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Three Ways to Leverage the Power of Community to Find (and Thrive in) an MBA

This article is sponsored by Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

There are many factors that prospective MBA students consider when selecting their school. From location to career services, each prospective student has their unique list of priorities. For Randee Comstock and Courtney Crumby, two Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business MBA students, community was a vital factor. Learn how Forté helped them find their MBA home and what community has meant for them at Scheller.

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Comstock, a first-year Full-time MBA student, found Forté at the beginning of her MBA journey. She saw an advertisement for MBALaunch that offered a support network for women interested in pursuing an MBA.

 “Through Forté, I’ve been embraced by a community of women who offer continual encouragement,” said Comstock. “Forté offers high-quality leadership development panelists and content — I’ve attended both live and virtual events and their content is always top-notch.”

After deciding a little later in the admissions cycle to pursue an Evening MBA program, Crumby joined the 2020 MBALaunch On Demand program. Through the program, she was able to connect with other members.

“At the time, my network didn’t consist of anyone who had gone through the process because I am a first-generation college student,” said Crumby. “Forté connected me with women who were willing to share their tips, encouragement, and feedback.”

Make fellow prospective students and MBA advisors your allies in the process.

Throughout the application process, Crumby leaned on the women she met through Forté’s MBALaunch program, and it was helpful knowing that she wasn’t alone in her journey.

“Connecting with other women going through the process really took the sting out of some of the stress about getting into schools. It created a network for us to bond and to develop a camaraderie so that we could help each other,” said Crumby.

Forté was able to connect Comstock to both fellow prospective MBA students and members of the Scheller community, including Amy Hayes, Scheller’s director of full-time MBA recruiting.

“By networking with Amy, I learned about Scheller’s career services, close-knit community, and focus on technology and analytics. Amy connected me with several students and alumni who highlighted the supportive community,” said Comstock.

Take advantage of the network-building opportunities an MBA has to offer.

When she began the full-time program, Comstock got involved in the Scheller community by becoming a Scheller ambassador and a Forté Fellow and student ambassador.

 “There are so many opportunities to learn and grow. Every day there are seminars, club activities, socials, company info sessions, professional development programs, and more to really round you out as a professional,” said Comstock.

 Crumby also feels a sense of community and respect from Scheller’s professors, citing that they are extremely helpful with office hours and always willing to go into further explanations to make sure she understands the material.

“The camaraderie is the best part of the Scheller community,” said Crumby. “Ever since I started here, I have been exposed to fellow students who are genuine and open, and it has been an all-around great experience.”

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