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  • It´s been a while since my last post. But this has been a very busy month, and it seems is going to remain that way for a little longer. I haven´t had much time lately to think about my next MBA-related step, that being to decide to which schools I want to apply. I think […] Read More

  •  In last two years, my younger sister has been working for home at parents house for almost 1.2 years to be around them. Remaining time, my parents have either traveled to US to live with my elder sister or lived alone. I, on my part, has been mostly an external help - when they need someone to run around. While I was in Teach for India, Delhi, ... Read More

  • Investing in living

    by Mukaam on April 17, 2014

    I have had a trouble accepting that both my parents have fallen sick at such an early age. In my home, where my mother used to cook food, pray, sing, invite guests and get ready, In that home, she is not able to do simple of tasks of eating, sitting, standing, going to toilet, talking in one single sentence. She has Dementia – a disease which is led ... Read More

  • Try Picking Numbers with the GMAT practice problem of the day!

    Last year the price per share of Stock X increased by k percent and the earnings per share of Stock X increased by m percent, where k is greater than m. By what percent did the ratio of price per share to earnings per share increase, in terms of k and m?

    A. k/m B. (k – m) C. [100 ... Read More

  • I started out last fall with my heart set on Yale SOM. When I first started exploring business schools, SOM called out to me…even before I found out that it was “the” bschool for nonprofit folks. And once I discovered that fact, I felt like my mind was all made up. I didn’t know what kind of chances I had at admission, but if ... Read More

  • I started out last fall with my heart set on Yale SOM. When I first started exploring business schools, SOM called out to me…even before I found out that it was “the” bschool for nonprofit folks. And once I discovered that fact, I felt like my mind was all made up. I didn’t know what kind of chances I had at admission, but if ... Read More

  • (No, really!) Here’s how to dance, snack, and gamify your way to a 700+ GMAT score.

    Tip #1 – Use Music As Motivation (Exhibit A: The USC Marshall School of Buiness doing the “Harlem Shake”)

    In this video the MBA candidates of the Class of 2013 and Class of 2014 at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business ... Read More

  • My results were quite disappointing. I scored 520, and there were no breakdown by quant and verbal. I didn't time myself during quant and left 8 questions unanswered. The scholarship contest ends on the 25th of April and I'm considering another attempt next week. Hopefully I'll score better then.  Read More

  • Wow, it took me a week and half to finally complete part 1 of Geometry in the BTG study guide. It is indeed tough to study while having a full time job. I managed to study an hour before work, and two hours doing exercises from the OG13 after work. Part 2 tomorrow!Today's Total:Total Hours: 3Total Hours on Quant: 3Total Hours on Verbal: 0Running ... Read More

  • One discussion panel later on the future of business education at Chicago Booth’s London campus I feel the need to reflect and challenge myself with three questions that were posed during the event. 1. Do I really, really need a MBA? 2. Is a professional qualification better eg CFA, or maybe even an accounting qualification? 3. What do you want ... Read More

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    Slight obscure reference in this gif: see Jimmy Fallon’s evolution of hip-hop dancing!

    This was first posted on GmatClub http://gmatclub.com/forum/lucky-to-be-a-tuckie-169900.html

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    After a somewhat tumultuous period at work, I wanted to answer the question “What’s next?”. I felt like I needed to take some time out to reset and ... Read More

  • Geometry week

    by GMAT Prep Journal on April 6, 2014

    Spent the whole of last week in Geometry. I was following Day 15 of the BTG study guide. I was a little disappointed that I didn't manage to study much during the weekend. I should really buck up and try to study 2 hours before work, instead of the 1 hour that I'm doing now.  Week's Total:Total Hours: 6Total Hours on Quant: 6Total Hours on Verbal: 0Running ... Read More

  • I recently came across a really great blog post from a former student at UCLA Anderson.  He looked back on his time at b-school and compiled 108 tips for new MBA students.  Some of the tips were common sense, some were school specific and some were total gems!  I wanted to share the 20 that I appreciated the most.  You can read the full list here.

    1.) ... Read More

  • Looking for a sample Argument Essay with some expert feedback? Here’s a real essay from a fellow GMAT-student!

    PROMPT:

    The following paragraph recently appeared in an editorial printed in the opinion section of a local newspaper:

    The recent surge in violence in the southern part of the city is a result of a shortage of police officers and an ... Read More

  • So you’re done with the GMAT and understand your basic “profile”. It’s finally the fun part of reading up on schools and day dreaming about where you may end up.

    You can get information about schools a number of ways. I will list them in terms of how useful I found them:

    School visit – This is by far the best way to ... Read More

  • As someone who is about to shell out hundreds of dollars in MBA application fees, you know that money makes the GMAT-world go round. Profit is an essential concept for any aspiring MBA admissions applicant. The GMAT tests this concept in both Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency questions in three main ways. Let’s examine the need-to-know formulas ... Read More

  • By Abraham Ingle

    I’m an introvert. Depending on who you tell this to, some people I know will say, “What?? No you’re not. You talk all the time!” And others will say, “Duh, you’re totally antisocial.”

    Setting aside the fact that different people’s definitions of “introvert” and “extrovert” ... Read More

  • By Abraham Ingle

    I’m an introvert. Depending on who you tell this to, some people I know will say, “What?? No you’re not. You talk all the time!” And others will say, “Duh, you’re totally antisocial.”

    Setting aside the fact that different people’s definitions of “introvert” and “extrovert” ... Read More

  • I've been reading up on geometry according to BTG Day 15 study guide. There is quite a lot of chapters to cover on the subject in the Manhattan guide, and I think I need another two days to complete it. I've also finally taken my first CAT, the free sample exam provided by Manhattan  GMAT. There was an option to take the test without the IR ... Read More

  • Accepted!

    by MBA Reapplicant on March 29, 2014

    Since interviewing at Tepper two months ago, and Darden about a month ago, I have been counting down the days till March 24th.  When I first started the whole MBA admissions process, I felt overwhelmed with the studying for the GMAT.  I always thought it would get easier.  Then came applications…  I would have gladly studied for ... Read More

  • So after three weeks in the States here are my random reflections and comments.

    Roads While it maybe the land of the car; the roads are awful. Not even the interstates were well maintained. However the states has an odd policy called Adopt a Highway. So bits of highway have been adopted by the various local organisations including the Scouts, TGI Friday ... Read More

  • Spring

    by Mukaam on March 28, 2014

    A village of red bricks,Reminding me of old flicks,Bearing multi colored flowers,The country side is blooming with spring towers,But, alas my heart, wants to stop a bullock cart,Ask how much the harvest this year,If can i help, if can i stay, if can i share a pain and a tear.I left a life of comfort to be there for them,But the shallowness and ... Read More

  • Protein Folding and Gamification

    Right now I am taking a class through Coursera taught by a Wharton professor Kevin Werbach called Gamification. Gamification is the process of adding game like elements to non-game activities. Gamification makes those non-game activities more fun and engaging. In one lecture, professor Werbach talkes about a gamified ... Read More

  • Darden Interview

    by MBA Reapplicant on March 26, 2014

    A few weeks back I traveled to beautiful Charlottesville for my interview at Darden.  This was my first time in Virginia, and it definitely left a great impression, although the flight out there was another story.  Because of my work schedule, I was forced to take a red eye flight to and from my Darden visit/interview.  My flight left ... Read More

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    Over this year, I’ve noticed that as I started pushing myself harder, I tended to give up more and more sleep.  At a certain point, I noticed how difficult it was to get out of bed every morning.  I would set a few alarms on my phone and my computer to make sure that I got up.  This was ... Read More

  • Brief Intro: As you can see from the title of this blog, I am a single mother to the sweetest toddler you could ever meet. I became a single mother, shortly after graduating from undergrad with honors. Like most young people, I didn't think getting pregnant would have happened to me....especially not at a time when I was joining my sorority, and ... Read More

  • Day 13 & 14

    by GMAT Prep Journal on March 26, 2014

    Completed BTG Day 14, but I was confused when I got to the recommended questions in the OG13. Instead of word problems, the questions recommended where arithmetic questions. I attempted them anyway, but I did not do well because there were a few formulas that I was not familiar with. Today's Total:Total Hours: 3Total Hours on Quant: 3Total Hours ... Read More

  • Kellogg was the last school I was waiting on. It was definitely the best decision day I had in the sense that I did not feel there was a huge amount riding on the end result. As it happens, the result was a ding. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a tiny bit disappointed because hey everyone wants to feel wanted right! However, being completely ... Read More

  • Day 12

    by GMAT Prep Journal on March 24, 2014

    I started reading on word problems strategies today, according to BTG Day14. Today's Total:Total Hours: 1.5Total Hours on Quant: 1.5Total Hours on Verbal: 0Running Tally:Total Hours: 21.5Total Hours on Quant: 21.5Total Hours on Verbal: 0 Read More

  • Day 11

    by GMAT Prep Journal on March 24, 2014

    I spent time doing questions from the OG13, according to day 13 on word problems. Today's Total:Total Hours: 3Total Hours on Quant: 3Total Hours on Verbal: 0Running Tally:Total Hours: 20Total Hours on Quant: 20Total Hours on Verbal: 0 Read More

  • In about a week`s time, I`ll be moving to IIM Calcutta to pursue my one year executive MBA . Looking back, it seems its the biggest ever decision that I have ever made in my life. Here is why :1. Leaving a relatively set job and a stable career.Ever since I graduated from college and took up a job, I`ve always have had a sense of pride in my job. Being ... Read More

  • My expectations were exceeded by Duke and Fuqua. After seeing Fuqua and its great community ethos I am tempted to reapply. I would highly recommend the school to anyone who is thinking of applying to do an MBA.

    The campus Duke is a beautiful campus and the business school is on it; enabling you to get the full Duke experience. However the business ... Read More

  • Stanford GPA Impact on Acceptance

    Stanford is the most select MBA program in the country. If you hope to be accepted, then you need to put together a very strong application. It is important to understand how at Stanford GPA will impact your chance of admission before deciding if you want to apply.

    Unfortunately, once you finish your undergraduate ... Read More

  • Day 10

    by GMAT Prep Journal on March 20, 2014

    I spent an hour reading up on Overlapping Sets in the MGMAT Word Problem Strategy Guide. It was a refresher on sets, matrix and Vern diagrams, but I find that some of the solution methods taught in the guide are pretty time consuming. I think on exam day those solutions might take more than 2 minutes to complete, but it might be so at the moment because ... Read More

  • My only posts so far this year have been aboutmy trip to India. I have been very quiet since then because I was not sure what to talk about. I had originally started this blog to talk about my work and travel experiences. Soon thereafter the blog transformed into my MBA application journey as that sort of consumed my life. After I was rejected from ... Read More

  • I give Boston a four out of ten.  I was surprisingly underwhelmed.  Harvard and by default Boston is someplace I’ve wanted to live since I was 21.  Overall, I wasn’t convinced that this was the place I would want to study or live. The reality does not live up to the hype.

    Caveat: In an effort to be fair to Boston my friend rated it ... Read More

  • Day 9

    by GMAT Prep Journal on March 18, 2014

    Today I read on rates, work and population word problems, according to Day 13 of the BTG. Managed to study for an hour before work, and an hour after. I've only done half of the suggested reading for Day 13, and didn't do any of the related questions from the OG13. Either I need to study longer hours, or I need to speed up and study more efficiently. ... Read More

  • GMAT Preparation: How I Scored a 770

    GMAT Preparation is a challenging experience. The average GMAT score at top schools has increased significantly over the past 5 years. The GMAT score is up at 19 out of the 25 top schools in that time period. It is critical for aspiring MBA students to study for the GMAT in an intelligent manner so they can maximize ... Read More

  • What a couple of amazing days! At the end of my “trip” to the US I got to visit Hanover, NH and Tuck School of Business at Darmouth. On sunday march 2nd I jumped into the Vermonter train at Union Station in New Haven, excited, for I was just 5 hours away of one of […] Read More

  • So…although I’ve already put my deposit down at Johnson, the timing of everything is staggered and I’ve still been receiving news from other schools in the meanwhile. A couple days ago, I found out that I was admitted to Ross with a $20k scholarship! Yay!

    But, simply put, Ross’ offer isn’t enough to take me away from Johnson. ... Read More

  • So…although I’ve already put my deposit down at Johnson, the timing of everything is staggered and I’ve still been receiving news from other schools in the meanwhile. A couple days ago, I found out that I was admitted to Ross with a $20k scholarship! Yay!

    But, simply put, Ross’ offer isn’t enough to take me away from Johnson. ... Read More

  • Day 8

    by GMAT Prep Journal on March 16, 2014

    I did some DS questions on word problems from the OG13 today, according to BTG Day12's study guide. I attempted each question without timing constraints to ensure that I fully understand the concepts. I'll work on timing later on once I'm more familiar and have slightly more stamina. I managed to get 82% of the questions correct, which is great because ... Read More

  • After I decided that I`d be pursuing Higher Education, I started evaluating options. It kind of struck to me that I want to do something that`s a bit technical and covers the management aspect of it too. It was around this time, I came across "Dual Degree Programs" and I made up my mind that I wanted to pursue a dual degree program. As usual, I resorted ... Read More