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B-School Chart of the Week: April 2014 Social Currency Ranki [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: B-School Chart of the Week: April 2014 Social Currency Ranking 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.April was a noticeably slow month in the world of MBA matrimony. Of the 84 wedding announcements in the New York Times society pages, only eight included some mention of business school students or alumni (compared with 23 in March). Columbia Business School (CBS) came out ahead for the month, boasting four mentions—although CBS is tied with Wharton for our year-to-date tally, with each claiming a total of 13.Among the announcements for April is a double CBS wedding, with student Erin Muckey (who is pursuing a joint medical degree and MBA) marrying alumnus Alexander Cavin. Wharton alumna Charlotte Evans ventured further afield from her alma mater, marrying Stanford MBA Tyler Will. Also among the notable Wharton weddings this month is that of third-year student Eric Feinstein—who is pursuing a dual law and MBA degree—to Julia Emanuel.The total number of MBA weddings thus reached 48 for the year, out of an aggregate total of 272 wedding announcements.
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: MIT Sloan Charity Auctions [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: MIT Sloan Charity Auctions 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.Twice a year, in the fall and in the spring, students at the MIT Sloan School of Management organize charity auctions. Each “ocean” (the 60-person cohort with which students take their first-semester core classes) selects a charity to support and identifies items to be auctioned, ranging from lunch with a professor to a home-cooked meal by a student to more unusual offerings, like having a professor chauffeur you to class in his classic car. First-year oceans compete to see which one can raise the most money, and second-year students organize a similar auction. In 2013, the oceans raised more than \$70,000 to benefit Children of Fallen Patriots, Heifer International, Curing kids Cancer, the Cancer Research Institute, Pencils of Promise and the Wounded Warrior Program. Items up for bid included a personal White House Tour, a weekend tour of Napa Valley and a week at a Costa Rican beach house.For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at MIT Sloan and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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Friday Factoid: Campus Development at MIT Sloan [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Friday Factoid: Campus Development at MIT Sloan In 2006, MIT President Susan Hockfield announced a major campus development program that would invest approximately three-quarters of a billion dollars in new and renovated facilities on the school’s 154-acre Cambridge campus, and which included the Sloan School Expansion. This expansion added a new classroom building, E62 (address: 100 Main St.), with approximately 210,000 square feet of space that houses 205 offices, 6 classrooms, more than 30 group study rooms, a dining area, an Executive Education suite, lounge areas and new, usable outdoor spaces. It was completed in time for the start of classes in fall 2010 and dedicated in May 2011, to coincide with MIT’s 150th anniversary.The new classroom building is described on the MIT Web site as “the ‘greenest’ building on the entire MIT campus.” A student from the Class of 2012, the first class to enter Sloan after the new building opened, described E62 to us at mbaMIssion as “the social hub at Sloan. It’s where students meet to socialize, eat—the cafeteria provides some of the best food in the neighborhood—and work on class projects. It’s probably one of the more significant things Sloan has done recently, as it provides the ideal networking space not only for students but also for the many professionals who come to check out the new building and recruit MBAs. The new building really adds to the Sloan experience, and I can’t imagine life before it!”For a thorough exploration of what MIT Sloan and other top business schools have to offer, please check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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Dartmouth College (Tuck) Essay Analysis, 2014–2015 [#permalink]
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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Use Past and Present Tense Judicio [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tip: Use Past and Present Tense Judiciously Virtually all MBA application essays are written in the past tense, which makes sense, considering that candidates are most often discussing past experiences. Although the past tense is quite “user friendly,” another choice is to use the present tense to heighten the immediacy of the experience being presented and to draw the reader into the story. Consider the following examples:Past tense: “I arrived at my supervisor’s office at 11 a.m.; we tabled the deal no less than 15 minutes later. Then, the two of us sat by the phone, casually chatting about baseball, and waited. When our CEO finally called two hours later, we discovered that we had indeed submitted the winning bid….”Present tense: “I arrive at my supervisor’s office at 11 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, we table our deal. For the next two hours, as we casually chat about baseball, we wait by the phone. When it finally rings, our CEO is on the line, informing us that our offer has been accepted….”These examples do not represent “right” and “wrong” options but instead illustrate two different styles a candidate might use, both of which can be equally effective; choosing which is the better fit for a particular essay depends entirely on the skill of the writer. Executing well in the present tense can sometimes be difficult, and we recommend that candidates undertake the task with caution. Further, this choice also depends significantly on the story’s content and context—the present tense is a good option when the experience recounted involves “high drama,” but it is not necessarily appropriate for every essay.
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mbaMission’s MBA Application Writing Boot Camp is Back! [#permalink]
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Kellogg Students KWEST [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Kellogg Students KWEST 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.Each year, incoming Kellogg School of Management students gather for the four-day Kellogg Worldwide Experiences and Service Trips (KWEST) experience, during which they engage in volunteerism and tourist activities alongside the veritable strangers that will soon become their friends. KWEST experiences occur throughout the United States and internationally; in 2014, trips and activities were organized to more than 30 locations around the world, including a cycling trip through the Netherlands, beer tasting in Germany, zip-lining and surfing in Nicaragua and a meeting with a U.S. Ambassador on the Denmark/Austria trip. In 2013, trips were organized to such locations as Argentina, the Canary Islands, Iceland, Romania and Turkey. In 2012, students on KWEST adventures traveled to 19 different countries, including Canada, Belize, Croatia, Costa Rica, Portugal and Thailand. Destinations in 2011 included Ecuador, Italy, Spain, Greece and France. Some students even participate in a mystery trip: they do not learn their destination until they check in at the airport!During KWEST, students are not expected to discuss their work experience or academic/professional plans. Instead, students get to know each other on a more personal and intellectual level, returning to campus well acquainted and, ideally, even bonded.For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Kellogg and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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 FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools which are typically ranked outside the top 15.Students who have clear objectives for their post-MBA career may find that seeking out a business school curriculum built around focused career specializations can be beneficial. The Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a uniquely applied learning experience for ten such areas of specialization:Arts administrationBrand and product managementCorporate finance and investment bankingInvestment research and portfolio managementMarketing researchOperations and technology managementReal estateRisk management and insuranceStrategic human resource managementSupply chain managementImmersive engagement begins early in the program, simultaneously with first-year core courses. For example, during their first semester, student teams work to perform an integrated company analysis of a publicly traded company of their choosing. By the time students break out into courses within their designated focus, they are ready to gain hands-on experience through applied projects. Investment research and portfolio management students, for example, practice managing a portfolio with more than \$50M in assets, while many other areas of specialization include partnering with businesses and organizations.
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 FROM mbaMission Blog: Friday Factoid: Columbia Business School’s Increasingly Flexible First-Year Curriculum The Columbia Business School (CBS) first-year curriculum was at one time very rigid—all first-year students took all their core courses with their cluster, unless they were able to pass an exemption exam. Students complained, however, that this rigid core curriculum system meant that they could take only one elective course their first year, which could put them at a disadvantage when competing for summer internships. For example, previously, a CBS student who accepted a summer internship at a bank may have taken only one finance elective by the end of his/her first year, but that student’s counterparts on the internship from other schools may have taken two or three, thus potentially putting the CBS student at a disadvantage with regard to being considered for a full-time job at the end of the internship. So, after an intense process of research and evaluation, CBS launched a more flexible core curriculum in the fall of 2008.Beginning in the fall of 2013, CBS implemented further changes to its core curriculum, including an increased emphasis on cross-disciplinary thinking, in addition to even more flexibility. The revamped core courses also make greater use of online teaching tools in an attempt to “free up more classroom time for deeper dives and discussions,” as an August 2013 Poets & Quants article explains. In the second semester of the first year, students can pick three full-term electives and two half-term electives, replacing the school’s previous “flex-core” configuration and allowing students to better prepare for summer internships. In addition, students may take exemption exams in areas in which they are already proficient, thereby opting to replace core courses with electives. This revised curriculum was developed in response to student feedback that a full term was not needed to cover the “core” elements in certain courses, and the change has given students significantly more flexibility in the first year.CBS has thereby attempted to find a middle ground, where students learn what the school considers fundamentals while having the latitude to specialize, and anecdotally, students have responded favorably.For a thorough exploration of what CBS and other top U.S. business schools have to offer, please check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides series.
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Professor Profiles: Julie Hennessy, Northwestern’s Kellogg S [#permalink]
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Bring Your Spouse and Kids to UC-B [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Bring Your Spouse and Kids to UC-Berkeley Haas 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.The Partners Club at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, caters to the needs of MBA students’ significant others and children and is reportedly very active on campus. Beginning when students are just new admits, the club helps answer questions on everything from housing issues to community life, and throughout the academic year, the club organizes game nights, dinners, happy hours and other social events for the partners. Haas partners are also invited to attend all student social events and club activities. Said one second-year student in a November 2010 online student chat, “Honestly, I think partners have the best time in business school—they get all the fun without those pesky classes!”For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at UC-Berkeley Haas and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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