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Emerging Scholars – Tobby, Yale School of Management

– I’m Tobby, a first-year MBA student at Yale School of Management. I’ll be joining McKinsey’s San Francisco office as an intern this summer.

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My first connection to the firm was through the Emerging Scholars program (http://bit.ly/McKES2017). I learned about it from a former participant who shared my background and inspired me to apply. I saw the program as an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the people and projects (and magic!) that makes McKinsey one of best companies in the world.

Through the program, I made immediate connections with my peers (to-be first-year MBA students) and McKinsey colleagues. I know it sounds cliché, but the people really do make all the difference. My McKinsey mentor was extremely helpful throughout the recruiting process. We spoke every two weeks or so, discussing networking strategies, preparing for interviews, and swapping stories about MBA life over the best breakfast sandwiches in New Haven. It was reassuring to know I had someone who could offer me perspective throughout such a hectic recruiting season. I also spoke with many other consultants. I got to ask them the hard questions so I could feel confident in my pursuit of consulting as a career.

Beyond the relationships, flying to Chicago for the summer event was the next best highlight of the Emerging Scholars Program. We got to meet and cook with Stephanie Izard, Top Chef winner and owner of Girl and the Goat. I am an avid Top Chef fan and a huge foodie. I love the creativity, culture and sensory experiences that come from the culinary world, so this event was icing on the cake for the program.