Tag Archives: Career Goals

3 for 3: A Scholarship Offer from MIT Sloan

January 31, 2013

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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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ACCEPTED at The MIT Sloan School of Management!

January 29, 2013

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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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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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Researching Kellogg, Tuck, Berkeley and Yale While Waiting for Interview Invites

October 21, 2012

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I’ve never been the type to spend too much time worrying about things that I cannot change. And so, I’m not allowing myself to worry too  much about the 5 MBA applications that I’ve turned in over the past 3.5 weeks for (in order of submission) HBS, Wharton, Booth, Stanford and MIT. I know that […]

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On Age Discrimination in MBA Admissions and Rookie Hype

October 7, 2012

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I’ve been hard pressed to achieve an insomnia-free night as of late; and to be fair to my fellow pre-MBA applicants, I must concede that I am probably not unique in that respect. At first glance, I’m just another one of thousands of applicants who has recently turned in a set of Round 1 applications […]

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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 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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A Change in Plans

August 5, 2012

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“When man makes plans, God laughs” As a compulsive planner, I’ve always taken issue with that statement; yet, it has proven to be the gospel time and time again. So, I was minding my own business last night while watching the swimming and women’s track and field finals of the London Olympics; I was also […]

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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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My July 2012 MBA Application Update

July 26, 2012

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In just a few days, it’ll be August.  For many reasons, that is the month that things really begin to heat up in Top 20 MBA land. For starters, August is when the vast majority of people seem to be joining the app race. That is also the month during which every application that has […]

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Happy 35th Birthday to Me

July 12, 2012

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So it’s finally here…my birthday; which means that I am officially a 35-year old MBA applicant. And you know what? I have never been more clear about what I want, where I’m going and how I plan on getting there. Let’s just hope these adcoms concur LOL! Today is also the official 2-month-aversary of mbaover30.com; and […]

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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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Developing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

June 10, 2012

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Naturally, I haven’t been in much of a writing mood lately since I have just a little more than 2 weeks left until I take a swing at the GMAT. I’ve reviewed all of the math that I intend to, including: OG (all math) OG quant supplement Manhatttan GMAT Number Properties Manhatttan GMAT Geometry Manhatttan […]

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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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MBA Admission for Smarties: A Must-Have Weapon for Your MBA Applicant Arsenal

May 30, 2012

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 When I first began my pre-MBA research, I spent a good deal of time on YouTube. I saw it as the fastest way to get a broad, 10,000 ft. view of the most generally accepted admissions advice and see what recurring advice trends I could find. At the time, I had never heard of an […]

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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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MBA Fail-O-Phobia: A Sum of All Fears

May 16, 2012

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You lose sleep over it. You sacrifice a normal social life as you scavenge the net because of it. You also re-read the same article at accepted.com 10 times, hoping that your next read will reveal some golden nugget of rare wisdom that you haven’t noticed before. I call “it” MBA failophobia (n): the fear of not getting […]

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A Not-So Winding Road

May 12, 2012

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So, about 2 1/2 weeks ago I celebrated the 12th anniversary of my college graduation. Though it would be a shameful lie for me to sit here and say that “it feels just like yesterday”, I am yet amazed at just how fast time has progressed. It’s been an eventful, busy, lesson-filled decade and change; […]

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A Mixed Review on Poets and Quants

May 12, 2012

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 A week or two before starting this blog I had my MBA applicant profile analyzed by Sanford “Sandy” Kreisberg,  a well-known MBA admissions consultant and founder of HBSguru.com. His brand is based on his style as a “straight-shooter”–giving you the most blunt opinion possible about your chances at various business schools (that you choose). My review […]

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