B-School Buzz: Study Tips and Advice for Applicants

This week, our B-School Buzz bloggers share test prep tips and offer essay and visa advice to readers about to take the plunge in the application process.

Getting personal with your essays— It’s critical to make your application stand out from the thousands that cross the desks of the admissions committee. With that in mind, Stanford GSB 2013 explains how he tackled Stanford’s first essay–What matters most to you and why–by showing the role his father has played in his life, and simultaneously, how that has contributed to what he will bring to the Stanford community. Taking a chance and getting deeply personal with your essays is a great way to ensure your story stands out from the crowd.

Cool apps for Mac heads — It’s safe to say many studying for the GMAT would proudly call themselves Mac Heads, so when Chitra pointed out a number of terrific GMAT and MBA apps for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch, I had to share them with you. From flashcards by Beat the GMAT, Kaplan and MGMAT to  vocabulary apps and more, Chitra found these tools extremely helpful for preparation on the go. Check them out and let me know what you think.

The 411 for international applicants — Rocky’s Babson MBA Blog 2012 offers advice this week for incoming MBA students and foreign applicants considering business school in the United States. He provides counsel on staying abreast of the employment outlook in your target market, practical training limitations and H1B visa sponsorship. If you’re going to a top-tier school and think his advice doesn’t pertain to you, Rocky has one thing to say: “Wake up and get real!”

An open letter to new applicants Ellipsing My Way…to Business School shares thoughts on the application process for those about to embark on the journey to B-school this year. “I wish back then I had someone telling me…. forget all of the business school information sessions and visiting schools and stuff.. focus on the GMAT and only the GMAT,” he writes, adding that outreach to current students and  research into schools can all be done AFTER you take the GMAT for the last time.

Do you have a b-school-centric blog? Want it featured on B-School Buzz? Email me at buzz@StacyBlackman.com.



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