Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Greetings to all, and 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 kick off their MBAs, offer tips for both applicants and students, and share some conversations that boggle the mind.

 And so it beginsMs. HR says it feels like yesterday that she was writing essays and studying for the GMAT, but as of this week, she has officially started her b-school journey at Vanderbilt Owen. Living in Nashville has been non-stop fun, she writes, adding that without a doubt coming to Vandy was the right choice for her.

The recommended eight—After equating the first month of his b-school experience with drinking from a fire hose, Army JMO writes that the best way to succeed in an MBA program is simply to get enough sleep every night. Accept the fact that you won’t be able to participate in every possible academic, social or recruiting event, he says, then block out eight hours of shuteye and schedule the rest of your day from there.

On paying close attention—His experience at a recent MBA admissions event in San Francisco convinced Sassafras that the admissions committees really do want applicants to succeed, and will help you get there if you pay close attention. Among the key takeaways he elaborates on: be yourself, be memorable, be nice, and be honest. Oh, and use the right school’s name in an application.

“Not normal conversations”— A few of Ellipser‘s posts this summer have addressed the differences in both income and work intensity of his friends doing internships in investment banking. This week, he describes some of the head-spinning conversations he’s had regarding signing bonuses and post-MBA salaries, which provide a stark comparison between the worlds of start-ups and finance.

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