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Non-resident Indian (NRI) and person of Indian origin (PIO)  [#permalink] New post 21 May 2014, 12:00
FROM UCLA Anderson Current Blogs: Non-resident Indian (NRI) and person of Indian origin (PIO) applying to Indian Business Schools – Part 1
Market

There are approximately 22 million Indians living overseas according to the Government of India. Just to give you comparison, the population of Australia is 22.68 million only. Although there is no age demographics breakdown, I believe a major chunk of this population is married with children. Parents looking for quality education are open to Indian education system, which has now started to welcome Non-resident Indians (NRI) and persons of Indian origin (PIO).

At the same time, current students at International universities, and graduates from India, who are taking up International positions are eager to return for their MBA.

Why pursue an MBA from India

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India needs no introduction when it comes to economy. According to Moody’s, the Economic Growth Rate of India would be 5.5% in 2014-15. Global businesses are not only flocking to the east but also hungry for management talent.

The Indian Insitute of Management (IIM) need no introduction. The top 3 IIMs are over 40 years old and churn out some of the brightest mind in India.

In total, there are there 13 IIMs but the quality of education at these institutes is directly proportional to the year of establishment. The older the better. Institutes such as MDI, Gurgaon and SP Jain are challenging the IIM brand.

I will be expanding on this topic in the following posts.

About me

My parents have been living in the Gulf countries for the last 15 years. After working couple of years in India post my graduation, I have been working in Bahrain since summer of 2012.

Challenges

Although good information is available for undergraduate/college education such as engineering, I found very limited resources when applying to Indian business schools. I ended up applying to all top 10 business schools in India through my GMAT score and was fortunate to be accepted in most of them. School list is available here.  I intend to shed light on the application process through my following posts.

Peace

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Why UCLA Anderson? [#permalink] New post 25 May 2014, 04:00
FROM UCLA Anderson Current Blogs: Why UCLA Anderson?
I will be honest, Anderson was not my first choice school when I started my MBA applications. However as I learnt about other schools and went through the Anderson application process, I fell in love with the people, school and of course the location.

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I still remember the email and phone call I received from the Anderson admissions team. After a number of waitlists and dings, it was totally out of the blue.

I was very fortunate to choose between top business schools both in US and my home country, India (list here). I will share a little bit about myself, and how UCLA Anderson is a perfect fit for me.

I am Indian by origin but grew up in Middle East. I have so far lived in 10 cities across 7 countries and my current home is Bahrain. Professionally, I have completed my undergraduate studies in Biotechnology from the University of Westminster, London and went on to work for an United Nations offshoot (MSME) to assist Life science entrepreneurs in India to secure mentorship and funding. Inspired by these entrepreneurs, I co-founded a personalized gifts company, which was operational for over 12 months. I am currently working in Business Development role for a Gulf multinational trading company dealing in oil and gas equipments and services.

Although I enjoy the functional aspect (sales and marketing) in my current role, I wish to combine my people and sales skills with my industry of interest, which is healthcare. Post MBA, I wish to join the Commercial Leadership Development Program (LDP) at a global healthcare company such as J&J or Novartis to gain domain expertise and the relevant managerial skills. Long term, I see myself taking up entrepreneurial route in the area of healthcare delivery.

Why UCLA Anderson?

UCLA is an awesome school with a global brand and which will give me a solid general management education, not to mention it’s in southern California so the lifestyle and weather is outstanding. It attracts a broad array of industries in their recruiting including top consulting and Fortune 500 firms.

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I remember the email I received from a second year student. She wrote passionately about UCLA’s collaborative environment, which will allow me to intimately know my classmates and develop a sense of community. She also got me excited about events that the school hosts such as the Dean’s speaker series and EA conference, which will give me a unique opportunity to interact with industry leaders and build a network. I was instantly sold on the school after my interview with a second year student. Not only I was able to instantly connect with her but also really learn about her experience at Anderson. She was joining a medical device company and gave me good insights into recruiting at Anderson.

School’s focus on entrepreneurship

Speaking to current students and following the Entrepreneur Association, I really got excited about skills that I will be able to pick up which will train me for my long-term entrepreneurship ambitions. The school has one of the largest student body interested in entrepreneurship and I am confident that I will be able to develop an influential network for my future company as well as contribute to the dynamic entrepreneurial environment given my startup background.

Location

No praise is enough for Los Angeles. I know I will have a tough time keeping my mind focus on schoolwork. However the Greater Los Angeles Area, with over 900 life sciences companies, is an ideal location for me to complete my MBA considering my goal of working with a biopharmaceutical company. It also gives me access to two of the world’s largest pharma/biotech clusters, San Francisco in the north and San Diego in the south.

I am really excited and can’t wait to start my MBA at UCLA Anderson.

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NRI and PIO applying to Indian Business Schools – Part 2 [#permalink] New post 27 May 2014, 01:01
FROM UCLA Anderson Current Blogs: NRI and PIO applying to Indian Business Schools – Part 2
Follow up from the post NRIs applying to Indian Business Schools – Part 1

My decision came down to  IIM Bangalore and UCLA Anderson. Before committing to a school, I posted this question on different MBA forums, spoke to current students and recent alums, and consulted friends and family. Speaking to different people, I was not only able to gather different prospectives but also be in a better position to make such an important decision.

India or Abroad 

I will share some of the views that I came across, obviously most of them are in my context and may vary from person to person. Firstly you really can’t compare India business schools to schools in Europe and United States. The schools are catering to different markets and countries. Its like comparing apples to mangoes. However I will try my best to summarize the discussion.

MBA from India

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Economy continues to grow - India despite its ups and downs, will continue to grow, fueled by its growing population. Foreign companies will continue to flock and if the government opens up more for FDI, then we talking even better salaries and opportunities. Pursing management studies from a top business school in India will position you well to take advantage of this growth. In a few years time post your studies, you will be respected and rewarded for your knowledge of Indian market.

Job placements – Due to lack of top management talent in the country, jobs are plenty at top business schools. I know that IIM Bangalore has a track record of 100 placements for the last 10 years. Students do not have to deal with visa sponsorships and networking. Most smart students at these institutes have multiple offers if they are flexible with roles and location.

India it is - If India is the place you wish to spend rest of your career, then there is no better place to pursue your studies. You will have a good reputation amongst Indian employers, and a local network to fall back on.

Cost - One of the biggest reasons, why students consider India. If you are tight on finance or not willingly to take a loan, Indian studies are a great option. IIMs can charge a total of $42,000 whereas some private institutions such as MDI will be in the range of $60,000. Where you actually save is your living and travel costs.

Application process - Pretty straight forward but applicants will have a hard time projecting their complete story.

 

MBA from outside India

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MBA experience - 
Nothing to match the experience that one would receive at top tier global business school. The class is more mature and experienced as compared to Indian business schools. If you would have noticed, all the above points touch on end result, but do not talk about the journey itself.

Global leader - You become a team player working with people from diverse backgrounds. You understand collaboration in the true sense and develop cross-cultural sensitivity. The school will give you access to number of international projects, in which you can further develop your international profile.

Alumni - Not only these schools have a big alumni base but also a truly global one. The schools have various international chapters and pretty strong chapters in their home country.

Job skills > Academic knowledge –  The MBA is more focussed on acquiring job skills. Even before the schools starts, the students begin to network with current students and alumni with similar interests. Focus is more on company presentations, coffee chats, conferences and relationship building.

Application Process – Extensive and time consuming. However non-traditional applicants can shine too.

In the end, it boils down to your risk appetite and the kind of learning you want out of your MBA. Personally for me, IIM-B was safe option and life would be hard at UCLA Anderson. But you only live once.

Will be posting about each business school application process in the later posts. Peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Current UCLA Anderson Student Blogs [#permalink] New post 27 May 2014, 15:57
Hi all!

I want to apply for the FEMBA class of 2018. Before I begin the process I would like to know my odds of acceptance. I have six years of work experience, three in public accounting, three for a fortune 500 company. I have a degree in Finance, however i have 2.75 GPA. I took four classes this last semester in math related course and received a 3.5 GPA. Does this help? I have yet to take the GMAT, but in my practice tests I'm scoring in the 680 range. If I submit an application with the above credentials do I have a chance? I appreciate everyone's help!
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Low budget but good entertainment – Movie review: Filmistaan [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2014, 00:00
FROM UCLA Anderson Current Blogs: Low budget but good entertainment – Movie review: Filmistaan (2014, Hindi)
Low budget film but high on entertainment. The film revolves around love of Bollywood in Pakistan and how cinema brings different people together. The lead actor, Shaarib Hashmi entertains the crowd by mimicking Bollywood movie scenes and actors. Although a good movie, I believe you will enjoy it more in the comfort of your home.

Rating – 3 out of 5. Have a good weekend.

Photo credits – Dearcinema.com

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I don’t get it when young people are chasing banking, insura [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2014, 12:00
FROM UCLA Anderson Current Blogs: I don’t get it when young people are chasing banking, insurance during internet revolution – Alexander Samwer


Alexander Samwer, MBA from Harvard Business School, and founder of Alando (valued at $5 Billion) and Jamba! (sold to VeriSign for $270 million) is very critical of young people chasing the wrong train. In his interview, he compares the opportunities in internet revolution to the ones during California gold rush, post world-wars and industrial revolution. He says that the market is big enough for everyone and he does not gets it when young people are not in the internet industry, biggest opportunity our generation is going to have.

The 20 minute interview is interesting, frank and worth watching.

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Location: Bahrain
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GMAT 1: 640 Q49 V24
GMAT 2: 720 Q49 V40
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Pre-MBA coursework – Fifa Football World Cup 2014 | Compilat [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2014, 05:00
FROM UCLA Anderson Current Blogs: Pre-MBA coursework – Fifa Football World Cup 2014 | Compilations of best world cup promotional videos
I am really excited this year. Not only I am relatively free, having secured my MBA admission but also more informed about the game and teams. Although Brazil is one of the best country to host this competition, I would have to stay awake late in the night to catch the action. Enough said, its time for the games to begin. I am not football pundit, so will not dwell into favourite team and top scorers but will definitely advice people to join the celebrations.

Below are few world cup related videos to get you excited.

1. Official World Cup Anthem  - This video has come under great criticism. People are saying that it feels like some tour operator’s promotion video.

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3. Nike, Risk Everything – Brillant is not the world for this. Hilarious and great production. Must see.

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5. Nike, animation  - Short animation film revolving around players fighting back against clones. Something like that. Rooney looks hilarious.

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Photo credit NELSON ALMEIDA/ AFP/Getty Images

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From Middle East to West Coast – UCLA MBA Student Voice Blog [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2014, 09:00
FROM UCLA Anderson Current Blogs: From Middle East to West Coast – UCLA MBA Student Voice Blog
The same is reproduced on UCLA Anderson MBA Student Voice Bloghttp://mbablogs.anderson.ucla.edu/mba_students/2014/07/from-middle-east-to-west-coast.html

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“California! Here we come!” Phantom Planet – California

I can’t remember how many times I have played this song since receiving my admission offer. I am truly ecstatic to join the Anderson family as a MBA 2016 candidate and as a student blogger.

Hello everyone. Before I begin sharing about my transition from Middle East to Los Angeles, I would like to introduce myself in this post. My name is Piyush and I am originally from India. The literal meaning of my name in Hindi language is elixir of immortality. Although I am aging too, I can share some tips to live longer.

I was born in a small town in north India called Karnal, which is also home to late Kalpana Chawla, first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. I was only one week old before I started moving because of my father’s job. I’ve ventured around the world and called seven cities across five countries my home. I’ve shared rooms with students belonging to over 15 different nationalities during my university days in London. I mainly grew up in Gulf countries, which includes UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. Saudi Arabia is the only country missing on my list since my parents choose not to move there because of strict Islamic laws. I am now living in Bahrain and have seen the current Middle Eastern crisis unfold in front of my eyes.

Professionally, I am a biotech graduate with experiences in cluster development, retail, e-commerce, and oil & gas. At Anderson, I would like to explore opportunities in consulting and pharma/biotech. Outside of work, I am a big soccer fan and support local English club called Manchester City Football club (owned by UAE – that’s why affiliation). Fun for me, is spending time with friends, could be over sports or just about anything. I enjoy almost every competitive sport but personally like to play soccer and squash.

Please send any comments, burning questions, Middle East opinions, video of great soccer goals and tips to live longer to [email=%20piyush.jain.2016@anderson.ucla.edu]piyush.jain.2016@anderson.ucla.edu[/email]. You can also follow me on Twitter here

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Remembering Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy – Revealing [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2014, 02:00
FROM UCLA Anderson Current Blogs: Remembering Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy – Revealing documentary


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WE: Sales (Other)
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Notes from “The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret I [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2014, 11:00
FROM UCLA Anderson Current Blogs: Notes from “The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business” – McDonald, Duff
Good read about McKinsey and the evolution of consulting industry.

29 May 2014 - 7 July 2014

  • The McKinsey consultant should make his way into his community’s establishment: He was expected to join local boards, get involved in charities, and even attend church.
  • Second, the McKinsey consultant had to inspire confidence with his appearance.
  • Long socks were required because Bower abhorred the sight of “raw flesh.”
  • And then there is McKinsey, projecting an image which suggests that, if God decides to redo creation, He will call in McKinsey.
  • It’s the only job I can think of where you start in general management, and then, if you’re successful, you end up in sales,” said an alumnus of the firm.
  • Barbara Minto’s The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, and Problem Solving
  • The most successful McKinsey consultants are networkers of the highest order.
  • Deal-making skills have become more important than scale or scope, and strategic insight and foresight more important than structural position
  • Restless curiosity
  • McKinsey alumnus Paul Chellgren, who went on to become president of Ashland Oil, explained the preference to BusinessWeek in 1993: “[Working at McKinsey provides] a cram course in business experience,” he said. “It was a compressed opportunity to see a lot of companies, industries, and problems in a short period of time.
  • McKinsey’s employs an objectivist, skeptical, fact-based, integrative, and analytical approach to solving its clients’ problems.

All Excerpts from Duff, McDonald. “The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business.” Simon & Schuster

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New post on UCLA Anderson Student Voice Blog – Why UCLA Ande [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2014, 07:00
FROM Piyush Jain Everyday (UCLA Current Student): New post on UCLA Anderson Student Voice Blog – Why UCLA Anderson?
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2014, 08:00
FROM Piyush Jain Everyday (UCLA Current Student):
New post on UCLA Anderson Student Voice Blog – Why UCLA Anderson?

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Answered a few question for Accepted Blog on Anderson, Waitl [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2014, 22:00
FROM Piyush Jain Everyday (UCLA Current Student): Answered a few question for Accepted Blog on Anderson, Waitlist and MBA Application tips.
The same is reproduced on Accepted Blog - http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/25/follow-up-mba-interview-with-future-ucla-anderson-student-piyush/

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This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with current MBA students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top MBA programs. And now for a follow up interview with Piyush, who was recently accepted to UCLA Anderson. (We first met Piyush last year – you can read our first interview with him here.)

Accepted: Can you remind us a little about who you are? 

Piyush: I am an incoming UCLA Anderson MBA candidate with experience in development consulting, entrepreneurship (retail) and oil and gas. Most of my roles in these industries have been people-orientated and in sales. I am a biotech graduate from London and have lived in 7 countries, mostly in the Middle-East.

Accepted: Which schools did you get accepted to and why did you choose UCLA Anderson? Why do you think that’s the best school for you?

Piyush: I got accepted at number of top-tier business schools in India and the U.S., but choose Anderson mainly for the student body, diversity in recruitment and location. I have expanded this in detail on my Anderson student blog post here.

Based on my interests and past experiences, I will be looking in pharma/biotech marketing and sales at tech companies such as Google or Amazon. Anderson has focused its curriculum around different functional tracks including marketing, allowing me to focus early on. Also the school has a great relationship with companies such as Amgen and Google.

Accepted: Can you talk about your decision to attend a U.S. MBA program over a program in India? 

Piyush: It is difficult to compare MBA programs in India and the U.S. because they are serving different markets and addressing different business problems. India scores more on the economy growth front, job placements numbers, and cost. But U.S. schools such as Anderson stand out for job readiness, leadership, exposure, diversity and experience.

It also boils down to where you want to work immediately post-MBA. The schools have the biggest value in their respective regions. Having studied and worked in India, I was looking for a new and diverse experience.

Accepted: What are you most looking forward to with starting b-school in the fall? 

Piyush: I am most looking forward to being a student again. The excitement to learn new things, ask questions and at the same time have fun. I am also very excited to meet my classmates at Anderson.

Accepted: Can you talk about your waitlist experience at UNC? What did you do in between getting the news that you were on the waitlist and then getting the acceptance letter? Did you take steps to improve your profile, write a waitlist letter, etc.?

Piyush: I think the term waitlist should be renamed to some actionable term such as reach-out or something. A lot of candidates simply choose to wait, which really does not help their application. I understand that some business schools (such as Ross), only allow you to send one update but most schools are happy to host you on-campus and learn about your progress.

I was waitlisted at a few schools, and the first thing I did was seek feedback. You will be surprised how the admissions team views your application. Since I was not able to improve my profile drastically, I visited the school, networked with current students, and reached out to admissions team frequently.

Patience and persistence is generally rewarded at this stage of application.

Accepted: An MBA is not cheap – do you have any tips for our readers on paying for b-school?

Piyush: There are number of ways to finance an MBA, ranging from company sponsorship to private loans. I believe a strong GMAT score and application certainly helps you land a scholarship.

Apart from customized loan programs for international students, students can ease their financial burden during studies with academic internships and teaching assistant positions.

Accepted: How do you plan on spending the time between now and when you start school in the fall? Are you doing anything to prepare for b-school?

Piyush: I am taking some time off from work and travelling in India. Anderson has kept us busy with weekly emails, which ensure that we are ready with everything. The UCLA Anderson Parker Career Management Center has started working with us closely.

I am also doing a small pre-MBA course at mbamath.com to get ready for the academic rigor of business school.

Accepted: What would you say are your top three MBA admissions tips?

1. Start early – This is very important. I used a number of resources from Accepted.com and Admissionado to kick-start my applications.

2. GMAT score matters, at least for Indian applicants – A couple of business schools asked me to increase my GMAT to 740 during the waitlist period because I was competing with fellow Indian citizens many of whom also presented stellar applications. My GMAT score was already 720.

3. Take the medicine – Spend the time and resource to learn about the business school you are interested it. Your research and interest directly reflect in your essays and interview.

For one-on-one guidance on your b-school applications, please see our MBA Application Packages.

You can read more about Piyush by checking out his blog, Piyush Jain: Science, Technology & Sports, and following him on Twitter here. Thank you Piyush for sharing your story with us.

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Time to move again! – Post on Financial Times MBA Blog [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2014, 08:00
FROM Piyush Jain Everyday (UCLA Current Student): Time to move again! – Post on Financial Times MBA Blog
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The shortest I have lived in a city is six days and the maximum is five years. I was only six days old before my parents moved from Karnal, a small town in northern India to Bangalore, also known as the Electronic City of India.

Since both my parents were working, I would spend my day with three different families, who were speaking three different languages. Before I even knew it, I had moved to three cities in India and three countries in the Middle East by the age of 12. And that’s how discovering new places and experiencing new cultures became a passion.

I did my undergraduate degree in London and during those three years I travelled extensively in Europe. I have been working in Bahrain for the last two years. After going through the emotions of deciding to pursue an MBA it was relatively easy for me to answer the “where?”. Having lived in Asia and Europe, North America was my obvious choice.

This fall, I am starting my full-time, two-year MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management in the heart of Los Angeles. I could not have asked for a more diverse and dynamic place to pursue my education.

Through my posts on the FT MBA blog, I will document my journey as I make my transition from the Middle East to the west coast and from a life of an oil & gas professional to a UCLA student. As an international candidate, I will share my experiences and challenges, which could be social, academic or professional.

I also hope to maintain a dialogue with the readers during these years. Please send any comments, questions, tips for living in LA, MBA jargons and new island discoveries in the comment box below. You can also follow me on twitter @0jain

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Originally posted on Financial Times MBA Blog - http://blogs.ft.com/mba-blog/2014/09/09/preparing-for-classes/http://blogs.ft.com/mba-blog/2014/07/28/time-to-move-again/

Although we still have 10 days before our orientation, UCLA Anderson has kept us on our toes both professionally and socially. I was accepted onto the course in May and since then have received weekly emails from admissions and student affairs teams. Some of the activities are:

  • Meets-ups – A journey is best measured in friends. Both the business school and the students organise local meets in most major US cities and international locations such as Shanghai and Delhi. Since I have arrived in Los Angeles, I have been meeting students during Sundowners, a weekly UCLA Anderson happy hours get-together.
  • Career search – Although most applicants have a strong story for business schools, they are not bound to it once they get admitted. Business schools make us aware of different industries and functions, some of which may not even be on our radar. Over the summer, UCLA Anderson has shared various career guides and alumni work profiles for us to get a sense of each industry or function.
  • Networking – The buzzword of business schools. I have been consolidating my existing network and reaching out to second and third degree connections in my industry of interest.
  • Moving in - For international students, this is like starting a whole new life. We have to apply for fresh IDs, bank accounts and a social security number. Staying in university housing is an easy option but the set-up cost is still considerable.
  • Travel – For many of us starting school, the summer was the longest vacation we might ever have. I used this time to travel within India and spend some quality time with friends and family. I also arrived early to go on a three-day pre-orientation trip near San Diego.
  • Academics – Business school can be academically challenging and we were offered maths and excel workshops over the summer. Before school starts, we also have one-day refresher workshops in different core subjects such as finance and accounting. I also enrolled onto MBAmath.com, which offers some MBA preparation material.
I will continue to expand on each bullet point above in future posts. Please send any comments, questions, excel shortcuts, yardsale locations and unheard career opportunities via the comment box below. You can also follow me on Twitter @0jain

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Pre-Orientation Trip: Santa Cruz Island - Joint Post By Zafeer Khan & Britney Sussman
With orientation just a week away groups of Anderson students went on various excursions across the State from Yosemite to the Sierra Nevadas to Santa Cruz Island. I was lucky to be able to join fellow blogger Britney Sussman (see her comments below), along with eight other Anderson students for a two-day camping trip to the wonderful Santa Cruz Island. After a 1-hour ferry ride, we arrived at Scorpion Bay with pristine blue water and dramatic kelp forests. There was plenty of wildlife to spot from sea lions to foxes to whales (pictures below). Kit Hansen (Anderson ’15) answered all our questions regarding life at b-school so a special thanks to him. And thanks to our UCLA undergraduate guides, Spencer and Kaitlyn, for organizing action-packed days of hiking and snorkeling, as well as feeding us the best camping food ever.

 

The BS POV – I wasn’t able to attend A-Days, the official preview weekend for admitted students held back in March. Therefore this pre-orientation camping trip was my first opportunity to interact with my new classmates. I’ll admit that I was a little nervous heading into the excursion. What if we didn’t click right away? Would camping with complete strangers on a deserted island for three days be awkward? Would we bond over the lack of showers? Luckily my worries were squashed before we even boarded the ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Within the first hour, I realized that I was among an exceptional group of people. As Zafeer mentioned, there were only 10 incoming first-years on the trip, but I was immediately stuck by each person’s diversity, intelligence, passion, and all-around coolness. Our group had flocked from far corners of the earth: Chile, Japan, Bangladesh, Canada, New York, Atlanta, etc. Each had accomplished serious career milestones and had distinct visions for how he or she wanted to impact the future. It was great to share stories while we trekked all over the island, and despite all of our differences, there existed a special like-mindedness. The trip further confirmed why Anderson felt like such a good fit; it’s the people it attracts. And if the people make the place, this is going to be a great two years!

ANDERSON 16 – watch out, here we come!

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Getting ready to snorkel
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Striking crazy poses

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Local wildlife…whale!

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We were told to hide our dirty socks from these guys…unless you wanted to see fox in socks!

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Our awesome guide Spencer….after two great days of camping.

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