Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

sbc-badge-1807.gifHello, 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 their school selection criteria, essay issues, and a sample daily work schedule that may inspire others to get their application strategy organized.

An applicant’s daily scheduleGrant Me Admission lays out his inspirational (and grueling) daily schedule and shows how he works on various elements of the MBA application throughout the day in order to stay focused. Also, check out his post on how advice from others will shape his MBA application strategy.

Why Anderson?—In this latest installment, MBA Reapplicant shares more reasons why UCLA Anderson School of Management is the right place to begin the next phase of one’s career. Geographic location is a primary reason, but the diversity of backgrounds represented at Anderson is another strong pull.

 Decisions, decisions—Today we welcome a new (re-) applicant blogger, Top Dog MBA, who shares some of his options depending on which schools offer him a place, and during which round. His conclusion? Reapply to INSEAD, MIT Sloan and Wharton in Round 1 and let the momentum and results of those decisions inform his R2 strategy.

Nailing the essays—We’re featuring another new applicant blogger this week: a Nigerian woman interested in pursuing an MBA in the United States. Naija applied to Chicago Booth last year and believes some errors in her submission thwarted her efforts. This year, she plans to strategize better and seek feedback from additional readers to ensure a flawless application this time around.

A little inspiration—If you’ve got a spare 17 minutes, Ellipser suggests you spend them watching this b-school graduation speech from Harvard Business School that has gone viral.

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