Rotman Problem Solving Challenge 2015



EDIT: Deadline for submission for this year’s RPSC2015 has been passed. Good luck all the participants!

This year’s RPSC2015 is back!

It’s an event hosted by Rotman MBA to encourage both prospective and admitted students to be engaged, have fun, and also get to know more about Rotman. Especially if you are aiming to apply in later rounds, perhaps competing in this challenge can also help improve your applications (just my personal thoughts as I was a late applicant). I personally also competed, and it was an interesting experience.


Support Rotman on #WhyMBA!



Please support Rotman dominate the internet on #WhyMBA!

How to participate in Bloomberg’s ‪#‎WhyMBA‬

0. Make Twitter Account (great if you already have it. Many Rotman professors have them as well as many @Speakers)
1. Go to
2. Type ‘Rotman on the left middle text box where it says ‘Type the name here’. At this point, Rotman school will automatically show up as a selectable option.
3. When a twitter window shows up, customize your message while maintaining hashtag #WhyMBA and @rotmanschool handle.
4. Tweet (post)

Also, please follow @jjongmu and comment your twitter handle so that we can follow each other.

2015 Rotman MBA Admission Essay Tips


One of the most crucial parts of the MBA admission application is an essay. This is an opportunity to tell the adcom who you are and what you want them to know about you which aren’t clearly addressed in your career and academic grades. Luckily, a very helpful admission essay tip has been posted by the official MBA admission blog, so please check it out. My personal tip is 

1. make sure you understood what they’re asking for in the essays

2. Do not use lines or paste samples from the internet. Try to express who you are sincerely.


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.




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.

2014-08-22 13.44.47 Check out the view of the CN Tower.

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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.