July 26, 2012

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My July 2012 MBA Application Update

In just a few days, it’ll be August.  For many reasons, that is the month that things really begin to heat up in Top 20 MBA land. For starters, August is when the vast majority of people seem to be joining the app race. That is also the month during which every application that has […]

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July 14, 2012

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Tuck Coffee Chat Verdict – Dartmouth Delivers!

EXCEEDINGLY IMPRESSED!  That is how I felt today after my coffee chat engagement with student ambassadors from Dartmouth’s Tuck school of Business. And after not one, but 2 incredibly underwhelming b-school engagements that led to one then another EDIT of my target list, I’m ecstatic to feel this way about another MBA program. I haven’t felt this buzzed […]

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July 12, 2012

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Happy 35th Birthday to Me

So it’s finally here…my birthday; which means that I am officially a 35-year old MBA applicant. And you know what? I have never been more clear about what I want, where I’m going and how I plan on getting there. Let’s just hope these adcoms concur LOL! Today is also the official 2-month-aversary of mbaover30.com; and […]

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July 9, 2012

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A Ball Game, a Bachelor Party and Berkeley

So I just had quite an interesting (and tiring) weekend. I left work a little early on Friday to drive to Orange County and meet my mentee for a baseball game. Now, if you ever want to test the strength of our friendship, ask me to drive to southeast Hell Orange County to see you, […]

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July 5, 2012

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MBA Essay Mode and My 2012-13 Application Strategy

So it’s been exactly ten days since I unloaded a huge weight off my back by hitting the 700 GMAT mark–if only by a hair. Though I am about 85% sure to go for a retake, my “700 Club” status has decreased the pressure of this whole process to the point that I’m actually enjoying […]

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June 25, 2012

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ACT 3: FROM 590 TO THE GMAT 700 CLUB (Q47, V40, AWA6)

{{PROLOGUE}} I played classical saxophone for about 8 years between middle school and my first year of college. I also had the privilege of taking private lessons from Mr. Collins, who was hands down the best in my state at the time. His students consistently auditioned well enough to dominate all-county and all-state wind ensembles. […]

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June 15, 2012

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10 Reasons Why I Love Working For a Nerdy Company

NERDS IN PARIS: Yesterday was the last day of work for one of my marketing interns. She was an exchange student who had just finished her masters degree in corporate finance from Institut National des Telecommunications in France and was completing her exchange studies certificate at one of the more well-regarded UC (University of California) schools. […]

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June 10, 2012

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Developing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Naturally, I haven’t been in much of a writing mood lately since I have just a little more than 2 weeks left until I take a swing at the GMAT. I’ve reviewed all of the math that I intend to, including: OG (all math) OG quant supplement Manhatttan GMAT Number Properties Manhatttan GMAT Geometry Manhatttan […]

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June 3, 2012

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(MBA vs EMBA) Choosing the Hard Climb: Why I Don’t Want an Executive or Part-Time MBA

One of the first questions that I get from people when either A) I mention my age/years of work experience while talking about my MBA candidacy or B) I mention my candidacy and they already know my age is “Have you considered a Part-Time MBA or EMBA?” The answer to that question is yes, I […]

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May 31, 2012

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Why Top MBA Programs Are Shifting from Suits to Start Ups in the Millennial Era

Recently, Poets & Quants published an article highlighting the trend of more and more MBA students in top programs shunning traditional corporate jobs to start their own businesses. In particular, the piece highlighted that Stanford and HBS grads are 3x and 2x more likely to start a business upon graduation, respectively, when compared to their […]

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May 30, 2012

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MBA Admission for Smarties: A Must-Have Weapon for Your MBA Applicant Arsenal

 When I first began my pre-MBA research, I spent a good deal of time on YouTube. I saw it as the fastest way to get a broad, 10,000 ft. view of the most generally accepted admissions advice and see what recurring advice trends I could find. At the time, I had never heard of an […]

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May 27, 2012

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ACT 2 – THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS: Less than 30 Days ‘Til the GMAT

I’ve always been a planner–literally addicted to times and dates. It’s the only way for a quasi-forgetful person like me to stay organized and on track. I’m also a person who loves projects; a tendency that can have me jumping from one to explore the novelty of the next if I’m not careful. Calendaring keeps […]

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May 24, 2012

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Yale, Tuck and Booth: The Next Leg of My Pre-MBA Research

So, now that the 2012-13 MBA application season has been kicked off, I’m taking the next step in finalizing the programs that I will apply to sometime between Rounds 1 and 2. I’ve recently added 3 additional programs to my target list, bringing my total to 9. Will I apply to all of them? It’s […]

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May 24, 2012

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Read the Damn Email! A Missed Face-to-Face Opportunity with Wharton

Yeah, so I recently missed an opportunity due to reading too fast (NOTE TO SELF: get that together before the GMAT). A few days ago I was writing some marketing copy at work when I received an email about an opportunity to meet representatives from Wharton in my city.  I was juggling tasks between integrating […]

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May 23, 2012

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Ready, Set, GOtcha!: Harvard Kicks off the ’12 MBA Admissions Season with a Game-Changing Twist

It’s here. The 2012-2013 MBA application season has commenced. I must say, it seems to have come a bit soon. I was expecting for the first applications to be opened sometime in July–I was totally prepared for that; but MAY? Not so prepared–emotionally, at least. Apparently, I missed a fairly conspicuous memo because it seems common […]

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May 22, 2012

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Another Good B-School Walks the Plank

In a previous post, I talked about the importance of not ignoring red flags during b-school visits. Well, I’ve decided to take my own advice and drop another B-School from my list–except for I wouldn’t say that this one was necessarily a safety school–at least not completely. Its a solid top 15 program, well regarded […]

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May 19, 2012

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“It’s Not You, It’s Me”: Letting Go of an MBA Safety School

The signs were always there; like  knowing deep down that I haven’t really been that aroused by you, despite your attractive veneer; a bad first date full of hiccups; and friends (like T.C., Columbia GSB ’08 and M.P., Stanford GSB ’06) telling me that I could do better. For years I’ve been impressed with how […]

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May 16, 2012

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MBA Fail-O-Phobia: A Sum of All Fears

You lose sleep over it. You sacrifice a normal social life as you scavenge the net because of it. You also re-read the same article at accepted.com 10 times, hoping that your next read will reveal some golden nugget of rare wisdom that you haven’t noticed before. I call “it” MBA failophobia (n): the fear of not getting […]

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May 14, 2012

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How I Totally Underestimated the MBA Admissions Process

When you’re in undergrad and your major is engineering, you’re taught two basic mantras: 1) Unless they are studying pharmacy or some variation of natural science–everyone’s major is exponentially easier than yours. 2) Especially the business majors. So for years, both during and after undergrad, I unwittingly subscribed to this insidious, elitist idea and accepted it […]

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May 12, 2012

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A Not-So Winding Road

So, about 2 1/2 weeks ago I celebrated the 12th anniversary of my college graduation. Though it would be a shameful lie for me to sit here and say that “it feels just like yesterday”, I am yet amazed at just how fast time has progressed. It’s been an eventful, busy, lesson-filled decade and change; […]

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May 12, 2012

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A Mixed Review on Poets and Quants

 A week or two before starting this blog I had my MBA applicant profile analyzed by Sanford “Sandy” Kreisberg,  a well-known MBA admissions consultant and founder of HBSguru.com. His brand is based on his style as a “straight-shooter”–giving you the most blunt opinion possible about your chances at various business schools (that you choose). My review […]

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May 12, 2012

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Visiting Stanford, UCLA and USC: A Prequel to the Blog

Visiting and interacting with the schools that you plan to apply to is an important part of the MBA admissions process for any serious applicant. In my inaugural post, I talked about taking a pay cut to take on a job opportunity that would better position me for the mid-to long term trajectory that I […]

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