Pre-MBA

The Paramount Importance of the MBA Internship

The Paramount Importance of the MBA Internship

If the job at the end of the rainbow is the destination, then b-school is the journey.  And one of the most critical parts of this journey is the summer internship.  Have you thought much about it?

Who is Reading Your B-school Application?

Who is Reading Your B-school Application?

One mistake applicants often make is to misunderstand their audience.  When crafting a winning MBA application package there is much to consider, but how much thought have you given to who will actually read your essays?  Who is analyzing your resume? Common sense may dictate that an essay about going to a top MBA program should be crafted for an MBA crowd, but did you know that most essay readers at the top schools never attended an MBA program and don’t have an MBA themselves?  Remembering this in the application process can help you communicate your story in a much more effective way to the adcom.   Read on for tips…

Do I need to take Calculus prior to business school?

Do I need to take Calculus prior to business school?

For a good number of years, Calculus was a prerequisite to joining any decent MBA program. There were several good reasons for this, including the fact that rate of change (computed using Calculus from the first derivative of an equation), is a very useful concept and commonly seen not only in finance coursework, but also in other classes where time is a factor (arguably almost any business concept has some component of time). But over the years, we have seen an increasing number of schools drop Calculus from the required list (cue the cheering crowd of “poets!”)

Quick & Dirty Tips for Maximizing your Business School Visits

Quick & Dirty Tips for Maximizing your Business School Visits

Here are some quick tips for maximizing your business school visit:

Applying to B-School in a Few Years? A Few Tips

Applying to B-School in a Few Years? A Few Tips

A significant portion of my MBA admissions consulting applicants come to be with little to no extracurricular experience since their undergraduate days.  While this is a problem that can be addressed, it can show a lack of proper planning over the long term.  A lot of applicants don't think about the impact of their actions on their applicant competitiveness when the graduate from undergrad.  To a certain extent, even I was the same way. What I like most about some of my clients is the the way some of them are way ahead of the game we call the MBA application process.  Those that have been planning since day 1 to go back to b-school tend to be distinguishing yourself from your peers out of the gate and these habits show when constructing the business school application.

Time to Start Thinking About HBS 2+2

If you are a college student with dreams of one day attending HBS, you should definitely be thinking about the unique 2+2 program the school offers.  And with the Summer Deadline in the not-so-distant future, we seem to be talking to many candidates who are doing just that.  What are we telling them?  Obviously, a huge part of any consultation or client engagement comes down to specifics particular to that individual.  However, there are other broader things that we seem to be covering with everyone and that seemed worthy of sharing: