B-School Buzz: Waitlist Explainer, Last Weeks at HBS, Reasons to Go to B-School

Are you thinking about applying to B-school? One of the best ways to learn about the MBA world is to read about the experiences of current applicants, as well as the students who have gone before you. With this in mind, here is what our B-school Buzz bloggers have been up to this week.

Golden nuggets of information— Waitlisted candidates often feel quite helpless, thinking there’s nothing they can do to influence the admission committee’s decision of whether to accept them to their program of choice.  With that in mind, NaveenVenkataraman of Rocky’s Journey to a Babson MBA posts a link this week to an extremely helpful video from Babson College admissions director Barbara Selmo with an explainer of the waitlist process and what action points you can take to strengthen your file. If only all MBA programs were this accommodating to applicants!

13 reasons to go to business school — New B-School Buzz blogger Pardeep, aka Rolipolli…a walk through life,  has been thinking about getting an MBA for a long time. This mechanical engineer from India has come up with 13 reasons why now is the moment to go for an MBA. Among his reasons: not wanting a boss “sitting on my head 24X7” as well as the chance to meet “someone special.” Best of luck as you chase your B-school dreams.

Final weeks at HBS — With less than a month of cases remaining at Harvard Business School, Military to Business reflects on how some classmates are spending their remaining weeks. His peers are either looking for a job, conducting last-minute networking, expressing regret about their job choice, or relaxing and reflecting. As for our blogger, Military to Business says he now has “the confidence to not pursue every shiny ball that bounces in front of me…HBS has not only given me the skills to succeed in whatever I pursue, it has also helped me prioritize and reduce the white noise of life.”

The ROI is already apparent — Bemoaning a lack of inspiration for his blog now that he’s been admitted to UCLA Anderson School of Management, Mark Wong of Random Wok lays out the differences between MBA applicant and student blogs. Whereas applicant blogs are filled with drama, stress and the highs and lows of dings and acceptances, an MBA student blog is usually a snooze. One thing he celebrates this week: the leather business card holder and laser pointer/flashlight pen included in his UCLA admit package. “I’ve already spent thousands of dollars applying to business school.  Now I’m finally getting some ROI,” he jokes.

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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