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This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Date of visit:

11/2014

I woke up early and quickly got ready out of eagerness to head to campus and get the party started. In my infinite wisdom I decided to walk the 1.3 miles to HBS because it was a nice morning… in a full suit, jacket, and dragging a rollercase. Rookie mistake – I arrived a bit sweaty, even in windy 37 degree weather. But I at least got some nice shots of New England in the fall.

HBS admission took up shop in the Spangler building and had an area to hold our coats and luggage, which was fantastic. I arrived around 8:30 and had an hour to enjoy a complimentary breakfast and mingle with other students. I found there to be a good number of finance/consultant-types from Boston/NYC which is cool but I found the other career-switchers to be way more interesting. There were some guys and gals from the military, real estate, and other non-traditional backgrounds from around the country which had cool stories and paths to HBS.

I think that while certainly impressive, many people romanticize the types of people that get in to these top schools. I did not meet anyone that made my jaw drop to the floor, yet I am very excited at the potential of calling some of them my cohorts. I initially saw who I would get along with very well, as well as who I could learn a lot from.

By the end of the day I was exhausted, but had a fantastic idea of what HBS was about. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure what the people would be like at an Ivy league – much less the preeminent business school in the world. I was however happy to find that the students and faculty were warm, very intelligent, but ultimately normal people who share a common drive to learn through each other. In my application process I kind of only applied to HBS because of the brand-name, but I can definitely say I am sold on the idea of attending. I can truly see myself at this institution come next fall. In fact, I really want to be there. I just need to invest in better winter clothing.

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GMAT Course Review
Helped get me to 710!
September 24 | 2013
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This review is for: Magoosh Premium
Location: Online

Magoosh offers a great product at an affordable price. I knew virtually nothing about the GMAT or the GMAT material, and Magoosh's helpful videos showed me everything. Here is what I really liked about Magoosh:

Visual Dashboard:
This dashboard helped me really keep track of my progress, and allowed me to see all tools at once. Even though the dashboard is a small part of the Magoosh product, to me it was vitally important.

Video Tutorials:
Because I have not been in school for awhile, I really struggled with a lot of the GMAT material. However, Magoosh has extremely helpful videos that walk you through the test, testing strategies, sections, concepts, and practice questions. The tutorials were very short (allowing me to focus on what I needed and also feel like I was "progressing" quickly by watching six 5-minute videos, as opposed to one 30-minute video), and also very comfortable to listen to.

Question Bank:
Magoosh has A LOT of questions (over a 1,000) and they all have a written explanation and video explanation. This was critical in my learning HOW to solve questions. They also offer many different ways to practice, even simulating the "adaptive" nature of the GMAT (as you get questions correct, harder questions get asked).

Customer Service:
This was what made this company. I got great customer service, before and after my test. They offer a lot of great deals, and even send a friendly email right before the exam to encourage/help you.

Overall, I truly believe I couldn't achieve my 710 without Magoosh!


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Admission Interview Review
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This review is for: Kellogg
Program:

Full Time MBA

Date of visit:

11/2014

For those of you who don’t know, Kellogg offers all out-of-Chicago applicants a chance to interview on campus, often with an admissions officer. This interview was definitely an intense conversation, but I really liked it. The dialogue was rapid… a LOT of questions about handling various situations. The interview seemed predominantly about my career and why I wanted a Kellogg MBA. This interview had SO MANY questions; it was definitely a rapid-fire session.

Ultimately, I really enjoyed it. It seemed that Kellogg tries to get to know applicants the best out of any school I applied to (including Tuck). In fact, their application was MY FAVORITE BY FAR.

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School Visit Review
I am in love with Kellogg!
February 04 | 2016
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This review is for: Kellogg
Program:

Full Time MBA

Date of visit:

11/2014

The day at Kellogg was amazing. Everyone had different backgrounds (I actually bumped into a friend!) and brought a lot to the discussion. Also, this class seemed to have incredibly fun and easy-going people (a common trend that I see in all of Kellogg’s students). A lot of laughs were shared in class, with some FANTASTIC dialogue.
To end my day at Kellogg was a building tour. Two words: People-oriented. Even there schedule of M,T,Th,F is on purpose (to keep people on campus five days a week). The building was gorgeous (in my opinion… I know its older), and the people were fantastic.
Dare I say it… Am I in love with Kellogg???

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School Visit Review
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This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Date of visit:

11/2014

I arrived in Boston for the first time in my life this past Saturday night at around 11:30 PM and didn’t get to my AirBnb rented room in Cambridge until about 1 AM. Protip: Cambridge is expensive and AirBnb was probably the cheapest way for me to stay within walking distance of both the MIT and Harvard campuses without spending a ton of time on public transportation or an exorbitant amount of money (ain’t nobody got time for that).

I spent Sunday exploring the MIT campus and downtown Boston as best as I could, with the intent of preparing for the interview in the evening. I say exploring as best as I could, because the city was hit with its first ‘snow” storm that day. Like seriously I had no idea where to point the umbrella, because it was impossible to predict the direction and angle of attack of the sleet/snow/freezing rain mixture. My iPhone 6’s motion coprocessor was working overtime that day, because by the end of it all I had supposedly walked the equivalent of 7.5 miles and climbed 29 stories. In that weather. Yea, not doing that again.

MIT’s campus was interesting, and I actually was roaming somewhat aimlessly and stumbled upon the main Sloan building by accident. I was walking along the Memorial Drive with a scenic view of Boston in the distance, dodging crazy runners, trying my best to defend against the onslaught of sleet and I just happened on the building. Turns out, the front doors are closed on Sundays, and the students on the other side of the windows just acted like I didn’t exist, so I had to make my way around to the back. Once inside, I roamed around and appreciated the architecture, checked out a few classrooms, read some propaganda, and looked in to some interview rooms for Deloitte and McKinsey that were going on.

While my half-assed self-guided tour gave me a bit of a feel for the campus, it really is a pity that I visited on a Sunday with terrible weather. I would have loved to engage some current students, but the place was largely desolate. I finished off by going to the main part of campus, and walked around a few principal buildings and it felt very engineering-y. A lot of labs, posters describing transforms, properties, and fluctuations – you get the idea. I felt like I was back at my old institution in the engineering department. All in all what I expected from an institute of technology, but I’m not sure that’s what I really want. I really wish I could have engaged students/faculty/somebody from Sloan to get a feel for their individual culture more.

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