Win a trip to Rotman open house weekend!


Such a great opportunity especially for international students who want to learn and visit Rotman in person!

Click for more details here.

Deadline: Sept. 14, 2014, 11:59PM EST (Eastern)


Your Go-to Social Media Places for Preparing Your Rotman Applications



Most of prospective applicants should already know that the 2015 Rotman MBA application cycle has started. With about slightly more than two months away until the first round 1 deadline of November 3 approaching, here are the social media places where you will receive a lot of great information and enhance the quality of your application. My suggestion? Bookmark all of them listed below and have them as your default homepage(s) throughout the year. From my personal experience, it is difficult or nigh impossible to find an MBA which utilizes the power of social media to educate and inform prospective applicants with the most accurate and helpful decisions better any other than Rotman. The Rotman admission team actively uses SNS as a communication medium and I strongly encourage you to read all the posts and even connect with them.

1. Rotman Admission Blog

Managed by the official Rotman admission team, you will not find any better up-to-date information and feedback to search other than Rotman’s own admission blog. This is where I also started my research, read all the previous blog posts, got myself acquainted with the admission team in advance.

2. Rotman MBA Admissions Facebook Page

Always up-to-date with the latest information ranging from knowledge, studies, interviews, and daily MBA lives, Rotman Facebook page is something which you should really like to see what they’re up to. They also post various events for prospective students to see (and current), so please visit 🙂

3. Rotman School Twitter

It is also always up to date and filled with informational, and entertaining tweets.

4. gmatclub Rotman Class of 2017 Thread

If you’re studying GMAT, you most likely know gmatclub as well. How does gmatclub come inside the picture of this post? This is a great place to meet prospective students of similar (and very different) backgrounds in similar situations as you, looking into applying for Rotman. Most importantly, Rotman Admission Team also often drops by and help answering questions. 


This is what I have so far. Stay tuned for the next update on admission tips and preparing for your application.






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First day of orientation.

While I try to watch my diet and food intake, I just can’t say no to chocolate cookies!

Started the orientation with a cup of black coffee, healthy chicken lunch, finished with some almonds and chocolate cookies. It also means more jogging this week to burn it off 🙂

Night before Rotman Orientation Camp


Staring today (Aug 26-28, 2014), Rotman orientation camp will begin. This is different from the Graduate Business Council orientation camp that takes you to Northern Ontario for camping, so keep that in mind.


It’s 12AM, and I can’t sleep. Today was a fairly busy, but an exciting day. I’ve received my admission package, prepared the forms to be submitted tomorrow at Rotman. All that’s left to do is sleep. Hopefully I didn’t miss out too much during May-August when I was absent from the Rotman events and pre-programs. I definitely have a lot of stuff to catch up and am also excited to meet possible new friends and classmates. I will have more details about the orientation tomorrow, so stay tuned!



Journey to Rotman…and Robarts Library


Guess where I went today? Rotman!…well technically the library.

As I’ve mentioned before, being a Rotman MBA student means you’re also a part of the proud University of Toronto and also have all the access to its resources just the same way all the other undergraduates and graduates do (am I saying something too obvious? :p)

While visiting Robarts library was not my first time as I used to study here and meet my research professor during my undergraduate at U of Waterloo (WE GOT A SPY!), and although I’ve seen the CN Tower probably more than thousands of time as I’m local, it felt completely different in a sense that I will be doing prestigious Rotman MBA and that I am going back to school. Also, I have a lot of friends from U of T and always wondered what the school life is like being in Toronto.

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Creating a Tcard was a piece of cake. You just go to the 2nd floor Tcard office with your photo ID (government issued) with your student number provided in the admission letter/package. Then they take your photo with a DSLR camera, and you get your card in less than a minute!

I was pretty impressed. Also, I took the advice of Tcard office that it’s recommended to visit early in August to avoid the massive lineup in September. I also noticed an NFC chip embedded in it, which I thought was pretty interesting. Soon I’ll find out what this is for.

After creating my ID, I went downstairs, grabbed one of the free computers and started activating my UTORid, something that you use commonly for various purposes at U of T including wireless access. Fast wireless. Office 2013 on every computer. savvy.

I didn’t get a chance to create TTC student ID (for metropass discount) and visit the athletic centre yet, but considering how it only takes 30min to get to Rotman, I have a feeling I’ll enjoy my life here even though I’m local Canadian.


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If Waterloo students had Watcard, it seems U of T students (when you’re a Rotman student, you’re also automatically a part of U of Toronto students with all the benefits U of T students get) have TCards.

While waiting for my admission package, I received the offer letter by email with the student number as well, which allows you to have a basic start with ROSI to check schedules, tuition fees and so on.

I have to go downtown Career Centre asap…

I am in!


Yes. I am in. got the letter of acceptance. This is great especially coming from an electrical engineering background with low GPA. I’ve tried very hard to make up for that GPA.

After the admission interview, I was waitlisted and I finally got off it after three months. Although I spent very meaningful three months during waitlist.


  • I took Coursera marketing course and received certifcation.
  • I lost 20kg form 90kg to 70kgish (FINALLY OUT OF OBESITY)
  • I organized youth science class as volunteering.

All these efforts were worth it and I am glad that I can be a part of the Rotman.

Only downside is I was really looking forward to the pre-program, but I’ve missed them all…hopefully I can catch up somehow.