Real Humans of Harvard Business School’s MBA Class of 2021
Annie Hosler, HBS MBA Class of 2021
Hometown: Piedmont, CA
Undergraduate Institution and Major: The Johns Hopkins University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Pre-MBA Work Experience (years, industry): 4 years, Food Manufacturing
Why business school? Why now?
After 4 years in manufacturing, I am looking to pivot away from supply chain and into a general management career path. Business school is a great way to gain valuable experience and demonstrate my aptitude in a field beyond supply chain.
Why HBS? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
There were two main factors that drew me to HBS. The first was the general management focus. The program is centered around creating general managers, leaders that will make a difference in the world. The second factor was the case method. I am fascinated by the idea of learning from my peers both outside and inside the classroom.
What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2021?
One of the things that differentiates me is my manufacturing management experience. I managed a team of 36 factory technicians and can bring a unique look at how management practices and strategies might drive behaviors at the lower levels of an organization.
Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application?
I am the oldest of 7 children, and every year we take a themed family photo (Brady Bunch, Supreme Court, Gilligan’s Island).
Post-MBA career interests?
I would love to return to the food industry post-MBA, but this time on the commercial side of the business.
Advice to current prospective applicants?
I would recommend sending your application materials to close family or friends that know you well. You want your application to highlight your strengths and personality. Your friends and family know you and can provide the best feedback on how well you convey that throughout the application.
What is your initial impression of HBS’s students/culture/community?
The community has been incredibly welcoming and friendly, while still being extraordinarily diverse. One thing you have learned about HBS that has surprised you? I was surprised by how large the incoming class is. It is great that there are so many people from so many backgrounds that are all able to learn from each other.
Thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
I am nervous about returning to the school environment. The course load is rigorous, and it is going to take me a bit to get back into the habit of studying and attending classes.
Thing you are most excited about in your first year?
I am most excited about the case method. After years of learning by lecture, I am excited to have discussion-based classes using real examples from across the world.