The following post was prepared by Kim Carter, a senior admissions consultant with The MBA Exchange. Kim earned her MBA at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan on a full-tuition merit-based fellowship.
You got accepted into a top business school and have signed your acceptance letter. This is really happening—congratulations! Time to celebrate? Absolutely. Time to relax until school starts in the Fall? Nope!
The summer months in between acceptance and matriculation offer an invaluable opportunity for preparing yourself for a successful business school (and post-business school) career. Too many incoming MBA students think the hard work stops at acceptance and miss out on an important phase of the overall experience.
Based on The MBA Exchange’s experience working with successful applicants over the past 18 years, we would recommend focusing on as many of the following as possible over the next few months:
1) Wrap up your current job responsibilities and finish on a great note. Decide when it makes the most sense for you to leave based on making the most impact, financial considerations, and giving yourself time to transition. Even if you are not interested in returning to your current role or employer, it’s important to have good references and resume experiences for the future.
2) Top business schools hire background-verification companies to contact recent admits and confirm any questionable aspects of the application prior to matriculation. So, if you have doubts about the accuracy or clarity of your professional or personal profile as presented, you should prepare now for this all-important verification process.
3) You articulated your goals through the application process, but now’s the time to really confirm those goals are what you want and create an initial plan of how you are going to get there (e.g., which courses to take, clubs to join, and experiences to seek out).
4) Consider whether you want to partake in any pre-MBA mini-internships hosted by many of the leading MBA employers.
5) Get to know your future classmates in advance. Whether through "admit weekend" or an online search, initiating a dialogue now with individuals who will be enrolling with you can make those first few days and weeks on campus feel much friendlier.
6) And don’t forget to take some well-deserved time for a little rest and relaxation before setting off on what promises to be an exciting and transformative experience!
By thinking through the above now, you will put yourself in a position to maximize the business school experience and beyond. If you would like more expert advice on making the most of business school and getting the career you desire, then engage The MBA Exchange for career counseling services.