Archive for November, 2011
Monday, November 28th, 2011
One of the quirky parts of being a Penn State student is sharing the campus with some of nature’s furry four-footed ambassadors: squirrels. The Penn State squirrels are world-famous, and one even has its own Facebook page under the name “This Squirrel” (which represents the technology help desk at the university). In the October issue of State College Magazine, an entire article was published recanting how the Penn State squirrels got here. It also addresses some of their strange mystique and habits. (The full article can be read on www.statecollege.com). Our squirrels are Eastern Grays and dine on a variety of cuisine including both substances from the earth (acorns and such) and substances from the students (M&Ms and such). It is not uncommon to have one approach you (at times becoming uncomfortably close if you are not a true nature lover)as you eat your lunch as an unsuspecting bystander on one of the campus benches. While they may seem more domesticated than “regular” squirrels, the Penn State squirrels ARE still wild animals and have the potential to bite if you try to pet them. So think of squirrel watching as more of a spectator sport. Take some time, sit back, and relax and watch their antics as they run and chase each other through the oak trees in front of Old Main, stealthily grab an abandoned French fry outside of the HUB—or even sit up, twitch their tails and observe YOU as they wonder why you are here sharing THEIR campus. We are…Penn State. And the squirrels are Penn State too!
–Stacey Dorang Peeler
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
As the first deadline has passed it is full-time interview season again here in the hall of MBA admissions. We’ve told you in the past some tips for the interview itself, for example be on time, dress for success, have clear, concise goals, and be yourself. What about tips for before for the interview?
If interviewing in person take advantage of the opportunity to sit in on a class and meet with a current student. As much as we interview you for our program, you should be interviewing us as well. The better you can determine if we are the right fit for you, the more successful you can be in your MBA future.
If interviewing via webcam test your system in advance and logon early to make sure your interviewer can find you. Also keep in mind what your interviewer will see in their screen along with just yourself. Prepare a setting that is not distracting or cluttered.
When interviewing by phone prepare a quiet space for interview, sit upright (preferably at a desk), and dress like you would if you were to interview in person. I know this sounds crazy, but you’d be surprised how different you sound over the phone sitting at a desk in a suit compared to lounging on a couch in your pajamas. It does resonate through the phone.
Other things to remember when planning an interview are that all times on the interview scheduling system are Penn State local time (Eastern US Time.) Also when sending your webcam or telephone information to us remember you will not receive a reply verifying receipt of that information. We will however reach out to you if approaching the time of the interview we have not received your information.
If you are granted an interview this admissions season best of luck and we look forward to speaking soon.
- Scott Sylves
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Last evening approximately 100 members of our Smeal MBA faculty, staff, students and family gathered to share a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. This annual tradition is yet another way our community gathers to celebrate one another and our diverse backgrounds. Entertainment was provided during the evening by our current students, and wonderful food was prepared and shared by all. Last evening was a wonderful opportunity to reflect during this busy and chaotic time about all we have to be thankful for in our lives. I am thankful today for our Smeal MBA Community. There is a special bond that brings us all together, and I hope we continue to grow and nurture that bond for many years to come!
Friday, November 4th, 2011
Essays. If you are applying to b-school you are going to have to write them! The process can be overwhelming, especially since there is no common application for b-school. This means you are likely going to have to answer different essay questions and follow a different set of instructions for each school you are applying to. Keeping a few things in mind can make the process easier for you:
1)Start EARLY. Putting essays off until the last minute will not allow you to put forth your best efforts. You will need time to revise and re-write.
2)Don’t use precious essay space to give a re-cap of your resume or application. The admissions committee wants to see things in the essays that it can’t in other parts of the application.
3)Proofread meticulously! Admissions committees know you are applying to other schools, but things like seeing the WRONG school name in an essay is a huge turn off. This is something spell check or grammar check won’t catch. Use your eyes AND make sure to employ a second set from a trusted friend.
4)Follow directions. If the directions say 1 page, please don’t submit 3-4. Can you imagine if every applicant did this? The committee has put specific instructions in place for good reason (although that reason may not be transparent to you).
5)Be yourself. The committee wants to learn more about YOU. We want to read YOUR writing and get a feel for who you are.
For more tips and recommendations about crafting your b-school essays, check out our newest webcast posted on iTunes University.
–Stacey Dorang Peeler