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  • Peer Advising Program Pre-Orientation Webinar
    August 2011
  • 1
    Why are we hosting this webinar?
    • Orientation is quickly approaching
    • We know you have lots of questions
    • The Peer Advising Program and the CBS Administration want to make your transition to business school as smooth as possible
    • Address key topics of concern
    • Answer questions that pertain to the broader group (specific questions can be answered offline)
    • Early introduction to some of the key players in the CBS community
  • 2
    Jason Bennett
    • Peer Advisor
    • Co-President – Military Business Association
    • Member – Sales & Trading Club
    • Married with 2 kids
    Today’s Presenters
    Liz Harrison
    • Chair - Peer Advising Program
    • VP - Columbia Women in Business
    • VP - Women’s Touch Rugby Team
    • Member - Management Consulting Club, Media Management Club
    • Lived in Australia for 4 years before CBS
    Hector Lozano
    • Peer Advisor
    • VP – Men’s Rugby Club
    • VP – Latin American Business Association
    • Super Awesome and from Mexico
    Jessica Berry
    • Cluster Leader - Peer Advising Program
    • Co-President – Marketing Association of Columbia
    • Member – Columbia Women in Business
    • Originally from California
    Eduardo “Ed” Sanchez
    • Cluster Co-President
    • Member – Hispanic Business Association, Latin American Business Association, Volleyball Club
    • Born in Argentina, raised in New York and Madrid
    Tyler Brasfield
    • Chair – GND Committee
    • Cluster Co-President
    • Co-President – Columbia Basketball Club
    • Member – Health Care Association, PE/VC Club, Investment Banking Club
    • Won a Prince William “look-a-like” contest
    Ryan Bell
    • Peer Advisor
    • President – Graduate Business Associate
    • Captain – Men’s Rugby Club
    • Member – Military in Business Association
    • Recently finished an Ironman Triathlon
    Alana Waisbrot
    • Associate Director, Career Management Center
    • Director of Financial Aid
    Tamara Arbesman-Gold
    • Director of Academic Affairs
  • 3
    Today’s discussion
    • Exemption Exams
    • Orientation
    • Grade Non Disclosure
    • Recruiting
    • Q & A
  • First Year Core & Flex Core Classes
  • Exemption Exam Schedule
    Note: Also available via: http://cbspeeradvising.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/fall-2011-exemption-exam-schedule.pdf
  • Should I take exemption exams?
  • What resources are available to help me prepare for exemption exams?
    • Key resource: Exemption Exam Angel page(under the content folder there is a list of all the exemption exams offered and the prep materials for each)
    • Materials from previous courses (e.g. a stats course you took as an undergrad at another institution)
    • NOT OK: Getting class notes from current or former CBS students - that is a violation of the honor code!
  • How do I select electives if I exempt?
    • Info sessions during Orientation
    • Review materials on BOSS (the online class registration system)
    • Recommendation: take Capital Markets if you intend to take any advanced finance courses
    Capital markets is a co-requisite or pre-requisite for nearly every advanced finance course!
  • 9
    Today’s discussion
    • Exemption Exams
    • Orientation
    • Grade Non Disclosure
    • Recruiting
    • Q & A
  • What is a Peer Advisor?
    We are:
    We are not:
    • Competitively selected students who kick-start your CBS experience
    • A diverse group – you will be able to find a PA who understands your unique situation (culture, career, family , etc.)
    • Your parents, babysitters or almighty students
    • Crazy people in light blue shirts who are obsessed with cheering (well…kind of)
    We have committed and been trained to:
    • Support & guide you through orientation
    • Help you navigate the CBS culture and community throughout your first year
    • Answer questions and offer advice from our experiences
    • Make sure you remember to have fun!!!!
  • 11
    Trial Run
    Tons of Free Food!
    What is Orientation all about? And how should I prepare?
    • Personal, academic, professional, geographic / cultural
    • Integration into the CBS community
    • Become a cluster
    • Meet your learning team
    • Academic prep (practice cases)
    • Safe environment (no grades)
    To get the most out of the Orientation experience you should set expectations that you will be VERY busy during Orientation week and will not be able to
    communicate much with friends/family, plan non-CBS activities/appointments, or get much sleep!
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner (and snacks)
    • No classes / exams
    • Pre-planned social activities
    • One of the best weeks of b-school!
  • What should I bring?
    • Your fine self!
    • ID (government issued only, you will receive your school ID when you arrive on Monday morning)
    • Cell phone (if you have one)
    • Money (for the social activity in the evening)
    • Any other stuff that you need on a daily basis (prescriptions, spare contact lenses, etc.)
    • Backpack
    • Water bottle
    • Pens / Pencils
    • Notebook / Paper
    • Food (there will be PLENTY of food provided during Orientation, including food for vegetarians, vegans, kosher, etc.)
    • Laptop1
    Note: 1) You should only bring your laptop if you are dropping it off with ITG. You will NOT have a locker to store valuables.
  • What should I wear?
    • Business casual for the Sunday Welcome Reception
    • Casual attire for day-time events
    • Fancy! for Wednesday & Friday evening events
    • Be ready for any weather (expect it be hot, rainy & humid all at the same time!)
  • What should I expect?
  • 15
    Today’s discussion
    • Exemption Exams
    • Orientation
    • Grade Non Disclosure
    • Recruiting
    • Q & A
  • What is Grade Non Disclosure (GND)?
    • GND Policy states that students will not disclose grades, GPA’s, and transcripts to employers until he/she accepts a full-time, post-graduation position with an employer
    • Policy was enacted through a March 2011 vote where a record 91% MBA and 46% EMBA students participated. 77% of the student body voted in favor of GND.
    • Policy created to:
    • Engender a student community defined by cooperation and support
    • Maintain diverse learning as the primary directive of education
    • Encourage extracurricular growth and development
    • Promote the use of recruiting criteria that go beyond grades
    • Allow students whose primary objective is outstanding academic performance to be recognized for their efforts without having to state individual course grades (You can disclose Academic Honors)
    • The Grade Non-Disclosure decision has been communicated multiple times to recruiters this summer by Dean Hubbard, CMC, and the GBA. We have all received positive feedback from firms.
    • Don’t worry, we put all the GND information you need to know into a CBS GND Handbook (available online soon)
  • Many other top business schools uphold grade non-disclosure policies
    • Recruiters are very familiar with GND policies!!
  • How should I respond to questions about my grades?
    First, students should inform the interviewer of the GND policy which states that grades should not be disclosed until a student accepts a full-time, post-graduation position.  Additionally, students are encouraged to refer the interviewer to the online CBS Grade Non-Disclosure Policy, as well as the CBS GND Committee at GND@gsb.columbia.edu or the Career Management Center.
    Sample Response:
    Students are encouraged to answer with qualitative responses such as “Very well – I am especially enjoying this aspect of the class…” or “Better than I had initially expected” but the key is to then steer the conversation towards experiences, accomplishments or successes that answer the underlying question of whether or not you will enjoy finance work and whether or not you have the capabilities to excel in financially oriented, highly quantitative and analytical work.
  • 19
    Today’s discussion
    • Exemption Exams
    • Orientation
    • Grade Non Disclosure
    • Recruiting
    • Q & A
  • Recruiting: What should I be thinking about now?
    Find your “professional compass” and develop a compelling story about what you want to get out of your career
    Put your current resume in CBS format only – you do not need to worry about content!
  • 21
    Today’s discussion
    • Exemption Exams
    • Orientation
    • Grade Non Disclosure
    • Recruiting
    • Q & A
  • Ask us questions!
  • Additional Resources
    Peer Advising Website
    Class of 2013 Facebook Page
    Email the Peer Advisor Presenters:
    Liz Harrison (eharrison12@gsb.columbia.edu)
    Jessica Berry (jberry12@gsb.columbia.edu)
    Jason Bennett (jbennett12@gsb.columbia.edu)
    Ryan Bell (rbell12@gsb.columbia.edu)