Masters in Business at Boston University - Yossr Hammad

Updated: May 19, 2020

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Hometown: Alexandria, Egypt

Undergraduate: Arab Academy for Science and Technology

Masters: Boston University

Field: Business, Finance

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Yossr, I moved to the US after my graduation from Business School in Egypt. I didn't think of having a masters as I thought it would be hard and not achievable, then in 2017, I decided to give it a try :)

Reflecting back on your experience, what do you think are the main advantages of studying in the US?

When I moved to the U.S and started to work, I realized that in order to advance in your career and achieve higher goals you have to get a degree that is more than just a bachelor’s. In the job market, one will be privileged if he/ she has a higher degree, and will likely get accepted in more jobs and become more knowledgeable in the chosen field.

Let’s go back in time a little. When did you first consider applying to universities abroad? When I first considered applying for the Masters, I learned that I have to pass the GMAT/GRE and the TOEFL exams with specific grades if I aim to get accepted into some of the good universities in the U.S.

The TOEFL is mainly an English exam divided into; speaking, writing, reading and listening.

GMAT is more math and less English ( grammar, and critical reasoning) and it measures how you think. It took me some time to study and pass the tests with the desired scores then I was ready to apply.

When did you first start preparing for the application process? How did you prepare for the application process?

Once I passed the exams with the desired scores, I started to do the following:

  • First, I started to work on my resume and make it better,

  • Second, I got my undergrad certificate sealed from Egypt

  • Third, I worked on my statement of purpose

  • Finally, I reached out to my network; my old professors, old work and current work managers to prepare to ask them for recommendation letters.

How did funding fit in the picture? Tell us more about this process and any advice you may have for others? I planned to take a loan for the first year, and I worked 2 jobs to save for the years after.

Is there anything that you wish someone had told you to consider when applying to universities abroad? I just wished someone told me that it's not that hard to get accepted and to study in a different country!

What was your experience at Boston University like? Amazing, I love the university. Advisors are so helpful in working with you to decide what major you want to take, the resources are great and useful, and networking events are held all the time. They help you advance your resume, and how to be interviewed. The professors are great and really are willing to help.

Did you receive any mentorship/support as you were applying?

It was casual. I had friends who helped me a lot.

What do you think students often get “wrong” about the US application process? That it is hard and takes a long time, It is NOT. You just need to start and then things will go easy and smooth.

What tips do you have about how to write a compelling recommendation letter? Choose the person who writes the recommendation letter carefully. He/ She has to be someone