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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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Trivia Tuesday: MIT Sloan’s First-Year Class

In this week’s installment of Trivia Tuesday, we turn our focus to the Clear Admit School Guide to MIT Sloan, examining how the school creates first-year teams and how these teams impact students’ experiences.

“Each first-year class of approximately 400 MBA students is divided into six smaller cohorts, or “oceans” (Atlantic, Baltic, Caribbean, Indian, Mediterranean and Pacific), which help to give shape to the core curriculum experience. Students in each ocean take all of their core courses together. As a result of this shared academic experience, students within each ocean tend to spend time together outside of the classroom as well, often forming close-knit social groups. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Tackling the Info Session

Fridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of posts from the business school blogosphere. This week, current applicants attend MBA-related events, while current students discuss the insights they’ve gained during business school.

In the applicant corner, Texaswannabecali broke down the myriad discussions that took place at a McCombs info session. She also went to another MBA event which she describes as “handshake, smile and nod on repeat.” On the other hand, Efessays, or Old Faithful as he is known in the business, offers a virtual lesson on the essay section of the GMAT. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Douglas Adams on Deadlines

Fridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of posts from the business school blogosphere. Douglas Adams once said, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” But business school applicants aren’t planning to let that happen. This week, current applicants put the finishing touches on their applications, while current students reflect on the application process, travel the world and praise their respective schools. Continue reading…

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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to another edition of Twitter Thursdays, in which we compile the latest news on leading MBA programs, as reported 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.

This week, the Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy, updated followers on Michigan’s new digital office for education. Meanwhile, Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, commented on the school’s extensive ties with the wine industry. A toast from the Dean of Stanford GSB, Garth Saloner, will likely be in the near future, as he anticipates the arrival of the Class of 2016. Across the pond, Conrad Chua, the Head of Marketing and Admissions at Cambridge / Judge, took some time to praise Jacqui Gilbert’s summation of her first year in the Cambridge MBA program. Continue reading…

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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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