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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Conflict Is Compelling [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tip: Conflict Is Compelling When you are writing a compelling story, conflict can actually be a very important element. Of course, we mean conflict in the literary sense, not the physical or emotional sense (no one wants to hear about how you hotheadedly instigated a confrontation). In literary terms, conflict occurs at the moment an oppositional force helps shape the central story. So, a narrative that presents you—the candidate and hero of the story—experiencing an effortless ride toward victory would not typically be as interesting or exciting as one in which you suffered some bumps and bruises along the way.For example, most people would find the story of a rookie challenger beating an experienced marathon runner at the finish line a lot more compelling than the story of a runner who leads the race by a wide margin from beginning to end and never experiences any competition. Although you might not have an anecdote like this in your arsenal, our point is that whether you are telling the story of refining a supply chain, getting a deal done, marketing a new product or accomplishing any other facet of business, you should identify and share the hurdles you overcame in doing so, because describing a time when you enjoyed a smooth and easy path to success may not allow you to shine as brightly.
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Professor Profiles: James E. Schrager, The University of Chi [#permalink]
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You Don’t Need a 750 to Get In! [#permalink]
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Competing in the ISB Super League [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Competing in the ISB Super League When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also making a commitment to a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.A unique institution taking hold at the Indian School of Business (ISB) is the ISB Super League, or ISL. Launched in 2010, the ISL pits teams of ISB students against one another in head-to-head intramural combat in ten different sports—including cricket, soccer, Frisbee, basketball and water polo—over the course of three months. Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra visited campus to inaugurate the fall 2012 season and even participated in a student volleyball game. The previous year (2011), the ISL kickoff event featured Gayatri Reddy, co-owner of the Deccan Chargers, and Accenture officially sponsored the year’s four franchises—the Hyderabad Nizams, the Titans, the Raging Bulls and the Hurricanes—which competed for points and ultimately the Super League Cup in the ten different events. Each year, the ISL franchises are selected via a live fantasy auction in which students bid for teams and players using real money. The players for each team are then “sold” in a live auction using virtual currency. The winning team takes home 60% of the money accrued from the bids, the second- and third-place teams split 35% of the funds and the remaining 5% covers tournament organization costs.For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at the ISB and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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Diamonds in the Rough: Business of Medicine MBA at Kelley Sc [#permalink]
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Friday Factoid: Think Kellogg, Think Entrepreneurship? [#permalink]
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Special 50% Off Offer on mbaMission Insider’s Guides! [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Special 50% Off Offer on mbaMission Insider’s Guides! To celebrate the release of mbaMission’s 2014–2015 Insider’s Guides—detailed, 70- to 110-page books that go beyond the stereotypes of 15 of the top U.S. business schools to reveal their true character—we are offering a code worth 50% off your Insider’s Guide purchase from Monday, July 21, through Monday, July 28. That means each guide would be just \$12.50!To take advantage of this special offer, simply complete a three-minute survey here. Once you have done so, you will receive an exclusive offer code good for 50% off your purchase of one or more Insider’s Guides. Remember, this code is valid only from Monday, July 21, through Monday, July 28, so be sure to mark the dates on your calendar!
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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Do Not Use the Same Technique Twic [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tip: Do Not Use the Same Technique Twice Writing can be challenging for many business school applicants, and some have particular difficulty changing their essay structure from one essay to the next. For example, a candidate might choose to use a quote at the beginning of an essay to create a sense of urgency:“This cannot be fixed. This cannot be fixed!” I stared blankly at the broken machinery and knew that the next few hours would be crucial…Using this kind of attention-grabbing technique is certainly acceptable, but you should never use the same technique twice (and definitely not three times!) in one application. By starting more than one essay in the same manner, you are effectively sending the admissions reader the message that you understand how to use a gimmick but not how to tell a compelling story in your own way. This is also a quick way to lose the reader’s interest! So be sure to vary your approach with each new essay within a single application. We work with our candidates to ensure that their ideas are presented in fresh and different ways, to captivate the admissions committee with each introduction and, indeed, each essay.
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MBA Career Advice: Listen! A Hot Tip for Great First Impress [#permalink]
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Dean Profiles: David Schmittlein, MIT Sloan School of Manage [#permalink]
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University of Chicago (Booth) Essay Analysis, 2014–2015 [#permalink]
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Wharton’s MBA Pub [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Wharton’s MBA Pub When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also making a commitment to a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.Every Thursday evening at the Wharton School, a large proportion of students heads to MBA Pub, where they can enjoy unlimited free beer and pizza (with an annual \$170 membership). Formerly housed in its own designated space in Steinberg-Dietrich Hall, the school moved MBA Pub to a new off-campus facility at the historic Armory building in Center City in 2013, thus making the event more proximal to where the majority of Wharton students live. Because Wharton has no classes on Friday, Pub—as it is commonly called—serves as an ideal way for many students to mark the end of the academic week, kick off the weekend, and catch up with classmates and professors (who can be invited as guests).Pub’s food offerings, drink selection, and decorations vary each week throughout the year, depending on which campus group is the week’s sponsor—though beer and pizza are staples. The event also features a variety of special events and social functions, which in 2013–2014 included Rainbow Pub, in which faculty and administrators dressed in drag as a show of support for the school’s LGBT community, a dance competition, and a date auction. Pub is obviously separate from Wharton’s academic and recruiting offerings, but according to those with whom mbaMission spoke, many students and alumni consider it an emblematic experience of the program.For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Wharton and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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Diamonds in the Rough: Opportunities at the University of Te [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: Opportunities at the University of Texas McCombs 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.In 2013, the University of Texas McCombs School of Business introduced several highlights to its MBA experience that would allow students to benefit from expanded opportunities for work experience (including with nonprofits), entrepreneurship, and leadership programming.For example, a pilot program for brand management experience with Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Yahoo! brand was expanded. In what is now called the DPSG MBA Labs program, teams of students learn marketing skills working hands-on for major firms. Another addition, the new Texas Venture Labs Scholarship, awards MBA scholarships to winners of a start-up pitch competition, in which both admitted and prospective students can compete. In the area of nonprofit work, McCombs hosts a chapter of the Net Impact program, which affords students the chance to work on socially and environmentally responsible projects aimed at solving major societal problems. The school’s aspiring MBAs can also take advantage of the new Leadership Center, which offers a personalized program to help students assess and improve their leadership skills.
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