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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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Deadlines Approaching, Booth in the Nick of Time

September 13, 2012

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Earlier this week, I checked my iPhone to see my 5th and final info session for Round 1, Chicago Booth, on my schedule. Great Timing I remember feeling relieved to see the 9/11 date when I first registered. My relief came from the fact that 9/5 was on my calendar as the date of the […]

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My MIT Sloan MBA Info Session

September 1, 2012

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One week after attending Harvard and Stanford’s info sessions in downtown Los Angeles, I attended the MIT Sloan info session in Santa Monica. SWITCHING OUT BERKELEY HAAS FOR MIT SLOAN Initially, I had registered for an info session for Berkeley Haas on the same day; however, that was before I decided to apply to my Consortium […]

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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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A Change of Heart

August 22, 2012

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Introspection About a week and a half ago I published a blog post about my experiences at both a Wharton info session and the Riordan Diversity MBA Admissions Conference (CA) just 2 days apart here in Los Angeles. Each event was exceptionally well-run and worthy of due praise. Though anyone applying during the 2012-13 season has […]

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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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Getting My Boss’ Recommendation

August 3, 2012

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**Tiger Woods Fist Pump** So it happened today–THE conversation with the boss. While I will admit that I did not have nearly as much to be fearful of as some bloggers that I’ve read about (for reasons that I will get to in a moment), ANY conversation with your boss about how and/or when you […]

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Tuck Coffee Chat Verdict – Dartmouth Delivers!

July 14, 2012

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EXCEEDINGLY IMPRESSED!  That is how I felt today after my coffee chat engagement with student ambassadors from Dartmouth’s Tuck school of Business. And after not one, but 2 incredibly underwhelming b-school engagements that led to one then another EDIT of my target list, I’m ecstatic to feel this way about another MBA program. I haven’t felt this buzzed […]

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A Ball Game, a Bachelor Party and Berkeley

July 9, 2012

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So I just had quite an interesting (and tiring) weekend. I left work a little early on Friday to drive to Orange County and meet my mentee for a baseball game. Now, if you ever want to test the strength of our friendship, ask me to drive to southeast Hell Orange County to see you, […]

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10 Reasons Why I Love Working For a Nerdy Company

June 15, 2012

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NERDS IN PARIS: Yesterday was the last day of work for one of my marketing interns. She was an exchange student who had just finished her masters degree in corporate finance from Institut National des Telecommunications in France and was completing her exchange studies certificate at one of the more well-regarded UC (University of California) schools. […]

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(MBA vs EMBA) Choosing the Hard Climb: Why I Don’t Want an Executive or Part-Time MBA

June 3, 2012

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One of the first questions that I get from people when either A) I mention my age/years of work experience while talking about my MBA candidacy or B) I mention my candidacy and they already know my age is “Have you considered a Part-Time MBA or EMBA?” The answer to that question is yes, I […]

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Why Top MBA Programs Are Shifting from Suits to Start Ups in the Millennial Era

May 31, 2012

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Recently, Poets & Quants published an article highlighting the trend of more and more MBA students in top programs shunning traditional corporate jobs to start their own businesses. In particular, the piece highlighted that Stanford and HBS grads are 3x and 2x more likely to start a business upon graduation, respectively, when compared to their […]

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Yale, Tuck and Booth: The Next Leg of My Pre-MBA Research

May 24, 2012

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So, now that the 2012-13 MBA application season has been kicked off, I’m taking the next step in finalizing the programs that I will apply to sometime between Rounds 1 and 2. I’ve recently added 3 additional programs to my target list, bringing my total to 9. Will I apply to all of them? It’s […]

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Ready, Set, GOtcha!: Harvard Kicks off the ’12 MBA Admissions Season with a Game-Changing Twist

May 23, 2012

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It’s here. The 2012-2013 MBA application season has commenced. I must say, it seems to have come a bit soon. I was expecting for the first applications to be opened sometime in July–I was totally prepared for that; but MAY? Not so prepared–emotionally, at least. Apparently, I missed a fairly conspicuous memo because it seems common […]

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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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