Friday, October 26, 2012

MBA Mission Control

In a recent post, I waxed poetic about the meaning of culture from a sociological perspective and applied it to business school in my typical post-meta ridiculous.  (That's a self-referential joke about being silly that is in itself not even that silly.)  I made a distinction between schools that promote the achievements of individuals versus those that promote the impact one has on society.  I wanted to delve deeper into this idea, to explore the mission and vision of different business schools to see what kind of comparisons we could draw.  The way I see it, all schools fall along a spectrum between the two. Leadership has a purpose, and the question is whether schools are cultivating businesspeople to be Great Leaders or Great Changers.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Guest blogger

I was recently featured on Accepted's website as a guest blogger and am sharing here a sneak peek.  Since I haven't spoken in awhile about why I want an MBA, I am posting that snippet here to give you a taste.  

You can find the rest of my comments about my application oddities, forum anxieties, and other topics at this link. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Anxiety of Meaningless Data

Talk about a birds-eye view of the situation!
The waiting season has really begun.  When you look at the admission process as an objective observer, you're bound to see how silly it all is.  We stress and bemoan the waiting time, but in the end, we're all waiting exactly the same amount of time.  Sure, some of us get invited for interviews earlier than others, but at the end of the day, no one is going to hear until mid December.

The biggest issue right now is the overwhelming amount of informational "pseudo-data" (i.e. candidates saying they were invited).  Great! This tidbit here tells us nothing about where we individually sit in in the process!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Helpless, hapless, and hopeless

My brain on Bozons.
I am an MBA obsessor on his way to being a true savant. Admittedly, in the grand scheme of things, I am an MBA novice. I have only been harboring this desire for a mere 8 months.  Nonetheless, I have crammed my little head with more magnets and bozons than the Hadron collider. There are millions of particles shooting around in my head, and all these little data points have amounted to what I believe is a pretty refined understanding of the MBA admissions process. So it's long in coming and here it is: a list of the most common questions on the forums.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Cultural Fit

Culture was designed in a petri dish culture!
The word "fit" is all the rage among admissions officers, and for good reason.  This short-hand term is used to designate whether or not the culture of the school aligns with your own needs and interests.  But what does this  idea really entail?  Within an anthropological or sociological model, it describes the values, norms, rituals, and structures of a society.  Does that apply to business school as well? Follow me down the twisting path of extended metaphor and let's explore the culture of business school.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Admission Consultant Client Survey

Some people claim that upwards of 50% of applicants to top schools use admissions consultants.  It's a huge market and I've seen people frazzled and confused about who to choose.

It's interesting to see how busy the forums are with people considering admissions consultants but for some reason they believe an answer to the question "Who is the best consultant?" will be useful.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Clear Admit Guide

One of the advantages of being a celebrity blogger, is that you are showered with gifts left and right.  

I am not such a blogger.  However, I sure wish I was!  Since I'm not though, I'm happy to share that I actually have been given a lovely gift from Clear Admit: a guide to Yale SOM.  

Big things come in small pdf packages! So in exchange for this incredibly helpful resource, I promised to review the guide. So here goes nothing!