Matthew Wyatt received his MBA from St. John's Peter J. Tobin College of Business. Hear his advice to future MBA applicants about being an international student.
Name: Matthew Wyatt
School: MBA, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John's University
Profession: Global Risk & Insurance Management Analyst, Tishman Speyer, New York
What are some activities you were involved with outside of class? How did you balance your time?
While pursuing my MBA full-time, I was a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Residence Life at St. John’s, the chapter Treasurer for my fraternity, and I had a 20 hour per week internship at Marsh and McLennan; balancing my time was essential. I made good use of my calendar and had to be extremely disciplined about sticking to it. Proper planning and preparation really does prevent poor performance.
Did you do an internship during your MBA? How did that experience influence your education and career?
During my MBA I interned at Marsh and McLennan which was a true expansion of the classroom. I would highly recommend doing an internship in your field of study during your MBA. I was able to put to practice what I was learning in class and contribute ideas and concepts I learned at work to the classroom.
Advice for Future Applicants
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you before you started the MBA application process?
Having begun my MBA immediately after completing my undergraduate degree, I had to get accustom to the difference in teaching style and expectation that professors have for Masters Candidates. At the Masters level, professors generally expect students to be somewhat familiar with the course material and the fundamentals of whatever topic is being covered. I wish someone had told me before day one that showing up to a Masters class without familiarizing myself with the work was a bad idea!
What inspired you to pursue your MBA abroad and what have been the greatest benefits of doing so?
Very early on in life I knew that I wanted to go to university outside of my country. I was lucky enough to get this wish granted in New York City, the world’s largest melting pot of people, cultures and traditions. This invaluable opportunity allowed me to expand my global network while experiencing and being a part of a lot more than academia. Studying abroad provided a truly holistic education experience.
What was the biggest challenge you faced as an international student?
The biggest challenge I faced as an international student was landing an internship/job. International students do have to try a little bit harder and be a little bit better than their American peers due to immigration laws that restrict work authorization. As much as this was a challenge, it also acted as an extra source of motivation and drive to make it happen. Luckily, the administrative professionals at St. John’s School of Risk Management and the International Student Services Office works well together to ensure that international students are not overwhelmed having to start behind the starting line. Today, I am authorized to work in the US because of the counsel, advice and assistance I received from these professionals.
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