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#102 Last Minute Application Tips with Clare Simonis, HBS MBA ’19

Clare Simonis

“I think what made my applications strong was having a good story and using themes of that throughout my essays… I think doing some soul searching and figuring out how I wanted my application to reflect my story and genuine goals and translating that into words was the hardest and most important part.

You decide you need an MBA. You check your schools’ application deadlines – only 1 month left before Round 1 apps are due!  What to do?

Clare Simonis found her herself in this situation last Fall. With deadlines 1 month away, she applied to HBS, Stanford GSB, MIT Sloan and Berkeley Haas. She got into HBS and Haas and will be starting at HBS this Fall.

In this episode, Clare shares her journey and tips for those of you scrambling to apply last minute. Not the ideal situation – but certainly a common one. Enjoy the episode!

  • Clare’s application strategy with only 1 month left before the deadline (6:25)
  • Prepping for interviews at HBS, MIT Sloan, Stanford, Berkeley Haas and deciding on HBS (22:02)
  • Miscellaneous application tips and thoughts on MBAs vs. starting a business (28:30)

About Our Guest

Clare Simonis graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, majoring in Supply Chain and Operations Management and minoring in Asian Languages and Literature. She worked for Deloitte Consulting as a Management and Strategy Consultant for 3 years and current serves as Chief of Staff to the Integrated Care Group President at Fresenius Medical Care North America.

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