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November 19, 2018
henlight

Joined: Nov 06, 2017

Posts: 2

Kudos: 6

Self-reported Score:
610 Q44 V30
680 Q43 V40
710 Q44 V42

This place is better than I expected...and willing to help others

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This review is for Stanford

Program Full Time MBA

Class of 2020

Experience during the program

This place is better than I expected...

Honestly, in trying to be incredibly critical, I have very little negative to share, and absolutely 0 substantial negatives to share. The professors, classmates, and facilities are incredible. I catch myself often in disbelief about what a diverse place this is, both in terms of the people here and the opportunities available.

To get more specific: there are classes on topics that are not only cutting edge, but often pushing the edge, especially in terms of leadership development and entrepreneurship. I often find myself having to choose between a great way to spend my time and an incredible way to spend my time.

A few examples: the GSB impact fund gives students a chance to invest real money in companies all the while learning what it takes to conduct due diligence on a company/building portfolio companies.

Another example of the network: since I have been here (just over 3 months), there have been numerous opportunities to work with alumni on interesting projects in new fields, where they would welcome fresh perspectives and encourage students using it as an opportunity to learn. I specifically got set up so I have a project this December in HI on a topic I am interested in but have no formal background in. Of course I am going to work my tail off, but the point is the network helped me find the opportunity.

There are many more examples, but most importantly I have come to realize how beautiful of a time this is to explore what are the things one wants to spend your life doing, and how to use business to help you do that (and hopefully help you help others to do the same).

**Finally, I want to make note that I am willing to help others by reviewing their essays. The "What matters to you most and why" question is something talked about a lot here, and I may be able to help you frame it so your message is clear. Reach out if interested and we can talk.**

About professors, classes and curriculum

Organization Behavior with Frank Flynn is an incredible class focused on how to make organizations effectively innovate, grow, and change.

Optimization and Modeling is a fantastic course. I leave it every week wondering how I moved through the business world without the skills it has taught me thus far.

About job placement process

I am recruiting down a more nontraditional path.


Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (5.0)
Classmates rating (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors
Student body, diversity
Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting
Finance
Investment Banking
Tech
Entrepreneurship
Management

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity
Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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September 21, 2019
SamarAli

Hey Henlight, I am considering applying to Stanford GBS MBA 2020 and would appreciate if you can help me through my essays. Would be glad to be hearing from you.

Regards,
Samar

January 31, 2018
henlight

Joined: Nov 06, 2017

Posts: 2

Kudos: 6

Self-reported Score:
610 Q44 V30
680 Q43 V40
710 Q44 V42

From 610-710 in 5 months!

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Improvement 100 Points

Course EMPOWERgmat Online Course

Location Online

I was fortunate to go from a 610 (V30 V44) to a 710 (V42 Q44) in
just 5 months with EMPOWERgmat. I am not a math guy by any means, and struggle with test taking in general, so to get over 700 was a big deal for me.

EMPOWERgmat was VITAL and CRUCIAL in this score increase for a number of reasons:
1. they provide tricks and tips on how to approach a problem, both math and verbal, that I have not seen elsewhere. From "Test the Answers" to how they have you set up your RC, EMPOWERgmat is serious when they say that a GMAT test is not something you study for, but rather you train for. Like a dance or a fight, when the GMAT pulls move A, you are ready to counter with move B.

2. their team is available for insight and help. Did poor on a test? Send them an email and they can help you pull yourself together (mentally and strategically) to get back out there and do it again.

3. They give you video lessons on questions from GMAT OG directly, and that is huge because the answer explanations from GMAT OG, and sometimes from GMATclub, are sometimes way too complicated or require one to learn a new strategy you may never really use. EMPOWERgmat gives you the easy way to look at a problem, and provide you a tool/trick to use on other problems.

4. EMPOWERgmat is the king of helping me understand how to srategically triage. If you don't know what this is, read up because it is a game changer in terms of GMAT strategy.

Ultimately, I absolutely wish I had EMPOWERgmat when I first started studying back in May. I would have been much more successful sooner, saving me tons of time and money.

Good luck to those out there still in the hunt. I am all applied--with a few interviews already--and waiting to see where I hopefully land.

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February 10, 2018
henlight

Joined: Nov 06, 2017

Posts: 2

Kudos: 6

Self-reported Score:
610 Q44 V30
680 Q43 V40
710 Q44 V42

Great service, videos are excellent

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Improvement 100 Points

Course Magoosh Premium

Location Online

Magoosh provided some of the best video explanations out there. I was able to go from a 610 to a 710 in 6 months (I am not a quant guy either) from this program. I supplemented it with EmpowerGMAT, which has a lot more tactics, but Magoosh was still my base for studying, reviewing, taking notes, etc.

In addition, their lessons are fantastic for those who want to start from square one and grow. If you have the time and capacity to stick to their provided schedule and really focus on learning from the ground up, Magoosh is going to treat you well.

I strongly recommend this service to anyone and encourage you to stick to a plan (1, 3, or 6 month).

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