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Pre-MBA Tips for Forums & Fairs

Whether you are still exploring the benefits and options of an MBA or ready to tackle those applications and essays, Forums and Fairs are a great resource!

I attended a Forté Forum before taking the GMAT and long before I knew which programs I was applying to. The Forum brings together MBA women and admissions representatives and allows you to make connections and learn which program is right for you! Below are a few tips for attending forums and fairs:

Do your research. Take some time to study the schools and panelists attending the forum. What are the application deadlines? Are the classes lecture or case based? What kinds of clubs are available for MBA students to participate in? Did one of the panelists attend your Alma matter? What motivated them to pursue an MBA? Come prepared with questions to make the most of your forum experience.

Arrive early. Many admissions representatives will be setting up their booths and preparing their materials. Arrive early and you’ll have a chance to network before the event begins.

Dress the part. Make an impactful first impression by wearing business professional attire. Adding a pop of color to your ensemble or wearing a statement necklace will make you stand out among the crowd!

Some other fairs you may be interested in attending:

Which fairs will you attend this spring? Post your comments below!

Liz Schaab, Forté Fellow
MBA 2014, SMU Cox School of Business

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