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  • Summer is here

    by under prescription on June 27, 2015

    Hello everyone! I know, I must apologize for being away for so long. As you can imagine I have been kind of busy lately, without much time or energy left for blogging. What have I been doing since February? Well, first of all, I finished my Residency in Hospital Pharmacy. The last few months were […] Read More

  • International students studying in the U.S aren’t just interested in getting an education – many are also interested in gaining practical work experience. As an international student, an internship is a great opportunity to understand the work culture in the U.S. and compare it to working back home.

    I completed my internship at Voice of ... Read More

  • There’s a place

    by TopDogMBA on June 18, 2015

    So, my final tally is in. I applied to three b schools in total this season: INSEAD – admitted MIT Sloan – admitted Wharton – waitlisted and dinged No MBA application process is complete without at least one ding – I know people who secured H/S/W admits and were still dinged by other schools! – […] Read More

  • You heard it here first folks! I’m a bit disappointed not to have secured an admit trifecta (together with INSEAD and MIT Sloan), but this outcome was pretty inevitable at this late stage. I feel privileged to have been selected for the waitlist at Wharton and am fired up about matriculating at MIT Sloan this fall (more on ... Read More

  • With the current application season winding down and attention turning to R1 applications due later this year, I’ve been contacted by a number of aspiring MBA students to discuss strategy and whether to even bother applying given the tough competition out there. While I often don’t feel qualified to give advice, I’m always happy to ... Read More

  • With the current application season winding down and attention turning to R1 applications due later this year, I’ve been contacted by a number of aspiring MBA students to discuss strategy and whether to even bother applying given the tough competition out there. While I often don’t feel qualified to give advice, I’m always happy to ... Read More

  • With the current application season winding down and attention turning to R1 applications due later this year, I’ve been contacted by a number of aspiring MBA students to discuss strategy and whether to even bother applying given the tough competition out there. While I often don’t feel qualified to give advice, I’m always happy to ... Read More

  • EducationUSA is hosting another informative webinar next week on June 18th at 1300 UTC (9:00 AM ET). You’ll have a chance to chat with three international students – from Bangladesh, Chile, and Jamaica – who will be sharing their experiences as international students in the U.S. Click here to sign up, and find more information about ... Read More

  • Are you thinking about applying for your MBA or EMBA this year at a top school?  In my opinion, the below are the best books around for students looking to ace the most competitive MBA essays and applications and increase their changes of getting in to a top program, or the Ivy League.

    So, if it’s your dream to get in to HBS, Wharton, Kellogg, ... Read More

  • The United States is consistently the top study abroad destination for students around the world, with nearly 900,000 international students coming to the U.S. to study during the 2013-2014 school year.

    But why do international students choose to come to the United States? While there are numerous different reasons, here are four of the reasons students ... Read More

  • Transferring from one university to another university is common in the U.S. for a number of reasons, from students seeking better way to pursue their education, to going to school in a different location, to spending less on tuition, and more.

    The same is true for international students, some of whom try to transfer to another school from either their ... Read More

  • University of Southern California’s Campus (Courtesy: USC.edu)

    As an international student, choosing where to attend school in the U.S. to attend can be a major – and majorly stressful – decision: at nearly 10 million square kilometers, the United States is the third largest country by area in the world, with settings ranging from ... Read More

  • Students rally against racial discrimination at the University of Oklahoma. (AP)

    Diversity – both cultural diversity and diversity of experiences – is among the most positive qualities that international students bring when they come to the U.S. to study. International student bring new perspectives to their schools, and help raise awareness ... Read More

  • MBA Acceptance Rate by Concentration

    With the current semester just about over, next years application essay questions will start being posted in the coming weeks for many schools. Round one applicants should start figuring out their story and crafting their essays. The most important essay for most schools is the question: Why get an MBA and why is ... Read More

  • I start off by admitting I made a rookie mistake. A mistake that has, alas, cost me several study hours. My mistake? I decided to be a smarty-pants!I have already amassed a treasure chest of GMAT Material over the past few years and instead of picking something and running with it, I dawdled and instead started looking for GMAT Courses that I could ... Read More

  • A screenshot of BestEnglishName.com, which helps Chinese people find an English name.

    Have you wondered why some international students keep their official names, and why others choose an English name?

    Many international students I spoke with said their main reason for adopting an English name is because many fellow students cannot understand their ... Read More

  • 12'o clock Insomnic

    by Mukaam on May 6, 2015

    It is past 12'o clock in the night. I just had a call with a friend, a frank call after a long time. I quietly read my book, kept it upside down and then have come here to write. Writing feels natural. It feels it is a sign that I'm healthy, that I'm alive, It also oozes out some pain,The other thing which brought me back was the comment on my last ... Read More

  • The last spring of 20s

    by Mukaam on May 3, 2015

    Wo! I am writing on my blog after eternity. There are lots of things I want to talk about. I have been going for swimming for a week now. Today, I felt finally that my swimming was becoming effortless and mundane. I want to swim in lonely waters. It annoys me when I've people around me. It annoys me more when I've people that I know. I get distracted ... Read More

  • There were nearly a million international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities during the 2013/2014 school year. But even with that big presence, international students still get a lot of weird questions just because they’re from a foreign country.

    The video above, filmed by Nana Adwoa Antwi-Boasiako as part of her final school ... Read More

  • May 1st, 2015 – It’s one year since I started my TopDogMBA blog and what a year it’s been! I had no way of knowing when I started TopDogMBA – heavily inspired by the likes of MBAOver30 – if my re-application strategy was going to be a success, but I was determined to go all out […] Read More

  • Well, not exactly the first step i've taken in my GMAT journey, but it does feel like i am starting from scratch. Gone are the days where I knew the GMAT like the back of my hand and was even successfully running private tutoring for folks in Chennai and abroad. I have been so out of touch, that this whole acing the GMAT thing doesn't appear as easy ... Read More

  • In 2011, we launched the 100 Week Sprint, a resource for MBA students to support them throughout every step of their business school experience. The program is delivered in the form of a weekly email, supported by webinars, discussion boards, and TONS of resources. I would like to extend the invitation to include your friends and colleagues who are ... Read More

  • Today I would like to share the success story of another MBA applicant from this cycle. While I’ve worked with applicants of all ages, this particular gentleman just happens to be over 30 just like the previous applicant who got into HBS at over 30 years old, further proving that a full time MBA at […] Read More

  • 1.Why is an MBA important for your career? Why right now?

    I am a current Resident in Hospital Pharmacy who wants to transition to a management role in the pharmaceutical industry. Many of the most important pharmaceutical companies offer Leadership Development Programs for MBA graduates, therefore I saw an MBA as the best option in order to make the ... Read More

  • The Georgetown International Student Association and Office of International Programs held the Global Expo on Saturday, April 11. The Expo gives students a chance to experience their classmates’ cultures – from food, to music, to traditional performance. Check out photos from the Expo below. Read More

  • It’s nearly a year since TopDogMBA came into being and – over 18,000 hits later – I’ve decided to share some of the application aids I created that helped me get two admits (and a waitlist) from top 10 b schools. I hope that it helps any newbies to the MBA application process, gives some […] Read More

  • Originally posted on MBA Ivy League:

    As a former Harvard admissions interviewer and a Harvard graduate, people are always asking me about their GMAT scores and “if I think they’ll get in.”  Test scores are certainly one large aspect of the entire MBA admissions process, although allow me to stress that many other things including, most importantly, ... Read More

  • Each year, thousands of international students come to the United States to complete their higher education. Leaving home and living abroad is a big major transition in life. And one of the first obstacles many of these students face is one of the most prominent: adapting to new food.

    For many international students, it’s a struggle to find the ... Read More

  • It’s nearly a year since TopDogMBA came into being and – over 18,000 hits later – I’ve decided to share some of the application aids I created that helped me get two admits (and a waitlist) from top 10 b schools. I hope that it helps any newbies to the MBA application process, gives some […] Read More

  • It’s nearly a year since TopDogMBA came into being and – over 18,000 hits later – I’ve decided to share some of the application aids I created that helped me get two admits (and a waitlist) from top 10 b schools. I hope that it helps any newbies to the MBA application process, gives some […] Read More

  • Its official, my brain hates data sufficiency! I am having some difficulty with this section because my brain keeps trying to solve the problem even though I know that I don’t have to. For some reason I also keep trying to relate the statements rather than think of them as separate independent statements. Why GMAT, why?

    Ok, time to breathe…Clearly ... Read More

  • Another helpful webinar from EducationUSA: on Thursday, April 16, at 1300 UTC (9 AM ET) they’ll be holding an interactive discussion on everything you need to know about the student visa process.

    Do you have questions about the steps to obtain a student visa? Wonder how long the the process will take? Want to make sure you’re taking the ... Read More

  • International students are overall very satisfied with their study abroad experiences, according to the I-Graduate Analysis of Student Satisfaction, which finds four factors have the greatest influence on the international students’ satisfaction: local atmosphere, learning quality, attitude of professor, and friendliness of the schools.

    The analysis ... Read More

  • Cornell MBA Interview Questions

    This guide is designed to help Johnson MBA applicants to prepare for their interview, complete with a list of the most common Cornell MBA interview questions. The typical Johnson MBA interview is 30 to 50 minutes long. It can be given by either a second year student, alumni or an admissions committee member. It is even ... Read More

  • Flashcards-My Technique

    by Get an MBA on April 6, 2015

    I love flashcards. I have multi colored flashcards, sticky flashcards, rolodex style flashcards, lined flashcards, blank flashcards…ok, I think you get the picture. Flashcards are a great study aid and I think that everybody that has ever studied for the GMAT has at one time or another incorporated the use of flashcards be it print or digital.

    I ... Read More