Preparing (and getting excited!) for Tuck

Guest Student Contributor, July 01, 2014 | 0 comments
Tags: community, first year, career, Social and Extracurricular, recruiting, career development office, Financial Aid

Ka Sheung Dominic Yau T’16 grew up in Hong Kong and London. After graduating from the University of Warwick with a BSc in Mathematics, he worked in London for Markel International, a specialist insurer, focusing on underwriting financial institutions insurance and emerging risks. At Tuck, he plans on playing Tripod Hockey, getting involved with the Tuck Student Consulting Services, and improving his snowboarding.

It seems like it was only yesterday that I got the acceptance call. At that time, I thought, great I finally have some time to decompress from the intense nature of MBA applications on top of my day job. However it has been anything but total relaxation as I prepare for my arrival in Hanover this August. Organising a handover at work, planning my finances, revising my resume, deciding between on- or off-campus accommodation, and applying for a visa are just a selection of things that cropped up on my to-do list over the last few months.

Luckily, incoming Tuckies have some great resources available to ensure that this run up to arriving on campus is as smooth as possible.

After getting into an MBA program, applicants can often face sticker shock of the cost of attending. For incoming Tuckies, the Financial Aid Office has been invaluable by making sure we had all the necessary advice and assistance needed. With their help, I have been able to effectively plan my finances for the next two years.

I have also been in touch with the Career Development Office (CDO) to polish my resume and to apply for summer programs with firms that I am interested in recruiting for. The CDO is undoubtedly a highly useful asset for incoming Tuckies. The wide range of summer opportunities that the CDO has procured definitely fits with my findings when researching various business schools. I cannot wait to see what other recruitment options they have for the Class of 2016 when we arrive.

Finally, the MBA Program Office (MBAPO) has been running weekly chats for admitted students covering all aspects of life at Tuck. From finding on- or off-campus housing to pre-term trips, the team has answered all my questions to make the transition to future life in Hanover as seamless as possible.

With the help of all three, most of my to-do items are now completed. All that is left to do is to think about what life will be like on campus. In particular, I am really looking forward to the following:

Meeting my classmates. I have had the pleasure of meeting five other London Tuckies along with a number of visiting Tuckies over last the couple of months. Coming from a number of industries and nationalities, they are all accomplished yet down to earth. I can only imagine what meeting the rest of the Class of 2016 and hearing their different stories will be like.

Getting outside my comfort zone. I am looking forward to being able to push myself both personally and academically whether through taking an interesting but tough course or going on a Learning Expedition to visit and learn about a country I have never visited.

Playing hockey. Finally I love sports and ice hockey is not something I have ever tried. Being just about able to stay upright on a pair of ice skates, I look forward to playing a new sport together with my classmates.

With less than two months to go before I arrive in Hanover, I cannot wait to start my Tuck experience.

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