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GMAT Impact: The Master Resource List for Reading Comprehension (Part [#permalink]
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Mission Admission: Be on Your Best Behavior When Visiting Campus! [#permalink]
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B-School Chart of the Week: November 2016 Social Currency Rankings [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: B-School Chart of the Week: November 2016 Social Currency Rankings Rankings come in all shapes and sizes, but can any ranking truly capture social cachet? For a different perspective on the value of an MBA, we turn to the New York Times society pages, where the editors select and profile promising couples. Each month, we dedicate one B-School Chart of the Week to tallying how alumni from top-ranked business schools are advancing their social currency ranking.Like many couples planning their weddings, MBAs seem to have a preference for hosting their nuptials during the summer season. This is evident in the New York Times wedding section, which profiled only 18 unions involving MBAs in November—half the number that the newspaper covered in July, for example. Harvard Business School (HBS) was the only school to boast a double-MBA wedding this month: newlyweds Valerie Gong and Gregory Ambrosia both received their business degrees from HBS. Graduates from the New York University Stern School of Business, Columbia Business School (CBS), and Yale School of Management were quite busy as well, as three MBAs from Stern and two from both CBS and Yale tied the knot last month. With only a few weeks left in the year, are MBAs racing to the altar in December?
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MBA Career News: Ending the Interview Strong [#permalink]
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Lounging at Yale’s Gryphon’s Pub [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Lounging at Yale’s Gryphon’s Pub Gryphon’s PubWhen 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.Located in a Gothic-style building on York Street in the heart of Yale University’s Old Campus, Gryphon’s Pub has been run by the Graduate and Professional Student Center at Yale (known more commonly as simply GPSCY) since the early 1970s. This members-only club is managed by Yale graduate students and features several lounges, a big-screen TV, pool tables, and regular drink specials. Membership dues (\$20) are considered a bargain, given the \$2–\$5 cover charge (which members are not required to pay) and the frequency with which students tend to find themselves at Gryphon’s!For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at the Yale School of Management and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the
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Diamonds in the Rough: Intimate Class Size at Mays Business School [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: Intimate Class Size at Mays Business School 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.Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School offers a full-time, 49-credit MBA curriculum that can be completed in just 16 months (over an 18-month period of August to December) or customized for an extended period of time. Although the core curriculum is very rigid, with foundational management courses spanning the entirety of the program, Mays also offers the option of pursuing certificates and career specializations beyond the 16-month core.What really stands out about the Mays program, however, is its dedication to maintaining a strong sense of community. The school’s relatively small class size—the 2015 incoming class, for example, featured 65 students—facilitates an intimate classroom setting and personalized attention from faculty and staff.
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Friday Factoid: Pursue Marketing at UPenn Wharton [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Friday Factoid: Pursue Marketing at UPenn Wharton Perennially ranked among the top business schools in the world, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania appears to be best known for its reputation in finance—as its original name, the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, would imply. Nevertheless, the school prides itself on its breadth and depth of expertise in a multitude of business areas.For instance, consider these facts about Wharton’s highly regarded marketing program:Wharton has “the largest, most cited, and most published marketing faculty in the world,” according to the marketing department’s Web site.The school’s marketing department was ranked #2 in the 2017S. News & World Report MBA rankings by specialty.A Wharton marketing professor developed conjoint analysis, a tool that has helped shape 20th century marketing practices.The Marketing Club’s annual conference brings together approximately 300 students, faculty members, alumni, and leading marketing experts to explore various themes central to the industry. In 2016, the conference—themed “Building Brand Affinity: How Companies Move Beyond the Product”—featured keynote speeches by an editor at the CMO Network at Forbes, the account lead of luxury fashion brands at Google, and the chief marketing and brand officer at Chobani. Panelists hailed from such companies as Unilever, Vroom, and Thinkwell Marketing. Indeed, to dismiss Wharton as simply a finance school would be a mistake.For a thorough exploration of what UPenn Wharton and other top business schools have to offer, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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Focal Upright Founder Martin Keen on How He Launched Two Businesses fr [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Focal Upright Founder Martin Keen on How He Launched Two Businesses from a Desire to “Create Tools that Help Humans” 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.mbaMission Founder/President Jeremy Shinewald (left) with Focal Upright Co-Founders Martin Keen (center) and Mary Hall Keen (right).Martin Keen is no stranger to craftsmanship: his father and grandfather built shoes and furniture, largely foretelling Keen’s own career. His two businesses, Keen Footwear and Focal Upright, were both born out of needs obvious to Keen. His footwear business began when he designed a protective shoe for sailors after years of sailing (and injuring!) himself. Later, his ergonomic furniture venture stemmed from the ill effects he experienced as a result of prolonged sitting and bad posture. Keen is also a notable supporter of Venture for America and has hired multiple VFA Fellows during his career. Listen to the podcast episode to hear his story, including these details:Why it took seven years for Focal Upright to launch after Keen first came up with the idea for the companyHow industrial design school helped him turn the ideas in his head into reality—and how the German viewpoints of the school changed his way of thinkingHow appearing at the ICFF, a well-known furniture fair in New York City, gave Focal Upright a push forwardSubscribe to the podcast series to be among the first to hear each episode as it is released!
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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Use the Active Voice to Enliven Your Writing [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tip: Use the Active Voice to Enliven Your Writing Many writers use the passive voice in their essays, but the best writers know it should be used only rarely, if ever.The passive voice puts the verb in the “wrong” place in the sentence, thereby removing the “action.” Subjects become acted upon rather than performing actions. Sentences with the passive voice typically include verb phrases such as “was” or “has been” (e.g., “it was determined,” “the project has been completed”).Consider this example of the passive voice:“The marathon was run despite my injury.”In this sentence, the verb (or action) is diminished because the writer says the marathon “was run.” A better way of describing the same activity is to use the active voice, as illustrated in this example:“I ran the marathon despite my injury.”Here are two more examples:Passive: “The contract was awarded to us.”Active: “We won the contract.”Passive: “It was decided that I would be in charge of the project.”Active: “My boss selected me to be in charge of the project.”Remember—you are the center and subject of your essays. The best way to tell your stories and explain your accomplishments is to make sure that you are the catalyst of the stories you tell. Using the active voice ensures that the admissions committee(s) will see you as an active person who makes things happen.
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 FROM mbaMission Blog: B-School Chart of the Week: The Class of 2015 Employment Placement by Industry Around this time of the year, business schools release employment placement information for the most recent graduating class. While we wait for all the top-ranked schools to publish their Class of 2016 employment statistics, let’s take a final look at the Class of 2015. We at mbaMission examined the placement reports of 16 top-ranked schools—including the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business—to discover which industries attracted the most newly minted MBAs last year.Consulting and finance together claimed more than half of all graduates, with 28.1% leaning toward consulting and 25.8% toward finance. Meanwhile, 18.9% accepted positions in technology, while 8.1% chose the consumer packaged goods and retail industries. Health care, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals attracted 5.0% of graduates, and such industries as manufacturing, government and nonprofit, and media and entertainment were the choice for smaller percentages of the class (3.4%, 2.6%, and 2.6%, respectively). Did industry preferences change with the Class of 2016? We shall find out soon…
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