Meet Vanderbilt MBA student Jacob
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My name is Jacob Shrimp, and I'm a first year MBA candidate at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. I'm originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago. I did my undergrad at the University of Notre Dame and after school I moved out to the East Coast, where I worked as a professional musical, theater performer and arts educator, and you'll actually see behind me I have a map of Philadelphia, which is where I called home before moving out to Nashville. Vanderbilt is located right in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, home of country music and barbecue. I was really drawn to that because I'm a city person. I came from the East Coast, so I wanted to go to a school that was in the middle of a city. So I actually I live in Midtown, and I'm able to walk to campus within 15 minutes. Also I'm able to be downtown within 10 or 15 minutes as well. So it's great for anybody who's looking for a campus feel in the middle of a big city. You're probably wondering why a musical theater performer and arts educator, decided to pack up his bags, moved from the East Coast and come to Nashville, Tennessee, for his MBA. Well, I was drawn to Vanderbilt for a number of reasons. The first is that we have a really phenomenal human and organizational concentration within our MBA. So it gives the opportunity for people like me who are interested in careers in HR and Human Capital consulting to really delve deep into those topics. Well, still getting that broad business education, I was also really drawn to the community here. My cohort is just over 180 people, which for a top 25 MBA, is very small, and the class ahead of me is even smaller. So I was really drawn to the idea of having a top 25 school with all of its resource is but a really small, intimate community, and that community really reigns. True, as I was applying, I was so struck by the personal interactions I had every step of the way students who called me to check in or, you know, really wonderful interview with Rob who's in our admissions office who spent more than an hour with me. He went way over time to answer my questions and talk about program. Each of those touchpoints along the way affirmed for me the value of the tight knit Vanderbilt Owen culture. Okay, so I mentioned our admissions process, but I'll give you a little bit of my perspective. I applied Round one, so I need my last December that I was accepted. Due to a busy holiday performance schedule, I never got to see campus Before I decided to come, I base my decision on our wonderful community on the interactions I had along the way on the stellar academics, when I felt like it would be the place for me to really make my career change. That's another thing that was really important to me. At Vanderbilt, I felt that my unique background a za a theater person, was celebrated. I felt that people were excited to have me and thought that I would be a great addition to the cohort, and I didn't feel that everywhere. So I decided to come in January, not having seen the campus and actually, my first time on campus was this August a Z. We started our orientation, the some tips for the application process. As cliche as it sounds, I think the most important thing is to be yourself. Like I've said, Vanderbilt Prize is a really unique, vibrant community of interesting people, people who are smart, who are nice to have interesting backgrounds who are ambitious on. I think that our admissions process are short essays. The video essay The interview really reinforces the idea that we're not just a program of people who are smart, who have career aspirations, where program people who are nice and collaborative and interesting. So the more that you can bring yourself to your application process, the better you'll be okay. I think it's time that we start exploring campus and seeing what it's like to be a student here at Vanderbilt Lohan. So I'm going to end my video here, but I can't wait to show you around campus and give you a little bit more about my experience.