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.
Hello and welcome to Fridays From The Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly blog post focusing on the lives of the b-school blogosphere. This week many an applicant discussed the GMAT, while first and returning students happily got involved on campus.
BSchool Admit responded to a series of questions posed to her through the Liebster Award and then sent her own set of questions forward to 10 blogger friends. Domotron made a series of changes to his resume to make it a more reader-friendly length and style. ExpectingMBAMILF checked in on an online Haas admissions chat and wondered who exactly would need to ask what the GMAT was in such a forum. GMATToMBA recounted the process and lengths he went to prepare for and retake his GMAT and the very satisfying results of all his work. Sarah began to strategize on how she would handle moving to a new apartment while simultaneously studying for and taking the GMAT.
McCombs ’15 Raghav introduced himself to the McCombs blogging community and shared some of his greatest passions. Harvard ’15 Keima wrote a short post about the first official day of the program, which included meeting her section mates. McCombs ’15 Charlie also introduced himself to his new readers with a dose of humor and a photograph of his dog. Continue reading…
Greetings! Welcome to Fridays From The Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly blog post dedicated to bringing you the latest from b-school bloggers. This week, applicants, first years, and second years alike were nervous, some about admittance and many about everything that comes after admittance.
HammO answered the question, “What if I don’t get in anywhere?,” with a definitive, “I have to get in somewhere this year.” MBA Girl Journey is dealing with the nerve-wracking stress of application short answer questions (where there’s no room for error) and essay revisions (you have to have the X factor). MBA Reapplicant84 was one of four winners in Haas’s Facebook Value of an MBA Essay Contest and was pretty happy about the Modify watch prize.
Kellogg ’12 Jeremy filled his blog with advice about how to be a stronger person who doesn’t run from pain and how to make deeper connections with friends and even strangers. He asked readers to think about venturing out of well-established, safe career paths and into more inspiring, yet uncertain career opportunities. HBS ’15 TwoYears wrote about feeling retrospective, anxious, and excited all at once and lamenting the fact that she wasn’t eligible to attend the Analytics Pre-MBA Program. She spent the summer building her HBS professional network and traveling, and now she’s looking forward to meeting her 900 HBS classmates while somehow also managing to sift through 100 case studies. INSEAD 14′ Jason prepped for his arrival in Singapore by renting an apartment, meeting his new roommates online, and even getting to know a few Toronto-based INSEAD classmates. Continue reading…
Hello and welcome to Fridays From The Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly blog post that follows the lives of b-school applicant and student bloggers. This week a lot of first year students logged in to report on their initial weeks on campus while applicants continued to make inroads with their applications.
HammO started planning his visits to campus and shared his tips on how to make a good impression. MBAJourneyGirl created a checklist to make sure she stayed on track in terms of her applications and their subsequent expenses. TimBob secured his second recommender but felt his energy levels sag. Pandey encouraged other applicants to ask for help when it comes to their applications.
With only a week left before flying to L.A. Anderson ’15 Alena said goodbye to many of her favorite spots in Moscow. Booth ’15 Pru grew impatient with having to wait to actually get to Chicago, but gladly saw that the days were dwindling. HBS ’15 TwoYears took a quick vacation after the pre-MBA program and returned to a campus transformed by the presence of freshmen. Anderson ’15 Devon explained that his blog silence was due to his commitment to teaching a creative writing class at a summer camp for kids affected by HIV/AIDS and recounted some of the meaningful interactions he had while there. McCombs ’15 Eric described some of his fears about joining a b-school community after years in the army, which were exacerbated by the news that he and his wife will soon be adding a new member to their family. INSEAD ’15 Ulhas also shared some initial fears he had before arriving on campus, and how those fears have turned into excitement about the months ahead.
Welcome to Fridays From The Frontlines, Clear Admit’s weekly sojourn into the exciting blogging lives of MBA applicants and students. This week, applicants touched on a number of subjects related to the application process, including costs and recommendations. While current students covered topics that encapsulated the experience of orientation and how to deal with the added concerns of moving to b-school with a family.
HammO reflected on how much more competitive the MBA admissions process is now than when his mentor applied, and discussed how this applies to the shifting averages of GMAT scores as reported by GMAC. MBA Journey Girl dusted off her analysis skills to run some calculations on the costs of an MBA program as well as the potential ROI on such costs. TimBob suffered through an extended heat wave in the U.K. and prepared his strategy for requesting a recommendation from his general manager.
Wharton ’15 MBA Over 30 provided his readers quite a thorough recounting of his first three weeks in Philly, which included moving into his loft, being taken aback by the number of smokers on the street, pre-term Wharton festivities, getting a cold and meeting his fellow cluster and cohort members. HBS ’15 Sophi wrote about the value of a pre-MBA internship for applicants coming from a military background. Continue reading…
Hello there and welcome to Fridays From The Frontlines, Clear Admit’s weekly blog post dedicated to tracking the latest news in the b-school blogosphere. This week second year students were generally a quiet bunch, while the new class and applicants were a bit more vocal.
HammO compiled application advice videos and statements from representatives from Wharton, Darden and Tuck. MBA Girl Journey recounted her campus visit to Columbia, which included sneaking into the library. Pandey found the broader questions asked by many b-schools this year a little harder to approach.
Booth ’15 Pru described the lengths she went to take a bus to the Bangalore airport and also reported the dialogue she had when getting her I-20 visa approved. Anderson ’15 Andrew discussed the process and value of the pre-orientation career self-assessment tool. Tuck ’15 Sylvia continued to describe her journey from China to Tuck’s campus.
INSEAD ’13J Jianggan bid the program and his classmates a fond farewell. Anderson ’14 Buzz happily debunked five application myths as they applied to Anderson.
And that’s a wrap for this week’s edition of Fridays From The Frontlines. We hope that as more applicants begin chronicling their application process – and more new students settle into their new b-school lives – we get to hear about it from new sources and locations. Until next week, have a great weekend!
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Welcome to Fridays From The Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly look-see into the lives of b-school applicant and student bloggers. This week applicants were a pretty quiet bunch, while soon-to-be first years were doing last minute errands and tasks in preparation of their arrival on campus.
MBAGirlJourney tackled her HBS essay and reviewed Clear Admit’s Harvard School Guide.
Yale ’15 Sassafrass likened his departure (only a few days away) to b-school to an international trip and ensured that he was organized. Anderson ’14 Lorraine performed some serious due diligence when considering what laptop to buy for b-school, and shared her findings for the edification of her future classmates.
INSEAD ’13D Helena discussed her internship in Hong Kong and recounted some of her observations about her P3 courses. Anderson ’14 Aimee provided incoming students some examples the pros and cons of living in L.A., which included the weather as a pro and a con. INSEAD ’13J Jianggan reported a successful Dragon Week, and shared a music video parody he and other classmates created for a cabaret show. Continue reading…
Hello and welcome to Fridays From The Frontlines, Clear Admit’s weekly peek into the perks and perils of the b-school blogosphere. This week applicants and soon-to-be first year students were a vocal bunch, all signaling that as July slowly dwindles things in admissions offices and on b-school campuses are going to start heating up.
HammO declared official application season to have begun and reported his progress on working on essays, seeking out recommendations and scheduling campus visits. MBAReapplicant reviewed the Clear Admit Tuck Guide, which he found to be informative even with the level of knowledge about the program he already possessed. MBAGirlJourney made progress in her drafts of essays for HBS, Wharton and CBS. After reading a slightly intense exchange about essay drafts on a forum TimBob shared his own thoughts on how to go about thinking about and writing essays: just relax. Writing In Transit also shared his thoughts on a Clear Admit guide, noting that the guide could save applicants time when it comes to researching the different schools.
Hello and welcome to Fridays From The Frontline, Clear Admit’s ongoing blog feature taking a closer look at the lives of b-school bloggers. With summer in full swing, applicants were focused on a few different elements of the application process, while soon-to-be first years discussed how they were spending their time before orientation.
HammO complimented the way Clear Admit lays out information in its line of school guides and appreciated the added Q&A sections as well. Thanks for the kind words! Timbob referred to his engineering background as he explored the difference in definitions between “goal” and “aspiration” and expressed his own preference for discussing his aspirations instead of concrete objectives. Writing in Transit took the GMAT one last time and scored a 760, which he was (understandably) quite pleased about. Continue reading…
Hello there and welcome to Clear Admit’s Fridays From The Frontlines, Clear Admit’s ongoing blog post dedicated to seeking out the freshest news from the MBA blogosphere. This week applicants were checking in with progress updates and future plans while students provided advice to those soon to be coming to campus.
Writing in Transit logged back into the blogosphere with a post the covered what he had been up to over the past month and his effort to refocus and retake the GMAT tomorrow! MBA Reapplicant discovered the value of introspection and was ready to start their application process anew. HammO created a Twitter handle and reminded his fellow applicants that the adcoms were “not here to trick you.”
Kenan-Flagler ’15 Amanda described her summer prep routine and described Excel as her “new best friend.” Anderson ’15 Aimee had some tips and opinions for the best options for off-campus housing. Continue reading…
Welcome to Fridays From the Frontline. We hope this Friday finds you well and that everyone enjoyed their July 4th! In this week’s post, we peruse all the news in the b-school blogosphere from applicants and current students.
Hamm0 opened the newly posted Stanford application and was a bit discouraged to find it full of short, personal questions like “Your favorite thing to read?” Timbob posted his responses to questions about what it’s like to be a Brit applying to MBA programs in the U.S.–his main concern? Brits can’t sell their strengths as well as Americans. He also relayed a amusing anecdote about taking the adversity he faced changing a tire in the middle of traffic and putting that adversity into one of his Stanford essays. MBAgirljourney narrows down her top five MBA programs and the East Coast schools win the day. Continue reading…
Hello there and welcome to this week’s Fridays From the Frontline. Each week Clear Admit peruses the b-school blogosphere in search of the freshest reports from current applicants and students. This week saw new applicant and student bloggers join the community while established bloggers shed a little light on at least one student’s internship experience.
TimBob attempted to attend two schools’ London information sessions in one evening, but only managed to attend the MIT Sloan event. Pru explained how she fell in love “strategically” with Tuck, but that with additional reflection decided to broaden her figurative dating pool. MBA Over 30 highlighted the rise of entrepreneurship within Wharton’s program. Amit shared his intention to focus first on his GMAT before getting caught up in a discussion of schools or essays. Poetic Quant described how his internal MBA clock sped up once his target schools updated their essays for the 2013-2014 admissions cycle.
MBA Over 30 highlighted the rise of entrepreneurship within Wharton’s program.Anderson ’15 Aimee prepared for beginning the program by strengthening her quantitative abilities and volunteering at the LA film festival. Continue reading…