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# The mbaMission Blog

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 FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tip: Own Your Story Many business school candidates unwittingly start their essays with platitudes—obvious or trite remarks written as though they were original. For example, when responding to the essay question “Tell us about a time when you made a difficult decision,” an applicant might mistakenly write the following:“Managers constantly face difficult decisions. Still, everyone hates indecision.”The applicant does not “own” this idea and cannot lay claim to this statement. A simple alternative would be to insert his/her personal experience and viewpoint into the sentence:“I found myself back in the boardroom with Steve, anticipating that yet again, he would change his mind on the mbaMission file.”By discussing your personal and unique experiences, you take and demonstrate ownership of your story while engaging your reader. Avoiding platitudes and generalities—and ensuring that you are sharing your experience, rather than one that could belong to anyone else—is a simple but often overlooked step in creating a compelling message.
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B-School Chart of the Week: To How Many Schools Will You Apply This Ye [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: B-School Chart of the Week: To How Many Schools Will You Apply This Year? Although quantifying a school’s profile certainly does not tell you everything, it can sometimes be helpful in simplifying the many differences between the various MBA programs. Each week, we bring you a chart to help you decide which of the schools’ strengths speak to you.We recently surveyed a number of visitors to our site to get a feel for the concerns, plans, and mind-sets of this season’s MBA applicants. Now the results are in, and for those who are curious about their fellow applicants’ views on business school, we will be sharing some of the collected data in our B-School Chart of the Week blog series.How many applications to submit is one of the first decisions you will make with regard to pursuing an MBA. Whether you are targeting just one program or many, applying to business school is rather time-consuming, and we were curious how much of a commitment candidates may be making to the process this season.The respondents to our poll seem rather ambitious on this front—or may simply view several programs as their “dream” choices. When we asked visitors to our site, “To how many schools do you plan to apply this application season?,” just over one-fifth (20.5%) of the MBA hopefuls answered “6,” making it the top response. Accounting for 17.9% of the votes each, “4” and “5” were tied for the second most common. (In 2013, by comparison, the most common response was “5,” with “6” being the second most popular choice.) Interestingly, a not-insignificant portion—12.8%—indicated that they plan to apply to as many as eight programs, while 5.1% are up for the challenging feat of completing 15 applications this season.
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Winter Fun at Chicago Booth [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Winter Fun at Chicago Booth 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.Business school candidates who decide to attend Chicago Booth can look forward—with approximately 500 of their closest friends in the community (partners are invited as well)—to the school’s annual ski trip, which takes place over winter break. The trip shifts locations each year, but in December 2013, more than 250 Chicago Booth students and partners traveled to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After a full first day of skiing and snowboarding, trip attendees enjoyed back-to-back themed parties—donning their “most radical attire,” as one first-year student stated in a January 2014 post on The Booth Experience blog, for an ’80s-themed happy hour before partying late into the night at a “Heaven and Hell” rave. Other activities on the 2013 trip included a flip cup tournament, a pub crawl, a grilled cheese bake-off, and a visit to a local hot spring. Students and partners who were not interested in skiing or snowboarding could take advantage of Steamboat Springs’ other offerings, such as bumper cars on ice, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. Also, members of the Chicago Booth Ski and Snowboard Club participate in the annual Tuck Winter Carnival (at Dartmouth), for which many of the country’s top business schools send teams to compete in a ski race—though we learned the event tends to be more about beer than competition.For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Chicago Booth and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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Diamonds in the Rough: An MBA for Working Professionals at Villanova [#permalink]
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Friday Factoid: CBS’s End-of-the-Semester Push [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Friday Factoid: CBS’s End-of-the-Semester Push With the month of December right around the corner, first-year Columbia Business School (CBS) students will soon be entering the last big push of their first semester, with finals wrapping up and the next semester not beginning until mid-January. The end of regular classes at the school is traditionally marked by CBS Follies, a student-run comedy and entertainment show, as well as an End of Semester Party, and those looking to stay involved with CBS and their classmates during the holiday break have plenty of opportunities to do so. Many students go abroad during the break to such places as Korea, Brazil, and Australia on Chazen Study Tours or as part of consulting projects through the International Development Club. And students wishing for a complete break from the classroom can take part in the Snow Sports Club’s annual Winter Ski Trip in early January. Although the long break can offer a welcome rest from the stress of first-semester classes, recruiting season for first years begins once they return to campus for second semester. So, one way or another, this is a good time for CBS students to clear their heads.For more information on CBS or 15 other leading MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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GMAT Impact: First Glance Exercises for Sentence Correction [#permalink]
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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: If I Am Not Accepted in Round 1, I Wil [#permalink]
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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Introduce Without an Introduction [#permalink]
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MBA News: How to Ace a Professional Interview [#permalink]
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: 37 Years of Wharton Follies [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: 37 Years of Wharton Follies 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 Wharton Follies is both an annual musical comedy production that pokes fun at MBA life at Wharton and one of the school’s largest clubs, and it affords students the opportunity to shine in both creative and business roles. Entirely written, produced and performed by students and boasting a six-figure budget, it is one of the largest and longest-running such productions at any graduate program. Follies has run at Wharton for 37 years and typically features prominent members of the administration (including the dean, vice dean and director of admissions) and popular faculty members in cameo appearances.The specific theme changes every year. In 2014, the theme was “The Book of Wharton,” in 2013, it was “It’s a Whartonful Life,” and in 2012, it was “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” In addition to a live component, the Follies typically involve a number of video sketches, such as 2014’s “Lord of the GSR,” a play on Lord of the Flies wherein a group of students become trapped in a graduate study room. The 2013 sketch “MBAs Assemble a Malm Bed from IKEA,” which depicts students from various top-ranked business schools proposing different strategies for furniture assembly, is especially notable, with more than 70,000 views as of this posting. A second year with whom we spoke explained that part of the appeal of Follies is that it “show[s] off student talent that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to witness.”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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B-School Chart of the Week: What Is Most Important When Choosing a Sch [#permalink]