In this post we hear from the current Assistant Director, Recuitment and Admissions for the MMA program, Stella Moon. A key point of contact for people interested in applying for the program, Stella shares with us her tips for applying, along with a little bit about her own background as an international student.
Can you tell us a little bit about your role as the Assistant Director, Recruitment and Admissions for the MMA program?
My role is divided into two parts – recruitment and admissions. My role is to speak with prospective students on what the program is about, what type of resources we have here at Rotman and why they should choose to study here at the University of Toronto. My role is also to review all of the applications submitted for the program. I work very closely with the Academic Director, Dmitry Krass, during the admissions process, as we conduct admission interviews with select applicants and make final admission decision with the Admissions Committee. Majority of these activities are concentrated to August-April period.
My tip for those interested in the program – reach out to me during the summer! I have all the time in the world to answer any questions, give a tour of our beautiful and resourceful building and walk you through the admission process.
Tell us some interesting facts about yourself?
I came to Canada when I was 12, so I can relate to a lot of the international students (I was an international student for 10 years!). I was born and raised in Korea and lived in Malaysia for a year when I was 11. I lived in Niagara Falls for two years when I first moved to Canada. I got my Permanent Residency status in 2018 and by 2020, I will officially be eligible to become a Canadian citizen and get my voting rights! I am passionate about healthy lifestyle – I like to lift heavy weights and bake things with chickpeas.
What would you say to someone interested in learning more about the program?
Although the website is a great resource to begin the research, there are also many other alternative ways to get to know more about the program. To begin with, I am always available to answer any questions or speak with anyone interested in the program. I can also connect prospective students with our ambassadors or faculty members. Also, our blog is a fantastic resource – our ambassadors talk about their experience in the program and this is truly the best way to find out what it might be like to be an MMA student.
What is your advice for students about the admissions process?
The application form itself is very straightforward so do not wait until the last possible moment to work on them. Give yourself at least 5 days for the essay – be genuine and honest in why you want the MMA program and why Rotman. Do not copy and paste the same essay you wrote for 5 other applications; it’s very obvious. The video interview component (through Kira Talent) is not meant to be tricky so don’t overthink it. We are evaluating how you speak naturally. Admission interviews are by invitation only, and this is not meant to be tricky as well. It gives us the chance to get to know you better and answer any questions you might have. Lastly, we do not use AI to process or review applications, so be patient with the process.
What were your highlights from the past recruitment and admission cycle? What are you looking forward to most for the next cycle?
The best part of the past cycle was the admission interviews. Dmitry and I tried to conduct majority of the interviews in order to ensure consistency in our reviews and decisions. It was always fascinating to see the questions that Dmitry brought into the interviews. I don’t want to spoil the fun so I won’t give away too much, but it really encourages you to think of ways analytics can be applied in various industries. We have a lot of new initiatives and ideas that we want to implement for the next cycle – we will share more details once they firm up!
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