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What are the reasons you are pursuing an MBA program?

Whenever I have set a goal in life, my mind has always drifted to the example set by Lester Wunderman. Growing up poor amidst the Great Depression, he went on to become a marketing mastermind, responsible for innovative direct media techniques such as the insert card and "Gold Box".

Wunderman was never content to accept setbacks. When faced with a struggle, I have always sought to emulate him by emerging from obstacles - not with a sense of defeat - but with a renewed sense of determination and greater problem-solving skills.

While at school, I underwent a two-day hospital procedure that caused me to miss a considerable amount of class; as a result, I fell behind in my studies and faced extensive makeup work. I quickly made a vow, however, not to allow my schoolwork to suffer. By spending many hours on my academics even while rebuilding my physical health, I continued to excel in school, achieving straight A grades.

After graduation, I decided to gain exposure to the insurance field, taking a position at Norwich Union Insurance. As a Sales Advisor, I primarily generated insurance quotes. After one year, I craved greater challenge, deciding to look for new opportunities. Transferring to the travel section, I assumed the position of Travel Executive, during which I performed many customer service tasks and managed the distribution of insurance certificates.

Yet, I still yearned for more challenge, more risk and more opportunity. After two years of service, I decided to enter the perpetually stimulating field of business. However, I wanted to pursue a business career after gaining a thorough mastery of the subject matter; therefore, I needed a university degree.

In June 2002, after much hard work and intense focus, I graduated with Honours. After six months in a graduate Management Trainee position, I knew that I wanted to perfect my knowledge; an MBA would impart essential skills such as account analysis, stock valuing, and a sound understanding of finance.

During 2003, I immersed myself in thorough preparations for business school, learning to write business plans, model businesses and carry out statistical tests. Through my self-directed study and experience in the management position, I'm thoroughly familiar with the concepts behind strategy, marketing and operations. I now wish to expand my proficiency in these areas on the MBA program.

While an academic record can reveal much about a person's character, illustrating traits such as discipline, determination, and responsibility, it does not provide the complete picture. Namely, grades and scores cannot detail lessons learned, challenges met and victories achieved. Throughout my life, I have always sought greater intellectual stimulation, and this search has typically entailed abandonment of the familiar to pursue the unknown. In my business pursuits, I will continue to adopt this risk-taking approach and will not rest until I reach my maximum level of accomplishment. By adopting the constructive, determined approach of business wizards such as Wunderman, I have a much better chance of getting there.

While an academic record can reveal much about a person's character, illustrating traits such as discipline, determination, and responsibility, it does not provide the complete picture. Namely, grades and scores cannot detail lessons learned, challenges met and victories achieved. Throughout my life, I have always sought greater intellectual stimulation, and this search has typically entailed abandonment of the familiar to pursue the unknown. In my business pursuits, I will continue to adopt this risk-taking approach and will not rest until I reach my maximum level of accomplishment. By adopting the constructive, determined approach of business wizards such as Wunderman, I have a much better chance of getting there.

What do you hope to achieve in the future?

When I envision my life five years from now, I imagine two possible scenarios. In the first, I am standing in front of a boardroom of a profitable company, assisting executives in solving a central challenge to their company's maximum functioning. The other image could not be more different: in this vision, I am working to my bolster my own fledgling business.

Whichever route I ultimately pursue, an MBA will endow me with the broad business acumen to address the specific issues encountered in a broad range of positions. Particularly, an MBA from Harvard Business School will give me the practical experience to complement the thorough academic education I will receive. With its tutorial system, Harvard will continuously force me to abandon the passive process of absorbing knowledge in favor of the dynamic approach of constantly challenging my tutor's assumptions.

At Harvard, I will push my Tutors as hard as they push me. In return, they will provide avenues for me to challenge my own assumptions and thoroughly analyze revered business principles before accepting them as fact. In this multi-disciplinary environment, I will find the continual stimulation in which I will thrive. My risk-taking nature and my pursuit of continual challenges carried me through my first degree, and I plan to bring these traits with me as I study in my new business environment.




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