Monday, December 1, 2008

Open House: Thanks for Joining Us! (and other MBA Admissions news)

All of us on the Terry MBA Admissions team had a great time at our Fall Open House. We met a lot of interesting new people and I think they left feeling like they had gotten the inside story about the Terry MBA Program. Our alumni turned out in a big way to share their experiences (and to soak up being back in Athens). It felt like homecoming!

We’ve been asked about other opportunities to visit campus on a Saturday and have decided to hold a “Last Chance” two-hour information session here in Athens on Saturday, February 7, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Current students will join the Admissions team, Kerry, Tiffany, and myself, to give an overview of the program, curriculum updates, and life as a Terry MBA student. You can sign up through your My Terry MBA portal and we’ll send you the details.

Our MBA Diversity Weekend is scheduled for January 16 and 17. Ideally, we would like every incoming class to include people from the African-American, Asian-Pacific American, Hispanic-American, LGBT, multiracial, and Native American communities. The diverse student body at Terry is truly valued by our students. To quote a recent graduate, Paul Shea, about the importance of having experience working in a diverse group: “You can’t afford to fall into the trap of stereotypes. It wastes time, talent, and money.” (To apply to attend Diversity Weekend, go to http://mba.terry.uga.edu/fulltime/diversity_days_application.html.)

One last piece of info: We’ve modified our interview procedures in anticipation of increased numbers of applications. Beginning in January, you must have submitted your application to be considered for an evaluative interview. As much as we’d like to be able to interview everyone that applies, we don’t have the staff to do so. We’ll email you a suggested date and time, which you can adjust if you have a conflict by calling Tiffany Staples, our office manager.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

MBA Open House - Saturday, November 15th

The Full-Time MBA Program will be hosting an Open House this Saturday, November 15th. Held at the Zell Miller Learning Center, the Open House will begin with breakfast/check-in at 9am; the program will begin at 10am. Come and hear from Faculty, Alumni and Current Students. The MBA Career Management Center will be providing insight on the current job market and job expectations of a MBA Graduate. Admissions staff will also be on hand to answer questions about the Application Process and to schedule interviews. (Sorry, interviews will NOT be conducted on Saturday, November 15th).

Online registration for the event has ended. To attend the event, please email Tiffany Staples at tiffanee@terry.uga.edu or call 706.542.5671 to reserve your space by Friday at 12 Noon.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Become a Terry MBA Celebrity Today!


Have you always wanted to achieve celebrity status? Well now you can! Become a Terry MBA Celebrity and complete your evaluative interview at the same time! With the application season in full swing, we are seeing an increase in interviews. Make sure that you reserve your time slot soon and avoid the December/January rush. Interviews are accepted Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Call Tiffany at 706.542.5671 or email her at tiffanee@terry.uga.edu for more information and scheduling. See you soon!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thanks for coming!

Thanks to all of you who came out to our information session in Buckhead last night. It was really wonderful meeting all of you and hearing about your goals. What a great group! I like it when I have an opportunity to put faces with the names I hear on the phone and see on the emails I answer. I imagine that must be helpful for y'all as well- it demystifies the admissions process. If you have additional questions you are always welcome to contact me via email (kterrell@terry.uga.edu) or on the phone (706-542-1803). Another great place to ask questions in on the discussion board on our Facebook Page. Current students monitor that board and would really like to hear from you- don't be shy!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Information Session - Tuesday in Buckhead!

We're getting ready for our Full-Time MBA Information Session on Tuesday (October 28th) at the Terry Executive Education Center in Buckhead. Quite a few of you have already signed up to join us- it's not too late. Click here to log in to your MyTerry MBA account to view details or register- or click here to create a MyTerry MBA account if you don't already have one. We'll have alumni, students, and staff on hand to answer all of your questions. A good time will be had by all! Have a specific question you know you want answered? Email it to me now or leave a comment below.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Give Us the Real Story

Prospective students share a lot of resumes and transcripts with me looking for feedback. In many cases, the student is often checking to see if I'll notice something he/she feels is a weakness, such as a gap on a resume or poor first year grades. Yes, I notice, and I ask about whatever it is. I ask to see if there is some kind of explanation- any kind of explanation. Usually any explanation is better than none at all.

That being the case, it's always a shame when a prospective student submits an application with an obvious issue and doesn't offer an explanation for the Admissions Committee. Many candidates don't explain the issue because they just don't know how to do it appropriately. Should you highlight a potentially negative aspect of your application? I can understand why that might produce anxiety. There's an easy way to do this without derailing that application package you've spent so much time on. Most schools, Terry included, allow candidates to submit a one page Optional Essay or Additional Statement on anything you want. This is the place to offer that explanation.

Did you spend the year following your college graduation backpacking through Europe? Not on your resume? One quick paragraph on where you went and what you learned will account for the time. Are your first year grades less than impressive because you were adjusting to living away from home for the first time or were more focused on your social life? Say that, and then explain how your approach will be different this time around. Give us the real story. Quite often it's not about what the excuse/reason is, it's about how you present it. It's most definitely worse to leave the Admissions Committee wondering. Tie up all the loose ends with that one page and you'll look like a prepared, proactive applicant.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Make the Most of Your Interview

The evaluative interview is a critical component of the admissions decision at many business schools. That's certainly the case here at Georgia. You have so much to gain from putting your best foot forward at interview time- don't squander the opportunity! Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your interview.
  1. Arrive on time. Remember: college campuses can be big, complicated places. Get there early and leave yourself plenty of time to park and navigate your way to the correct building.
  2. Dress appropriately. Show respect for the opportunity you have been granted and the person/people you will be interviewing with by wearing proper business attire. This usually means a suit. This is not the time to go business casual or casual. We're thinking about how you might arrive for a job interview. Look sharp!
  3. Be prepared. Make sure you know why you're applying to business school, what it is you like about that school in particular, etc. Know how you will answer the standard questions.
  4. Don't get defensive. C'mon now- nobody's perfect. If the interviewer asks you to account for a missing year on your resume or your less than stellar GPA answer the question openly and honestly. Responding in an aggressive or defensive manner is a definite no-no.
  5. Ask questions. Jot down a few questions you'd like answers to. If given the opportunity at the end of your interview- ask away! Questions show your interest in the school. One caveat: make sure they are well thought-out questions and not obvious facts that can be readily discovered on the school's website.
  6. Keep the focus on you. You are the person being interviewed. It is never a good idea to ask the interviewer questions about his/qualifications or personal life. It's great to chat and certainly OK to have a fun conversation, but unless the interview raises something about his/herself personal questions are off limits.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

View From the Top

I will hit the road for Terry MBA Admissions in November, as part of the “Inside the MBA Tour.” UGA will participate in forums in Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, and Atlanta. I will be doing candidate interviews while I’m in North Carolina and would encourage candidates in the Research Triangle area who are unable to come to Athens to schedule an interview with me. (Call Tiffany at 706-542-5671.)

With the big economic meltdown, MBA Admissions Offices around the country are preparing for a tidal wave of applications. What does that mean for you if you’re one of those applicants? If you’re interested in a full-time MBA program, it means a lot of competition for a seat. So it will be to your advantage to find ways to stand out from the crowd. Kerry has posted some terrific tips in her last entry.

Definitely plan on interviewing in person with your top schools. There’s no better way to help Admissions decision-makers get to know you. To prepare, think about stories, preferably from work, when you’ve succeeded, either as an individual or as part of a team, and the opposite, when you’ve failed, and what you learned from that. Interestingly, success is a terrible teacher; we learn much more from failure.

Be prepared to talk about what’s going on in the world. Once they’re a part of Terry, students have told me that I zinged them in the interview. I don’t do that intentionally, but I am interested in how different people see the world and what’s happening around them. So given the events of the week and my previous comment about failure, here’s the question that comes to mind: The governments, people, and economies of the world are poised to learn a gargantuan lesson; what do you think that is? I’d be very interested in your answer!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Tips from the World MBA Tour Panel

Thank you to everyone who attended the World MBA Tour event in Atlanta this weekend. I really enjoyed meeting you, and I'm excited to work with everyone through the application process.

I was fortunate enough to sit on a panel about business school selection and admissions Saturday afternoon with some colleagues from other MBA programs. I thought I'd take a moment to tell you the Top 5 Tips To Maximize Your Chances For Acceptance that came out of the discussion.
  1. Tailor your personal statements. Make sure your personal statement answers the question on each application. Don't try to make one essay work for all. Check your spelling and grammar. Put some thought into the content of your statement and start preparing well in advance of the deadline.
  2. Prep for the GMAT. Most schools rely heavily on GMAT scores. Put your best foot forward by prepping for the exam so that you can take it with confidence.
  3. Highlight what makes you unique. Make sure to spotlight something that makes you stand out from other applicants. Business schools look to enroll individuals with a wide range of experiences and characteristics- show what you can bring to the class .
  4. Choose your recommenders carefully. All the schools stated a preference for professional recommenders rather than academic references. Several also indicated the strong preference to see a recommendation from your current supervisor (or a statement indicating why you didn't provide one). Choose recommenders who know you well and can speak to your goals and quality of your work.
  5. Explain discrepancies. All applications have strong points and weak points. If you've got a weak point with an explanation, address it with a one page statement of additional information. This is a great way to explain a missing year on a resume or a bad junior year GPA. The Admissions Office will see that weakness- don't leave us wondering what happened. The general rule with applications is to focus on the positive, so keep all comments of this type to that one page.

I hope these tips help relieve some your application anxiety!

Terry MBA Takes to the Web... Once Again!

Check out the new Terry MBA Admissions Facebook page! Become a fan today!

The Terry MBA Facebook page is loaded with information about MBA events, pictures of current students and campus, and information about the program. Ask a current student a question on one of our discussion boards.

Friday, October 3, 2008

World MBA Tour Atlanta Tomorrow!

I'll be at the World MBA Tour event in Atlanta at the Woodruff Arts Center tomorrow from 1pm to 5pm. Come on by! I'd be happy to chat about what we have to offer here at Terry and answer any questions you might have. I'll be joined by current student Serge Tahye, so you will also be able to get answers from someone who is experiencing the program right now. See you there!

The Application is Officially Online

Guess What! It is time for you to apply! Our application has been been online since Wednesday and we have seen an increase in traffic already. Here is a reminder of important Admissions dates and deadlines:
  • November 15th - 1st day decisions are made on complete applications
  • January 15th - Priority deadline for Assistantship/Scholarship consideration.
  • February 16th - Non-US Citizen application deadline for the 11-Month Program
  • March 2nd - Non-US Citizen application deadline for the 2-Year Program
  • April 15th - US Citizen application deadline for the 11-Month Program
  • May 11th - US Citizen application deadline for the 2-Year Program
Please remember, applications must be complete, including test scores, transcripts, essays and recommendations to be considered.

To access the online application, visit http://mba.terry.uga.edu/myterrymba/

For more information about the Terry MBA Program, visit http://mba.terry.uga.edu/fulltime

Monday, September 29, 2008

Application Season is about to begin!

Fall is here and the weather is getting cooler! It's time to start submitting applications and scheduling interviews!

It looks like the Full-Time Application will be available Wednesday, October 1st and we couldn't be more excited! Days full of reading applications and sitting down with candidates are on the horizon.

This year promises a great year for the Terry MBA Program. We had the opportunity to usher in a great set of students for the Class of 2010 and we are looking forward to graduation for the Class of 2009. Imagine what the Class of 2011 will be like!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Ode to Work Experience

Work Experience. It is that pesky thing that many employers ask about when you are looking for that first job and what an MBA Admissions office wants to see when you apply. Often, it feels like a Catch-22: You seem to have too little or too much all at the same time.

Times have changed. People now have greater access to a variety of opportunities and more educational choices than generations past. Very few employees stay with one company and move up the corporate ladder. Often, after entering into a job, you get stuck in your current position or fall victim to the “Glass Ceiling” effect. What to do? For many, the answer is getting your MBA and fast-tracking your career.

The top MBA programs require work experience. Work experience will always be prerequisite to obtaining the job you truly desire. But also, it is work experience you will take into the classroom. Think about the new meaning your educational experiences will have when you can make a real-life connection between what you are studying to what you experienced at work in the past.

It is work experience that makes you more marketable in the job market today. The MBA Career Management Center will be instrumental in your job search and in your development as an MBA job seeker. However, it is work experience that ensures you will be considered for higher paying, higher responsibility positions upon graduation. After all, it is the main reason you are considering your MBA, right? With no work experience and an MBA, you will be competing for entry-level positions rather than mid- to upper level management positions.

It is much easier to work your way up if you can get to the middle faster. You can get to the middle without an MBA. But once you reach the middle, an MBA will definitely accelerate you upwards!

World MBA Tour Atlanta

Next we'll be at the World MBA Tour Atlanta on Saturday, October 4th. This event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the GMAT, attend a career panel, and sample an MBA masterclass. Pre-registration (using the link above) is encouraged and will save you $5 off the registration fee. Please come by our table to tell us about your MBA plans and get answers to your questions.

Great to meet you at the Forum!

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Forte Forum last night. We enjoyed hearing about your career goals and encourage you to come visit us on campus to take a better look at Terry. You can call us at 706-542-5671 or email TerryMBA@terry.uga.edu to make arrangements. I know many of you were excited to hear about our fabulous Graduate Assistantships. We had a great time chatting and hope you did too!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Atlanta Forte Forum

Tonight I will be at the Atlanta Forte Forum along with Anne Cooper, Director of MBA Admissions, Full-Time Program, and current MBA student Erin McCrary hoping to chat with women interested in furthering their business education. You can learn more about the Forte Forums here. Hope to see you there!

Welcome to the Terry MBA Admissions Insider Blog

Hi and welcome to our blog! The Admissions world is not just about sifting through endless essays and candidate applications... it's about nurturing our candidates through the application process to orientation, through their two years (or 11 months) on campus and on to graduation. We are excited to share information about admissions at the Terry MBA program and what else is going on in the Terry College of Business MBA program with you. Please check back to see where we will be next and what we have been up to!