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hello and welcome to today’s webinar where we are going to explore the alumni success for a dual degree alum in this case with the masters in real estate development along with the mba program hello my name is aaron shaw i’m the assistant director of recruitment for our full-time mba and ms programs here in the university at buffalo school of management and i’m joined today by my good friend and msred mba alum lindsay macaluso hello lindsay thanks for joining hi erin how are you who are you what do you do so i am from buffalo new york i actually grew up in newbie’s backyard um i i thought it was a huge school but knew it because this is where i played basketball swim meets things like that so grew up here decided to go to school in rochester at the university of rochester i had a great opportunity to play softball which was awesome after school i i was always interested in real estate i grew up in a construction family and took a job as a real estate appraiser which was great i got to see a lot of the city of rochester uh real estate is fascinating it touches everything so you know i worked on equestrian facilities to codex aircraft hangar pretty cool but gave me a picture of the real estate industry that was much broader than i initially expected and so i’m looking at the other players as part of any real estate development you have attorneys you have bankers architects things like that and i was really interested about the bigger picture so at that point i was kind of at a point of okay i invest in a series of certifications or i i do something that gives me a little bit more agility so uh at that point i approached aaron o’brien the dean of admissions and said hey i noticed you have this new real estate development program um i’ve always wanted to get an mba i think they complement each other really well is this something that i could make happen i could do and i was really really surprised that her first the first thing out of her mouth was yes absolutely let’s find a way to make this happen which was great uh especially for my background of okay i see the business side of things but also the technical side of things is critical too so um for me the ability to blend those two were was great um also got a chance to come back to buffalo uh it’s it’s an excellent time to be here it’s just um from a development standpoint but we’re just we’re just seeing a lot of cool things around the city so up until then uh graduated in 2018 and took a job with largo capital which is a mortgage banking firm that works up and down the east coast all throughout canada as well and this this was intentionally a job that would round out some of the the kind of the ideas that i had touched on in grad school finance capital markets but this is a great place to really really be in the middle of it a firm in buffalo that i could work on 100 million deals so since then i’ve developed a few specialties done in the hospitality sector and uh another project i’m working on which is deploying some technology that enables our company as well as other companies to to manage the entire real estate process but really collect data and position us towards the future so having fun to this day yeah that’s that’s awesome thank you for for sharing that lindsay um and and for the audience that’s viewing this uh hopefully you were able to to grab there the the agenda in terms of of topics we’re going to cover throughout this presentation let me back up one just in case we we missed anything here um while we heard a lot about lindsay you know as she is today currently um i am going to ask her to kind of back up and and start at the beginning in terms of of her background story and what really drove her or or what changed in her life um to to kind of point her in that direction to where she’s at now we’ll talk about navigating graduate programs overall and again turn back to lindsey to talk about what that looked like for her you know was it coming straight from undergrad was there time spent in the professional world prior to to coming back and exploring we’ll talk about the value of adding an mba to a dual degree in this specific case the the real estate development program we’ll talk about the importance of networking mentorship plays not only in while you’re in a graduate program but throughout life in general and then of course i’d be remiss if i didn’t touch on admissions so i will do so at the very tail end of today’s presentation so with with real estate development on the mind i’d like to hear more from you lindsay about your your background story where it all started um you know what influenced you what kind of led you to to getting interested or passionate

about real estate in the first place um in other words how did you develop your dreams and so with that i’ll turn it back over to to lindsay to share more on that it’s a great question i i would have to say when i was probably four years old sitting on a bulldozer i grew up in a construction family and construction it’s you see all types of people businesses really really cool stuff and the construction equipment pretty fun as a little kid but but kind of grew up surrounded by people shaping the world as they wanted to right if you’re if you’re developing real estate it’s intentional it’s deliberate uh but there’s a lot of work that goes into it and and kind of orchestrating all of those pieces is interesting but also consequential for the people who are who are gonna you know walk the halls the people are going to walk down the street next to a building um so i’ve i’ve always had that interest uh was fascinated by the technical side of being on a job site watching things get built but then was really interested in the entrepreneurial side of things so looking back you know i was i was always the kid who had a lemonade stand um i think i i got in trouble for for selling candy in fourth grade uh which i i thought was just you know entrepreneurialism at its finest but just always had that kind of in in my blood um come from a family of entrepreneurs so really just it kind of is the fiber that is what makes me up so i in high school again had a lot of great experiences i thought maybe i wanted to go into communications maybe law something like that so i chose to go to the university of rochester where i received an english degree i i also have minors in brain and cognitive science and uh religion actually so it was a great place to explore a lot of things i was interested in graduating it was an interesting time so i graduated in 2011 from undergrad um the economy was picking back up uh firms were hiring it’s certainly in better shape than it was but punctuating my career is is the financial crisis of oh 809 and then as it continued so um you know seeing seeing the opportunity in real estate decided to work for this appraisal firm which i worked there for four years it was a really a great amount of time uh to to kind of disengage from school really look at things from a practical empirical standpoint um kind of get to know what you like and what you don’t like i had done internships at law firms and and was pretty involved during undergrad but there really is nothing like working somewhere understanding what gets you excited what you’re curious about and and so from there i knew i needed to pursue real estate a little bit further again kind of the same the same thread running through everything that i saw what entrepreneurs were doing saw how they were thinking about space how they how they could reconfigure it but also at the end of the day as a real estate appraiser constantly looking at okay what’s the value and and looking uh finding different ways to approach the same problem uh but but at the end of the day it’s the science it’s the art and and i was really interested in how that come together so uh it actually wasn’t really until i got to ub that i realized that kind of my feeling that i wanted to be on real estate was actually pretty spot-on uh i was able to work with a career center and you’re one of the great things about the mba program is you’re constantly looking at yourself and understanding yourself learning new things about yourself and and we did one assessment that compares your skills attitude appetite think about yourself with people in industries to see what you line up with and my top choice is real estate developer so emboldened by that i think i also maybe freaked out the admissions department but that was a great place to kind of re direct you know what my next step would look like so a lot of i guess my story was finding finding the next opportunity that would position me for the next opportunity uh i think i i approach my career in i think there’s a few ways to approach it some approach it in a linear kind of fashion i’ve always wanted to be a doctor since i was four that’s not really my approach uh in kind of crafting my life my approach is okay what’s what’s the next move that will open the the greatest number of doors or allow me to pick up skills that that are going to open more doors which is honestly something you have to be deliberate about but it isn’t until someone asks you the question or pushes you to understand something about yourself which you know the mba program was great

for that yeah yeah that’s that’s awesome thank you for sharing it it’s kind of funny right how how life has this tendency to come full circle um and so going from sitting on a bulldozer at four years old to uh you know exploring these different avenues in past throughout high school and undergrad ultimately coming back to that space so to speak um uh as as you continue to explore but but kind of pinpoint narrowed down that pathway through grad school and so with graduate school being a cornerstone to discovering a professional pathway let’s talk more about that chapter of your life and what that was like so for the audience out there that’s exploring grad school at this point it’s it’s no secret right that it’s there’s a seemingly endless list of choices when it comes to exploring graduate programs and the number one thing that that i like to advise should be on your list is fit so you ultimately want to find your fit and that that can mean some different things for different folks but i think there’s there’s this little voice inside of everybody that that screams you know hey you love this you’re passionate about this and so what i would say is don’t don’t quiet that voice don’t hush that voice and in not doing so you potentially come back and you land on the right pathway as it aligns with with your passion which in some cases also helps you find that professional career pathway but as you can see per the list on your screen uh and these are just a couple of programs or the programs that fall into the school of management’s portfolio uh the the opportunity for graduate programs that list grows exponentially when you consider programs outside of the school of management and outside of the university at buffalo so it’s easy to get caught up in the moment right and the data and the overwhelming information when exploring grad school programs so and at some point in your exploration phase you may not sure you may not be sure what to do next or or where to go or where to turn for advice but again i would say if i could give you one piece of advice as it relates to that is follow your passion and so to talk a little bit more about that and elaborate a little bit more um i’m gonna again turn it back over to lindsay uh and i got a couple questions for you lindsay uh related to grad school specifically so we’ve heard a little bit but what was the deciding factor what was the the aha moment that led you to say all right i’m going to do a graduate school program it to be honest with a it was a mix of several things so kind of at this this decision point in my career as an appraiser okay do i pursue the next level of certifications which is a pretty substantial um effort there and okay do i want to do that the rest of my life maybe i want something more well-rounded uh and my family is from buffalo so that was also a part of my consideration uh but but in terms of making the decision that that ub was was probably going to be the place i fit despite uh having a lot to learn about the entire program was when i made that initial call and the response was yes immediately yes yes how are we going to help you make this happen and and that to me it suggested everything i needed to know about the culture that ubis is open to new ideas flexible excited honestly aaron aaron was excited to make this happen uh and and really if you’re surrounded by people who are gonna have to really help you make this happen and so i think you know the the pull the trigger on ub this feels right i think that was the moment on the phone um but but yeah it was a big decision especially going from working full-time to going back to school full-time um yeah those are big decisions in your life and uh and i’m really glad i ended up where i did yeah yeah awesome awesome and so you mentioned a little bit earlier that conversation with aaron o’brien initially uh was what ultimately led to the ability to go down this dual degree pathway but can you expand a little bit more on your thought process there or maybe when exactly was it that the possibility of a dual degree showed up on your radar you know i had always considered getting an mba and had a chance to speak to a guy with a similar background um and really just interview him on what do you think it’s worth it what do you think you take out of it um and so having that was great and i always thought you know there’s some skills i wanted to round out you know whether it’s the technical modeling skills but more from a leadership standpoint uh it just always lingered in the back of my mind and honestly yeah i thought it would be fun uh because i love learning and and i’ve you know

thought it would be a great opportunity to kind of round out my my specialties here um but you know i think i think just you you be allowing allowing any student to kind of think bigger and say okay you may want to do this but we’ve got these other options appealed to me because in my industry the only thing that matters at least in my estimation is agility it’s the ability to move quickly adapt look at your surroundings pick out trends not just have that guy’s you know standing on the corner and you know what what this building might mean to him uh but but kind of everything everything about it um yeah i think i think being able knowing that i could do both things uh and i wouldn’t have to just pick a management degree i could also see the real estate side to me that was critical it gives me the ability to jump from a leadership role at work to you know corralling an organization to to get behind a project uh the ability to tell a story uh whether you know you’re just presenting it’s powerpoint things like that it honestly is a superpower compared to the strictly technical components of my other program which also afforded opportunities to to stretch and do great things but just in a different way yeah that’s incredible uh you had mentioned there that you had reached out to somebody and asked the question do you think it’s worth it so with that uh let’s shift the conversation to the value of adding an mba in this case specifically to the ms real estate development program and i’d like to start this segment by introducing folks to a concept that we all believe and that’s understanding the business of your business because at the end of the day everything in life is a business and being able to effectively and efficiently operate within a specific domain regardless of the industry or function is ultimately at the heart of what every organization does however when referring to the real estate development world and adding an mba to that you’re setting yourself up to be prepared to lead in one of the world’s most dynamic and influential industries um you know so again let’s let’s focus here specifically on the value that the mba brought to your dual degree lindsey and talk about you know if you can the the topics related to a combination of leadership problem solving skills and how these have played a role not just in the workplace but in life so ultimately the question here is is how did your time in the school of management prepare you for your career first and foremost it’s the structure it’s being placed on a team on day one so you’re on a team of six people and throughout the first year every single class you take a take with the same people on the team you have group projects it’s it i think is characterized as as drinking through a fire hydrant and i think that’s a pretty appropriate characterization but added on to that is is a new team is people from a variety of backgrounds uh with different goals different objectives different specialties uh and and really you have to jump start a team and really find where your your leadership skills fit the best uh and there’s always going to be challenges and having a space to to work through any challenges you might have or just even okay how do i approach a conversation where i’m having a difficult time with a teammate there there are more than enough resources to not only you know really explore that how you can make your playlist on a team but the opportunity is to to to do it to to learn on the ground so first and foremost that’s critical uh everything in my industry is team based you can’t you can’t get anything done just by yourself so uh yeah i’m i’m working on a deal right now it’s a 70-story office tower in downtown miami has a hotel really cool apartments it’s a great project but the people involved and it’s very preliminary no shovels in the ground are you know a mortgage financing team an investment bank probably two dozen investors uh architects designers you know the before they even get this in the ground they’re picking up faucets so so think about the team and and really all the personalities needs the timing your ability to manage a team is critical so i think first and foremost there’s that and and

i think this is a great a great place to explore it alongside that uh you know i i favor sort of the uh get your hands dirty learning style and leader core supports that entirely so leader core offers a chance to really look at yourself as leader uh find out what you’re good at find out what you need to grow on and it provides a certification in leader core after you’ve you’ve really demonstrated that you’ve thoughtfully looked at who you are what you can do and how you can continue to grow as a person as a leader as a colleague you know as as a parent all the things that that are pretty critical to think about so within that it’s a chance to look at problem solving uh it’s it’s a chance to really look at your integrity and and look at yourself and say hey this is a key pillar of myself and i deal with answers yes but asking yourself the question is is is great and having the space to do that uh so i think i think sort of the combination of the the formal programs of leader core and just how the the program is structured i think it is a great is a great jumping off point and and then of course the the classes um you know managing a lot of projects at the same time is a challenge uh there’s there’s a project management component and and ultimately business is creative and and i think sometimes that can be lost but having space to be creative is really important especially especially in business you know there’s creativity that a lot of people keep to themselves because they haven’t had a chance to really do the rap but this is this is a great place to explore things like that and and figure out what your style is and and i think that all of those in combination have really prepared me to be a leader in my industry yeah yeah that’s that’s awesome thank you for sharing and it certainly touches on other areas i was hoping to hit here without even asking the questions things like some of the lessons that you’ve learned outside of the classroom along with some of the skills that you find that you just use most often in your role for those those watching you know the the mba program is very horizontal in nature and meaning that you’re going to take a a breadth of classes that cover all business disciplines some of which you may say i don’t like that and that’s okay certainly was the case uh for myself personally you know with with courses like accounting but there’s going to be qualitative skills and quantitative skills that are obtained from this and as lindsay just alluded to um you know it’s it’s what you take with those lessons taught in the classroom and how you apply them to opportunities outside of the classroom where learning really occurs and those are skills that are lifelong and they you take them with you regardless of what you do um well beyond the mba program so again shifting gears here and outside of those critical skills i would argue that the people that you meet are just as valuable and lindsay talked a little bit about it in terms of the team aspect of the team dynamic of the program but it goes well beyond that and so again just as valuable if not more so so let’s talk about those people and the impact that they’ve had i think at this point anybody watching you know in our lives we we all have at least heard of the term networking or mentorship however i would argue that there are far less people out there that truly understand the power of a strong network and strategic mentors you cannot underestimate the value and importance of having this strong personal and professional network along with mentors that are integrated into that network and so your network and your mentors literally have the ability to put you directly in line with opportunity because of their importance the mba program has essentially baked in opportunities to enhance your skills in relation to networking but also put you in front of strategic individuals that again may directly impact what happens next within your career so things lindsay mentioned leader core but other than that corporate champions the dean’s advisory council the alumni association campus speakers business competitions professional development workshops like network new york coffee cup conversations and resumenia i mean this is just the tip of the iceberg again of opportunities that are baked into the program um and as i mentioned earlier networking is a skill and it’s one that you can develop and get better at over time so lindsey let’s talk about your experiences specifically with networks first of all what or who has helped you to get to where you are in your career and piggybacking off of that what advice would you have for those out there that

are looking to set off in a similar direction uh first and foremost my network has been critical to my career uh and and i think the ability to to expand my network more broadly was the really interesting dynamic of of grad school that i kind of anticipated i knew i wanted to come back and reconnect with buffalo but i had a lot of opportunities to network in in several different areas so up on the screen here is my business partner chris miano and i who had the opportunity to just start a business we we looked at each other and said hey we see a problem we have asian grandparents and they have amazing stories we’d love to find a way to capture those capture those family photos and share those with your entire family so we built a software platform to capture those uh chris is doing it full-time now has raised a couple hundred thousand dollars but throughout that process we were engaged with blackstone launchpad which is something blackstone the private equity firm has invested in on several college campuses throughout the us so i was able to plug into blackstone’s network so when you know a managing director in the real estate department reached out to me because he saw that i’m at ub and he’s a ub alumni and said hey i’d love to talk to you um you know i went to ub i’m working in the industry you’re interested in uh you know let’s let’s get on a call which is great so we had we had that opportunity uh there were constantly constantly people from the community coming in and helping us develop and really refine our investment pitch so with that we had some of the the top investors in buffalo really really being critically looking at how we were building this business and and for that you know that’s that is invaluable so developed a network there which which was great so had a great entrepreneurial foundation um and then alongside that my classmates uh they they are it’s amazing the diversity in the classroom and diversity is another superpower it’s it’s bringing different ideas together to create really novel interesting solutions and and you know i some of my best friends came out of the program so uh alex mccloud who we won a cave competition at syracuse university always great to go beat someone on their their own turf uh she’s one of my best friends so she worked at deloitte in cyber security consulting and is working on some pretty pretty awesome internal projects so those two things kind of the opportunities to develop those skills and develop a really really wide breadth of skills and people is critical so connecting it to what i do now i was i was i joined my firm as an analyst so really just you know crunching numbers building models uh putting together investment pitches and my role has since evolved in several different ways so i was you know underwriting deals so really just looking at projections talking to our lenders and saying hey this is this deal might make sense for you uh that that’s the typical analyst role and i found myself moving towards the more complicated projects namely because i knew how to tell a story and telling a story is a combination of a lot of different factors it’s producing really really polished work it it’s putting together something that has meaning and someone can understand the thesis of what you’re trying to say and and really get them to get down to the point uh this honestly has has been critical uh so being able to tell those stories is great positioned me to work on some pretty cool deals that that i those are the types of projects that make my job fun and it’s the stuff i love uh another opportunity that that sort of presented itself was the creation of a hospitality finance group working with hotel owners to their develop hotels or to um finance them and this this is actually an interesting an interesting kind of twist and it really is a great display of the agility you get in the program but i was running a hospitality finance group and covid hit which which really complicated capital markets and complicated hotels so basically overnight uh this specialized group was kind of irrelevant for probably the next 18 months so i pivoted and was put in charge of developing a platform that we use to manage our entire business some software our firm has been building over 20 years but

but now it’s kind of time to take it to the next level in addition to executing a business strategy alongside that well in grad school i had the opportunity to manage a team of software developers i had the opportunity to project manage to present investment pitches to sell uh all of these things that have proven really critical in my ability to be agile so okay hospitality financer blows up that’s fine what’s next uh what do you what do you what direction do we need to take the company so i think having that strategic kind of mindset and and uh you know just being able to i i you know i’m a utility player which i think is at least to me is pretty critical for my career um but in i guess going back to the network um i you know i know i can call anyone from ub and say hey i’m interested in what you do uh plea will you grab a cup of coffee with me we’ll easily meet and update the network is is huge it’s it’s the possibilities are incredible so i think really you know you can go to grad school you can learn how to make pivot tables you can learn how to make a really really great powerpoint you can you can do all those things but what matters is the network at the end of the day it is who you’re connecting to what kind of pipeline you’re connecting to and and how it can really help you advance your career so you know as an alumni i love to stay involved and i am one of several thousand alumni who feel the same way yeah yeah good stuff good stuff and you you have this innate ability to answer my questions um that are on the docket here um in answering the the original question um and so again you alluded to it here in terms of of how you specifically go about networking and again going back to previous comments it is a skill one that can be developed over time and you can get better at it so i think it’s fair to say that there’s a good amount of people out there that struggle with how to approach networking or how to be quote unquote good at it so do you have a go-to opening line or overall approach is it just hey let’s go grab coffee and see what happens from there or or what’s your approach to networking so i i think my brand what’s important to me and i think i think this is a pretty pretty generally applied is authenticity so i i generally approach it in in sort of a a casual way but a gracious way if someone’s willing to you know take their time that is the most valuable thing any human being can give to another one uh so so approaching it with with both of those two things uh and really connecting to hey i’m curious about what you do so a good example is sujata yellowman chile who is one of the most outstanding alumni and i think i think you would agree so she is the managing partner of one of the biggest real estate law firms in in buffalo it’s pretty unusual to have women in real estate in real estate law in finance it’s a pretty small minority uh and she was a great a great mentor because you know she’s different than my other mentors you know she was a woman she had a similar background she was an mba she went to uh the school of management and and also have a law degree uh and just being able to give her a call and say hey i’ve never met you but i know you’re involved you care about up i would love to hear about your career path and and it’s funny it you know you sit down and meet with people and i think being being prepared with questions that matter is also pretty critical so not only graciously inviting them to share their time but but showing up knowing what you’re interested in and what you want to know so everything from okay so just you know tell me your career path how you ended up here why you made these decisions uh alongside that i ask really specific questions and and one i love to ask is what is your typical day look like how do you keep yourself organized and prioritize what’s important and i found that people are surprised by that question but it’s a question that you don’t you don’t ever get to have answered unless you work directly with someone and i i honestly it’s really fascinating um just to see how how people think about their day uh and and really maintaining those connections so it’s it’s the follow-up component that’s important as well uh i think i think mentoring up is really important and then you know doing

mentally finding a good group of people whether they’re mentors or not to serve as almost your board of directors that you know you can bounce ideas off of uh you know you can have a really good kind of global global look at maybe you know a business idea that you’re thinking about i rely on my friends who i graduated with pretty pretty heavily for that and we we do it across the board for each other um so that that’s a great opportunity just for okay problem-solving boots on the ground this is great and then you know finding people who have been in your industry longer than you who can provide that perspective so with souja for example i i laid out kind of what my next three year plan was where i saw myself my life goals and opened it up for her to really ask questions and okay so the the underlying assumption here is that you may want to make this move are you sure that that assumption makes sense and things like that you know it’s always great to have someone put pressure on your ideas and uh it is you’re gonna get what you put into it and and i think ultimately respecting and being gracious and open to learning is is a great way to approach it yeah yeah again great stuff here um and you’ve mentioned a couple times now mentors and mentorship um which is an extension of your network but you know maybe plays a little bit more vital role or a little bit closer to home in terms of people that you can lean on to ask those questions to seek advice and know that you’re going to get value out of that those conversations so with that one simple question here uh what was the best advice that a mentor ever gave you um the best advice the best advice to me was to not to not be too concerned with with how linearly other people may be arranging their career that it’s okay to approach things with with a different way of doing things so it may sound like strange advice but uh i love school i love learning uh going back to school i was pretty nervous i was pretty anxious about it um i learn a little differently than other people as you can tell i value you know getting my hands dirty because that’s that’s the best place for me to learn uh so so i think recognizing that hey not ever in the past is my path my path is looking at the resources that i can acquire and and really crafting the life i want so you know it was partially do your own thing be your own person but you don’t have to really follow the prescribed work your entire life if you don’t want to uh you don’t you don’t have to follow anyone else’s past uh so that’s that’s really made me consider how i arrange my life and how i look at my career uh so long answer two short questions but uh kind of go your own way see your own thing independent thought is is always a good thing yeah once again great stuff thank you for sharing um so for the audience you know at this point hopefully we’ve provided some insight to both the real estate development and the mba program and kind of the the overall picture if you will um as it relates to both uh but at this point you know hopefully you’re saying to yourself all this sounds great but maybe there’s still a question in that question related to admissions you know can i get in and so with that i’d like to talk about next steps and the admissions process and i want to start by saying that we understand this is a huge decision one that’s certainly not to be taken lightly and can be very stressful and we want you to know that we’re ultimately here to assist you every step of the way so with that let’s get into what those steps are starting with critical dates so regardless if you’re targeting the current admission cycle for fall 2021 as a start date or at any point in the future the applications will open up on july 1st and they will be followed by five rounds of application due date deadlines or rounds and that you can see those listed here on your screen so there will be little if any deviation from these dates regardless of what cycle it is you’re applying for until october 15th and december 1st being our early rounds february 1st being our final international applicant deadline along with being the priority deadline for scholarships assistantships and fellowships and then the remaining to april first i’m sorry april 15th and june 1st

for domestic applicants only as far as components of the application of course there is the application itself which is can be found online and completely filled out online which is accompanied by a 100 application fee there is a gmat or gre requirement we don’t have a preference as far as which exam you take we encourage you to explore both exams and ultimately take the one that you feel is the best fit in terms of your skill set if you opt to go the route of the gmat then scoring in the 30th percentile or better per section is considered competitive uh similarly if you opt to go with the gre a 152 or better per section is again considered competitive you may notice the little asterisks there because that is due to the fact that we do have waiver criteria in place um and what that consists of in order to be eligible is to have two plus years of professional work experience uh a post bachelor so after completing your undergraduate degree along with that a if you have a major that falls in the stem category than a 2.75 or better gpa if it’s a non-stem undergraduate degree than a 3.25 or better of course these are are on a 4.0 scale um so if you have any other questions about that feel free to email me happy to discuss that offline continuing on here personal statements there’s two of them one is career objectives oriented or focused the other is topical in nature and revolves primarily around your ability or lessons learned within a team dynamic or environment each of which is approximately 700 words in length visiting the admissions webpage will give you additional details on exactly what it is we’re looking for there of course we’re going to ask for an updated resume that consists of relevant information and the months and years for each position that you’ve held and then finally transcripts so any university or college that you list on your application as far as having attended uh with the goal of moving towards a bachelor’s degree meaning if you transferred from one school to another or transferred from multiple schools the unofficial transcripts for each of those institutions would be needed in order to consider your application complete and the last thing i’m going to touch on here is there are additional steps for international students perhaps the most noteworthy is the requirement for an english language proficiency exam two of the most popular the toefl and the ielts will accept uh the online versions of either of course right now during this pandemic but a preferred score of 95 or better on the toefl a 6.5 or better on the ielts in addition to those two most popular exams will also currently accept the duolingo online version of the exam with a score of 120 or better so with that lindsay thinking back to your time exploring graduate programs going through the admissions process any advice to folks listening out there on how to approach the admissions process i would say in in looking at programs finding something that will give you as much throughput as possible it’s it’s a really interesting time to explore and finding somewhere that gives you a million opportunities to to explore ideas uh i think the application process itself again being authentic uh yeah i i think my part of my application was talking about buffalo i love buffalo and and uh weaving it in with my career aspirations and and so i think i think that’s it it’s being authentic and it’s finding a program that’s a good match for you but also positions you for this changing world you know it’s i i’m working on a a machine learning project and i have an english degree from undergrad something helped me bridge that gap and and it was you know partially my decade-long career but it it has a lot to do with with the dual degree program yeah i agree excellent advice um so at this point inevitably questions are going to arise and when they do we encourage you to reach out if you refrain back to the introductory slide with lindsay and myself you may recall there are email addresses there’s linkedin profile links for you to reach out to us directly in the event that you do have questions there is an faq admissions page on the website which is going to put a check in the box for a lot of of what’s out there in terms of kind of entry level admissions related questions but again we encourage you to reach out directly if you’d like to have a more in-depth question or if you just are having a

difficult time finding the answers to your questions so with that stay connected we want to hear from you uh bottom line we like to get to know you on a personal level uh throughout the admissions process and as lindsay has talked about well beyond that uh beyond just the program you know into your career this is a lifelong relationship that we’re creating here so get involved early and as often as you possibly can a couple opportunities that you can do so obviously webinars like this one are just one of many ways to engage with us ambassador online office hours so if you’re interested in having a conversation with one of our current student ambassadors jump on there ask the questions and get the current student perspective again i’ll throw out one-on-one advising appointments if you’d like to do so and get that personalized approach happy to connect in that fashion other virtual events so in addition to webinars there’s the opportunity to attend a virtual class there’s an opportunity to connect with other alumni with current students faculty other staff members through any of those virtual events that you can find in our recruiting calendar so check those out and attend what you can or what your schedule permits and uh two more things here second to last uh the manageable podcast absolutely worth a listen um it’s it’s current student perspective uh talking about current events and things that are relevant to life as we know it right now and how that all ties in with the mba program and lessons that are being learned there so it’s it’s a fantastic listen and in a world right now where everybody’s uh very much virtual if you’ve always thought about jumping into podcasts uh now’s a great time to do so and that would be one that comes highly recommended and then of course last but not least is social media any of the major platforms you can find us out there with interesting tidbits um and content shared on a daily basis so engage with us there so that’s it that’s it for today so i want to say a big thank you to the audience for taking the time out of your busy days your busy schedules to view this particular webinar uh to lindsay for taking time out of her busy schedule to join me here today for the audience we’re glad that you’re considering the ub school of management we look forward to future conversations and to potentially welcome you to the ub school management family so for now take care everyone and goodbye

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