Hi Giang & Sarah, Tolu here.
I am also considering applying for 2018 (not necessarily fall, schools in Canada start earlier than fall).
Name and brief background (personal, educational, and professional):
I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria till university. I studied Communications Engineering at Carleton University in Canada. I work as Software consultant and wildcard employee at an E-Commerce solutions company for just under 3 years now. [Wildcard employee because I'm usually the go to guy for exploring unique opportunities like trying out new software solutions, brand ambassador etc.]
General Post-MBA Goal:
Short term: Work in Technology or Sports industry as Product/Brand manager figuring out marketing strategies, business design and creating value for customers.
Long term: Education, Entrepreneurship.
Schools Applying To/Looking into:
USA: Anderson, Foster, Fuqua
Canada: Queen's, Ivey, Rotman.
Surprising Thing(s) about Me:
Sorry, I couldn't come up with just one, I dropped quite a number already
I immigrated alone when I was 16, adulting has been quite the journey.
I make it a goal to try something beyond my comfort zone every year.
- Last year, it was skydiving. This year, publish my first book.
I've already failed at 3 ideas I thought would make good companies (part of why I need the education).
I was a radio presenter a couple of summer months in between school(best internship ever), I've also tried modeling/acting professionally; agent, auditions, that sort of thing (quite the experience. No, it was not really fun).
I write as often as I can; blogs, poems, books, articles, short stories, fan fiction, ads, scripts(I've written a full theatre play, it lasted 3 hours). If it can be written, I will try it sooner or later.
I'm really good at fantasy soccer (the English Premier League version).
Like, my friends don't like to compete with me any longer, 90th percentile in the world (over 4 million people worldwide play annually) the last 3 years in a row kind of good.
I get the feeling I was born to teach and stimulate personal development in young adults but my biggest mental obstacle is that I worry I am too young & don't know enough to do so.