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  • Any time at all

    by TopDogMBA on October 18, 2014

    This pretty much sums up how I’m feeling now – like an excited dog waiting for adcom to throw me a ball!

    Despite all my preparation and experience from last season, the waiting to hear sucks as much as it did last time. It can be hard to keep motivated.

    If you know what I’m talking about, just take a deep breath and get ready for ... Read More

  • Education USA is a great resource from the US Department of State for students looking to study abroad in the United States.

    Among the information the site offers are blogs with tips about the study abroad process, from finding a school, to applying, to living and studying in the US.

    Rebecca Mano, a country coordinator in Zimbabwe for Education USA, ... Read More

  • So I finished my interview yesterday and it went better than I thought it would! I had to fly in to a different city so I flew in on the 14th, spent the night, woke up well rested and headed for the interview which was scheduled comfortably at 10.15 a.m on the 15th. I was actually a full 25 minutes early, but it worked out great since my interviewer ... Read More

  • About a week ago, I received the status of my early action round application for Duke, Fuqua – The Daytime MBA Program and the news was not jovial. The notification said, that “you’re not invited for interview; however, this is not a final decision on your application”; my heart skipped a beat. I’m bit disappointed in myself. My top priority ... Read More

  • I applied to Yale SOM in round 1. Unlike many other schools, Yale SOM required only essay question and thus making it more difficult for applicant to showcase their different characteristic traits. Another distinct feature about the Yale SOM application was its video questions. Frankly, I was quite nervous about the whole impromptu video question format; ... Read More

  • MIA

    by MBA Reapplicant on October 14, 2014

    I have been out of the blogging game for a bit, but I promise that won't be a regular thing.  With classes and recruiting in full swing, I have had little time for anything else.  That being said, I have had the chance to blog a couple of times for the Anderson MBA Student Voice.  Check it our here! Read More

  • Just wanted to share that bit of good news with y’all!

    INSEAD has a very quick and personal application process. I’m now waiting to hear who my interviewers will be in my home city.

    Very exciting news! It makes the pain of the last few months (or years) a lot more bearable.

    Good luck to anyone waiting to hear in Round 1. Lots of invites ... Read More

  • Shapes of the shadows

    by Mukaam on October 11, 2014

    A friend of mine wanted me to write on the blog and her upbeat chirpy insistence has brought me back to this blog on a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon. Till quite a few months, I have been writing mostly when I am little disturbed and feeling like pouring out. I think what's good about writing in a disturbed situation is that sometimes the act of ... Read More

  • My buddy Texaswannabecali was asking the blogosphere about how to approach the daunting task of writing essays for b-school apps and I thought I’d make an entire post of it instead. I will put in a disclaimer here – I absolutely love writing and I do it on a regular basis i.e I probably churn out about 800 words per day on average, so it was ... Read More

  • Students studying in the US can prepare for living in a different country, taking classes, and making new friends. But one thing that’s hard to prepare for is seeing college sports up close. When guest blogger Munyaradzi Mahiya came to the US from Zimbabwe to study at the University of California and Berkeley, he knew he wanted to experience an ... Read More

  • Indian School of Business is home to an elite team of top-notch faculty and researchers, but we strive for something even greater. As part of our dedicated mission to be a world-class center of business innovation, we annually recruit more than 100 exceptional academics and business leaders from leading b-schools across the globe to join our team as ... Read More

  • AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! *insert girly squeal here*

    So I’ve scheduled my interview for the 15th which happens to be a Wednesday. That gives me a decent amount of time to prepare I think. It’s going to be an interview with an alumnus and Duke interviews do have a reputation of being friendly and easygoing, much like the school itself! It’s ... Read More

  • Know how I said, i’il do a part-time MBA? Well, I’m thinking of climbing back on the full-time MBA wagon. This time with an European focus.

    I’ve climbed on to the wagon far enough sign up for the forte event in London this evening.

    Only one downside, I might need to take either the GRE or the GMAT again. I thought the GRE might ... Read More

  • Guys I am officially losing my mind. I’ve gone through what I think are 5 stages to “losing your mind during the post application submission waiting period.”

    It starts with relief, where you think hah, I got it done before everyone else (EA/R1 pseudo-superiority complex).

    That is followed by doubt, where you second guess every comma ... Read More

  • Worried about the start of school? You’re not alone.

    Gwen Mugodi was too. A student from Zimbabwe studying at Brown University, Gwen had her own reservations about studying in the US, living up to expectations, and confronting challenges.

    In our first student-submitted post on the new VOA Student Union blog, Gwen talks about preparing for – ... Read More

  • US News and World Report is well-known in the United States for its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the country.

    But some new information recently published by the news magazine focuses specifically on international students studying in the US, including which schools have the most international students, which schools give ... Read More

  • Hope is a fiction

    by Mukaam on September 29, 2014

    I was on the last pages of Katherine Boo's "Behind the beautiful forevers" when I put it down to listen to crowd cheering for Modi's speech at Madison Sqaure. On one side, the story of a Mumbai slum, where life is dying unnoticed and yet Katherine suggesting that "Hope is not a fiction", and on the other hand standing ovations and endless cheers to ... Read More

  • I’ll follow the sun

    by TopDogMBA on September 28, 2014

    Hello and I’m sorry for being so quiet these past few weeks.

    First of all, I’ve submitted my three applications in Round 1 for INSEAD, MIT Sloan and Wharton.

    As usual, it was a mad dash to the finish line, tweaking essays and getting feedback, chasing recommenders and myriad other tiny things that have made the last month or so almost ... Read More

  • As the new school year gets underway, we’re pleased and excited to announce the brand new VOA Student Union blog!

    In addition to highlighting valuable information for students looking to study in the United States, we’ll be showcasing experience and advice from students who are currently studying or have studied in the US. If you’re ... Read More

  • This is just a transcript of what is written in the post. You can find it here-

    Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What is your favorite non-school ... Read More

  • Last year HBS had a 12% accept rate with over 9,000 applicants.  The other top MBA programs in the U.S. – Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, Booth, Columbia and MIT Sloan, just to name a few had similar tight competition.  We’ve already discussed the necessary GMAT score ranges and interview skills needed in other blog posts that give you a chance ... Read More

  • Well, posting the second part of my research about Fuqua took me some time. Writing an application process is a rigorous and time consuming job. Even after going through so many round of modifications and checks, one feels anxious to hit the submit button. I've submitted my application for early action round on 16th Sep'14. So here is rest of the part ... Read More

  • Applying for an MBA is time consuming, as well as stressful.  How many schools should you apply to? Is it even worth it to go to a “lesser” school’s MBA program?  Will a mid-tier or even lower-tier school help you get to where you want to go?  How many applications are average?  What is the best possible strategy before you enter ... Read More


    That was me literally seconds after I hit submit a day before Fuqua’s EA deadline.


    That was me a minute after I hit submit a day before Fuqua’s EA deadline.

    I realized that the application process was a bit too smooth. I hadn’t entered any credit card or payment information, and yet, my application ... Read More

  • You’ve had the big name internships, you’ve worked for a few years at a Fortune 500 company, most likely in a large city and now have that under your belt, and you have very strong and solid ambition for your future with specific, actual short and long-term goals.  Add a GMAT score that breaks 710, and even better 720, and you are certainly ... Read More

  • Now that Round 1 MBA deadlines are either complete or soon to be complete, I thought a great topic for today’s post would be the next most frequent question I get from my MBA students and clients:  “What about the interview, and what can I expect?”

    Usually, this is asked with some degree of trepidation, as most people don’t ... Read More

  • Yes!!!! Yesterday I took the GMAT for the second time and I nailed it! Okay, not nailed, but you understand what I mean. The exam This I time I had reserved and afternoon spot, in case I needed to catch some sleep in the morning, and also to avoid arriving at the test center feeling […] Read More

  • As a former Harvard interviewer and Harvard graduate, I see applicants repeatedly making the same mistakes on their MBA essays and applications, which result in them NOT getting in to their top schools.  

    Here are the “Top 3″ MBA Application Mistakes — for best results,  try to avoid them at all costs:

    MISTAKE #1: Assuming Your ... Read More

  •  Writing a strong application always requires lot of hard work, dedication and concentration. As we are getting close to round 1 deadline pressure to stand out of the crowd, to convince ad-com of your story and, at the same time, to write a compelling application is enormous. With my rigorous work load I'm not able to give much time to application ... Read More

  • 1st Step to my target GMAT score!!

    by GNPTH on September 1, 2014

    After a month and half into my preparation, I took a mock test yesterday (31st August 2014). I didn’t take mock test at the beginning of my preparation, since I know where I stand in GMAT, from my previous test. But I would recommend the people who start their GMAT journey for the first time to take a mock before they dive into intense preparation.

    This ... Read More

  • My interview with is finally live!

    Another busy week for me, juggling work and home commitments and still trying to find time for MBA applications. Just like the rest of you I know!

    I’m really starting to feel positive about my applications for MIT Sloan, Wharton and INSEAD. I have drafts for pretty much every bit of each application, ... Read More

  • Just as the NFL preseason enters its fourth and final weekend, I have also come to the end of my particular GMAT preseason. Yet again I freed my scheduled for 3,5 hours in order to take the last practice exam before tuesday when I will be facing the real exam. This time I took a […] Read More

  • A tough story to tell

    by Mukaam on August 29, 2014

    It is going to be a tough story to tell today. I have delayed telling it because it required a breakdown to happen. It required something to break on the surface to ooze out something from within. May be I was bleeding internally, and now only I have decided to allow it to come out.I have gone underground in a way that all I can look at is a basement ... Read More

  •  This is second post about my research on B-schools I'm applying into. This research is very crucial in selecting the right B-school for me, for finding the ideal cycle to apply and for preparing a competitive application. I'll describe how my research is organized so that if you want to read only a particular aspect of my research you can jump ... Read More

  •  With almost every schools application going online for round 1, every prospective candidate is rushing to prepare a competitive application. I'm also planning to apply to most of my shortlisted schools in round 1. Applying into earlier round will not give one edge over an equally eligible candidate, who is applying in round 2; however, there are ... Read More

  • Duke, Fuqua is one the top B-school around the world but is it right fit for me? I still don't have a solid answer but the program seems to be very enchanting and attractive. In my research I identified few points that gave me positive vibes about the program but there are few points on which I've to do more research  to come to the ultimate conclusion ... Read More

  • Let me ask you this question first- directly- and try to answer this honestly from your heart, please.

    Why the MBA? Why?………………………………………….THINK before you continue any further.

    Don’t worry if your real answer can’t be said to your friends, family…etc. ... Read More

  • I have just taken my third practice exam, a weekly ritual lately. I have taken one of the exams I already took last year. Of course I donñt take this results as seriously as the ones from “new” exams because, in the end, you see some questions you have answered before, and even if you […] Read More