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Fridays From the Frontline: Einstein’s Dilemma

Fridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the business school blogosphere. Albert Einstein once said that “the only reason for time is so that everything does not happen at once.” Yet there is one month every year when time does not seem to fulfill its purpose. Yes, we are speaking of business school deadlines. This week, applicants kick it into high-gear as the deadlines close in, while current students enjoy the many exciting opportunities open to them at business school.  Continue reading…

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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to August’s last take of Twitter Thursdays, in which we summarize the latest posts from MBA programs on Twitter.  If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.

The Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy, enjoyed meeting several prospective MBA students in South America this week. The Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, shared what Darden is doing to prepare women for leadership in business. Following a strategy session on markets and customers, the Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Sally Blount, announced some more offerings in data analytics are slated for the MBA program. Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, plugged upcoming guests for the Dean’s Speaker Series. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Crunch Time

Welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the business school blogosphere. This week, applicants are closing in on their application deadlines, while current students enjoy the academic, professional and extracurricular dimensions of business school.

Among current applicants, Efessays gives us a virtual lesson on sentence-correction questions, while Grantmeadmission outlines how to get a perfect 6.0 on the writing section of the GMAT, and updates us on his own GMAT progress. When it comes to school selection, Pullingthatmbatrigger visited Fuqua and fell in love with the school. She has decided to apply early decision. Also, Naijambagal spoke with the Stanford admissions team and offers some specific strategies for getting into StanfordScottgduncan and Grantmeadmission both address another section of the application, explaining how to brief your recommenders in order to obtain the best recommendations possible. Finally, after weeks of “radio silence,” Topdogmba fills us in on his progress on his application essays. Continue reading…

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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to another summer take of Twitter Thursdays, in which we highlight some of the top “tweets” from MBA programs on Twitter.  If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.

The Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy, announced that there’s a new international student loan in the works. The Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, shared his insights into the value of the case study method. Following an EMBA pow wow at the Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany, the Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Sally Blount, returned to Chicago and met with more global EMBA students. Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, highlighted the key takeaway from his talk on the disruptive influence of digital learning on education. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Standardized Stressing

This week in the business school blogosphere, current applicants seek out unconventional ways of improving their GMAT scores and other aspects of their applications,  while current students give us a sneak peak into their time in business school.

In the applicants’ corner, Grantmeadmission is preparing  for the GMAT and shares his list of “exam lifehacks” which include taking study breaks, changing scenery, chewing gum to help concentrate and coming up with his own answers before looking at the answer choices.  He has also been improving his GMAT score by taking practice tests on The Economist website. Continue reading…

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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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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to another summer take of Twitter Thursdays, in which we highlight some of the top “tweets” from MBA programs on Twitter.  If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.

The Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy, directed followers to Clear Admit’s exclusive Admissions Director Q&A with Soojin Kwon. Amidst his heavy reading, the Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, plugged his own writing on the value of explorers. In addition to expanding on the school’s four Defining Principles, Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, announced the release of the latest alumni magazine. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Public Management and Social Innovation at Stanford GSB

Stanford Social InnovationThis week in Trivia Tuesday, in which we highlight the distinguishing aspects of top business schools, we’re opening up our Stanford School Guide for a closer look at their Public Management and Social Innovation Program.

“The Public Management Program (PMP) was founded in 1960s by then-dean Arjay Miller to promote communication and collaboration between leaders of government and business. His experience as president of Ford Motor Companies provided the impetus for this initiative; in this role, he witnessed firsthand the misunderstandings between politicians and those in the private sector. The PMP became part of the Center for Social Innovation in 2000, and today the Center has the broader mission of preparing students to address social and environmental problems. 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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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to another summer take of Twitter Thursdays, in which we highlight some of the top “tweets” from MBA programs on Twitter.  If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.

The Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy, forwarded some application advice from Director of Admissions, Soojin Kwon.  Amidst his heavy reading, the Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, plugged articles on the health benefits of being kind and cautionary advice for CEOs. The Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Sally Blount, focused her Twitter feed on developing women in business. Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, mourned the loss of “beloved alum and tech entrepreneur,” Priya Haji. Continue reading…

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