Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Welcome back to another edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, where we share the latest and greatest from the MBA blogosphere. This week, our Buzz contributors share essay writing advice for current applicants, divulge tips gleaned from an informational interview,  apply runner’s techniques to b-school, and make plans to actually have a life this year.

Some important tidbits gleaned—Following a recent informational interview with a top non-U.S. business school, Sanket has posted some of the most important points stressed during the conversation. In addition to driving home the point of scoring very well on the GMAT, the admissions coordinator urged applicants to scour their resumes of all jargon. Follow the link for more insight, particularly as it pertains to Indian applicants.

On actually having a life—Ah, the jaded life of a second year! Julianne recounts her interactions with first-years during the recent Tepper Cares days that form a part of BaseCamp. Seeing the giddy exuberance of the Class of 2014 reminded her of her own experiences just one year ago, and this “wise, cynical” b-schooler is looking forward to a year that is much less hectic…and actually allows time for extracurricular activities.

Essay writing tips—Wharton-bound Motown shares timely tips for those currently slogging through their MBA essays and feeling stymied on how to stand out. After reviewing the essays of a few friends, she’s found a recurring problem, which is a lack of specificity. To see what she means, follow the link to an excellent example.

Crossing the finish line—The latest post by Jordan Lofton on the Duke Cross Continent MBA Blog draws a parallel between running a marathon and the journey to achieve the CC-MBA. But how to confront The Wall, aka term five? Jordan applies six runners’ tips to push through the MBA obstacles to arrive at the finish line.

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