Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

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Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s applicant and student contributors. In this edition, Buzz bloggers share application pros and cons, questions for self-reflection, and their contingency plans if things don’t work out this season.

 Back after a brief hiatus—As is often the case, HammO took a respite from MBA blogging once the admissions process was firmly behind him. He’s paid his deposit to Cornell’s Johnson School, and is currently planning his employment exit strategy while working out his expenses for the next two years.

Contingency plansDomotron celebrates the 10,000 views mark of his blog this month and tries to move past the bad news from Chicago Booth and Wharton he received in December.  While Tuck and Kellogg are still on the table, Domotron is prepared to reapply next cycle if an admit this season isn’t in the cards.

No more apps, ever!—Last week, MBA The NonProfit Way celebrated the awesomeness of never having to fill out another b-school application ever again.  Official word is still pending from most of the programs she applied to, but the UCLA Anderson deposit deadline looms. Everything is crazy up in the air right now, she says.

Duke vs HarvardSarah explains what she feels are the pros and cons of the applications of the two schools to which she applied. While at first glance Duke’s straightforward format seemed a better fit, she eventually decided that the new open-ended format at HBS allowed her to paint a richer picture of her candidacy.

Ask yourself these questions—Before you even think of writing that first essay draft, MBA Girl Journey recommends applicants answer four questions to save time, gain focus and clarity, and just maybe a leg up over other candidates.

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