Meet The Michigan Ross MBA Class of 2017

Jon Moss

Jon Moss


University of Michigan, Ross School of Business 

Hometown: Washington, DC

Undergraduate School and Major: Colby College, BA Government

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Independent Consultant, 2013-2015

Board Member, Little Big Farm Foods, 2014-2015

Vice President of Operations, Georgetown Cupcake, 2009-2013

General Manager, Nathans Restaurant, 2005-2009

Recalling your own experience, what advice do you have for applicants who are preparing for either the GMAT or the GRE? I did my best to make studying enjoyable. I love puzzles and anything competitive. I tried to treat every practice question as a puzzle, and I always compared my present problem sets with my previous ones. It enabled me to chart my progress and feed my competitiveness.

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? I research everything from restaurants to movies to recipes. When I applied, I spent a ton of time researching MBA programs. Each candidate will have his or her own priorities, and there are major differences between programs. Talk to current students, alums, and any other trusted resources. 

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? Candidates should reflect on how their personal and professional goals fit with each target institution, and how their background will enable them to contribute as an MBA student. The more natural the fit, the easier it will be to execute a strong application package.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? Coming from a close-knit, small school background, I wanted a fun, collegial, hands-on MBA experience. I can’t wait for Big Ten football and MAP.

What would you ultimately like to achieve before you graduate? I thoroughly enjoyed working in small businesses. However, I found my experiences to be very local. Consequently, I am looking to broaden my global perspective, study internationally, and meet MBA students from around the world. I also want to make some great friends.

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