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# The mbaMission Blog

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Diamonds in the Rough: Managing Millions at Texas McCombs [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: Managing Millions at Texas McCombs 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.Many MBA programs offer their students an opportunity to manage “real” money during their two years of study. Some schools give their students a few thousand dollars to work with, while others give their students a few million in endowment funds, but none offer as much as the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where students manage \$17.1M (yes, we said \$17.1 million!). Through the MBA Investment Fund, L.L.C.—the first legally constituted private investment company managed by students—students oversee funds contributed by more than 40 investors in the Growth Portfolio, Value Portfolio, and Endowment Fund. Each year, up to 20 students are selected as portfolio managers through an application/interview process, and these students work with investment counselors on economic forecasting, risk management, and the pitching of stock and bond ideas, and then report to an advisory committee made up of faculty from the University of Texas’s department of finance and members of the investment community. If you are interested in investment management, would you not want to be able to say, “I helped select stocks for a multimillion-dollar fund”?
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Friday Factoid: More Than Marketing at Kellogg [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Friday Factoid: More Than Marketing at Kellogg As we all know, Kellogg is just a marketing school, right? Actually, no. A quick glance at the school’s 2013 employment report (click on the “function” tab) reveals that 38% of that year’s graduating class accepted jobs in consulting, and only 17% went into marketing, its third most popular functional area after finance. (And this was not a one-time thing; these figures were 40% and 20%, respectively, in 2012, and 40% and 19% in 2011, for example.) Yes, McKinsey & Company, BCG, Bain & Company, Deloitte, and Accenture  were the school’s top hirers in 2013. Kellogg MBAs credit their management labs—wherein first-year students work on a consulting project and are mentored by consultants from leading firms (before their summer internships)—with preparing them for success in their internships and full-time positions. Meanwhile, a variety of other hands-on experiences are also available, including the “Global Lab” (students work with an international firm), “Advanced Topics in Marketing” (students analyze a marketing issue and present it to management), and “Leading the Mission Driven Organization” (students offer management expertise to nonprofits).  Not to worry, though—if you are interested in marketing, Kellogg still has ample resources for you.For more information on other defining characteristics of the MBA program at Kellogg or one of 15 other top business schools, please check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Use Active Voice to Enliven Your Writing [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tip: Use 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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Professor Profiles: Barry Nalebuff, Yale School of Management [#permalink]
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B-School Chart of the Week: Which MBA Program Had the Best ROI in 2014 [#permalink]
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Show Off Your Talent at the NYU Stern Follie [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Show Off Your Talent at the NYU Stern 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.With skits such as “Sterndog Millionaire” and songs such as “We Didn’t Start the Crisis” (set to the tune of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”), the annual NYU Stern Follies talent show entertains students and faculty alike. Anyone at Stern can put together a team and apply to participate in the show. The Follies’ creative committee, which is made up of students, decides which skits and performers will ultimately be part of the show. “Follies is a huge deal,” remarked a first year with whom we spoke. “It was a lot of fun. It’s just nice to see your classmates kind of poke fun at being business school students.”Modeled after the Academy Awards, the 2014 Follies was themed “The Torchy Awards” and invited students to vote on the best performances. Parodies of House of Cards, the game Candy Crush, and the band Daft Punk were among the show’s highlights. The theme of the 2013 Follies was “The Real World: Stern,” and the show included Meet the Cast promo videos of various MTV-inspired Stern characters. In 2012, the event was held on Friday the 13th and capitalized on that date with the theme of “So Much Talent, It’s Scary.” That year’s Follies included the skits “Hunger Games Theory” and “Stern Wars,” a spoof on Star Wars. Well-known professors, such as William Silber, are frequent guest stars in many Follies presentations.For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at NYU Stern and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides. If you are applying, our NYU Stern Interview Guide can help you put your best foot forward.
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Diamonds in the Rough: The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College o [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College 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.Environmental sustainability and social impact are becoming increasingly important components of MBA programs. The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is leading the way to more ethically oriented business training, with all of its required core courses and more than 100 electives involving social, ethical, or environmental components. Relevant class offerings include “Foundations of Ethical Business Conduct,” “Ethics in Emerging Markets,” “Sustainability: Accounting and Reporting,” “Ethics in Finance and Banking,” and “The Business of Sustainability.” From orientation to graduation, students enjoy ample opportunities to participate in community outreach. The school has two ethics centers, a faculty whose recent research explores such topics as how carbon emissions relate to firm value and an Interterm Intensive session, during which students can immerse themselves in corporate social responsibility issues.
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MBA News: McKinsey & Company Partner Named Next UVA Darden Dean [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA News: McKinsey & Company Partner Named Next UVA Darden Dean This past April, Darden Dean Robert “Bob” Bruner announced his intention to step down from his position at the helm of the University of Virginia (UVA) business school after a decade-long tenure. This week, the UVA search committee announced in a press release that Scott C. Beardsley, a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, will succeed Bruner starting on August 1. Beardsley will serve as the school’s ninth dean and will also assume the Charles C. Abbott Professorship in Business Administration, a role typically held by the MBA program’s dean.Darden Professor Kenneth Eades, who chaired the search committee, explained in an email to the Darden community that the final candidates for the deanship “took part in a rigorous and careful selection process, with representation from Darden’s various stakeholder groups, including alumni.” UVA Provost and Executive Vice President John D. Simon similarly emphasized the “highly competitive and global pool of candidates” from which the new dean was chosen, adding that Beardsley “brings to Darden a deep and global understanding of business.”Beardsley is a graduate of Tufts University, as well as an MIT Sloan alumnus, and is expected to complete an executive doctorate in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania in May. Having first started at McKinsey in 1989, he reportedly rose to senior partner faster than most. With experience in such varied areas of research as global strategy, regulation of the knowledge economy, and climate change mitigation, Beardsley has spoken at the World Economic Forum at Davos and is currently chair of the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium.“I believe deeply in Darden’s values and its clear and focused mission to improve the world by developing responsible leaders and advancing knowledge,” Beardsley stated. “I am very excited to be part of the University of Virginia family, and its Jeffersonian commitment to excellence.”Beardsley is expected to “build upon the strong legacy of Bob Bruner,” commented UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan. The change may be among the most significant for Darden in the past ten years, but Sullivan asserts that Darden “is moving from strength to strength.”
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Friday Factoid: Career Assessment at HBS [#permalink]
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GMAT Impact: Test Your Critical Reasoning Skills: Are Top GMAT Scorers [#permalink]
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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: My Work Performance Is All That Matter [#permalink]
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