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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

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 look forward to a sleepless first year, lay …

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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 look forward to a sleepless first year, lay out their essay strategies, and think up an entirely new approach for conquering the GMAT.

The whirlwind begins—Now a few week’s into her first year at Harvard Business School, Defying Gravity realizes the hustle and bustle of the start of the program pales in comparison to the next rising wave of activity: the start of student clubs.  Despite severe sleep deprivation, she says, “I’m still ridiculously excited about what’s ahead of me for this first year at HBS.”

The nuts and bolts of R1 essays—For the curious, of which surely there were many, Scott Duncan provided a detailed recount this week of how he tackled each of the essays for the schools he submitted for in Round One: HBS, Kellogg School of Management, and MIT Sloan. Coming up with essay material was a challenge last season, but on the bright side, it seems to have laid the groundwork for stronger essays this year.

Argh, technology!—When things happen too smoothly, sometimes a closer look is warranted. Luckily for PullingThatMBATrigger, the systems glitch that occurred when he submitted his application for Duke Fuqua‘s Early Action deadline was sorted out in time. That’s two applications down, and possibly two more to go. Finger’s crossed for a Duke interview invite October 7th.

An allegory for the GMAT—Most of us are familiar with the tale of David and Goliath, the classic underdog story. Efessay decided to apply the strategies suggested by this allegorical tale to his test prep technique. “If I approach the GMAT like Goliath would want me to – attempting to ‘win’ with brute mathematical and grammatical skills alone – I’d be (and have been) pummeled. If I change the game, however, and think my way through the test, I’ll have a better chance,” he explains.

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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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

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 tactics for analyzing test errors, highlights from …

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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 tactics for analyzing test errors, highlights from various information sessions, and advice for creating presentations that will knock those AdComs’ socks off.

New tactic for analyzing practice testsPro GMAT has created an Excel error log to help him figure out where his thinking went astray on the verbal side during the practice tests. He also came away with a positive impression of the ISB info session, and promises a post covering school selection soon.

Fuqua rocks!—Although the love for Duke Fuqua was already fairly firmly cemented, the recent information session PTMT attended completely sealed the deal. While Yale SOM is a strong second, she plans to apply in Early Action round because, as she says, “I can’t wait to be a part of this family.”

When three just isn’t enough—A recent conversation with a colleague/HBS grad at work spurred Scott Duncan to change plans and expand his school list from the three he had previously settled on to a robust roster of seven schools. He’s adding Wharton to the other Round 1 applications going in at Kellogg, HBS, and MIT Sloan, and will target Berkeley Haas, UCLA Anderson, and Tuck in Round 2.

Presentation advice—With her Chicago Booth presentation ready and out for review, Naija, a self-proclaimed lover of presentations, offers both basic and specific tips for creating an amazing presentation that will guide anyone feeling some angst about this element of an application package.

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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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

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, …

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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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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Hello, and 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. In this edition, Buzz bloggers share their school selection criteria, …

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Hello, and 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. In this edition, Buzz bloggers share their school selection criteria, essay issues, and a sample daily work schedule that may inspire others to get their application strategy organized.

An applicant’s daily scheduleGrant Me Admission lays out his inspirational (and grueling) daily schedule and shows how he works on various elements of the MBA application throughout the day in order to stay focused. Also, check out his post on how advice from others will shape his MBA application strategy.

Why Anderson?—In this latest installment, MBA Reapplicant shares more reasons why UCLA Anderson School of Management is the right place to begin the next phase of one’s career. Geographic location is a primary reason, but the diversity of backgrounds represented at Anderson is another strong pull.

 Decisions, decisions—Today we welcome a new (re-) applicant blogger, Top Dog MBA, who shares some of his options depending on which schools offer him a place, and during which round. His conclusion? Reapply to INSEAD, MIT Sloan and Wharton in Round 1 and let the momentum and results of those decisions inform his R2 strategy.

Nailing the essays—We’re featuring another new applicant blogger this week: a Nigerian woman interested in pursuing an MBA in the United States. Naija applied to Chicago Booth last year and believes some errors in her submission thwarted her efforts. This year, she plans to strategize better and seek feedback from additional readers to ensure a flawless application this time around.

A little inspiration—If you’ve got a spare 17 minutes, Ellipser suggests you spend them watching this b-school graduation speech from Harvard Business School that has gone viral.

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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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Hello, and 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. In this edition, Buzz bloggers share recruiting advice, admit weekend …

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Hello, and 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. In this edition, Buzz bloggers share recruiting advice, admit weekend updates, and tips that may help others currently experiencing waitlist woes.

Exhausted yet energizedDefying Gravity recounts some of the details from last week’s Admitted Students Welcome Weekend at Harvard Business School. Though she has yet to make a final acceptance decision, her initial feeling is that the next two years could be pretty amazing if the experiences during this two-day visit are any indication.

Surviving the recruiting gameDuke Fuqua’s Canadian Champ  finally sees the light at the end of the recruiting tunnel and has a few tips for anyone struggling through the process now or in the future. Believe it, he says, when people say every step is tougher than the last.

In the final stretchCCatcher has just a couple of weeks left to her Tepper MBA and is caught up in a whirlwind of final assignments, events, and lunches and dinners with friends. Despite the fun and excitement, she says she cannot wait to be done with the MBA and start working!

Putting off to prep better—When an invitation to interview from London Business School arrived in the mail, Knight MBA had some thinking to do. Rather than rush into an early interview date allowing just a few days to prepare, he has opted instead to wait until the end of May despite the increased competition from R3 applicants.

The wait is overMBA My Way may have surprised her 2013 self with the decision to forgo admission to her once-dream school Yale SOM to go with her “dark horse candidate” Cornell’s Johnson School. In this post, she shares what she did while on the Yale SOM waitlist which may have led to her eventual acceptance.

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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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Hello, and 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. In this edition, Buzz bloggers share their rejection woes, positive …

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Hello, and 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. In this edition, Buzz bloggers share their rejection woes, positive interview experiences, and  musings on how not getting into business school may not be so bad after all.

The ding sting—With a final application tally of 0 for 4, Ellie of the Coffee Beans and Tea Leaves blog has spent some introspective time figuring out where her weak points may have been this admissions season. Perseverance is crucial in the MBA application process, and we wish her luck as she regroups and re-strategizes for next year.

When a ding provides confirmation—Although he felt just a teeny bit disappointed by the ding from Kellogg School of Management, Domotron can now focus fully on the joys of being a Tuckie and celebrate the official end of his MBA application journey.

That fuzzy, feel-good feelingMBA Reapplicant shares a glowing account of his campus visit and interview experience at Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Despite a sleepless night before, the chips fell naturally into place during his breezy, conversational interview with a member of the admissions committee. Congratulations!

When rejection spurs success—The old adage “everything happens for a reason” seems to be playing out in spades for Writing in Transit, who took a brief hiatus from his blog upon learning business school wasn’t in the cards, for this year at least. A series of positive, life-changing opportunities has cropped up and made a reevaluation of the MBA necessary.

A message for HBS applicantsTwoYearsatHBS received several emails this week from both admitted and rejected applicants following the recently announced Round 2 decisions. In this post, he congratulates the accepted and offers consolation and sage advice to those who didn’t land a seat at Harvard Business School this year.

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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