Name: Clare Simonis
Pre-MBA Education: University of Minnesota (Supply Chain Management, Chinese)
Work Before MBA: I worked for two years at in Deloitte Consulting's Strategy & Operations group. Then, I spent two years in Fresenius Medical Care's start up division, working for the president to develop and execute on growth strategy.
Work After MBA / Post MBA Goals: I'm interested in working at the intersection of technology and health / wellness. I've had a couple random startup ideas, so I might try to play with those ideas during school!
Program Start / Graduation Dates: Starting August 2017 / Graduating (hopefully!) May 2019
Why did I pick HBS? Several reasons: I was really impressed with the class environment, as well as the resources at HBS and Harvard in general.
Class environment: I went to a class, and I realized how much I loved the case method - everyone seemed incredibly engaged. Learning through discussion, disagreement, and open-mindedness definitely plays to how I like to learn.
Resources: HBS has an incredible amount of resources for their students. In addition to the HBS resources, I was drawn to other Harvard resources on campus, such as the cross-disciplinary i-lab.
What am I most excited about: I'm pumped to be surrounded by an inspiring group of people. I'm also excited about being back in the classroom - the campus / Cambridge area is gorgeous.
What am I least excited about: Re-acclimating myself to winter (I've been living in Texas for the past couple years).
In my opinion, HBS provides the most opportunities for MBAs entering which industries/functions/geographies? Given the school's reputation, I'd reckon people wanting to pursue any industry, function, or geography have a good chance with an HBS degree behind them (hopefully this doesn't sound pretentious). I am not sure exactly where, what, (who?!), I want to be in 5 or 10 years. I have ideas, but I think the degree from HBS affords people flexibility in choices down the road.
What should more applicants know about HBS? HBS has a very robust financial aid program. It's one of the more expensive programs, but they offer a fair amount of financial aid to those who don't come from a high paying (banking type) background. I'd also urge people to apply if they think they have even a remote shot. I was very close to not applying because I thought I'd be met with a "thanks but no thanks" letter. I'm happy I took the plunge!
What am I going to be up to this summer I decided to take this summer to explore a potential area of interest. I'll be interning on a vertical farm in Jackson, WY (Vertical Harvest), working with the president on growing the business and learning more about the urban farming industry.
Feel free to ask me about...?
Deciding whether or not to apply to business school
Why I chose HBS
My experience during the admissions journey
Applications and interviews
// Once I start the program, I'm also happy to talk about my experience in class, outside of class, in Cambridge, etc.!