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

June 3, 2013

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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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A Windy City Welcome Weekend at Chicago Booth

February 11, 2013

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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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High Times at Wharton’s Winter Welcome Weekend

February 6, 2013

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

December 31, 2012

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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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NO MORE Business School Applications!

December 24, 2012

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Woooo-saaaaahhhh (And Happy Holidays)! So about a year ago, I plunked down $250 and took my first swing at the GMAT. I had made a 650 on a practice test without studying, and felt that I should be able to do about as well without too much trouble, then pump out a few essays to […]

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Writing MBA Essays During Thanksgiving Week

November 21, 2012

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The Pilgrims Had it Easy Earlier today, my mind wandered as I smelled the sweet aroma of German chocolate cake baking in my mom’s oven. “I wonder what gave the Pilgrims and the indigenous Americans the time to indulge in a feast so elaborate that it started a holiday (before the former murdered 90% of […]

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Booth and Wharton Interviews Complete

November 16, 2012

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I can finally see some light at the end of this very long tunnel of pre-MBA exam prep, test-taking, app and essay writing, interviewing, waiting, worrying, and just plain ‘ole stress. So here’s the status of my round 1 applications going into the weekend before Thanksgiving (alphabetically): Chicago – invited to interview; interview complete HBS […]

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HBS App and Rec’s Submitted + An Invite from Tuck

September 21, 2012

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Well, its official. I’ve jumped down the MBA admissions rabbit hole.  Just a few hours ago, I successfully submitted my first app to HBS; and my last of 3 recommenders submitted his recommendation about an hour and a half later without my having to be a pest about it. I also received an invite today […]

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My Stanford GSB and Harvard Business School MBA Info Sessions

August 30, 2012

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I basically burned a rubber streak along LA’s streets between my job in the South Bay and downtown during the time that H/S/W came to town and hosted their info sessions literally on the same block over the past 2 weeks or so. While Wharton hosted its event in the Deloitte building (I did a […]

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Face 2 Face Time with Top B-School Adcoms

August 11, 2012

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So I’ve logged quite a bit of face to face time with MBA ad/coms over the past few days. The first opportunity to that end was the Wharton Diversity Info Session held by two of its admissions officers at the Deloitte tower downtown last Thursday. When I first realized that the event was being held […]

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One MBA Essay Shy of Done (for now at least)

July 31, 2012

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So, after several days of feverish button mashing and tedious edits, I’ve ended up being just one essay away from having all of my R1 non-consortium essays done. Of course, there will still be edits and iterations after what I have; however, each set of essays that I’ve completed thus far is solid enough where […]

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Read the Damn Email! A Missed Face-to-Face Opportunity with Wharton

May 24, 2012

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Yeah, so I recently missed an opportunity due to reading too fast (NOTE TO SELF: get that together before the GMAT). A few days ago I was writing some marketing copy at work when I received an email about an opportunity to meet representatives from Wharton in my city.  I was juggling tasks between integrating […]

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Another Good B-School Walks the Plank

May 22, 2012

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In a previous post, I talked about the importance of not ignoring red flags during b-school visits. Well, I’ve decided to take my own advice and drop another B-School from my list–except for I wouldn’t say that this one was necessarily a safety school–at least not completely. Its a solid top 15 program, well regarded […]

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“It’s Not You, It’s Me”: Letting Go of an MBA Safety School

May 19, 2012

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The signs were always there; like  knowing deep down that I haven’t really been that aroused by you, despite your attractive veneer; a bad first date full of hiccups; and friends (like T.C., Columbia GSB ’08 and M.P., Stanford GSB ’06) telling me that I could do better. For years I’ve been impressed with how […]

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Visiting Stanford, UCLA and USC: A Prequel to the Blog

May 12, 2012

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Visiting and interacting with the schools that you plan to apply to is an important part of the MBA admissions process for any serious applicant. In my inaugural post, I talked about taking a pay cut to take on a job opportunity that would better position me for the mid-to long term trajectory that I […]

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