April 22, 2012
As you may know, I recently took a break from studying the GMAT, but I didn’t take a break from researching B-school programs. I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend, Cavaughn Noel. He is a 2009 graduate of the NYU Stern full time program. Here are some of the golden nuggets he shared with me:
Candice: I know it’s been a while, but can you recall your experience preparing for and taking the GMAT? Do you have any tips for those of us still in this stage of the B-school application process?
Cavaughn: It was hard (laughing) – we all know that! I didn’t take a prep course beforehand, but looking back, I think it would have been a good idea. I took a lot of practice CAT’s. Repetition is key. The more practice tests I took, the more comfortable I felt with the questions. So, I would suggest taking a course and taking as many CATs as you can.
Cavaughn: Stern was the only school I applied to. I looked at a few other programs, but I was confident that the curriculum and environment at Stern were the perfect fit for my future goals. If you are still at the beginning stages, I suggest you do extensive research on all aspects of the various programs to make sure the fit is right for you.
Candice: What was your favorite part of the program at NYU Stern?
Cavaughn: I am very passionate about entrepreneurship. I love the idea of people creating their own wealth. The business plan competition was one of my favorite events. It was great to meet other B-school students with similar interests and a shared passion for innovation.
Candice: What are you up to now?
Cavaughn: My passion for entrepreneurship has led me to start my own social travel company. I can’t share the details yet. We are still in the planning stages. In the meantime, I have been working for a few companies as a consultant.
Candice: Thanks for your time Cavaughn!
This is just the tip of the iceberg of my B-school research. I hope it was informative and helpful. I plan to do more interviews in the coming weeks, and I’ll post them here. Next up, Rutgers University (my alma mater). What other schools do you want to hear about?
Now it’s time to get back to the GMAT…Happy Studying!