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For future applicants, I'm sharing my experience with the application. Hope this helps. Please subscribe because I'll be posting more articles while doing the MBA to help you guys out! https://wondersuite.blogspot.com
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hey sheiq, thanks for sharing your experience. I live in Canada and planning to apply to Rotman this year. How is your experience so far? teaching, accommodation etc.

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For future applicants, I'm sharing my experience with the application. Hope this helps. Please subscribe because I'll be posting more articles while doing the MBA to help you guys out! https://wondersuite.blogspot.com


Thanks for putting that together, Shei
This will immensely benefit students applying to Canadian business schools(especially in the Toronto Area)

I also felt the part about Books to Read Before Your MBA (should help all MBA students in general)

If time permits please do share with us, your insights/takeaways of the interview process!
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For future applicants, I'm sharing my experience with the application. Hope this helps. Please subscribe because I'll be posting more articles while doing the MBA to help you guys out! https://wondersuite.blogspot.com


Great post. I would have given you 100 Kudos if I could.
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For future applicants, I'm sharing my experience with the application. Hope this helps. Please subscribe because I'll be posting more articles while doing the MBA to help you guys out! https://wondersuite.blogspot.com


Wow.. your blog posts are very detailed and informative. Thanks for sharing the blog link. We have a place on forum where we display blogs of current students and it would be really nice to have your blog featured there. Let me know if you are interested... https://gmatclub.com/forum/current-stud ... 64691.html
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Thank you everyone! I feel so inspired because of you all! I'll start writing my interview experience now for everyone to have an idea. Some Rotman bloggers stopped blogging their experience during Term 1 because their schedule was so hectic. I'll try my best to keep on blogging about our adventure.
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Hi Narenn, Yes, absolutely. That would be a big help! I would love to be featured there. :shock:

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For future applicants, I'm sharing my experience with the application. Hope this helps. Please subscribe because I'll be posting more articles while doing the MBA to help you guys out! https://wondersuite.blogspot.com


Wow.. your blog posts are very detailed and informative. Thanks for sharing the blog link. We have a place on forum where we display blogs of current students and it would be really nice to have your blog featured there. Let me know if you are interested... https://gmatclub.com/forum/current-stud ... 64691.html
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Rotman Interview Experience is up! https://wondersuite.blogspot.com

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sheiquiroga wrote:
For future applicants, I'm sharing my experience with the application. Hope this helps. Please subscribe because I'll be posting more articles while doing the MBA to help you guys out! https://wondersuite.blogspot.com


Thanks for putting that together, Shei
This will immensely benefit students applying to Canadian business schools(especially in the Toronto Area)

I also felt the part about Books to Read Before Your MBA (should help all MBA students in general)

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My experience so far is amazing! I love my classmates! Since What's App can't accommodate 350 people in one group, we created a Telegram group for our general discussions. We also created a 'Slack' group to divide our discussions per topic since people missed out a lot before in the Telegram group when they were afraid to open like a 100++ notifications. lol.

I just finished our online courses, and they were tremendously helpful. I used to get bored in our Finance class back in Undergrad because I can't seem to get the gist out of it, but the Rotman professors in the videos explained them very clearly!! We will be having more Pre-MBA courses, co-curricular activities, and Orientation Camp starting this August 8.

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hey sheiq, thanks for sharing your experience. I live in Canada and planning to apply to Rotman this year. How is your experience so far? teaching, accommodation etc.

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Thank you sheiquiroga. This is by far the best insight I have read or observed among those available on the internet. You'll be helping thousands here. Please do stick around :)


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Quick question guys - my GMAT is 710 , working on apps but I don't meet minimum GPA requirements.
I don't really have a good excuse for it; I was a lazy student who enjoyed learning but didn't care to do the work. The only mildly mitigating factors might be the fact I went to NTU in Singapore, majored in Environmental Engineering -- not super easy and my thesis topic was not of my choice that really pulled down my GPA.
So is it not worth applying? Their minimum requirement for applying is a GPA of 3.5/5 (scale that I read on website) and I have 3.32 :/
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I'm going to respond on here too, even though you sent a PM since you're not the only one who's messaged me about the GPA thing.

In truth, I believe that GPA is a soft requirement. I think it's more like a "prefer to have" than "must have". However, the issue with not meeting the soft targets then becomes the fact that your GPA is not competitive. Remember that successful applicants don't just meet requirements, but differentiate themselves from the competition. Fortunately there are other aspects of your application to mitigate the low GPA. 700+ GMAT is great, but I'd say not something special (unless you score 750+), especially since you're from Asia. Engineers are very common in business school. You're going to need to think of a way to sell yourself and differentiate yourself in your essays and interviews.
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I'm going to respond on here too, even though you sent a PM since you're not the only one who's messaged me about the GPA thing.

In truth, I believe that GPA is a soft requirement. I think it's more like a "prefer to have" than "must have". However, the issue with not meeting the soft targets then becomes the fact that your GPA is not competitive. Remember that successful applicants don't just meet requirements, but differentiate themselves from the competition. Fortunately there are other aspects of your application to mitigate the low GPA. 700+ GMAT is great, but I'd say not something special (unless you score 750+), especially since you're from Asia. Engineers are very common in business school. You're going to need to think of a way to sell yourself and differentiate yourself in your essays and interviews.


I understand all that and working hard on my application to differentiate.
I am just glad that my application will be assessed and not outrightly rejected only on the basis of GPA and that is a relief
I am planning a reattempt for GMAT
Other aspects from the top of my head - not sure how much they affect but was hoping that they do (hahaha)
1. Woman
2. Environmental Engineering major (with business electives) from NTU in Singapore (currently ranked No. 11) in the world - not the usual IT / Electronic
3. Working in engineering consulting - water reuse sector
4. NGO Experience in funding campaigns - start up
5. Auto pilot mode start up
6. huge ECA at work and college - received recognitions and rewards at work every single year.
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I'm going to respond on here too, even though you sent a PM since you're not the only one who's messaged me about the GPA thing.

In truth, I believe that GPA is a soft requirement. I think it's more like a "prefer to have" than "must have". However, the issue with not meeting the soft targets then becomes the fact that your GPA is not competitive. Remember that successful applicants don't just meet requirements, but differentiate themselves from the competition. Fortunately there are other aspects of your application to mitigate the low GPA. 700+ GMAT is great, but I'd say not something special (unless you score 750+), especially since you're from Asia. Engineers are very common in business school. You're going to need to think of a way to sell yourself and differentiate yourself in your essays and interviews.


I understand all that and working hard on my application to differentiate.
I am just glad that my application will be assessed and not outrightly rejected only on the basis of GPA and that is a relief
I am planning a reattempt for GMAT
Other aspects from the top of my head - not sure how much they affect but was hoping that they do (hahaha)
1. Woman
2. Environmental Engineering major (with business electives) from NTU in Singapore (currently ranked No. 11) in the world - not the usual IT / Electronic
3. Working in engineering consulting - water reuse sector
4. NGO Experience in funding campaigns - start up
5. Auto pilot mode start up
6. huge ECA at work and college - received recognitions and rewards at work every single year.

These are not facts, but my opinion based on my observations and conversations with the admissions team throughout the years (before and during my MBA).

1. Being a woman helps. Rotman is trying to get to a 50/50 split. (By the way, if you're not heterosexual, that helps too.)
2. What they'll see is "engineer". Doesn't matter what kind, they're not looking for what you do, but how you think.
3. Not really a differentiator, unless your firm is a global firm that everyone knows.
4. Could be good, depends on what you did, how you progressed, what your impact is. Sell this.
5. Same as above, need to sell this well.
6. Could be good, but make sure they're recognitions that matter. Things like "volunteered every Saturday for two months" won't matter. It's the impact of what you do that does, not what you do itself.
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sonikavadhera wrote:
jigglypuff wrote:
I'm going to respond on here too, even though you sent a PM since you're not the only one who's messaged me about the GPA thing.

In truth, I believe that GPA is a soft requirement. I think it's more like a "prefer to have" than "must have". However, the issue with not meeting the soft targets then becomes the fact that your GPA is not competitive. Remember that successful applicants don't just meet requirements, but differentiate themselves from the competition. Fortunately there are other aspects of your application to mitigate the low GPA. 700+ GMAT is great, but I'd say not something special (unless you score 750+), especially since you're from Asia. Engineers are very common in business school. You're going to need to think of a way to sell yourself and differentiate yourself in your essays and interviews.


I understand all that and working hard on my application to differentiate.
I am just glad that my application will be assessed and not outrightly rejected only on the basis of GPA and that is a relief
I am planning a reattempt for GMAT
Other aspects from the top of my head - not sure how much they affect but was hoping that they do (hahaha)
1. Woman
2. Environmental Engineering major (with business electives) from NTU in Singapore (currently ranked No. 11) in the world - not the usual IT / Electronic
3. Working in engineering consulting - water reuse sector
4. NGO Experience in funding campaigns - start up
5. Auto pilot mode start up
6. huge ECA at work and college - received recognitions and rewards at work every single year.

These are not facts, but my opinion based on my observations and conversations with the admissions team throughout the years (before and during my MBA).

1. Being a woman helps. Rotman is trying to get to a 50/50 split. (By the way, if you're not heterosexual, that helps too.)
2. What they'll see is "engineer". Doesn't matter what kind, they're not looking for what you do, but how you think.
3. Not really a differentiator, unless your firm is a global firm that everyone knows.
4. Could be good, depends on what you did, how you progressed, what your impact is. Sell this.
5. Same as above, need to sell this well.
6. Could be good, but make sure they're recognitions that matter. Things like "volunteered every Saturday for two months" won't matter. It's the impact of what you do that does, not what you do itself.


Thanks all this helps.
I am working with a US MNC (Fortune 500 Company and 100 Best Places to Work for)
Unrelated, do I need TOEFL/IELTS? Is Singapore an English Speaking Country?
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Well, it's not really the country you did your school in.

Was your program in university conducted in English?
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yes my program was in english but my degree does not specify that.
my degree and transcript is in english.
Do i need a letter from the uni.

I took ielts randomly in April but did not send it to any school or anything.
would that work and if required, I should be able to use that right?
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Hmm, that's something you might need to confirm with the admissions team.

Unless someone else here knows the answer.
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New post 18 Jul 2017, 13:07
Thanks for the help.
I guess I will write in to Rotman Admissions and ask them
and also get in touch with British Council simultaneously to understand process of reporting scores to desired schools.

Thanks A TON FOR YOUR HELP.
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