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Professor Profiles: Cameron Anderson, Haas School of Business [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Professor Profiles: Cameron Anderson, Haas School of Business
Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose an MBA program, but the educational experience you will have is what is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we profile Cameron Anderson from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, (UC) Berkeley.

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Cameron Anderson, who received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 2001, came to Haas from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2005. His teaching awards include Professor of the Year (at Stern) in 2005 and the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching at Haas in 2008. He was also named a Bakar Faculty Fellow in 2010.

A second year described Anderson’s “Power and Politics in Organizations” course to mbaMission as “easily one of the most sought-after classes at Haas.” According to the course abstract, Anderson shows students in this course how to “diagnose organizational politics in order to form and implement new strategies.” Another second-year student we interviewed said the class “teaches students how to gain power and influence people without formal authority” and added that Anderson “teaches applicable skills based on academic research and case studies of great leaders from history. He uses assignments to force students to uncover their own tools of influence and develop strategies for acquiring power in our immediate careers after Haas. I think his class is popular because it’s academic, directly applicable, and introspective all at once.”

For more information on the defining characteristics of the MBA program at UC Berkeley Haas or one of 15 other top business schools, please check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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MBA News: Arizona State University to Offer Free MBAs [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA News: Arizona State University to Offer Free MBAs
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The high cost of an MBA is enough to make many business school hopefuls reconsider their decision to apply. Now, one school is making every MBA candidate’s dream come true—free tuition! The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University recently announced its plan to award every incoming student next fall with a full scholarship. Tuition at the business school’s two-year MBA program most recently cost $54K for in-state residents and $90K for international students.

The decision, which Dean Amy Hillman told the Wall Street Journal was inspired by a hope to “change the complexion” of the MBA class, was made possible by a $50M donation from the late businessman William P. Carey in 2003. Scholarships will be available for 120 students. Although only 86 students are currently enrolled in the full-time program, applications will likely be on the rise soon.

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Liquidity Preference Functions at Stanford GSB
When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

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“Leave it to clever biz students to dress up a party as a business meeting,” quips a Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) News article in reference to the school’s weekly Liquidity Preference Functions —or LPFs— explaining, “Every Friday … students blow off end-of-the-week steam over beverages, food, and loud music.” Essentially happy hours, LPFs are a longstanding GSB social tradition in which students get together to enjoy spirits at local establishments after classes. Alumni even have LPF events during reunions. In fact, the gatherings are such a quintessential part of the GSB experience that two of the school’s graduates who started a winery together named one of their wines LPF to honor this facet of their time at their alma mater.

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at the Stanford GSB and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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Diamonds in the Rough: The University of Southern California’s Marshal [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business
MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.

Learning to put business strategies into a global context is more than just a specialization at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. As part of the first-year MBA core curriculum, Marshall offers a comprehensive program in the spring semester called Pacific Rim Education (PRIME) (formerly titled Pacific Rim International Management Education). Students enrolled in PRIME participate in a team project focused on a specific country, industry, and company. The team projects are a capstone of the students’ first year, a reflection of Marshall’s overall emphasis on case study teaching methods and participatory learning. In addition, students are required to partake in a ten-day overseas trip, during which they complete an on-site presentation to companies and organizations located in the Pacific Rim, Latin America, or Europe. Cities visited in the past include Kyoto, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Guangdong, Shanghai, Beijing, Hanoi, Bangkok, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Moscow.

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Friday Factoid: Career Assessment at HBS [#permalink]

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With today’s new MBAs facing a mixed job market, Harvard Business School (HBS) has put together an arsenal of resources to help students in their job search. Students begin by completing an online self-assessment before they even arrive on campus. The CareerLeader tool, developed by a member of the HBS faculty, helps incoming students identify their life interests, professional skills, and “work/reward” values. When they arrive on campus, first-year students then participate in a class that helps them interpret their CareerLeader results while discussing cases on the careers of HBS alumni. Later in the semester, but before official recruiting begins, students can attend Industry Weeks, which are on-campus programs and panels that provide overviews of a variety of industries and address how to plan a successful industry-specific job search. These are taught by career coaches, alumni, Career Services staff members, and company representatives.

First years can also join Career Teams, which are small groups of first-year students who use exercises—facilitated by trained second-year leaders—to help identify and advance their professional goals. Students may also arrange to meet with a career coach for one-on-one guidance or take advantage of one of the many student clubs that help prepare their members for interviews. Clearly, HBS is committed to helping its students not just find jobs, but find the “right” jobs.

For more information on other defining characteristics of the MBA program at HBS or one of 15 other top business schools, please check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides. If you are applying to HBS, our free HBS Interview Primer can help you put your best foot forward.

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Hear the Entrepreneurial Journey of Investment Expert Jon Stein
Today, many aspiring MBAs and MBA graduates want to join start-ups or launch such companies themselves. Is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? Is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.

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This week’s guest is Jon Stein, the founder and CEO of automated investing service Betterment. Stein launched his company in hopes of helping clients manage their wealth in an easier and more efficient—or perhaps we should say better—way. Tune in to hear Stein, who received his MBA from Columbia Business School, discuss Betterment, covering these points and more:

  • Why the New York Times named Betterment a “start-up unicorn” in a recent article
  • How the public’s trust in automated investment services grew gradually over the years
  • Stein’s prediction that companies like Betterment will experience tremendous success within the next decade: “Everyone will be doing this.”
Subscribe to the podcast series to hear the stories of tomorrow’s entrepreneurial leaders!

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Should Quit My Job for the GMAT [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Should Quit My Job for the GMAT
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The GMAT is the sole piece of data that is truly consistent from one candidate to another. Therefore, many MBA applicants get carried away and place undue emphasis on it, when the test is only one of several important aspects of an application. In extreme cases, some applicants consider quitting their jobs to focus on the GMAT full time—not a great idea!

Why is it not ideal to quit your job to improve your GMAT score? Quite simply, it sends the message that you cannot manage what many other MBA candidates can manage quite well. In your application, you will need to account for any time off; if you honestly note that you quit your job to study for the GMAT, you will place yourself at a relative disadvantage to others who have proved that they can manage work, study, and possibly volunteer work simultaneously. By taking time off, you will send the unintended message that you cannot achieve what many do unless you have an uneven playing field. This is not the message you want to send your target academic institution, which wants to be sure that you can handle the academic course load, a job hunt, community commitments, and more.

Regardless of the admissions committees’ perceptions of taking time off, we believe a calm and methodical approach is your best bet. By furthering your career as you study, you will have a sense of balance in your life. On test day, you will have a far better chance of keeping a level head, ensuring that you will do your best—which, of course, was the point in the first place.

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MBA News: Bloomberg Business and The Economist Release Business School [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA News: Bloomberg Business and The Economist Release Business School Rankings
Fall is typically a season for MBA applications—and, of course, business school rankings. Two of the most prestigious ranking publications, Bloomberg Business and The Economist, recently released their 2015 lists. Although one typically experiences déjà vu while analyzing these lists, both rankings display a surprising amount of movement in their respective top ten schools.

Bloomberg Business ranked Harvard Business School as the best business school in the United States, while last year’s top-ranked program, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, dropped to number eight. One of the biggest risers on Bloomberg Business’s list was the MIT Sloan School of Management, which climbed from number 14 to the fourth spot. Interestingly, such prestigious schools as the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the Yale School of Management could not even fit into the top ten—but this is hardly an indication of poor quality. Bloomberg Business’s international MBA rankings are largely similar to last year’s list, with Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario again claiming the top spot.

The Economist, which includes both U.S.-based and international programs in its master list, ranked the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as the best in the world for the fifth time in six years. The highest-ranking international school was HEC Paris in the fifth spot, while INSEAD climbed ten spots from last year and ranked eighth. U.S.-based programs populated the rest of the top ten.

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GMAT Impact: Stressed Out? Meditate to Lower Your Anxiety and Boost Yo [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: GMAT Impact: Stressed Out? Meditate to Lower Your Anxiety and Boost Your GMAT Score
With regard to the GMAT, raw intellectual horsepower helps, but it is not everything. In this blog series, Manhattan Prep’s Stacey Koprince teaches you how to perform at your best on test day by using some common sense.

Are you feeling overwhelmingly stressed out when you sit down to study for the GMAT? Do you find that concentrating on the task at hand is difficult?

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Researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara published the results of a study following 48 undergrads preparing for the GRE. Jan Hoffman details the research in a blog post at the New York Times.

The motivation for the study

“We had already found that mind-wandering underlies performance on a variety of tests, including working memory capacity and intelligence,” said Michael D. Mrazek in the NYT blog post.

We have all had this experience. We are taking a test, the clock is ticking, and we keep finding ourselves thinking about something other than the question we are supposed to be answering at that moment. Maybe we are stressing about our score. Maybe we are thinking about applications. Maybe we are even distracted by work, significant others, family, or other issues that have nothing to do with the test!

How do we stop fixating on other things and concentrate on the task at hand? This study tried to find out.

The study

First, the students were given some “baseline” tests, including one verbal reasoning section from the GRE (yes, the GRE, not the GMAT).

The students were then split into two groups. One group (group M) attended meditation classes four times a week; these students learned lessons on “mindfulness,” which focuses on breathing techniques and helps minimize distracting thoughts.

The other group (group N) attended nutrition classes, designed to teach the students healthy eating habits.

Afterward, the students did another GRE verbal section. The performance of students in group N stayed the same; the nutritional studies did not make a difference.

Group M students, however, improved their GRE scores by an average of 12 percentile points! The students also reported (subjectively) that they were better able to concentrate the second time around; they felt that their minds wandered less than they had before. Here is the best part: the study took just two weeks.

How did that happen?

The students did not become smarter or learn (much) more in that time frame. Rather, the mindfulness techniques helped the students perform closer to their true potential by reducing negative thoughts or habits that were interfering with performance. Think how much better you could do if you could turn off, or at least minimize, all those distracting thoughts that interrupt you when you are trying to concentrate!

How can I use this?

That short, two-week time frame is both good news and bad news. The good news is that you can achieve results without having to study meditation for six months. The bad news is that we do not know whether this provides only a short-term boost—the effects may fade over time.

So let’s speculate that the effects will fade unless you keep up with a regular meditation schedule. Let’s also assume that most people are not going to make meditation a regular part of their daily life; most will try it for a time and then drop it.

Here is what to do, then: Start learning some of these mindfulness techniques about eight weeks before you plan to take the test. Give yourself enough time to learn what to do, and then make these meditation sessions a part of your regular study schedule until you take the test. (If you would like to continue after that, great!)

Here is a resource to get you started: the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. They offer free meditation lessons and podcasts. They also periodically offer a six-week online course (for a small fee, less than $200 at the time of this publication); in addition to the prerecorded classes, you will be able to take advantage of live chats with an instructor. If you would rather meet with someone in person, run a Google search to find someone in your area.

Take a deep breath, exhale, and start learning how to minimize distractions and concentrate on the task at hand. Good luck!

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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Introduce Without an Introduction [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tip: Introduce Without an Introduction
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Most American high school students are taught to write essays that have a formal introduction, a body that supports that introduction, and a conclusion that reinforces the main point presented in the introduction. Although this approach and structure yield easily comprehensible academic work, business school application essays are constrained by word count—so candidates often must use alternative, less lengthy openings because they do not have the luxury of “wasting” 100 words to introduce their topic.

We recommend sometimes using the “non-introduction” introduction, depending on the context and pace of your story. If you have a gripping opener that places your reader in the middle of a scenario, we suggest you launch right into your story to grab and keep the reader’s attention.

Consider this traditional introduction:

“Throughout my career, I have strived to continuously learn and develop as a manager, frequently taking enrichment courses, seizing mentorship opportunities, and seeking frank feedback from my superiors. When my firm staffed me on its $4.5M Oregon Project (our highest-profile product launch in a decade), I considered it a tremendous opportunity to deliver and never imagined that it would become the greatest test of my managerial abilities. When I arrived in Portland, I discovered a project deemed so important by our firm that it was overstaffed and wallowing in confused directives from headquarters in Chicago. I quickly surveyed the situation and began to create support for changes to…”

What if this essay, under the pressure of word limits, were to begin with a slightly modified version of the body?

“When I arrived in Portland, I discovered that my firm’s $4.5M Oregon Project—our highest-profile product launch in a decade—was overstaffed and wallowing in confused directives from headquarters in Chicago. I quickly surveyed the situation and began to create support for change…”

In this case, approximately 70 words are saved, and the reader is immediately thrust into the middle of the story, learning how the writer jumped into the project and ultimately saved the day. Although the “non-introduction” introduction should not be used for every essay, it can be a valuable tool when applied with discretion.

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Mission Admission: Finish Your Recommendations on Time [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Mission Admission: Finish Your Recommendations on Time
Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday.

As Round 2 application deadlines approach, many candidates find themselves immersed in stress—busy juggling multiple essays and revising their resume. Often in the midst of all this, an alarming question suddenly springs to mind: “What if my supervisors do not get their letters done by the deadline?”

In our opinion, the easiest way to ensure that your recommenders complete their letters on time is to present them with your own deadline—one that is a bit earlier than the school’s—when you first ask them to provide a recommendation for you. If the application to your school of choice is due on January 15, for example, tell your recommenders that you are submitting on January 8. Incidentally, submitting your application early can be good for your sanity as well. By setting this advanced deadline, you can put some additional pressure on your recommender on the 8th if he/she has not yet finished the letter, so you should still be able to submit by the school’s official deadline.

Most people work to deadlines. Alleviate unnecessary stress by setting your recommenders’ deadlines one week early, and “enjoy” the application process a little bit more.

For more information on properly selecting, communicating with, and managing your recommenders, check out our Letters of Recommendation Guide.

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MBA Career Advice: Three Tests for Your Resume: The CEO Test [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA Career Advice: Three Tests for Your Resume: The CEO Test
In this weekly series, our friends at MBA Career Coaches will be dispensing invaluable advice to help you actively manage your career. Topics include building your network, learning from mistakes and setbacks, perfecting your written communication, and mastering even the toughest interviews. For more information or to sign up for a free career consultation, visit www.mbacareercoaches.com.

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Once your bullets make sense to a lay person, what you have accomplished can truly shine. Or, if your resume is like most people’s your complete lack of accomplishment will stick out like a sore thumb. That’s not because you haven’t accomplished meaningful things in your career, it’s because you haven’t structured your bullets to emphasize results.

Why does this matter? Again, remember, you are seeking more responsibility; you want to manage and lead; you want to have a bigger impact. Your ability to do each of those things rests on your ability to understand the impact you have already had and how the work you have done has influenced real business outcomes, even if you were the junior-most member of the team (take note consultants, accountants, and bankers!!) Even in a team environment, you need to uncover your meaningful individual contributions to the shared outcome.

So that means that each bullet on your resume needs to contain a result. The outcome and impact needs to be visible and, where possible, measured. Did your work lead to estimated time or money saved? Did the relationship you built result in a quantifiable sale? Did your analysis drive a key recommendation that changed the final result of the project in measurable ways? Your bullets need to highlight your accomplishments.

Think about this as the CEO Test. If the CEO of your company were to read that bullet, would she shake your hand? Would he care that you did that? Or would she stare blankly with indifference? The CEO is responsible for the workings of the entire company, and so he or she will likely be unconcerned with the job responsibilities of any one member of the team. Results, on the other hand, especially those that translate to the bottom line, no matter how small, are a matter of CEO concern.

You want each of your bullets to showcase a result that you produced and where you excelled vis-a-vis expectations, targets, or peers. Do your best to measure your results in real terms – dollars or time, for example – in a way that translates directly to the bottom line wherever possible.

Consider these examples:

CEO Test Fail:
  • Responsible for managing a $10M media campaign
CEO Test Pass:
  • Initiated $10M social media campaign introducing new detergent, surpassing first-year sales targets within three months
CEO Test Fail:
  • Performed investigations to resolve customer complaints and identify broken processes
CEO Test Pass:
  • Developed a new monthly performance monitoring framework which identified a $2M annual cost savings opportunity and a critical call center data issue in the second month
CEO Test Fail:
  • Conducted detailed analysis of client’s profit and loss statements and presented findings to team
CEO Test Pass:
  • Drove recommendation to divest three snack brands for consumer goods client by identifying key strategic misalignment in manufacturing process based on detailed P&L analysis
If you find yourself struggling to understand the results of your work, consider discussing this with your managers and teammates. They can sometimes help you connect what you did to the outcome that resulted. If you ensure your bullets convey the impact you have had in real business terms, you will already be going a long way to demonstrating your competence and professional potential.

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Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose an MBA program, but the educational experience you will have is what is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we focus on Rawi Abdelal from Harvard Business School (HBS).

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Rawi Abdelal is the Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management and the director of Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. In addition to teaching, he serves as a faculty associate for such groups as Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. His first book, National Purpose in the World Economy: Post-Soviet States in Comparative Perspective (Cornell University Press, 2001), won the 2002 Shulman Prize for outstanding monograph dealing with the international relations, foreign policy, or foreign-policy decision making of any former Soviet Union or Eastern European state. That same year—and again in 2013—he received the Robert F. Greenhill Award, given to outstanding members of the HBS community who are making significant contributions to the school. Moreover, in 2004, he was awarded the Student Association’s Faculty Award for outstanding teaching in the Required Curriculum.

Abdelal is a student favorite, we were told by those we interviewed, because of his willingness to spend time with students outside the classroom (even those who are not in his section), explaining macroeconomic concepts that can be difficult to grasp. He is also known for incorporating unusual references from literature and popular culture into his class discussions. He has made allusions to Shakespeare, the movie Fight Club, and even rapper Jay-Z’s song “Blue Magic” to help explain complex topics.

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mbaMission Consultant Spotlight: Monica Okrah [#permalink]

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At mbaMission, our consultants are more than just graduates of the world’s top MBA programs—we are also expert communicators who possess an unparalleled knowledge of the admissions process. Each week, we highlight one member of our team who has committed his/her professional life to helping you get into business school.

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While at Harvard Business School (HBS), Monica Okrah was a board member of Harbus News Corporation and a member of the team that wrote the first edition of 65 Successful Harvard Business School Application Essays, a collection of essays and critiques that provides an inside view into the broad range of writing styles and creative content in successful HBS application essays. Before joining mbaMission in 2006, Monica was a member of a start-up team at Red Ventures, an Internet marketing firm that launched an e-commerce business as the direct-to-consumer marketing partner of Sirius Satellite Radio. Prior to business school, Monica was an associate at Rice Financial Products Company, an innovative derivatives boutique in New York City and an investment banking analyst at JPMorgan Securities, where she assisted nonprofit hospitals with their capital market needs. Monica volunteers with the HBS Alumni Club of Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves as the chief communications officer.

Quick Facts:
Received MBA from: Harvard Business School

Undergraduate field of study: Finance with a minor in psychology

Fields worked in before mbaMission: Investment banking and online marketing

Working style: Warm and fuzzy with candor sprinkled in

Five things you want your clients to know about you:

1. “I’ve been at mbaMission since 2006, so I have deep experience in guiding people through the application process.”

2. “I love helping people see how awesome they are. Most of my clients think they are underdogs. It’s so fulfilling when I can break through and help them see their differentiating strengths.”

3. “I have professional experience in finance and online marketing, however, I have a soft spot for the arts and nonprofits. I have a background in dance and theater, and I’m currently a founding board member for a nonprofit thrift store. Because of my diverse interests, I enjoy working with applicants from both traditional and nontraditional backgrounds.”

4. “I sometimes dream about my clients’ essays. I’m constantly reflecting on ways to make my clients’ stories better (sometimes at odd hours).”

5. “I not only teach my clients about the business school application process, but also learn from their experiences and ambitious goals. It keeps me motivated!”

What past clients are saying:
“I cannot give any higher praise to mbaMission and my consultant Monica Okrah. Without Monica’s help, I truly do not think I would have been accepted to any of the schools I applied to. With her help, I’ve been admitted to every one I applied to: Harvard, Stanford and Wharton—this is absolutely no coincidence.” — Stanford GSB Admit

“I highly recommend mbaMission and Monica Okrah in particular. From the beginning, Monica took the time to get to know me and worked with me to draft an application that reflected who I was. I never felt pressured to write anything that compromised who I am, which is very important to me. Monica was very easy to talk to, genuinely cared about my application and even helped me come up with ideas for essays that I never would have thought of on my own. With her assistance, I was able to secure very generous scholarships at the schools I applied to. I don’t think this would have been possible without the help of mbaMission and Monica.” — Wharton Admit

“Without Monica Okrah, I would not be attending B-school this year (let alone a top 10 school), period. Monica pushed me and helped me make it even better, and the same can be said for every step of the application process. I wholeheartedly recommend Monica Okrah—words honestly cannot describe how pleased I am and how thankful I am that I used her services.” — NYU Stern Admit

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Beyond the MBA Classroom: The HBS Show [#permalink]

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When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

First presented at Harvard Business School (HBS) in 1974, the HBS Show is a popular student-run comedy production that follows the tradition of Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Show and Harvard Law School’s Parody. This extremely well-attended show is a major production that pokes fun at life at HBS, incorporating joking—but good-natured—references to case protagonists, professors, administrators, and the recruiting process. A spouse of one HBS student who helped organize a past production wrote on her blog, “It was a great outlet for business school students to roast their own school—the whole performance was based on The Godfather but with a zillion HBS inside jokes thrown in.” Featured among the HBS Show film productions in 2015 was a parody of the Harry Potter films, titled “Harry Potter and the Classcard of Secrets.”

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Diamonds in the Rough: Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability [#permalink]

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MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.

Sustainability is more than a mere buzzword or one elective specialization among many in the Bard MBA curriculum—it provides the grounding for an integrated core of economic, environmental, and social education. In this way, Bard offers an innovative approach to business, drawing on multidisciplinary perspectives and ecological thinking to prove that profitability can be compatible with a sustainable and socially responsible mission. Another rather unique feature of the Bard MBA is its low-residency structure, entailing monthly Weekend Residencies that focus on various learning “modules” in addition to online instruction. The school’s proximity to New York City facilitates Bard’s “NYCLab” course, in which students work in small teams to gain hands-on experience consulting for businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Students can collaborate with such firms as ConEdison Solutions, Unilever (as part of its Sustainable Living Plan), and TransitCenter, Inc.

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Friday Factoid: Earn a Sustainability Certificate at MIT Sloan [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Friday Factoid: Earn a Sustainability Certificate at MIT Sloan
Sustainability is at the heart of MIT Sloan’s nonprofit/social entrepreneurship curriculum. In 2007, the school launched the Sustainability Initiative (formerly titled the Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society), with its ultimate goal being to “enable people, communities, businesses, organizations, and the planet to flourish, while taking an in-depth, integrated look at current structural models. By incorporating social equity, economic development, and environmental restoration at all levels, such initiatives capitalize on existing and emerging opportunities for greater long-term benefit,” according to the school’s Career Roadmap for this study area. The initiative serves as an umbrella for the many components that fall under its purview, including a “Strategies for Sustainable Business” lab course, a “System Dynamics” course, a Sustainability Lunch Series, and an internship program.

In 2010, Sloan announced its third specialty certificate option, the Certificate in Sustainability. Open to any master’s level MIT student as an add-on to an existing degree program, the offering, according to a 2010 MIT Newsroom article, “views sustainability as a function of the interdependent dynamics of economic, societal, and environmental systems, where success overall is influenced by success across all areas and not upon a single factor.” In addition to receiving the certificate along with their MBA, students who pursue it will receive access to Summer Sustainability Internships and a special resume book for sustainability.

For more information on other defining characteristics of the MBA program at MIT Sloan or one of 15 other top business schools, please check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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Wharton Team-Based Discussion 2015: Only Two Sessions Left! [#permalink]

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Have you been invited to interview at Wharton? If so, this is your last chance to practice before the real thing!

Via our Wharton Team-Based Discussion Simulation, applicants participate anonymously with three to five other MBA candidates in an online conversation, which is moderated by two of our experienced Senior Consultants familiar with Wharton’s format and approach. All participants then receive feedback on their performance, with special focus on their interpersonal skills and communication abilities. The simulation builds confidence by highlighting your role in a team, examining how you communicate your ideas to—and within—a group of (equally talented) peers, and discovering how you react when you are thrown “in the deep end” and have to swim. Our Wharton Team-Based Discussion Simulation allows you to test the experience so you will be ready for the real thing!

Only a few spots remain in our last two Wharton TBD Simulation Sessions:

Group J: Monday, November 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM (ET)

Group K:
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM (ET)



To learn more or sign up for a session, visit our Wharton Team-Based Discussion Simulation page. Hurry—these sessions are filling up fast!

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: The “Right” Path [#permalink]

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Each year, we hear from a few people who think their professional position is a liability when applying to business school: “I am a school teacher. Maybe if I transitioned to consulting, I would get into the school of my dreams.” Although bankers and consultants are certainly much more represented at top business schools than teachers, this is not evidence of a bias among admissions officers, but of the nature of those workplaces. Most bankers and consultants need an MBA to progress past a certain point on the corporate ladder, whereas no teacher truly needs that MBA to progress.

What is more important than focusing on an industry or on a particular community endeavor is your performance in your endeavors. MBA classes have space for high-performing consultants, bankers, and teachers—something that cannot be said for low-performing individuals in any field. Top programs want a diversity of experience in their classrooms and the promise of achievement going forward, not a job title.

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GMAT Impact: What to Expect on Test Day [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: GMAT Impact: What to Expect on Test Day
With regard to the GMAT, raw intellectual horsepower helps, but it is not everything. In this blog series, Manhattan Prep’s Stacey Koprince teaches you how to perform at your best on test day by using some common sense.

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I have talked to a ton of students recently who were surprised by some detail of test day—and that detail affected their performance. Let’s talk about what is going to happen when you finally get in there to take the test.

When you arrive

There will be some kind of outer waiting area, an inner office containing the biometric equipment, and finally the “inner sanctum”: the testing room.

When you first arrive, you will be asked to read (and digitally sign) a bunch of legalese and will show your ID. Check the guidelines to determine what kind of ID you must bring.

But wait! You are not done with security yet. They will take a digital photo of you. You will also have the veins in your palm digitally scanned—turns out our palm veins are even more unique than fingerprints. Who knew?

Finally, before you enter the inner sanctum, you will place all of your belongings (except your ID) into a locker to which you will have the key. Everything goes in this locker: your wallet or purse, your money, your mobile phone, your keys, everything. Do not bring any study notes into the test center with you, do not use any electronic devices, and do not write anything down at any time—even on the breaks. Do not give them any reason to think you might be cheating.

Starting the test

You will be given a five-page booklet of laminated paper on which to take notes. If you use up the booklet, raise your hand, and a proctor will give you a new booklet in place of the used one.

During the test, you are allowed to request a new note booklet at any time, even if you have not finished using up the previous one. I have heard reports of some proctors refusing such requests; if this happens, ask again (politely). Tell them that you specifically asked ahead of time and that GMAC (the organization that owns the GMAT) confirmed that you do not need to use up a test booklet before requesting a new one.

You will have access to tissues and earplugs provided by the test center; you cannot bring your own. Some test centers also have headphones available (in addition to earplugs).

Officially, you are not permitted to write down notes or set up your scrap paper before the test starts. When you sit down, the proctor will start the test. You can try to jot down some timing benchmarks or a few formulas during the short pre-test instructions, but stop if the proctors tell you to stop. Do not count on being able to spend any time at all writing things down ahead of time.

Breaks

Breaks are optional, but I strongly recommend that you take them!

You have to leave the test room during the break. The break is eight minutes long—but, wait, you do not have your watch! It is in your locker. The testing center is required to have a clock on the wall in every room; check when you first arrive. If no clock is visible or the clock has stopped working, say something to the proctors right away!

As soon as you get out to the waiting room, look at the clock. Plan for about six minutes (it takes about a minute to get out of the room and another minute to get back in).

Then open up your locker and have something to eat and drink. Walk around. Stretch. Use the restroom. Do not sit down, do not start reading a magazine, and do not start thinking about the test or how you are doing on it. Try to empty your brain and think only about what you are actually doing: stretching, eating, drinking.

When you head back into the testing center, they will scan your palm again and also match you against your digital photo. This takes a minute—plan for it.

How else can I get ready?

GMAC has posted a short video showing how the test center works; I highly recommend watching it. The mba.com site also contains other resources about what to expect on test day (follow the link in the previous sentence). If you are even a little bit nervous about the test (and most of us are!), look through their resources. The more you know about what to expect, the better prepared you will be to handle your nerves on test day.

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