Ask the Adcom: Inspire Us with Your Favorite Quote

Hey everybody! We’re back with another installment of “Ask the AdCom,” where we share a wide range of tips and advice from admissions team members from a dozen top business schools. Since AdCom members are human, too, we know our readers will enjoy seeing  a different side of what makes these guys tick.

This fun space is not really about the application process but more about real-life topics, like what’s a good book to read, what mobile apps are amazeballs, where you can find a killer meal near campus, and all the fun stuff happening at b-school that creates those lifelong, cherished memories for MBA students.

We hope you become inspired, too!

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quotes to inspire MBAs
A favorite of John Roeder, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions at SMU Cox School of Business

Today’s Question is: What is your favorite quote to inspire?

SMU Cox’s John Roeder also adds that, “since it was an Olympic year, I think I will go with Herb Brooks’ quotes from before the USA-USSR hockey game in the 1980 Olympics:  ‘Great Moments are born from Great Opportunity’.”

Alex Lawrence, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions at UCLA Anderson School of Management, says:  “If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want do when you want to do them.”

Judi Byers, Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid  at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, shares these two student favorites:

  • Najeen Riazi, MBA ’17: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
  • Daniel Greenhaw, MBA ’16: “What you do and what you say is who you become.”

Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions  at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, is inspired by these words: “Success is a journey, not a destination” and, “Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly.”

Kelly R. Wilson, Executive Director of Admissions  at CMU Tepper School of Business,  likes: “Strive for excellence, not perfection.” But we shouldn’t forget: “My heart is in the work…” Andrew Carnegie, 1900.

Melissa Fogerty, Director of Admissions  at Yale School of Management, had this to say: “Fans of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Connecticut-based cult hit Gilmore Girls will relate to how I (and Lorelai) start my day: ‘I can’t stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting-into-sentence-doing.’

“My insider tip for prospective students is to get the flavor of Yale SOM by stopping by the Evans Hall Café for a hand-crafted ‘Pour Over’ coffee and to observe our community. You’ll see students in the Café meeting with alumni mentors and career coaches, participating in recruiting chats, watching the World Cup, and socializing with friends. ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ on Netflix this fall, anyone?”


Look out for the #AskAdCom in our social media channels, and we’ll see you again next week when we check in to Ask the AdCom to share some of the activities and traditions of orientation.

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