Brendan Collins, MBA 2015


Hometown: Rochester, NY

Area(s) of Interest: Consulting

Undergraduate School: Ithaca College

Employer Prior to Smith: Hays Specialist Recruitment

“The Office of Career Services has been amazing”

Why did you choose to attend the Smith School of Business? 

I chose Smith first because of the community; I felt really good about the other people I met at various Admissions events like Admitted Students Weekend.  I felt like the smaller class size affords everyone the opportunity to really get to know each other.  Furthermore, the admissions process was much more transparent and personal compared with some of the other schools that I went through the process with.  I could tell that Smith truly wanted me, and that went a long way. 

In your opinion, what makes the Smith MBA program unique? 

Firstly, the Office of Career Services has been amazing.  They are extremely hands-on and work closely with you on both your career goals as well as helping you tell your story so that you can show your value to employers.  I have also been incredibly impressed with the Smith professors.  These are highly distinguished individuals at the top of their fields that actually enjoy teaching class.  They even join us at our social events! 

What advice would you give to future Smith MBA candidates? 

Learn how to tell your story.  Everyone has a unique background, work experience, and life story.  Learning how to connect it logically, tell it in an engaging way, and connect it to why you are interested in an MBA program will help you both get into Smith and get your dream job.