July 6, 2014

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One Year Down, Second Year Bound

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Hardly Working So for the past 7 weeks, I’ve been back out on the west coast living and working in the Silicon Valley for Google. It has been an out of this world experience thus far and I hardly want to come to grips with the fact that my internship will be over in a short […]

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February 25, 2014

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A Startup, Wharton West, Travel Abroad, Google and other Updates

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First, I’d just like to congratulate my admissions consulting clients from this season who have accepted offers to their target schools. Thus far, 2 of you are headed to Wharton, 2 to INSEAD, one to Duke, and 4 waiting to hear back from one of Wharton (2 more), MIT (1) or Darden (2). I only […]

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October 6, 2013

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My First Quarter at Wharton, Rugby and a WSJ Response

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My first quarter at Wharton has been an unbelievable experience. When I last posted,  I was just getting my druthers after a fun but exhausting Pre-Term experience. I had also deluded myself into thinking that I’d do a couple posts last month. Negative. Out of nowhere, I was blind-sighted by a flurry of quant problem […]

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October 3, 2013

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Podcast on Getting into B-School After 30, Identity Revealed and other Nonsense

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What’s up guys. Remember me? LOL. I’ve actually been trying to get to another post for the past 3 weeks quite unsuccessfully. Life in b-school is amazing on one hand and all consuming on the other.  I wanted to give you a heads up on a podcast that I’m featured in where I give tips […]

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August 8, 2013

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Pre-Term at Wharton

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  The short version of this story is that I’m having the time of my life right about now. Here goes the long version… (I hope you packed a lunch!) The Fresh Prince of Philly I arrived in Philadelphia back on July 23rd, just over 3 weeks ago. While my flight had me landing several […]

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July 22, 2013

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Philly Bound at Last

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This time tomorrow, I will officially be a resident of Philadelphia. Since I was admitted during round one (December), much of this transition has been anticlimactic for me since my excitement hit its zenith during admit weekend way back in February. It’s not that I haven’t been excited about going to Wharton, but the drudgery […]

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July 13, 2013

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Funemployment, Prepping for Wharton and Turning 36

Funemployment

I’ve never really been the jealous type. That notwithstanding, it can be quite a challenge to not become a hater when all of your rich banker classmates are gallivanting around the globe after having quit their pre MBA jobs months ago while you report to a cube each day. So naturally, I was more than […]

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June 24, 2013

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Entrepreneurship Doubling at Wharton since 2010

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Every now and again (actually, quite often if I’m honest) I get yet another confirmation of having made the right decision in choosing to attend The Wharton School to get my MBA and focus on building a company. While I’ve never looked back or even so much as wondered about my having chosen the best […]

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June 20, 2013

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Celebrating 150,000 views with a FREE set of MBA Essays!

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Thanks to you and other MBAOver30.com readers everywhere, we’ve just hit the 150,000 view mark after just over 13 months of the blog’s existence. This past January, I was elated to learn about the blog’s first 63,000 views, most popular posts, most active contributors and its demographic when WordPress published its 2012 annual report. Today, […]

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June 13, 2013

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The Truth vs. “Playing the Game” in MBA Admissions Essays

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken with a number of 2013-14 MBA applicants while helping them with their application strategies for this admissions season. A few days ago, one of them asked me a very candid question about his admissions apps for several top 10 schools. “While writing my essays, should I tell the […]

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June 13, 2013

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MBAOver30 GMAT Quant Practice #4

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It’s GMAT time for a lot of your right now. I’ve spoken with a number of you who are taking the exam in a few weeks. There are many more of you who will be taking it for the first (or second, or third) time within the next 1-2 months, depending on which round you […]

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June 4, 2013

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MBAOver30 GMAT Quant Practice #3

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Here’s GMAT Quant/Math Batch #3 from our friends at Target Test Prep . Throw these problems into your GMAT prep mix to increase your chance of breaking into scores of 680-750 and above. And don’t just go through the problem, really seek to understand the underlying rules and relationships that lead to a solution. Here you goes: […]

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June 3, 2013

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DMAC Diversity Conference – You’ve Got to Be There!

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A year ago today, I was mulling over why a full time MBA vs. an EMBA was the right decision for me being that I was only about 6 weeks away from my 35th birthday. Boy am I glad that I got clear on that distinction and chose the path of full time. The dividends […]

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May 31, 2013

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MBAOver30 GMAT Quant Practice #2

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You asked for it, and now you’ve got it. Our friends over at Target Test Prep have sent this year’s GMATTers two more juicy quant problems to chew on. Here’s to your 680-750+ next GMAT attempt! Here’s bath #2! PRACTICE PROBLEM 2A Jamshid can paint a fence in 50 percent less time than Taimour can […]

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May 29, 2013

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MBAOver30 GMAT Quant Practice #1

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In the past, several people have asked me to publish advice and help on the dreaded GMAT exam. When I was applying, I had zero time to offer this kind of help. Now, I am able to provide some occasional practice questions and solutions based on having slightly more time than I did before and […]

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May 10, 2013

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Vote for MBAOver30 for The Clear Admit Best of Blogging Awards 2012/2013

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…And to think I once thought that I’d never see the end of the friggin GMAT. Looking Back Almost exacty a year ago, I hit “publish” on my very first blog post for MBAOver30.com. Real talk, no one could have told me that the past 364 days would have unfolded as they have. I am […]

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May 4, 2013

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GMAT Mode–Again (Well, Sort of)

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I experienced deja vu today. I was in the middle of reviewing some statistics info when I thought to myself, “really tho”?. Allow me to explain… I’m currently in the throes of prepping for my transition from brain dead, autopilot but employed 9-to-5 life in sunny Los Angeles to rigorous, stimulating but broke student life […]

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May 1, 2013

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It Wasn’t You; So Maybe it Was Your Pitch

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So, you laid it on the table during this MBA admissions cycle. Your GMAT score and undergrad GPA were in range, you have a solid work history, strong extras, clear goals AND don’t know of any reason that any of your recommendations would have gone sour because you’ve crushed it at work to boot. I […]

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April 16, 2013

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Wharton’s R2 Welcome Weekend Comedy Routine

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 Earlier today, I was pleasantly surprised by a Facebook message from Matt Higbee, the Wharton student/banker/comic who roasted me for a few brief moments in his routine for R2. In it, he thanked me for being a good sport about the jab(s) and for understanding that they were all in good fun; no doubt. He […]

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April 13, 2013

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Roasted at Wharton’s R2 Welcome Weekend

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So…I’m sitting at the computer while taking a break from some freelance writing work. I’m watching this clip on YouTube that always makes me laugh so hard that I fart when my my phone starts beeping and my email notices from Facebook start blowing up. Apparently, just as I was laughing and in tears to […]

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March 26, 2013

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CONGRATS to All Round 2 Wharton Admits

whartongreen

So…you’re “in” at Wharton. Congratulations on your achievement. I’ve felt kinda bad for all of you during these past couple of weeks, as the period between mid-November and late December (my waiting period) was the roughest time for me during this whole MBA application ride–definitely the upside-down-to-downward-spiral part of the coaster. While the GMAT had […]

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March 12, 2013

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A World of Opportunity at Wharton

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It is incredibly gratifying to finally be busy in a way that is fun and enriching (prepping for school, prepping for Philly, networking, planning etc.) rather than oppressive and numbing (GMAT, essays, interviews, waiting for results, et. al) as it relates to this whole MBA deal. Lately, I’ve been cyber stalking events such as the […]

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March 1, 2013

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Why I’ve Chosen The Wharton School of Business

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I’ve chosen to invest my next two years into building a company and earning an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at The Wharton School of Business at UPenn. First World Problems From the moment that I first got “the call” from Director of Admissions Ankur Kumar welcoming me to Wharton’s class of 2015, I […]

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February 11, 2013

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A Windy City Welcome Weekend at Chicago Booth

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Earlier today (Sunday) I flew back into Los Angeles from R1 Welcome Weekend at Chicago Booth. Over the past two weekends, I’ve gotten little sleep, increased my alcohol tolerance by a third and met several hundred of the most interesting and exceptional people that I’ve met all in one place in quite some time. If […]

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February 6, 2013

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High Times at Wharton’s Winter Welcome Weekend

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So last weekend I flew to Philadelphia to rendezvous with over 300 of my fellow R1 admits at Wharton’s Winter Welcome Weekend. To say that I had a blast and was impressed would be an understatement. The Whartonites definitely know how to sell their brand and showcase their culture to a horde of admits. The […]

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January 31, 2013

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3 for 3: A Scholarship Offer from MIT Sloan

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Touched Before Take-off [Location, JFK Airport, NYC en route to Philadelphia] – So I’m sitting on the runway awaiting take-off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) almost exactly 6 hours ago. I’m having a good day. I’ve taken today (Thursday) and tomorrow off to attend Wharton’s Winter Welcome Weekend in Philadelphia. I’m also smiling about […]

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January 29, 2013

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ACCEPTED at The MIT Sloan School of Management!

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Post Mortem Just an hour ago, I thought that I’d be writing a  very different post than this. About two weeks ago, I interviewed for a spot in the class of 2015 for The MIT Sloan School of Management. While I left the actual interview feeling pretty good, I began to wonder about whether my […]

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January 19, 2013

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Networking, Reading and My MIT Interview

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At about 3 weeks into the new year, a few things are certain: 1. I’ll be moving to either the east coast OR Midwest sometime this summer. 2. I’ve just jumped down a rabbit hole of massive spending and relentless saving and budgeting that is likely to not end until at least 2015. 3. While the stress […]

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January 10, 2013

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The People Make the Place

Young-Professionals

I really envisioned a carefree winter and spring after being admitting into Wharton and Booth a few weeks ago. Pipe dreams. Though, I must say that the kind of intensity that I experience now feels much better than it did when I was waiting to find out whether I “got in” to any of my […]

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December 31, 2012

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The Laws of Getting In (to a Top Business School)

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A Prophet I am Not Despite the nature of heavenly event #1 , heavenly event #2 and heavenly event #3 in my journey to an elite MBA, I’ll be the first to admit that I am no expert on the subject of getting into top business programs. In fact, the only true experts are the […]

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