Meet Yale SOM’s MBA Class of 2017

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Matthew Scher


Yale School of Management

Hometown: Washington, NJ

Undergraduate School and Major: Princeton University, Psychology

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: U.S. Army – 15 Years of experience in management and operations as an aviation officer in the U.S. Army.

Recalling your own experience, what advice do you have for applicants who are preparing for either the GMAT or the GRE? Take the prep courses and start studying early. There are numerous apps that can help you prepare in your free time. 15 minutes per day can make an enormous difference.

Based on your own selection process, what advice do you have for applicants who are trying to draw up a list of target schools to which to apply? Spend a lot of time considering what kind of experience you are looking for. Each MBA program has a distinct personality and you want to find the program that suits you and your needs.

What advice do you have for applicants in actually applying to a school, writing essays, doing admission interviews, and getting recommenders to write letters on your behalf? Be honest and be yourself. Remember that your audience has to read through numerous applications and has minimal time to get to know you, so try to make each word count, while making your essay captivating and unique. Easier said than done, so give yourself adequate time.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? Ultimately, the focus on leadership development and the collaborative (rather than competitive) learning environment made Yale SOM unique and incredibly appealing. I have not been disappointed.

What would you ultimately like to achieve before you graduate? For me, this experience is about personal growth and preparation for positions of increasing impact and responsibility.