Doing Our Part: How Alumni Can Support Prospective Students
by Gary Angelo MBA 99 | GSMAA Board Member
I can remember the moment I decided to pursue an MBA at the Graduate School of Management. I had a stable job at Levi Strauss in San Francisco with a decent salary and many opportunities for advancement. Yet as I looked to the future, I knew reaching my full potential would be difficult without a deeper understanding of business and a network of people I could draw upon during my career. An MBA seemed a perfect fit to fill this need.
This was before the Bay Area part-time program, so attending the GSM meant stepping down from my position and becoming a full-time student. At the time, it felt like a huge risk. I am sure there were plenty of people—including to some extent myself—who questioned my decision. It was a big leap. But in retrospect, getting my MBA at the GSM was the best move I could have made and a real inflection point in my career. It has made all the difference.
I am sure many of you have similar stories. And, like me, you may have a keen interest in sharing this experience with those who are at that same career crossroad.
The good news is you have plenty opportunities to share and mentor prospective students as the school approaches admissions application deadlines for both the MBA and the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) programs in May and then again in June. In doing so, you will not only provide valuable advice and insight to someone who needs it; you will also help your alma mater rise bring in the very best students and talent.
There are several ways to get involved:
- Meet with candidates for information interviews or talk with them by phone or email about your experiences at and after the GSM.
- Join the Admissions team at an event and share your MBA or MPAc experiences.
For more information please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page.
One of the best ways to support the admissions process is to refer qualified prospective students (within your company, friends, family, etc.) to the Graduate School of Management, along with sending them links to important information on the School and the admissions process. (Please see below.)
As a GSM Alumni Association board member, I have committed to referring at least one exceptional new candidate in the next month. I urge you to do the same.
Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to staying in touch with you.
Gary Angelo MBA 99
Director, Graduate School of Management Alumni Association
Senior Director, Strategy and Planning, Hewlett-Packard Co.