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Fridays from the Frontline

Keep abreast of the latest happenings in the business school blogosphere! This weekly column summarizes recent posts from MBA student and applicant blogs.


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Fridays From the Frontlines: Test Obsessed

Welcome to this week’s Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the business school blogosphere.  We check in with applicants who are in the final, feverish stages of GMAT preparation, as well as with current students who let us in on their comparatively less stressful post-GMAT lives.

In the applicant corner, Naijambagal tells the shocking story of how an eye problem sent her to the hospital and made her miss the GMAT!  She also explains how she studied for the test for about an hour everyday while in traffic on the way to work.  Meanwhile, Grantmeadmission brings insights from brain science to bear on GMAT prep strategies.  As he explains, the process of forming a memory comes in three stages–encoding, reinforcement, and retrieval–and there are things we can do to facilitate each stage.  Meditation and eating foods like parsley, berries and dark chocolate improve encoding, whereas caffeine, sleep, and taking breaks boost the process of reinforcement. Continue reading…

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Fridays from the Frontline: It was the best/worst of times

This week in the business school blogosphere, MBA students travel the world and embark on promising business ventures, while applicants continue wading through the complex and often mysterious process of applying to business school.

Many applicants are doling out advice about how to navigate the MBA admissions game. First, Texaswannabecali recommends getting “behind the scenes info” on your target schools by contacting alumni, current students, and visiting campus. She also stresses the importance of researching your schools before visiting: “Don’t you just hate the person who asks a question in class that the teacher LITERALLY just answered 3 seconds ago? Yeah, don’t be that person.”  Continue reading…

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Fridays from the Frontline: GMAT Anticipation and Regret

This week in the business school blogosphere, applicants are gearing up to take the GMAT or contemplating what went wrong for them last time. Meanwhile current students prepare to enter the business world, and alumni look back on their time in business school.

Scheduled to take the GMAT next week, Naijambagal shares his advice on GMAT test-taking, which comes down to knowing the material, doing practice questions, reviewing your mistakes and not getting nervous.  The last one is easier said than done! Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline

GMATHello and welcome to Fridays from the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly exhaustive enumeration of the enterprising entries in the b-school blogosphere.  This week, current applicants are in full GMAT prep-mode, contemplating choice of schools and full versus part-time programs, while the Class of 2016 is looking forward to starting their MBA programs  in just a few short weeks, and all the life and career changes that will bring. This week we also welcome blogger QuietTiger81who is sharing his perspective as a second year student at Oxford

MBAonMyMind has added YaleSOM to the tally board, given the school’s focus on  social impact businesses, and with three weeks into GMAT prep, all is going according to plan. With a GMAT prep plan of his own, GrantMeAdmission is gaining on his 760 goal with three life hacks to help him stay focused and positive.  GrantMeAdmission also takes some time to discuss the pros and cons of doing a part-time MBA, and why he chose to go the full-time route.

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Fridays From the Frontline – News from the B-School Blogosphere

fireworksHello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly roundup of the ruminations of the b-school blogosphere.  This week, we continue to meet UCLA Anderson’s entering class of MBA bloggers, welcome a new applicant blogger to the weekly round-up, as well as check up on the hard-working current applicants already kicking off round 1 applications, even as summer is just beginning to heat up. Zubin Davar ’15 is a second year Anderson student, who is sharing his experience as a summer intern at Google.  Despite his  first day nerves, Zubin is relying on key takeaways from his first year.  Those who are looking forward to their first year at Anderson include Mike Leve who recounts the true cost of an Anderson acceptance letter, of which the actual application fee is a very small part. Piyush Jain shares his excitement at joining the Anderson community, and explains his unique international perspective, as he prepares to leave his current location in the Middle East for California’s West Coast. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline

planclockHello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the best of the b-school blogosphere. This week, UCLA Anderson welcomes a group of incoming MBA students and bloggers, and current applicants discuss what’s involved in staying focused on the admissions process during the summer.

Zafeer Khan Anderson ’16 shares his journey from Bangladesh to pursuing the MBA in Sunny California.  Classmate Asher Kurland is enjoying happy hours with fellow admits in Brooklyn.  Nikhil George Punnoose ’16 is moving away from living on oil rigs, to learning about the business side of production, and James Huntington rounds out the introduction of Anderson ’16 bloggers by describing his reasons for selecting Anderson. Chief among them are the school’s family friendly policies, and the Joint Ventures Club. We wish all of these new student bloggers all the best as they embark on their MBA journey together!

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Fridays From the Frontline

GoalHello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the best of the b-school blogosphere.  As the school year has finished, current students have taken the opportunity to reflect on the experience of first year, while MBA hopefuls are putting together a plan of action to ensure a successful application process. Those Round 1 deadlines are not that far off! (Check the Clear Admit blog for up to date deadlines and essay information.) Continue reading…

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Are You Keeping Up with the Competition? | Fridays from the Frontlines

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It’s June. Summer’s here. Time to kick back and relax, right?

Well, maybe not if you’re applying to top MBA programs. Take a look at this spreadsheet:

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Best of Blogging Winners 2012-13

BoB Winner 2014 (1)After nearly two weeks of voting, the results of the ninth annual Best of Blogging competition are in! The purpose of the BoBs is simple: to identify and celebrate the applicant and student bloggers who have shared their lives with the online MBA community over the last year. The wisdom and knowledge that each nominee provided to their readers will last long after their own time in b-school has come to an end, leaving a proverbial ‘treasure trove’ for future applicants and students alike.

Without any further fanfare here are the top three bloggers of this year’s competition!

MBAReApplicant 

The adventures of a successful re-applicant to top business schools was the top choice for our readers, as well as being nominated for a single best post; the value of introspection when putting together an application.

MBAMyWay 

Our second place winner wrote consistently fun and informative posts throughout the year about the process of  being an applicant in the non-profit space, as well as getting a nod for a single best post; How I broke 700 on the GMAT

Two Years at HBS

This first year MBA at HBS gives, in the words of a loyal reader,  ‘an amazing feel to HBS. And should be required reading for every single person who is going to HBS.”

Our warmest congratulations to all BoB nominees and especially to the winner and runners up! We’ll be getting in touch with the winners this week to distribute prizes. The prizes for this year’s competition were a $300 Amazon.com gift certificate for the winner, a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate for second place, and a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate for third place.

Clear Admit would like to thank our FFF readers for taking the time to delve deep into the great pool of b-school bloggers and cast their votes. Also, a big hand must go out to the entire MBA blogging community, nominated or not, without whom the BoB awards would not be possible. It is a pleasure and a privilege to follow the lives of so many interesting b-school applicants and students. We’re looking forward to another great year of following the application and MBA experience – happy reading and writing!

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Fridays From the Frontline

Post 7. PastPresentFutureHello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the soliloquies of the b-school blogosphere. This week, even as we are about to announce the winners of the Best of Blogging 2013 contest, we have two new bloggers to feature with interesting and thoughtful updates on the application and admissions process, while current students and recent graduates also  share their perspectives.

GrantMeAdmission starts off  a busy week by outlining how he carefully selected the schools to apply to, along with a list of 8 questions every application should ask before applying. Once finished with that process, the next question is ‘what are my chances?’. Given his prolific posting, it’s no surprise that GrantMeAdmission has hit 1000 views in 10 days!  LifeInTransitMBA is thinking about how much life will change once he matriculates at Booth, even as other, life-long habits will continue.  Timbob is also looking forward to matriculating at Harvard Business Schooleven though he’s been busy with many life changes, including getting married and planning a transatlantic move.  MBAReApplicant‘s reasons for choosing Anderson continue to grow, and he’s invited current and future students to share their experiences with the school as well.

While most of our current student bloggers are taking a break from both school and blogging, a few recent grads have taken the time to provide some perspective. MBAManchester reviews what he really learned from the MBA, while Cambridge alumnus Samuel Harrison gives a thorough account of lessons learned on launching an app. Finally, ahron at MilitarytoBusiness discusses the process of selecting a summer MBA internship, now that the first year is completed.

 

And that’s all the news for this week’s edition of Fridays From the Frontline, but don’t forget to check back later for the winners of the Best of Blogging Competition! As the East Coast of the United States has  reached the unofficial start of summer,  we are enjoying the warm weather and the slower pace of MBA admissions. We  also hope that current applicants continue to update us with information about statuses and future plans, and that current students and recent grads also update their blogs with summer activities or as they transition into post MBA careers.

Final-Badge_180w_jpg122Want to join the Fridays From the Frontline community and see your blog featured regularly in this column? Just follow this link and add the FFF badge to your blog and then  email us at bob@clearadmit.com with your URL so we can make sure to add you to our weekly roundups.

 

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Fridays From the Frontline

BoB Nominee 1Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly ramble through the ruminations of the b-school blogosphere. This week, we share in the excitement of those nominated for the Best of Blogging Annual contest, as well as welcome two new b-school applicants to the Fridays From the Frontline blogging community.  A reminder that if you haven’t yet voted for your favorite featured blogger, the nominations and poll can be found here. Be sure to vote before Wednesday, May 28, when the polls will close!

SarahsMBAJourney has a nice summary of each of the nominated bloggers, as well as impressions of Cass Business School. Over on MBAtheNonProfitWay, MBAMyWay discusses finding the perfect B-school bag on a budget and then uses her nomination news to give a shoutout to fellow  Johnson admit HammO who, for his part, reminisces about the early days of the BootstoSuits blog, and what a difference a year has made! Domontron channels his inner J-Law while sharing his excitement about being nominated.  MBAReApplicant discusses why he’ll be matriculating at UCLA Anderson, while also thanking the blog’s readers and reminding them to vote.  Ellie at CoffeeBeansandTeaLeaves uses the nomination as a reminder to update her readers with the news that she is already starting to work on her package for next year’s applications and that her summer is busy with the challenges of a new management position.   Continue reading…

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