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Joined: 14 Jul 2013
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16 Jul 2014, 03:01
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16 Jul 2014, 12:00
 FROM The adventures of a (provisional) MBA student: Pre-MBA: The fun begins I was aware ‘professional London’ is a pretty multicultural community, but the last few months have really made me realise how much.With just over a month to go before we start arriving on campus for registration, fellow HBS ‘admits’ have started to leave on last minute trips abroad – holidays, or more often, trips home to family.Our group in London contains a surprisingly (at least for me) few Brits in our group, and is already a wonderfully diverse group. I think I’ve counted a few more British candidates coming from other international cities as well, rather than from the UK.This has been gathered from our own small group of the incoming ‘Class of 2016′ – every couple of weeks during the spring there has been a small get together or event somewhere in London, and there’s been a steady stream of people to meet, especially as the later rounds of admissons get their decisions and join in. I think it’s possibly the first really useful outcome from Facebook I’ve yet been involved in…Our group’s latest drinking spot, a nice way to say goodbye as a group to LondonProfessionally, the group is rather less diverse (unsurprisingly in London, as the dominant industries – finance and consulting - dominate) but this is more than made up from a real mix of experiences and personal interests once you get past the stock ‘so, what do you do?’ question.It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable spring, enough to concern me that all this MBA nonsense is going to get in the way too much of having a good time (but I suspect not)! Cheers to the HBS London bunch, can’t wait to see you all in Boston!
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16 Jul 2014, 14:00
 FROM LTN99: THE FOUR STAGES OF LEARNING! The four stages of learning -1) Unconscious incompetence.2) Conscious incompetence.3) Conscious competence.4) Unconscious competence.For all those non rocket scientists, like me, who do not score a 770  in their first tries, this a reminder to keep practicing for the GMAT till you go from "HUH??" To "CRAP!! I REALLY SUCK AT THIS" To "IF I CONCENTRATE REAL HARD I CAN DO THIS" To "TALENT!!!"LTN
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17 Jul 2014, 20:01
 FROM MBA Reapplicant: Recent Updates - Baby, Housing, Laptop, and Some Other Stuff It’s crazy how fast time flies.  There are still a ton of things I would like to get done before classes start in September.  However, the past month or so has been packed with putting my house on the market and everything that goes along with that, winding down at work, handing off projects, training new hires and interns, etc., oh ya, and my wife and I welcomed a new baby boy.  That’s boy number three for us!  So needless to say, things have been crazy.In spite of all that is going on, I have been able to cross off a few essential items off my pre-MBA checklist.  I purchased my laptop for school.  I decided to go with the MacBook Air.  For those that are considering a Mac, Apple is offering a $100 gift card to those that purchase one now. Although this wasn’t on my checklist of things to do, I decided to buy and iPad Mini with the gift card I got from Clear Admit for winning the Best of Blogging. Thanks Clear Admit!In the past month we have been able to get our house under contract too! As long as things go as planned, we should close just a couple days before we are able to move into our place in LA. Which brings me to my next checklist item, finding a place to live. We were lucky enough to get into graduate student family housing in LA. I am very glad, because we needed a 3-bedroom, and anything near campus that wasn’t university owned was about twice the price. Also, the elementary school my oldest son will be going to has great ratings, so that is a huge plus.There are several other things on my list that I am currently working. Unfortunately, a lot is getting pushed back because we have been busy packing and cleaning up our house. I am currently reading a couple great books. Quiet, by Susan Cain, and The Start-up of You, by LinkedIn co-founder, Reid Hoffman. I have also been working on learning some coding. I started taking the HarvardX CS50x: Intro to Computer Science. I have also been playing around quite a bit on Code Academy. If anyone has any other good learning sources, please share. Although things have been busy this past month, we will be heading down to LA almost a month and a half before I start classes. So, that should give me plenty of time to finish things up, and be ready to hit the ground running! ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors _________________ My MBA blog: http://www.mbaafterlife.com/ Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamjameskenichi LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameskhuntington BSchool Forum Moderator Joined: 01 Sep 2013 Posts: 311 Location: United States Concentration: Strategy, Entrepreneurship GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38 GMAT 2: 710 Q47 V41 GPA: 3.7 WE: Corporate Finance (Aerospace and Defense) Followers: 21 Kudos [?]: 192 [0], given: 145 Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] ### Show Tags 18 Jul 2014, 06:00  FROM Grant Me Admission: Trying to Tackle the HBS App The last four weeks have been INSANE. In my normal life: picked up an extra assignment outside of my division at work (small internal start-up), promoted… ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors MBA Blogger Joined: 09 Jul 2014 Posts: 4 Concentration: Finance, Healthcare GMAT Date: 08-09-2014 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 38 Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] ### Show Tags 18 Jul 2014, 22:00  FROM TexasWannaBeCali: MBA Admissions Advice: Getting the Behind the Scenes Info Now that I’ve narrowed down my school selection (see: The Decision) I’ve decided to shift my focus to generating essay ideas while I continue to study for the oh so lovely GMAT. Common themes that I’ve noticed schools ask you to write about have been: short term and long term goals, and most importantly how an MBA from a given program help achieve those goals. An important tip for tackling this type of essay question is using information that goes beyond the school website so my goal for the rest of this month is to gather as much information as I can about the programs I’m applying to and in August start contacting current students and alumni as well as looking for information sessions to attend. If you’re not sure of the essays required for your target schools, GrantMeAdmission has a great comprehensive post for most ranked programs as well as analyses by top consulting firms.AlumniAlumni, in my opinion, are the best resource for finding out all that a MBA program has to offer in terms of achieving post MBA career goals. There’s no better advice than from people who have been where you’re trying to get to. I would consider myself to be a rather outgoing and confident person, but in situations like this, at times, I can feel intimidated about expressing my thoughts and ideas to a total stranger because I don’t want to seem dumb or like I’m wasting their time. But I know I would only be hurting myself if I didn’t reach out.Alumni working in your target post-MBA industry can be especially useful. Websites like LinkedIn are a great place to start in stalking these people. Picking their brains about how a school’s courses, clubs, and career services helped direct them to their desired professional choice is essential essay material as well as noteworthy for conducting your own path to your short term and eventually long term goals.Current StudentsPeople currently enrolled in a given program are another vital resource for gaining information as they can provide the freshest picture about what’s going on in the program and will more than likely be excited to elaborate on academic and extra curricular experiences they’ve encountered thus far and plan to in the future. Current students, especially those going into their 2nd year this fall, can provide insight of what to expect when attending business school and can offer tips on things they would’ve done differently in the application process and even during their first year. They can also easily be found on LinkedIn, as well as MBA students blogs and the contact page information for leaders of clubs and programs you’re interested in.Attending On Campus or Off Campus Visits, Coffee Meet and Greets, and MBA ToursThese events are great for being able to speak with adcoms, alumni, current and prospective students all at once. They’re also a great opportunity to tour the campus and surrounding areas and sit in on classes if you are fortunate enough to visit while school is in session. To make the most of these events, it’s important to:1. Research Research Research- Don’t you just hate the person that asks the question in class that the teacher LITERALLY just stated the answer to 3 seconds ago.. Yeah don’t be that person. Know as much accessible information about a program beforehand so when the opportunity arises to ask questions, you can focus on the ones relevant to your goals and interests rather than information that can be easily found on the school’s website. It also never hurts to look like an overachiever and express your keen interest in attending a given program. The more excited you are, the more excited people will be in sharing information with you.2. Know your goals- This kind of goes in line with #1. Being able to express what you hope to achieve from a certain program will get you feedback on steps of how to get there and show your seriousness and maturity in being ready to apply for the upcoming MBA application season.3. Bring your business card and updated resume- Means for being contacted later and you might even be able to receive some immediate feedback on your competitiveness as well as areas of strengths and where improvements are needed4. Dress to Impress- No description necessary.This list is certainly not the end all be all. If you have other tips or recommendations for preparing for information sessions, please share in the comments. In the meantime, I plan on gathering as much information as possible for the rest of July and starting in August, going full stalker mode and emailing the following people like crazy:- Those working/interning in the pharma/biotech industry- MBAs with a healthcare concentration- MBA/MPH (Master of Public Health) dual degree students/alumni- Younger applicants- Younger applicants in the healthcare concentration- Those who applied through the Consortium- Duke and Texas alum who found opportunities in CaliforniaI’ll be sure to share the feedback I receive with you guys.Also, I came across two pieces of information on Clear Admit’s website called “School Guides” and “School Selection Guides”. The “School Guides” are downloadable comprehensive profiles for each MBA program and the “School Selection Guides” analyze school specific opportunities for gaining experience in certain career tracks. Has anyone purchased these guides, or anything similar? I’m all for knowing as much as possible, but I couldn’t find any reviews of how useful the products are. I’m moreso interested in purchasing the Healthcare school selection guide. Thoughts anyone?With deadlines coming up, I hope I can start posting more frequently. It’s amazing how much more organized my brain gets after writing one of these. Ciao for now. ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors Current Student Joined: 28 Apr 2013 Posts: 177 Concentration: Technology Schools: Anderson '18 (M) GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40 WE: Information Technology (Internet and New Media) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 38 [1] , given: 26 Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] ### Show Tags 19 Jul 2014, 10:02 1 This post received KUDOS  FROM Pulling That MBA Trigger: Attending a student hosted event Erm, so after having read many, many blogs about campus visits and the like, I decided to see what events were happening off campus, since I’m definitely not going to be able to squeeze in a trip to the States any time soon. As I was randomly going through websites yesterday idly registering for a few events in different cities at that, I suddenly happened to see an event for Booth in my own city that is happening today! This is so surprising because literally, no one comes here. Also, hello destiny?! I wasn’t even considering Booth in my list and it just so happens that I see this event a day before it’s scheduled to happen… The universe is calling out to me here.I’m not sure if I should sound perfectly convinced about applying to Booth or just wing it when I go there. It would be stupid to show up not knowing if I even want to apply but I have no choice. I don’t want to skip the event, god knows these things happen once in a blue moon. After a lot of asking and skulking around, this is a list of things I would like to achieve after having attended the event:Find two or more mentors, recent graduates from the school who can guide me through the application process.Identify what makes the school tick. Find out as much insider information as I possibly can, stuff that I could actually use in my essays and interviews later on.Network, network, network. Find someone who works in the admissions office or knows someone who does. No admissions officer is going to be at this event, so if I could possibly be put in touch with someone, I might have an edge?Ask about career prospects post MBA, especially once back in India.Any more ideas anyone? Let me know. I’ll update once I’ve actually attended the event. Also… I don’t have any visiting cards. How am I supposed to exchange contact information? Good ol’ pen and paper? Just note email addresses down? Meh. Must invest in visiting cards. ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors Current Student Joined: 28 Apr 2013 Posts: 177 Concentration: Technology Schools: Anderson '18 (M) GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40 WE: Information Technology (Internet and New Media) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 38 [0], given: 26 Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] ### Show Tags 19 Jul 2014, 10:02  FROM Pulling That MBA Trigger: Recap of the student hosted session: Booth Okay, so I really want to get all of this down before I forget. So today was a very weird day, in the fact that I met so many new people and that’s something that doesn’t happen all that often. I got off work early to attend the Chicago Booth student hosted session. I still walked in to the event late though, all the other brown nosers probably camped out there a day earlier, but I digress. The student from Booth just finished her MBA this year and is now working in the healthcare industry. She basically sat down in the middle of this huge circle and began to field questions from the 40 odd people that came to the event.First off, let me just say that people are so freaking dumb. My tolerance for stupidity is quite low and I was seriously pushed to the limit by the kind of questions people were asking. Like hello, she’s a student from Booth, not an admissions consultant! People had gems like:What GMAT score do you need to get in?What is the breakup of people coming from different industries?What should I put on my resume?Which format is better for the essay, text or a powerpoint presentation?Do we hide the fact that we’re using the services of a consultant?What are the different clubs on campus?Oh. My. God. People had not done the slightest bit of homework and they were busy asking questions that a simple Google search would have answered. The student was kind enough to answer, but I could literally see her rolling her eyes each time a completely redundant question was asked. After a point, I became this annoying know-it-all and shot off answers to most questions that were being asked, simply because I had come prepared. Although I was one of the youngest ones there, I still left being extremely happy with myself because none of them seemed adequately prepared. There were also four women who attended the session out of forty people. Combine the two factors and voila, as a smart woman, I felt my chances rise exponentially.Okay, getting down to the actual details of what she said. I found her advice to be direct and helpful and I worked hard at asking her meaningful questions if only to put her out of her misery.Booth is all about giving back. The collaborative nature in Booth extends right from the classrooms to everyday life. The 2nd years help out the 1st years and the trend continues because of this tradition of giving back.She also said that there is an important part of the application which asks for short term and long term goals that most people just skip (I guess it isn’t mandatory? I’m not sure). She advised us to be very wary and make sure we answered that one.She said that there were people of a wide variety of ages on campus and that despite being a relatively younger MBA entrant herself, her opinions were always afforded the same level of respect.She said that Booth really wants to see your personality shine through in the application. Show them who you truly are and not what you want them to see. Don’t exaggerate or blow your achievements out of proportion. Stay humble and true to yourself and let your experiences speak for themselves.She said that the career services team is very helpful and that they would even connect you with local alumni and set you up with interviews if you do choose to return to your home country.When I asked her about something bad about the school, she said that she wasn’t too fond of how the recruiting season started just two months after she joined the school. But she added that schools everywhere faced similar problems of being bombarded by recruitment stuff right at the beginning of business school.I made sure to ask her about how Booth looks at re-applicants. She said that they do in fact look at them quite favourably and they even admit over 30% of them the second time around. You do have to show significant improvement for them to reconsider.That’s pretty much all I remember. I will put in stuff that I forgot later on. I just realised that I didn’t even socialise with the rest of the bunch. But that’s only because I had to leave early (and because I’m a bit of an intellectual snob). Seriously people! Google before you ask. You’re giving all of us other applicants a bad rep. Finally, she gave us her card and said she would put us in touch with the right people if we had any specific questions. One guy just asked outright if she would have a look at his essays. She looked like she wished she was dead, but she did agree to it in the end. This is what is wrong with me, I really need to be more pushy. Oh well, there’s always email. ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors BSchool Forum Moderator Joined: 01 Sep 2013 Posts: 311 Location: United States Concentration: Strategy, Entrepreneurship GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38 GMAT 2: 710 Q47 V41 GPA: 3.7 WE: Corporate Finance (Aerospace and Defense) Followers: 21 Kudos [?]: 192 [0], given: 145 Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] ### Show Tags 20 Jul 2014, 07:00  FROM Grant Me Admission: My Journey to 760 (Part 2) – My First Practice Test *This is part of a series on my journey to get a 760. Part 1 can be found here. To kick off my Week 5, I… ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors Haas Thread Master Joined: 18 Feb 2014 Posts: 101 Location: United Arab Emirates Concentration: Strategy, Economics Schools: HBS '18 (M) Followers: 4 Kudos [?]: 43 [0], given: 139 Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] ### Show Tags 20 Jul 2014, 07:00  FROM LTN99: GMAT - I failed again today. I will try again tomorrow. scored a 700 - 49/35.Will take the test again next month.That is all.LTN ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors MBA Blogger Joined: 13 Apr 2013 Posts: 104 Concentration: General Management, Nonprofit Schools: Cambridge'16 (S) GMAT 1: 510 Q25 V36 GMAT 2: 510 Q29 V31 GMAT 3: 590 Q32 V38 WE: Research (Non-Profit and Government) Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 9 Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] ### Show Tags 20 Jul 2014, 09:00  FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: Dsylexia one year on I’ve wanted to write a post on my blog about how I’m managing my dyslexia and stress 12 months on. But I needed to wait until I had a couple of incidents to report.I would say my dyslexia has changed. For instance I now mix up my b and d’s. I haven’t done that since I was I’m primary three. Let me tell you it’s a pain in the neck. Unfortunately it means I also need to figure out how it works.Brain overloadI’m now also really sensitive how I take in information, it’s very easy for for me to get information overload.This means I now need to take smaller chunks of information at a time. This means at the height of the work project I need to take brain rest more seriously; so that’s regular breaks in work and in the evening that means lots of trashy tv and books. No studying!And this has also impacted my pace. I’m now slower at work when I’m undertaking reading heavy documents. That not always to my benefit nor my projects.learningI also need more than one teaching style to take in the information. So good teaching is an vitial. Unfortunately this has had an impact on me attending church. The straight forward verbal heavy talk, hurts my Brian. So I’m needing to explore other teaching styles.I also find it more difficult to shut out multiple voices. My brain overloaded on a training course when I was getting help from one trainer and then other started to speak at the front. Before I could have tuned out the other trainer.project workWhen leading a project I need to dip in and out of tasks. I’m not as good at that any more. So I now assign whole days or whole chunks of time dedicated to admin. Admin days are helpful as it allows me to get through a number of small tasks and then allows me to concentrate on larger chunks of work during the rest of the week.Challenge like always is balancing my strengths which is making leaps and quickly analysing written information. While being able to clearly show how I reached the conclusion and from what pieces of evidence. Always more of a challenge when I need to show evidence rather than the logic leap.But I’m surviving. Next step thriving. ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. 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Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors Current Student Joined: 14 Apr 2014 Posts: 114 Followers: 16 Kudos [?]: 87 [0], given: 62 Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] ### Show Tags 20 Jul 2014, 11:00  FROM TopDogMBA - A Reapplicant's Tail: Think for yourself – Stanford Innovation and risk-takingMore similar to MIT Sloan [from my shortlist]technical/scientificmore entrepreneurialCollaborative instead of competitiveFocus on leadership and experiential learningstudents like to share feedbackSmall class and squad (5-6 people) sizeGrade non-disclosure policyMaybe more targeted at older candidates?Class of 2015: 7,108 applicants, 406 matriculating = 5.7% success rate! More stats here. ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. 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Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors _________________ TopDogMBA - A Reapplicant's Tail - http://topdogmba.com/ Current Student Joined: 14 Apr 2014 Posts: 114 Followers: 16 Kudos [?]: 87 [0], given: 62 Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] ### Show Tags 20 Jul 2014, 11:00  FROM TopDogMBA - A Reapplicant's Tail: Think for yourself – MIT Sloan part 2 Specific feedback from Admissions Office and a recent MIT Sloan on the Road event I attended:Looking for students who “identify and solve the world’s problems”If you are interested in entrepreneurship, want to spend a lot of time in the Martin Trust Centeralso check out the$100k competitionWhat we want to see in your application in one word: IMPACT (e.g. how you made it, where you made it, when you made it)New second essay is nothing to worry about (usually change something each year) – aligned with professional world i.e. 360º feedbackLast season approx. one-third to one-half of applicants answered (optional) third essayInterview process will be the same as in 2013/14Surprisingly, not that many applicants from the UK [following my prompt about being in a large competition pool]Keep in touch with us before and after you submit your application → very big on this!Specific advice for re-applicants:be upfront about it, tell us how you have grown/changed since last timepay close attention to ‘What We Look For‘be sure to give specific and detailed examplesshould be consistent with last time, but think around new answers and try to give a little more informationbe sure to do the optional (third) essay – can write an essay, post a video, make a slideshowWe encourage re-applicants (stressed by Admissions and at the event)
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20 Jul 2014, 12:00
 FROM TopDogMBA - A Reapplicant's Tail: Getting better So, it’s the end of another weekend and I’ve just about got my strategy and all-important short-term, medium-term and long-term goals in place.I know I should have started writing essays by now, but I figure the goals are really the backbone of my applications. What’s more, I don’t have to do the GMAT (more on that below), I know pretty much which schools I’m applying to, plus I did it all last season so know a lot of things I didn’t know then.Still, I’ll have to push a lot harder to make my applications as great as they can be! Fortunately I have two consultants and a bunch of focused (and shockingly honest!) students and alums to keep on my case.Another big help has been the Twitter feeds from various b schools on my radar. I’m now retweeting the articles that have most relevance for me, the sort of stuff that makes you realise what you were put on this planet to do. That is what I want to get into my applications!Every little tweak I make to one of my goals has a ripple effect on the others. It matters because I have a lot of work experience so my options are fewer and I need a compelling reason for the ‘Why an [full time] MBA?’, ‘Why now?’ questions. And once those are satisfied, there is the monster ‘What have you done to improve yourself since last time?’ question.What’s more, since I took my GMAT in mid 2012, my percentile rankings have been adjusted twice. While my total score is still in the 94th percentile, my quant ranking has slipped from 78th to 74th percentile! Thankfully, everything else is above the 90th percentile. There isn’t a lot I can do about it now, but it could make or break my application given my relatively low GPA.So many things to work into those ever-shrinking number of words left in my essays! Once more unto the breach, dear friends!
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20 Jul 2014, 15:00
 FROM LTN99: When will this day end? It has been a rough twelve hours since I took the GMAT this afternoon and I still haven't come to terms with the fact that I ended up with a 700 - 49/35 split, which is the exact  split that I started with 6 months ago. In the past two months, I have taken the test twice, scoring a 710 the first time and a 700 the second time. My GMAT score hasn't moved in 6 months, yet I am barely 2 weeks away from submitting my first application (Columbia). My mock tests were going well too. Both times I took the actual GMAT, I scored over 730 in most Veritas practise tests that I took and even managed a 770 on my GMAT prep retake test a week before the actual test. I am not sure why my a week before my actual tests my scores plunge. My confidence is shattered, and I see no gain in pursuing the GMAT again. My confidant believes that I just had a bad day and recommends that I take the test again and postpone my applications if necessary.On the test, I started with some really tricky questions on the Quant section, which followed with a few extremely easy question and finally ended with really really REALLY difficult, confusing questions - I almost ran out of time. On the Verbal section, even though the questions were moderately difficult, I was able to narrow down each question to the last two answer choices. I think, I chose the wrong answer choice in each of those questions. That is exactly where my GMAT killed me. I was unable to differentiate the right from the wrong. - I completed the section on time. I have been recommended two other things now-1) Opt for a strict Verbal course - Magoosh or E-GMAT. 2) Evaluate every single question that I do, whether its correct or wrong - I was previously analysing questions I made mistakes on. I will be exploring these newer verbal courses with my Veritas course and will hope for the best outcome. I am not happy today - LTN
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20 Jul 2014, 22:00
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Joined: 28 Apr 2013
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Concentration: Technology
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21 Jul 2014, 02:00
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Joined: 31 Oct 2011
Posts: 484
Schools: Johnson '16 (M)
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21 Jul 2014, 08:00
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Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Strategy
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21 Jul 2014, 08:01
 FROM Naija MBA Gal: Admission events – Wharton Wharton came to Lagos!!! I was going through my admissions log (a cute notebook I use to keep track of all things related to MBA admissions) when I realized I hadn’t shared my experience from the session. I was really impressed by the event, there were roughly 10-15 applicants, 7 alumni and the director of admissions. […]
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Joined: 14 Jul 2013
Posts: 295
Location: India
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
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21 Jul 2014, 09:00
 FROM Farhanc85: GMAT, Fitness and Inspiration Yesterday, had a verbal workshop with E-gmat. I score 69 points, passing was 70. Highest for our batch was 84. I was satisfied with my performance but not happy. Now I am trying to understand the difference between satisfied and happy. Former is a way of telling yourself I could have done better but I didn't. Satisfy is like an excuse of not giving your 100% for a topic. Solved more than 100 questions yesterday with an accuracy of 80% that was close to happiness.After the workshop as I usually do I browsed through pages of GMATclub and came across this. And I was 'wow'ed by commitment of some members. I have been making excuses for not exercising since almost 3 months now. Started missing my runs. Finally decided to get hold of a workout which can be done at home and involves running. After browsing through lot of stuff I have now decided to follow Neila Rey. Check out her 30 days non-stop workouts. I wish someday to do a superhero workout. Today was day 1 of the workout. I think 1 hour of fitness activity will give boost to my brain to deal with GMAT.During lunch time at work I was browsing through INSEAD's student blogs and I came across an ex-student who dreams to change the world and is working hard towards that dream. Her penmanship is simply outstanding. To be so honest in a blog post is rarely seen, I try to be honest but I like many others am superficial in my blogs. I can't dive deep inside myself and let out my vulnerability out. But, this woman is simply outstanding in bringing out her emotions and using it as strength. Truly inspiring. Read her post Me, myself and I… discovering identity at INSEAD – part II.That's it for now, e-gmat course is over for me time for solving problems and diving into mocks.Till then......
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