Tag Archives: The Road to an MBA

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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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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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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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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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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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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MBA Essay Mode and My 2012-13 Application Strategy

July 5, 2012

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So it’s been exactly ten days since I unloaded a huge weight off my back by hitting the 700 GMAT mark–if only by a hair. Though I am about 85% sure to go for a retake, my “700 Club” status has decreased the pressure of this whole process to the point that I’m actually enjoying […]

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ACT 3: FROM 590 TO THE GMAT 700 CLUB (Q47, V40, AWA6)

June 25, 2012

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{{PROLOGUE}} I played classical saxophone for about 8 years between middle school and my first year of college. I also had the privilege of taking private lessons from Mr. Collins, who was hands down the best in my state at the time. His students consistently auditioned well enough to dominate all-county and all-state wind ensembles. […]

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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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ACT 2 – THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS: Less than 30 Days ‘Til the GMAT

May 27, 2012

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I’ve always been a planner–literally addicted to times and dates. It’s the only way for a quasi-forgetful person like me to stay organized and on track. I’m also a person who loves projects; a tendency that can have me jumping from one to explore the novelty of the next if I’m not careful. Calendaring keeps […]

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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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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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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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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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How I Totally Underestimated the MBA Admissions Process

May 14, 2012

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When you’re in undergrad and your major is engineering, you’re taught two basic mantras: 1) Unless they are studying pharmacy or some variation of natural science–everyone’s major is exponentially easier than yours. 2) Especially the business majors. So for years, both during and after undergrad, I unwittingly subscribed to this insidious, elitist idea and accepted it […]

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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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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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