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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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Best of Blogging Awards 2013-2014 Timeline Announced

BoB Nominee 1 (1)Another application cycle is rapidly drawing to a close, and summer is ahead of us. A good deal of clarity and news has been delivered to this year’s MBA applicant pool: interview invitations, admissions decisions, and, of course, the announcement of our annual Best of Blogging Awards (also known as “the BoBs”)! For those unfamiliar with the awards, each year we make an effort to identify exceptional blogs maintained by MBA applicants and students. We do this for two reasons: to recognize the commitment and quality of the best applicant and student bloggers’ writing, and to identify valuable sources of information for the next round of applicants.

Here’s the timeline for this year’s awards, which will cover the 2013-2014 admissions/academic cycle:

Nominees Announced – Friday, May 16th

We’ll begin by considering all featured bloggers from Fridays From The Frontline (bloggers are encouraged to email bob@clearadmit.com about adding a link if their sites are not currently included). Keeping in mind the relevance and frequency of posts, as well as the overall quality of their contributions to the MBA blogosphere, we’ll pare the list of nominees down to approximately 10 nominees. Once we’ve determined the blogs to be considered, we’ll be sending BoB ballots out to each of the nominated bloggers.

Ballots Due – Wednesday, May 28th
Votes from the nominated bloggers, Clear Admit staff and our Fridays From the Frontlines readership will be due on Wednesday, May 28th.   In addition to an overall ranking, we’ll ask voters to share their thoughts on the funniest blog and best single post, and to point us to the blogs that they feel feature the best advice in categories such as GMAT preparation, school selection, application essays, admissions and recruiting interviews, as well as the best representation of academics and student life in business school.

Winners Announced – Friday, May 3oth
Once the votes are in, we’ll publish all the ranked blogs, as well as announce the top three winners. Clear Admit will be presenting prizes to the select few for their efforts and contribution to the community. The first place winner will receive a $300 Amazon.com gift certificate,  and the second and third place bloggers will receive a $100 and $50 Amazon gift certificate, respectively.

That’s all for now – check back on Friday, May 16th for an announcement about this year’s BoB nominees! In the mean time, happy blogging…

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Fridays From the Frontline

militarytoMBAHello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly roundup of the ruminations of the b-school blogosphere. This week, several of our 2016 applicants weigh in with  recommendations, from audio books to MBA programs, while current students take stock of the MBA experience, including the challenges and rewards of transitioning from the military to pursuing an MBA.

MBATheNonProfitWay has made a resolution to switch her audio-book listening habit away from fiction to various business related books. The first selection, “The McKinsey Mind” did not fare so well in reviewJourneyOfaGMATer took some time to share insights on the definition of ‘problem’, while Sarah’sMBAJourney hasn’t given up on the idea of pursuing the MBA, and is now looking at a Cranfield MBA, although she does have some concerns and is open to other options as wellContinue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline

spring-in-londonHello and welcome to Friday From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly perusal of the ponderings  of the b-school blogosphere. This week, we welcome a new contributor  to the FFF blogging family, and hear updates from current students about exciting campus events and activities.

Brian Scott is an American about to embark on the MBA journey at INSEAD Fontainebleau. He’s launched a blog to document the experience by giving an interesting and informative account of tips he’s learned for INSEADers looking to work in the States, post MBA.  JourneyofalowGMATer has a post on additional books to read, in order to enhance the classroom experience.  Continue reading…

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Fridays From The Frontline

 

mba-graduateHello and welcome to Friday From the Frontlines, Clear Admit’s weekly account of the adventures of the b-school blogosphere.  This week marks a lull in applicant updates  as most notifications have gone out for R2, and now its a matter of waiting for final decisions, preparing for matriculation, or starting the application process again for next year. Current students however, have taken time to reflect on the quickly approaching end of the MBA journey, as well as discuss the experience of being a veteran at Wharton and give an interesting insight into Harvard Business School‘s  newly launched HBXCORe. 

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Fridays From the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly canvassing of the confabulations of the b-school blogosphere. This week, our class of 2016 continues to ruminate on the experience of the past few months, while current students take some time during spring break to update readers on the whirlwind of activity that is the MBA.

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MBAMyWay has a few new developments to report, as staggered school decisions continue to trickle in.  An admit from Ross and waitlist notification from Fuqua gives MBAMyWay an opportunity to reflect on the Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda, but without much regret, since a matriculation at Johnson awaits.  In fact, MBAMyWay has even more great news, with a bump off the waitlist and an admit offer to Yale SOMas well as some great suggestions and ideas as to why the offer came through.  While MBAMyWay is clearly decided on pursuing the MBA at Johnson next year, SarahsMBAJourney is using this time to reflect on what she really wants, and is asking herself three important questions about the MBA in order to help determine the answer to that.

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Fridays From the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the soliloquies of the b-school blogosphere. This week, our stalwart scribes continue to look ahead to matriculating in 2016, while current students focus on metamorphosis, whether it be into spring, or into the post-MBA world.

MBAGirlJourney has a very useful and exhaustive list of Top Twenty Tips for New MBA Students from a former UCLA Anderson student.  Domontron has a great summation of his own, of top MBA schools he applied to and why, and reasons why he didn’t apply to ALL the top MBA programs in the States or UK. Overall, Tuck was definitely the right choice for him!

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Fridays From the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly ramble through the ruminations of the b-school blogosphere. This week, our stalwart applicants are continuing to filter their impressions of the application process, while contemplating what comes next. Current students are likewise contemplating how their lives have changed since starting business school, whether this year or last, and are looking forward to welcoming the class of 2016.

MBAReapplicant continued his streak of good news with admits from both Tepper and Darden. With a successful end to the reapplication process, MBAReapplicant can finally chose between several exciting options for next year.  Timbob, another class of ’16 successful applicant to Harvard Business School,  took a brief moment away from preparing from his upcoming wedding to share a post-decision publication timeline of events.  Much of it involved giddy celebration, and skillful procrastination.  Another across-the-pond blogger,  Sara’sMBAJourney, continued to share impressions of her trip to the States, including her enjoyable visit to Duke, as well as the terrible state of American roads and the terrible drivers on them.  Domontron continued his series on elements of an MBA application by addressing ways to research target schools. He highlights students blogs as an excellent way to get a more direct and unfiltered sense of the school’s community and opportunities. Your Fridays From the Frontline editor could not agree more!

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Fridays from the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays from the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly confabulation with correspondents in the b-school blogosphere.  Our 2016 applicants continue to receive status updates from schools, while current students are taking the opportunity afforded by spring break to travel and update their blogs.

Domotron finally heard from Kelloggwith news of a ding that confirmed a Class of 2017 matriculation at Tuck. CoffeeBeansandTeaLeaves also received a ding from Kellogg, and updates readers with a final tally of dings from this year’s application season. Although the season ends with an offer to join the Ross weekend MBA program, Ellie  is taking advantage of this time to do some self-reflection and prepare for next year’s challenges. We wish her all the best! Finally a bit of good news from MBA Reapplicant, who posted a detailed and glowing account of visiting Darden and the interview process. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the musings of the b-school applicant and student blogosphere.  With most of our 2016 blogging applicants having gone through the R1 or R2 process, this week has been a time to dwell on the experience and give a fuller account of their impressions, whether positive or negative.  Current MBA students have also taken some time to share their impressions of classes, travel experience, or life as an MBA mom.

MBAtheNonprofitWay has continued a streak of good news with an admit to Ross and a waitlist at Fuqua. However, Johnson still remains the best option, out of a successful application process. Nevertheless, MBAtheNonprofitWay takes some time to review the Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda of the experience.  SarahsMBAJourney expands on her impressions of Boston, rating everything from burgers to the HBS Case Method, from her recent journey across the Pond to the USA.   Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly traversal of the tenacious b-school applicant and student blogosphere.  This week, our 2016 applicants share decisions and status updates, while our  roster of current students continue to be immersed in  classroom and career experiences, with little time to share their experiences at the moment.

MBAtheNonProfitWay is now officially part of the Johnson Class of 2016! While an exciting bit of news to impart, the decision between Cornell and UCLA was not easy.  Speaking of Anderson, MBAReApplicant had the fantastic news that, after two years of going through the application process, an admit came from Anderson, and yet another R2 interview invite, this time from Dardenfor which our intrepid blogger is preparing by using the Clear Admit Darden Interview Guide. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly perusal of the peripatetic top business school blogs.  This week,  2016 applicants continue to reflect on the application and interview process, while current MBA students are taking some time to update on the semester and exciting school-based projects.

 Tuck bound Domotron gives a great perspective on the elements of the application packet, and focuses particularly on how the GMAT score factors into the target school’s evaluation process.  Sarah’sMBAJourney debriefs her Duke interview at a Starbucks in London, while sharing that the Clear Admit Interview and School Guides proved tremendously helpful in her preparation.  Meanwhile, Sarah is about to embark on her first road trip in the US, as she visits Duke and HBS. Travel tips and suggestions are appreciated!

As for students currently on campus, 2 Years at HBS ’15 has, as always, an informative and interesting account of the FIELD program’s team business plan competition.   Brad Fris INSEAD  ’14, shares his perspective on the intensity of the INSEAD experience.  Meanwhile at Fuqua, Trevor McKinnon’s ’15  partner shares her experience of being married to a first year MBA-er, while handling the move to Duke, and a family to care for. Fortunately, Team Fuqua has proven to be a wonderfully supportive environment.  Across the country at UCLA Anderson, Alena Kostenkova’15 highlights the most memorable experiences of her first half year.

 

And that’s all the news for this week’s edition of Fridays From The Frontline. As March certainly came in like a lion, we hope it pressauges a swift arrival of April’s spring weather. We  also hope that applicants continue to update us with information about statuses and decisions, and that current students also update their blogs with the latest from their campus and classroom lives.

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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