Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Links

Read on for real stories from MBA applicants, students…and the occasional AdCom staff.

Miss Curly Bee, missing in action of late, checks in with a summary of the first few weeks of her Kellogg journey.

Omne wonders whether anyone applies to “gimmie schools“-somewhere you’re 95% sure will accept you–anymore. The notion has him asking: Do I want an MBA from only a top school, or do I want an MBA to really get me into a new career?

Iday is back in the fast lane, trying to figure out the dynamics of bidding for a class while grappling with his duties as co-editor-in-chief of Chibus.

Marquis offers some advice to a Chinese national who has an interest in pursuing a Stanford MBA one day, but feels that his career is currently in a rut…a story that is common to a lot of MBA aspirants.

JulyDream is busier than she ever thought possible as briefings have an impact on every aspect of life, from sleep to grocery shopping.

Mood swings aside, En Route to MBA is feeling a much-deserved sense of relief and accomplishment after submitting to ISB.

Inside HBS has only been in Boston for two weeks, but, like JulyDream, already the exhaustion has set in and the challenge ahead is to take advantage of every bit without burning out.

Admission into a top-tier program is highly selective, as everyone knows, and Makis advises against applying if you have more than one of the characteristics on his drawbacks list.

Bill Gray (MBA ’09) outlines some of his thoughts on the learning process at Darden in its MBA Student Blog.

HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold introduced an online scheduler last week for prospective students eager to visit the campus and see the case method in action. Also, starting on October 6, HBS will offer information sessions, campus tours, and lunch with student hosts as other ways to get to know the school. For a complete list of prospective student offerings, check out the campus activities calendar.

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