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Ignore the last part of my last comment. Congratulations on Yale, that is an awesome choice. Also, I enjoyed reading through your blog, there is some great advice in there. -BP Ha - no need to ignore anything. I don't expect everyone to be reading my silly old blog. Thanks for the congrats. I'm psy...

by machichi

Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:23 pm
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Rejected from all schools
Replies: 26
Views: 8793

So it's clear: I am a bleeding heart liberal arts student who majored in philosophy/literature. I practically graduated with a major in Ambiguity, so I'm very sympathetic to your comments that there isn't a "definitive" answer. However, I'm skeptical of two points: 1) Math and Engineering are not co...

by machichi

Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Rejected from all schools
Replies: 26
Views: 8793

At the end of the day it doesn't matter if it's fair or valid, it just matters that it's statistically true. When schools receive as many applications as they do, they have the luxury of taking top applicants with high GMAT and GPA. GPA is probably a good predictor of success because it implies unde...

by machichi

Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:59 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Rejected from all schools
Replies: 26
Views: 8793

You don't need to call anyone. Once you get in, you can figure it out. Some schools don't even have a verification process. You will be given a chance to provide updated information if they have trouble reaching him/her.


Are you trying to go to B-school straight from undergrad? Why?

Slow down tiger. Finish school, study while you're looking for a job, take the exam and do well, get a job, and then apply in 2 years. The reputable programs prefer you to have at least 2 years experience under your belt.

by machichi

Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: Research MBA Programs
Topic: Need some advice- BAD GMAT score..
Replies: 5
Views: 10424

Turnover is staff retention over time. Ask your HR department or your boss if they have that information. Otherwise put n/a. It's not going to be a huge deal. What school even asks for this?

by machichi

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: How do I find the turnover of my company
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Not to be rude, but it kind of sounds like you were a bit lazy in undergrad. The approach you might want to take is to explain that you are much more mature now, demonstrated by X, Y, and Z. Furthermore, your GMAT can and will erase any concern about your academic aptitude. Your GMAT will go a long ...

by machichi

Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Research MBA Programs
Topic: Polarized candidate. Where to apply?
Replies: 1
Views: 453

If you want a top program but don't want a high price tag, well, stop searching now. Top programs are tons more expensive and give less aid. It's just the way it is.

by machichi

Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: Research MBA Programs
Topic: Are there any good MBA programs in Miami or Florida
Replies: 6
Views: 1880

Thank you! I love your blog and it does mean a lot to hear that coming from someone has prestigious in the GMAT/MBA community as yourself! Haha, I think you're confusing prestige with ubiquity. I appreciate the compliment though. :) Here, I think you really hit it home. I would imagine that a sizab...

by machichi

Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Research MBA Programs
Topic: Career Changer - Would like some input/suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 2281

Question: For those who have used (or are going to use) an MBA as a career-changing vehicle, how did you decide on what concentration/industry/job role/etc you wanted to pursue post-MBA? Thank you for your time! I really look forward to your opinions and thoughts and hopefully this can start a disc...

by machichi

Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Research MBA Programs
Topic: Career Changer - Would like some input/suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 2281

I submitted around 12/1 and just got the ding e-mail. Pretty stunned since i thought i had a strong app and given the quick turnaround time, i assumed that it would be an invite. I guess this means that my profile is fundamentally flawed. Worried that this means i have little hope for the other top...

by machichi

Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Research MBA Programs
Topic: Disaster: dinged at columbia, no interview
Replies: 3
Views: 1652

The difference probably depends on the school. The stats will be interesting once they come out, but at this point, just put your best application together.

by machichi

Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: App volume this year vs last
Replies: 5
Views: 889

First things first--congrats on your GMAT score! There's no better feeling than to underestimate and then outdo yourself! I strongly recommend waiting to apply until R1 next year. I can't imagine you being able to research all these schools and put together your applications by the R2 deadline. Sure...


8 is a lot of schools and it's a lot to ask your recommenders. I highly recommend simplifying it for them as much as possible. Since each school has its own questions, you should do the prework of organizing the questions for them and figuring out what they need to do for each. Unfortunately a gener...

by machichi

Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Info to give those writing my recommendation letters
Replies: 1
Views: 667