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  • I’m here. I’m alive. I’m still on the waitlist at UCLA Anderson.

    I don’t expect to get off it this late in the game, but I’m moving on!

    I started a new job. I am now a Product Manager at one of the fastest growing travel startups in the country. I can’t tell you how intense it has been. I’m loving my job ... Read More

  • There is so much hype and noise around this latest South Indian Telugu Flick - Baahubali that I started taking note of it. I am not a big fan of Telugu movies for the simple fact that I don't understand the language. Since Baahubali had a IMBD rating of over 9.5, I decided to take a plunge and watch the movie as I was promised that there are English ... Read More

  • Originally posted on Job Market Monitor:

    74% of respondents experienced increased on-campus recruiting this year compared to the same time last year; 11% experienced a decrease.

    The strongest increase in recruiting activity was seen in the Consulting industry.

    MBA CSEA surveys our school members twice per year to gauge the status of MBA recruiting ... Read More

  • Originally posted on Fortune:

    (Poets&Quants) — Every year, the world’s top business schools engage in an all-out talent war for the best MBA applicants on the market. To coax the most desirable prospects to their campuses, they’ve employed alumni to serve as ambassadors, touted their programs and faculty, and used millions of dollars in ... Read More

  • Your MBA application process must begin with introspection – it’s a non-optional step to create a winning application. Even before you jump into analyzing the essay questions, begin with developing a self-marketing message that integrates the key themes around your story. These include your strengths, experiences, ‘defining moments’, passions ... Read More

  • The HBS essay topic for 2015-16 is

    It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The ... Read More

  • Kellogg application deadline & essays


    Leadership and teamwork are integral parts of the Kellogg experience. Describe a recent and meaningful time you were a leader. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)

    Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you ... Read More

  • INSEAD application deadlines

    Essay 1: Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (600 words max.)

    Essay 2: Describe the achievement of which ... Read More

  • Hey Everyone,

    I am launching a new venture focused on helping others get into the business school of their dreams.  If you are planning to or have recently applied to business school, it would really help me out if you answered these 9 questions.

    Thanks! Dave Read More

  • The spark that started a fire

    My MBA dreams were born during an inspiring information session organized by INSEAD  in Amsterdam. Around 30-40 people came to the event and when the presenter did a quick check around the room to see how many different nationalities were present, the result was jaw dropping. In this relatively small group you could ... Read More

  • Booth allows you flexibility to communicate in whatever way you see fit.  That means you can write yet another boring admissions essay or get creative and submit a poem, infographic, or visual essay. I decide to take advantage of this flexibility and use a medium I use everyday, PowerPoint.

    My essay, below, got me a interview at Booth and ultimately ... Read More

  • Originally posted on MIT Sloan School of Management:

    We are busy putting the final touches on our application. We plan to have it go live by July 15! We have already shared our deadlines and new essay question with you. In this video, Jeff Carbone, Associate Director of Admissions, gives some tips for completing the application.

    I would also like ... Read More

  • Harvard asks you to write a post interview reflection (PIR) within 24 hours of your interview. Many have said that there is little you can do in this reflection to get in, but there are a few things you can do to eliminate yourself.  Here are my tips:

    Follow instructions.  Make sure you have a plan to complete the PIR and have access ... Read More

  • 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

  • For Harvard, I recycled the premise of my Tuck essay, but not much else.  The content, like all my essays, is all HBS.  It is important to focus on the “what else” of the prompt. Don’t waste their time recounting in more detail facts and circumstances already included in your application and resume.  Although the prompt ... Read More

  • Originally posted on Kellogg MBA Students:

    The Kellogg School of Management welcomed new students to its One-Year and MMM MBA Programs on Monday, June 22. The students were welcomed with a collection of advice from the Class of 2015. Take a look at some of the graduates’ words of wisdom.

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  • dabhamil:

    Ryan, Yale SOM Silver Scholar, posts his perspective on one of the more interesting essay prompts in the T20, the Cornell “Table of Contents”.

    Originally posted on MBA Manual:

    This essay is a creative submission that states the following:

    “You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. In 2000 characters or less, please ... Read More

  • Yale SOM was the first admissions essay I wrote.  So I think this is one of my weakest; however, all that matters is it WORKED!

    “The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization—as an employee, a member, or an ... 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

  • Leadership is not about being the boss.  It is about inspiring others to follow your direction.  If you have direct supervisory experience, great!  If not, think of situations where you influenced others without a position of authority. This can be an even more powerful example for a MBA applicant.

    2.  Tell us about your most meaningful leadership ... 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:

    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 be 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 [insert ... 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, 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

  • You are a freshly minted MBA,  raring to get out there and change the world overnight. You do everything exactly the way the books told you to, except that nothing can get the team you are leading to move forward. Before you know it, you have lost a ton of time and resources, as well as your credibility as a Project leader has taken that first ... 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