Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Buzz Badge-1Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s regular applicant and student contributors. In this post, Buzz bloggers discuss the pros and cons of re-branding oneself, flagging energy levels, essay updates, and more.


Too late to re-brand?LastChanceMBA  wonders whether admissions committees would consider a sudden shift from finance into a niche career path merely a ploy to stand out in the applicant pool. The issue of re-branding oneself is further complicated by his age, which he considers a liability with the top programs.

First-rate advice—For some individuals, asking for help is a sign of weakness to be avoided at all costs. Fortunately, Pandey has realized this is absolutely not the case when it comes to seeking feedback on your MBA application essays. After reaching out to four b-school students now in his network, he’s gaining insight that may give his app the edge he needs.

 Late summer slumpTimBob has secured his second recommender and is feeling great about the selection due to her being an MBA grad herself and thus very familiar with the application process. Increased involvement by his recommenders has helped to beat back the burnout he believes is hitting many applicants as the summer winds down.

Evolutionary stages of essays—Wondering which school’s essays he classifies as being in the amoeba, tadpole, or “primitive land based lizard” stage?  Find out in Domotron‘s recent entry, which also includes tips gleaned from the London Business School information session he attended last week.

Tips for campus visits—After visiting UV Darden and Michigan Ross last winter and spring, HammO now shares some of his advice for planning your school visit. Plan early, network like crazy, come prepared, and take notes are the four tips he expounds upon in this helpful post.

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