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Ask the Adcom: Inspire Us with Your Favorite Quote

Hey everybody! We’re back with another installment of “Ask the AdCom,” where we share a wide range of tips and advice from admissions team members from a dozen top business schools. Since AdCom members are human, too, we …

Hey everybody! We’re back with another installment of “Ask the AdCom,” where we share a wide range of tips and advice from admissions team members from a dozen top business schools. Since AdCom members are human, too, we know our readers will enjoy seeing  a different side of what makes these guys tick.

This fun space is not really about the application process but more about real-life topics, like what’s a good book to read, what mobile apps are amazeballs, where you can find a killer meal near campus, and all the fun stuff happening at b-school that creates those lifelong, cherished memories for MBA students.

We hope you become inspired, too!

quotes to inspire MBAs

A favorite of John Roeder, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions at SMU Cox School of Business

Today’s Question is: What is your favorite quote to inspire?

SMU Cox’s John Roeder also adds that, “since it was an Olympic year, I think I will go with Herb Brooks’ quotes from before the USA-USSR hockey game in the 1980 Olympics:  ‘Great Moments are born from Great Opportunity’.”

Alex Lawrence, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions at UCLA Anderson School of Management, says:  “If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want do when you want to do them.”

Judi Byers, Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid  at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, shares these two student favorites:

  • Najeen Riazi, MBA ’17: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
  • Daniel Greenhaw, MBA ’16: “What you do and what you say is who you become.”

Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions  at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, is inspired by these words: “Success is a journey, not a destination” and, “Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly.”

Kelly R. Wilson, Executive Director of Admissions  at CMU Tepper School of Business,  likes: “Strive for excellence, not perfection.” But we shouldn’t forget: “My heart is in the work…” Andrew Carnegie, 1900.

Melissa Fogerty, Director of Admissions  at Yale School of Management, had this to say: “Fans of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Connecticut-based cult hit Gilmore Girls will relate to how I (and Lorelai) start my day: ‘I can’t stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting-into-sentence-doing.’

“My insider tip for prospective students is to get the flavor of Yale SOM by stopping by the Evans Hall Café for a hand-crafted ‘Pour Over’ coffee and to observe our community. You’ll see students in the Café meeting with alumni mentors and career coaches, participating in recruiting chats, watching the World Cup, and socializing with friends. ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ on Netflix this fall, anyone?”

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Ask the AdCom: Where Can I Find Some Peace and Quiet?

Hey everybody! We’re back with another installment of “Ask the AdCom,” where we share a wide range of tips and advice from admissions team members from a dozen top business schools. Since AdCom members are human, too, we …

Hey everybody! We’re back with another installment of “Ask the AdCom,” where we share a wide range of tips and advice from admissions team members from a dozen top business schools. Since AdCom members are human, too, we know our readers will enjoy seeing  a different side of what makes these guys tick.

This fun space is not really about the application process but more about real-life topics, like what’s a good book to read, what mobile apps are amazeballs, where you can find a killer meal near campus, and all the fun stuff happening at b-school that makes lifelong memories for students.

We hope you enjoy their insights!

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The A.D. White Reading Room within Uris Library, Cornell University

Today’s question is: Where is good place to study?

 John Roeder, Assistant Dean Graduate Admissions at SMU Cox School of Business, says the Collins Center for Executive Education is where most of our MBAs can be found.  The building has plenty of study rooms, is solely for graduate students, and is the newest addition to the Cox School of Business.

Morgan Bernstein, Executive Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions  at UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business, says the Thomas J.  Long Library is nice. Under a redwood tree or on the lawn outside Memorial Stadium is even nicer.

Kelly R. Wilson, Executive Director of Admissions  at CMU Tepper School of Business, recommends the third-floor meeting rooms (but reserve early).

Isser Gallogly, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions  at NYU Stern School of Business, says for study time, Stern has quiet study lounges, and NYU’s Bobst library is a couple of blocks away.  Students can also use dedicated collaboration spaces around the school for group study.

Allison Jamison, Admissions Director  at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, says it depends on how you like to study.  If you like to be around classmates and near food and beverage, the Fox Center is a popular choice.  The hub of Fuqua, the Fox Center is where you can find a quiet place (try the outdoor seating just outside the Fox Center enjoying the NC weather), or settle in the hub of activity and find a study partner.

For those who want a quieter space, the Ford Library is a popular choice.  Library fans suggest the chairs under the stairs on the first floor.  Still others prefer the team rooms, which can be reserved, and have write-on walls for you to organize your thoughts.

Melissa Fogerty, Director of Admissions  at Yale School of Management, notes that in 2014, Yale SOM moved to its new home, Edward P. Evans Hall, which you can tour on our website. One of my favorite places in the building is the Kenney Reading Room that floats 24 feet above the Ross Library, with views through the glass façade of Yale campus and the Evans Hall courtyard. The ample study spaces within Evans Hall make it easy for students to enjoy classes, club meetings, gym workouts, meals, and study groups all within the same space.

Judi Byers, the Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid  at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, went straight to the source and asked current and recently graduated students for their vote.

  • Peter Su, MBA ’17: Study room in Sage Hall, Uris Library or Libe Slope.
  • Sydney Chernish, MBA ‘ 16: One of the great things about Sage Hall is that there are a wide variety of spaces to use depending on your study need or style. For group projects or casual work, 301 is my favorite room. For serious studying, I like the quiet study space in the second floor library. When I want to socialize I usually head to the Atrium.
  • Najeen Riazi, MBA ’17: When I’m with a group, I prefer the study rooms.  When I’m on my own, I usually choose one of the impressive libraries on campus.
  • Daniel Greenhaw, MBA ’16: 301 Sage Hall

Virginie Fougea, Associate Director of Admissions  at INSEAD, says the libraries on the Asia campus in Singapore and Europe campus in Fontainebleau are very welcoming and accessible 24hrs. We can also see participants working in groups everywhere on campus or in down town pizzerias in Fontainebleau for instance or within the park of the Château de Fontainebleau.

Rodrigo Malta, Director of Admissions  at the UT McCombs School of Business, recommends the quiet study rooms on the fourth or fifth floor of McCombs on campus, and says off-campus favorites include local coffee shops like Thunderbird or Mozart’s.

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Ask the AdCom: What’s Your Favorite Restaurant Near Campus?

Hey everybody! We’re back with another installment of “Ask the AdCom,” where we share a wide range of tips and advice from admissions team members from a dozen top business schools. Since AdCom members are human, too, we …

Hey everybody! We’re back with another installment of “Ask the AdCom,” where we share a wide range of tips and advice from admissions team members from a dozen top business schools. Since AdCom members are human, too, we know our readers will enjoy seeing  a different side of what makes these guys tick.

This fun space is not really about the application process but more about real-life topics, like what’s a good book to read, what mobile apps are amazeballs, what are the can’t-miss courses, and all the fun stuff happening at b-school that makes lifelong memories for students.

So dig in…We hope you enjoy their insights!

Today’s question is: What’s a great place to eat around campus?

Allison Jamison, Admissions Director (Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business), says: There are a ton of great restaurants around Durham!  Durham was recently named the Foodie Capital of the South by the New York Post.  Depending on your mood, you can enjoy the gourmet eatery Parker & Otis, or a gourmet wood-fired pizza at Pizzeria Toro.  If North Carolina barbecue is on your list, don’t miss The Pit – amazing food and a rooftop view of Durham.  For Mexican fare, try Nana Tacos, or try Spanish food at Mateo.

Morgan Bernstein, Executive Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions (Berkeley-Haas School of Business), recommends: Chez Panisse, Alice Waters’ famous Berkeley restaurant; Comal for upscale Mexican, great margaritas & an outdoor patio; and Dumpling Express for homemade Shanghai soup dumplings on the go.

Isser Gallogly, Assistant Dean, MBA Admissions (NYU Stern School of Business), just can’t decide, since: NYU Stern is located in the heart of Greenwich Village.  You can find every cuisine imaginable just steps from our building.

 John Roeder, Assistant Dean Graduate Admissions (SMU Cox School of Business), says: Campisi’s Egyptian Restaurant is a classic Dallas Italian restaurant that dates back to the early 50s.  The name is misleading as it has nothing to do with Egyptian food.  The story is that when the Campisi family moved into the location near SMU, they spent all of their money on renovations to the space and chose to leave up the sign for the previous tenant “The Egyptian Lounge”. Walking into the place is like stepping back in time to 1950s Dallas.  The pizza is amazing and just about every big name in Dallas can be found there at one time or another.

Kelly R. Wilson, Executive Director of Admissions (CMU Tepper School of Business), recommends: The Porch at Schenley Park, and Joe’s hot-dog cart.

Rodrigo Malta, Director of Admissions (UT McCombs School of Business), says: For a casual spot near campus, Torchy’s Tacos or Verts (started by MBA Alums!). There was a nice article on Poets and Quants about Verts earlier in the year.

Melissa Fogerty, Director of Admissions (Yale School of Management), says: We recently welcomed the newest admissions officer to our staff with a lunch at Prime 16 Tap House & Burgers on Temple Street in New Haven, and it’s my new favorite if you plan to do nothing productive for the rest of the day! Their fantastic burger selection covers everything from the Honey Truffle Burger to the Cajun Patty Melt. Finish off your meal with Truffle Parmesan Fries and a draft from their rotating selection of local beers.

Shari Hubert, Associate Dean, MBA Admissions (Georgetown McDonough School of Business), recommends The Tombs – it’s a Georgetown landmark founded by one of our alumni.

Judi Byers, Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid (Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management), asked students and alumni for suggestions, and they recommend:

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Yale SOM to Cap Full-Time MBA Class Size

In an effort to preserve its unique and close-knit culture, the Yale School of Management has announced it will put the brakes on the ballooning admissions increases it has seen over the past six years and cap the …

Yale SOM Caps Class SizeIn an effort to preserve its unique and close-knit culture, the Yale School of Management has announced it will put the brakes on the ballooning admissions increases it has seen over the past six years and cap the class at around 340 students.

According to the Yale News, the MBA program is 150 percent larger than it was in 2010, going from 238 to 334 students.

In its latest MBA admissions cycle for the incoming class of 2018, which ended this summer, the SOM received 3,649 applications — exactly 200 more than the record-breaking number last year. The school admitted 692 applicants, registering an admissions rate of 19 percent, one of the lowest in its history.

“We are bucking the trend. All the schools have not seen the same increase [in applicants] that we have,” SOM Assistant Dean of Admissions Bruce DelMonico told Yale News. “It is a testimony to all the positive things happening here.”

The school is also touting this year’s very diverse cohort; woman make up 43 percent of the MBA Class of 2018, 46 percent are international students, and 13 percent are from underrepresented ethnic groups.

Also, more than a quarter of the incoming students have a STEM background, which DelMonico calls an unusual case at business schools.

SOM Senior Associate Dean for the MBA Program Anjani Jain attributes the school’s increase in popularity to the fact that employers are becoming more aware of the unique attributes of the Yale MBA, notably its integrated core curriculum, interconnectedness with Yale’s other professional schools, and the Global Network for Advanced Management, founded by SOM Dean Edward Snyder in 2012.

For students and alumni reportedly worried that the SOM’s sudden expansion would have a negative affect on the school’s culture, this plan to cap the class is welcome news.

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Tuesday Tips: Yale School of Management Fall 2017 MBA Essay Tips

Yale School of Management continues to have only one required essay as part of the MBA application, yet has streamlined that question this year and left the answer open ended. Because there is only one essay …

Yale SOM essay tipsYale School of Management continues to have only one required essay as part of the MBA application, yet has streamlined that question this year and left the answer open ended.

Because there is only one essay question to highlight your personal qualities and leadership ability, and no specific career goals essay, make sure your resume and recommendations showcase your key accomplishments.

You may want to highlight specific projects at work that have most excited you and shaped your future goals on your resume and ask your recommenders to comment on those same projects. Strategically designing all of the application components to support your key accomplishments and showcase your best qualities will enhance your candidacy.

Keep in mind the Yale values: “Leaders for business and society think broadly about global trends and challenges, bring a sense of purpose to their work every day, and move forward with analytical rigor.”

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

As you approach this essay remember the type of MBA student Yale is most interested in admitting. Ideally you are coming across as an intellectually curious student with a diverse background deeply interested in the integrated curriculum.

Behavioral questions like this one (the tip off is “describe”) seek to understand how you actually operate in various situations. Try to be as specific as possible about how you positively influenced the organization. What did you think or say when you were determining what to do? What did you actually do? How did you feel about the result?

Start by describing each step in detail in terms of what you did, the reaction of others and your own reaction. From there you can cut out anything that is too detailed or too superfluous to the story to maintain the 500 word maximum.

You may decide to focus on a key solo accomplishment at work, and that may be entirely appropriate since most MBA applicants are individual contributors. However, ideally you can demonstrate how you work with others as a leader. Regardless of whether you choose an individual or team accomplishment it should show a significant positive impact on the organization or people within the organization.

Contact us To learn more about designing the best Yale application possible with Stacy Blackman Consulting.

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Yale SOM Announces Fall 2017 Essay Topic

Bruce DelMonico, assistant dean for admissions at Yale School of Management, has previewed the new essay question that will be a part of the fall 2017 MBA application. The Yale SOM admissions committee would like you …

Yale SOM application essayBruce DelMonico, assistant dean for admissions at Yale School of Management, has previewed the new essay question that will be a part of the fall 2017 MBA application. The Yale SOM admissions committee would like you to:

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

This seemingly simple and straightforward prompt, DelMonico says, was developed in collaboration with Yale SOM professor of organizational behavior Amy Wrzesniewski.

The SOM will continue using a slide-scale application fee, which ties your application fee to your total annual compensation, for the upcoming year, DelMonico adds.

“The sliding-scale fee helps us attract diverse applicants from all over the world, including those from countries where pay scales are different from the United States and from industries where compensation varies,” he writes.

The 2016-2017 application goes live in mid-July. For more information, please visit the Yale SOM admissions website.

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