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					                               Wisconsin MBA March 24, 2009 Chat Transcript

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Wisconsin MBA March 24, 2009 Chat Transcript

         MESSAGE

         mthompson50:  Hello. My name is Michael Thompson. I'm looking
         at applying to the Wisconsin MBA in the next month or so. I am looking
         at the&nbsp; corporate finance specialization. <br>

         UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): &nbsp;Hello Michael. Welcome to
         the chat. Corporate finance is a great specialization. <BR>
         mthompson50: I am really excited about it. I'll wait a couple minutes to
         see if anyone else pops in here. I do have quite a few questions
         though.<br>
         UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): <P>Sounds good. Thanks. We will
         get started soon.<BR></P>
         mharr12: &nbsp;Hi everyone.&nbsp; Taking a break from essay writing
         to ask a couple of questions.<br>

         UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): Why don't we get started!&nbsp;
         My name is Seann Sweeney and I am the Assistant Director of
         Admissions here at the Wisconsin S0B.&nbsp; We are also joined by Erin
         Nickeslburg, our Director, and by Heidi, one of our current students
         here.&nbsp; What questions do you have for us today?<BR>
         giesek: &nbsp;When the admission recommendations suggest at least 2
         years experience, are there specific experiences in the work place that
         stand out more than others?<br>
         mthompson50: Heidi- What is your specialization?<br>
         UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): &nbsp;Hello everyone.&nbsp; I'm
         Jennifer from the MBA Career Management Center.&nbsp; I'll be happy
         to answer your&nbsp;internship and employment&nbsp;related
         questions.
         student(HeidiStudent): I Michael - I am in the Entrepreneurial
         Management specialization (first year)
         UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Giesek - we like to see an increase in
         management/supervisory skills throughout your work experience.&nbsp;
         An increased level of responsibility indicates a continuing development
         and maturity.<br>

         mthompson50: Heidi- I was curious about the school/life balance in that
         first year? I assume there is a HUGE time commitment, as there should
         be, but I was wondering if students have part time jobs or are able to do
         regular activities (i.e join a choir, having an active role in student
         organizations)<br>
giesek: &nbsp;Thanks!&nbsp; I'm interested in enrolling fall 2010, and
I'm interested in either being a TA or a research assistant as well.&nbsp;
Could you explain a little about how many students are selected for
these positions and what criteria there are?<br>

mthompson50: Jennifer- I attended UW as an undergraduate student. I
was hoping you could address the recruiting differences between the
undergraduate and graduate schools. Would I be using the same
buckyjobs.net" or how are graduate students handled differently?<br>"

student(HeidiStudent): Yes, it's definitely a shock that first semester - the
work load is heavy. I have a project assistantship which is about a 13
hr./week commitment, and I am also involved in Net Impact, a student
org on campus. The first semester, I'm not sure how I got through it all :)
 Second semester has been easier to handle so far. But lots of folks have
PAs, TAs, and other student orgs they are involved in. I do know a few
folks with part time jobs, but I think it would have to be very flexible to
work out well...

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Giesek - about 50% of our students are
awarded merit aid, many of them through a TA or a PA (project
assistantship).&nbsp; TA's typically go to second year students, as we like
to see a demonstrated ability in a course before we have you assist in
teaching it!&nbsp; The PA's are awarded based on merit (combination of
GPA, GMAT score, and work experience) indicated by your
application.&nbsp; The PA and TA positions provide full tuition
remission, health insurance, and a stipend.<br>
giesek: Thanks again Erin!<br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): You are welcome!&nbsp; What other
questions are there?<br>

mharr12: I had a question about prerequisites and how to be best
prepared for the start of the MBA program.&nbsp; I have an
undergraduate business degree, but was wondering if I would need to
take any additional classes prior to enrollment. <br>


UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): mthompson- We use eRecruiting, which
is similar to BuckyNet, but is used exclusively for MBA positions.&nbsp;
We work in partnership with the specialization stafff&nbsp;to make sure
there are opportunities to apply and interview for&nbsp;internships and
full time positions.&nbsp;&nbsp; With 94% placement last year, we are
working very hard in the current climate to continue or exceed that level
of success.&nbsp; Which specialization are you interested in?<BR>
tgatif: &nbsp;Is it possible to change the specialization while u are in
MBA program<br>
mthompson50: I am looking at the corporate finance specialization<br>
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): <P>We have representatives from
admissions, career management and a current student on the chat
today. Feel free to ask questions about the application, career, students
life, etc.<BR></P>

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): tgatif - No, we look for students who
know what career they want to be involved in when they finish and who
are dedicated and passionate about that area.&nbsp; We are not
opposed, however, to helping you determine which specialization is right
for you before you apply.<br>

UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): We work very closely with Cindie Adams
in Corporate finance to create opportunities.&nbsp;&nbsp;Students
have gone to companies like Ameriprise, GE,&nbsp;Johnson Controls,
Kraft Foods, Northwest Airlines, P&amp;G, SC Johnson to name a
few.<BR>&nbsp;
tgatif: What is the internship outlook looking for this summer?&nbsp; I
have heard that business schools are encouraging students for unpaid
internship.&nbsp; What do you say about Wisconsin MBA in this
respect?<br>

mthompson50: I know Erin touched on this at the MBA information
session, but I had a question about good reference letters. Is more
weight given to letters sent from supervisors, as long as they address
qualities that made/will make us successful in the program? Is it a waste
of a reference letter if it's a personal reference? I'm just trying to decide
what I should use. I am having 3 supervisors write references for me,
along with a few co-workers. <br>
giesek: There are a wide variety of programs that correlate fairly well
with business undergraduate degrees, but there is no International
Business match - is there a program that would be best suited to further
international aspirations?&nbsp; <br>

UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): tgatif-that's a great question.&nbsp; The
economy is tough right now, and all business schools are
suffering.&nbsp; We are working hard to ensure our students have
opportunities for great internship experiences.&nbsp; In some fields that
have been particularly hard hit (Real Estate and ASAP), that may mean an
unpaid internship, but we hope it will not come to that.&nbsp;<BR>

UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): <P>mthompson, yes recommenders
who are current or past supervisors is great. Personal references are not
preferred. There are 3 recommenders total.<BR></P>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Giesek - we integrate a global
perspective into all of our coursework, but there is no specialization that
is dedicated solely to international business.&nbsp; You would be better
served to identify what functional area of business you would like to be a
part, choose that specialization, and then take that into the international
arena.<br>
mharr12: I had a question about prerequisites and how to be best
prepared for the start of the MBA program.&nbsp; I have an
undergraduate business degree,but was wondering if I would need to
take any additional classes prior to enrollment.

mthompson50: Jen- I'm assuming the ties to the mid-west are pretty
strong as far as companies that recruit at Wisconsin. Do we get many
companies on the coasts that actively recruit the UW MBA?<br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Mharr - no you would not, though we
would encourage you to brush up on your quantitative skills (accounting,
finance, etc.)<br>

UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): <P>mthompson- Geography has a lot to
do with where companies are located.&nbsp; We have strong ties to
Consumer Products, and most of those companies are located in the
Midwest.&nbsp; Additionally, most students want their first company to
be a great one, and consider location second.&nbsp; There are
opportunities all over.&nbsp; What are you most interested in?<BR></P>
mharr12: Is there a good way to get reacquianted with the quantitative
skills necessary?<br>

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Mharr - we don't promote it, but I think
the online MBAMATH course is a good way to prepare<br>

mthompson50: To be honest with you, I was just curious. As you put it, I
would be looking for a great company. That would be number 1 for me
by far. Consumer Products is actually the route I would prefer to go at
this juncture, but I would be open to other industries as well. I would
also be open to different locations. That's why I posed the question.<br>

mthompson50: Heidi- What has been your favorite part of your first
year? What haven't you liked (there's got to be something:)?<br>

UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): mthompson-It sounds like we may be a
good match for you.&nbsp; If you would like more details on companies
and hiring information, check out the following link. <A
href=http://www.bus.wisc.edu/mbacs/students/stats.asp"
target="_blank">http://www.bus.wisc.edu/mbacs/students/stats.asp</A
><BR>"
mthompson50: Thanks Jen. I will check that out. <br>
UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): You're very welcome.<BR>
giesek: To expand on mthompson's question - are there things that you
wish you would have asked before you applied/started your first
semester?<br>

student(HeidiStudent): Hmmm...well it may sound cheesy but I think my
favorite part is all the great people I've met - especially in my
specialization. I am just really impressed by the people here, and we're
given lots of opportunities to get to know each other through various
working groups, etc. My least favorite part is probably just the fact that
we are sooo busy - there are so many things I would like to do, but
there's time to do only a small fraction of them...(of course, that's better
than being bored I guess!)

student(HeidiStudent): I guess I would have liked to prepare myself
better for the workload, just mentally...I should have asked more about
what a normal day was like, etc. Also, I think it's important to really
understand what the specialization model is all about, so you can really
take advantage of it from the start...
giesek: So... what's a normal day like?&nbsp; In fall/spring, is there any
time during the day to sit outside, or will it mimic a typical 8-5
workday?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br>

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): hold on, i am trying to get it to post<br>

mharr12: Quick question about setting up a campus visit.&nbsp; I came
to one of the information sessions, but would likeam going to submit my
application by April 1st.&nbsp; Should I schedule <br>
mharr12: sorry<br>

mthompson50: I have an admissions question. This may not be the
easiest to answer, but I will at least ask it. I'm assuming that every year
there are students with high GMAT/GPA's that do not get admitted, and
some students who do get admitted with lower scores. What makes the
student with the lower scores more appealing, and what might have the
student with the higher scores have done wrong. <br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Okay, it won't work.&nbsp; But I will
email it to you!&nbsp; Sorry about that!<br>

student(HeidiStudent): I actually thought it would be like a 9-5 job, but
it's more than that :) But it's definitely more flexible, so if you want to
get outside on a gorgeous day, you can... A normal day is usually half
classes, half studying/work/a speaker event, or some combination of
those. But again, the flexibility makes it easier to handle...
student(HeidiStudent): Also, there's a lot of group work, so while you are
getting stuff done you are also getting to know your classmates well and
making some good friends...
mharr12: Quick question about setting up a campus visit.&nbsp; I came
to one of the information sessions, but would like to set up a campus
visit and possibly attend a class. I am going to submit an application by
the April 1st deadline.&nbsp; Should I go ahead and set up a visit or will
there be time to schedule something after I receive my admittance
answer?<br>

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Mthompson - we evaulate each student
holistically based on all of their application materials.&nbsp; There are so
many things that are intangible.&nbsp; We look at quality of work
experience as it relates to the specialization of the student.&nbsp; We
look at the quality of the recommenders in relation to the specialization
and the group as a whole.&nbsp; Many times the make or break factor is
simply fit"                                                                    205
mharr12: I guess that answers my question as well.<br>
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): <P>mharr12, if you can come for a
visit once you submit your application that would be best. You can set up
a visit by visiting: <A
href=http://www.bus.wisc.edu/mba/visit/oncampus.asp"
target="_blank">http://www.bus.wisc.edu/mba/visit/oncampus.asp</A>
&nbsp; If you are admitted we can set up a visit for you after you get
your decision as well.<BR></P>"
mthompson50: Heidi- do you find that you only get close with other
students in your specialization? Or are you interacting with student's
across all specializations?<br>

student(HeidiStudent): From the start I've had the chance to work with
people across the specializations. We are split up into two cohorts each
semester, and within those cohorts you have a group of 5 students that
you work on multiple assignments with. And the program is small
enough so you really know (almost) everyone by second semester.
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): What other questions do you have for
us today?<br>
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): Great questions so far everyone.
What other questions about admissions, financial aid, career
and&nbsp;life in Madis<BR>on&nbsp;do you have?

mthompson50: I was wondering if there is a set number of students that
are taken each year, or if it's some sort of floating number? Also, how
different are the numbers selected for each specialization?<br>

jbowman: <P>I do not think my GMAT scores will be available before the
April 1st deadline would you recommend I do all the application stuff for
the April 1st deadline or should I wait for the final deadline?<BR></P>
giesek: In terms of living in Madison, where do the majority of MBA
students live?&nbsp; In the campus area, or do many commute from the
burbs?"<br>"
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Mthompson - we do have a range we
target for each specialization in terms of numbers, with our goal being
no more than 130 students.<br>
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): jbowman, you can submit whenever
you are ready. We will consider your application complete once
everything, including GMAT is in.<BR>
mharr12: What percentage of the spots for Fall 2009 are still available?
&nbsp; <br>

student(HeidiStudent): Most students that I know of live in Madison
itself - some live near the capital, others live a little further out and take
the bus in. Most tend to avoid the areas directly around campus where
the majority of undergrads live - I think we tend to look for places that
are a little quieter and family-friendly. There's really no place to park for
students, so very few drive in...

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): More than 50% are still available<br>
mthompson50: Are the majority of people that apply alumni of UW? Is
that taken into consideration at all? <br>
patmikekurtz: &nbsp;Of those 50%, are there still positions in the
entrepreneurship program still available?<br>
giesek: When getting to know your fellow classmates, are there ever
difficulties in terms of age difference, those w/families vs those without,
etc?<br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): MThompson - We have a good mix of
both UW and non-UW alumni who apply.&nbsp; It is not taken into
consideration.<br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): PatMike: We do have seats available in
Entrepreneurship, yes.<br>

student(HeidiStudent): Everyone is very friendly and I really haven't seen
any difference in students with or without families, older students, etc...
giesek: Thanks Heidi.<br>
patmikekurtz: I apologize if this has already been asked, but is there any
resources for spouses to either apply to the school or to find work in the
Madison area?<br>
jbowman: <P>Going back to my question regarding waiting on my GMAT
scores, if I submit everything by the April 1st deadline except my scores
and then get my scores lets say April 5th do you look at my application
prior to the next deadline?</P>
mthompson50: If I want to ask questions specific to my concentration
(i.e. discuss my plans and fit within that concentration), would this be
something to target on a visit? Or are there other means of doing
this?<br>
giesek: Thanks everyone!&nbsp; It's been a pleasure talking with you,
but I have to run.&nbsp; <br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): JBowman: I usually allow a little leeway
in terms of application deadlines, so you would still, more than likely, be
a part of Cycle 3.&nbsp; Quite often we review throughout.<br>


UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): Patmike, we have the Joint Venture
Club, a networking/socializing club here for spouses of students. <A
href=http://www.jointventureclub.blogspot.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.jointventureclub.blogspot.com/</A><BR>"
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Thanks Gisek, best of luck!<br>
mharr12: Heidi - When are most of your group meetings and what does
a typical weekend look like?&nbsp; <br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): MThompson - yes, that would be a
great target for a visit, but you are welcome to set up a phone
interview.<br>

student(HeidiStudent): Group meetings can be any time - you have to be
flexible because everyone else has a crazy schedule too! On the
weekends I usually have time to do other things besides studying, though
there's a lot of that too... I have family in Chicago so I'm down there a
lot, or I get things done that I didn't have time to do during the week :)
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): What other questions do you have for
us today?<br>

mthompson50: I am most likely going to be applying during cycle 4. With
over 50% of the positions still vacant, is there any projection as to how
many of those spots will be filled in cycle 3?<br>
patmikekurtz: Has there been a significant influx of applications
considering the economic environment?<br>
mthompson50: Also, do you know on average the percentage of
students that are admitted that accept their position?<br>

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Mthompson - we always have room for
outstanding candidates near the end of our admissions cycles.&nbsp;
Typically 75% of our students who are admitted actually enroll.<br>
mharr12: Jen - I am interesting the CFIB program and mostly interested
in corporate finance.&nbsp; Are there any trends in placement within
the finance specialization?<br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): PatMike: Yes, we have seen about a
15% increase<br>
UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): mharr- What is it that you would like to
know specifically about CFIB?<BR>
patmikekurtz: Thanks everyone, this has been very helpful!<br>
mharr12: Are there the same number and types of positions?&nbsp; Are
investment banking jobs tougher to come by and thus forcing those
candidates into corporate finance?<br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): You are welcome PatMike, best of
luck!&nbsp; <br>
traviscampbell: I joined late. There are 50% of the admission slots still
open? Do you have approximate percentages of assistantships still
available? Thanks
jbowman: <P>My fiance has a degree and is currently taking classes at
another university in order to apply for medical school would she be able
to take those classes at UW or would she have to go through the entire
admission process?<BR></P>

UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): mharr- The current economy is defintely
challenging all new MBA's.&nbsp; Investment banking jobs are very
challenging to come by.&nbsp; Most of the students interested in our
program tend to want to go the Corporate Finance direction.&nbsp;
While we have some connections in IBanking, we are much stronger in
Corporate Finance.&nbsp; Which route is most interesting to you?<BR>

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Travis - we have many assistantships
still open, but you must apply by the April 1st deadline<br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): JBowman - it depends on the degree
and the classes.<br>

jbowman: she has a degree in economics and needs to take a few
chemistry and physics classes...not sure if that helps at all<BR>
mharr12: I am definitely more intested in corporate finance.&nbsp; I am
guessing everything is more competitive at the moment, but was just
wondering what the placement numbers look like in corporate finance?
<br>

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): JBowman - she can probably take them
as a non-degree student but she would need to use the following office:
http://www.dcs.wisc.edu/info/univspec.htm<br>
mthompson50: Thank you very much. This was fantastic. I have to run,
but I look forward to setting up a visit and applying in the next month or
so. <br>
mthompson50: Good luck everyone!<br>
jbowman: <P>you too mthompson<BR></P>
gerwynsamuel: <P>Hello... I&nbsp;only just noticed&nbsp;this chat
event... sorry about that<BR></P>
UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): mharr- the full time placement rate for
corporate finance right now is about 10% lower than last year at this
time.&nbsp; As I mentioned, this is a challenging time, but Wisconsin is
well positioned to ride this out.&nbsp; We have very strong relationships
and our specialization model really makes employers confident in hiring
Wisconsin graduates.&nbsp; Choosing the specialization up front ensures
that you actually want to do the kind of work they are hiring you
for.&nbsp; At a general MBA program, recruiters spend a lot of their
time trying to assess if the person really wants to do that kind of work or
if they just didn't get interviews at the companies they would really like
to work for.<BR>
jbowman: thanks erin that was very helpful<BR>
gerwynsamuel: I was actually browsing to see if I could schedule a visit
before I noticed it was on<BR>
gerwynsamuel: I'm in the Madison area right now (randomly) if I could
schedule a visit?<BR>
gerwynsamuel: I'm not here for very long though<BR>
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): <P>gerwynsamuel, how long will you
be in town?<BR></P>
gerwynsamuel: I am here on business<BR>
gerwynsamuel: and I leave tomorrow<BR>
gerwynsamuel: it was purely a last minute random trip<BR>
gerwynsamuel: do you think there might be a chance for me to pop
down and say hi" ?<BR>"
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): <P>gerwyn, if you want to stop by
tomorrow I should have a few minutes to talk with you. email me at <A
href=mailto:ssweeney@bus.wisc.edu"
target="_blank">ssweeney@bus.wisc.edu</A> and lets see if we can find
a time.<BR></P>"
gerwynsamuel: great<BR>
gerwynsamuel: thank you very much!<BR>
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): if you have your resume please
include that as well.<BR>
gerwynsamuel: yup... no problem<BR>
mharr12: Thanks for the info everyone.&nbsp; I am off to type some
essays and will schedule a campus for early April.&nbsp; I look forward
to seeing everyone in Madison.&nbsp; Best wishes to all the other
applicants.<br>
gerwynsamuel: thank you for your help Seann<BR>

UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): mharr12, thanks for joining us<BR>
jbowman: I have to get going but am glad I could attend and listen to
other peoples questions as well as get answers for my questions.&nbsp;
Look forward to applying and hopefully seeing you all on campus this
fall!!&nbsp; On WISCONSIN!!<BR>
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): thanks for joining us jbowman<BR>
traviscampbell: Is there an exchange program for students interested in
international experience?

UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): travis, we have plenty of
international opportunities. Please check out the following opportunities
1) CIBER <A href=http://www.bus.wisc.edu/mba/learning-
environment/globalopportunities.asp"
target="_blank">http://www.bus.wisc.edu/mba/learning-
environment/globalopportunities.asp</A> and 2) Global MBA Trips: <A
href="http://www.bus.wisc.edu/mba/learning-
environment/globalopportunities.asp"
target="_blank">http://www.bus.wisc.edu/mba/learning-
environment/globalopportunities.asp</A><BR>"
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): What other questions are there
today? <BR>
traviscampbell: Thank you for the links.
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): not a problem, travis<BR>
tgatif: Is international trip a mandatory requirement for the MBA
program<br>

UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): Travis, the CIBER website is actually:
<A href=http://www.bus.wisc.edu/ciber/home/home.asp"
target="_blank">http://www.bus.wisc.edu/ciber/home/home.asp</A><
BR>"
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): tgatif, no the international trip is not
required<BR>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Thank you to Heidi for assisting us
today!<br>
UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): Good luck to all of you.&nbsp; I need to
sign off now.<BR>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Are there any other questions for Heidi
today before she logs off?<br>

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Thank you Jen for your assistance!<br>
UWMBA_staff(MBACareerJen): You are welcome!<BR>
student(HeidiStudent): Good luck to all - feel free to email me if any
questions arise - havogel@wisc.edu
gerwynsamuel: <P>Thank you Heidi<BR></P>

gerwynsamuel: Seann - I have just wrote a short email to you<BR>

gerwynsamuel: Thank you again for your kind helpful response<BR>
UWMBA_admin(SeannAdmissions): <P>Sounds good.<BR></P>
gerwynsamuel: <P>I have to leave now, but I appreciate your response,
and I apologise for my attendance being so short<BR></P>
gerwynsamuel: thank you!<BR>

UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Gerwyn - best of luck to you!<br>
gerwynsamuel: Thanks Erin<BR>
traviscampbell: Most Centers have a specialization associated with them,
but there are a couple that do not - CIBER and Business, Environment,
and Social Responsibility. Why is this?
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Travis - they all have a
specialization.&nbsp; The CIBER is a center for the entire school as are
the certificate programs for the environment and social
responsibility<br>
traviscampbell: Do MBA students reach out to other Centers for
resources?
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): There is a lot of interaction between the
Centers and the students.<br>

traviscampbell: Great. I have to run - thanks for the information.
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Travis - you are welcome!<br>
UWMBA_staff(Admissions Erin): Best of luck to you!<br>

				
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