Stacy Blackman’s Year in Review


How is it possible that we’re already at the final day of 2015? Once again, the time is upon us to make new resolutions, push ourselves to learn and grow, and rededicate ourselves to our personal and professional goals.

With that in mind, we’d like to share some of our most popular blog posts from the past year, each selected to help you better prepare as you journey along the road to business school.

Should You Retake the GMAT?—Business school hopefuls can be incredibly hard on themselves when they make mistakes on the GMAT, but each error is a learning opportunity and a chance to improve.

Evaluate 3 Factors When Comparing Business School Acceptances—The decision-making process is different for everyone, but there are a few things to consider that may sway your choice.

Checklist for Admitted MBA Students—Once the euphoria over your acceptance to the b-school of your dreams has subsided slightly, it’s time to refocus your energies to all of the big and little details that make up your admitted MBA student “To Do List.”

Decide Whether to Pursue a Pre-MBA Internship—The pre-MBA internship has become a growing trend among the recently admitted. Let’s take a look at what it is, who it’s for and why you should think about pursuing one – maybe.

4 Reasons to Write an Optional Business School Application Essay—When it comes to the optional essay question posed by most business schools, MBA hopefuls often wonder if it is really optional. Many applicants feel an obligation to write something, and struggle with what that something should be.

Don’t Be “Joe MBA”—One of the biggest mistakes we see applicants make is assuming that the surest route to business school admission is playing it safe and doing what “everyone else” does.

Avoid Choosing the Wrong MBA Recommenders— Steer clear of these potential pitfalls when it comes to selecting a recommender, or you may find your chances of admission crushed despite having an overall compelling application.

MBA Your Resume—Your resume is a very important part of your materials, and the extra work you put into revising it could be what makes the difference between a ding and an interview offer.

How to Think (and Write) About Your Career Goals—Here’s a little secret: the AdCom doesn’t expect you to know exactly what you want to be doing decades from now. And no one’s going to hold you to what you write in your essay. However, your answer to the career goals question is still important.

4 Things to Know Before Going to Business School—Whether you’re already an admitted member of the Class of 2018, or a candidate working on your application for next fall, take a look at these tips to help better prepare you for an awesome MBA experience.

How to Stand Out in an MBA Group Interview—Business schools want students who will play nice with others, and so watching how someone interacts with peers before anyone’s even admitted can be very telling.

Develop a Smart Social Media Strategy for MBA Applications—Your social profile needs to match the persona you will present to the admissions team, so start thinking of it as an opportunity to better tell the story of you.


My goal with this blog has always been to bring b-school applicants the latest news from the schools, insightful application and essay tips, and to explore major trends affecting the future of management education.

Thank you so much for making us a top destination for your b-school research. I hope this resource continues to serve you well as you embark on what is definitely a life-changing, career-boosting journey.

Have a wonderful holiday, and I’ll see you back here in 2016!




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