Each November in honor of Veterans Day, Military Transition News releases its Top 40 Under 40 Military edition which recognizes the top service members who are serving or have served in the U.S. armed forces.
This year, two current Texas MBA students – Sandy Vithayanonth and Adam Hamilton – were among those recognized. The excerpts below come directly from Military Transition News.
Sandy Vithayanonth, MBA ’14
The “proudest achievement” for former Army CPT Sandy Vithayanonth was co-founding a non-profit, called the “Duke Association,” with a mission to build a memorial dedicated to the 118 fallen soldiers of the “Duke Brigade.” “Despite having no previous experience in non-profits and fund-raising, we were ultimately able to raise over $175,000,” he says. As a Platoon Leader in Afghanistan, Vithayanonth “heroically saved the lives of his fellow soldiers by exposing himself to enemy fire and halting Read more ›
We’ve all been there. Despite all the preparations, research and rehearsals, you find yourself nervous about your MBA admissions interview. While this isn’t technically a job interview, you may do well to treat it like one. An MBA admissions interview is a very important part of your overall application and ultimately one of the first steps towards your post-MBA life.
At McCombs, interviews are by invitation only and can come at any time before the decision release date. While some applicants may look forward to the opportunity to interview, others may not exactly enjoy the anxiety thereby engendered. If you are a member of the latter group, look at it this way: the interview affords one of the only opportunities for official face-to-face interaction during the application process, so here are a few ways you can take advantage: Read more ›
When all else fails…
You know how this ends. Most likely you’re thinking “How hard can this be?” But trust me, after serving on the admissions committee for a top-ranked MBA program for the past five years, the simple act of reading the directions can provide you with opportunities to have more meaningful interactions with the admissions committee during the application process.
This past year not only did we overhaul our admissions section of the website, we implemented a new application system that includes embedded instructional videos and links to help you get through the process as you work through your application. Even with all that there’s always a special situation that wasn’t addressed, and we’re here to help everyone with questions.
So here are some A’s to your top 5 FAQs, and some tips that go above and beyond what the instructions may provide. Read more ›
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Current MBA student Courtney Leffall, winner of the inaugural Texas Venture Labs Scholarship with his pitch for GrillMobile, got an early start in entrepreneurship. A very early start.
While just a kindergartner, Courtney’s first taste of being an entrepreneur came when he began trading currency at his school. Using the four quarters his mom would give him for the 90-cent school lunch, Courtney would make a pitch to the other students, “I’ll trade you this shiny piece of silver for that wrinkled piece of paper.” His classmates would always make the trade and he would net three dollars every day.
Eventually, school administrators caught wind of what Courtney was up to and gave his mom a call, threatening to kick her son out of school. But instead of punishing the young entrepreneur, Courtney’s mom explained that if he wanted to do business he needed to offer something of value to his customers. She also convinced the administration not to kick him out of Read more ›
The MBA Veterans Career Conference in Chicago is one of the newer national MBA conferences. This year marked their sixth annual conference, with 31 corporate sponsors and 335+ students in attendance. I was stoked to see 18 McCombs students signed up; we had the largest group of students in attendance after the University of Chicago. I decided to attend to support our students onsite and to connect with diversity and/or military recruiters—another touch point with these companies, many of which we already have a recruiting relationship with.
There are several factors unique to the MBA Veterans Career Conference which sets it apart from other national career conferences. Unlike the other national conferences (NBMBAA, NSHMBA, etc.) which are open to all MBA students, only MBA students who are veterans (U.S. or their home country) can attend.
Also, employers who sign up as a sponsor can access candidate resumes/profiles all year long. The benefit of signing up as an MBA candidate goes much longer than just the conference itself. Three years ago during his second year at McCombs, Mark Hayes Read more ›
Last weekend, the Texas Full-Time MBA program hosted their annual Women’s Forum on The University of Texas at Austin campus.
The 49 attendees had the opportunity to interact with McCombs faculty and staff, alumni, and current students during a number of sessions, allowing them to learn more about all aspects of the program and begin to picture themselves as Texas MBAs.
The event brought in attendees from all over the country and even a few from outside of the US. Texas, New York, and California were the most represented states among those in attendance. The alma maters with the greatest representation besides UT Austin were Cornell Read more ›
Anwesha atop Mission Peak in Fremont, California after a few hours of hiking.
A couple of years ago, Anwesha Chatterjee, MBA ’12, was a busy MBA student sharing her b-school journey on Texas MBAs Talk, our student blog.
Originally from India, Anwesha received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delhi, where she studied information technology. She then went on to become a technology consultant for six years, holding many roles – software engineer, functional designer, business analyst, etc. – and working in both India and the US before deciding to head to McCombs to get an MBA.
I recently caught up with Anwesha to see what she’s been up to since her days as a Texas MBA student.
Where are you working now and what do you do?
AC: I am working at Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, California on the Supply Demand Management team as a planner. Over the past year, I have managed the iPad Mini launch in the North and South American markets. Currently, I am managing MacBook Pro line of products. My core job function is to plan the production and distribution of the product such that when a customer wants to buy the product, it is available in whichever sales channel the customer wants to buy it from; be it online, in the Apple Store or via an Apple Reseller such Read more ›
The MBA application process is a stressful one, particularly since so many parts of the process are determined by external factors. The one part of the application that you have the ultimate control over is the essay section. Through the essays, you have the space to discuss your candidacy and tell your story directly to the admissions officer without any outside interference. It is an amazing opportunity and the following are five (hopefully) helpful tips to maximize this unique opportunity.
1. Be Authentic
The MBA application process should be an introspective one, and as you hone in your goals, dreams, and ambitions, you should have a real sense of who you are as a person and what you want to tell the admissions committee. Do not fall into the trap of trying to craft an image of yourself that you may think is more appealing to a particular school. As experienced application reviewers, we know when someone is trying to portray something that is not really them. We will (eventually) figure it out, and if that happens Read more ›
First of all, many thanks to everyone that submitted Full-Time MBA applications by our first round deadline of October 15. Our application volume increased by over 20% for this round compared to last year, which is very exciting. The round was extremely diverse with over 32 countries represented and 41% of applications coming from outside of The United States.
From now through the release of admissions decisions in mid-December, our admissions team and 80+ McCombs Admissions Committee (MAC) student volunteers are standing by to help guide you through the remaining steps of the application process. With that in mind, below are some quick tips.
Actions to Take
Pay application fee: Your application fee payment is not necessary by the application deadline. Within three business days of submission of your application, log onto the “What I Owe” UT payment website to pay your application fee. Your fee status on the application checklist should reflect “Paid” within two business days of payment. Please note that payment Read more ›
Each fall our dean, admissions team, and career management representatives join alumni in several cities for McCombs Roadshow events, sharing the many opportunities that come with the Texas MBA and answering any questions you may have about the road to McCombs. This week we’re highlighting students from each of the three Roadshow stops - Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco – and hearing what current students from those cities have to say about Austin, McCombs, and advice they’d give to applicants.
The final stop on the 2013 McCombs Roadshow is San Francisco, where we’ll be on November 14. Please register if you’d like to attend.
Undergrad: Rice University
Previous Job: Senior Director of Business Development, DonorsChoose.org
MBA Concentration: Brand and Product Management
Why did you choose the Texas MBA program?
It was a great fit – culturally, it’s entrepreneurial with lots of opportunities to apply what I’m learning in the classroom to real world problems. The size makes it easy to interact and Read more ›