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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Welcome back to Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s applicant and student contributors. The burning topic on just about everyone’s mind: round 2 notifications. Some people have had …

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Welcome back to Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s applicant and student contributors. The burning topic on just about everyone’s mind: round 2 notifications. Some people have had their dreams come true, while others are still on hold or were denied admission to their school of choice. The feelings this week are definitely bittersweet. For those who have been waitlisted: Don’t lose hope! You’re still in the running, and there are definitely things you can do to manage the waitlist experience.

On getting back on the horse—After an extended period of radio silence following media coverage of his failed attempts in Fortune, GrantMeAdmission returns with news of an amazing career change, a renewed perspective, and fresh determination to apply to business school again this fall. Resilience is a key characteristic of success, and we’re so glad to see Grant plans to rededicate himself to his MBA dreams.

The wait s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s on and on—We love how positive Top Dog is staying upon hearing that his waitlist status at Wharton has not changed with round 2 notifications. From his prior post it sounds like he has a sound waitlist strategy, and we hope his patience is soon rewarded with an offer of admission. Meanwhile, keep “enjoying the ride”!

On what not to do—Although applicants know that recycling essays from other schools is a no-no, PTMT confesses that that’s exactly what she did for her Tepper application, and was therefore not surprised by the ding she received this week. “They can see right through a last minute application, so even if your stats look good on paper, you will have a tough time of it,” she says. Fingers crossed things go better with UCLA Anderson.

Full or part-time?EF Essays shares some thoughts on the pros and cons of a full-time versus part-time MBA program experience. “At the end of the day, no matter the method, you’ll have the same degree. And while that’s true, you won’t have the same experience,” he writes. While there’s no right answer, once you figure out whether you’re a career switcher or a career enhancer, the choice, he believes, should become more clear.

and finally….

On not giving up on the dream—“After two years, three attempts at the GMAT, and five rejection letters, I have been admitted at HBS,” writes Scott Duncan. Bravo!

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 back to Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s applicant and student contributors. This was a busy week as multiple bloggers submitted Round 2 applications, and the new …

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Welcome back to Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s applicant and student contributors. This was a busy week as multiple bloggers submitted Round 2 applications, and the new year sparked reflection and shifts in goals that better reflect the current reality. As a reminder for those who have been waitlisted: Don’t lose hope! You’re still in the running, and there are definitely things you can do to manage the waitlist experience.

Setting goals for the new yearPro GMAT offers many congrats for those who have recently submitted their Round 2 applications, as well as commiseration for applicants who were not admitted in R1 and will likely postpone their MBA dreams until next season. In addition to taking on additional work responsibilities, Pro GMAT has also set an annual goal of walking for 315,000 minutes. Here’s to reaching your objectives in 2015!

5 changes that made a difference—After going through multiple rejections last year, Scott Duncan used that learning experience to improve his MBA applications this season—to remarkable success. In this post, he talks about five things he did differently this year that earned him an acceptance at a top MBA program. This post is a must-read for anyone feeling down about their admittance status so far.

Going all in for Round 2—Four applications submitted in two days is a killer, but that’s just what Pulling That MBA Trigger did this week. She readily acknowledges some of the issues that may have affected her chances during Round 1, and is feeling much better about the changes she made during this latest round—and her chances, as well. Regardless of the outcome, she has a great attitude, saying, “MBA this year or no MBA this year, I’m gonna be okay!”

Shifting gearsMBA on My Mind has done some soul-searching and come to the realization that her business school dreams must be put on hold—temporarily. With a start-up that needs nurturing and attention, funding issues that must be resolved, and a GMAT score that could use a boost, revising the timeline to apply in the 2015 cycle just makes more sense on all fronts.

Decisions, decisions—Ah, the enviable position of deciding between multiple top-notch MBA programs! Hugo has whittled down the candidates to MIT Sloan and Tuck School of Business, both excellent schools and equally guaranteed to advance his career. Seems the decision, at least in part, will come down to physical environment and what kind of experience he wants to have for the next two years.

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 end-of-year edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s applicant and student contributors. There was much to celebrate this week as multiple bloggers shared the …

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Welcome to the end-of-year edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s applicant and student contributors. There was much to celebrate this week as multiple bloggers shared the great news of  getting in to one or more of their Round 1 schools. Congratulations to all, and for those who are waitlisted, don’t lose hope! You’re still in the running, and there are definitely things you can do to manage the waitlist experience.

Two down, one to go—Based in Madrid, Under Prescription was on pins and needles as the time zone difference caused considerable angst while decision calls and emails started coming down. The results so far: in at Tuck School of Business and with a scholarship to boot; and also admitted to MIT Sloan School of Management! A decision from Duke Fuqua is pending, but whatever the case, this is one applicant who feels great knowing he won’t have to worry about Round 2.

Three for threeMy Journey to Business School is about to have the best weekend ever as she celebrates admits to Tepper School of Business, Kellogg School of Management, and UCLA Anderson School of Management. Now it’s decision time, made more complicated by the fact that both Tepper and Anderson are offering scholarships.

A yes and a maybe—If being waitlisted by University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School stung a little, that was surely mitigated by  Top Dog MBA‘s acceptance offer at MIT Sloan School of Management. Since this is his second time at the rodeo—the first included five dings—we can only imagine how fantastic it feels to begin to close this chapter of the journey to b-school.

Another TrifectaFinance Furry is over the moon after receiving admissions offers at all three of the schools she applied to in Round 1: Wharton School, Kellogg, and Chicago Booth School of Business. She says she plans to spend the coming weeks making pros and cons lists, consulting alums and students, and praying for guidance.

To stay waitlisted or no?Naija MBA Gal is facing a tough decision as she contemplates whether to remain on the MIT Sloan waitlist or fully embrace the acceptance from Chicago Booth. Since she admits Booth is her “first love,” is it safe to call it for Chicago? By Monday all should be revealed.

When nerves set inPulling that MBA Trigger is full of good cheer for her fellow MBA bloggers this week as many on the same journey have already received good news. It’s time to focus on that GMAT next week, and keep up the positive energy for the Round 2 deadlines coming up.

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 provide interview recaps and brainstorm possible interview questions, …

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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 provide interview recaps and brainstorm possible interview questions, as well as share thoughts on the transformational nature of the b-school experience.

Interview prep time—With a Kellogg interview behind him and one with MIT Sloan imminent, Scott Duncan shares a comprehensive list with 25 interview questions he’s preparing to answer. Can you think of any he hasn’t touched on?

Disappointment from Duke—Although the final determination—waitlisted or flat-out ding—hasn’t been revealed, Pulling that MBA Trigger is suffering major disappointment due to no admit offer from Duke Fuqua. As she is quick to point out, “This experience is definitely not for the fainthearted!”

Tuck revisited—Last year, Grant Me Admission applied only to Tuck School of Business, and waited eight brutal months for an eventual release. With new perspective, a broader array of target schools, and a second interview at Tuck now behind him, he dedicates this latest post to a full recap of his interview experience.

 A personal transformation—Six weeks into his MBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management, MBA Reapplicant (aka Michael Leve) finds many parallels between the changes one undergoes during business school and John Potter’s eight steps to transforming an organization, which he outlined in a 2007 Harvard Business Review article.

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 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.

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