Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Links

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

Chicago GSB’s To MBA or Not received less than helpful advice last week when she shared with a non-finance/accounting professor some of her frustrations over having on-again, off-again entrepreneurial ambitions.

Awake at 3 a.m. on a Tuesday, Iday celebrated the completion of his first classes for this quarter and offers his first impressions for prospective students.

The Teacher has the lowdown on a recent stop of the MBA Tour in Hyderabad, India. Although he wished his dream schools had participated, the overall experience was a good one. Also, check out his MBA admission inspiration from watching Indian Idol.

Maxwriter is reveling in glory this week after sharing the news that he’s been admitted to Columbia Business School. Congratulations!

MBA for HairTwirler had a great time in southern Maryland filming a group of “aware” consumers on their thoughts on organic food with her consumer behavior classmates.  It wasn’t all work and no play, though. Having crabcakes for lunch is what her Consumer Behavior class calls “self-rewarding,” and is a typically American behavior.

The BS Applicant checks in with a full GMAT debrief and random advice and observations.

Berlin of the Berkley MBA Student Blogs has a great entry about Professor Bill Sonnenschein’s “Storytelling Workshop.” Show, don’t tell, a mantra typically reserved for writing, applies equally well to giving good speeches.

Anand offers guidance based on his experience in post that’s a must read for business school applicants.

MBA Veggie celebrated his birthday with a visit to Yale SOM, which included meeting up with HappyBunny and her friend, also a fall 2009 hopeful. Although he says the Q&A with Adcom was actually quite boring, MBA Veggie learned that applicants can actually use another school’s essay for Yale’s “create your own question” option!

Deidre Leopold, Harvard Business School Director of Admissions and Financial Aid,  posted a graphic breakdown last week of when the Class of 2010 graduated from college/university by class year. The bar graph clearly shows that work experience prior to b-school is trending at two to five years, not the standard minimum of five in years’ past.

The Manhattan GMAT blog encourages prospective B-school applicants in the New York area to attend an MBA Workshop at New York Center on October 16 with speaker Katie Malachuk of Stacy Blackman Consulting. Space at the free event is limited, but you can find more details and sign up here.

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