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PLEASE VISIT THE MBA INSIDER'S BLOG FOR CURRENT POSTS In an effort to consolidate and streamline our blogs, we will be merging The MBA Student Voice blog into The MBA Insider's Blog, where you can read informative posts geared for prospective MBA applicants, written by UCLA Anderson Admissions staff, MBA students, and guest contributors. We are in the process of transferring past posts over from this blog to The MBA Insider's Blog -- in the interim, you can still access all archival posts on this site. Thank you! -- UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions Team Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at The MBA Student Voice
Hello, everyone! My name is Naomi Lim, a first-year MBA student at UCLA Anderson. Below you can learn more about me: Undergraduate Major: Supply Chain Pre-Anderson Career: Since undergrad, I’ve worked in supply chain focused on strategic sourcing. First, I was in Sourcing at Motorola in the Chicago area. I really enjoyed collaborating with multiple functional teams to source and negotiate projects. Experiencing winter and snow-mageddon was key to my personal development. After 3 years there, I went to a nutritional firm to manage contract manufacturers for a mix of protein bars and beverages. They had a very fast product launch cycle, which drove a fast-paced and exciting culture. Post-MBA Goals: I want to go back into the tech industry in a product-focused role. One of the amazing things about Anderson is the exposure to multiple functions and industries. You’ll find students here going into a variety of roles, so it really allows you to pursue your career goals however niche they may be. Recently, I participated in DOJ Week, which provides an opportunity for Anderson students to visit various companies by industry. I joined the tech treck to further explore my interests and network with potential employers. One of the many companies that I had a chance to visit was Google. What I’m most excited about: Being surrounded by intelligent yet approachable people is the most exciting part for me. The diversity in background and experience of our school drives meaningful discussions both in and outside of the classroom.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at The MBA Student Voice
Hi everyone!! I’m totally stealing this questionnaire from my fellow first-year rockstar classmate, Yu Chen, but excited to introduce myself to prospective students (who I lovingly call “prospies” - a word you’ll hear me use when you meet me on campus). Name: Tiffany Lu Hometown: Arcadia, CA but born in Taiwan Prior to Anderson: I did my undergrad at Duke and then spent a few years working in entertainment before transitioning into education. Why Anderson? Anderson is actually the only school I applied to. I don’t necessarily recommend that strategy because it was very stressful putting all my eggs in one basket, but I wanted to be in LA and after I visited campus and spoke to current Anderson students, I knew I didn’t want to go to any other school. This has been said by so many people so many times, but the students at Anderson are truly what make the school special. I loved the level of respect that students showed for one another during classroom debates, and every student I reached out to showed a genuine interest in helping me navigate the admissions process. It’s a feeling that’s very hard to describe, but one that I couldn’t have ascertained just by reading literature online or attending panels and school fairs. I really had to step on campus and meet the students to get a glimpse of what life would be like in their shoes. What is one cool/interesting thing about yourself that others would not be able... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at The MBA Student Voice
Hi, my name is Chigozie Muoto and I’m in the UCLA Anderson Class of 2017. I’m so excited to be writing this post to introduce myself to you because I believe there’s so much we can learn from sharing our experiences. I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and attended the University of Lagos for undergrad. Shortly after my undergrad, I moved to Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut for graduate school. Below are some more facts about me. Undergraduate and Graduate Major: Materials Science & Engineering. Pre-MBA Jobs: I worked at Intel for about four and half years as a technology development process engineer right after obtaining a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. My passion for being involved in developing the technology that is directly impacting and changing people’s lives drew me to Intel and I really enjoyed working there. I also worked briefly in Nigeria as a network engineer before I moved to the US. I configured and maintained the computer networks of various agencies such as the Central Bank of Nigeria and the University of Abuja. This was my first job right after college and I felt so privileged to be given such responsibilities. I learned so much at this job. Post-MBA Career Goals: I would like to participate in a post-MBA rotational leadership program in a high tech company to gain a broad overview of the business. Intel has one of such programs and I will be applying there both for a summer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at The MBA Student Voice
I am finally home. After nearly 2 months worth of travelling, hellos and goodbyes, and new beginnings, I am back to square one writing my first blog post and waiting for the next big leap over the pacific. I am Arindam Das; a Class of 2017 MBA Candidate at UCLA Anderson School of Management from India. I had been working with a steel giant in the country for 4 years until I decided to pursue ‘the experience’. I have been in touch with a number of fellow Bruins and am so looking forward to meeting everyone that my eyes might just pop out like The Mask. But, jokes apart, it has been a nice experience knowing the fellow admits already and I cannot wait to meet the others. MBA certainly is not a walk in the park...the months leading up to it aren't either. I am just listing a few things I have been up to: 1. Getting the Visa: Starting from streamlining the funding for MBA, waiting for i20 to interviewing etc. I am pretty sure I lost a few pounds until I had my Visa in my hands. But wait there’s more... 2. Going through the accommodation options: The debate of university housing vs off-campus living went on for ages until I gave up and opted for university housing. The rooms are allotted according to lottery results, (and I did not get through in the first round.OUCH!), and then you start looking for room-mates. If you are too... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at The MBA Student Voice
As the inaugural blog post, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I'm a recent full-time grad of the class of 2015 and currently doing Marketing and Operations for Disney Interactive in their Media division. In my subsequent posts, I'll share more in depth about my job, my mentors, and life in general post-grad. To get to know me a bit better, here's a couple of things about myself: I'm a double Bruin and bleed blue and gold I live with another Anderson alum who works at Mattel I was a "fake FEMBA" and started my full-time job before I graduated I've never met a donut I didn't like And, here's what to expect from my blog posts: Plenty of Disney (and Star Wars!) references Random alumni cameos An honest look at life working at the House of Mouse I look forward to writing these posts and connecting with all of you! Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at The MBA Student Voice
Hello, world and hey, MBA Student Voice readers! My name is Kathleen Uson and I'm thrilled to be part of the new batch of Anderson student bloggers for the Class of 2017. I was born and raised in Manila where I graduated with a B.A. degree in Organizational Communication from the University of the Philippines. For the past 5 years, I devoted my career to the advertising industry in which I specialized in integrated media strategy and negotiation for multinational clients ranging from CPGs to banks. In less than two months, I will fly over 7,000 miles to the other end of the Pacific Rim. I'm staring at the 3 suitcases and 1 backpack where I'll be stuffing 25 years of my life in as I type this. (Really, sorting out 30+ pairs of flipflops has never been so painful!) It'll also be my first time (gasp!) to finally visit UCLA in person. It's true that most MBA admissions tips strongly recommend visiting schools to gather info and assess campus culture before applying. I'd certainly encourage you to follow this if you have the time and resources to do so, but don’t feel discouraged if otherwise—more so if you live far away. There are a multitude of other sources you can tap (i.e. attending off-campus and online info sessions, reading blogs, and reaching out to student ambassadors) and still be able to exhibit your enthusiasm/resourcefulness to the admissions committee. That said, joining this group is my way of paying it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at The MBA Student Voice
I’ve found myself thinking those three words on a regular basis in the months since I picked up the phone and found out I was accepted into the UCLA Anderson Class of 2017. In fact, I’m thinking them right now because I’m writing this post while nestled on a couch inside the home of my favorite musician of all time. More on that later. But first, a little about myself. My name is Matthew Becker, and I am happy to be contributing to a website I was glued to as a hopeful applicant. I grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and for the last three years I was living in Washington, D.C. working as a communications director on Capitol Hill. I decided to get my MBA because I wanted to make a career change to management consulting, and a city change to Los Angeles (growing up in North Dakota gave me enough cold weather to last a lifetime). Back to that acceptance phone call I was talking about. It was a total blur. The student on the other end of the line said the words “hello”, “welcome”, “you”, “congratulations”, and “2017”. They were certainly constructed in the form of a sentence, but I was too excited to hear them in the correct order. After processing that information, I decided to squeeze as many adventures (and business books) as I possibly could into my pre-MBA summer. Two months of nonstop travel After moving out of D.C. at the beginning of April,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at The MBA Student Voice
It is that time again – less than two months until the first MBA application of the year is due! Hopefully by now you are already knee deep in the application process, but if not don’t fret because some careful planning and committed execution can get you into the school of your dreams. In this post I want to focus on three factors – the GMAT, application essays, and interview. GMAT: If you have already taken the GMAT and scored in your school’s target range, then stop reading here and move to the next section because retaking it and getting those 10 extra points won’t give you near as much of an advantage as having carefully crafted, articulate essays. If you have yet to take the test, or achieve your target score, then you better rethink what you are doing this Friday night and set a library date with your study materials. My recommendation: select the Manhattan GMAT guides that correspond to your four weakest areas and master one a week for the next month. It is difficult to overstate the importance of the GMAT in the application process. Essays: In my applications, the essays were by far the most challenging aspect. How could I package my life story into 750 words or fewer? The simple answer is I didn’t need to, and neither do you. What you do need to do is paint a picture for the admissions committee – provide them with a story or a tidbit that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The MBA Student Voice
How much did a UCLA Anderson acceptance letter cost? $ Six years of professional fortitude $ (Maybe more than) four years of sleepless undergraduate nights $ 12 months of GMAT prep and exams $ A living room floor littered with essay drafts $ About a dozen age wrinkles worth of family support $ Two b-school online forum accounts as a "long-time lurker" $ A handful of very patient and saintly recommenders $ One more-expensvie-than-necessary journal full of introspection $ ... And a nominal application fee How long does it take to open a UCLA Anderson acceptance letter? About four minutes, as my once capable fingers suddenly lost feeling and were rendered completely unable to type my application password on the suddenly really tiny iPone letters. "Were they always this small? Why won't it CAPS lock? WHAT'S MY NAME AGAIN?!?" What does a UCLA Anderson acceptance letter look like? "Congratu..." That's all I remember, as it was followed by a cacophony of emotions and phone calls. Mom first. Hello, interweb! My name is Mike Leve and it's my pleasure to introduce myself as one of the UCLA Anderson Student Bloggers. I hail from Chicago, Illinois and am a member of the Polar Vortex Class of 2014. I received my B.S. from Northwestern University and I am exorbitantly proud to be an Anderson student, planning to focus on marketing and brand management in the entertainment space. In the interest of getting to know each other better, here are a few photos on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at The MBA Student Voice
My name is Zafeer Khan and I am one of the Class of 2016 bloggers looking forward to sharing my journey over the next two years. I was born and raised in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a small country in South Asia surrounded by India in the North and West, Myanmar in the East and the Bay of Bengal in the South. Bangladesh is a commonwealth nation so I ended up studying under the British system of education and had to take my Ordinary Level and Advanced Level exams out of high school (by the way, no relation to Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L) exams, Harry Potter fans!). I came to the US in 2004 to pursue my undergraduate studies at Georgia Institute of Technology. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science I decided I did not want to code for the rest of my life but stay in the tech industry and learn the business side of things, so I got into Technology Consulting. I worked in strategy consulting providing advice and assessment to top technology companies as well as worked in systems implementation helping both private and public sector clients upgrade their legacy business processes. I have been doing consulting for the past six years for both a small and large consulting firm, raking in tons of experience that eventually helped me secure a spot at a top business school - Anderson. Anderson was my first choice due to its location in California and proximity... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at The MBA Student Voice