When You Choose NYU Stern, You’re Choosing New York

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While studying up on Put-Call Parity or networking away during recruiting season, we tend to forget the beauty that is around us and one of the key reasons most of us chose to come to NYU Stern.  The infamous Frank Sinatra lyrics say it all “I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.”

There is always something going on.  For those of you applying to NYU Stern from outside of New York, I am excited for you to experience the city I’ve called home for the past ten years.  Here are a few of my favorite things about New York:

  • Broadway Shows
    • As an NYU student, you have access to Ticket Central, which provides discounted tickets for many broadway and off-broadway shows.  In addition to Ticket Central, an additional resource for buying tickets for shows is TKTS located in Times Square or South Street Seaport.  TKTS provides tickets for day of shows, where you can line up for tickets at 2PM daily.
  • Restaurant Week
    • While on a student budget, it’s very important to take advantage of Restaurant Week in New York City.  It’s the greatest time of the year (actually happens twice a year now) both in the winter and in the summer when restaurants around the city provide fixed prices menus for lunch and dinner.  That means you get an appetizer, main course and dessert for $29 (lunch) or $42 (dinner).  As a foodie this is my favorite time of the year!
  • Sample Sales
    • I love shopping, and I love getting great deals.  Being in New York, you often here about the infamous sample sales – people rushing around grabbing what they can and getting deals you wouldn’t even imagine about.  It isn’t always extremely crowded, but there will be lines and it will be worth it.  Think about it this way – recently, I got an $800 Helmut Lang blazer for $25.  If you’re interested in sample sales, make sure to follow Clothing Line and 260 Fifth for upcoming sales in New York.
  • Holiday Markets
    • My favorite time of the year is right after Thanksgiving in New York.  The infamous Rockefeller Tree goes up and the Holiday Markets open up across Union Square, Lincoln Center and Bryant Park.  There are food stalls, little trinkets, ornaments and great gifts for the holidays.  A lot of small vendors set up shop and the atmosphere and holiday spirit is a sight to see.  Grab a hot chocolate or hot cider while you’re at it!
  • Just Taking a Stroll 
    • Walking around campus or walking around New York City, I recommend just taking a look around.  Look up at the buildings, look at what people are wearing, even look at what the dogs are wearing.  This is New York City. Each part of the city has it’s own charm, it’s own personality.

When you come to NYU Stern, remember that you’re not just choosing the school, you’re choosing an amazing place to live for the next two years.

“And if I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere!  It’s up to you, New York, New York!”

That Non-Traditional Recruiting Life

Hey everyone!

Today I wanted to share my unique recruiting experience at Stern. For those who haven’t read my past blog posts, I am a career-switcher who has chosen to recruit in a non-traditional industry (entertainment to be exact). “Non-traditional” at Stern is a very broad category that is generously labeled as anything that is not banking, management consulting, or marketing.

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My early adult life in one sentence = I went to high school, went to West Point, and went straight into the military for five years. I had 60 days of freedom between my last day in the Army and my first day at Stern. I knew before LAUNCH that I had a big challenge ahead of me: with zero entertainment experience on my résumé, how could I possibly prove to the entertainment industry that not only was I passionate about the industry, but also qualified to work in it?

Some criteria I gave myself:

1. Leave no stone unturned: Knowing my target industry helped me focus my time and energy. I researched into every area of entertainment in order to whittle down where I found the best fit. When I applied to Stern, I had two companies that I could picture myself working for. 6 months later, when I actually started applying for summer internships, I ended up applying to over 12 different companies.

2. Listen to those that have come before you: Coffee chats with the MBA2s are an amazing way to get an honest and thorough first impression on the industry you want to recruit for. I found that not only do the second-year Sternies offer great advice on how they succeeded, but also gave helpful advice on what they would have done differently if they were in my shoes again.

3. Build a diverse network: I realized early on that my network should not only be comprised of MBA2s (re: #2), but also a variety of Stern alumni and non-Stern connections. There are a number of opportunities to meet Stern alumni in your industry thanks to events and panels hosted by OCD or the school clubs. Networking outside of Stern took more time and effort, but it was a great way for me to get a second-opinion on areas I was doing well in or areas I could improve in.

4. Think outside the box: Besides declaring my academic specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Technology, I found that immersing myself in entertainment during my free time helped me understand the industry better. I attended entertainment conferences around New York City throughout the year (the Stern Entertainment Media and Technology Association is a great resource for these events). Also, in addition to being a full-time MBA1 student, I am a part-time intern this spring at an entertainment media company in order to build some more experience before the summer.

5. Be patient:  By end of January, almost all of the MBA1s recruiting for traditional industries knew where they will be going that upcoming summer. The entertainment industry doesn’t even begin interviewing until February-March. Just because a company had not contacted me by February did not mean that they were not interested. Even with interviews, the recruiting process is not standardized, which can be frustrating because it is hard to compare opportunities. I was getting asked to come in for first-round interviews at Company A the same week that I was going in for final-round interviews at Company B.

And now …  I am excited to share with everyone that I have accepted an offer with Showtime Networks for a summer internship! I am thrilled and so humbled with how everything turned out this spring. I firmly believe that being at NYU Stern was pivotal in successfully landing my summer internship.

Hello, My Name is …

Hey everyone! Evelyn here, reporting from East Village, NYC! The weather is a brisk 30*F, with wind chills of — oh, sorry, not that kind of report!

This is my first post for the Stern Blog and I am so excited to “meet” everyone! I hope that my point of view may help some of you as you progress in your MBA journey.

Since this is my first post, I wanted to introduce myself properly, share my background, and explain why I came to Stern.

I grew up right outside of Boston, MA. After high school, I decided to attend West Point, which is a 4-year service academy where graduates go straight into the military as Army officers. I spent 5 years in the Army as a communications technology officer. In layman’s terms, my soldiers and I were responsible for making sure everyone we worked with had stable internet and phone connections whether training in the backwoods of North Carolina (Airborne!) or at war in Afghanistan.

When I wasn’t dealing with servers, routers, and parachutes, I was always keeping up with pop culture. Movies, TV shows, celebrity he said/she said headlines, and more. As my military contract was coming to an end, I did some major self-reflection on what I’m truly passionate about in life, what I spend my free time pursuing, and trying to see if there was a business function tied to that industry. Here was the following criteria that I gave myself when selecting an MBA program:

 – Does this MBA program have a strong entertainment-friendly curriculum? (Check! Stern has one of the top Entertainment MBA programs in the country)

  – After 5 years between Texas, Afghanistan, and North Carolina, is this MBA program closer to my family? (Check! NYC – Boston is just a 4 hour bus ride)

 – Is the location somewhere I can see myself having a healthy lively social life? (Check! New York City … Need I explain further?)

 – Do I like the Stern culture? (Check! I visited the campus a few months before my application deadline and fell in love with the friendly study body)

This is not and should not be a universal check list for every MBA applicant. I encourage all of you to make your own personal checklist of priorities and how each and every MBA program measures up against it.

I do not believe in blindly applying to MBA programs just because they top the US News & World Report rankings that year. There is no shoo-in pre-MBA career field, no magic GPA or GMAT score, and no perfect answer to what you want to do after your MBA. Once you figure out what inspires you, then and only then, should you research what schools are a good fit for those goals (and hopefully Stern ends up on that list!)

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! Stern gives us the entire week off for Thanksgiving (+10 points for NYU) so I will be home in Boston enjoying my mom’s Chinese food. Have a great break!

The City as the Classroom

When selecting our second semester courses, the debate for many of us was how to meet the core course requirement, while leaving more slots for the cooler electives. Now, here’s a thought: An experiential course, with only one introductory session in the classroom, all the rest spent outdoors, and still counted as a core course?

Yes! It exists and I am in it. Stern added a new section to the Operations Management course called “Ops in NYC” this semester. The class uses New York City as its platform, and every Wednesday afternoon, we visit a different business in the city to learn how they run their operations. The overall breadth of industries selected for this class is immense, ranging from Retail to Food to Fashion to Transportation. In addition to studying their processes from an academic standpoint, the aspect of how their operational challenges change in the urban context to serve a fast paced and populous city like New York, is one of the main themes of this class.

The visits are very engaging, with senior executives from the firms spending the entire three hours of the class duration with us. To elaborate, one visit was to the Maher Container Terminal in New Jersey Port, the single largest marine container terminal in North America. Ivo Olivera, VP of Industry Relations explained the entire flow at the terminal, from docking to the eventual road/rail transportation, while answering our questions about capacity considerations at each step and the effects of the Panama Canal expansion on their overall operations. We toured the terminal, following the path of a container from the time it enters the facility, to where the giant crane loads it on to the ships.

The next week, we were at the JetBlue HQ in Queens. The best part was seeing their Systems Operations Center, the nerve center of JetBlue’s flight operations including dispatch, flight monitoring and crew scheduling. We spent a significant time discussing Irregular Operations (IROPs) – how they handle weather emergencies and flight rescheduling, and the impact of the new FAA regulations for increased pilot rest time on their crew scheduling.
Upcoming visits include FreshDirect, Taxi and Limousine Commission of NYC, Hudson Condos and an entire day at the organic farms of Sylvestor Manor.
Oh! If you think this is purely a sightseeing class, we have challenge assignments and case analysis reports due every week, pertaining to the specific industry we go to. So, no getting away from core classroom Ops :-).   Professors Harry Chernoff and Kristen Sosulski have made this class possible.  They hold another popular class at Stern, Operations in Panama, in which you spend time dissecting the Panama Canal on location.

One reason emphasized for getting into business school is you broaden your horizons and perspectives. Only a few weeks into this class, I have realized the enormous complexity and importance of the hidden supply chain which keep businesses ticking, and how it impacts the front end customer service.
Operations is cool! There, I said it.