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Introducing the MBA Recruiting and Admissions Team (part 2 of 3)

Today I would like to introduce Natalie Mehl:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Mehl

Assistant Director, MBA Recruiting and Admissions

B.A. Strategic Communications – The Ohio State University, 2008

Natalie graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications and Political Science. Before coming to Fisher she worked for Sears Holdings Corporation and in Undergraduate Admissions at Ohio State-she just loves to help recruit Buckeyes!

Natalie is from southeastern Ohio and grew up on the river so she loves to boat and enjoys most water related activities! In her free time she loves to cheer on the Buckeyes, take Zumba classes, try out new recipes and spend time with her friends and family.

A few of her favorite things:

                Place in Columbus: The Columbus Zoo J (She absolutely LOVES monkeys.)

                Restaurant: Marcella’s in the Short North

                TV Show: Law & Order SVU

                Food: Chips & Salsa/Guacamole

                Book: She just got a nook and would love any suggestions for downloads!

 


Introducing the MBA Recruiting and Admissions Team! (part 1 of 3)

As we gear up for another exciting year of recruiting, I thought it would be nice to introduce you to the members of the MBA Recruiting and Admissions Team!  This is especially important since two of our members are brand new.  Today, I introduce Julee Conrad:

 

 

 

 

 

Julee Conrad

Assistant Director, MBA Recruiting and Admissions

BS Accounting – Miami University, 2005

MAcc – The Ohio State University, 2006

Prior to joining the Admissions team at Fisher, Julee earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Miami University and a Master of Accounting from The Ohio State University.  After working for KPMG as an auditor and then as a recruiter, Julee returned to her ‘home’ with the Buckeyes!

A native of Ohio, she grew up on a farm and loves spending time outdoors.  If she isn’t on Fisher’s campus, she can be found jogging with her husband, reading, or finding a new frozen yogurt shop.

Here are a few more of her favorite things:

Places in Columbus:  Antrim Park, the Worthington Farmers’ Market, and Easton Town Center

Restaurant: J. Alexander’s

TV Show:  Seinfeld

Food/Beverage:  Coffee, coffee, and coffee :)

Recently Read Books:  Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer, Bossypants by Tina Fey, and I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

We’ll be introducing the other staff in future posts – stay tuned!


Essay changes for 2013 application

The new application for 2013 will be ready to go in mid-July and we will begin reviewing applications at the beginning of August.  Essay content will not be different for this year, but there is one major change – we will only have TWO required essays instead of THREE and you will have a choice for your second essay.  The application instructions will look like this for the essay section:

Essay #1Shaping Your Vision

Every year Fisher College’s Full-Time MBA program admits a select group of talented professionals with demonstrated potential to become successful business leaders in an increasingly competitive, global environment. Why do you want to earn an MBA degree in general and a Fisher College MBA in particular? How will Fisher specifically assist you in achieving your individual potential? As part of your response, include a brief summary of your professional accomplishments to date. If you have not held a full-time job or are still in college, let us know about your leadership accomplishments in a school, internship, or extracurricular context.

Maximum words: 750

Essay #2 – CHOICE*
For your second essay, choose either Focusing on Leadership or Discovering You.

Focusing On Leadership*

One of Fisher’s strengths is its dedication to developing leaders. Listed below are 10 attributes that characterize great leaders. Please select the two criteria that best describe your strengths and provide us with concrete evidence to support your choices.

Write an essay for each of the two characteristics you select, describing situations in which you exemplified these leadership traits. Please title each of your essays with the specific trait (e.g. ‘endurance’) that you have chosen for yourself. As part of your essay response, you may include a digital photo or link to content (e.g. blog, video clip, website, etc.) if that content helps to illustrate the attribute(s) you have chosen.

  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Endurance
  • Creativity
  • Global awareness
  • Passion
  • Vision
  • Self Awareness
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

Maximum words: 500 per attribute

Discovering You*

As a Fisher College MBA student, you get the best of both worlds: the up-close and personal feel of a small program combined with the resources and opportunities offered by a major research university. As an individual participant, you will play a key role in shaping our culture. Consequently, we would like to learn more about who you are and the unique characteristics you will contribute to the Fisher College community. Provide an honest description of yourself outside your professional context, stressing the personal characteristics you believe to be your strengths and weaknesses, along with the factors that have most influenced your development to date.

Maximum words: 750

We are also adding the opportunity for you to include supplemental information within the online application module. In the past, if you wanted to share information with the Admissions Committee that was not covered in another section of the application, you had to email it to us separately. This year you will see the following section:

Supplemental Information (Optional)
Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere.

Maximum words: 250


Get ready for the new GMAT!

If you are thinking about applying to MBA programs this fall, you probably are aware that the GMAT is changing next month – June 5, 2012 to be exact!  The Graduate Management Admissions Council is introducing a new Integrated Reasoning (IR)section into the Next Generation GMAT.    The IR section will include texts, charts and/or tables; mult-source reasoning; graphics interpretation and two-part analysis.  You get to use an on-screen calculator with this section – exciting!

The verbal and quantitative sections will not change and will still comprise the score on the 800 scale that you are used to seeing.  The IR section will have a separate score on an 8 point scale.  A main difference with the addition of the IR section is the switch to just one analytical writing assessment. 

The new test format will look like this:

30 minute Analytical Writing Assessment

30 minute Intergrated Reasoning Section

75 minute Quantitative Section

75 minutes Verbal Section

Total 3 hours, 30 minutes (4 hours total time commitment, including breaks)

You may be wondering how business schools are going to evaluate applicants using this new section.  Honestly, it is too early to tell.  I know that I am excited about the opportunity to evaluate candidates based on skills that are highly relevant and criticial to academic success in a business school classroom.  The questions in this section will ask you to synthesize, analyze, and organize information from a variety of sources to draw a conclusion and solution to a problem.  Since we have no historic scoring data, we have nobody to compare to, so my thought is that the first test takers of the new section have an advantage – you can set the bar for those to come after you!  I do not anticipate that the scores on this section will have a dramatic impact on admissions this next cycle.  Once we all have a better idea of how the section is scored and what the correlation is between scores on this section and performance in the classroom, we will have a much better sense of how much weight to put on it.  In the meantime, happy studying and good luck!  Visit mba.com to register for the GMAT and access practice tests.

One important note – with the addition of the new section, it will take a bit longer for us to get your scores.  We have been told that it will take about 20 days to receive them.  Please give yourself enough time to take the exam when planning around your application deadlines.

 


Spring Interview Day

Thinking about getting your MBA and wondering if you are too late to start this fall?  Good news!  Fisher reserves a limited number of seats in the Full-Time MBA class for individuals who may have realized a bit late in the process that the MBA is the best next step for them.  We understand that sometimes things happen – in either work or our personal lives – that makes us rethink our plans and choose a different course of action.  If you are thinking that it might be a good time to make a change and you are ready to take that next step, consider attending our spring interview day on Friday, April 27.

You may request an invitation to attend here.  Candidates that are invited to join us will be guaranteed an admissions interview for the fall semester 2012 enrollment term.  Join us for lunch, a program overview, and a tour of campus in addition to your interview and receive an expedited admissions decision shortly after your visit.

We look forward to learning more about you!

 


Red Carpet Success!

This past weekend marked another successful Fisher Red Carpet Admitted Students weekend (see last week’s post).   We even had an ad in the Columbus Dispatch to mark the occasion!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you didn’t get to come, you missed out on these delicious treats, but don’t worry – there is always next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We attempted to spell out O-H-I-O in front of the Thompson Library with questionable results, but everyone had fun!


Red Carpet Weekend March 30-31

We are getting very excited for our upcoming Red Carpet Admitted Students Weekend, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at Fisher.  The weekend includes the following activities:

Welcome and introduction by the Graduate Programs Office and Deans of the Fisher College of Business

Presentation by the Office of Career Management

Meet and Greet Dinner with Fisher Alumni

MBA Program Overview Presentation

Team Activity

Lunch with Fisher Faculty

Presentation on Preparing for Fisher

Casual Dinner (and Final Four excitement) with current Fisher students

For those of you that are unable to attend the weekend or who would like to get an inside peek at the weekend’s events, we will be live tweeting details of the events! Follow the #redcarpet12 conversation @FisherOSU_MBA  beginning Friday afternoon. 

 


Columbus Bicentennial

Happy 200th birthday, Columbus!

 

 

 

 

 

I recently received an email from E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University‘s president.

Columbus, Ohio, won my heart on my first visit here in 1990, and I am
happy to say the city has continued to embrace our great University.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the city’s founding, and
celebrations are scheduled throughout 2012, with festivals, arts
exhibitions, performances, and so much more. I hope you will take a
moment to check out the University-related events on the calendar link
http://outreach.osu.edu/200Columbus and find an event that becomes a
must-see on your list.

Columbus is a vibrant setting for The Ohio State University — as both
the city and the University grow and change to meet the challenges of
the 21st century. I urge you to experience the city at its fullest,
during this bicentennial month and throughout the year. I plan to do
the same.

Sincerely,

E. Gordon Gee
President

There’s always plenty to do in Columbus – and I figure that since 2012 is the 200th anniversary of its founding, I figure “stuff to do around here” will be kicked up a notch during the upcoming year. :-) So, if you’re going to be traveling to Columbus any time soon, are already here, or need a reason to visit, check out the city’s bicentennial page for more info!

 

Semester Curriculum Year 1

As we get ready to move to semesters, I thought it would be helpful to show you what you can expect from a curriculum standpoint.  During the first year of the MBA program, you will focus on gaining expertise in your core business courses.  Beginning in spring semester, you can enroll in a couple of elective courses to whet your appetite in a new subject matter or expand upon material that was introduced in your core coursework.  Next week I will profile year 2 and give you an idea of the courses offered for a specialization in Finance.  Stay tuned!

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$500 book scholarship for February applicants

For all of you slow pokes out there who need an incentive to finish up your application and hit the “submit” button, here it is:

Anyone who applies to the Fisher Full-Time MBA program between now and March 1st (our next deadline) will receive a $500 scholarship for books and/or case materials, provided that you are offered admission and enroll at Fisher in the fall. 

Need another incentive?  If you apply quickly enough, you may still have enough time to earn your ticket to our Red Carpet Admitted Students Weekend.  What does that mean?  Well, Red Carpet is our Admitted Students Weekend, so an invitation to Red Carpet follows an acceptance into the Full-Time MBA program for Fall 2012.  Red Carpet will be held the weekend of March 30-31.  More on Red Carpet to come, but first, get in that application!!

That $500 will go a long way, especially on used books!


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