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  • Three University of California-Berkeley students were injured in Nice, France, when a man drove his truck through a crowded Bastille Day celebration for more than a mile, the university says.

    Nicolas Leslie, 20, one of the 85 UC Berkeley students attending the study abroad there, is still missing. The Los Angeles Times reports that his parents are ... Read More

  • I write this post as I feel very passionately about this question. What am I supposed to do when I first get a job?I went through a similar phase a few years back, when I started working at my first job. There were several things that rambled on in my head, as I struggled to balance life, work, and all things around it.It is only when I look at ... Read More

  • Call this a Wayback Wednesday post, but I want to post a little something from my old blog (now defunct) about what I learned from the MBA application process…granted that was from last year and I hadn’t actually applied yet — being in the research phase was more like it.

    I plan on making this a periodic series in which I reflect on ... Read More

  • As the flurry of MBA consultants begin their analyses on why schools have changed their applications or essay questions – I urge prospective applicants to keep calm. It’s easy to be ove…

    Source: Stuff to do before the MBA apps are out Read More

  • This can be such a challenging question and we want to make it easier to explore choices and to find your answer. We created ProValues, an exercise to help you explore career choices, ask questions, and have a basis for comparison when you’re considering options. If you’re starting your MBA, over the next few months you’ll face a variety of choices ... Read More

  • I’m a little delirious because I’m a little sleep deprived. But whatever. I have to write this post because…

    I’M IN!

    Funnily enough, I actually missed the acceptance phone call yesterday. After the grade from the GSAL class I took this past spring was published, I sent an email to Booth admissions to inform them of my final course grade. I ... Read More

  • Back in October, I attended an event hosted by the Kilts Center for Marketing at Booth and took advantage of the opportunity to mingle with current students, like any overzealous prospective student would.

    I met two J.D.’s who were both in the midst of getting MBA’s part-time through Booth’s evening program and had intentions to work in marketing ... Read More

  • INSEAD Acceptance Rate

    This article will analyze the model I built to predict INSEAD acceptance rate. INSEAD is a graduate business school in France, near Paris. It has two additional campuses in Singapore and Abu Dhabi. In addition to the MBA program, INSEAD also has an Executive MBA, Masters in Finance and a PHD in Management. Unlike most business ... Read More

  • For the last few days, I’ve had my head down at my computer, cranking out my share of a group paper that will be submitted as each member’s final graded assignment for a class I’m taking at Booth School of Business.

    It’s worth noting that I’m not an MBA student there…yet.

    I’m one of those MBA applicants who embarked on assembling an ... Read More

  • MBA Admission Calculator Officially Launched

    After 2 years of effort and over 1,000 hours of work, I have finally launched my MBA Admission Calculator. The calculator uses the logistic regression models that I built to write most of the articles on this website. It only requires you to fill in 10 pieces of information to get a rough idea of how competitive ... Read More

  • Final decisions are in: Berkeley: Denied with interview Tepper: Waitlisted with interview Rotman: Admitted with scholarship (withdrawn) Random French School: Admitted to MSc in Management with scholarship (matriculating…maybe) It’s been eight months since I started my MBA admissions journey and I’ve learnt so much thus far. I am glad ... Read More

  • Last year when I attended a session of Chicago’s Booth Live, I felt pretty out of place. I was surrounded by professionals from all over the world from major corporations, big banks, leading consulting firms, and the like.

    Then there was me. A newly-minted “unemployed” member of society, who was spending most of her time working on pitching a ... Read More

  • Another App In

    by MBAble on May 26, 2016

    Yes, I am happy to report today that as of last night, I have cranked out and submitted my fourth application in a month!

    Except, it wasn’t an MBA or grad school application.

    Yesterday, I sent in package to apply for the Sundance New Voices YouTube Lab (part of Sundance’s episodic storytelling institute). I had been eyeing sending an application ... Read More

  • Why I gave up on the GMAT

    by MBAble on May 24, 2016

    I spent a good chunk of yesterday binge-watching installments of “Handicapping Your MBA Odds” that John Byrne from Poets and Quants and Sandy Kreisberg with HBS Guru host (side note: it’s a nice series to watch to get some directional insight on a diverse selection of aspiring MBA’s and where their profiles may put them in top B-school candidate ... Read More

  • All the business schools have one question in common for the applicants - "Why MBA?"It is be asked either in the application or during the interview. It is be asked either directly like "Why MBA?" or it could be asked indirectly like "Where do you see yourself after 5 years?" But it is always asked for it is very important for a business school to understand ... Read More

  • Application Submitted!

    by MBAble on May 22, 2016

    And so the waiting game begins…

    Not too long ago, I sent in my application to apply for my only B-school for the Fall 2016 application cycle — the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

    This whole process has been nearly three years in the making, from GMAT’s to job changes to campus visits to cranking out the essays. Despite my many ... Read More

  • McKinsey Emerging Scholars

    For all of you soon to be MBA Students interested in consulting, McKinsey has a great opportunity for you. Apply for the McKinsey Emerging Scholars program by May 19th 2016. If you are selected to be a scholar, then you will receive a monetary award, mentorship from McKinsey consultants and an invitation to a celebratory ... Read More

  • Few years back I was a MBA applicant with dreams to secure a coveted place in a reputed business school.It is then I created this blog to share the mistakes I was making and lessons I was learning along the path towards a business school.In fact, I kept the title of this blog as "mistake, lessons, MBA and more..."The entire journey from preparing from ... Read More

  • I sank into a sea of depression after I discovered I was waitlisted at Tepper. I had turned down my Rotman offer and only had the waitlist offer to hold on to. I panicked. I wasn’t going to let my future depend on one yes or no decision so I applied to every decent program that was still … Continue reading Haas Interview Invite! Some ... Read More

  • HBS alum talks about effective altruism and founding and ultimately closing MBAs Across America at TED:

    Casey Gerald speaks at TED2016 – Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED Casey Gerald’s story begins in an East Texas church on the night of December 31, 1999, as he joined his congregation ... Read More

  • By Libby Koerbel Engaging a room of more than 100 people for two straight hours is no easy task, but the Women’s Business Association (WBA), Professor Victoria Medvec, Dean Sally Blount and an all-star panel of three female alumnae pulled it off. One of the panelists summed it up perfectly afterward when she said, “I […] Read More

  • the speaking life

    by Mukaam on May 1, 2016

    My brain says, "No one should be going through this". 10 years ago, my father suffered from paralysis. I was still in college, my younger sister still in school and my elder sister building her career.  The local doctor didn't put the medicine that could have reversed the stroke. With that, a fate of the family was written.A family of three daughters, ... Read More

  • I have been wanting to put a message out there for companies who have sub-par brand managers, and even worse agencies executing the adverts. I wonder where the concepts of brand maps, concept boards went when I look at these adverts.I also feel bad for the company that puts these ads out, because clearly it doesn't help create the connect they'd wished ... Read More

  • There's been a wide array of reactions on social media about the ban that the Delhi government imposed on surge pricing on Uber and Ola cabs in New Delhi. The Delhi Government did this as part of their on going rule to control vehicular traffic by enforcing the odd-even rule.Now before I put forward my arguments against surge pricing, and talk about ... Read More

  • Welcome on the waitlist

    by on April 19, 2016

    After the endless amount of hours you put into your application and into improving your interview skills, it feels more than discouraging to receive the “welcome-on-the-waitlist-letter”.

    But there is no reason to give up now, o contraire. Competition is fierce and unqualified applicant are not placed on the waitlist. Now you need to take ... Read More

  • Studying your MBA abroad

    by on April 18, 2016

    Choosing at which school you want to study your MBA may just be one of the most important decisions in your life. This decision will have a major impact on the rest of your career. There are a great number of questions you should ask yourself before starting your application(s). One of the most important is:  Is this the time for me to study abroad?

    PERSONAL ... Read More

  • April 9 is the world IoT Day. The IoT Council and Postscapes jointly agreed to dedicate a day to bring the best minds of IoT together basically to converse, showcase and to propagate the interest in IoT on a global scale. In their own words - " Anyone is free to create an IoT Day event in your local community on April 9th. It doesn’t matter whether ... Read More

  • To begin with the MBA application process each candidate has to go through some basic rules, thus each B- schools have their own standard procedure to obtain students. These includes… GMAT/GRE score and GPA Professional Experience Community Experience Personal Profile Fit for you Formula The GMAT There is no doubt that your GMAT score or […] Read More

  • If you are a future MBA applicant you may be thinking that round 1 deadlines are so far away. There is no reason to fire the gun before you can see the target.However! There goes a lot of work before writing essays and collecting the elements of the actual application. Here is a few pointers to what you can do now for a well structured, thought-through ... Read More

  • Living with Dementia

    by Mukaam on April 9, 2016

    A leaking urine bag, thats how i started my Sunday, urine all over the floor. She almost threw up the liquid oatmeal out of her mouth. She could recognize my repeated calling of her name but she couldnt determine where that voice was coming from.Have you ever thought that it is a complex brain function to sense a direction of a voice and turn around ... Read More

  • An extremely important part of your MBA application is recommendations. These can both come from previous professors and supervisors. Since it’s your qualifications acquired in your professional the admission committee is most interested in, recommendations from supervisors are to prefer. A professor can only vouch for your engagement in class.

    Each ... Read More

  • One of the greatest things about PGPEX-VLM program is its uniqueness in terms of being a joint degree program of 3 of India`s premier institutes -IIM Calcutta, IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras. One benefit that we enjoy is that we are associated for life with these 3 institutes. Yes.. We are officially inducted as alumuni of IIM Calcutta, IIT Kanpur and IIT ... Read More

  • Why you should visit Campuses now

    by on April 6, 2016

    There are several reasons why visiting Campuses is a great idea. Not everyone has the ability to do so, typically because of distance. If the schools you are planning on applying to are near by, don’t cheat yourself out of an important experience.

    There is no doubt you will achieve the most from visiting Campuses in the spring. Here is why.

    The ... Read More

  • Work-MBA Balance?

    by Tech MBA Girl on April 5, 2016

    It’s happening. The thing they tell you might happen but you shrug off. I’m being edged out at work! I’ve been on this MBA admissions brouhaha since last year and my boss knows, my boss’s boss knows and so does HR. Why wouldn’t they? I used them all as references. We’re a such a small company … Continue reading ... Read More

  • So this is what it feels like to be waitlisted. I feel like the geek at school who asked Anna to go to the prom with him but she’s gonna ask Jimmy to go with her instead cuz he’s more awesome. If Jimmy says no, then she just might give me a chance but I have to wait till … Continue reading How I Got Waitlisted at Tepper → Read More

  • When number of options is huge, it is important to have some tools that will help you with your decision. More often than not prospective students learn about their options through MBA rankings, but that’s only one of the steps, after taking a look at the rankings students need to research each of the schools separately, employment reports, regional ... Read More

  • As you all know, Stanford is a done deal for my applications in Round 3. I’ve made a lot of progress with my app so far. Oh btw, there’s a second Stanford GSB Just In Time Webinar for Round 3 on March 22 at 09:30 AM Pacific Time. Shoot me an email for the password if … Continue reading HBS vs Haas for Technology MBAs → Read More

  • By the time this week started I already was accepted to Booth, my top 1-2 choice (with Kellogg), so I was quite relaxed and confident.

    First, I received an acceptance from UCLA Anderson, I tried not to visit GMATClub live thread too often and spend most of my day doing usual things (+Tuck Interview), so I they caught me off guard with their call ... Read More

  • Since my last post a lot has happened in terms of my path towards my MBA, so I will summarize these events and bring my blog up to date in 1-2 posts.

    The Dec 14, 2015 week was quite rich on decisions for me as evident from my previous post. But no day during that week was more memorable than Monday, the day of my UCLA decision and Tuck interview. ... Read More

  • I’ve been getting a lot of heat on GMATClub about applying to Stanford in Round 3. Perhaps I should dial down my big mouth a notch. I really don’t think that there is already a me at Stanford so I’m going to put in my application nonetheless. It’s up to Derrick Bolton to decide if … Continue reading Stanford GSB Round 3 Myths ... Read More

  • Image Credit: I’ve been in a spin for the past few days trying to decide whether to apply to 2 or 3 schools in round 3 and which schools to apply to. Here’s how it’s been going: I love tech! Stanford all the way But I need a safety…add Berkeley What if there’s already … Continue reading To Round 3, or ... Read More

  • Your first task is to define what you are looking for in your MBA, where you see yourself afterwards and how much effort you are willing to put into the program. Before you even start to look at schools, you should ask yourself the following questions:

    Do you want to study abroad or would you prefer to remain in the country where you are ... Read More

  • By Eric Wulf The Kellogg Net Impact Club recently interviewed Megan Kashner ’03, Kellogg’s new director of social impact. Kashner brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the social and non-profit sectors. Kashner is founder and CEO of Benevolent, a non-profit organization that redesigned how people experience the stories of low-income families ... Read More

  • Online courses in general, gives you the opportunity to enhance your career and persue your dreams. Over and above online courses an online courses like online management course makes the same much affordable for the learners. If you a doing a full time job and you cannot attend regular classes, this is the best for you. […] Read More

  • My Tepper Interview

    by Tech MBA Girl on February 29, 2016

    I better write this down quick before I forget… So I literally just had my interview with Jackie Jones at Tepper via Skype. It was relaxed and very conversational…much better than my Rotman interview when I was sweating like a hyena. Before I get into details, let me start from the top: 2 Days To … Continue reading My Tepper Interview ... Read More

  • By Kristen Zhou Coming from a background in finance and engineering, I often solve business problems and improve operational performance using hypothesis-based analytical thinking and data analysis. When I was exposed to the design thinking approach for the first time as a MMM student, it struck me how many transformative design innovations have been ... Read More

  • You Can’t Cheat The GMAT

    by Tech MBA Girl on February 26, 2016

    Well done, W, well done! You’ve managed to cross the 700 mark on the GMAT but with lower quant scores and a freakishly low Integrated Reasoning score. Bravo! Was it worth it? Was the $250 worth 20 measly points on the GMAT minus 1 point on quant and 5 points on IR? I’m not quite … Continue reading You Can’t Cheat The GMAT ... Read More