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Fridays From the Frontline: Divergent Paths

forkThe following is a guest post from Naija MBA Gal that was originally published on her blog. Naija MBA Gal is a consultant specializing in risk assurance at one of the big consulting firms, and she is planning to attend the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago in Fall 2015. You can follow Naija MBA Gal’s application journey on her blog

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; Continue reading…

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Top #MBA Tweets of the Week: Commencement

Welcome to this week’s Top #MBA Tweets of the Week, our weekly rundown of hot topics among business schools on Twitter. ’Tis the season for tossing caps and receiving diplomas—congratulations to the Class of 2015! Let’s take a look at how student communities came together and speakers inspired the MBA grads.

As there should be for such milestones, many commencements were marked with pomp, circumstance and excitement…

From the unusual procession…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Four Tips for Marketers

marketingThe following is a guest post from Ray Hwang, a first-year student in Kellogg’s Two-Year MBA Program. The post was originally published on Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA blog, The Inside Perspective. Ray is a leader in both the Marketing Club and High Tech Club, and he will be interning at LinkedIn on the Product Marketing team this summer. Before Kellogg, Ray worked at General Mills. 

When I was young, my brother and I would occasionally use a branch or toy hammer to bang each other on the knee, hoping to see the patellar reflex in action. We saw doctors do it on TV and, as over-confident children, naturally felt we could achieve the same results without any training. Unsurprisingly, it never really worked. To this day I’m still unconvinced I actually have the knee-jerk reflex.

There is a reflex, however, which I undeniably have and I’m sure you do, too. It’s a new digital reflex, brought on by the rise of mobile, to turn to whatever device is at hand to satisfy our need for information right in the moment. For example, recently my friend told me about a movie he enjoyed the night before, and without even thinking, I pulled out my phone to read reviews and find a theater near me where it was playing. Continue reading…

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Top #MBA Tweets of the Week: Career Support

Welcome to this week’s Top #MBA Tweets of the Week, our weekly roundup of posts from MBA programs on Twitter. While many campuses are gearing up for graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks, we wanted to take a look at how business schools have been preparing their students for post-MBA life in the workforce.

Many programs run events and projects to support students…

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Fridays from the Frontline: GMAT Quant–Advanced Concepts

gmatThe following is a guest post from Jonathan Taves, that was originally published on his websiteEF Essays: Essays on Economics and Finance

With math on the GMAT, there’s always room for seconds. For those seeking a score higher than the 560 average, the following advanced concepts are important to learn. They’re less frequently tested than the concepts we discussed last week, so don’t spend hours and hours trying to master all iterations of combinatorics, for example. Competence, not mastery, should be the goal here.

However, these are tested, and so in that sense, aren’t really “advanced” at all. They’re essential. Unfortunately, these concepts are rarely covered in math review guides that aren’t GMAT-specific. Make sure to supplement your studying with lessons on Distance/Speed/Time, Probability, and Combinatorics (Permutations and Combinations). Continue reading…

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Top #MBA Tweets of the Week: Pop Culture

While hitting the books can be hard, we’re taking a look at pop culture’s influence on the fun and curricula at MBA programs in this edition of Top #MBA Tweets of the Week…

…because, as Stanford GSB reports, a bit of fun can make you more productive:

Unfortunately for Indiana University, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not take their advice:

With numerous wishes of “May the 4th Be with You” this week, Cornell / Johnson reflected on what leaders could learn from Star Wars:

While Chicago Booth took their turn in the Game of Thrones:

IESE started with a broad approach to sports…

…while London Business School honed in on the far-reaching impact of the Pacquiao/Mayweather boxing match:

Meanwhile, Yale School of Management is looking forward to a visit from a pop icon:

Have you seen “re-tweetable” tweets in your feed this week? E-mail info@clearadmit.com with your recommendations for what breaking MBA news we should cover next!

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Fridays from the Frontline: Stop Wasting Your Time on Essays

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The following is a guest post from Scott Duncan that was originally published on his blog. Scott is a medical device engineer who is going to Harvard Business School in the fall to transition from designing medical devices to leading medical device companies. You can follow his journey to a HBS acceptance on his blog

 

I’m still trying to figure out all of the things I did differently this year that earned me a spot at HBS. Since I had practice writing essays from my previous attempt at applying, and I had really worked hard at defining my core reasons for applying – writing went a lot easier this year. Continue reading…

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Top #MBA Tweets of the Week: Nepal

For a country that has given so much to students, faculty and leaders, we turn to MBA tweets on how business schools are supporting Nepal in the wake of a devastating earthquake in this edition of Top #MBA Tweets of the Week.

Nepal and Everest have long been destinations for developing and studying leadership…

Several students, alumni and programs expressed their concerns and jumped into action…

…including Yale SOM

…and NYU / Stern’s Director of Students, who has had a longstanding connection to the area

With Harvard’s South Asia Institute launching a new initiative…

…to restore Nepal and its inherent vitality:

Thanks for tuning in this week and our thoughts are with those in Nepal.

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Fridays from the Frontline: Hello, MBA Class of 2018

U0JFqj0j_400x400The following is a guest post from Jonathan Taves, that was originally published on his website, EF Essays: Essays on Economics and Finance

On Sunday, Jordan Spieth, a twenty-one year old from Texas, won The Masters. In 1997, a twenty-one year old also won The Masters: Tiger Woods. Amid Mr. Woods’ victory celebration, a reporter asked him if he had anything to say to the viewers back home. After thinking for a moment, he smiled and said, “Hello, world.” The day after The Masters, it only seems fitting that I borrow that iconic response as I announce my intent to reapply to MBA programs:

Hello, MBA Class of 2018 Continue reading…

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#MBA Top Tweets of the Week: Diversity

Welcome to another take of #MBA Top Tweets of the Week, our weekly peek at trending topics among MBA programs on Twitter. As April is “Celebrate Diversity Month” in the U.S., we have rounded up related posts on how b-schools are supporting, researching or just celebrating diversity.

Chicago Booth shared the utility of its MBA program for any background:

Kellogg highlighted how it brings diverse students together to work on international strategy:

While UNC Kenan-Flagler took a closer look at the STEM industry:

And Dean Allison Davis-Blake spoke about the diversity of the b-school community at Michigan / Ross:

Diversity is celebrated globally, so now we turn to international programs. INSEAD delved into how diversity can support innovation…

…and how learning to disagree is a vital part of multicultural communication:

LBS explored how imitation can backfire…

…but HEC Paris reminded us of a particularly valuable unifying factor:

Finally, IESE looked to post-MBA advantages of diversity:

Have you seen “re-tweetable” tweets in your feed this week? E-mail info@clearadmit.com with your recommendations for what breaking MBA news we should cover next!

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Fridays From the Frontline: UCLA Anderson Interview Debrief

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The following is a guest post from Pulling That MBA Trigger that was originally published on her blog. Pulling That MBA Trigger works as a software engineer for a product development startup, and she has started her own venture in the content writing/educational consulting space. You can follow Pulling That MBA Trigger’s application journey on her blog

I just finished my interview with a second year student from UCLA Anderson and it went so much better than I imagined it would! I think I got lucky on several counts. Firstly, my interviewer was a woman. This was actually a perfect match since a lot of my leadership stories are related to the struggles of being a woman in the male-dominated tech industry and it seemed like she could really relate. Secondly, she also comes from a background in technology so I’m certain that all of my stories made sense to her. Finally, she was just a really nice, fun person to talk to! Lots of smiles, lots of jokes and just a real sense of comfort that I have yet to experience in an MBA interview. No awkwardness whatsoever! What also helped was the fact that it was a Skype interview, so I was sitting in the comfort of my bedroom and it felt like I was talking to a friend across the continent. Overall, a great experience. Continue reading…

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