

Monday, January 10, 2011

IU Basketball tickets: an MBA student perk!



I talk a lot in this MBA program blog about the classes I'm taking and the job search, but I wanted to highlight an on-campus opportunity that makes IU very special: basketball games. Most people who have seen the movie Hoosiers know that Indiana is crazy about its basketball. Even with the team struggling, the games are still a lot of fun and filled with excitement. The video above shows my view of a great TV timeout from a recent game. Cheerleaders fill the floor and the band plays throughout every stoppage in the game.

Even though we are graduate students, a great perk of being an MBA student at Indiana University is that we get to buy IU student tickets (and pay for them with our bursar account!). There are big groups of top MBA students who meet up before the games at Yogi's and enjoy a few beverages before heading up to Assembly Hall for the game. It's only a few blocks away from the school, so it's easy to get there, even on a weeknight.

The team is really young, and has attracted some top recruiting classes in the past couple of years. So even though the basketball team isn't performing great now, it's got a ton of potential for the next couple of years (an added incentive for those of you going through the MBA admission process). Be sure that going to the games is just one of the many great MBA student activities that go on when you're a student at Kelley!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Networking!!!

Una vez que tomamos la decisión de asistir a Kelley, comenzamos a trabajar por un futuro que queremos construir. Y desde antes de llegar nos tratan de ensenar que el hacer “Networking” facilitará nuestro trabajo en grandes proporciones.

Para mí, tal vez al igual que para muchos, esta palabra no tenía mucho sentido. No entendía la importancia, o la necesidad de hablar con personas que no tenían ningún tipo de conexión conmigo. Cada vez que teníamos algún evento organizado por GCS como “Round Tables” o “Networking Nights”, quería esconderme en mi apartamento y no tener que asistir. Encontraba muy difícil hablar con personas de empresas de temas que no estuvieran relacionados con una entrevista formal de trabajo.

Pero GCS es perseverante y hace todo lo posible para que entendamos que en este país los contactos profesionales son muy importantes, y que la mayoría de los trabajos se consiguen por medio de “referencias”. A las buenas o a las malas, entendemos que aunque no es parte de nuestra cultura, ni de lo que estamos acostumbrados, tenemos que ponernos el traje y salir a la calle a hacer contactos por todos los medios.

Poco a poco entendemos la importancia del “Networking”. Nos acostumbramos a asistir a estos eventos, encontramos preguntas generales que podemos utilizar y creamos afinidad con algunas personas. Para algunos es más fácil que para otros, es un proceso de aprendizaje por el que todos debemos pasar, el cual estamos seguros que es el camino correcto que debemos seguir.

Una Experiencia Multicultural

Todos llegamos por primera vez a Bloomington sin una idea clara de lo que nos íbamos a encontrar, pero con muchas expectativas y metas que cumplir. Llegamos con la presión de iniciar clases, prepararnos para buscar práctica, acomodarnos a un nuevo estilo de vida. Pero creo que algo que jamás imaginamos, es que esta experiencia nos ofrecería tantas formas de aprendizaje, que Kelley más que un programa, se convertiría en un estilo de vida que disfrutaríamos al máximo.

Para mí, uno de los aspectos más enriquecedores del programa es la exposición que tenemos a diferentes culturas. La universidad fomenta desde el inicio la diversidad; ya sea por medio de trabajos en equipo, casos o eventos especiales como la noche China, o noche India, donde se tiene la oportunidad de presentar algunos aspectos de cada país. Desde que empezamos clases debemos trabajar en equipos, algunos organizados por el profesor, otros por nosotros. Como todos, creamos afinidad con algunos grupos más que con otros y poco a poco vamos definiendo el camino que queremos.

Durante mi vida he tenido la oportunidad de compartir con gente de diferentes países; tanto en la parte personal como laboral. Siempre pensé que entendía la importancia de conocer y entender otras culturas, pero solo hasta que inicie mi MBA me di cuenta que me faltaba un gran camino por recorrer.

Durante el año y medio que he estado en Kelley, he conocido mucho acerca de diferentes países; de sus costumbres, sus comidas, personalidades y estilo de trabajo. La decisión de conocer más es de cada uno, yo me siento feliz de haber aprovechado esta experiencia al máximo para conocer y entender algo que para mí era tan lejano y desconocido.

Uno de los aprendizajes más grandes para mi es la importancia de aplicación que se le puede dar hoy en día al entendimiento de otras culturas; el aprender que hay diferencias, que no hacen a alguien “mejor” o “peor”, simplemente diferente, el poder respetar estar diferencias y mostrar interés por entender ciertas cosas que para nosotros pueden no ser lógicas. Todo este conocimiento nos ayuda a ser mejores personas y profesionales, a tener mejores herramientas y habilidades en el momento de tener algún tipo de relación comercial con personas de diferentes países.

Hoy se quedan las amistades que formamos, las experiencias del día a día; mañana nos iremos con una formación integral, con una mayor tolerancia y con las bases para seguir construyendo día a día un verdadero profesional.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Last-Minute Application Tips

Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season has been enjoyable! We’re back in full-swing here, working to wrap up our first round decisions while preparing for our second round deadline tomorrow. As outlined in the admissions timeline, first round decisions will be released mid-January and likely within the next two weeks. For those of you working to finalize your application for the second round, here are a few quick tips before you click “submit”:


  • GMAT (and TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants)—If you feel you can do better and have the time to put into preparation, consider delaying your application and retake the test. Only tests taken before the application deadline are guaranteed to be included in your application.
  • Work experience—Consider what you have learned from your work experience and how it will benefit you in the future. Incorporate this into your application, perhaps your essays.
  • Essays—Proofread! Spelling and grammar check will not catch everything. You would be surprised how many times we see simple mistakes and even the name of another school! Also, be sure you answer the question or address the topic given. (See November 26 post for more!)
  • Resume—Keep it to one page if at all possible. This should be a quick snapshot of your educational and professional experience; it does not need to list out every single accomplishment.
  • Letters of Recommendation—Be sure your recommenders can and will write a strong recommendation for you. Ask them directly if they can endorse you strongly AND have the time to do so! Again, you may be surprised at the number of recommendations that are lacking.

Once your application is submitted, interviews are by invitation only. I’ll post some additional information on this topic in my next post. Until then, good luck pulling things together!

Reminder from the Admissions Committee: It is always best to apply when you feel your application is strongest. If you need additional time to strengthen your application, take the time to do so rather than rush to meet a certain deadline. All applications are reviewed equally throughout all four of our admissions deadlines. Your chance for admission does not vary depending on which deadline you apply, but rather on the strength of your application. Always put forth your best effort!