Jessica Becker, ’14, is an outstanding CWIB member. She’s very involved in the Columbia Business School community through her work with the school’s events committee, Follies and, most importantly to us, her role as AVP of Conference for CWIB. In addition, Jess is also a Forte Fellow, a member of a select group of women picked by the Forte Foundation who represent the mission and goals of the foundation and its community of successful female business leaders.
Jess was recently picked as a Fellow of the Month and spoke to Forte about her MBA journey and life at CBS:
What advice do you have for women who are considering business school?
Applying to business school can be an overwhelming process and requires a lot of introspection. Make sure that this is the right decision for you, and know why going back to business school makes sense at this juncture in your life. But most importantly, make sure that you pick the best school for you. Sometimes a program that seems great on paper may not be the right fit. A large part of business school centers around the connections you create and the community you are a part of, so pick a program that best meets your needs, regardless of rankings or anything else.
What’s the most surprising you learned about business school during the application process?
Unlike college, where people apply to 10+ schools “just in case”, business school is a much more individualized and intense process. Pick the top 3 programs that you dream of being at, and do what it takes to make that dream a reality. Visit campus, speak with current students- learn about what each program has to offer. The business schools really are committed to making sure that each student is the correct fit from their end (it is so much more than just GMAT scores and GPA- people really do read your essays!), so honing in on which particular programs are best for you will be instrumental during the application and interview process. Just like you will know which program feels “right”, the business schools want to feel that way about you too, so be honest and do your research to find a community that will best enable to you reach your goals.
To read Jess’s entire interview, click here.