UNC Kenan-Flagler is guided by a set of core values, which includes Excellence, Leadership, Integrity, Community and Teamwork. As you approach Kenan-Flagler’s essays, provide examples of how you live these values.
Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how your professional experience has shaped these goals, why this career option appeals to you, and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. Additionally, please briefly address a backup plan should your short-term goal not come to fruition for any reason. (500 words maximum)
1) Articulate a Clear Post-MBA goal. Identify your ideal first job out of business school and then take a broader view of where you want to be in 5-10 years. Provide insight into why you seek a particular path post-MBA. Mention some specific target employers to demonstrate that you have realistic goals and will approach your MBA with focus.
2) Address why now and why an MBA. Demonstrate that you have done the due diligence to know what you need to excel in the next chapter of your career and be as specific as you can about how an MBA will help you achieve these goals.
3) Connect the dots through UNC Kenan-Flagler. While the question itself does not directly ask for this, include the courses, experiential learning and club activities you want to participate in. Demonstrate how an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler best positions you to achieve your professional goals.
4) Have a backup plan. UNC Kenan-Flagler wants you to have realistic expectations about your career goals post MBA. Show that you are resilient enough to figure out more than one way to reach your long term goal.
What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (300 words maximum).
While this is an optional essay, use this opportunity to let the admissions committee see you as a person and understand the value you would add to the UNC Kenan-Flagler community. Kenan-Flagler’s community, with under 300 MBA students in each class, is small enough that every student matters. Imagine you are meeting with your core study group members for the first time (you will take all your core classes together), and share with them ways you can add value – whether it is your Excel spreadsheet wizardry or your contacts in Private Equity that you can share with members of the Private Equity club.
1) Reinforce your key themes. If you have worked, traveled or lived in several countries emphasize your cross-cultural exposure using specific examples of your travel experience and relate this to Kenan-Flagler’s Global Education Initiative. Connect your themes to your professional goal. For example, you can leverage this international understanding when working on cross-border M&A transactions.
2) Envisage your future contributions. Show the admissions committee that you understand the Kenan-Flagler culture. Give specific examples on how your experiences will benefit your classmates and the larger UNC Kenan-Flagler community such as sharing your Real Estate knowledge as you help organize UNC’s annual Real Estate Conference. Did you just win a business case competition and want to help UNC Kenan-Flagler defend their 2017 Deloitte National Case Competition Championship? Admissions committee members want to know that every student in the class brings something special that will be part of the wonderful tapestry that is a diverse MBA class.
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Patrick Gomez Menzies
University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Gregarious scholar-athlete, thinker and problem-solver looking to make an impact in life sciences and health care
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Fun Fact About Yourself: Proud of two mottos:
SUB UMBRA FLOREO (Under the shade, I flourish) from my Belizean dual-citizenship
VIL GOD I ZAL (With God’s will, I shall) from my Scottish Clan, Menzies
Undergraduate School and Major:
Harvard University, A.B. History and Science
City University of New York, York College, B.S. Biotechnology
University of California-San Diego, M.S. Biomedical Sciences
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:
University of California-San Diego – Graduate Researcher
1798 Consultants Inc – Business Analyst Intern
Novoron Biosciences – Lead Project Consultant
LabKey Corporation – Science Marketing Intern
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My biggest accomplishment was receiving the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study. The fellowship identifies scholars who will assume leadership positions in science from diverse backgrounds and have a commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in science. Selection is based on academic excellence, scientific potential, and efforts to advance diversity and inclusion. Throughout my career, I have had a passion for diversity and equity and believe it can be one of the greatest drivers of innovation and success. I have used my participation in the program to expand my professional network and support the growth of others through mentorship and collaboration.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? All business schools are not equivalent. Really do your due diligence. Understanding each school’s priorities, strengths, and outcomes will help you in multiple ways. First, you will be able to make a more informed decision on selecting target school and deciding where to apply. Second, this information is pivotal to writing a good, tailored essay and delivering a strong, thoughtful interview. Just as you are looking for the right school, schools are looking for the right students who contribute to their brand and fit their culture. Finally, if you have the privilege of choosing between admissions offers, you can make the decision of where you want to be for two years and be able to explain that decision to friends and employers throughout your career.
What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? UNC Kenan-Flagler’s focus on health care was the key factor for my decision. My goal coming to business school is to expand my skillset in order to provide greater value and have a greater impact in health care. The school is working on the cutting-edge of business curriculum in health care and encouraging greater interaction between UNC’s different elite professional schools including the business school, medical school and pharmacy school. In addition, this situates UNC Kenan-Flagler as a core school for recruitment for many top health care and pharmaceutical companies. I look forward to making connections across the health sciences and finding the right company to intern with.
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Success for me means being able to get involved in student-run initiatives and learn to analyze the culture of different companies and firms. I believe there is so much to be learned from the diverse and accomplished peers who are attracted to UNC Kenan-Flagler. Success for me would be supporting the growth of that learning community by giving my time and effort for the success of others around me. In addition, I am excited about taking the time in business school to explore career options and the diversity of firms and functions available to MBA students. Part of my success would be choosing the right fit for my summer internship.