5 New Year’s Resolutions for MBA Program Applicants

It’s that time of year. When we all dig deep to make a list of resolutions we hope to achieve in the new year. For those considering making the leap and applying for an MBA program, here are a list of some New Year’s resolutions for MBA applicants.

  1. Take Initiative – There’s a reason the phrase “the early bird gets the worm” was ever coined. Taking initiative in your career and education will only help you long-term. Target one or more MBA programs and conduct research to be sure they will fulfill your needs. In addition, take initiative at work, increasing the scale and scope of your responsibilities so you can improve your candidacy when you apply to MBA programs.
  2. Confront Insecurities – We all have insecurities. Whether you hate math, or maybe are afraid of taking the GMAT, make this the year that you meet your insecurities head-on. Take the time to evaluate your own candidacy to determine the areas in which you need improvement, and highlight how an MBA degree can strengthen that are of weakness.
  3. Nurture Strengths – While we all have insecurities, we also all have strengths. Take the time to evaluate your strengths as well. Nurture them if needed, and stand proud of what you have accomplished. Be willing to showcase your successes and achievements on your application.
  4. Reach out to Recommenders – Have you decided who you will ask to recommend you for the MBA program? Take the time to determine who will be the best individuals to speak your praises. Initiate conversations with potential recommenders to get a good idea of their feelings about business school.
  5. Prepare a Plan – Those who are better prepared will also be those who are most successful. Make a plan for the year including building in the time you will need to prepare for the program and take the GMAT, as well as writing a stellar application. Don’t wait until the application deadline to apply. Space in MBA programs can be limited as can scholarship funding.

Located in the metro Washington, D.C., area, George Mason’s MBA Program, prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. It prepares MBA graduates with the skills they need to pursue the careers they want.

Mason’s MBA program is ranked #74 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to students during the MBA program and alumni after graduation.

Learn the top 6 reasons to choose Mason’s MBA program.

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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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