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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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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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