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    August 30th, 2013

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    Come to the Forté Forums!

    August 13th, 2013

    One of my areas of responsibility at Tuck is women’s recruiting, and for any women who are thinking about business school, I highly recommend you look into the Forte Foundation. Forté is an organization committed to educating and directing talented women toward careers in business.  It is made up of a consortium of top business schools and major corporations, and as a founding member, Tuck has been involved with Forté from the start.  Forté’s website contains lots of useful information about business school, careers in business, etc. and shares the stories of women who have gone before you.  It is a great networking, mentoring and educational tool.

    My favorite thing about Forté is participating in the annual Forté Forums held in the late summer/early fall.  Forté hosts these events in 11 cities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.  The Forums provide an opportunity for women thinking about business school to speak one-on-one with representatives from all of the Forté member schools.  There will also be a panel of admissions officers providing helpful tips on creating the best application possible, and a panel of business school alumnae to talk about the value of an MBA education and their business school and career experiences.  Tuck will be at all of the Forums this year: Chicago (8/19); Boston (8/20); Washington D.C. (8/21); Atlanta (8/22); Houston (8/26); San Francisco (8/28); Los Angeles (8/29); New York City (9/3 and 9/4); Toronto (9/5); and London (10/2).  I encourage you to register to attend one of the events and look forward to seeing you there!

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    My Journey from China to Tuck – Part II

    August 9th, 2013

    Originally from Beijing, Sylvia is excited to spend the next two years in Hanover, NH as a member of Tuck’s Class of 2015.  She’s also looking forward to sharing her experiences with you, on the Admissions Blog!  Make sure to check out the first part of of Sylvia’s “Journey to Tuck” as well!

    Knowing exactly what I wanted from the MBA experience and in what environment I would be happy and thrive, I only applied to Tuck and another school. Since I want to switch to PE or consulting, Tuck’s location wouldn’t be a problem for me as every major consulting firm (and bank) recruit on campus and, with PE, I could always do informational interview over the phone or just jump on the Dartmouth Coach if I need to visit firms in Boston or NYC.

    Visiting Hanover a week before the EA deadline was a blast. The campus is typical North American – reminded me of my exchange year at Georgia Tech – with understated but tasteful architectures and is full of tradition. The students were very welcoming. After I introduced myself in the class that I sat for, everyone applauded. Even after the class, two T’14s came up to me to introduce themselves and connected with me. The Leading Individuals & Teams class that I sat for was inspirational – I loved how the case method intrigues critical thinking, collision of opinions and sharing of students’ diverse perspectives. The interview with a T’13, Karen, was just amazing. We talked about who I was before, who I am now and who I want to be in the future – it’s just like chatting with a new friend who genuinely takes interests in you.

    The Tuck experience went on to re-assure me that I’ve chosen the right school even after I left Hanover. The students I’ve met on campus warmly answered my questions and connected me to more students who they think could help me. In the admitted students’ Facebook group, every question is responded within hours. T’14s from my home country had voluntarily arranged Skype meeting for admitted Chinese students before we move to Hanover.

    This summer, I did a pre-MBA internship with a PE fund – had I not been admitted to Tuck, this kind of opportunity might not come to me or be obtained with such ease. I am sure that Tuck will open more doors to me in the coming two years and beyond.

    Having lived in two densely populated Asian metropolises for 27 years, I’m now very excited to be able to enjoy the beautiful New England scenery and do canoeing, golf, hockey and ski. More on that later and good luck to all you guys out there who are contemplating to apply to Tuck!

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    My Journey from China to Tuck – Part I

    August 7th, 2013

    Originally from Beijing, Sylvia is excited to spend the next two years in Hanover, NH as a member of Tuck’s Class of 2015. She’s also looking forward to sharing her experiences with you through the Admissions Blog! Look for the second part of Sylvia’s ‘”Journey to Tuck’” tomorrow.

    Ever since college, I knew that I wanted to do an MBA. However, I had no idea that I would fall in love with Tuck and eventually come here. Exactly at the same time last year, I was doing research on my notebook about schools and decided that Tuck might be where I wanted to be. Now, on the same notebook, I am writing about my journey to Tuck and the so far limited yet exciting Tuck experience. How surreal!


    Although a Beijing-native, I went to The Hong Kong University of Science& Technology (HKUST) and majored in industrial engineering because Hong Kong is far away from home and I wanted to go along a different path from my parents who were business majors. My three years at HKUST was extremely happy (the beautiful campus spreads on a hill overlooking the South China Sea and scattered small islands where we play beach volleyball or wakeboard during a boat trip. Tuck has an exchange program with HKUST, FYI). As industrial engineering students, we had both courses in technical topics and in management, economics, etc. I found myself leaning more towards the business-related courses and realized that my real interests lie in business. Thus, the idea of getting an MBA emerged.

    After spending a summer interning for a bank in Singapore, I knew that banking is not my thing and secured a consulting offer in Shanghai and offers with Big 4s in Hong Kong upon graduation. I chose to stay in Hong Kong for the broader international exposure and spent two years working on IPOs and then another two years advising private equity clients on M&A deals, banking giant on resolution planning and insurer on divestments across Asia.

    Towards the end of my forth year working full time, the time to realize my MBA dream came, but I hesitated. I loved my job, there were exciting projects coming in the pipeline and my MD promised a milestone promotion. Deep inside, I knew the ultimate reasons –the fears that I’m not good enough, that I don’t have a life story involving fighting disability, winning Olympics or starting an up-and-coming business, and that I might fail to realize my dream. My then boyfriend now husband told me: ‘Your dream will never be realized if you don’t ever try and you have nothing to lose pursuing your dreams.’ He’s right. I realized that, ten years down the road, I will be regretting what I have not done instead of what I have done.

    So I hit it off and Tuck became my top choice for its strongly supportive alumni, intimate residence program experience (very important for an international student), and a strong presence in banking, consulting, PE and general management considering its size. Coming from China, one more factor chipped in: It’s an Ivy League school. To me, Tuck is the best place for a foreigner to experience the Ivy tradition with its legacy of 113 years and a close-knit community to immerse myself in.

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    Building My Tuck IQ, Part II

    August 6th, 2013
    So I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been catching up this summer with the many research centers and initiatives at Tuck. I’m learning so much about the fabulous opportunities at Tuck. More things you should know:

    • All of our research centers operate on a “three legs of the stool” model. Each conducts research, offers programs for practitioners and executives, and then brings those aspects back to enrich the MBA program. Offerings include multiple speakers series, independent study opportunities, and the chance for MBA students to serve as center fellows.
    • The Center for Digital Strategies, in its spectacular new offices, runs the Britt Technology Impact Series, an amazing set of speakers and panels all centered on an annual theme. Last year’s theme was Information Overload: Capitalizing on Big Data. The CDS also offers a Roundtable on Digital Strategies with corporate members and MBA fellows have an opportunity to sit in on these closed-door meetings and learn from practitioners.
    • The Center for Global Business and Government has some high-powered senior fellows this year: BlackRock executive and former Treasury department official Peter Fisher, former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg, former New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, and former White House speechwriter Matt Rees. Many of the international programs students participate in are run through the CGBG, including Learning Expeditions and the Tuck Global Consultancy. The CGBG also publishes the Slaughter & Rees Report, a weekly briefing with global economic news analysis.
    • The Revers Energy Initiative is a new initiative made possible by Dan Revers, T’89, overseer and co-founder of ArcLight Capital Partners. The Initiative is focused on helping students learn about the energy sector with the goal of entering the energy field after the MBA. Tuck offers coursework such as Energy Economics and Business and Climate Change, workshops and speakers through the Business and Society Conference and the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative, and independent study opportunities. Tuck and Dartmouth College overall have a lot of alumni in the energy sector whose companies support and employ Tuck students.

    There are more meetings to come – the Health Care Initiative and the Center for Leadership are on the list. One major takeaway stands out as I’ve spoken with everyone. At Tuck, you can develop a personalized hands-on experience in the sectors that interest you, with access to alumni and companies, which gives you a richer MBA experience.

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    MBA/MPH – Summer Internship

    August 6th, 2013

    Jennifer Ferrigan, T’14, is simultaneously working toward two degrees: an MBA at Tuck as well as a Master of Public Health at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI).  The MBA/MPH joint degree prepares graduates to take on leadership positions in both the public and private sectors of the health care industry.

    This summer, Jennifer was again able to combine her two interests by working with the Department of Radiology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC).  Read more about her internship on the Center for Business & Society blog.

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    Internship Recruiting at Tuck

    August 5th, 2013

    I’m sure that internship recruiting is at the front of everyone’s mind, so I’d like to share my experience in off-campus recruiting. As I’ve mentioned before, I came to Tuck focused on spending my summer in the energy industry so I apologize that I can’t speak to the banking and consulting recruiting processes. However, I hope that my experience is helpful for prospective Tuckies whose interests are outside of those industries. 

    An important thing to keep in mind about off-campus recruiting is that you have tremendous support available to you in the Tuck Career Development Office. I am personally grateful for the individual counseling that I received from Jon Masland in steering my summer recruiting search. As you probably know, Tuck’s Career Development Officers specialize in certain industries, and energy is one of the industries in Jon’s portfolio. We met early in the Fall term so that I could learn about the resources available to me. Jon had a list of Tuckies working in energy at his fingertips who he suggested would be good contacts to learn more about what industry segments and firms would be a good fit for my interests and aspirations. While I was working the Tuck energy network I also participated in recruiting treks led by the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative (DEC) to Boston and San Francisco. Both were excellent in helping me take a closer look at firms in the clean energy space. As an aside, the Tuckies we met were always incredibly gracious hosts and I will be forever grateful for the time they took to introduce their firms and share their passion for energy.

    The DEC and GeneralManagement Clubs were fantastic resources as I applied and prepped for interviews. The second year students were fantastic mock interviewers and gave me very useful critical feedback on my resume and cover letter. I found that you just have to make time every week to devote to some of the essential, but not necessarily exciting, recruiting tasks such as polishing your resume or nailing your behavioral interview stories.

    Throughout this process I had multiple check-ins with Jon who was always ready to offer sage advice when I occasionally came to him with an off-the-wall idea or question. He really helped me play to my strengths during the recruiting process and didn’t try to fit me into a mold to meet the expectations of a corporate recruiter. I appreciate how Tuck offers every student the chance to blaze their own trail academically, professionally, and socially and found that internship recruiting was no exception to this rule.

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    A week to go!

    August 5th, 2013

    Tuck’s pre-orientation programs kick off in a week, and a new group of Tuckies will soon be arriving on campus and exploring the wonders of the Upper Valley!  I went on two pre-orientation programs last year: Outward Bound (five days of sailing in the Gulf of Maine) and Outdoor Trips (five days of hiking along the Appalachian Trail).  I enjoyed both of them and the opportunity to meet classmates and explore the outdoors.  Some quick thoughts for the early-arrivers:

    • In the mood for a swim?  Check out the swim dock on the Connecticut River, just off of the Ledyard parking lot.
    • Looking to spend a night in the outdoors but didn’t sign up for the Outdoor Trips?  Rent one of the Dartmouth Outing Club’s cabins for the night.  Hinman cabin, for example, is close to campus, is on a pond, and has canoes you can use.
    • Storrs Pond is a great nearby outdoor recreation area and well worth a visit.
    • Want to hike but don’t want to spend several days doing it?  There are several great hikes nearby (I like the Smarts Mountain and Gile Mountain hikes).  And, if that’s a bit too much hiking for you, do the easy hike along the Appalachian Trail to Murphy’s, Canoe Club, or any location on Main Street, which is officially part of the trail (look for white rectangles painted on lampposts and other signage: one means you’re on the trail, two mean take a turn; the trail crosses over from Vermont onto W. Wheelock, then turns south on Main before continuing east).
    • There’s a farmers market on the Dartmouth Green every Wednesday afternoon that’s worth a visit.

    You don’t have to be on a pre-orientation program to move into the dorms early (though I don’t know the date non-pre-orientation folks can move in), so come and explore your home for the next two years!

    And for those going on the pre-orientation programs, get ready to have a great time!  In a week, I’ll have to face reality that I am actually a second year–definitely jealous of the T’15s!

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    Building My Tuck IQ, Part I

    August 1st, 2013
    I’ve been catching up with the staff in many of Tuck’s research centers, initiatives, and programs this summer. It’s been wonderful to connect or reconnect with Tuck colleagues, but even more fascinating to go in depth into the many ways Tuck helps students, alumni, and executives build their knowledge, experience, and connections. Students interested in private equity and entrepreneurship, for example, get amazing opportunities to develop their expertise and ideas during two years at Tuck.
    • The EntrepreneurshipInitiative, run by Joaquin Villarreal, T’08, works closely with students interested in entrepreneurship even before they arrive on campus. In conjunction with the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship and the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, the Entrepreneurship Initiative sponsors the Dartmouth Ventures Conference. The Conference includes panels on entrepreneurship, an entrepreneurship contest with a $50,000 prize, and a showcase to get feedback on ideas. The Entrepreneurship Initiative works with you on the nuts and bolts to form a company and, once you’re ready, the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship can work with you on financing and investment.
    • The Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship’s Executive Director Tom Naughton, T’96, focuses on providing students with the experiential learning and connections within and outside of Tuck to help you in the job market after you graduate. Combined, the Dartmouth/Tuck private equity network is one of the largest university PE networks in the country. If you want to start a company here, you can take advantage of the close relations and proximity with the ThayerSchool of Engineering, the Geisel School ofMedicine, and DartmouthCollege.
    • The First-YearProject offers remarkable opportunities for students to get hands-on experience. A required course at the end of the first year, students work in teams of about five people on client-sponsored or entrepreneurship projects. Tuck’s small size allows students to customize their projects in ways not always possible at larger programs. Students can select their own projects, form their own teams, source their own projects, and work on projects in any industry, domestic or international, public or private.

    Students interested in entrepreneurship might follow a well-developed pathway at Tuck that looks something like this:

    Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    (Winter 1st Year)
    First-Year Project (Spring 1st Year)
    Summer Incubator
    Advanced Entrepreneurship  (2nd Year)
    Barris Incubator (2nd Year)

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    Developing a Successful Application Strategy

    July 30th, 2013

    As aspiring MBA’s, applying to business school provides a great opportunity to stretch your strategic-thinking muscle. Chances are you will apply to more than one program, and all of that application completing, essay writing and GMAT test-taking requires a plan. Here are some tips for developing a solid application strategy that will help you see the process through to the end.

    First, Give yourself plenty of time – the application process is not easy and should not be rushed.  You should plan to spend some time reflecting.  What do you want from your career and your life?  Why do you need an MBA?  Why now?  Think about your strengths and weaknesses and what you have learned from your past experiences.  Doing this thinking ahead of time pays off when you start the application because you will have a better sense of your personal story, why you want to pursue an MBA, what you want out of a program, and how you will contribute.   

    Next, get the GMAT out of the way.  Spend the necessary time studying for it, and then take it as soon as you can and well in advance of your application.  That way if you aren’t happy with your score and need to take it again, you will have plenty of time.  Each year I have applicants who put if off until right before they are submitting their application. This can be a stumbling block because if they don’t do well, they don’t have enough time to retake it.
    Plus, once you know your GMAT score, you will have a better sense of what schools are within your reach and what schools might be more of a stretch to get into.  Tuck, like most schools, does not require a minimum GMAT score, and we accept a wide range of scores, so if you are below the average GMAT, don’t write the school off.  But if your GMAT score is significantlybelow the school’s average, you might want to think about retaking it or adjusting your list of target schools.
    Once the GMAT is behind you, you can focus your energy on the next steps of finding the right school and preparing your application. This will set you up nicely for the next step: deciding which schools to apply to.
    My best advice here is to do your homework to figure out which schools best meet your needs.  There are lots of ways to do this, and I caution you against just relying on the rankings.  That can be a great way to start, but there are much better ways to learn about each school.  Dig deep into school websites for information about the program.  Attend school informational events in your city. Tuck will be travelling around the world in the fall, hosting events for applicants to learn about our program and meet some of our alums.  You can also meet school representatives at various MBA fairs.  Talk to alums from as many schools as you can to learn about their experiences.  You can go to the Tuck Connections section on our website, and we will put you in touch with a Tuckie. 

    Finally, I really encourage you to visit the schools you are applying to.  Yes, the travel can be a little expensive, but when you put it into perspective by comparing it to the overall cost of an MBA, it is very little.  An MBA is a big investment in terms of money and time, so you want to make sure that you have picked the right school for you.  While on campus, sit in on a class and be sure to talk to the students. 

    As you look at schools, don’t ignore your gut.  That intangible “fit” is important. Think about how you will fit into the program.  What’s the culture like?  What will you contribute?  Can you see yourself actually being a part of the community?
    Once you’ve created your short list of schools to apply to, create a timeline for yourself with all of the various deadlines for each of the schools.  It can be a lot of dates to keep track of and you don’t want to miss anything.  Make sure your recommenders are aware of the deadlines too and give them plenty of time to submit your recommendation.  You do not want them to have to rush it! 

    In preparing your timeline, it is really important to read the application instructions for each school.  There is a lot of important information in our application instructions, but every year I hear from applicants who have missed opportunities or made mistakes that hurt their chances for admission, because they hadn’t read them.  For example, some applicants aren’t aware of Tuck’s open interview policy and don’t realize they can come to campus for an interview until it is too late.  Many applicants often miss the deadline to submit our scholarship application because they didn’t read the instructions, and they later find themselves ineligible for a scholarship.  Another example is on letters of recommendation: our instructions specifically say we do not find recommendations from professors to be helpful, yet every year applicants submit recommendations from a professor, essentially wasting an opportunity to provide valuable feedback from another source.  I could go on, but you get the point. 

    Lastly, start getting your finances in order now – business school is expensive.  Don’t be scared off by the price tag – the return on investment makes it worthwhile, and there are ways to finance your education through scholarships and student loans – BUT right now, work on your financial health. Save money.  Pay off your credit cards.  Make sure your student loans are in good shape.   Don’t buy a fancy, expensive car, etc.  Loan opportunities may be better with a better credit history, and you don’t want cost of attendance to limit where you can go if you really have your heart set on a particular school. 

    There they are–my tips for developing a successful application strategy. As you embark on your journey to applying to business school, remember that this is a big decision that requires time, planning and follow-through. Good luck and let us know if you have any questions.

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