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Calling all Smeal (Penn State) Applicants: (2016 Intake) Class of 2018

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New post 11 Oct 2015, 19:38
tamanash15 wrote:
Submitted on 1st Oct but got the applicant receipt acknowledgement mail on 5th......when did others get it??....gosh I heard nothing from smeal


I submitted on 29th Sep and got on 5th.
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Has anyone else heard anything from smeal???

Originally posted by tamanash15 on 12 Oct 2015, 08:06.
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Have anyone else heard anything from smeal???



Hi Tamanash...I received an interview invite on Friday (Submitted my application on 1st)
I am pretty sure, they will send more invites this week..probably not today as it's holiday in US (Columbus Day).

So may be tomorrow onwards..All the best !!
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New post 12 Oct 2015, 09:22
Thanks Varun....fingers crossed for the coming week
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FROM News Penn State: Behind the Scenes
Many of you are probably wondering what goes on behind the scenes after you hit submit on your application. While I’ll save you from the tedious recounting of every single step, I thought it would be helpful to give you a general idea of the journey your application file takes once it hits the admissions office!

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Step one:  All of your submitted information, which comes to us through several different systems, is compiled by our team and checked for completeness. This also includes running essays through our iThenticate software. If any piece of the application is missing, someone from our team (usually Susan, our Operations Manager, will reach out to the applicant and let them know their file is still incomplete).

 

Step two: Every applicant’s file goes to a member of the admissions team for initial review. What are we looking for? Ultimately, a reason to want to invite you to an interview to get to know you better—which is the next step in the process! We will begin assessing your candidacy during our initial review in several areas, keeping in mind these three themes:

-Will you be academically successful at Smeal? (transcripts, GPA, test scores)

-Are your goals clear and are we the right program to help you achieve them and find the type of job that you want post-MBA? (resume, essays, video)

-Are you a good fit for are program, and is our program a good fit for you? (all parts of the application can help us answer this)

 

Step three: The first decision is made. Those we hope to get to know better and whom we think could be a good candidate for the program based on their applications are invited to interview, and an interview invitation is sent via email. For those who do not receive an invitation to interview, a deny letter is sent. This typically happens within 2-4 weeks of when the application is received. At peak times of year, it takes a bit longer to move people through the process.

 

Step four: For those who move on, an interview (in-person or via webcam) is conducted. During the interview, someone from our team seeks to learn more about your goals, your past experiences, what you want out of an MBA, etc. in the interview conversation. You will also have time to ask us questions. Remember, while we are selecting you, you are also selecting us! Have some questions prepared.

 

Step five: The next decision is made—the BIG ONE. After we have assessed your print file and video and evaluated your interview performance, the committee will determine if you will be offered admission, denied admission or wait-listed. These decisions are then communicated before the next round deadline. (Timetable: http://mba.smeal.psu.edu/details/application-process). For those who are admitted, financial aid packages may be awarded at time of admission OR later in a separate communication. Aid, like admission, is done on a rolling basis, so just because someone doesn’t get aid initially doesn’t mean they might not receive it later in the process.

 

Step six: You evaluate, we wait. In your admission letter, you will be given a date by which you must communicate your enrollment decision to us and put down a deposit if you will attend our program—which we hope you will do if given the opportunity! Your enrollment deposit is viewed as your final commitment to us and holds your spot in our next class.

 

While this is a very basic, high level overview of our process, we know applying to business school can be stressful, and we hope this provides a little bit of insight into what goes on behind the scenes. We hope to see your application soon!

 

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anyone heard anything from smeal last week??
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anyone heard anything from smeal last week??



I received Interview invite last tuesday.
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I received an interview invite yesterday :)
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I received an interview invite yesterday :)

Hey Congrats :)
When did you submit your app?
Are you an international candidate?
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I am from india. I submitted my app on 1st oct.
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FROM News Penn State: THON Fundraising Season is Here!
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September 25th marked the beginning of THON fundraising for the 2015-2016 academic year. Our MBA students are again sponsoring dancers to participate in the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), which is a philanthropy run by students to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Four Diamonds provides assistance for children who are diagnosed with pediatric cancer and their families.

Last Friday, MBA students participated in a charity soccer game, where the 2nd year team defeated the 1st year team.  Each player made a donation and the proceeds were donated to THON. Upcoming fundraisers include a silent auction during our Diwali celebration and a Turkey Bowl flag football game.

If you would like to make a donation to THON earmarked for the MBA dancers, you can do so at this link: http://giveto.psu.edu/THON-SmealMBA.

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New post 25 Oct 2015, 06:19
Hi guys

anybody given their interview till now?
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FROM News Penn State: B-School Blog Halloween Edition: The Horrors of Fashion
I’ll start by saying that by no means am I a fashion maven, or even what someone would consider a “snappy dresser”. I don’t seek designer labels, and I’ve been known to refer to winter as “black pants season.” Given my small stature, simply buying pants that don’t trail like a train behind me can be a major item on my “to do” list (translation–I have some basics that I stick to, and only occasionally do I stray from the “norm” when it comes to work dress). I do, however, have experience evaluating future business school students. And I can tell you, that while you can’t always judge a “book by its cover”, how you present yourself to a recruiter is very important. That includes what you choose to wear to a recruiting event, how you decide to style your hair and makeup, and what accessories you select. This advice is for men and women–so listen up.

In the spirit of wanting to see people be successful and present themselves as confident professionals in the application process (yes–as early as the “just looking for information” at an MBA fair), I’ll proceed with a few tips that will hopefully help b-school applicants avoid some big professional dress “no-nos”. Unfortunately, my inspiration comes from a series of recent recruiting events (which, even in this month of Halloween, have scared me more than any horror movie). The egregious errors I will address are not for the faint of heart–but will hopefully serve as a warning to others.

Monsters

-Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Mummy are classic film characters (and even breakfast cereal stars). Where they do NOT belong: on your leggings underneath your business casual, otherwise lovely, navy blue dress.

 Bloody Bandages

-Where you expect to see them: operating rooms, accident scenes, and in some Halloween decorations and costumes. Reality check: shaving accidents happen. That’s ok. Just please, PLEASE, change the Band-Aid before putting on your dress clothes. No one wants to see the aftermath of what happened in your bathroom earlier in the day.

 Curtains

-Traditionally used to cover windows, for vampires to hide behind in Bela Lugosi movies, and for the occasional nanny sewing project in such films as The Sound of Music. If your wardrobe choice consists of anything that looks like Mary Kate and/or Ashley Olsen wore it 10 years ago, save it for another occasion. The bohemian look can be trendy–but it’s not trending in the b-school application process. (For those mystery novel fans, “Curtains” is also a great book for spook season by Agatha Christie).

 Crocheted Ties

-I love a good find on Etsy. I appreciate the handicraft of a talented knitter. I’ve even been known to crochet a scarf or two. Would I recommend wearing something grandma made with your suit, loafers and French cuff dress shirt? No. Points to said wearer for boasting school colors, but way too artsy for the business school recruiting fair scene. Save this tie for the school graduation celebration, and instead, pick a traditional silk tie–even one with a pop of color– if you want to add some whimsy to your business casual dress on recruiting day.

 Pants

-If your dress begs the question “did she forget pants?”, it’s too short to wear to a business event. If that’s your best option, at least grab some tights or leggings. Enough said.

 T-shirts

-T-shirts are a casual staple. You can even dress them up (a little bit), with jeans and a blazer for a put together look. Logo t-shirts that boast the acts from the last music fest you went to and/or promote your favorite cocktail–paired with a suit AND SNEAKERS–don’t cut it. Just. Don’t.

 Unmentionables

-They call undergarments unmentionables, because no one should be mentioning them. Only you should know what’s under that suit or dress. Do a trial run of your outfit and check a mirror from all sides. If anything is causing lumps, bumps, or showing through your clothing, it’s not the right item for your outfit.

 Questionable Graphics

-If you choose to express your personal style on a handbag, backpack, or other garment/accessory, that’s up to you. Just think about the image it might portray in a professional situation (example: toting a purse with a handgun spraying bullets on your pocketbook might not make the best initial impression with those reviewing your grad school application.) Show them how tough you are by flying through the application process with professionalism and poise.

 In no way is this blog an attempt to thwart your personal style, but there is a time and place for everything–and that time and place may not be a recruiting fair. Use good judgment. Put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter. Ask a good friend for a candid assessment. And then go out there and put your best foot (and shoe!) forward.

 Happy Halloween!

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i had got an interview invite on 10th Oct, i checked it yday only! :lol:
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New post 31 Oct 2015, 06:26
i had my interview couple of days back. Interview was very conversational and had standard interview questions. no curve balls.
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New post 31 Oct 2015, 18:22
Interview was conversational with behavioral questions.
But lot of questions in 30 mins (like rapid fire).
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FROM News Penn State: Is This My Fork?
First year MBA students at Penn State Smeal recently completed Career Immersion Week. One of their workshops included an etiquette lunch. The presenter, Kelly Frager, put students at ease by explaining that much of the information she would cover during the meal would serve as simple reminders. Kelly explained how etiquette has been around for a long time, doesn’t change, and that this refresher etiquette lunch should help students feel more confident about their table manners. Because so many interviews and business meetings happen around meals, it’s important to be prepared.

Throughout lunch it was interesting for me to consider how casual dining, which is becoming increasingly more common in business settings, might inadvertently cause us to break the rules. In a formal dining situation, diners have at least two forks – one for salad and one for their entrée. Most casual restaurants will encourage us to keep our forks from appetizer through dessert. In a formal or casual dining situation, if you drop your utensil, you are supposed to leave it where it landed and ask for a new one. Of course it makes sense to avoid putting a dirty fork back on a clean table and you certainly wouldn’t use it for eating. However, I could also image a server in a more casual restaurant thinking it’s rude for a diner to leave their utensil on the floor, especially if it lands in other peoples’ path. Knowing the rules and understanding the expectations in both formal and informal settings is essential for making good impressions.

Students found the session to be fun and informative. As Kelly explained, etiquette is about being “other-centered.” If you’re focused on making others feel comfortable and put them at ease, you’re demonstrating proper etiquette. I also think about a quote from Oscar Wilde, “The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.” Because table manners involve more than just being courteous, I’m glad we offer an etiquette lunch to every first year class. Our graduates “roll up their sleeves” attitude and a top-notch curriculum with world class faculty, combined with refined manners help to explain why our MBA graduates are consistently successful in the workplace.

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FROM News Penn State: MBA Diwali
One of the great perks of attending a full-time MBA Program (and, honestly, being an administrator at one) is experiencing daily a diverse community of people. In this program, you learn a great deal from people who originate from a different background than your own. Our international students are always more than happy to share their cultures and traditions with us and our program is richer for it.

Our community celebrates three major events each year in order for us to learn more about various cultures. Those events are Diwali, Thanksgiving, and Lunar New Year. On October 26th, our MBA Association collaborated with our Indian students to host a Diwali celebration. Diwali is the Indian festival of lights and is the biggest holiday in India. The Diwali celebration in the MBA program, begins with an Indian buffet dinner (pro tip: if you haven’t had Samosas in your life, you’re missing out). Following dinner is a series of dances, songs, videos, games, and a fashion show. A large portion of attendees don traditional Indian clothes including beautiful kurtas and stunning saris.

This event is a wonderful way to come together as a community and experience this magnificent celebration. We speak often about how close knit our program is and events such as this one really make us a family. Because We Are!

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Received my admissions letter two days ago! :) anyone else accepted?
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Received my admissions letter two days ago! :) anyone else accepted?



Congratulations abrkovic...When did u give the interview?
Did u get any scholarship/assistantship?
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