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# The mbaMission Blog

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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Family Life at UVA Darden [#permalink]
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Diamonds in the Rough: The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagle [#permalink]
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GMAT Impact: Testing Accommodations on the GMAT [#permalink]
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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Love You So Much (That I Cannot Stop [#permalink]
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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Be Mindful of Arrogance [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tip: Be Mindful of Arrogance Business school candidates often fret about striking the right balance between confidence and arrogance in their application essays. For example, you might have difficulty choosing the better choice from between the following statements:Example 1: “At the Stanford GSB, I will take advantage of the newly designed curriculum to…”Example 2: “At the Stanford GSB, I would take advantage of the newly designed curriculum to…”Or between these statements:Example 1: “After completing my MBA at Harvard Business School, I will pursue a career in…”Example 2: “After completing my MBA at Harvard Business School, I would aspire to a career in…”In each set of examples, the choice is essentially between certainty (“I will”) and diplomacy (“I would”). You might ask yourself whether the first option in each set of examples is too presumptuous or the second one too weak. In fact, neither is definitively “right”; each candidate must choose an approach that is consistent with his/her personality. However, maintaining consistency is vital. Choose one approach and carry it throughout your essay(s)—mixing the two styles is distracting to the reader and can seem sloppy.
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B-School Chart of the Week: March 2015 Social Currency Rankings [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: B-School Chart of the Week: March 2015 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.Our tally of matrimonial announcements springs forward this month as we enter prime wedding season. Nearly doubling our New York Times wedding count for 2015 by bringing the total tally from 95 to 184, March proved a popular month to get married—though less so among business school students and graduates. The number of weddings involving an MBA rose by just 12 mentions for the month, bringing the year-to-date total to 35.Although Harvard Business School (HBS) made more appearances than Columbia Business School (CBS) over the past month—with five versus four mentions, respectively, in March—the latter retained its lead for the year thus far with a total of 14 weddings. One notable CBS wedding announcement in March was that of alumni Mimi Hoesley and Benjamin Slater IV. In addition, first-year CBS student Elizabeth Joyceand her groom, Ronald Magnusson, were featured among those who tied the knot last month, as was alumnus Demetrios Yatrakis, who married Lindsay Anmuth, and alumna Elisabeth Kruger, who wed Devin Thomas.Other elite MBA March matrimonies included that of HBS alumni Alexandra Daum and Alexander Kleiner, that of UPenn Wharton alumna Haley Moss to Asher Schranz, and that of Yale SOM alumnus Jonathan Jacobson to James McKibben.
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Professor Profiles: Julie Hennessy, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of M [#permalink]
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 FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA News: Harvard Business School Announces New Recruiting Program Harvard Business School (HBS) is taking a step closer to ending the gender imbalance in its student body. Last week, Deirdre C. Leopold, the school’s managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid, announced the establishment of a targeted recruiting program, known as PEEK, via The Harvard Crimson. The new program aims to offer approximately 70 to 80 prospective female applicants a taste of the HBS experience through a weekend-long event on campus in June. This special PEEK weekend will allow attendees to take part in case studies and to meet with students, alumni, and professors. HBS staff members are currently visiting undergraduate women’s schools, such as Barnard College and Wellesley College, in hopes of meeting and attracting possible participants.HBS has acknowledged the imbalance among its students in the past, and Dean Nitin Nohria even apologized for the issue on behalf of the school in a January 2014 speech recognizing 50 years of women’s inclusion in the HBS program. For now, 41% of the school’s students are female, and just 24% of tenured faculty—only time will tell what role the PEEK program will play in augmenting these numbers.
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Beer Blast at NYU Stern [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Beer Blast at NYU Stern 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.Beer Blast—a weekly party that takes place every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at New York University’s (NYU’s) Stern School of Business—is held in the basement of the school’s Henry Kaufman Management Center (in a renovated lounge area) and the adjacent Sosnoff Lounge. The gathering provides an opportunity for students to relax, interact, and get to know one another. A second year told mbaMission that Beer Blast allows students “to mingle once a week,” noting that “business school is about networking more than anything else.” Asserting that Beer Blast “is one of the best things about Stern,” a first year with whom we spoke explained, “It’s an opportunity for students to unwind at the end of the week and hang out with their classmates in a social setting. Fun fact: Beirut and flip cup are played.” After Beer Blast ends at 10:00 p.m., Sternies typically head to a local bar to continue the party.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.
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Diamonds in the Rough: Opportunities at the University of Texas McComb [#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 Marketing 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. In 2014, the McCombs chapter was chosen as the Net Impact Graduate Chapter of the Year.
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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 classroom building is described on the MIT Web site as “the ‘greenest’ building at MIT.” 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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MBA News: Former General Electric CEO Reflects on the MBA Degree [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA News: Former General Electric CEO Reflects on the MBA Degree Some names are prestigious enough to make aspiring business leaders stop and simply listen. For many people, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is one of them, and lately, he has been making the rounds in the media to promote his new book, The Real-Life M.B.A.: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career (HarperBusiness, 2015), which he coauthored with his wife, Suzy. In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Welch touched on the state of business schools today. Welch, who does not have an MBA himself but has taught at MIT Sloan in the past and founded an online executive MBA program in 2009, has seen quite a lot of the business world in his 79 years.Welch believes that online MBA programs will eventually gain momentum. “Students are taking on this enormous debt,” he told the WSJ in reference to typical MBA programs. “It’s brutal. It’s got to change. And the internet—online education, in my view, is what’s going to change it.” When asked whether the next “iconic leader” will have an MBA background, Welch was unsure. “But he or she will be skilled at engaging his or her employees, and listening to his or customers,” he said. “[He or she will] understand that there’s no business without customers—only satisfied customers can provide job security.”
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