Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

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Welcome back to Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s applicant and student contributors. The burning topic on just about everyone’s mind: round 2 notifications. Some people have had their dreams come true, while others are still on hold or were denied admission to their school of choice. The feelings this week are definitely bittersweet. For those who have been waitlisted: Don’t lose hope! You’re still in the running, and there are definitely things you can do to manage the waitlist experience.

On getting back on the horse—After an extended period of radio silence following media coverage of his failed attempts in Fortune, GrantMeAdmission returns with news of an amazing career change, a renewed perspective, and fresh determination to apply to business school again this fall. Resilience is a key characteristic of success, and we’re so glad to see Grant plans to rededicate himself to his MBA dreams.

The wait s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s on and on—We love how positive Top Dog is staying upon hearing that his waitlist status at Wharton has not changed with round 2 notifications. From his prior post it sounds like he has a sound waitlist strategy, and we hope his patience is soon rewarded with an offer of admission. Meanwhile, keep “enjoying the ride”!

On what not to do—Although applicants know that recycling essays from other schools is a no-no, PTMT confesses that that’s exactly what she did for her Tepper application, and was therefore not surprised by the ding she received this week. “They can see right through a last minute application, so even if your stats look good on paper, you will have a tough time of it,” she says. Fingers crossed things go better with UCLA Anderson.

Full or part-time?EF Essays shares some thoughts on the pros and cons of a full-time versus part-time MBA program experience. “At the end of the day, no matter the method, you’ll have the same degree. And while that’s true, you won’t have the same experience,” he writes. While there’s no right answer, once you figure out whether you’re a career switcher or a career enhancer, the choice, he believes, should become more clear.

and finally….

On not giving up on the dream—“After two years, three attempts at the GMAT, and five rejection letters, I have been admitted at HBS,” writes Scott Duncan. Bravo!

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