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The process of applying to business school involves several steps: filling out an admissions application, writing an essay, and submitting GMAT or GRE scores are just a few of them. Another important step is the admissions interview. An interview allows business school admissions officials to get a look at the student behind the application. It also gives students the chance to ask the admissions officials a few questions about the school and it’s MBA program.

At Veritas Prep, our knowledgeable consultants help students prepare their admissions application, create a convincing essay, and organize all of the documents and deadlines involved in applying to business school. We know what business schools are looking for, and we share that valuable information with our students. Consider some typical questions asked of business school applicants, and learn some other helpful tips for students getting ready for an interview.

Typical Questions Asked During Business School Interviews

For students pursuing an MBA, interview questions can range from the academic to the personal. Generally, the official conducting the interview will start by asking a student why they want to attend that school. The interviewer is looking for specific answers to this question. For instance, a student may bring up certain internship opportunities available due to the school’s longtime relationship with a variety of companies. Or a student may mention the school’s average class size of just 30 students. These answers show that the candidate is familiar with what the school has to offer, and that they are dedicated to pursuing that particular school.

Another typical question asked in business school interviews concerns a student’s strengths and weaknesses. This question reveals the character, motivation, and work ethic of a student, and helps to reveal the student’s suitability for the study program. It’s a good idea for you to mention here what you are doing to improve in any weak areas.

Generally, students are asked about their career plans and how a degree from business school will help them in the pursuit of a particular profession, as well as about their personal academic accomplishments and their unique leadership skills. All of these answers and others help an interviewer to envision the candidate as a student in the business school.

How to Prep for the Interview

One of the best ways to prepare for interview questions is to review a school’s website. Most school websites include information about class size and faculty member qualifications, as well as statistics on the number of students who find jobs after graduation. This is an efficient way to find specific facts.

Students should practice answering potential questions with a friend or family member. The person playing the interviewer can offer helpful suggestions on how the student can improve upon certain answers, plus students can use this opportunity to come up with questions for the interviewer about the school and its courses.

What to Bring to the Interview

Most of the time, business schools will have a copy of a student’s résumé at the interview, but it’s a good idea for students to bring a few extra copies of their résumé as well, as there might be additional officials in the interview room. Students may also want to bring a copy of their GMAT or GRE test scores as well as a copy of their latest transcript – you may not need to take any of these documents out of their folder, but it’s a good idea to have them on hand.

What to Wear to the Interview

Dressing in an appropriate way plays an important part in a student’s success in an MBA interview. Although interview questions and answers are the most important elements of an interview, a student must also make a good visual first impression. It’s best for a student to wear conservative clothes and have a well-groomed appearance. A student doesn’t have to invest in designer clothes to make a positive impression on an interviewer – just look neat and professional.

Our consultants at Veritas Prep guide students through the process of applying to business school. We have the resources to prepare students for the GMAT, advise them on their admissions application, and offer strategies for success in business school interviews. Call or email Veritas Prep today and let us partner with you on the path toward an advanced degree in business.

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I would be very delighted if this question is answered...
What is the ideal/suggested age range for top business schools?
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How Understanding Sampling Can Help You Conquer the GMAT  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: How Understanding Sampling Can Help You Conquer the GMAT
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Today, we will discuss the concept of sampling. People with a statistics background will be very comfortable with it, but if you have not studied statistics, a little bit of knowledge will be helpful. You are not required to know this for the GMAT, however there could be questions framed on the sampling premise, and you will be far more comfortable solving them with some understanding in place. A sample is a selection made from a larger group (the “population”) which helps you examine certain characteristics of the larger group using limited resources.

For example:

In a large population, say all the people in a state, it is difficult to find the number of people with a certain trait, such as red hair. So you pick up 100 people at random (from different families, different areas, different backgrounds) and find the number of people who have red hair in this selection of 100.

Let’s say 12 have red hair. You can then generalize that approximately 12% of the whole population has red hair. The more unbiased your sample, the better the approximation.

In this example, you found something about the entire population (12% has red hair) based on a small sample and hence, using few resources. To find the actual percentage of people who have red hair in the entire population, you would need far more effort, time and money. Usually the use of fewer resources justifies the use of sampling even though it comes with some error.

So that is a bit of background on sampling. It will help you make sense of the  official question given below:

In a certain pond, 50 fish were caught, tagged, and returned to the pond. A few days later, 50 fish were caught again, of which 2 were found to have been tagged. If the percent of tagged fish in the second catch approximates the percent of tagged fish in the pond, what is the approximate number of fish in the pond?

A) 400

B) 625

C) 1,250

D) 2,500

E) 10,000

This is what took place: From a pond, 50 fish were caught, tagged and returned to the pond. Then 50 were caught again and 2 of those were found to be tagged.

Why was this done?

The total number of fish in the pond is the population of the pond. It is unknown. Since counting the total number of fish in the pond was hard, they tagged 50 of them and let them disperse evenly in the population. This means they gave a certain trait to a known number of fish in the pond – they tagged 50 fish.

Then they caught 50 fish again and these fish became the sample. Out of these 50, 2 were found to be tagged. So 2 of the 50 fish caught were found to have the trait given (tagged) – 4% of our sample was tagged.

The question tells us that “… the percent of tagged fish in the second catch approximates the percent of tagged fish in the pond …” that is, the question tells us that the sample is representative of the population. This implies that 50 (the number of fish we tagged) is 4% of the entire fish population of the pond.

50 = 4% of Total Fish Population, therefore, we can calculate that the Total Fish Population = 50 * 100/4 = 1250. Our answer is then C.

Using sampling, we were able to calculate the total population of the pond without actually counting each fish. For increased accuracy, often the exercise of taking samples is repeated many times and then some kind of average is used to get the best approximation.

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An Introvert’s Survival Guide to College: The Importance of “Me” Time  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: An Introvert’s Survival Guide to College: The Importance of “Me” Time
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All I ever did in my freshman year of college was sleep, socialize, and work. Predictably, I burned out only a little more than halfway through the semester.

I’ve always been fairly introverted, but until college I had never felt any significant pressure to be any other way. Socially speaking, elementary school prepared me well for middle school, which prepared me well for high school. I always had structured work time, structured social time, structured free time (leisure hours after school) and structured alone time (home hours after leisure hours). “Me” time was abundant, automatic, and sometimes even boring. I even had my own room throughout middle school and high school, where I regularly hid from the world to relax, reflect, and recharge my social batteries.

The opposite was true in college. I shared a dorm room with another freshman, lived in a packed and noisy eight-floor dorm building in a six-building dorm unit, and was bombarded every day with people I wanted to meet and people who wanted to meet me. During the day I networked obsessively for reliable study friends, smart project partners, internships, research positions, and club leadership positions; at night, I bonded with dorm-mates, explored parties on frat row (overrated), and attended sorority recruitment events.

The result of all this was that I ended up with almost no “me” time at all, not including hours spent catching up on homework. I got so carried away by my excitement about college that I forgot to pay attention to my own needs. Even though I was getting all of my work done (usually in groggy frenzies twenty minutes before my 10am class), I was selling myself short mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

As the novelty of college life wore off, I realized that I had built up an unhealthy lifestyle. It was hard to accept at first, but I eventually came to terms with the fact that I was simply not made for the routine in which so many of my more extroverted friends seemed to thrive.

I soon became very sure that the reason I felt so burned out was that my demanding course load required not only intellectual energy but also enthusiasm and focus, which I was only able to sustainably generate when I felt settled and healthy. I began whittling down my social commitments, turning down or rescheduling invitations, and cutting my personal party time allowance to no more than one or two nights a week. I ate more healthily and worked out more, I became more aware and appreciative of my small circle of truly close friends, and my grades went up.

I realize now that the problem was that I had failed to recognize how valuable my own time was. I thoughtlessly committed the limited hours in my day to every passing event, extracurricular, or outing that happened to pique my interest. I know now that because I’m introverted, I badly need to keep some of that time to myself if I’m to benefit from the time that I do choose to spend being productive or social. I’m happy to say I learned my lesson: these days I make sure to save a block of time every week just for me, and I can’t imagine life without it.

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: How to Show Balance Across Your MBA Application
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One thing we generally recommend to clients is to use a matrix to ensure you are communicating a balance of core essentials to the admissions committees. If you use this approach, you will be much more organized as you apply and will also be able to quickly ascertain where you may be coming up short. How does this work? We view the four core essentials of a perfect application as the following: Leadership, Innovation, Maturity, and Teamwork. These are the four critical areas that all business schools desire to see in their applicants.

Make a grid on a piece of paper with these four attributes across the top columns. Now on the left side of the grid, list the areas down the rows that are covered by the short answer questions (by the way, this also works with the long essay topics).  For example, if there is a question in your application about your short and long term goals, write “short term goals” and “long term goals” in separate rows. Make sure you skip some rows between each topic to give you space to fill in information about yourself.

Now comes the easy part. Simply revisit your experience in your mind, and jot down what you see as relevant or compelling information about each topic. Don’t worry about whether or not you get everything exactly right, just stream your thoughts. Once you have the rows filled in, go across the grid and check off boxes which you think are adequately demonstrated by that piece of information.

For example, if your short term goal is to work in investment banking, and your background is analyst work in an investment bank, you can check off the “maturity” box as well as the “teamwork” box, since you probably worked in a team environment and your post MBA goal selection demonstrates a mature plan (because it builds upon something you did in the past). If you feel something is detrimental to a particular area, or does not demonstrate leadership, innovation, teamwork or maturity, give yourself an X in that box.

Of course by the end of this exercise, you will have a scorecard from which you can see where you are strong and where you are weak regarding these four critical areas. If you don’t have any checks in the leadership column, for example, you should dig deeper into your experience to try and draw out examples of such. Feeling like your information communicates immaturity in some way? Try to tighten up your goals and plans or think of a situation you’ve had to handle which required wisdom. Thinking your job was a bit independent of working with others? Draw out examples of how you’ve worked in teams in your extracurricular activities.

Sometimes, this exercise will expose an area where you need to go out and bolster your experience further – that’s why it’s good to do this early in the application process.

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Bryant Michaels has over 25 years of professional post undergraduate experience in the entertainment industry as well as on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs. He served on the admissions committee at the Fuqua School of Business where he received his MBA and now works part time in retirement for a top tier business school. He has been consulting with Veritas Prep clients for the past six admissions seasons. See more of his articles here.

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Advice for Determined Re-applicants: Part 1  [#permalink]

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With the recent release of 2015 MBA applications, you may be considering trying again at a school where you were rejected last year. Schools are generally encouraging with re-applicants, but it’s a good idea to also come up with a plan B for this go-round. It’s fine to re-apply to your dream school, but you if you happen to get rejected again, you need to have a fallback this time — a program you’d be satisfied attending even if it’s not your top choice.

Life is too short to spend three years trying to get into grad school, and if you haven’t been able to impress the committee for two years in a row, it may simply not be in the cards for you to go there. Often we see clients becoming enamored with a particular school, when in reality, they could receive the same or very similar education and tools (and networks and contacts and jobs) from another school. We are very much in favor of dogged determination, but at the end of the day, we want to see you get your MBA and not spend half your career applying to school.

The biggest factor in deciding whether or not to re-apply has to do with what you have done since last year to make you a better candidate this year. This is far and away the number one most important issue to consider when re-applying. In fact, many schools will only require one essay for a re-applicant, which is basically some version of “what has changed to make you a more viable candidate?”

This is where you should focus, and hopefully you recognized this task soon enough after your rejection last year and have spent the past 12 months doing things to improve your candidacy. From bettering your GMAT results, to getting a promotion at work, to seeking out new leadership opportunities, there is really no limit to what you can do to improve your profile. If those efforts happen to directly address an identified weakness, even better.

Many schools show favor to re-applicants. Some say your odds go up 30% when you reapply. Maybe schools like the determination they see, or appreciate the demonstration of passion for and commitment to their program. Or perhaps it’s a self-fulfilling prophesy, with re-applicants simply working harder in the 12 months between seasons to sharpen their attractiveness as a potential MBA candidate. Whether it’s self-fulfilling prophesy or statistical advantage,  there are good reasons to try again at your target schools, so long as you give some thoughtful analysis to why you didn’t make it the first time, and apply some concerted effort into new achievements to enrich your profile.

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Bryant Michaels has over 25 years of professional post undergraduate experience in the entertainment industry as well as on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs. He served on the admissions committee at the Fuqua School of Business where he received his MBA and now works part time in retirement for a top tier business school. He has been consulting with Veritas Prep clients for the past six admissions seasons. See more of his articles here.

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You Can Afford College! A Guide to Scholarship Resources  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: You Can Afford College! A Guide to Scholarship Resources
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Cost is one of the most prominent reasons that high school students choose not to apply to college. After nearly nine years helping students get into college, I can confidently say that you can afford college! There are many sources of financial aid—money that organizations and the government give or lend to you to help you pay for higher education—including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships. Scholarships are attractive because they don’t have to be repaid. Let’s explore the broad spectrum of scholarship resources.

There are scholarships for all types of students. They may be granted to members of certain religious, ethnic, age, gender, or regional groups. They may be awarded based on interest in a certain subject, volunteerism, for athletic and academic aptitude. Because there are so many scholarships out there, your scholarship search will probably be the most daunting aspect of securing scholarships.

It’s useful to start your search on a scholarship-specific search engine. (Using a mainstream search engine, like Google, may return several million results.) Some top scholarship search engines are CollegeBoard.com, fastweb.com, CollegeNET.com, scholarships.com, and ScholarshipMonkey.com. CollegeBoard’s scholarships only include scholarships from reputable and established organizations. CollegeNET.com offers peer-voted scholarships that aren’t based on traditional factors such as GPA or income, in addition to the search engine. Fastweb contains the most up-to-date scholarships, as they update their databases daily! Explore these sites to determine which yields the best results for you.

Millions of students rely on these scholarship search engines, so you should also supplement your search with more personally-tailored resources. You will find school-specific scholarships and fellowships at your target colleges, so make sure to familiarize yourself with their sites. Prospective post-graduation employers that interest you may offer scholarships; many organizations also offer scholarships to children of employees. Your high school guidance counselor will also receive scholarship information that may be more aligned to your community.

When you’ve identified scholarships to apply to, there are several factors to keep in mind. Start looking for scholarships early and continue to search for them [even after you’re enrolled in college]. Take some time to learn about each organization that is awarding the scholarships you’re applying to, so that your essays are personally tailored to each.

Remember, there’s a scholarship for everything, so never assume you can’t afford school!

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Dakotah Eddy is a Veritas Prep Head Consultant, and the Assistant Director of Admissions Consulting. She received both her bachelor’s degree and MBA from Cornell University (Go Big Red!), with the aid of several scholarships, grants, fellowships. She enjoys creating: from culinary masterpieces, to wearable art, to tech solutions.

 

 

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The University of Rochester (Simon) Drops Price: What this Means for Y  [#permalink]

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One of the recurring, and quite frankly most surprising, themes we’ve seen in recent posts on MBA discussion boards is the discussion of costs of programs. Many students are setting a budget first and then applying to schools in that budget range. Why is that so surprising? Well first of all, students have typically chosen to attend the best school they get into and then plan on figuring out the budget issues later through a combination of loans, scholarships or their own cold, hard-earned cash.

From the perspective of someone who has helped dozens of students with the application process over the last few years (and being a budget conscious consumer in their own right), it is actually very encouraging to see this since it will probably help students be much more realistic in their school choice, and raise their probabilities of being accepted to good, cost-effective programs.

Secondly, the ROI of a student’ s MBA program investment has a lot of variability based on things like the job market in two or more years, the chosen field the student goes into and also what a student should expect to make ten or more years after graduation.

The downside of a budget first approach is that students could turn down great opportunities at amazing schools because they are looking to save a few thousand dollars on the program cost. This, at the end of the day, will not move the needle on your ROI calculation as significantly as budget conscious students might be hoping for.

Schools that are typically ranked outside of the top ten are trying to take advantage of these budget-conscious students by offering more competitive scholarships, and in the case of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, actually dropping the cost of tuition. They plan to reduce tuition and fees from about $106,500 to $92,000 for the entire 2-year MBA program.

According to Andrew Ainslie, Dean of the school, there is a correlation between the ranking of a business school and its price. “The higher rank the school, is the higher the price. And the lower ranked the school is, the lower the price.” It seems Rochester felt they had to get their costs more in line with their peer schools instead of raising their tuition 3-5% as they have the last few years.

The good news is there is now an industry-wide discussion about the constant increase in pricing of MBA programs and if it will have a significant impact on demand. To see MBA costs significantly outpacing inflation doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s certainly refreshing to see a school actually look at the cost of the program and find a way to lower costs than to raise them. Andrew Ainslie added, “Industry really wants us to keep producing M.B.A. students, but we seem to be getting less and less interest from potential students.” Perhaps this will help make students more aware of the school and increase applications.

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You’re near the end of the last math section on the SAT. You’re feeling confident; you’ve answered every question so far, and you only have a couple of questions left to answer. You know that you’re so close to that dream score you’ve been pushing for. You glance at the clock: four minutes remaining. You take a quick look at the third to last question:

 

 

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The question seems simple enough. If the can is eight inches tall, then four of the pencils cannot fit entirely inside the can. You circle D and move on, since you only have a few minutes left to answer the last two questions.

Unfortunately, if you choose D as the answer, you’d have missed one and a quarter points, which is enough to knock you out of the percentile you may have been aiming for. Newsflash: this seemingly simple math problem is a trick question! But before you groan and say to yourself, “How am I supposed to know when an SAT math question is just plain easy and when it’s a trap?”, heed this simple rule of thumb: on the SAT, trick questions tend to appear near the end of the section, say about the last 5-6 problems.

So, although you may be able to do math questions at the beginning of the section in less than thirty seconds, if you do a problem at the end of the section easily and in little time, chances are you fell for a trap! In fact, if a problem at the end of the section seems strangely easy, an alarm bell should go off in your head.

Be sure to always pause and consider the question carefully, instead of circling the first plausible answer. Also, be sure to always give yourself extra time for the end of the section, since you’ll need to spend a couple of minutes on the tricky problems to avoid traps. Let’s take another look at that problem.

One great way to deal with geometry-based questions at the end of the math section is to draw on the provided diagrams as you think your way through the problem. In other words, thinking visually. Doing will help you consider possible solutions you may otherwise overlook, such as in our tricky problem. So, let’s start by “drawing” the nine inch pencil in the tin can:Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearly, the pencil sticks out of the can. But, seeing the pencil sticking nearly straight up from inside the can gives me a new idea: What if the pencil were tilted? Couldn’t a pencil longer than eight inches fit inside the can? And if so, what would be the longest possible length of a titled pencil that could fit entirely inside the can?

To get a better grasp of this idea, I would draw the longest possible tilted line that fit inside the can, meaning a line starting in a bottom corner of the can, and stretching to the top corner, like so:

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As you can see, the line that represents the longest possible length of a pencil that fits entirely inside the can is also the hypotenuse of a right triangle with side lengths of 6 inches and 8 inches. Because I can identify the side lengths of this triangle as multiples of the lengths of a 3-4-5 triangle, I know the hypotenuse is 10 inches, meaning that any pencils less than or equal to 10 inches long can fit inside the can. Therefore, my answer is B, only two of the pencils cannot fit entirely inside of the can.

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Before you dive in, take a look at Part 1 of this post!

If you have decided to give it another attempt at a school where you were rejected, one of the most valuable things you can seek is feedback on why you didn’t make the cut last time. Some schools will actually provide this information if you ask for it, so don’t be shy about reaching out to them.

If you are applying to a school in the top 10, you may not be able to get specifics from the admissions teams on why you didn’t get in, due simply to the number of applications they receive, but you can still seek this information from outside sources by confiding in a colleague or contact who has their MBA or perhaps some insight into the process.

At the very least, you should sit down with your application and try as objectively as possible to see where you may have come up short. If you have trouble finding such shortcomings, it may simply be the case that there were too many applicants similar to you in the pool last year, and the resulting mathematical odds did not go your way.

Assessing your weaknesses is critical to a reapplication, since you may find favor with the same admissions committee that rejected you in the past if you can somehow inoculate the concern. Of course there are the obvious weaknesses such as a sub-par GMAT score or low GPA, or perhaps you went to a low-ranked state college (nothing you can do about that now of course except to maybe take a course or two at a better school).

The tricky part comes in the more subtle components of the application. Perhaps your career vision was not clearly connected to what you did in your past, or maybe you failed to convey a passionate, compelling case for why you need the MBA.

Often, it comes down to a failure of message. It could be that the overall picture you painted was not articulated in a way that captured the attention of the committee. How was your fit with your target programs? Was there something in your application that communicated a poor match with their culture or curriculum? These are the questions that can truly drive you crazy, since it’s largely guesswork, but they are vital to consider.

Once you have some clear thoughts on why you didn’t get in, you can then formulate a fresh approach to your current application. Don’t forget that of primary concern to the admissions committees will be what you have accomplished since the last application that now makes you a better candidate. If you can clearly articulate such achievements, you will give the admissions committees a compelling reason to let you in this year.

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When I was in grad school, I had a writing teacher who insisted on reading the last page of a novel before she read the first. Her reasoning was that she was starting a kind of journey, and she was curious to know where she’d be going before she could decide whether she wished to embark. Now, as a devoted reader, I couldn’t find this strategy more abhorrent. Uncertainty and mystery are integral parts of the pleasure of reading fiction. Why ruin it?

However, when it comes to the GMAT, I am quite content to ruin the suspense of a question in favor of deriving a more convenient and efficient means of solving it. Interestingly, it turns out that when a question offers multiple bits of information, starting with the last piece can often be a way of dramatically simplifying the problem.

Take the following problem that a tutoring student of mine encountered on her GMATPrep test:

Mary’s income is 60 percent more than Tim’s income, and Tim’s income is 40% less than Juan’s income. What percent of Juan’s income is Mary’s income?

A) 124%

B) 120%

C) 96%

D) 80%

E) 64%

She approached the question like many test-takers would: she started with the first piece of information, and called Mary’s income $100. And then she got stuck. She realized that Tim’s income isn’t $40 here, as $100 is more than double $40, so clearly Mary’s income would not then be 60% greater than Tim’s (though Tim’s would have been 60% less than Mary’s.) So then, I suggested, why not start at the end?

The last person mentioned here is Juan, so let’s call Juan’s income $100. She then knocked out the remaining calculations in about 30 seconds. If Juan’s income is $100, and Tim’s income is 40% less than Juan’s, than Tim’s income would be $60. And if Tim’s income is $60, and Mary’s income is 60% more than Tim’s, Mary’s income would be 60 + 60% of 60 = 60 + 36 = 96. (Or 1.6 * 60 = 96.) If Mary’s income is $96 and Juan’s is $100, then clearly, Mary’s income is 96% of Juan’s, and the answer is C. Not bad.

Let’s try it again on another question:

In a certain region, the number of children who have been vaccinated against rubella is twice the number who have been vaccinated against mumps. The number who have been vaccinated against both is twice the number who have been vaccinated only against mumps. If 5000 have been vaccinated against both, how many have been vaccinated only against rubella?

A) 2500

B) 7500

C) 10000

D) 15000

E) 17500

First, note that this is a classic overlapping sets questions, so let’s set up a simple matrix:

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But now, let’s start by inserting the last piece of information we’re given. 5000 have been vaccinated against both, so that goes in the Mumps/Rubella Vaccine cell. Now we’ve got:

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Next, we’ll work backwards. We’re told that the number that have been vaccinated against both (5000) is twice the number that have been vaccinated against only mumps. So the number that have been vaccinated against only mumps must be 2500. Now our table looks like this:

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Now we know that 7500 people have been vaccinated against Mumps. Last, we’re told that the number vaccinated against Rubella is twice the number that have been vaccinated against Mumps, which means that 15,000 people have been vaccinated against Rubella. If 15,000 total have been vaccinated against Rubella, and 5000 of those have been vaccinated against both, then, according to our table, 10,000 have been vaccinated against only Rubella. So C is our answer.

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Takeaway: The GMAT question writer is going to provide information to you in a very strategic way. If the most useful piece of info comes at the end of a lengthier question, the question will be harder if you start at the beginning. So be like my zany grad school teacher and start at the end. It may ruin the suspense, but as a consolation, you’re more likely to get the question right, and I’m guessing that’s a trade-off most of us are more than happy to make.

*GMATPrep questions courtesy of the Graduate Management Admissions Council.

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4 Easy Ways to Develop Relationships with Your Professors  [#permalink]

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College can be demanding in a number of ways. There are the social demands that can take up large swaths of time in the evening, academic demands, the more existential demands with regard to what path you will follow in your studies and beyond. But – besides all that – there is the added demand to be noticed among the potentially hundreds of students a professor may teach. The benefits of developing a relationship with professors are numerous, from potential connections to job providers within your field, to having a person to heap praises on you (I am speaking of the dreaded letters of recommendation). Recommendations are needed by the fistful when students get to the place in their studies when they start applying for grants, internships, fellowships, and higher degrees. These pesky pieces of paper are the bane of many student’s existence and are especially tricky to obtain if you are not a student who easily forms relationships with teachers and other mentor figures. For those who may not have their professors on speed dial, here are some tips for how to develop a relationship with professors.

1. Connect with a professor you actually respect.

Ideally, the professors that you end up forging a connection with will be renowned in their field, but if professors really rub you the wrong way, it will be extremely difficult to maintain any kind of meaningful relationship with them. It is likely that all the faculty in your program are pretty good at what they do, so allow the natural compatibility that helps all relationships form to act in the realm of professor-students relationships as well.

2. Connect with a professor whose field of study interests you.

One of the best resources that professors can offer beyond advice and letters of recommendation is an opportunity to connect you to work in their field, either by employing you directly or connecting you with others in the field who may need interns or employees. For this reason it is extremely important to connect with professors whose work you find interesting. Having access as an undergraduate to someone who is knowledgeable and passionate about a field of study is extremely helpful, especially for those interested in a field that could involve undergraduate research, as it creates a built in mentor who you can aid in research and who can help you in doing your own independent investigations.

3. Don’t just go to office hours if you have a question about class materials (though definitely go to office hours if you have questions about class materials).

Office hours are built into a professor’s schedule so that students can have access to the faculty one on one. Utilize this time! Certainly go if you’d like clarification on a topic from the lecture, but also just go and chat! Ask the professor about their research, ask what is hard and what is rewarding about their field, ask what advice they would give themselves at your age. People love to talk about themselves, so this will not be an inconvenience. This is also a great opportunity to talk about your own personal goals and ask for advice on how to achieve them. These conversations not only demonstrate that you are passionate enough to make time to talk, but will also give the professor things to chat about should you need to ask them for a letter of recommendation.

4. Follow up.

In general, this little networking trick is a great way to stay present in a person’s experience. If you have a good conversation with a professor, or you enjoyed their class, or you are just feeling a bit sycophantic, send your professor an email. Sending something short and kind, even something as short as, “Thanks for making the time to chat with me today. I really appreciated your insights” can go a long way toward starting a relationship with a professor. Don’t be afraid to follow up, as long as you aren’t asking for anything specific, most people are happy to receive kind follow up emails. A nice follow up can also help to establish a correspondence which can be useful should you actually need something like a recommendation or advice on where to apply for a job.

These are all pretty straight forward techniques, but don’t be afraid to use them. Professors are paid, often quite generously, to be available to students. So ask for help, ask for guidance, and make yourself known. It will be extremely beneficial down the line and will make the time when you need advice, recommendations, or referrals much easier.

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Harvard Business School Launches Virtual Classroom in a TV Studio  [#permalink]

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When you think of online classes, what do you picture? For most of us, the best part of an online class is the having the chance to sit on the couch in your pajamas eating Cheetos while learning the basics of managerial accounting. Well, some bad news for those folks. Harvard Business School has launched HBX Live, “a virtual classroom designed to reproduce the intimacy and synchronous interaction of HBS’s famed case method in a digital environment.”

Nitin Nohria, the Dean of Harvard Business School noted, “HBX Live will help us deliver on our promise of lifelong learning by giving us a new way to engage students and alumni—not just here in Boston, but around the globe—as their professional and educational needs evolve over the course of their careers.”

So what is it exactly? Well it all starts with the Live Studio located at a public broadcaster close to Boston. In the studio a “high-resolution video wall mimics the amphitheater-style seating of an HBS classroom, with up to 60 participants displayed on individual screens simultaneously.” Classes use still and roaming cameras to give students the feel of being in a real life classroom where they can look at the professor and other students with ease.

So far 20 professors have taught a class in the studio and 96% of alumni who took part in the first session said they were eager to participate in it again.

Historically, online classes have had a negative connotation, especially because they are most closely associated with programs that are purely online. Online programs have come under tremendous scrutiny from not only students and educators, but regulatory bodies, government departments and even Congress. Their effectiveness is questionable and their future is very much in doubt. However, HBX Live is obviously something different and as technology improves and the way in which students learn evolves, this can be a really valuable tool in a school’s tool kit.

How and why will HBX Live be a valuable tool? Imagine how much easier schools will be able to reach students and alumni. Whether you are in Boston or Beijing, you can get the same experience as someone sitting in a classroom. Giving students an opportunity to still attend class while away on study abroad or working at an internship will create more learning opportunities for students.

How helpful would it be for a student on an internship across the world to dial in for a class in the evening and put into practice what they learned the very next day? Putting together custom programs for alumni will become easier and more engaging, helping schools provide enhanced services to their alumni and giving alumni a reason to stay in touch with the school.

So will the HBX Live studio be the new way of teaching in business school, or just a neat trick for niche classes or one-off events? We’re not sure, but you should probably leave the Cheetos alone in either case.

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GMAT Tip of the Week: What To Do When The GMAT Gets All Netflix On You  [#permalink]

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Picture this: a friend texts you and asks, “Do you want to get a pizza and watch a movie after work?”. Do you find that odd at all?

But now picture this: that same friend asks, instead, “Do you want to get a pepperoni, mushroom and olive pizza with white sauce on thin crust from Domino’s and watch a Critically-Acclaimed Inspiring Underdog movie on Neflix after work?”. That’s strange, right? And why is that? Because it’s so specific.

Well, on the GMAT you’ll often see questions that ask for something oddly specific; “What is the value of x?” is pretty normal, but “What is the value of 6x – y?” is the equivalent of the specific pizza and odd Netflix category question. Why did they ask that? Often that’s a clue, and if you notice that clue it will help you better set up the problem. Consider this example:

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Reflect on what this question is asking about. Not x. Not y. But to paraphrase Netflix, “a partially coefficiented combination of additive variables with a strong horizontal lead.” 6x – y. That’s oddly specific, so your first inclination should be, “Is there an easy way to get 6x – y?” as opposed to, “Let’s start solving for x” (which of course you can’t do here…that’s why E is a trap answer choice).

With that in mind, even if you’ve forgotten (or temporarily blanked on) some exponent rules, you should immediately be thinking, “I have 2x – how does that become 6x,” and, “Where does the subtraction come from?”.

The 6x, of course, comes from breaking 27 down into 3^3, so that you have (3^3)^2x, which then becomes 3^6x. And then with that, you have a fraction:

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And that’s where the subtraction comes from. When you divide two exponents of the same base, you subtract the exponents, so now you have your 6x – y ready to go. Of course, from there, you need to get a base of 3 on the other side of the equation, so you can express 81 as 3^4, and now you know that 6x – y = 4, answer choice B.

Most importantly here, when the GMAT asks you an oddly-specific question in the vein of the oddly-specific Netflix category, you should seize on that specificity. Very frequently on the GMAT, it’s easier to solve for that oddly-specific combination of variables than it is to solve for any of the individual variables themselves!

On Problem Solving questions this can save you plenty of time, taking that extra few seconds to ask yourself how you’d arrive at that specific combination. On Data Sufficiency, this practice can be even more a matter of correct or incorrect. Data Sufficiency problems often give you sufficient information to arrive at the oddly-specific combination from the question stem, but insufficient information to determine any of the individual components. Imagine this problem as a Data Sufficiency problem:

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Here, as you know from above, Statement 1 is sufficient, but if you go into the problem trying to solve for the variables individually, you’ll likely think that you need Statement 2 so that you can plug the value of y back into Statement 1 to supply the value of x. That way you’ll have the entire picture filled in: x = 1, y = 2, and 6x – y = 4.

But you don’t NEED Statement 2, so on a question like this the GMAT will punish you for not seeing that Statement 1 alone is sufficient. And it’s only sufficient because of that oddly-specific question stem. Check out this follow-up question (with a similar setup, but variables changed to a and b since the actual numbers will change):

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Here you cannot use Statement 1 to get directly to the oddly-specific question stem. You can get to 4a – b = 4, but that doesn’t tell you about 6a – b. So here, the answer is C because you need Statement 2 so that you can solve for each variable individually.

More often than not, when the GMAT asks for an oddly-specific combination of variables it provides a way to arrive at it. So pay attention to the question itself: if it’s asking for something out of the ordinary or oddly specific, see that as a thinly-veiled clue that allows you to be the Confident GMAT Problem Solver With Excellent Think Like The Testmaker Skills En Route To A 700+ that you know you can be.

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Unlike the ACT Math, in which there is only one correct possibility, the ACT Reading will present multiple interpretations of a passage that are defensible. Rarely will one choice distinguish itself as the clear solution or, in the language of the exam, as the “best answer.”

Obviously, in literature classes, there really are no “best answers” for interpreting subjective art, poetry, and prose. But as far as the ACT Reading is concerned, here’s a simple formula for determining the correct multiple choice:

1. Identify which is wordier: the question or the possible answers?

If the question is longer, jump to 2A. If the possible answers are longer, jump to 2B.

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2A. Simplify the question.

*This sample question is excerpted from Passage 5.B of the ACT’s Sample Reading Questions. The original passage can be found here. Try it out for practice!

Distill the original question into its most significant question words. In this example, the question is very specific about the comparison. In this example, the correct answer will very specifically relate the narrator’s expectations to reality— be wary of options that open with the wrong claim, such as “similar,” but follow-up with a soundproof justification for why the expectations are dissimilar from reality.

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2B. Simplify the multiple choice.

*This sample question is excerpted from Passage 5.A of the ACT’s Sample Reading Questions. The original passage can be found here. Try it out for practice!

Before reading too deeply into the nuances of A, B, C, and D, break them down into their core essences (ideally 4-8 words). Using the example above, which best describes the transition? A description to a reflection? Or an overview to an explanation? The “best answer” will usually be the most apt summary of a passage, even in the simplest of terms.

3. Check your work

Confirm that all parts of the multiple choice selection are accurate. For instance, using the example question provided for 2B: If A, “a description of events,” was the best general summary, read the whole of option A to verify its accuracy.

If “a description of events leading up to sudden action by the narrator to a reflection on the intentions and meanings behind that action” is 100% correct, great! Bubble it in on the answer sheet.

If it’s not— in this case, the passage might not reflect on the meaning behind an action— don’t bubble it in. An answer must be 100% correct to be the “best answer.” If any part of a multiple choice selection is fallible, the whole thing is wrong. (One bad apple spoils the bunch.)

Just try again with another simplified summary!

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We know the formula we need to use to find the sum of n consecutive positive integers starting from 1. The formula is given as n(n+1)/2.

So the sum of first four positive integers is 4 * (4 + 1)/2 = 10.

This might seem a bit cumbersome, since it is easy to see that 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10, but we know that the formula comes in very handy when n is a large number. For example, the sum of first 50 positive integers = 50 * 51/2 = 1275. Obviously, this will be a lot harder when done the “1 + 2 + 3 + 4 … + 49 + 50” way.

Now the question is, how do we adjust the same formula to find the sum of consecutive integers which do not start from 1?

Say, how do we find the sum of all positive integers from 8 to 20? The formula assumes a starting point of 1, so then we insert only the last number, n. How do we manage the 8? Let’s try to figure it out

Say the sum of first 20 positive integers = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + …. + 19 + 20 = 20 * 21/2

(1 + 2 + 3 +… + 7) + (8 + 9 +10 + … + 19 + 20) = 20 * 21/2

We need the value of the part in red, let’s call it the required sum.

(1 + 2 + 3 +… + 7) + The Required Sum = 20 * 21/2

Note here that we know the sum of 1 + 2 + 3 + … + 7 = 7 * 8/2

So, 7*8/2 + The Required Sum = 20 * 21/2, therefore the Required Sum = 20*21/2 – 7*8/2

To get the sum of consecutive integers from 8 to 20, we find the sum of all integers from 1 to 20 (using the formula we know) and subtract the sum of integers from 1 to 7 out of it (using the same formula).

To generalize, the sum of all positive integers from m to n is given as:

n(n+1)/2 – (m-1)*m/2

Let’s look at a question based on this concept:

If the sum of the consecutive integers from –40 to n inclusive is 356, what is the value of n?

(A) 47

(B) 48

(C) 49

(D) 50

(E) 51

If you are thinking that we haven’t gone over how to adjust the formula for negative numbers, you are right, but what we have discussed is enough to solve this question.

Numbers around 0 are symmetrical. So 1 and -1 add up to equal 0. Similarly, 2 and -2 add up to equal 0, and so on…

-40, -39 … 0 … 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 …

The sum of all numbers from -40 to 40 will be 0. Or another way to look at it is that 0 is the mean of all numbers from -40 to 40. So the total sum of these numbers will also be 0.

The given sum is actually the sum of numbers from 41 to n only.

We know how to calculate that:

n(n+1)/2 – 40*41/2 = 356

n(n+1) = 2352

From the options, we see that n cannot be 49 or 50 because the product of 49*50 or 50*51 will end in 0, so plug in n = 48 to check whether 48*49 is equal to 2352. It is, therefore our answer is B

(Had we obtained a lower product than required, we could have said that n must be 51. Had we obtained a higher product than was required, we could have said that n is 47.)

Another method:

Use the concept of arithmetic mean and ballpark. The mean of numbers from 41 to 47 or 48 or 49… will be somewhere between 44 and 46.

Let’s estimate the number of integers we need to get the sum of about 356. Each additional integer is quite large (more than 45) therefore, a difference of about 10-15 in the sum due to the various possible values of the mean will be immaterial.

45*7 = 315

45*8 = 360

This brings us very close to the value of 356.

Assuming there are 8 integers, their values will be from 41 to 48. The average of these 8 numbers will be 44.5. The total sum will be 44.5 * 8 = 356. It matches, so our answer is still B.

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You’ve emailed with your new roommate over the summer but now it’s real. After you set up your twin bed and photomontage on the wall, you hear the door open and a female voice yells “hey there!” from the living room.

The roomie has arrived.

You exit your bedroom for the official meet and greet. You’re excited. The start of a beautiful friendship! As you begin this new journey in a shared living space, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind to ensure your roommate feels appreciated and respected. Here are just a few…

RESPECT. You’re used to dumping dirty dishes into the sink and watching your little brother rinse them before loading the dishwasher. College life is quite different. Sure, dump the dishes, but have common courtesy for your new housemate and hand wash them before bed. It may take an extra ten minutes, but you, and your roomie, will be happy to wake up to an empty sink and clean smell in the kitchen. This applies to all common areas like the living room (take your belongings back to your room – no one wants a sweatshirt graveyard!), as well as the bathroom. Try not to dominate this intimate shared space with multiple hair and body products. Keep a few things in the shower, but store excessive items in your room.

CONNECT. It is not always going to be easy, but if you find yourself looking to your roomie for companionship, be honest and transparent. Living together often ends in naturally finding out a lot about the person. To start off on the right foot, ask your new housemate questions about their interests and passions. You can offer your own stories of family, friends, or girlfriend/boyfriend experiences. Storytelling is valuable when it comes to relating to one another. You are bound to find common ground and connecting in this way can solidify your friendship early on.

ACTIVITIES. Try to find an activity on campus to help create a bond that can carry over to your living space. It is helpful to find something that will give you and your roommate an opportunity to shine. Are you creative? Attend the Fall Arts display that demonstrates new artists. Is your roomie an avid snowboarder? Ask if he/she would want to join the on campus ski/board club … and if they would be open to teaching you! Selecting a few common activities helps keep the roommate relationship strong throughout the academic year.

Living with a stranger can be hard. But if you connect and show respect, you’ll find ease in co-habitating with your roommate and perhaps even find a lifelong friend.

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If you are a US citizen trying to decide where you want to get your MBA degree, it can be tempting to think about schools outside the USA. After all, the world knows no boundaries thanks to technology and a global marketplace. Spending a couple of years in Spain, England or Asia also sound like nice places to see new things and meet new people while you sharpen your business acumen. And since most programs at reputable business schools are in English, you won’t face the language barrier that may have stopped you otherwise.

While there may be many enticing reasons to matriculate outside the US, there are several factors to consider in making sure it is a good decision. First and foremost, you need to assess your short and long term career goals. Do you plan to live and spend the bulk of your career overseas? If so, this actually may be a good option for you, since the reputations of schools outside the US carry the most gravitas in the region where they are located.

Much like a top regional school in the US, many programs in Europe and Asia are best known by employers who are located nearby. Certainly there are a handful of schools across the pond whose renown extends globally, but for the most part, just like in the US, these schools are limited and very selective.

Even if you can get admitted to an LBS or an IE, however, it still does not mean that it’s the best place for you to go to school. Remember that business degrees are fairly sticky, meaning that graduates tend to stay and work within an 8 hour car drive of their chosen MBA program’s home base. This means your post-MBA network will be concentrated in a geographic region nearby the school. If you plan to stay in this area, then getting an MBA there is a good plan. If you plan to return to the US, however, it may not be as wise.

Additionally there are the economic differences. Many people don’t realize that accounting standards are completely different in the US and elsewhere, which could make a finance career more challenging if you go to school in one place and work in another. Finally, there are all the visa issues to think about. If you can’t find a sponsor company or are otherwise unable to obtain the rights to work within the network of your chosen institution, you could be setting yourself up for challenges when trying to get a job post-MBA.

Getting an MBA outside the US may seem glamorous, but it’s not the same thing as studying abroad. It’s more akin to “going all in” on your chosen region. If you plan to work in the US, even if it’s for an internationally established corporation, it might be just as beneficial for you to participate in a global study experience or even an international internship instead of committing your entire two years to a market where you don’t plan to work long term.

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After three arduous years of work at a college, many young people see their final year of college in much the same way that they saw the final year of high school: an opportunity to make up for the merrymaking they didn’t get to in their previous years. This is a natural instinct, and there will certainly be time to indulge in some of the new privileges that your early twenties provide, but the senior year of college is also the transition point from having a clear structure, support system, and road map for how to accomplish whatever goals a student might have, into the wide world where all of these things become less available. For this reason, the most important thing to do your senior year is to develop a plan for the years to come and start using the resources of the college to set that plan in motion. Here are some useful questions to ask to help you make the most of your senior year in college.

What’s Next?

For many students, the answer is more education, whether that is in the form of graduate school, a fellowship, or some occupation-specific training program. For whatever the next leg of your journey is, make sure that you set yourself up with all the tools necessary to succeed. Make sure that all necessary transcripts, essays, and letters of recommendation happen early. Getting recommendation letters is a pesky step that is required by most schools and fellowships and professors are getting A LOT of requests for letters. Ask professors early, and as soon as you receive the parameters of the recommendation send them to the person writing the recommendation. It is terrible to wake up one morning and realize that you may miss your deadline because you are waiting on a professor, who you have little power to cajole into working any faster, to give some necessary piece of the puzzle.

How do I get there?

The process of getting fellowships and getting into grad schools is pretty straightforward, but what if your goal is to get your feet wet in the working world? Your school can provide you with great tools in order to accomplish this goal as well. Ask advisors if the university has any partnerships with companies in the field in which you wish to work. If there are former students that work at an institution, reach out. No need to be pushy, a statement that you are a student that loves the organization and would like to someday be involved will suffice. Nothing is a guarantee, but it is good to lay the groundwork for applying to an institution when you still have the luxury of the support provided by the school. Another great tool is an internship. Internships are a divisive topic, as asking people to work for free in the hope that they will someday be able to work for pay can be problematic, but while in school, internships can often be applied for credit and thus provide some compensation beyond the experience of working in the field. Internships are also a great way to get your foot in the door with an organization and to develop the occupational skills and the relationships to increase the probability of getting hired out of school. If you are in a field like math or computer science, you can likely forego the unpaid step and get right into the field, but it’s still not a bad idea to try a paid internship as a way for you to take a trial run of the job.

What do I need?

This topic has already been broached in the previous sections, but figuring out what the institution of learning you are a part of can provide you to help you make the transition to the next chapter of your life is vital. It may be that there are postgraduate research grants that are available to you, or there may be job fairs that are organized by the school. The school might have contacts with recruiters if you are in a field that is highly recruited, and there could be many more helpful postgraduate tools that your school provides. The school WANTS you to be successful and make a ton of money so that they can pester you for donations for the rest of your life, so ask them for help! It is not imposing on anyone to be very clear about your needs and ask for the tools to have them met.

Of course in your final year you want to make the most of the social connections you have formed and the carefree nature of having your basic needs met by an institution, but it’s also important to start planning for the vast future outside of school. Whether it is by solidifying relationships with professors in order to prepare for letters of recommendation or applying for internships to give you the connections to have a job waiting for you after school, make sure to use your senior year to create a roadmap for life beyond your school.

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This time of year is replete with many young candidates who want to apply to business school directly out of undergrad.  Is this possible? In some cases, yes it is.

First, you must recognize that business schools are unique compared to other graduate schools in that they generally require real world experience prior to matriculation. If you think about law school, medical school or just about any other occupational education, it is most common to simply take on the degree as a continuation of your current academic career. As a potential applicant to business school, however, you likely have noticed most schools have an average work experience figure approaching 5 years.

The business school experience relies heavily on peer-to-peer interaction, and bringing a skill set with you to school becomes as useful to your classmates as the professors themselves. Much of the work in business school is accomplished in teams, so imagine a team of six freshly minted undergrads who have never worked in the “real world” being charged with solving some kind of business problem on a project team. Schools have found things go much better when students leverage everything they learn in the classroom with everything they have learned on the job.

Still, there are a handful of newly degreed students who successfully navigate the admissions process each year. Most often, these are students with exceptional core qualifications (think high GMAT, high GPA, strongly involved), and also some demonstrable leadership experience. More often than not, they also have some significant work experience already under their belt, whether it be from an internship, having started their own successful company while still a student or job outside of school. It doesn’t have to be a paid job either—if you have achieved something remarkable as a volunteer, it can also impress the admissions committee.

The key is demonstrating a strong vision for your post-MBA career, a plan  for achieving your goals that is mature, and a compelling reason why now is the best time for you to return to school without first “earning your chops” with a couple of laps around the block.

Some schools are more amenable to applicants without prior experience than others. Make sure you investigate this with the admissions office before you apply. Still other schools have special programs designed specifically for younger students.

Good examples include the HBS 2+2 program (where you are accepted to HBS as a rising senior in college or MS candidate, but go on to work for two years before you matriculate), and the Yale Silver Scholars program (where you also are accepted as a senior in college, but start the MBA program immediately and then work an extended internship before returning for the balance of the program). These programs are highly competitive, but offer an opportunity to get started on your MBA journey before the average applicant.

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