Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

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Welcome to the latest edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s applicant and student contributors. This week, MBA bloggers share their school selection criteria, reasons for applying, and tips for keep your recommenders on task.

Advice for international students—Recent Tepper MBA grad CCatcher shares important advice for other international students considering an MBA in the United States. Some industries are more prone than others to facilitate work authorization after graduation, so she urges candidates to thoroughly research job placement before embarking on the arduous b-school journey.

Funemployment, not all it’s cracked up to be—The summer before an MBA program is a hectic one, even if you’re not still slogging away at the office ’til August to save every last penny to finance the endeavor. Hamm0 points out that the long academic to-do list from Cornell’s Johnson School and myriad other pre-MBA tasks have encroached on his “funemployment.”

Exploring the “Why’s”TexasWannaBeCali shares a random list of reasons why she wants to pursue an MBA that goes beyond the customary goals of making more money or transitioning to another industry. Her personal story is compelling, and if she can firmly connect those dots with her future career goals, the admissions committee is sure to be wowed.

Recommender reminders—MBA applicant Scott Duncan offers five reminders that prospective b-school candidates should keep in mind since the letters of recommendation are an aspect of the application over which you have so little control.

The science of school selection—Seeing the data for each program on an Excel spreadsheet helps inform Pulling that MBA Trigger‘s school selection process, putting Yale SOM at the very top due to its brand prestige in India and what she calls a beautiful mix of the old and the new.

Do you have an MBA-centric blog? Want it featured in an upcoming B-School Buzz post? If so, email me at buzz@StacyBlackman.com.

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