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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 regular applicant and student contributors. In this post, Buzz bloggers discuss the pros and …

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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 regular applicant and student contributors. In this post, Buzz bloggers discuss the pros and cons of re-branding oneself, flagging energy levels, essay updates, and more.

 

Too late to re-brand?LastChanceMBA  wonders whether admissions committees would consider a sudden shift from finance into a niche career path merely a ploy to stand out in the applicant pool. The issue of re-branding oneself is further complicated by his age, which he considers a liability with the top programs.

First-rate advice—For some individuals, asking for help is a sign of weakness to be avoided at all costs. Fortunately, Pandey has realized this is absolutely not the case when it comes to seeking feedback on your MBA application essays. After reaching out to four b-school students now in his network, he’s gaining insight that may give his app the edge he needs.

 Late summer slumpTimBob has secured his second recommender and is feeling great about the selection due to her being an MBA grad herself and thus very familiar with the application process. Increased involvement by his recommenders has helped to beat back the burnout he believes is hitting many applicants as the summer winds down.

Evolutionary stages of essays—Wondering which school’s essays he classifies as being in the amoeba, tadpole, or “primitive land based lizard” stage?  Find out in Domotron‘s recent entry, which also includes tips gleaned from the London Business School information session he attended last week.

Tips for campus visits—After visiting UV Darden and Michigan Ross last winter and spring, HammO now shares some of his advice for planning your school visit. Plan early, network like crazy, come prepared, and take notes are the four tips he expounds upon in this helpful post.

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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Welcome back to another edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s regular contributors. This week, Buzz bloggers discuss spring break adventures, finalize their course load, visit target …

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Welcome back to another edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s regular contributors. This week, Buzz bloggers discuss spring break adventures, finalize their course load, visit target schools, and make formal plans to help their fellow MBA applicants.

Africa-boundCheetarah begins a voyage to Ghana and Ethopia for spring break as part of Chicago Booth School of Business‘s annual trek through its African Business Group. After vowing to consume all of the Ethopian injera she can stomach, Cheetarah congratulates new admits and promises some “poetic waxing about career choices in business school” when she returns.

Countdown to the end—While the last “mini” is typically the easiest as students prepare for graduation and a return to the real world, Tepper School of Business‘s Julianne says she’s registered for seven (!) classes next term. However, she’s suddenly been hit with the realization that it probably would be better to sharpen her focus a bit. Looks like Julianne’s got some serious contemplating to do in order to decide what courses to keep and which to jettison.

First impressions—New MBA applicant blogger Hamm0 of the Boots to Suits blog provides a rundown of a recent campus visit to UV Darden School of Business. Some stand-out impressions included a very positive classroom visit and chat with the professor, as well as experiencing a sense of community right of the bat. Since a prior visit to NYU Stern didn’t yield the same initial “warm and fuzzies”, perhaps Hamm0 is on the right track to narrowing down the ol’ target school list.

A new venture beckons—After having enjoyed the experience of offering free MBA essay editing services to more than 25 prospective applicants, Sanket is contemplating two new initiatives: publishing a small guide on how to review b-school essays; and launching a consulting firm focused on editing and school selection services.  “Helping people achieve their dreams in one of the most satisfying and proud feelings for me,” he says.

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

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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Welcome back to another edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s regular contributors. This week, Buzz bloggers discuss various essay approaches, offer interview advice, fight discouragement, and …

Buzz bloggers

Welcome back to another edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s regular contributors. This week, Buzz bloggers discuss various essay approaches, offer interview advice, fight discouragement, and revel in their international learning experiences.

Thoughts on essay writing—MBA admit Sassafras shares his point of view on how to approach the essay prompts from various top schools. He suggests looking at the questions themselves to help you determine whether your tone should be more formal or personal, and offers concrete examples of which style is best suited to sample essay questions from UC Berkeley Haas, Harvard Business School, and Kellogg School of Management.

MBA interview wisdom—Always a wealth of great information for applicants, Cheetarah1980 doesn’t disappoint with her recent post covering the MBA interview. After describing her own experiences interviewing with Kellogg, Wharton School, and Chicago Booth School of Business, Cheetarah shares four truths she has come to believe after having interviewed so much over the last 15 months.

No rosy outlook hereCCatcher‘s past few posts have been decidedly downcast as this first-year Tepper School of Business student struggles with staying afloat amid what she calls the whole recruiting-networking-interviewing cycle. We hope she can tap back into that joy of just a few months ago, when she posted, “Everyday I spend at Tepper, I fall more in love with the school and the people and feel happy about the day I decided to come to Tepper.”

The experience abroadUT McCombs School of Business student Erin Whalen has posted an engaging description of her study abroad adventures at ESADE Business School in Barcelona. from the interesting mix of classes geared toward deepening one’s global perspective, to the abundant cultural and social opportunities, we’ve no doubt Erin is having the educational experience of a lifetime.

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

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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Welcome back to this edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s regular contributors. This week, Buzz bloggers discuss school culture, share 30 tips for “killing” the MBA …

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Welcome back to this edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s regular contributors. This week, Buzz bloggers discuss school culture, share 30 tips for “killing” the MBA application, and play the waiting game—not the waitlisted kind, but that of the recruiting variety.

 

The advice cup overflowethEllipser, now in his second year at Cornell, was quite impressed with a recent post by MBAOver30, which lists not one dozen, not two dozen, but 30 valuable tips to help future b-school applicants. From advice such as “Thou shalt play to win” to “Though shalt save thy money”, this  list covers the gamut of the b-school application experience.

Another look at cultureJulianne, Tepper ’13, candidly discusses what has been dubbed “stress culture” at Carnegie Mellon University, and Tepper specifically.  Accustomed to over-achieving in her undergraduate years, she explains how her high expectations brought on a lot of stress when she first began the Tepper program…until she changed her mindset completely.

The job search: a marathon, not a sprintCheetarah  is trying not to panic as her fellow Chicago Booth classmates begin to snag solid internship offers while she steadily plugs away on cover letters tailored toward opportunities in her areas of interest— sustainability and CSR. “So until miracle or May happens I’m spending a whole lot of time giving my own version of the ‘Pick me, choose me, love me,’ speech to any company that will listen.”

A solid recommendationSankethas high praise for the series of videos posted by the admissions team at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, which he says give significant insight into decision making in the b-school application process. A good take-away is this truth: the admissions process really is more art than science as the schools strive to compose a diverse and dynamic class.

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

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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Once again, we’re back to check in with what some of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz bloggers have been up to lately as we roll full-steam ahead into the holiday season, round two deadlines, and, for …


Once again, we’re back to check in with what some of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz bloggers have been up to lately as we roll full-steam ahead into the holiday season, round two deadlines, and, for some applicants, the dreaded waitlist. From thoughts on conquering essays to how to survive until Decision Day, our contributors have lots of interesting viewpoints to share.

Essay tips on the go—The essay-writing portion of the application is usually the most stressful component for applicants, particularly those not used to expressing themselves on paper. After all, few businesspeople use prose in their day-to-day tasks! Fortunately, Asax has seven tips to share that may ease some anxieties out there. His most important tip: remember that “you’re not going to get your essays right in the first go even if you are a journalist. So, be ready to cut the crap, cut it again and again until you get a clear message across.”

A different kind of waitlist woe—It seems sometimes that dedicated, interested students just can’t get a break when it comes to getting off the waitlist. CMU Tepper’s Julianne shares her disappointment over a certain Strategy professor who wouldn’t/couldn’t offer her a seat even though the school has a randomly-enforced no-show policy and other enrolled students repeatedly blew off class.

Playing the waiting game—Waiting for your admission results is excruciating, but MBA Over 30 is finding ways to productively pass the time via round two applications, and looking ahead to a future when he’ll no longer feel compelled to log into the b-school blogosphere’s forums and websites for a daily dose of all-things MBA.

For the international applicants out there—English is a tricky language, no doubt, and Rolipolli shares a humorous rhyming post laying out several example of why the rules of the English language, particularly as it pertains to plurals, make no sense whatsoever.

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Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

After taking a bit of a breather to feature other MBA-related news on Fridays, we’re back to check in with what some of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz bloggers have been up to lately. From thoughts …


After taking a bit of a breather to feature other MBA-related news on Fridays, we’re back to check in with what some of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz bloggers have been up to lately. From thoughts on the new team-based application component at Wharton to the state of diversity at b-schools to how exactly does one determine “fit”, our contributors have lots of interesting viewpoints to share.

Assessing Wharton’s new “team-based” component—Many business schools have made significant changes to their MBA applications this year, and the UPenn Wharton School is no exception. Sanket shares his take on the new team-based assessment component, saying that he applauds its use, because “it is much more authentic to see the applicants live in a performance.”

Six out of 576— The call for diversity in business schools rings out loud and clear in campuses across the country; however, the reality can often be very disappointing. Cheetarah 1980 describes the situation at Chicago Booth School of Business, where she is one of  only six black women in the entire Class of 2014. Read her post to learn why women of color may be wary of Booth, and why they should give the school a second look.

 What is Fit?–The idea of “fit” as it pertains to business school leaves many applicants in a cloud of confusion. Sassafras uses the metaphors of food, ritual, philosophy, government and diversity to explain what MBA candidates should consider in order to choose schools that align with their own needs and interests.

 The importance of a top undergrad degree—The Military to Business blog recently provided a dose of clarity to enlisted personnel planning on applying to business school in the future.  The author believes that the main thing holding non-commissioned offers (NCOs) back is not military rank but lesser-ranked undergraduate degrees. His advice? Consider finishing your last two years on campus of a top national program and apply to b-school from there.

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