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Re: Calling all UW-Foster Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2014, 19:28
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After bombing last year with a bunch of top 20 schools, I've realized that Foster JUST MIGHT be one of the best value for money schools around. its my top choice for this year.

ATB to everyone. Any alums in the board ? Would be nice to pick your brain.
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It Takes a Village [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2014, 13:00
FROM Foster Admissions Blog: It Takes a Village
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The weekend before the last week of class, I set out on a bike ride with three friends from school. We were excited to enjoy the afternoon outside, and three of us were training for a triathlon that we had signed up for together. On the way home from the ride, my wheel got caught in a railroad track, and I was thrown from my bike. When I came to, I was on the ground and had no idea how I got there! I looked up and immediately felt comforted by seeing a familiar face, one of these friends, telling me that I was going to be OK.

The other two pulled up by bike, and one quickly called 911. One rode in the ambulance with me. She and two other friends from the class who met us at the hospital stayed in the E.R. with me for five hours on a Saturday night to make sure I was okay. I ended up with a broken wrist, stitches in my forehead, and road rash down the right side of my body.

I credit co-chairing the 2014 Business Plan Competition for bringing me together with a friend who generously offered to take me into her home and take care of me in my recovery. She drove me to all of my appointments and took copious notes. She managed all of my medicines for me and checked in on me constantly to make sure that I was comfortable and had what I needed. She even washed my hair for me over the side of the tub—creating a salon-like set-up with a camping chair and a removable shower head—since I did not have the dexterity to do it myself. She took me to my surgery at 6:30a.m. Keep in mind that all of this was during the last week of school and finals, which is a stressful time for everyone.

Throughout my recovery, I was flooded with texts and calls from classmates, professors, and the program office to make sure I was okay. Numerous classmates stopped by to bring dinner, snacks, flowers, and to see how I was doing. One even picked up my mom from the airport when she got to town after my surgery, even though they had only met once briefly.

A few weeks later, when I moved into a new apartment and could not lift anything with my right hand, the Foster family stepped in again. Classmates helped me unpack, hang things with a power drill, assemble furniture and dispose of boxes.

I am from the East Coast, and it was scary to go through something like this and not have family nearby. It was comforting how quickly the Foster family stepped in to take care of me and make sure that I was OK.

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A Summer in Consulting [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2014, 14:00
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ummer as a consultant at McKinsey and I still don’t truly know how to describe what a consultant does. I can say that what we do, we do for many hours a day during the week and earn a few hotel points and airline miles along the way. This summer, I am involved in a high-level, corporate strategy project with a Fortune 100 company. It blows my mind that someone like me, only half-way through my Foster MBA, is influencing the strategic direction of a corporation with executives who have lived and breathed the industry for decades.

I knew going into my summer at McKinsey that I would have the opportunity to have real impact on big problems, but I never thought I would meet so many great people. I have to admit that prior to starting my internship, I had a certain stereotype in mind. However, aside from employees referring to McKinsey internally as “the Firm,” any notion of pretentiousness has been shattered. The nature of my project makes it fairly top-heavy, but despite my relatively minimal experience, I’ve been encouraged to speak up about my ideas and exercise an “obligation to dissent.” Inside the team room, all ideas are considered and reacted to based on the same criteria. The goal is client impact – whose mouth that impact comes from is unimportant.

The best part of my summer has been the chances I’ve had to spend time with fellow West Coast interns. At this moment, I’m at the Reno Airport getting ready to come back from a weekend spent with 50 other interns in Tahoe. Combining that with a conference in Florida and a training in San Francisco, I’ve developed friendships with some incredibly talented people. They come from colleges and business schools all over the country and from a wide range of experiences. I’m humbled to be part of this group and the amount I’ve learned from my new colleagues and friends has been invaluable. I’m excited to bring this experience back to Foster in the fall.

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Re: Calling all UW-Foster Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2014, 13:43
Hey

So, I just started out with my online application and I'm having trouble with this:

"Grade Point Average (0-4.0) for the last 90 quarter or 60 semester graded credits. Convert all grading scales to a 0.0-4.0 scale"

Now being an Indian applicant and having done my undergrad in India, my university used a 10 point grading system. So how do I convert that to a 0-4.0 scale? They've given a link: http://www.foreigncredits.com/Resources ... onversion/ but then again, that just shows us an equivalent letter grade.

Any suggestions on how to go about this? I find this whole conversion pretty ambiguous. According to the above site, when I use the drop-down and choose 'India' and then under 'Grading Scale' I choose 'Most Common' then my grade is a B. However, the second option under 'Grading Scale' which is 'Letter Grade' and using the scale of 1-10...I'm actually failing :shock: :shock: which is not only untrue but very ambiguous. How can one conversion tell me that I have a B and the other that I have 'Failed' ?

How are other Indian applicants going about with this?
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A Summer Marketing Internship at a High-Growth, High-Tech Fi [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2014, 11:00
FROM Foster Admissions Blog: A Summer Marketing Internship at a High-Growth, High-Tech Firm
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Unlike many of my classmates who came into Foster with a laser focus on working at Amazon/Microsoft/Starbucks, I came into Foster with a desire to work at a certain type of company. I wanted to work at a high-growth, high-tech firm that was on the late side of early stage. One that was established and well-funded, but still operated like a start-up. I wanted to work at a firm that challenged the status quo and came up with a new way of doing things—a disruptor or a creator of their own space in the market. One that placed a high value on creativity, innovation, and new ideas. I also knew that I was interested in a Marketing or Communications role that was strategic. After spending a significant portion of my career in risk-averse, bureaucratic environments, I was excited to see what it was like on the other side.

I first heard of Apptio when taking the Software Entrepreneurship class with Greg Gottesman and Matt McIlwain, who are both managing directors at Madrona Venture Capital, where Apptio is a portfolio company. Through a random mix of networking, serendipity, and luck, I was contacted by an Apptio recruiter in the spring about interning with the Marketing Department on the Content Marketing team. Content Marketing turned out to be a great opportunity to combine my strategic communications background and the quantitative and analytical skills I have learned in the MBA.

Apptio is the most measurement-oriented company I have ever worked for. They measure everything and analyze all actions, tying them back to outcomes and results. All of the Marketing efforts are tied to sales goals. The company has a sophisticated sales funnel, and tracks all prospects on a detailed level.

My project is creating the SlideShare strategy and then creating presentations to post on the Apptio SlideShare channel. It is a fun challenge to come up with engaging and compelling content that explains a solution to complex, technical problems.

At my job before going back to school, I was the person everyone came to when they wanted to know what the latest social media and collaboration tools were. When I arrived at Apptio, I was greeted with a plethora of tools I had never heard of, such as Slack, Trello, and Marketto.

I am currently one month into the internship, and I have already learned so much. From the exposure to new tools to meeting great colleagues to understanding the sales funnel, this internship has been an excellent opportunity to see what it is really like to work at this type of firm.

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Re: Calling all UW-Foster Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2014, 14:58
Round 1. Grew up in the area and immediate family is still there. Probably my top choice unless I get significant money from a more "prestigious" school.
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A Summer Strategy Internship at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundat [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2014, 16:00
FROM Foster Admissions Blog: A Summer Strategy Internship at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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As I near the end of my internship at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and take stock of my experiences this summer and what I’ve learned, I am repeatedly humbled to be part of this remarkable organization. The campus is teeming with the foremost experts in a plethora of fields from around the world. As interns, we’ve been given an incredible opportunity not only to attend the many talks and fireside chats with people like Peter Piot and Bill Nye, but also the chance to sit down with C-level executives from across the organization and ask them about their experiences, leadership approach, and vision for the organization. I’ve taken away many lessons from these chats, and equally important have learned much from the incredible cohort of interns from across the country.

I’ve been thrilled to dive head first into strategy work for one of the global health programs. In reflecting on what skills I’ve most applied from my first year at Foster, I think, at a high level, it’s a structured way of thinking: which I practiced through a combination of strategy and marketing classes, my applied strategy and Service Corps projects, and case interview preparation. There’s a wonderful sense of gratification in knowing that I’ve approached my work this summer differently as a result of my first year in the MBA program, and that I’ll approach my second year differently as a result of my experiences this summer.

I had high expectations for this summer…they’ve been far surpassed.

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Re: Calling all UW-Foster Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2014, 00:34
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Round 1. Grew up in the area and immediate family is still there. Probably my top choice unless I get significant money from a more "prestigious" school.


Hi I have a query.

Does Foster accept GRE score??

I have a GRE score of 1400 and a GMAT score of 610.

Confused which one to apply with??

Your guidance will be much appreciated.
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Re: Calling all UW-Foster Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2014, 10:32
anjubaid wrote:

Hi I have a query.

Does Foster accept GRE score??

I have a GRE score of 1400 and a GMAT score of 610.

Confused which one to apply with??

Your guidance will be much appreciated.


Per their website they require the GMAT.
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A Summer Global Digital Marketing Internship at Starbucks [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2014, 10:00
FROM Foster Admissions Blog: A Summer Global Digital Marketing Internship at Starbucks
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Securing an internship at Starbucks this summer had been a goal of mine since I started my Foster journey. I’ve always been drawn to Starbucks because I have a passion for food and I want to work for an innovative retail company with a strong consumer brand. This summer, I’m working on the Global Digital Marketing Team, focused on optimizing the performance of their social media campaigns.

I’ve learned so much about Starbucks and why they stand out, but I’ve also taken classes to become a Coffee Master, attended a Sounders game with my fellow intern class (in a box suite, nonetheless), and I’ve had great exposure to senior executives in the company.

Still, the best thing about my experience thus far is meeting the partners (employees) there. Everyone at Starbucks loves sharing their journey and they are so passionate about Starbucks – the company, the coffee, food, and the customer experience. What’s even better is the HUGE Foster alumni network at Starbucks and how supportive they are! They’ve set up “Ask Us Anything” sessions, happy hours and have even set aside time to watch us practice our presentations.  At Starbucks, this summer has been nothing short of amazing!

 

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A Summer Marketing Internship at Google Singapore [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2014, 11:00
FROM Foster Admissions Blog: A Summer Marketing Internship at Google Singapore
This has been one of my favorite summers so far. I managed to get an internship at my dream company, Google, and in one of my favorite countries, Singapore. My role at Google is MBA Marketing Intern with the South East Asia, Small and Medium Business Marketing team.

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The internship experience has greatly surpassed my expectations. First of all, I feel lucky that I’ve been given a real hands-on project for the summer. The amount of trust that has been placed in me and the resources I’ve been given make me feel that I am not just an intern. Instead, I am doing work that really matters for the users and the company. I’m involved in and actually lead certain key components of a regional marketing project and work closely with Googlers cross-functionally and cross-geographically. Moreover, my final delivery is a real program which will make an impact on both the end users and the company.

Secondly, I was a bit nervous on my first day. However, the moment I stepped into the Google office, I could see and feel the fun and open culture everywhere: the office design & decoration, interns’ high level of access to information, and of course the people I’ve met. Everyone, no matter how senior, is very approachable and open to talking with me. I have never been turned down or even responded to with hesitation when I reach out to ask job-related questions or request career advice. I am so lucky that my manager is a Foster MBA alumnus. He is always willing to share his personal experience and career advice with me. Every one-on-one session with him is more like a career coaching session.Image

Now that I’m one year into my MBA program and two months into my internship, I see how I’ve changed substantially, especially in terms of strategic thinking and communication skills. There are so many moments during my work here that remind me of knowledge I acquired from group discussions at Foster. Moreover, the frameworks I learned from the classes are really helpful in solving the problems I encounter here.

There are only three weeks left of my internship. While I’m enjoying this great experience with Google, I’m going to be fully recharged for fall quarter!

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Re: Calling all UW-Foster Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2014, 09:51
How strict is Foster about WE? It says on their website post-undergrad WE isn't required but highly valued.
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Re: Calling all UW-Foster Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2014, 11:08
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How strict is Foster about WE? It says on their website post-undergrad WE isn't required but highly valued.


I imagine they are as strict as every other Top 50 business school. Considering the relatively small class size they are probably more strict than some of the other bigger schools. The people who get in without any work experience have advanced degrees or currently perusing advanced degrees (think lawyers or doctors) or are absolute studs. Think Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and multiple internships at Google, McKinsey, Goldman, etc. An acquaintance at undergrad went straight to HBS but he was near the top of the class and multiple internships at Goldman.

If you are a college senior with solid (but not spectacular grades, school, stats) your odds are probably slim. A big part of business school is the peer effect. It is not just learning skills and regurgitating what the professors say. It is applying your personal experiences to various cases and discussions. If you don't have any business experience you will probably have very little to contribute. That's not to say you couldn't do or handle the work. An additional factor is business schools want to make sure you are employable (and they want higher average starting salaries). If they let you in and you get a job making $50,000 at graduation, that reflects poorly on the school.
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Re: Calling all UW-Foster Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2014, 11:55
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How strict is Foster about WE? It says on their website post-undergrad WE isn't required but highly valued.


I imagine they are as strict as every other Top 50 business school. Considering the relatively small class size they are probably more strict than some of the other bigger schools. The people who get in without any work experience have advanced degrees or currently perusing advanced degrees (think lawyers or doctors) or are absolute studs. Think Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and multiple internships at Google, McKinsey, Goldman, etc. An acquaintance at undergrad went straight to HBS but he was near the top of the class and multiple internships at Goldman.

If you are a college senior with solid (but not spectacular grades, school, stats) your odds are probably slim. A big part of business school is the peer effect. It is not just learning skills and regurgitating what the professors say. It is applying your personal experiences to various cases and discussions. If you don't have any business experience you will probably have very little to contribute. That's not to say you couldn't do or handle the work. An additional factor is business schools want to make sure you are employable (and they want higher average starting salaries). If they let you in and you get a job making $50,000 at graduation, that reflects poorly on the school.


Thanks for your input. I did not think MBA programs valued advanced degrees that much.
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Re: Calling all UW-Foster Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2014, 12:18
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I did not think MBA programs valued advanced degrees that much. [/color]


They don't. I should clarify that the majority of those doctors/lawyers are in Dual Degree Programs or are already students. Also, lots of schools have 5-year Undergrad Engineering/MBA programs.

The people with no experience are outliers. Most the people with only 2 years of experience were I bankers and consultants (and as a result usually have strong grades, test scores, pedigrees, and strong work experience.

If you are awesome enough to get into Foster without experience than go get four years of experience and then go to a Top 10 school or get a big scholarship to Foster.
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Pre-onboarding MBA Career Orientation in Shanghai [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2014, 12:00
FROM Foster Admissions Blog: Pre-onboarding MBA Career Orientation in Shanghai
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I had thought that all the MBA events and learnings would take place after the start of the program in September. I was very surprised when I learned that the Foster MBA Career Management Team would fly half-way around the earth to Shanghai, China to provide us incoming international students with a pre-onboarding career orientation on July 26th and 27th.

During this two-day session, Dodi and Sally taught us the American style of job hunting, like how to network, how to request informational interviews and how to maintain networking relationships. We also had resume workshops and even got the chance to have our first networking event with HRs and Foster alumni from Amazon, DuPont, Starbucks, etc. and recruiters from Apple.

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he most beneficial part of this face-to-face session was the chance to discuss which topics or tones are appropriate to use in informational interviews. As an international student, trying to adapt myself to the cultural differences in job hunting is not just about learning the process, but also about understanding the American norms and customs, which I cannot get through a virtual session. Also, by having guest speakers, HRs and alums with us, I had the chance to test my networking skills and build up my confidence. I also received feedback on my elevator pitch, which I will use in the career expo weeks later.

Through this session, I most certainly confirmed that choosing Foster was a very good decision. Students and alumni are always willing to share their knowledge and experience. Career coaches are very considerate and ready to help. Now I am looking forward to my MBA experience at Foster even more!

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18 Pieces of Advice to First-Year MBAs from Two Seattle Entrepreneurs [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2014, 13:00
FROM Foster Admissions Blog: 18 Pieces of Advice to First-Year MBAs from Two Seattle Entrepreneurs
On Friday February 12th, 106 first year MBA students headed across Lake Washington to the headquarters of Microsoft where they had their Career Management Orientation. Below is a summary of the advice they received from two Seattle-based entrepreneurs, as collected by incoming student Nelson Tang.

Last Friday, the UW Full Time MBA students went to do a full-on career management day at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA.  We did a ton of activities, including a Q&A panel with recruiters in various industries, a ‘speed career date’ session with alumni and recruiters, and so on.  But the highlight for me was the keynote speech by Chris Howard (founder of Fuel Capital) and Richard Tait (inventor of Cranium, founder of Golazo, and tons of other companies!).  I was floored.

Because memories are fleeting, I’m writing this as a reminder to myself and my fellow MBA students so we don’t forget this advice!

  • You’re gonna hear “no” over and over again.  Remember: it’s not about how many times you get knocked down – it’s how many times you get back up.
  • Never blow out someone else’s candle.
  • What do you want written on your tombstone?  Let those words guide your decisions and chart your path.
  • Grades don’t matter.  There are 3 legs to the MBA experience, and networking is the most important.  While everyone else is playing fantasy football, you should be having informational interviews.  When you request someone’s time, be super prepared, have a super specific request.
  • When the door opens and the opportunity arises, hit it with every fiber of your being.
  • A good mentoring relationship should feel like osmosis…there’s an ebb and flow to the relationship, an exchange that goes both ways.
  • On informational interviews:  Show up early, and do your research.  Have at least 10 awesome questions ready to go, and follow up with a handwritten note.  Keep them informal.
  • Make a list of the 10 people you want to meet in the MBA program.  Have a tight filter/criteria for why you want to meet them.
  • It’s not about grades or the classes you have to take.
  • Go where the action is.
  • You will make sacrifices to achieve your dream.
  • Build a ‘Board of Advisors’ (about five people) for yourself that help you open closed doors and make big decisions.  Each person should have different backgrounds and specialties, but they should have some common values.  Check in with them at least quarterly.
  • Be present.  Put the phones down.  These moments are the most impactful.  You owe it to yourself and your team to give 100%.
  • Build a business plan for your life.  Check with your Board of Advisors.  Constantly re-evaluate your goals and values.
  • Be open to “yes.”  You’re going to have to manage your time and say no to some opportunities to protect your time, but you never know what might happen if you say “yes.”  It might turn into something amazing.
  • You’re going to be thrown a lot of opportunities.  Take risks, try things you’re uncomfortable with…whether it’s classes, clubs, activities, etc.  What do you have to lose?
  • If you’re new to the region and don’t have a network – get on LinkedIn!  Networking takes a lot of work and you gotta hustle.  Seattle is a small town – everybody knows everybody.  Connect with all your classmates.
  • After an informational interview, ask if there are two more people to meet.  See if they can help with the introduction, and include a form letter to make it easy for them.  And finally, for further reading, Richard recommended that we read “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel, one of the founders of Paypal.  The book basically includes notes from teaching the entrepreneurship class at Stanford.
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