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Trivia Tuesday: Stanford GSB’s September Sessions

It’s time again for Trivia Tuesday! This week we’ll take a look at September Seminars, a special academic opportunity offered to second-year MBA students at the Stanford GSB.

“Before the start of Autumn Quarter classes, second-year stu­dents have the option of returning to campus early to par­ticipate in small one- or two-week seminars. These intensive seminars, known as September Sessions, give students a chance to explore a focused topic with a faculty member and a small group of classmates. Seminars cover a range of subjects, with recent topics including ‘Analysis and Valuation of Emerging Market Firms,’ ‘How to Tell a Story,’ and ‘Intellectual Property: Financial and Strategic Management.’ Nearly 20 September Sessions were offered in at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: In the Thick of It

Fridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of posts from the business school blogosphere. This week, applicants are in the thick of things, submitting their applications, doing interviews and even hearing back about their results, while current students offer thoughtful takes on their time in business school.

Among current applicants, Pullingthatmbatrigger lets us in on his approach to writing business school essays, and also reports that his interview at Fuqua went smoothly. Along the same lines, Roadtomymba enumerates the criteria he used to select his recommender, while Grantmeadmission shares individual thoughts on his five different applications to top business schools. Also completing an interview this week, Scottgduncan summarizes his experience taking the Kellogg video essay, and received word that he was deferred to round 2 at Harvard Business School. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: London Business School’s Shadowing Project

In today’s installment of Trivia Tuesday, where we feature program elements that distinguish leading business schools from their peers, we’re looking inside the Clear Admit Guide to London Business School to learn about their Shadowing Project:

“Uniquely among the leading MBA programs, London Business School offers its students the chance to participate in a Shadowing Project, through which they gain a firsthand perspective on the daily duties of a high-ranking manager by “shadowing” that person for up to a week on the job. Students report that they benefit immensely from this exposure, which illuminates the skills they themselves will need to develop to succeed as managers. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Some Kind of MBA Madness

Fridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of posts from the business school blogosphere. Author Sherrilyn Kenyon once said, “I don’t suffer from insanity – I enjoy every minute of it.” This week, applicants continue wading through the craziness of the business school admissions process, while current students discuss the opportunities and challenges facing them in business school. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: International Study at Johnson

Welcome to this week’s Trivia Tuesday, in which we help applicants differentiate one leading MBA program from the next by highlighting the elements that set each one apart.  Today, we’re investigating the international opportunities available to students at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, as detailed in the Clear Admit School Guide to Johnson.

“In the second year of the Johnson program, students may embark on an international exchange at one of 32 partner schools in 23 countries (see Figure 3.1). First-year students interested in studying abroad are encouraged to attend an information session held early in their spring semester. Ex­change applications are due early in the spring, with all as­signments soon after spring break. Johnson students par­ticipating in an international exchange pay tuition to Cornell University as if they were on campus; Cornell then covers all tuition and fees at the exchange institution. While studying abroad at a partner institution, students can earn either 12 or 15 elective credits toward graduation, though grades in ex­change courses do not count toward a student’s GPA. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Fridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of posts from the business school blogosphere. Biologist Barry Commoner once said that “if you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way.” This week business school applicants begin seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for their application process, while current students and alumni update us on their recent endeavors.  Continue reading…

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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to another installment of Twitter Thursdays, in which we highlight some of the latest “tweets” from the top 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 bring you breaking news from the top MBA programs.

In honor of their 50th anniversary, London Business School shared stories from throughout their history, including their role in rehabilitating formerly Communist countries after the Cold War. Meanwhile, Duke / Fuqua reported on how to develop credibility. Also, Columbia Business School reminded followers that their ED deadline is coming next week.  Chicago Booth took the time to shed some light on their strengths beyond finance. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Defeating Giants

Fridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of posts from the business school blogosphere. Author and journalist Michael Lewis once said that “the pleasure of rooting for Goliath is that you can expect to win. The pleasure of rooting for David is that, while you don’t know what to expect, you stand at least a chance of being inspired.”  This week in the business school blogosphere, applicants face off with the giant that is the business school application process, while current students juggle the many opportunities available to them in business school.

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Trivia Tuesday: The First-Year Experience at UVA/Darden

Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday, in which we spotlight special elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers.  Today we’re turning our focus to the Clear Admit School Guide to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business to learn about the structure of Darden’s first-year class and the way it impacts the first-year experience at the school.

“Darden’s entering class is divided into five sections of 65 to 70 students each.  As at other business schools that break their classes into smaller groups, Darden’s sections are designed to represent the full professional and demographic diversity of the first-year class. Each section takes all of its core courses together and therefore shares a common set of professors. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Overcoming Perfectionism

mrperfFridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of posts from the business school blogosphere. Author Brene Brown once said that “perfectionism is self-destructive simply because there is no such thing as perfect. Perfection is an unattainable goal.” This week, applicants seek to overcome their tendency towards perfection by submitting their applications, while current students offer sneak peeks into their respective programs.

In the applicant corner, Scottgduncan submitted his Harvard application after some last-minute editing and plans to submit Kellogg and MIT Sloan soon. Also pulling that MBA trigger, Pullingthatmbatrigger just applied to Fuqua and Yale, with two more schools to go. Meanwhile, Efessays, known as Old Faithful to family and friends, gives a virtual lesson on logical fallacies to help us evaluate arguments on the writing section of the GMAT. Continue reading…

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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to another installment of Twitter Thursdays, in which we highlight some of the latest “tweets” from the top 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 Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Sally Blount, welcomed second-year students back to campus this week. In addition to plugging the school’s Executive Education programs, the Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, reported on the Scotland vote from London. Judy Olian, the Dean of UCLA / Anderson School of Management, welcomed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and new MBA students to campus this week for Orientation. Across the pond, Conrad Chua, Head of Cambridge MBA Admissions and Marketing, shared his thoughts on how the program could learn from the Chinese management approach. Continue reading…

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