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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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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 waiting woes, a Round …

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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 waiting woes, a Round 1 reflection, and their musings on what to blog about now that the application journey has come to an end.

Why an MBA?—In this recent post, Amar, a self-proclaimed “low GMAT-er”  chronicling the ups and downs of his b-school application journey, shares his statement of purpose with readers. “Attitude is what determines one’s altitude,” he says.

Realigning expectations—After a lengthy absence, MBA Reapplicant is back with an update on some rather discouraging round one application results. While the disappointment is completely understandable, his realization that in the end, the experience of b-school is more important than the where, is such a good mental place to be in.

The worst kind of waiting—Although thankfully MBA My Way already has two acceptances in the bag, that doesn’t make her waiting for a final decision from Michigan Ross, Kellogg, or Yale SOM any less excruciating. Her only solace at this point, she says, is that everything should be settled by mid-March.

The labyrinth revealed—During Admitted Student Weekend at Harvard Business School, Timbob made a delightful discovery: an underground network of tunnels allows students to move from dorms, lecture halls, cafeterias and more without ever setting foot outside in sub-zero temperatures. Read his ASW recap for all the details.

Writer’s blockhammO shares how he’s now experiencing a scenario that many successful MBA applicants go through once they’ve been accepted at their school of choice: what to blog about now? “Before, it was so easy to learn about what the next steps were, and share my experiences as I hit each step,” he explains.

Journey complete—Our congratulations go out to Buzz blogger Domotron, who recently shared his ecstatic news of acceptance at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.  When things settle down, he promises a series of posts about the app process which many prove useful to future applicants.

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 application pros and cons, …

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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 application pros and cons, questions for self-reflection, and their contingency plans if things don’t work out this season.

 Back after a brief hiatus—As is often the case, HammO took a respite from MBA blogging once the admissions process was firmly behind him. He’s paid his deposit to Cornell’s Johnson School, and is currently planning his employment exit strategy while working out his expenses for the next two years.

Contingency plansDomotron celebrates the 10,000 views mark of his blog this month and tries to move past the bad news from Chicago Booth and Wharton he received in December.  While Tuck and Kellogg are still on the table, Domotron is prepared to reapply next cycle if an admit this season isn’t in the cards.

No more apps, ever!—Last week, MBA The NonProfit Way celebrated the awesomeness of never having to fill out another b-school application ever again.  Official word is still pending from most of the programs she applied to, but the UCLA Anderson deposit deadline looms. Everything is crazy up in the air right now, she says.

Duke vs HarvardSarah explains what she feels are the pros and cons of the applications of the two schools to which she applied. While at first glance Duke’s straightforward format seemed a better fit, she eventually decided that the new open-ended format at HBS allowed her to paint a richer picture of her candidacy.

Ask yourself these questions—Before you even think of writing that first essay draft, MBA Girl Journey recommends applicants answer four questions to save time, gain focus and clarity, and just maybe a leg up over other candidates.

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 interview debriefs and dings, …

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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 interview debriefs and dings, reactions to the new application requirements, and tips for getting started on your B-school application.

 Wharton School’s team-based discussion—We’re hearing a lot of positive feedback from clients about the new team-based discussion, and Domotron seems to concur, calling it a great experience with a really smart, diverse group of participants.  On the horizon for Domotron is the R2 application for Kellogg School of Management, though he admits to waning motivation at the moment.

Round One breakdownMBA Reapplicant is fighting the anxiety that besets all applicants as they await news from their target schools. In addition to providing a summary of how things are progressing with Haas, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Tuck, and Yale SOM, Reapplicant admits to missing that feeling of control one has during the hands-on phase of the application process.

Debrief of Johnson School interviewHammO provides a detailed picture of his recent time in Ithaca for an interview at Cornell’s Johnson School. Turns out the weather cooperated beautifully with his time on both the Michigan Ross and Cornell campuses, and his descriptions of both the environment, human interactions, and class experience will definitely inform other readers contemplating the Johnson MBA program.

Advice for those just getting started—The MBA application process can be a bewildering one for many applicants. MBAGirlJourney, in at Columbia Business School, offers the uninitiated a guide (with several links) to approaching recommendation letters, the b-school resume, and MBA essays.

The Stanford GSB ding stingMBA the Non-Profit Way shared the news of her first business school application rejection this week. Going into the application she notes this particular one gave an incomplete picture of her as a candidate, and mentions the various aspects she had difficulties fulfilling. It sounds like a case of just not being the right fit, which is better to learn sooner rather than later.

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 news of interview invites …

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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 news of interview invites and dings, reactions from campus visits, and tips for making the most of your B-school visit.

Skyrocketing stress levels—Now that hammO has successfully submitted six applications in Round 1, the next phase—waiting—begins. Luckily, his near super-human efforts have already been acknowledged;  hammO received an invitation to interview from the Ross School of Business. Congratulations and good luck!

Renewed hope is here—After feeling rather dejected by the ding from Harvard last week, Domotron is back with the great news of an interview invite from Wharton! This positive news provides validation of the quality of his essays, and comes just in time for him to better strategize which schools to target for Round 2.

Stern campus visit—This week, Ppandey shares his impressions after spending time at NYU Stern. In one of the visits, he represented his company for prospective consultants and gained valuable insight from the recruiters’ perspective. One question requires further thought: Is the MBA experience in any way diminished because Stern lacks a close-knit campus feel?

Pay a proper b-school visit—Now that he’s successfully made it to the other side, Johnson ’13 graduate Ellipser has some great advice on how to visit your target schools in a way that maximizes the experience and offers you a chance to shine.

Good news from R1—For many Round 1 applicants, October is often a painful waiting period as you plan your R2 lineup not knowing if your initial applications passed muster. Validation came early for Timbob, who received a Golden Ticket, aka an invitation to interview at Harvard Business School. Best of luck to you!

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 post, Buzz bloggers describe the madness that is …

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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 post, Buzz bloggers describe the madness that is the start of b-school, muse on interview strategies, offer advice for future consultants, and ponder the timing of revealing one’s MBA aspirations.

 Time for interview prep—With roughly half of his six target program applications complete, Domotron was in a celebratory, almost relaxed, mood after hitting the submit button for Wharton School earlier this week. A Harvard interview invite is still an uncertainty for the next few weeks, so he plans to focus instead on prepping for his applicant-initiated interview at Tuck.

First-year transitions, aka insanity—After an extended absence from the MBA blogosphere, we’re thrilled to hear from Sassafras and get caught up in his experiences and adventures during the first month at Yale SOM. Between the whirlwind that is orientation, to the hardcore academic classes, to the cornucopia of club offerings available, it sounds like he’s set to make the most of this amazing experience.

Transitioning into consulting—Now that’s he’s got two applications submitted, Pandey has taken a break to share his thoughts on another topic: how to transition into consulting after the MBA, and what to avoid. Using two fictional protagonists to illustrate his points, Pandey offers three takeaways to help future MBAs have a smoother transition into this industry.

Thoughts on the Stanford webinarSanket participated in the recent Stanford GSB webinar and was happy to have received a personal response to his questions about Stanford’s approach to leadership and what makes it unique. While much of the information provided wasn’t new, he did appreciate hearing it from “the horse’s mouth” and came away with a good feeling from the experience.

Is it time to tell?—A relative newcomer to the MBA blogging community, ExpectingMBAMILF offers a different perspective on the MBA journey. This 29-year-old French applicant is soon to be a mother of two, and encourages other mothers to take a chance on pursuing an MBA. This post describes her quandary over letting extended family know of her international b-school dreams.

Which schools and why—This week, we’re highlighting another new blogger with a unique profile: MBA My Way. Coming from the non-profit sector and interested in using the skills acquired in b-school in the area of animal welfare, she posts here about the seven schools she plans to apply to and why each makes sense with her goals.

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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