Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

MBA bloggers

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 discuss school culture, share 30 tips for “killing” the MBA application, and play the waiting game—not the waitlisted kind, but that of the recruiting variety.


The advice cup overflowethEllipser, now in his second year at Cornell, was quite impressed with a recent post by MBAOver30, which lists not one dozen, not two dozen, but 30 valuable tips to help future b-school applicants. From advice such as “Thou shalt play to win” to “Though shalt save thy money”, this  list covers the gamut of the b-school application experience.

Another look at cultureJulianne, Tepper ’13, candidly discusses what has been dubbed “stress culture” at Carnegie Mellon University, and Tepper specifically.  Accustomed to over-achieving in her undergraduate years, she explains how her high expectations brought on a lot of stress when she first began the Tepper program…until she changed her mindset completely.

The job search: a marathon, not a sprintCheetarah  is trying not to panic as her fellow Chicago Booth classmates begin to snag solid internship offers while she steadily plugs away on cover letters tailored toward opportunities in her areas of interest— sustainability and CSR. “So until miracle or May happens I’m spending a whole lot of time giving my own version of the ‘Pick me, choose me, love me,’ speech to any company that will listen.”

A solid recommendationSankethas high praise for the series of videos posted by the admissions team at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, which he says give significant insight into decision making in the b-school application process. A good take-away is this truth: the admissions process really is more art than science as the schools strive to compose a diverse and dynamic class.

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