Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog http://blog.accepted.com Admissions consulting and application advice Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:19:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Admissions consulting and application advice Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no Admissions consulting and application advice Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog http://blog.accepted.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://blog.accepted.com MBA Applicant Interview with RoadToMyMBA http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/31/mba-applicant-interview-with-roadtomymba/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/31/mba-applicant-interview-with-roadtomymba/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:19:08 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26180 ]]> Click here for more MBA applicant interviews!This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with MBA applicant bloggers, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at the MBA application process. And now…introducing our anonymous blogger, RoadToMyMBA…

Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What is your current job? 

RoadToMyMBA: Hi, I’m a 26 year old financial consultant from Brazil. I have a BA degree in international relations from a private university here in my city and I’ve also studied economics for 3 years in another university but did not obtain this second bachelor’s degree since I’ve put my registration as “on-hold.”

I currently work for a Big 4 consulting firm in the corporate finance area. I work with valuation, M&A and long-term fundraising projects with companies of various sizes throughout Brazil. I’ve been working here for about 4 years and right now I’m a Senior Consultant.

Accepted: Where do you plan on applying to b-school? 

RoadToMyMBA: I’m planning to apply exclusively to US MBA programs and right now I’m narrowing my choices, but they are between Tuck, Stern, Darden, Fuqua, McCombs, Kenan-Flagler and Kelley. I know it’s a lot of options but it’s a hard decision, especially for me that can’t travel to the campus and to the best MBA events in USA. I’m doing my best to make the right choice.

Accepted: What attracts you to the U.S. programs, as opposed to other top schools in Europe or Asia? 

RoadToMyMBA: When I was younger (15 years old to be precise) I had the opportunity to live in the USA for one year as a high school exchange student. Since then, I’ve thought to come back and live in the USA for a longer period.

Another important aspect is how well renowned the American universities are in business education. I’m looking forward to studying with some bright students and world-class faculty.

Accepted: What stage of the application process are you up to so far? What has been the most challenging step and how did you work to overcome it? 

RoadToMyMBA: I’m pretty much in the beginning of my application. I truly believe that I will only be able to apply in the second round for all MBA programs I’ve chosen so far.

The most challenging step so far is the GMAT. I did my first GMAT test two weeks ago and scored a low 560. Right now I’m back to studies since I’m planning to retake the GMAT in mid-November.

Accepted: Do you plan on staying in your current industry post-MBA, or changing to a new field/career? 

RoadToMyMBA: I would like to change my career to work in the financial sector, such as investment banking or private equity more precisely. Since I work as a corporate finance consultant, the change will not be very hard. At least that is what I think…

Accepted: Why did you decide to blog about your experience? What have you gained from the experience? What do you hope others will learn? 

RoadToMyMBA: The main reason is to help others in the same situation as me (professionals coming from emerging countries that want to do a top notch MBA abroad and needing some help in the process).

The other reasons are to help improve my communication abilities in English and to make me relax a little bit during the whole process.

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You can read more about RoadToMyMBA’s b-school journey by checking out his blog, Road to My MBA. Thank you for sharing your story with us – we wish you loads of luck!

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New LinkedIn University Rankings http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/31/new-linkedin-university-rankings/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/31/new-linkedin-university-rankings/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:46:52 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26176 ]]> Need college admissions advice? Check out our College Admissions 101 Pages!

LinkedIn Joins the Rankings Scene.

Exciting news! LinkedIn just launched new rankings that connect prospective students to universities based on career outcomes. Here’s how they did it (in their words) using software developers as an example:

1. First, we identified the top companies where software developers are choosing to work.

2. Next, we found people on LinkedIn who work as software developers and saw where they went to school.

3. Finally, for each school, we found the percentage of these alumni who’ve landed software development jobs at these top companies, then compared the percentages to come up with the list.

You can look up your prospective career, and then view the top universities with the most graduates in top companies in that prospective career. LI defines the most desirable companies as those “that are the best at attracting and retaining talent in that profession.”

For example, let’s take a look at finance professionals. The following schools were ranked based on how successful recent graduates were at landing desirable finance jobs.

Finance Professionals

1. University of Pennsylvania

2. Yale

3. Georgetown

4. Princeton

5. Columbia

6. NYU

7. Duke

8. Harvard

9. Cornell

10. Dartmouth

For marketing professionals, the list goes as follows.

Marketers

1. University of Pennsylvania

2. University of Michigan

3. Harvard

4. NYU

5. Cornell

6. Georgetown

7. Stanford

8. UC Berkeley

9. Northwestern

10. University of Texas at Austin

One quick flaw that I see here is that you don’t know the difference or magnitude of difference between the schools. Also some of the categories are very broad, like “media professionals.” That could include writers, actors, musicians, business people – these are all people involved in media.

But the concept of ranking which schools send the most grads to specific fields, or even better yet, to desirable employers in those fields is a good one IMO.

You can read more about their methodology here.

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Tips for Answering Princeton University Supplemental Essay Prompts http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/30/tips-for-answering-princeton-university-supplemental-essay-prompts/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/30/tips-for-answering-princeton-university-supplemental-essay-prompts/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:18:37 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26446 ]]> Check out the rest of our school-specific Common App supplemental essay tips!

Show your engagement with the world.

Princeton University is among the top schools in the nation and is recognized globally for academic excellence. This Ivy League school is renowned as a major research university as well as an outstanding liberal arts college. Princeton requires supplemental essays in addition to the Common Application or the Universal College Application essay. These additional essays help the admissions committee to get a more comprehensive understanding of your particular strengths and how you might contribute to the Princeton community. Princeton prides itself on the diversity of talents, achievements, perspectives, and interests of its student body. It is looking for a freshman class that shares the following qualities: “integrity, a deep interest in learning and a devotion to both academic and non-academic pursuits.” Think about how you can contribute to Princeton as well as how Princeton can support your aspirations.

Princeton offers a nonbinding, single-choice early action program, listed on the Common Application as restrictive early action. Under this program, you may not apply to any other early program at a private college or university however; you may apply to any non-binding early program at a public institution. This is a good option if Princeton is your first choice. The early action deadline is Nov. 1. Students admitted early may defer their admission decision to May 1st, which is the deadline to accept Princeton’s offer for regular decision. The deadline to submit regular decision applications is January 1st.

Begin by doing your research. Adhere to deadlines and word-limits. Spend time looking over the Princeton website, get to know what current undergraduates are saying about the school, familiarize yourself with the various majors, imagine yourself there, if possible visit the campus, allow yourself to get excited about this opportunity, and make every effort to gain a sense of why Princeton is the ideal academic environment for you!

Located suburban setting, Princeton is primarily a residential campus with a strong liberal arts focus. Its residential college structure, freshman seminars, and preceptorial system support the tight-knit student community. These are hallmarks of an education at Princeton and demonstrate the university’s commitment to student centered learning within the context of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.

As you address the following Princeton supplemental questions, consider how your responses reveal your intellectual curiosity, passion for learning, and engagement with the world.

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you. (About 150 words)

Use this opportunity to discuss an interesting aspect of an extracurricular activity or work experience that imparts something significant about your character. For example, if you were involved with the Boy Scouts, many students talk about leadership in general terms instead; focus on a particular event in Boy Scouts where you took on a leadership role and why that was meaningful to you. Or perhaps there was a specific incident in your job that required you to take on additional responsibility, showcase what that reveals about your values. Consider what makes this activity or work experience distinctive and what it demonstrates about your character.

Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held. (About 150 words)

This prompt asks you to share what you do when you are not in school. This may include just about anything you do outside of school. Don’t panic if your summer experiences were not exotic. The key here is to express your interests and perspectives about how you spent that time. What did you learn? This response provides insight about your life experience and background.

Your favorite book and its author

Your favorite movie

Your favorite website

Two adjectives your friends would use to describe you

Your favorite recording

Your favorite keepsake or memento

Your favorite source of inspiration

Your favorite word

Your favorite line from a movie or book and its title

As you consider how to answer the questions above, remember that Princeton is looking for independent thinkers with creative minds who are engaged with the world around them. Make sure to consider what your answers might indicate to the admissions committee. These responses provide clues about the kind of person you are and the kind of prospective Princeton student you might be. They also reflect the way you think and what you find interesting, fun, and motivating. Be truthful but also try not to mention anything that might be considered offensive.

In addition to the Common Application essay and Princeton-specific short answer responses, a themed essay of 250 to 650 words is also required. Be aware that you should not reiterate any portion of the essay you used for the Common Application.

Using one of the themes below as a starting point, write about a person, event, or experience that helped you define one of your values or in some way changed how you approach the world. Please do not repeat, in full or in part, the essay you wrote for the Common Application.

Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way.

Discuss a person who has made a difference in your way of thinking that subsequently influenced your actions and/or behavior. This is someone who has inspired you, convinced you, and/or challenged you in some way. As you choose a person who has influenced you, also consider what you value about that person and what that might reflect about the sort of person you are. This response tells the admissions committee the kind of person you aspire to be and what characteristics you hold dear. It is okay to compare yourself directly with this person. Just be sure to avoid being boastful- focus on how they inspired you to define your values and the way you approach the world.

“One of the great challenges of our time is that the disparities we face today have more complex causes and point less straightforwardly to solutions.” Omar Wasow, Assistant Professor, Politics; Founder, Blackplanet.com This quote is taken from Professor Wasow’s January 2014 speech at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at Princeton University.

This prompt lends itself to a discussion of civil liberties and civil rights. Your response can tie to local or global issues. Begin by considering a broad range of inequalities, but focus on something specific and significant to you. Consider the current state of inequalities– racial, sexual, political, economic, gender. Consider old approaches and new solutions. Think about the complexity of solutions in day-to-day interactions/business as well as the bigger picture (actively promoting equality). This response illustrates to how you think through complex issues and how you interpret varied sources of information. How do you make sense of the world around you? How does this impact your personal values? What sort of solutions do you have in mind to address the disparities? What issues or aspects of these topics will you explore further at Princeton?

“Princeton in the Nation’s Service” was the title of a speech given by Woodrow Wilson on the 150th anniversary of the University. It became the unofficial Princeton motto and was expanded for the University’s 250th anniversary to “Princeton in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations.” Woodrow Wilson, Princeton Class of 1879, served on the faculty and was Princeton’s president from 1902–1910.

A response to this prompt will likely address leadership, service to your community, and/or service on an international level. What will a Princeton education allow you to do as a leader in your field? How do your previous leadership roles create a foundation for the sorts of leadership roles you will pursue at Princeton? What does service to others mean to you? This is a great place to discuss your involvement with community service projects. You can tie your response to local and international concerns. Focus on how the experience influenced your values or approach to the world. What are your visions for the future and how does Princeton support those plans?

“Culture is what presents us with the kinds of valuable things that can fill a life. And insofar as we can recognize the value in those things and make them part of our lives, our lives are meaningful.” Gideon Rosen, Stuart Professor of Philosophy, chair of the Council of the Humanities and director of the Program in Humanistic Studies, Princeton University.

This prompt illustrates the sort of things you find valuable– traditions, family, religion, etc. This is about how you appreciate/perpetuated/embrace culture in day-to-day routines as well as lager patterns of thoughts and behaviors. It is also about where you come from and what impact that has on you. This is a good place to discuss your family’s history and culture. How do you see yourself within a specific world context? Discuss your culture and what is meaningful to you. Remember to relate this back to how culture defines your values and the way you approach the world. Also discuss how a Princeton education fits into the picture.

Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at the beginning of your essay.

This prompt sets the stage to discuss just about any topic! As you select your favorite quotation, consider what it reveals about your values and how you look at the world. This response hones in on the process of critical thinking and evaluation. It allows you to discuss your identity and perspectives and asks you to articulate how you approach the world around you. It tells the admissions committee more about who you are and what is important to you. Remember to discuss how your values and world perspective make Princeton a place where you will flourish.

Each of these essay prompts ask you to share something personal about yourself, discuss how the experience impacted you, and how you make sense of your world. They ask you to articulate your values and provide insight into your thinking process. They also reveal how you evaluate information and make decisions. Select the themed essay topic that strikes a cord with you. Make sure to convey your enthusiasm for that subject and for Princeton.

It is no surprise that Princeton has a highly competitive and impressive applicant pool. It received 26,641 undergraduate applications for the class of 2018. Only 1,983, or 7.4%, were offered admission and 96% ranked in the top 10% of their high school class. Add to that, average SAT scores of 745 in critical reading, 755 in math, 750 in writing and an average ACT score of 33 and you get an better sense of the level of competition. However, keep in mind that Princeton is committed to a holistic approach to the admissions process. This means they use your essay responses to round out the picture of you as a prospective student. The supplemental essays are your chance to share critical information about yourself. There is no magic formula to gain admission to this prestigious Ivy League school. As you survey the numbers, it is clear that you must use your essays as an opportunity to differentiate yourself from your peers and to demonstrate that you belong at Princeton!

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Marie Todd By Accepted’s college admissions specialist. Marie has worked in college admissions for over twenty years. She has both counseled applicants and evaluated applications. Most recently she evaluated 5000+ applications for the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts; College of Engineering; School of Kinesiology. She is available to assist you (or your child) with your applications.

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The GMAT, the GRE, and the Guy Who Knows them Well http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/30/the-gmat-the-gre-and-the-guy-who-knows-them-well/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/30/the-gmat-the-gre-and-the-guy-who-knows-them-well/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:56:00 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26454 ]]> Click here to listen to our conversation with Arthur Ahn!If you have the GMAT or GRE in your future, then you’ve most certainly heard of Kaplan Test Prep. Trying to figure out which test to take? Getting ready for test day? This podcast episode is for you!

Listen to the full recording of our podcast interview with Arthur Ahn, Senior Manager, Product Development at Kaplan Test Prep for the GRE and the GMAT for some great insight into test prep, test taking and what matters to admissions committees.

00:01:00 – Linda answers the oft-asked question: “I got accepted to School X. Should I attend?”

00:05:03 – The test prep biz: Instructing students, but not as the enemy.

00:06:23 – What Kaplan offers future GMAT and GRE test-takers.

00:08:28 – GMAT vs GRE: Differences in prepping & test taking.

00:16:04 – Why a low GRE score is the biggest application killer (by far).

00:22:31 – Is it the total GRE Score, or section scores, that make it or break it.

00:28:32 – Arthur’s top 3 GRE prep tips.

00:30:34 – How to make the big GMAT vs GRE decision.

00:34:20 – Too early to assess: Do applicants with lower scores have a better chance of admissions with one test over the other?

00:39:12 – Why most b-schools don’t really care yet about GMAT IR section scores.

00:47:25 – Last minute advice for exam takers.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!*Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com.

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MBA Interview Must-Know #1: Your Interview Goal http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/29/mba-interview-must-know-1-your-interview-goal/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/29/mba-interview-must-know-1-your-interview-goal/#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:54:17 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26414 ]]> Click here to download a copy of Ace Your MBA Interviews!

Show how your background & needs fit with the school’s strengths & opportunities.

“MBA Interview Must-Know #1: Your Interview Goal” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, How to Ace Your MBA Interviews. To download the entire free special report, click here

Your Interview Goal. It’s three-fold:

Show fit. In the words of the Wharton Adcom Blog, “The interviewer is assessing your fit for the Wharton MBA program.” Think of your professional and educational background and needs and the school’s methodology, strengths, and career opportunities. Realize, however, that the interview is not just about you as a professional: it is also about you as an individual and human being.

Inform the school about recent accomplishments and achievements. Did you retake the GMAT? Earn an A in calculus? Get a promotion? Take on a leadership role in a new project? Try to inform your interviewer of any new attainments. Doing so will strengthen your profile overall and portray you as a growing, dynamic individual.

Demonstrate your communications and interpersonal skills. The latter is important for all, but critical if English is your second language and/or your transcript and test scores lead one to question your communications skills.

MBA Interview Tip #1: Enter the interview with SID:

Show you are a match with the program.
Inform the interviewer of recent accomplishments.
Demonstrate your interpersonal skills.

Tips to help you ace those MBA interviews!

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What Are My Chances? Indian Architect with Designs on a Real Estate Career http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/29/what-are-my-chances-indian-architect-with-designs-on-a-real-estate-career/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/29/what-are-my-chances-indian-architect-with-designs-on-a-real-estate-career/#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:30:19 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26313 ]]> This blog post is part of a series of MBA profile evaluations called “What are My Chances?”  by Michelle Stockman. Michelle, who started consulting for Accepted in 2007 and worked previously in the Columbia Business School admissions office, will provide selected applicants with school recommendation as well as an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses.

If you would like Michelle to evaluate your profile at no charge and as part of this series, please provide the information requested at http://reports.accepted.com/what_are_my_chances.

PROFILE #7: Lakshya, the Indian architect with designs on a real estate (or energy) career

Click here for to check out the rest of the profiles in the What Are My Chances series!

Think of your app as you would a building you’re designing. Build it for its intended use, and users.

Note: This profile request arrived with very little information. In my evaluation, I’m going to mention “ideal” details that would make him stand out.

-BACKGROUND: 24-year-old Indian male who graduated in 2013 from Dehradun Institute of Technology in India. Six months full-time training at renowned architecture firm. Two years of work experience as a chief designer and team leader for various projects.

Lakshya, you’re on the younger side of the MBA applicant pool. I’m not sure how you could have 24 months of full-time work experience having graduated in 2013. Perhaps you wrapped your class schedule around your job or you’re counting months to matriculation? You need to clarify this.

My advice? Wait.

Unless you have some significant leadership or design accomplishments–you need another year or two of work experience to accrue noteworthy leadership stories for your application. This would also give you time to research and network your target schools.

What leadership stories might stand out? First, be careful about how you word your experience. You must come across as talented, yet humble. A “renowned” architecture firm won’t mean much to an ad comm member. They are going to be impressed by YOUR extraordinary accomplishments in an ordinary job.

So give some context. Seeking an MBA with an architecture background is distinctive. You’re going to be one of the few, if admitted, in a global MBA program. You must be exceptional.

Are you a wunderkind in India’s “green design” field?  Did you introduce a socially conscious kind of design to a building project at your company that saves resources or energy in a country where conservation is a necessity? What was your impact on the job? Or have you come up with an ingenious method using cheap materials at hand to help the disadvantaged build cheap, sturdy shelters as a humanitarian project? Have you shared your experience at architecture conferences around the country?

If not, start now.

-GOALS: Work in the real estate and energy sector.

You obviously know the guts of building. I assume now you want to understand the business side of decision-making–that impacts your design. You must communicate three things with your goals.

1. Make them ambitious: Show the admissions committee that it’s not just about making money, but responsibly developing an overcrowded nation. Inspire them with your ideas for India’s future development.

2. Focus: Real estate and energy are two vast markets. Choose one. Then choose a specific part you want to be involved with. Make it relate to your past.

3. Experience: You must show the admissions committee that you do have some experience working on business deals. This piqued your interest and now you need an MBA to fill in the gaps in your knowledge to achieve your goals.

-GMAT: 720

No breakdown was given, but this is a decent score. You don’t necessarily need to retake the test, especially if you can match yourself well to a program.

-GPA: 3.5

Your GPA comes a bit out of left field because you graduated from an Indian university. Do not feel that you need to translate your percentage score to the 4.0 scale. US and UK MBA programs understand the Indian system well enough to understand your GPA.

Overall it’s a solid GPA.

-EXTRACURRICULAR: Arranging cancer check up camps in my city and giving presentations on cancer awareness.

This is great. I want to know more. Did you come up with this idea? Why? How did you identify the need? How involved were you? For how long? What kind of difference has it made in your community?

Perhaps, you came up with this idea after you or someone close to you was stricken by cancer. You decided to create an awareness campaign that you funded through donations and fundraisers. You are involved in the administration of this program on a weekly basis. You used technology as much as possible to advertise and streamline administration of the program. For example, you convinced a mobile phone service provider to run free text msg. based ads to remind people to get their cancer screenings.

Thanks to this program, “x” number of people have been evaluated, and “x” number of cases were caught in preliminary stages. You’ve shared your plan with, perhaps, a regional hospital system, and they intend to copy the program in several villages.

If you haven’t, begin to think on this scale!

-SCHOOLS:

Stretch matches: Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Wharton, UCLA

On-par matches: University of Texas – Austin, UNC, USC, Ross, Amity University — RICS School of Built Environment

Safety matches: Warwick, Rice – Jones, Aberdeen Business School, University of Calgary (Haskayne School of Business)

Overall, I write this with the caveat that ALL THESE SCHOOLS ARE STRETCH MATCHES unless you start networking now to get to know alumni, students and the admissions committee. You also need to tailor your application specifically to your target schools. Think of your application as you would any building you are designing. Build it for its intended use, and users.

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What Should You Wear to Your Med School Interview? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/29/what-should-you-wear-to-your-med-school-interview/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/29/what-should-you-wear-to-your-med-school-interview/#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:49:36 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25922 ]]> Click here to download your complete copy of The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success!

What should I wear?

“What Should You Wear?” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here.

Now you know what to say. But what should you wear?

For the men, suits are most common. You want to dress neatly and professionally. Applicants should have their hair groomed and it is best to wear business style walking shoes.

Women, on the other hand, do not need to wear a suit but often do choose to. Some color is fine but make sure it’s in good taste – not overdone. Applicants should not wear a lot of make-up or jewelry and they should definitely wear shoes that are comfortable.

The key is to wear something you feel comfortable in and even more importantly, something you feel confident wearing. Be professional. Remember you have been selected based on your credentials on paper. The interview is your chance to present yourself personally. You want to look and act like a physician, someone that will be treating future patients.

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Last Call for Columbia Business School Admissions Webinar! http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/28/last-call-for-columbia-business-school-admissions-webinar/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/28/last-call-for-columbia-business-school-admissions-webinar/#respond Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:07:36 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26410 ]]> Tomorrow is the day you’ve been waiting for! The day when application-changing tips on how to apply successfully to Columbia Business School will be generously doled out by our very own CEO and founder, Linda Abraham!

Register for our live webinar: Get Accepted to Columbia Business School! Do you have questions on optimizing your CBS application for admission?

Do you need concrete tips on how to answer the essay questions?

Do you need help evaluating your profile to determine if CBS is the school for you?

Time’s running out. Reserve your spot for Get Accepted to Columbia Business School before it’s too late. The webinar will air live TOMORROW, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM PST/1:00 PM EST.

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Magoosh’s New eBook: Lightening the SAT Math Load http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/28/magooshs-new-ebook-lightening-the-sat-math-load/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/28/magooshs-new-ebook-lightening-the-sat-math-load/#respond Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:39:29 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26399 ]]> Magoosh_SAT MathFor some high school students, SAT math is the bane of their existence. You need to learn all these foreign strings of numbers and letters, and then magically recall them once you’re sitting in a hot room for hours with your entire future weighing down on your tired shoulders. Yeah – SAT math…not the funnest thing in the world.

Our friends at Magoosh SAT have released a new ebook, Magoosh’s SAT Formula eBook, loaded with all you need to know to lighten the load and ace the math section on the SATs. The book is free with interactive elements, and comes complete with all the math formulas, study strategies, time-saving tips, and practice problems you’ll need for the SAT.

Here’s an excerpt from the intro of the book:

While formulas can be really helpful on the SAT, there are very, very few that you absolutely need to have memorized to score well. That might come as a surprise, but it’s true, and it leads us to an important thought: understanding how and why a formula works is as useful as rote memorization. In fact, it’s much better. You’ll have a better sense of when to use a formula and be more accurate in executing it if you understand the math behind it. Let’s look at a concrete case to illustrate. The distance formula is a prime example. It’s ugly…

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…but it actually represents a pretty simple idea. If you have any two points on a graph (on the coordinate plane), you can make a right triangle that connects those two points as the ends of the hypotenuse. That is, you draw a diagonal line between the two points, then a straight horizontal line and a straight vertical line going through each point to make the legs of the triangle.

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Then, since you’re trying to find the length of the hypotenuse, you just use the Pythagorean theorem:

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(Notice that a couple very basic formulas like this one do need to be memorized.) The lengths of those legs are a and b, and the length of the hypotenuse is c.

So let’s find the length of c:

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And if you’re trying to find the length of the legs (the shorter sides), you just need to know the horizontal distance between the two points, [more math], and the vertical distance between the two points, [more math]. If you replace a and b with those values, voilà: you have the distance formula.

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So what IS an MMI anyways? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/27/so-what-is-an-mmi-anyways/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/27/so-what-is-an-mmi-anyways/#respond Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:55:02 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26337 ]]> Click here to reserve your spot at Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness?

Now’s your chance to learn the ins and outs of the mysterious Multiple Mini Interview, during TOMORROW’S webinar, Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness?

During the webinar you’ll learn the history of the MMI, as well as important tips for tackling questions at each interview station.

This isn’t your typical interview, so you won’t prepare for it in the typical way. Learn how to do it right tomorrow, October 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET.

Registration link: Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness? (Registration is free, but required.)

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Are You Growth Minded? Mastering Kellogg’s Changing Brand http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/27/are-you-growth-minded-mastering-kelloggs-changing-brand/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/27/are-you-growth-minded-mastering-kelloggs-changing-brand/#respond Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:21:24 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26262 ]]> Episode 2 in our Big Brand Theory Series for MBA applicants: Northwestern Kellogg.

Two days before Kellogg’s Dean Sally Blount announced Kellogg’s motto change from “Think Bravely” to “Inspiring Growth,” I received an email and video link in my inbox from my education hero, Sal Khan about why he will never tell his son that he is smart.

His Khan Academy disrupted the education paradigm and made me a super fan years ago when my then, 10-year-old son ran into my arms, but not for a hug…no, he wanted my computer so he could earn badges. At first I thought he was planning to play a game. I limited his computer use to 15 minutes and then watched him open up the Khan Academy site and whiz through math problems that were two grades ahead of his own (earning his badges along the way). I didn’t take the computer away until dinnertime.

His love for the Khan Academy reminded me of Dr. Carol Dweck’s research on motivation, success and the growth mindset. I had read her work a few years before my son fell in love with the Khan Academy. In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, which I highly recommend if you are applying to Kellogg, she compares and contrasts growth-oriented minds and fixed minds

The growth mindset is something to behold, and I watched it unfold over the years as my son solved my husband’s 5X5X5 Rubik’s cube, conquered my father in chess, and created “inventions” that he thought would make my life easier. I love the way his mind works. Thank you, Sal Khan and Thank you, Carol Dweck.

However, as a former admission dean and director, I often wondered when I would see Dr. Dweck’s concepts flourish in business schools. While I think several schools filter applicants for growth mindsets and challenge their students to stretch themselves, Kellogg’s new brand strategy was the first time I’ve seen Dr. Dweck’s approach become the very essence of the school.

Just as the growth mindset is dynamic and constantly seeks challenges and change, Kellogg has also reinvented itself many times over. I don’t think people will ever get over the fact that Kellogg is a marketing giant. However, since Dean Blount’s arrival, they’ve moved from “Team-Oriented” to “Think Bravely” to “Inspiring Growth” in the span of just a few years. These moves are reflected in their essay prompts, in their video essays, and in their interviews. You as an applicant need to respond to this change and address the filters Kellogg has added to its admissions process.

When working with clients applying to Kellogg, I always discuss my clients’ greatest challenges; then I push and push and push, until we discover something that they were initially afraid to reveal. If you are doing this yourself, realize that this inquiry means going deep within your psyche to figure out if you truly have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset (and I always recommend reading Dr. Dweck’s research. See link to her book above).

If at the end of our meetings my clients realize that they are not happy stretching, taking risks, and testing themselves, I ask them to rethink their school choice. Yes, Kellogg students are team-oriented; yes, Kellogg students are bright; yes, Kellogg students are personable, but Dean Blount got it right: Kellogg students are intellectually curious. They are resourceful. They challenge themselves to go beyond what they think are their limits. They have a growth mindset, and Kellogg inspires that growth.

For you the Kellogg motto means showing that you have the mindset to benefit from and contribute to Kellogg’s community dedicated to growth. As you apply to Kellogg demonstrate that you share Kellogg’s commitment to growth as an individual and as a future leader of your community and the business world.

(Look for Next Week’s Episode in the Big Brand Theory: Does Stanford Really Change the World?)

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How to Ace the MMI Interview http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/26/how-to-ace-the-mmi-interview/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/26/how-to-ace-the-mmi-interview/#respond Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:12:59 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26206 ]]> Want more advice for nailing your Multiple Mini Interview?

View the other applicants as your future classmates (not your competitors!)

Since the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format can be difficult to prepare for, this post will give you four specific strategies for success.

There are four main types of stations: traditional interview questions, debate questions, collaborative activities, and fake scenarios with actors. To excel in this multi-faceted type of interview:

Before the Interview–Review your AMCAS Application.

To prepare for the traditional interview questions, reviewing your AMCAS application can help you remember all of the activities you have been involved in so that when you are asked a question about team work or meaningful clinical or volunteer experiences, you will be able to quickly recall the activities that would work best as examples. It’s easy for an interviewer to see if an applicant has not recently reviewed her AMCAS application or resume because she often uses the same job over and over again or forgets to represent the full range of her life experiences.

During the Interview:

1. Think out loud.

Remember that this interview format is all about thinking on your feet. When you are given a challenging situation, talk through it, whether it is a debate question, a team activity, or a fake scenario with an actor. Consider all possible options and solutions. Brainstorm. It takes time to come up with good ideas so don’t hesitate to throw out as many ideas as you can before you find the one that will work best for the situation at hand.

2. Ask questions.

Get curious. Often the best way to resolve an issue or to find a solution is to collect enough information to make an informed decision. Phrase your questions thoughtfully so that you will get the information that you need in the shortest amount of time possible. This strategy can be used for multiple stations. Often, finding out what the other person’s main objective or goal may be can provide a shortcut to a happy resolution and an A-1 answer.

 3. Share your life experiences.

Empathy is defined by our ability to understand and feel what others are going through. Some of the most difficult stations at the MMI may involve actors who are expressing strong emotions—anger, grief, and fear. Rather than being overwhelmed by these emotions, sometimes giving in to them—empathizing—can be the best strategy. Sharing a story about a similar experience that you have had can help to calm a person down more quickly than dispensing advice. Think of a time when you have been in distress. What were the things that other people did to help you manage the situation?

Rather than viewing the other applicants interviewing with you as competitors, see them as your future classmates. You may have a lot to laugh about in the fall, if you survive the MMI experience together.  While you can expect a challenging interview experience, with highs and lows, focus on doing your best.  Hopefully the strategies above will make it easier for you to accomplish this goal and to earn an acceptance!

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Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted.com advisor and editor specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs.

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• Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness?
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2016 Columbia Business School Class Profile http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/26/2016-columbia-business-school-class-profile/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/26/2016-columbia-business-school-class-profile/#respond Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:41:51 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26026 ]]> Want to learn the secret to getting into Columbia Business School?Let’s take a look at who makes up Columbia’s class of 2016 (from the CBS website)…

 • Applications received: 5799

 • Students accepted: 1056

 • Students enrolled: 743 (Aug. entry class size – 544; Jan. entry class size – 199)

 • Women: 36%

 • U.S. minorities: 32%

 • International students: 41%

 • Average GMAT score: 716

 • Middle 80% GMAT score: 680-780

 • Average undergraduate GPA: 3.5

 • Middle 80% undergraduate GPA: 3.1-3.8

 • Average work experience: 5 years

 • Middle 80% work experience: 3-7 years

 • Average age: 28

 • Middle 80% age range: 25-30

Breakdown of Undergraduate Majors:

Previous Industries:

Do you want to be counted among Columbia’s next crop of students?

Learn how to get in when you attend Accepted’s upcoming webinar, Get Accepted to Columbia Business School, on Wednesday, October 29th at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM EST.

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Journey of Nigerian MBA ReApplicant and Future Entrepreneur http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/24/journey-of-nigerian-b-school-reapplicant-and-future-entrepreneur/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/24/journey-of-nigerian-b-school-reapplicant-and-future-entrepreneur/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:17:44 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26110 ]]> Click here for a free copy of Best MBA Programs: A Guide to Selecting the Right One!

NaijaMBAgal

This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with MBA applicant bloggers, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at the MBA application process. And now…introducing our anonymous blogger, NaijaMBAgal…

Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? What did you study as an undergrad? What is your current job?

NaijaMBAgal: I’m a twenty-something years old Nigerian female. I have six years experience in risk assurance and one year in non-profit. I have a B.Sc in computer science and I love to dance even though I can’t sing.

Accepted: When did you first apply to b-school? 

NaijaMBAgal: I first applied to business school last year. It was a disaster and I got several dings.

Accepted: What do you think went wrong that time and what are you doing this time to improve your candidacy?

NaijaMBAgal: Everything was wrong. My GMAT score was really low and I did nothing to make up for it in the applications. Also, my applications did not show my reasons for picking each school and by the time I realized that and changed it, it was round three and most of the class was already filled. I really think the timing affected my outcome.

Before applying this year, I took the GMAT again, my new score was within the 80% range of all the schools I was targeting. Also, I’m applying earlier this time. I’ve submitted my applications in round one (hopefully, I will not have to apply in round two but I will definitely not be applying in round three). Another thing I did differently this year was to ensure that I showed why I wanted to be part of each school in my application; talking to current students really helped me achieve this goal.

Accepted: Where did you apply this time? Do you have a top choice? Are you applying to “safety schools”?

NaijaMBAgal: I applied to Booth, Sloan, Stanford and Wharton. My top choice kept on changing as I researched each school, right now it’s a tie between Stanford and Wharton but that may have something to do with submitting their applications most recently.

I did not apply to any safety school; last year, I got into my safety school but could not convince myself to attend, so this year, I applied to schools that I will love to attend when admitted.

Accepted: Do you plan on staying in your current industry post-MBA, or changing to a new field/career?

NaijaMBAgal: I know it’s a cliche but I’m tired of the consulting industry which is amusing because I find a lot of people get an MBA to get into consulting. I plan to become an entrepreneur either during or after my MBA.

Accepted: What are your thoughts on the presentation essay on Booth’s application? 

NaijaMBAgal: I love Booth’s presentation essay. I think it was my favorite part of the applications. For me, anything is better than writing an essay but the fact that it was a presentation made it more interesting, I should probably mention that I make a lot of presentations so I am very comfortable with the medium. I think the presentation is the best reflection of Booth’s culture, giving applicants that flexibility with a main essay is phenomenal.

Accepted: How do you think being from Africa affects your candidacy?

NaijaMBAgal: It’s like a double edged sword. On one hand I think it amplifies my profile, gives me an edge and reduces the applicant pool that my application sits in. On the flip side, there is a smaller percentage of the class available for us regardless of how many good applicants there are within that pool. Since both sides nil-off, I don’t think it helps or hurts my application – except if there are a lot of less qualified applicants in the pool then it’s good for me.

Accepted: Can you tell us about your blog? What have you gained from the experience? What do you hope others will learn?

NaijaMBAgal: When I started my blog, it was not supposed to be an application blog but a b-school experience blog but it had to transform with my plans. One of the best things that has happened since I started blogging is that I have become a part of this amazing group of people composed of fellow applicants (including bloggers) and current students. I have had people give me advice, books and templates which I try to share on my blog so that people that read my blog can use that information in their own application. I hope others can leverage on my experience to make their own admission process smoother.

For one-on-one guidance on your b-school application, please see our MBA Application Packages.

You can read more about NaijaMBAgal’s b-school journey by checking out his blog, Naija MBA Gal. Thank you for sharing your story with us – we wish you loads of luck!

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Application Volume Increases at MBA Programs http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/24/application-volume-increases-at-mba-programs/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/24/application-volume-increases-at-mba-programs/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:37:35 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26178 ]]> Looking for MBA admissions advice?

65% of programs reported an increase in foreign applicants.

Here are some highlights from GMAC’s recent Application Trends Survey:

 • For the third year in a row, application volume increased for full-time two-year MBA programs. This year, 61% of programs reported application growth, up from 50% in 2013.

 • Application volume also increased for professional MBA programs (part-time, online, EMBA, and flexible), as well as Master in Marketing and Communications, Master of Accounting, Master in Information technology, and Master in Management programs.

 • Other specialized business master programs saw decreases in application volume. Master of Finance programs saw a decrease in application volume for the third year in a row.

 • 65% of U.S. full-time two-year MBA programs reported an increase in applications from foreign applicants. Master in Finance programs received the largest number of foreign applications at 82%. This is compared to the 52% of foreign applicants who applied to full-time two-year MBA programs.

For more details, see the GMAC press release.

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Bruce DelMonico on The Yale School of Management http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/23/bruce-delmonico-on-the-yale-school-of-management/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/23/bruce-delmonico-on-the-yale-school-of-management/#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:15:51 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26245 ]]> Click here to hear the full conversation with Bruce DelMonico. If your goal is a spot in the Yale School of Management, what could be better than an inside look into its MBA  program and admissions office?

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Bruce DelMonico, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions at Yale SOM, for an overview of the MBA program and insight into what the adcom is looking for.

00:01:04 – Linda answers one of the most common b-school admissions questions.

00:05:00 – Overview of the 2 year MBA at Yale SOM.

00:08:34 – Networks with Yale and the Global Network Model.

00:17:18 – What role does leadership play in determining a candidate’s admissibility.

00:22:20 – The Silver Scholars Program (sorry Linda, you don’t qualify).

00:31:16 – The video essay: Why Yale wants it, what they are looking for, how it works, & tips for staying calm.

00:44:50 – Why Yale accepts the GRE.

00:48:52 – How the SOM adcom stays “collectively on their game” even as the hour gets late.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!*Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com.

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2014 Economist MBA Rankings http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/23/2014-economist-mba-rankings/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/23/2014-economist-mba-rankings/#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:21:07 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26236 ]]> 2014 Economist Full-Time Global MBA Rankings:Download your free copy of MBA Rankings: What You Need to Know

1. Chicago Booth (U.S.)

2. Dartmouth Tuck (U.S.)

3. UVA Darden (U.S.)

4. HEC Paris (France)

5. IESE Business School (Spain)

6. Harvard Business School (U.S.)

7. UC Berkeley Haas (U.S.)

8. NYU Stern (U.S.)

9. Stanford GSB (U.S.)

10. Columbia Business School (U.S.)

11. UPenn Wharton (U.S.)

12. MIT Sloan (U.S.)

13. UCLA Anderson (U.S.)

14. Northwestern Kellogg (U.S.)

15. London Business School (U.K.)

16. University of Queensland Business School (Australia)

17. Emory Goizueta (U.S.)

18. INSEAD (France)

19. Yale SOM (U.S.)

20. Michigan Ross (U.S.)

Top 10 B-Schools with the Highest GMAT Scores:

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Top 10 MBA Programs for “Potential to Network”:

1. HEC Paris (France)

2. Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (Belgium)

3. Thunderbird School for Global Management (U.S.)

4. NYU Stern (U.S.)

5. UC Berkeley Haas (U.S.)

6. Notre Dame Mendoza (U.S.)

7. Warwick Business School (U.K.)

8. USC Marshall (U.S.)

9. Melbourne Business School (Australia)

10. UVA Darden (U.S.)

A Poets & Quants article on the rankings states that at least 17 business schools declined to participate in this year’s rankings, many claiming that The Economist’s methodology is faulty. Some of these schools include Babson Olin, Toronto Rotman, Sauder School (British Columbia), Minnesota Carlson, McGill Desautels, Purdue Krannert, and, University of Manchester (U.K.), Imperial College Business School (U.K.), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Regarding methodology, 80% of the data used for the rankings is derived from surveys provided by the schools themselves. The remaining 20% of information comes from current students and recent grads.

John Byrne notes that since The Economist rankings launched in 2002, Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton have never topped the charts. This year, the schools rank at 6th, 9th, and 11th place, respectively. In 2005, Harvard and Wharton weren’t included in the rankings as they declined to contribute data. (That year, those two programs also declined to participate with the Businessweek rankings.)

Matt Symonds, who wrote a critique of the rankings, “Leave no MBA ranking unquestioned,” provides these additional points:

• Booth took the #1 spot for the third year in a row, and the fifth time in the last eight years.

• There are only six European schools in the top 25; in 2008, there were 11. This year, Cambridge Judge and Oxford Saïd both dropped 15 places, to 52nd and 69th place respectively.

• The breakdown of the criteria used to rank the schools goes as follows: personal development/education experience (35%), open new career opportunities (35%), increase salary (20%), and potential to network (10%).

• This year, more than 20 schools rose or fell by double-digits (and thus the rankings have been criticized for their volatility).

• Big droppers include University of Bath School of Management which fell 23 spots from its previous 20th place; York Schulich fell to 41st place from 22nd last year.

• Big jumpers include Kellogg and Yale which both jumped 9 places up to 14th and 19th place respectively; Rochester Simon and Temple Fox both jumped 20 places to 58th and 57th place respectively.

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Sample Questions to Ask Your Interviewer http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/22/sample-questions-to-ask-your-interviewer/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/22/sample-questions-to-ask-your-interviewer/#respond Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:17:09 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25920 ]]> Click here to download your free copy of  The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success!

Prepare Questions!

“Sample Questions to Ask Your Interviewer” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here

Since your goal should be to come up with questions that are specific to your situation, I can’t give you a list of must-ask questions without knowing who YOU are. But here are a few sample questions that you can review and tweak so that the questions are more appropriate for YOU:

If you are interviewing with med school alum or a second-year student, then you should ask questions about their experiences, for example:

• Who are/were some of your favorite professors? Favorite classes?

• What is/was a typical day like for you?

• Are there clubs or activities that you would recommend for someone interested in XYZ? What clubs are/were you involved in? How important do you think it is to be involved in extracurricular activities?

• If you could change anything about your experience at this program, what would it be?

You get the idea. You want to come up with questions that personalize you and that show you have an interest in your interviewer’s experience (if relevant).

Be specific, show that you’ve done your research, and most importantly, relax!

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Introducing NEW Consulting CEO Rankings http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/22/introducing-new-consulting-ceo-rankings/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/22/introducing-new-consulting-ceo-rankings/#respond Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:54:45 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26115 ]]> FirmsconsultingCEORankingsFirmsconsulting just released new rankings that compare the performance of CEOs from six top consulting firms, McKinsey & Co., BCG, Bain & Co., Deloitte S&O, PwC Strategy& and Roland Berger. Each Sunday, the rankings will be republished based on new performance findings.

Here are some points to keep in mind:

1. How a CEO fares does not correlate to the prestige of the firm.

2. Feedback is collected directly from firm partners.

3. The real-time ranking updates allow Firmsconsulting to track weekly changes. For consulting firms, a yearly ranking would simply be outdated by the time it was published, taking into account data from a bygone era.

4. Based on a CEO’s past performance, Firmsconsulting believes one can infer from these ranking the likely future performance of a CEO.

You can view the real-time rankings and check out CEO profiles here.

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GMAT Grammar Time: The Complete Consort Dancing Together http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/22/gmat-grammar-time-the-complete-consort-dancing-together/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/22/gmat-grammar-time-the-complete-consort-dancing-together/#respond Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:14:57 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26107 ]]> Need more GMAT tips?

The good news: This is a “dance” you can learn!

The GMAT Verbal section overall tends to focus less on individual words and more on the meanings of whole sentences.  When comparing the GRE vs the GMAT, vocabulary is essential on the GRE, but students need worry considerably less about vocabulary on the GMAT.  If GRE Verbal tests words, GMAT Verbal tests sentences.

The GMAT Sentence Correction expects you to recognize well-constructed sentences.  What is a well-constructed sentence?  The title, a line from the fourth of the Four Quartets by TS Eliot, gives Eliot’s rather fanciful description of a well-constructed sentence.  Let’s be a little more practical.

Of course, good grammar is essential.  The GMAT will expect you to have subjects and verbs agree, to use correct tenses, and to recognize the difference of that vs. which.  Every nugget of grammar has to be correct, but that’s just the start.

By way of analogy, part of a city planner’s job is to make sure every traffic light in a city is working, but getting each individual light working is only part of the challenge.  An effective city planner has to think about “higher level” issues — timing of the lights, patterns of congestions, etc.  How does the whole picture of city traffic, the “complete consort,” fit together?

Similarly, the GMAT expects you to analyze sentences not just at the level of grammar but at the higher levels of syntax and meaning.  Parallelism is a perfect example.  It’s hard to define parallelism precisely because it higher level — we can put individual words in parallel (noun, verbs, adjectives, etc.) or, as is much more typical for the GMAT, we can put entire phrases and clauses in parallel.  If we have structure such as “not only [phrase #1] but also [phrase #2]“, it’s not enough that each individual phrase be free of grammar mistakes —- the two phrases must “match” (e.g. both participial phrases, or both infinitive phrases).  Parallelism is about whether different parts are “dancing together.”

A very different issue of words “dancing together” concerns idioms. How important are idioms for GMAT Sentence Correction?  Very!  Here, we mean idioms in the sense of which words “belong” with each other.  For example, we would say “an ability to do X”, not “an ability for doing X” or “an ability in doing X.”

Higher level issues extend to logical problems, such as misplaced modifiers or pronouns with unclear antecedent.  Finally, the sentence overall must be work rhetorically — it must be unambiguous yet succinct, overall making a direct and powerful statement.  That, indeed, is the “complete consort dancing together”!

Part of achieving a good score on the GMAT entails mastering this hierarchy of sentence-construction skills.  How you learn this stuff?  It’s important to find a tried and true GMAT study schedule, and to avail yourself of the best GMAT material.

It’s important to read high-brow material, such as the Economist magazine.  With good materials and practice, this is a “dance” you can learn!

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Columbia Applicants – Have You Registered? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/21/columbia-applicants-have-you-registered/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/21/columbia-applicants-have-you-registered/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:08:07 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26197 ]]> Register for our live webinar: Get Accepted to Columbia Business School!

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During the webinar, Linda Abraham, Accepted’s CEO & Founder, will explain the do’s and don’ts of applying to CBS.

This is important stuff folks – you don’t want to miss it!

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Introducing the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/21/introducing-the-mmi-multiple-mini-interview/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/21/introducing-the-mmi-multiple-mini-interview/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:33:28 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26171 ]]> Want tips for acing your Multiple Mini Interviews?

Ready to create something out of spaghetti?

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) method was created in Canada. McMaster University published a research study in 2004 that examined using this new interview method to more accurately assess candidates for admission into medical school.  In their study, they found that the traditional interview format was not a reliable admissions tool because too often the interviewer was influencing the quality of the interview.  It’s expensive for students to fly to interviews—only to be interviewed by one or two people—who may or may not provide them with a fair interview or review for any number of factors.  By providing ten different stations, the McMaster MMI allowed students to interact with a wide range of evaluators.  The scores and feedback provided by a larger number of people served as a more accurate way to review the performance of applicants.  In the U.S., UCLA and UC Davis were the first medical schools to begin using this new interview format.  More and more schools are adopting this method.

The basic structure of the MMI in the U.S. includes:

An average of six to ten different stations.

A time limit at each station, as well as a time limit to prepare.

An evaluator to observe at each station.

Stations that may be held in an open area or small rooms.

The stations themselves are broken down into four main types of activities:

1. Traditional Interview Questions

Most schools will have a station or two with questions about why you want to go into medicine or what you have done to prepare yourself for a career in medicine. You can always expect to encounter these types of questions in any kind of interview.

2. Debate Questions

For this type of station, you will be given a topic and instructions on whether you will be arguing for or against the topic assigned. Often you will be given some time to prepare and a time limit to present your argument.  At the end, you will need to provide feedback on the other student’s response.

3. Team Activities

The types of team activities offered varies widely from campus to campus. Some schools have you draw a picture from verbal instructions only, other schools will have you work with another applicant to take turns building something with blocks and giving instructions. Or you will have to work as a team to create something together using blocks, nails or even spaghetti and marshmallows.

4. Actors and Fake Scenarios

The actors who participate in the stations will often present you with a fake situation in which you have to respond to their distress, anger, grief or other strong emotions. The evaluator wants to see how many strategies you have in relating to others and resolving conflicts of any nature.  These stations give you a chance to demonstrate how you think on your feet.

While it is difficult to know how to prepare for this type of interview, understanding why it is used and its basic structure will help you begin to strategize. This format will ensure that you are given a fair evaluation.  It’s designed to help them identify the strengths that you will bring to your medical training.

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Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted.com advisor and editor specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs.

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Study More, Study Better: Advice from a 4th Year Med Student http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/20/study-more-study-better-advice-from-a-4th-year-med-student/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/20/study-more-study-better-advice-from-a-4th-year-med-student/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:52:58 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26161 ]]> Click here for more med school student interviews!This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Evan Kuhl…

Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad?

Evan: I’m from Louisville, KY and went to Bellarmine University for undergrad, where I received a BA in biology with a chemistry minor. Bellarmine is unique in that they offer an undergraduate gross anatomy course which does an excellent job in preparing students for medical school gross anatomy courses. The Bellarmine University biology department works hard to make sure students going on to medical school are very well prepared, and I found many of my undergraduate books to be the same ones recommended for my medical school courses.

Accepted: What year are you at University of Louisville School of Medicine?

Evan: I’m currently a fourth year med student.

Accepted: What is your favorite thing about your program? And if you could change one thing about the program, what would it be?

Evan: My favorite part of Louisville is the people. The faculty, administration, and support staff are always great to work with. It’s not uncommon for faculty to roam the library to answer questions, stay late to explain a concept, and provide detailed study guides for complex material.

During my first two years of med school my biggest complaint was our study space; the building had not been renovated in many years, but they have actually just finished renovating the entire school with more modern lecture halls, really nice group study rooms and a new student lounge.

Accepted: Can you share some advice to incoming first year students, to help make their adjustment to med school easier? What do you wish you would have known at that point in time?

Evan: My biggest piece of advice is to start off studying more than you think you need to. After the first test, re-evaluate your study habits and decide what is working best.

At the same time, make sure you still have time for non-med school activities; running, hobbies, etc. You’ll study better if you’re able to keep up with your normal stress-relieving activities.

I wish someone had stressed to me the importance of learning the material by understanding, not just memorizing. If you learn material through understanding the process/pathway/ physiology, you’re more likely to remember it for later tests, such as Step 1 and Step 2. Everything you learn in your first two years you will need later, so take the time to learn it well the first time.

Accepted: How important do you think pre-med clinical experience is? What sorts of clinical experiences did you have before med school and how did they contribute to your decision to attend med school?

Evan: Pre-med clinical experiences are extremely important to me. As an undergrad student, I worked in EMS and in a local ER as a tech. I spent a lot of time working with care providers and providing care directly. Although I had already decided I wanted to attend med school, this type of work definitely solidified that decision. Anyone thinking about attending med school needs to have more than just a few hours of shadowing before really deciding to pursue medicine.

When it came time first and second year to learn basic exam techniques, interview skills, and practice basic patient interactions I was far ahead of the game. This carried over into third and ever fourth year, as I was much more at ease working with patients and staff. I also had hands-on shadowing experience which made me much more comfortable placing IVs, suturing wounds, and other simple tasks that can help streamline patient care and make more time for teaching.

Accepted: Did you go straight from college to med school? Or did you take time off?

Evan: I did go straight from college into medical school at an allopathic program. Looking at how competitive many residencies are becoming (with increasing numbers of competitive international and osteopathic students applying) I would recommend trying to not have any lapses in your education timeline.

Although having a year off to backpack through Europe sounds attractive, I would probably try to fit it in your summer before.

If you do find yourself stuck with a year off between application cycles, I would recommend getting some research or work experience, or finding a masters program that could help fill your resume.

Accepted: Looking back, what was the most challenging aspect of the med school admissions process? How did you approach that challenge and overcome it?

Evan: Neither of my parents are physicians, and I had little to no interaction with the medical community before med school, so just learning how to apply and what was expected of a applicant was the hardest part. I spent a lot of time online during my freshman year of college trying to figure out how to become a competitive candidate.

For me, it was important to layout the next three years into a plan, with goals along the way. I made sure I had all the required classes, research, and community projects I felt were important. Even before you are close to the admissions deadline, be sure to take a step back and evaluate yourself from an outside perspective.

Be sure to reach out to your professors as well, they usually have a keen since of what you should be doing.

Accepted: Do you have any other advice for our med school applicant readers?

Evan: Don’t forget to live. Medical school may be a major part of how you define yourself, but don’t forget about your family, friends, and the rest of the real world. You’ll be working hard and spending most of your time between books and wards, but it’s important to find a balance. I’ve found it’s easier to study and do well when I find time to go for a bike ride or not skip that family gathering.

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You can follow Evan’s adventure by checking out his website, evankuhl.com. Thank you Evan for sharing your story with us!

Do you want to be featured in Accepted.com’s blog, Accepted Admissions Blog? If you want to share your med school journey with the world (or at least with our readers), email us at bloggers@accepted.com.

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What Does “At The Very Center of Business” Mean for CBS Applicants? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/20/what-does-at-the-very-center-of-business-mean-for-cbs-applicants/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/20/what-does-at-the-very-center-of-business-mean-for-cbs-applicants/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:34:52 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25936 ]]> Want to learn the secret to getting accepted to Columbia Business School?Episode 1 in our Big Brand Theory Series for MBA applicants: Columbia Business School’s motto.

Columbia Business School Essay 2 asks you to watch a short video entitled, “The Center” and then use it to answer the question, “How will you take advantage of being ‘at the very center of business’?” The video and the essay question are Columbia’s attempts to regain its brand and market share.

Over the years, Columbia strayed from its core strength: its geographic location and the access that the school offers its students. As a reaction to New York’s financial industry shrinkage and then, a drop in applications, they began pitching teams, clusters, and close-knit communities. I’m sorry, but those words do not even begin to describe Columbia.

CBS is just like New York: historical, large, gritty, and filled with surprises. It doesn’t coddle its students, and its students don’t expect to be coddled. They are smart, resourceful, and assertive.

So what does it mean to be at the very center of business? Well, you have the usual suspects: access to corporate world headquarters, brown bags with executives, subway rides to everything. But I ask you, where else can you have an accidental meeting at a cultural event with the Morgan Stanley’s CEO, James Gorman, or award winning entertainer and entrepreneur Dr. Dre?

Columbia wants its students to embrace New York and at the same time not allow the abundance of everything to intimidate them.  Years ago, I watched a Columbia Business School PowerPoint presentation. The closing slide displayed a world map. The Columbia campus was superimposed on a big red apple that spread over half the Atlantic Ocean and an arrow pointing to the apple as the “Center of the World.” I keep that image in my mind as I offer my Accepted.com clients my best rendition of the song, New York, New York, “if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere” (High kicks and all. Fortunately they can’t see me when I do it)

As a former admissions dean and director, I would expect to see an answer to that essay that would enable me to identify (and admit) people who thrive in the hustle bustle of New York.  I would want my applicants to capture the energy of the city that never sleeps. At the same time, I would filter out students who would be intimidated by New York. I would want my students to love their NYC experience: rats, roaches and all.

And now I need an Accepted.com consultant to help me edit this blog down to 250 words or less.

(Look for next week’s episode of the Big Brand Theory: Kellogg – Are you Growth Minded?)

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3 Ways to Get in Shape for Your Multiple Mini Interview http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/20/3-ways-to-get-in-shape-for-your-multiple-mini-interview/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/20/3-ways-to-get-in-shape-for-your-multiple-mini-interview/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:52:20 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26157 ]]> Click here to reserve your spot at Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness?

Your Multiple Mini Interview is coming up. Are you prepared? Here are three things you can do NOW to ensure totally MMI fitness:

1. Learn the ropes. Once you understand how an MMI works, you’ll be a lot more confident walking in. While you can’t know every question in advance, you can certainly familiarize yourself with the interview concepts covered, significantly increasing your readiness.

2. Rest up. Like a triathlete (which is not so unlike an MMI interviewee), you’ll need to do lots of prep, but the night before the interview/race, you need to take it easy. Relax and get a good night’s sleep. Exhausted competitors don’t generally fare well!

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Princeton Approves Grading Policy Changes http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/19/princeton-approves-grading-policy-changes/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/19/princeton-approves-grading-policy-changes/#respond Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:32:30 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26117 ]]> Looking for college admissions tips?

Will Princeton’s application volume go up?

Last week Princeton faculty approved changes to their undergraduate grading policy, including the removal of “numerical targets and replacing them with grading standards developed and articulated by each department.” The committee concluded that the previous system (adopted in 2004) is a large contributor to psychological stress, making students “feel as though they are competing for a limited resource of A grades.”

New policies will emphasis “quality of feedback” rather than numerical grades. The previous faculty committee on grading will be dissolved, and a new committee – the Council on Teaching and Learning – will advance this new focus. The committee believes that these changes won’t negatively impact competitiveness of Princeton students when it comes to post-college education.

The recommendation proposes that at the beginning of each year, the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing will “review the grading history for each department and program, and the dean of the college would continue to report to the faculty on the grading record of the previous academic year.”

(Source: “Princeton faculty approves changes to grading policy” by Princeton Office of Communications)

My Prediction

The grading policy adopted in 2004 reflected concern among Princeton faculty about grade inflation. I predict that the new policy will exacerbate grade inflation at Princeton while reducing student “stress.” It may just also increase Princeton’s application volume and yield by removing the perception that Princeton students suffer from a more rigorous grading scale and are at a “disadvantage” when applying to graduate schools because their grades may be a tad lower.

Linda Abraham By , president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

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2 Reasons Why You Love Columbia that You SHOULDN’T Share in Your App (and 2 that You SHOULD) http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/15/2-reasons-why-you-love-columbia-that-you-shouldnt-share-in-your-app-and-2-that-you-should/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/15/2-reasons-why-you-love-columbia-that-you-shouldnt-share-in-your-app-and-2-that-you-should/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:29:45 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26134 ]]> Register for our live webinar: Get Accepted to Columbia Business School!

Let’s face it, even if Columbia weren’t smack in the middle of NYC, it would still be an amazing business school, so you need to make sure that when you explain why CBS is the school of you, you don’t focus exclusively on the city, but include attractive aspects of the school itself.

2 Reasons You Should Keep to Yourself:

1. You love the underground world of tunnels and subways.

2. Sony Theater has the world’s longest free-standing escalator, and it’s only 11 minutes from CBS.

2 Reasons You Could Share:

1. You’re excited about the access and opportunities Columbia provides because it is at the center of an international business hub. And you can give specific examples of how you intend to take advantage of that accessibility.

2. You love the cultural richness that Columbia pulls from its central location in NYC – from Nobel Prize winning professors to unique consulting projects to clubs relating to the arts.

Listen, the fact that Columbia is in NYC is a perk – a huge perk – but remember, you’re applying to the school, not to the city!

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Typical Medical School Interview Questions http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/15/typical-medical-school-interview-questions/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/15/typical-medical-school-interview-questions/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:10:20 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25918 ]]> Want more advice for acing your med school interviews?

Come to your interview prepared to show that you are a good fit for the program.

“Typical Interview Questions” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here

Enter interview day ready to share what you feel you can contribute to the entering class and why you are confident you are a good match for this particular program. You will have already spent loads of time looking inward at yourself and outward at your target program – so these points should be no-brainers by now.

The structure of the interview usually goes as follows: First there are initial questions to get to know you and help you relax; then the interviewer will move onto some standard questions; and then there will be some personal questions about your experiences and then some thought-provoking questions. You’ll find examples in each of these categories below.

Initial Questions to Help You Relax

A good interviewer will work hard to help you relax initially so that you have a conversation, rather than a cut and dry Q&A session. Typical questions in this category include:

• Tell me about your parents? Your siblings?

• How was your trip here? Is this your first trip to our city? What do you think of the weather?

• What are your favorite sports teams?

• What are your hobbies?

Standard Questions about Your Education and Your Interest in Med School

Then the interviewer will move on to some basic question about your interest in med school:

• Why do you want to go to medical school?

• Explain your transcript discrepancies from your undergraduate record.

• Share your most meaningful extracurricular activity.

• Describe a time when you were in a caring role.

• Describe your clinical exposure. Was there significant patient contact?

• What was your most rewarding volunteer position?

• Describe your research exposure? What it bench or clinical?

• Describe the activities you had during your gap year?

• Why did you enroll in a post-baccalaureate program?

Personal Questions

Then the mood may change as the interviewer turns towards some more personal questions in an effort to better get to know you. These may include:

• Have you ever experienced adversity? How did you respond?

• What qualities do you possess that make you confident you can be a physician?

• What are your strengths? Your weaknesses?

• What are you most proud of?

• Who has had the greatest impact on your life, helping you get to where you are today?

Thought-Provoking Questions

They’ll then want to pick your brain a bit with questions such as these:

• Interviewers often challenge applicants with an ethical question which may be related to any number of controversial areas such as: What are your views on [choose any of these controversial issues – abortion/right to life/assisted suicide/Medicare/DNR]?

• Where do you envision yourself ten years from now professionally?

• How do you envision the field of health care in ten years?

• Do you think the U.S. is moving to managed care? Is this best? Will physicians lose all autonomy?

In a nutshell, you can expect questions to help you relax and questions that may challenge you. You can also anticipate questions about you, about healthcare, and about matters that will allow you to show fit with this particular medical school.

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Getting Into Medical School: Advice from a Pro http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/15/getting-into-medical-school-advice-from-a-pro/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/15/getting-into-medical-school-advice-from-a-pro/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:55:01 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26126 ]]> Click here for the full interview!Ever wanted to ask a medical school admissions officer what you need to know and do to get accepted to med school?

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Dr. Herman “Flash” Gordon, former chair of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Admissions Committee and Accepted’s newest consultant for invaluable advice about applying to med school.

00:03:43 – When reviewing an application, what is an adcom looking for?

00:06:35 – Advice for this year’s med school applicants who aren’t getting interview invites.

00:14:05 – Tips for the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed applicants planning to apply for the first time next summer.

00:16:22 – Latecomers: should they bother applying at the 11th hour or wait for next year?

00:19:21 – What sets the University of Arizona apart.

00:25:39 – How an MD/PhD application differs from an MD application.

00:27:07 – Background and tips for the Multiple Mini Interview (and yes, you should practice!).

00:35:17 – Teaching Critical Thinking Skills and Dr. Gordon’s app.

00:44:11 – Important advice for future doctors.

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2015 University of Michigan Ross Executive MBA Admissions Tips http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/14/2015-university-of-michigan-ross-executive-mba-admissions-tips/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/14/2015-university-of-michigan-ross-executive-mba-admissions-tips/#respond Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:26:26 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26121 ]]> Click here for more school-specific EMBA application essay tips!Ross Executive MBA students have, on average, about ten years of “progressive work experience” that include about five years as a hands-on manager. Such students are people who know where they’re going and why. So this year the EMBA essays give you the benefit of the doubt in that regard – no goals essays. Rather, the essay questions enable the adcom to get to know you and to assess your fit with the program. In writing the essays, keep on your radar their stated desire for students “whose notion of leadership includes a willingness to be part of something larger than themselves, who are receptive to new ways of thinking, and who bring varied experiences to bear on how they tackle a challenge.”

Essays:

1. What are you most proud of professionally and why? What did you learn from that experience? (400 words)

This essay presents an opportunity to “zoom in” on you tackling challenging issues, having an impact, and succeeding in the workplace. Ideally select a story that is relatively recent, that directly or indirectly reflects at least one of the values quoted above, and that can be told fairly succinctly without a lot of backstory (given the word limit). Also select a story that has an external, concrete impact, to show that you are a doer, who makes things happen. With the short word count, keep the structure simple: tell the story and add a short, thoughtful statement at the end about what you learned.

The essay can also work with a slightly older story, if you have something particularly strong, but in that case add a sentence summarizing how you have actually acted on, and employed what you learned.

2.What are you most proud of personally and why? How does it shape who you are today? (400 words)

In selecting this essay topic, coordinate it with the first essay – ensure that it reflects a fresh point about you. Also select the topic with an eye to where application strategy and your heart converge. The “heart” element gives your essay immediacy and authenticity – things the adcoms are sensitive to. Again, I recommend a simple structure: tell the story, and then reflect on how the experience shaped you, with concrete evidence of the latter.

Deadlines:

Early deadline: February 1, 2015

Regular deadline: April 1, 2015

Final deadline: May 15, 2015

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Why Your Resume Deserves Your Attention http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/13/why-your-resume-deserves-your-attention/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/13/why-your-resume-deserves-your-attention/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:52:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26113 ]]> Many adcom readers will begin their review of an application by going over an applicant’s resume. That’s right – your resume isn’t just some quick document that’s there for show! It’s really your unique one-page introduction to the admissions board. This is not something you want to put on the back burner!

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Practice Surgical Knots at Red Lights and More Advice from a Current Med Student http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/13/medical-school-student-interview-carlos-guzman/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/13/medical-school-student-interview-carlos-guzman/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:46:02 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26078 ]]> Click here for more med school student interviews!

Carlos Guzman

This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Carlos Guzman…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What is your favorite non-school book?

Carlos: Well, My name is Carlos Guzman. I was born in Guatemala and I came to the United States at the age of 9. I have lived in Los Angeles ever since. I went to UCLA and received my BS in Biochemistry in 2008.

I typically like reading stuff that is completely out of left field, such as Tricks of the Mind or Confessions of a Conjuror by Derren Brown. I tend to read books that have little structure or scientific content to balance out the medical texts I have to go through. It’s is nice to get your mind working in a completely different gear.

Accepted: Where are you currently in med school? What year?

Carlos: I am currently finishing up my 4th year at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Accepted: What is your favorite thing about DGSOM UCLA? And if you could change one thing about the program, what would it be?

Carlos: I love the fact that it balances multiple important facets of scholarship, including research and didactic rigor, with a healthy environment which allows us to grow in multiple ways, including the arts. For example, I played guitar in a small band with a few of my classmates, while others undertook photography, poetry, and travel.

I really like the program, and doubt that I would change anything. It is a place where learning is encouraged and self motivation is expected. I love that.

Accepted: What are some things you wish you had known as an incoming first year that would’ve made your adjustment to med school easier? How would you advise other incoming students?

Carlos: I really wish somebody would have told me how fast paced everything is! I understand that nobody is ever really prepared for the first year of medical school, but if I could go back, I would tell myself to brush up on my human biology and basic anatomy. I would have also looked into getting a job as a clinical scribe. Scribes learn how to write medical notes, which is one of the most tedious parts of medical school education, and one of the most useful skills to master.

Accepted: Did you go straight from college to med school? If not, what did you do in between?

Carlos: I did not. My path was a bit odd, as I did not get accepted after my first application. I went back to school, increased my GPA, and reapplied. In the interim, I taught MCAT OChem for the Princeton Review.

Accepted: Can you tell us about Pinfinity? How has your work there influenced your career decisions?

Carlos: My path into Pinfinity came in a rather serendipitous manner. I was contacted out of the blue by the CEO, Jeff Eakin, who was looking for self driven, motivated students who wanted to write medical content. Seeing as teaching and writing are both facets of my future career that I look forward to, I decided to get my feet wet as soon as possible.

This became not only a truly amazing learning experience, but also a way to overcome one of my remaining fears, namely business. I quickly became aware of my abilities as a leader and learned how to maximize my time and effort. I learned tidbits about what running a business is about, and I learned that there are many students out there who, like me, are eager to work, write, and help others.

We are currently making big moves regarding publishing study materials for medical school testing. One of the next big steps would be writing study materials for the new format MCAT. You wouldn’t happen to know a few medical students hungry to write and get published would you? (*NOTE: If this is you, contact Charles at carlos@pinfinity.co.)

I have learned to love the long term goals that come inherent to the world of business, and intend to make it a permanent part of my career as well.

Accepted: How do you juggle work and school?

Carlos: I think one of the key skills learned in medical school is time management. Once you start looking around, you will notice that there are a million little things throughout the day that just kill your work and productivity. Things like TV and Facebook are huge time suckers.

I told myself, “If I did anything as often as people check their friend’s status or watched TV, I’d be a millionaire!” So I started doing that. Instead of watching too much TV, I look up topics to write about or work on research. Instead of getting on Facebook, I fire off business emails or get some shadowing scheduled in! I read interesting topics while walking to and fro from places like the parking lot to the hospital or cafeteria.

Sitting at red lights is also a huge waste of time: Why not practice surgical knots on your steering wheel while you wait? Look for the time wasters and get rid of them!

Accepted: What are your top 3 med school admissions tips?

Carlos: 1) Be strong all around, meaning your life outside of medicine as well. Study hard to keep your grades up, sure, but love the rest of your life as well! Play an instrument? Show that you are passionate by playing shows or teaching others how to play! Like sports? Be a leader or coach little league! Don’t be the student who doesn’t care about anything other than school. Life balance is key! Remember that being a healthy, normal human being is one of the most important things in life!

2) Get into research ASAP. An applicant with some research experience will always shine! Even if you don’t get a publication, being able to talk about your research and the current literature intelligently will show the committee that you are ready to take into account one of the main facets of present day medicine: evidence based approaches to health.

3) Make sure that if you have any weak points in your application that kept you from getting accepted, you get them resolved in very tangible and obvious ways. Is your GPA weak? RETAKE that class that hurt you and SMASH it (happened to me!). Is your MCAT weak? Retake it and show them that you are great! DO NOT just assume that not getting accepted means that you have to change your career path. It just means you have to persevere!

Accepted: Did you have any shadowing experiences or work on any research projects before you applied to medical school?

Carlos: I was fortunate (and aggressive) enough to get both shadowing in clinics as well as research during the end of my high school years and throughout college. The opportunities are out there, and you have to be aggressive to get them! Don’t be afraid to ask, the worst thing that will happen is that they will say no. At that point you can move on and look elsewhere. Keep looking and you’ll eventually find something!

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The Popularization of the Joint MD/MBA Degree http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/12/the-popularization-of-the-joint-mdmba-degree/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/12/the-popularization-of-the-joint-mdmba-degree/#respond Sun, 12 Oct 2014 17:10:11 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26076 ]]> Need medical school admissions advice?

Hospitals staffed by physician CEOs outperformed those that did not employ medical leadership.

A recent The Atlantic article talks about the rise of the combined MD/MBA degree and increased demand for doctors with both degrees. Previously, MBAs held leadership positions in hospital administration, and MDs filled the middle management positions – now, with the dual degree, the lead position can be filled by someone with business and clinical acumen. According to the Atlantic article, those hospitals staffed by physician CEOs outperformed those that did not employ medical leadership. With the Affordable Care Act and the implementation of other healthcare initiatives, doctors are seeing a greater need to understand the business of healthcare. Healthcare consultants and managers of healthcare startups are also popular positions for MD/MBA degree holders.

In the last decade, it’s become increasingly common that doctors pursue additional degrees (PhD, MPH, MA, etc.), in part because of the growing complaint that med school curriculums haven’t changed much since the early 20th century. More and more students feel they need to supplement their med school education with additional schooling. In fact, 20 years ago there were only six joint MD/MBA programs, compared to 65 programs today. At UC Irvine, 20% of med students are also pursuing an MBA.

Another study indicates that an understanding of business may actually help physicians in the exam room as well – a strong sense of leadership and finely tuned critical thinking can help a doctor solve medical problems, particularly in primary care, a field that may be on the rise among MD/MBAs. According to the Atlantic piece, “The field allows doctors to be creative while serving a high-need medical population, and to tackle preventive care rather than band-aid solutions.”

These five-year programs enable students to pursue both degrees, paying a lot less for their MBA than they would if it were not part of a combined program. These programs also sort out timing issues that a person earning two separate degrees would inevitably encounter if not in a dual program. The breakdown usually goes as follows – three years of med school followed by one year of business school followed by a fifth year that combines the two disciplines (clinical rotations with business training).

The Atlantic article is fairly long and goes into much more depth. I recommend reading it if you are seriously considering an MD/MBA.

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2015 Kellogg Executive MBA Admissions Tips http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/12/2015-kellogg-executive-mba-admissions-tips/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/12/2015-kellogg-executive-mba-admissions-tips/#respond Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:28:44 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26096 ]]> Want more EMBA essay tips? The Kellogg Executive MBA questions are among the most comprehensive, thorough, and numerous of any EMBA application. It takes significant effort to put together a strong set of Kellogg EMBA essays, and that fact weeds out potential students who are not seriously interested in this competitive program. Moreover, the questions encompass almost every basic type: goals, behavioral (the experience and your reflection on it), evaluative (greatest skills and talents). It offers more than one optional essay. This set of essays requires the writer to wear different hats and excel at different types of self-analysis. Not least, the messages and contents of the essays should be coordinated to strategically and holistically create a picture of you that is vivid, distinguishing, and multifaceted without being contradictory or jumbled. Note that there are no word limits, therefore use your judgment; don’t write all 1,000 word essays. Depending on the question and what you have to say, 400-750 is a good range to target.

ESSAYS:

JOB DESCRIPTION: Describe the unit for which you are responsible and relate it to the total organization in terms of size, scope, and autonomy of responsibility. What human resources, budget, and capital investment are you responsible for? Please describe your position.

A straightforward question – it contains several components, so be sure to answer all of them. Try to work in an anecdote or two somewhere, for example, if part of your role is to troubleshoot issues with global clients, give a brief example.

1. Why have you elected to apply to the Kellogg School Executive MBA Program?

This essay should discuss your interest in the Kellogg program as a means to acquire the learning you seek in light of your goals. Clarify why you are pursuing the executive program specifically. You can also discuss other benefits that relate to personal preferences such as environment and the program’s schedule, structure, and location. Be specific and add thoughtful discussion, don’t just reiterate points from the website. If possible, cite conversations with students or alumni, including relevant insights you’ve gained from them.

2. What are your goals and objectives and how will a Kellogg Executive MBA help you achieve these? Please feel free to discuss both personal and professional goals.

Discuss your goals in specific terms: industry, likely positions, which company or companies, possibly where, what you expect to do, possibly challenges you anticipate. Also discuss what you want to accomplish short- and long-term. To make the essay truly compelling, also show how your goals are rooted in your experience, what motivates your goals, and your vision for your goals. Finally, discuss the learning needs these goals engender and summarize how the Kellogg MBA meets them, saving the greater detail for essay 1.

3. Discuss a professional situation that did not end successfully. Why did you or your peers consider the situation to have negative results? How did you resolve the situation? Did it change your management style? If so, how?

In selecting the story to discuss, use something relatively recent (even though unsuccessful, it can still show you at work in an engaging context and at a decision making level with high accountability), and something substantive. Be frank about your role as it may have contributed to the lack of success. For structure, keep it simple: first tell the story, and then address the remaining questions. The last part, about how it may have changed your management style, is a good opportunity to show you’ve not only learned from the experience but applied the learning, by briefly citing a specific example of your improved management style.

4. What do you consider to be your greatest skills and talents? How will you use these to contribute to an Executive MBA class as well as to a study group?

First, what not to do: strain to find some unique skill or talent that no one else possesses in an effort to differentiate yourself. It doesn’t exist. Rather, look inward – whether it’s creativity, initiative, leadership, strategic thinking, interpersonal astuteness, analytic capability, mentoring/coaching – it’s the details and stories of how you manifest this quality that will make this essay exciting while strategically supporting and enhancing the other essays. Select 2-3 skills/talents that differ from each other (i.e., don’t do quant skills and analytic skills, or communication skills and interpersonal skills) and tell a quick story or anecdote illustrating each. Finally, for each, comment on how it will help you contribute by giving an example – these comments can be short, as they story itself will really convey how the skill or talent will let you contribute.

5. Describe how your relevant global experiences have influenced you professionally. (Optional)

This is a great essay for most people to answer – if you’ve had any global experience, it can only have influenced you professionally. If you’ve had a lot of global experiences, don’t just do a survey of them and don’t feel you must write about all of them. Select the most meaningful experiences and tell the stories, and then explaining the influence on you.

6. Is there anything else that you would like to add to help us in evaluating your candidacy? (Optional)

This question invites you to present new material that you think will enhance your application, as well as to explain anything that needs explaining (e.g., gap in employment). As far as non-necessary points, keep in mind that if you are making the adcom read more, there should be a clear value to the information. Finally, considering the many essays, keep it short.

7. Describe any major reports, instructional materials, or manuals that you have prepared or any research, inventions, or other creative work. (Optional)

Note, “major.” Do not wrack your brain for every report or training material you’ve contributed to. If you have numerous patents, ditto. Focus on the most important ones of whatever type of material you are describing. A nice format is an annotated bullet list.

8. Please list the business/professional/community organizations in which you are active. (Optional)

Note “are active.” Not “were active.”

Rolling admissionsSuggested deadlines are June 15th for programs beginning in September, andOctober 15th for programs beginning in January.

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HEC Paris: Why to Go and How to Get In http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/08/interview-with-philippe-oster-of-hec-paris/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/08/interview-with-philippe-oster-of-hec-paris/#respond Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:10:06 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26083 ]]> Click her to listen to our conversation with Philippe Oster.What do you know about Europe’s top business school? If the answer to that question is ‘Not much,” then you’ve come to the right place.

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Philipe Oster, Director of Communication, Development and Admissions at HEC Paris MBA to learn about the program and to hear excellent admissions advice.

00:05:37 – An overview of the HEC Paris experience.

00:09:47 – The Jury is Out: The HEC application review process.

00:14:50 – What Philippe is looking for in an applicant.

00:18:49 – A very exciting core curriculum.

00:26:03 – HEC’s relationship with the luxury goods industry.

00:30:30 – Jobs are not easy to come by in the EU. Where are grads finding employment?

00:32:41 – Strengths of the HEC program.

00:33:53 – Advice for applicants considering HEC Paris. (But don’t listen to Philippe!)

00:38:35 – The 5 C’s that HEC Paris applicants – all applicants – need to keep in mind.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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Medical School Interviews: Preparing for the Big Day http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/08/medical-school-interviews-preparing-for-the-big-day/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/08/medical-school-interviews-preparing-for-the-big-day/#respond Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:51:15 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25914 ]]> Click here to download the complete report!“Preparing for the Big Day” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here

When should you start prepping for your interview? As soon as you get that invite! So let’s jump right in…

Below you’ll find 9 tips to help you become perfectly prepared for your interview:

1. Stay informed.

It’s important that you know what’s going on in the world of medicine. Stay abreast of issues by reading medical blogs and journals, and take the time to speak to doctors or researchers whom you may encounter during work or volunteer hours. Reading or speaking about current medical issues will help you develop your own opinions.

Your interviewer will be impressed with your up-to-date knowledge, as well as the fact that you’ve sat and thought about your personal views on the issues.

2. Read interview feedback.

Having some idea of what to expect on the big day will enable you to think in advance about how to answer common questions. The Student Doctor Network offers med school applicants excellent interview feedback that will help you prepare for your interviews and build confidence.

3. Study the school’s website.

In order to express your unique fit with your target program, you’ll need to know as much as possible about the program’s mission, teaching methods, student body and faculty, research initiatives, and resident/fellowship placements. The website is the best place to start to find this information, but you should also reach out to current students and alumni to obtain “insider” information on the details of the program.

Individualized preparation for each and every school you interview at is very important. Spend time reviewing the curriculum, the school’s mission, the facilities, the hospitals you will be completing your clinical rotations at, available community opportunities – everything that defines the institution.

Also look at what the school is known for – does it have an international or public health focus, a strong mission of treating the underserved and/or the underinsured, an emphasis on primary care, or a strong research component to education? Try to figure out why you are a good match for this particular school so you can honestly state why you want to go there.

4. Review your application, especially your AMCAS and secondary essays.

Your interviewer will likely ask you some basic questions on information you provided in your application and essays. It’s been months since you completed your application and you don’t want to draw a blank on the easy stuff, so read up on the basics so you’re familiar with all your experiences, including important dates, awards, relevant coursework, etc.

If you performed research, especially if it was a few years ago, make sure you know the science of the project, what your part in the project was, and where the project is today.

5. Consider how you’ve changed.

Think about what has changed since your AMCAS and secondary application submission so that you know what other information you want to make sure you share with your interviewer. Include anything that may have changed in your application, such as your plans for the current year, a recent publication etc., so you can update your interviewer if necessary.

6. Anticipate typical questions and prepare answers.

There are many standard questions that are asked by all medical schools. You should prepare your answers in advance so that under the stressful interview circumstances you are still able to maintain your focus and speak confidently. (I’ll share a list of sample questions in an upcoming post in this series.)

7. Prepare questions to ask.

An interview is a two-way street. Your interviewer will ask you questions and listen to your answers, and then will turn the asking over to you. When your interviewer says, “Do you have any questions?” you don’t want to shut the interview down by saying, “Nope, I’m set.” Instead, keep the conversation going by taking the reins of the interview into your hands and asking some questions of your own – but don’t just ask a question simply for the sake of asking one. Ask one that is relevant to your background, one that shows your serious interest in the school and your knowledge of the institution.

Two important tips:

1) Don’t ask a question that can be answered easily by looking online; and 2) make sure your questions are specific to your unique situation.

You’ll find a list of sample questions on page 9 of this special report.

8. Reflect on death.

End-of-life issues may make you uncomfortable, but it’s important that you’re able to respond to a question on the subject seriously and with dignity. Questions like, “How will you handle losing a patient?” or “How do you feel about euthanasia or a patient’s right to die?” should not be approached lightly. Your interviewer will want to see that you’ve thought about these tough ethical and emotional questions and that you know where you stand.

9. Finalize travel plans.

Make your travel plans in advance so there is minimal stress around the actual interview. Do not go stand-by on a flight at the last minute.

Additionally, you should make sure you arrive well in advance of your scheduled interview time. Most schools offer a day-long interview schedule; therefore it is recommended that you arrive the evening before so you can get settled and relax. Thoughtful planning safeguards against delays that could directly or indirectly affect your performance on interview day.

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Not so Nostalgic for the Standardized Test of Yore http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/08/not-so-nostalgic-for-the-standardized-test-of-yore/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/08/not-so-nostalgic-for-the-standardized-test-of-yore/#respond Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:31:16 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25849 ]]> Looking for grad school admissions advice?

No longer are your parents waking you up to study or take a test.

In the twilight region of your brain, there is buried a memory. It probably goes something like this: against your will, you woke up very early one Saturday morning to crowd into a room of similarly groggy teenagers. A vaguely authoritarian figure handed out number two pencils and yelled “start” and “stop” at 30-minute intervals.

You emerged from the experience frazzled, probably wondering why you had to take a stupid test that didn’t test what you really knew but seemed intent on tricking you. A few weeks later you got a score and then went on your way, a sour taste in your mouth whenever anyone uttered the letters—SAT.

Now, what seems a lifetime later, another very similar test stands between you and your academic career: the GRE. Like the SAT, you will have reading passages, big vocabulary words, and, of course, answer choices that are designed to trick you. Unlike the SAT, you may have a very different attitude towards education. No longer are your parents waking you up to take a test or telling you when to study (or at least I hope not); you are in charge, and you are set on doing very well on the GRE.

Much of that success depends not just on the size of your vocabulary or your knowledge of integer properties, but on how well you understand how the test is designed. Below are some points to keep in mind.

1. The SAT and the GRE are not exactly the same

The information above may lead you to think that the GRE and the SAT are exactly the same. First off, the GRE is much more difficult (makes sense since it tests knowledge in grad school bound students). And students often find themselves confused with the different scoring. The GRE score range is from 130 to 170 on a math and a verbal section (the GRE doesn’t have a writing section—though, like the SAT, it does have an essay).

 2. Understand why the right answer is right and the wrong answer is wrong

For SAT test takers there is a tendency to want to argue with the answers, especially on the dreaded SAT reading passages. The key is to not fight the correct answer but understand why the test writers consider the right answer and why your original answer is considered incorrect.

3. You must learn vocabulary

In high school you were probably loath (which means reluctant) to study vocabulary. For the GRE, you have to turn your initial revulsion to all things multisyllabic into an all-consuming passion. Think of a GRE word list as your ticket to a good score.

4. How did you do before?

If you did well on the SAT, you should do quite well on the GRE. There is no SAT to GRE score conversion, but unless you spent college unlearning your math and reading skills, your good SAT score should translate into a good GRE score.

If the SATs did you in and sent you sailing in a different direction in life, don’t despair. That’s what this post is for: to galvanize you to approach GRE studying differently from how you approached SAT studying. An average SAT score doesn’t have to translate into a mediocre GRE score. You can overcome the past. So get cracking on those vocabulary flashcards!

grad 5 Fatal Flaws

MagooshThis post was written by Chris Lele, resident GRE expert at Magoosh, a leader in GRE prep. For help with GRE vocabulary, check out our free flashcards and Vocab Wednesday videos on the Magoosh GRE Blog.

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Emory Goizueta 2015 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/07/emory-goizueta-2015-mba-essay-tips-deadlines/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/07/emory-goizueta-2015-mba-essay-tips-deadlines/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:26:49 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=24791 ]]> Check out the rest of our school-specific application essay tips!

Emory Goizueta

To ace your Goizueta essays, you’ll need to show—not just tell—that you have the skills, passion, and motivation to excel in a rigorous academic environment, and in the business world at large. Illustrate who you are, what you want, and where you are going.

These essays are short – be prepared to make tough decisions about what key points to include and what to leave out. Write simply and directly to squeeze as much meaning and impact as possible out of each word.

Essays:

1. What is your short-term career goal and why is an MBA from Goizueta an important next step toward that goal? (200 word limit)

No room for backstory here. And notice the question is limited to short-term goal, i.e., the role you are targeting immediately upon graduating. Address in specific terms your desired position, an example of your desired company, what you expect to do in that role, and why you want it. Next, identify two to three aspects of the program most important to you and, for at least one point, note why you need a Goizueta MBA to achieve it.

2. If your initial career plans are not realized, what else are you considering? (200 word limit)

Present a credible “Plan B” short-term goal, noting why it’s still a good option and will be a viable path to your longer-term goals. Focus on the positive aspects of this other path, even if it is not ideal in your mind (i.e., avoid emphasizing why it’s not as good as your first choice).

3. The Business School is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth. It is his legacy and the strength of his character that gives rise to our vision: Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Goizueta once said, “The cynics will tell you that the good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. I’m telling you, do it anyway.”

Provide an example of the good you have contributed to an organization and the impact of your actions. (300 word limit)

I suggest addressing this question as a story (a very succinct story): describe a time you contributed to an organization. Walk through it crisply, “zooming in” on relevant details and focusing on your actions. In a final, brief paragraph reflect on the impact and why it’s meaningful.

To select the best topic or experience to portray, look for something that is fairly recent and that has a clear impact. You can use a work or non-work experience, depending on what you strategically want to highlight, but most people should grab this opportunity to showcase their impact at work. Keep in mind that the contribution and impact should be to the organization.

4. Complete one of the following statements. (250 word limit)

I am unique because…
My most memorable cross-cultural experience…
I am passionate about…
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is…

This question is an opportunity for you to introduce a non-professional interest or aspect of your background. Show yourself off the job as an interesting human being.

Which should you respond to? The one you will find easiest to answer in an engaging, enthusiastic, and authentic way. The one that will best complement the rest of your application.

5.  Please share with the committee and your future classmates an interesting or fun fact about you. (25 word limit)

Align this short essay with essay 4 above – it’s another opportunity to round out your profile. This one can be work or non-work related. Be natural in your tone – don’t strain to sound “fun” if it doesn’t come naturally to you in writing, and don’t hold back if it does.

Optional Essay:

If you have additional information or feel there are extenuating circumstances which you would like to share with the MBA Admissions Committee (i.e. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance issues or areas of weakness in application).  (Please limit your response to 250 words)

You can of course use this essay solely to address an extenuating circumstance. If you don’t need it for that purpose, if there is something you believe would add to your case for admissions that is not covered in the rest of the application, write about it here. Focus on one facet of your life or an experience that is important to you, reveals the human being you are, and isn’t described in other parts of the application.

Re-Applicant Essays

Applicants who have applied to Goizueta Business School in the past are required to answer two questions:

Complete each of the following questions.

1. What is your short-term career goal and why is an MBA from Goizueta an important next step toward that goal? (200 word limit)

See tip above.

2. If your initial career plans are not realized, what else are you considering? (200 word limit)

See tip above.

3.  Explain how you have improved your candidacy for Goizueta Business School’s MBA Program since your last application. (250 word limit)

This is THE key question for all MBA reapplicants. Goizueta just asks it explicitly. Please see MBA Reapplicant 101 for more advice.

If you would like professional guidance with your Emory Goizueta MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our  MBA Application Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the Emory Goizueta application. 

Emory Goizueta 2015 MBA Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline  Decision Notification 
 Round 1   October 10, 2014  December 4, 2014
 Round 2  November 14, 2014  January 29, 2015
 Round 3  January 9, 2015  March 5, 2015
 Round 4  March 13, 2015  May 1, 2015

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Lining up Letters of Recommendation and Searching for Fellowships http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/07/lining-up-letters-of-recommendation-and-searching-for-fellowships/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/07/lining-up-letters-of-recommendation-and-searching-for-fellowships/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:07:09 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25348 ]]> Click here to download your complete copy of Get Your Game On!

Be organized about your LORs and funding research!

“Lining up Letters of Recommendation and Searching for Fellowships” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, Get Your Game On: Prepping for Your Grad School Application. To download the entire free special report, click here

These are also steps that you can start working on well ahead of next winter’s application deadlines.

If you’re still in college, asking professors now to be your recommenders will be straightforward; the benefit of doing this early is that the professors who work in your field will be able to give you advice about programs to consider, and might be able to introduce you to their colleagues who are doing research in your area of interest. If you’re out of school, try to make contact with professors you had good relationships with. For doctoral programs, in particular, you’ll need the majority of your letters to be academic references (rather than professional).

You can start early by discussing grad school with your faculty mentor(s), and later on, giving them a portfolio of information to help them write the letter (a list of the schools you’re applying to, a draft of your SOP, etc.). If it’s been a while since you took their class, it can be helpful to supply a copy of a project you completed for them—but in any event, try to meet with them in person if possible, and give them sufficient time to write your letter (a month is good). Follow up with a gracious thank you note.

You can also start learning about graduate funding opportunities right away. Find out about what kind of funding packages are available at the schools you’re considering. Do they fund MA/MS students, or just PhDs? What percentage of students is offered funding each year? Is there funding for international students? Does the school offer advising to help students apply for national grant programs like the NSF? Will you be considered for Teaching Assistant positions automatically, or must you apply?

Research your funding options and stay organized!

Download our free report: GET YOUR GAME ON: Preparing for Your Grad School Application

Rebecca Blustein By , Accepted.com editor and former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

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Top 10 Colleges with the Highest Paid Grads http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/07/top-10-colleges-with-the-highest-paid-grads-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/07/top-10-colleges-with-the-highest-paid-grads-2/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:47:35 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25909 ]]> Forbes just released some rankings on the colleges whose graduates earn the most money. We’ll provide two charts below – one of colleges with high earning grads with bachelor’s degrees only, and one of colleges with high earning grads who went on to complete additional degrees.

Colleges with the Highest Paid Grads (BA Only):

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Colleges with the Highest Paid Grads (BA and Higher Degrees):

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Click here to view the Forbes article.

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CMU Tepper 2015 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/06/cmu-tepper-2015-mba-essay-tips-deadlines/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/06/cmu-tepper-2015-mba-essay-tips-deadlines/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:54:02 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25527 ]]>  Check out the rest of our school-specific application essay tips!

CMU Tepper

The key to admissions success here is to exhibit your keen analytical capabilities through your essays—that and your strong passion for learning and your desire to expand your role as an innovative leader. Get those points across to the adcom members and you could be well on your way to the tech-savvy business education that only Tepper can provide. 

Tepper has tweaked its application this year, changing slightly question #1 under the Post-MBA Goals, replacing the #2.  and dropping one of the other essay questions. 

Post-MBA Goals:

1.  What is your professional goal immediately following graduation from Tepper? (Maximum 1500 characters)

What do you want to do immediately after you get your MBA and in which industry do you want to do it? If geography is important to you, then include that information too. 

Since Tepper is giving you more room than is necessary to simply state what you want to do and where you want to do it, you can give Tepper background on the development of your goal. What experience convinced you this career path was right for you?  When did you demonstrate the skills or qualities this role requires?

2. If you are not successful in your first choice of role after graduation, what other role would you consider? In other words, what is your Plan B? (Maximum 1500 characters)

This is a easy question to answer — if you have a Plan B. If you don’t have one, thoughtfully create one.

If you don’t get the job you describe in #1, how would you take advantage of your past experience and your new Tepper MBA? Would you slightly change long-term goals and go down a different path? Or would you stick with the long-term goals and attempt to achieve them in a different way?  Either option is possible. Choose the one that best reflects you. 

Essays:

1. Describe a defining moment in your life, and explain how it shaped you as a person. (Maximum 300 words)

This question is an attempt to get to know you, the person. The previous questions are professionally focused. Use this essay to present a different side of you. Don’t write about work and your professional goals here.

In any case, tell a succinct story of that defining moment.  What happened and what was the impact on you? How has that event influenced you going forward? How is your behavior, your life different because of that moment?

2. Based on your research and interactions with the Tepper community, share why you are a good fit with the Tepper MBA program. (Maximum 300 words)

Again do your homework before you respond to this question. If you can, talk to current students or recent alumni from Tepper to get a feel for the culture. If you can visit, even better. Review the information on the Tepper web site to get a picture of student and alumni life and research those activities you would like to participate in, initiate, or lead. Then write about one or two clubs or events that you would love  to throw yourself into.

Optional Essay. Is there anything else that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question. This essay is intended to provide a place for you to add information that you think is important but is not covered elsewhere in the application. This could include clarification of your employment or academic record, choice of recommenders or helpful context for the admissions committee in reviewing your application. (Maximum 500 words)

Use this optional essay, or lose an opportunity to provide even more reasons for Tepper to admit you. Just don’t rehash information found elsewhere. That’s a waste of time — yours and your reader’s.

If you would like professional guidance with your CMU Tepper MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our  MBA Application Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the CMU Tepper application. 

CMU Tepper MBA 2015 Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline  Decision Notification 
 Round 1  October 5, 2014  December 15, 2014
 Round 2  January 4, 2015  March 25, 2015
 Round 3  March 15, 2015  May 15, 2015

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Give Yourself Every Opportunity for Success: IV with a Med Resident http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/06/give-yourself-every-opportunity-for-success-iv-with-a-med-resident/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/06/give-yourself-every-opportunity-for-success-iv-with-a-med-resident/#respond Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:39:54 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25970 ]]> Click here to read more med school student interviews!

Elena Welt

This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Elena Welt…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Elena: I’m originally from NJ, and went out to St. Louis to go to Wash U for undergrad. I was pre-med, but I was actually an English major. I’ve always loved to read and write, and I knew science would take up the majority of my future, so I wanted to get in as much reading for pleasure as I could before med school took over my life! I also had a minor in Spanish, and spent a semester in Seville, Spain which was so much fun, and definitely the best way to learn a language.

My favorite ice cream flavor is anything that has caramel in it! Salted caramel, dulce de leche, any of those. Yum. Although I don’t discriminate – there’s no ice cream I wouldn’t eat.

Accepted: Where did you attend med school? What was your favorite thing about the program?

Elena: I came back to NJ for medical school – I went to New Jersey Medical School, which is now part of Rutgers. (It’s the one in Newark. There’s another Rutgers medical school called Robert Wood Johnson that’s located in New Brunswick.) I loved training there, and I think the best part of the medical school is the amazing clinical experiences you get early on. It was also nice to be so close to my family – there’s nothing like your mom cooking you a home-made meal when you’re stressed about studying! The patient population in Newark can sometimes be challenging to work with, but it can also be extremely rewarding.

Accepted: Congrats on matching at your top choice residency program! What was it that drew you to Georgetown and to internal medicine?

Elena: I was one of those people who loved every single rotation in third year and I would probably be happy in most residencies. But it did feel like my personality meshed best with the internal medicine doctors. I’ve always been more of a “thinker” and internal medicine leaves a lot of space for thinking. It also felt like a non-choice, because there are so many ways you can point your career after training in internal medicine. So I have more choices to make ahead of me!

I wanted to be on the east coast for residency and in a city so that it would be fairly easy to travel home for a weekend and that there would be enough to do when I had a day off. DC fits the bill perfectly – it’s a very accessible city which I like. I loved Georgetown because the people I met on my interview day were wonderful, and the program just had a very educational feel about it. You can tell that the interns and residents work hard (probably harder than at some other programs), but that education and well-being is still emphasized. A few months in, I can vouch that what I felt on my interview day is absolutely true! I feel well-supported and that I’m getting great training.

Accepted: As someone who has applied to college, med school, and a top residency program successfully, you must have some tips to share! What would you say are your top med school and/or residency tips?

Elena: I think the biggest tip I have is to be pro-active! Schools and programs want to know that you are interested. Call, send letters, stop by (if it’s close). There are so many candidates at every step and everyone tends to blend together – countless people have volunteered at their local clinic and met an inspiring patient, you know? So if you can find some way for the program director (or probably more importantly, the administrative assistant or coordinator) to remember your name, that can only help you. Of course, it’s a fine line between being assertive and being annoying. Don’t send a singing telegram!

Along the same lines, get everything done EARLY. Do. Not. Procrastinate. Have your application in on DAY ONE (day two? already too late!). You want the people reading your application to be fresh and not burned out, and you want them to know how responsible and on-top-of-your-game you are. There’s no reason not to be the very first application in. You have to give yourself every opportunity for success that you can – don’t create roadblocks or challenges for yourself; there are already enough of them out there to overcome!

Accepted: What was the most challenging aspect of the matching process for you? What steps did you take to overcome that challenge? 

Elena: Waiting was the hardest part! Once you send in your application, you can help yourself by calling programs, sending thank you notes, and scheduling interviews as they come. Same thing after interviews, but once your rank list is submitted, it’s out of your hands! Keep busy, and enjoy that free time as much as you can, knowing that you’ve done all you can.

Accepted: How did you spend your time between graduating med school and starting residency?

Elena: I traveled for the last month of medical school. I went to Tanzania and worked in a hospital for two weeks, and then spent another week and a half climbing Kilimanjaro and exploring the country a little. (I went through the program Work the World, and I highly recommend them!) It was an amazing, although expensive, experience, and a great way to end the year. It was very cool to see how medicine is practiced in another country, and getting to do a 6-day hike in the cold rain was umm, well…it was an experience for sure. (I guess my advice there would be go to a country that is not in its rainy season.) But once I got back, it was a whirlwind. Graduation, moving to a new city, getting all my paperwork done for residency – it keeps you busy! I made spending time with family and friends as much of a priority as I could.

Accepted: Can you tell us about your blog? Who is your target audience? What have you gained from the blogging experience and what do you hope others take away from your writing?

Elena: This is probably the hardest question to answer because I don’t think I ever had a clear-cut agenda with my blog. When I studied abroad in college, I loved sending emails home to everyone updating them on what I was doing, and I got great feedback about how enjoyable the emails were to read. So originally I just thought it would be a fun way to keep people updated on what I was doing. Even though I wasn’t far away, med school was a new experience, and I wanted my friends and family to understand what I was going through. Writing has always been an outlet for me, and trying to find the humor in some of the absurdities and frustrations of medical school helped to keep things in perspective. It was just an added bonus that it spread to people outside my social circle!

I hope that people going through medical school who read my blog can know that they are not alone in the journey, and all of the struggles that they are facing are things that all medical students go through. I also hope that it’s an enjoyable read, as my goal was really to entertain more than anything else! I decided not to continue blogging through residency, but I’m trying to record my experiences as they come, and I certainly hope that writing continues to play a role in my future.

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Big SAT Changes Favored More by Adcom than by Students http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/05/big-sat-changes-favored-more-by-adcom-than-by-students/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/05/big-sat-changes-favored-more-by-adcom-than-by-students/#respond Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:03:53 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25968 ]]> Looking for more college admissions resources? Check out College Admissions 101!

71% of admissions officers, but only 41% of students support the inclusion of calculator-forbidden math questions. 

Kaplan asked 403 admissions officers from top schools and 684 high school students their opinions on the new SAT. Survey results show that the admissions officers are more supportive of the changes than the college applicants. 79% of officers support the changes, up from 72% last year. Big changes include reverting back to the 1600 point scale; adding historical reading passages; making math sections more difficult; shifting the essay from required to optional; getting rid of wrong answer penalties; eliminating fill-in-the-blank vocabulary questions; and adding a computer-based test taking option.

Here are some highlights from the results:

 • 87% of admissions officers and 67% of students support the inclusion of history-related reading passage.

 • 71% of admissions officers support the inclusion of calculator-forbidden math questions, compared to the support of only 47% of students. (On the new exam, calculators won’t be allowed for 20 of the 57 math questions – currently calculators are permitted for the entire exam.)

 • 67% of admissions officers support shifting the essay from required to optional, compared to 51% of students. Additionally, 73% of admissions officers say they don’t plan to require applicants to submit the essay.

 • 70% of admissions officers and 73% of students support getting rid of the wrong answer penalty.

 • 88% of admissions officers and 85% of students support the elimination of fill-in-the-blank vocabulary questions. Instead of these question, the SAT will include more contextual vocab questions, as well as editing write-in sections.

 • 82% of admissions members support the option of taking the SAT on a computer. This is compared to only 36% of students surveyed. Students report concern about staring at a computer screen for four hours, encountering technical difficulties, and not having space for “scratch work” for math questions.

See the Kaplan press release for more details.

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Toronto Rotman 2015 MBA Essay Tips and Deadlines http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/05/toronto-rotman-2015-mba-essay-tips-and-deadlines/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/05/toronto-rotman-2015-mba-essay-tips-and-deadlines/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16:47:58 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25396 ]]> Check out the rest of our school-specific application essay tips!

Toronto Rotman

The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business is one of the leading business schools in Canada. Known for its design approach to MBA education and strong emphasis on problem solving, Rotman’s program is growing in size and renown.

My tips are in blue below. 

Essay Questions:

1. Please state your professional goals and how you plan to achieve them. (Please limit your answer to 25o words.)

This is a pretty straightforward goals question, requiring a concise answer. What do you want to do and where do you want to do it? The “where” refers to industry, not necessarily geography, but geography could be a part of your goal. If it is, you should include it in your response.

Your essay should show Rotman that you have thought about your career path, Rotman’s role in that chosen path, and how your career can realistically progress after you receive your Rotman MBA. 

2. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have received recently. Please detail the circumstance and your plan to address it. (Please limit your answer to 25o words.)

Tell a brief story here. What were you told? What was the context? How has it proven constructive? If you have room in your essay and you feel it fits with the rest of your response, include a situation similar to the one that prompted the criticism and that you handled well as a result of the advice you received. 

Alternatively, you could even start with the situation that ended well, and then provide the background, including the story of the constructive feedback. 

3. Reflection Question: List 3-5 attributes or characteristics that best describe you. Limit response to 50 characters. (3-5 word maximum.)

My suggestion here would be to avoid what my friend and colleague from Maxx Associates, Maxx Duffy, calls “umbrella words.” These are general terms for valued attributes, but they tend to be abused and overused in the MBA application process. There is nothing wrong with them other than the reality that they are sapped them of meaning and impact. And if you use these umbrella words, you will blend in with all the others who are also using them, just like one more black umbrella on a rainy day.

An example: leadership.  I guarantee that attribute (or any form of “lead”) will be the most commonly mentioned term. I encourage you not to use a form of “lead” or “leader.” It is an umbrella word. Instead, go into the key attributes you have that make you a great leader.  Those are the qualities that go under the umbrella. They will be more distinctive and more memorable. 

Video Interview:

The video interview component is a required part of Rotman Admissions process designed to give all candidates guaranteed “face time” with the Admissions Committee and showcase your personality, characteristics, passions, and values.

You will have an opportunity to test the technology, and then will be asked two taped questions. Both questions are personality/values based and are designed to be answered without any advanced preparation and will only take a few minutes to complete. After completing your questions, you will receive a confirmation email and unique URL to input into this section of the application and complete the video component. Good luck and have fun with the process!

We’ve written blog posts on the video essay, and last year I had a fascinating interview with Niki da Silva, Rotman’s Admissions Director, who provided excellent advice on the Rotman video interview. It is by far, our most popular podcast.

Here are links to these resources.  

• Tips for Video MBA Essay Questions

• MBA Video Essays: A Conversation with Rotman’s Niki da Silva 

• MBA Interview Tips: Video Essays

Toronto Rotman 2015 Deadlines:

Round  Application Deadline  Decision Notification 
 1  November 3, 2014  December 12, 2014
 2  January 12, 2015  February 27, 2015
 3  March 2, 2015  April 17, 2015
 4  April 20, 2015  May 22, 2015
 5  June 1, 2015  July 3, 2015

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Chicago Booth: A Social Experience Outside of My Comfort Zone http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/03/mba-interview-with-chicago-booth-student-cheetarah1980/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/03/mba-interview-with-chicago-booth-student-cheetarah1980/#respond Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:10:18 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25998 ]]> Click here for more Chicago Booth info & resources!This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with current MBA students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top MBA programs. And now for a chat with Cheetarah1980, a student at Chicago Booth.

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What is your favorite non-school book?

Cheetarah1980: I’m from upstate NY, born and raised. I went to Cornell for undergrad and studied Policy Analysis and Management. My favorite non-school book is probably Pride and Prejudice. It’s one of those books I can read over and over again.

Accepted: What was your most recent pre-MBA job? Do you plan on returning to that same industry after you receive your MBA or heading into a new field? What’s your plan?

Cheetarah1980: Prior to business school I worked in sales in the consumer goods industry. I’m not returning to that job. I’ve almost wrapped up an offer to be a Project Director at a prominent non-profit organization where I’ll be working on building cross sector partnerships.

Accepted: Can you talk about your experience applying for jobs? What role did Booth play in the job search process?

Cheetarah1980: Applying to jobs has been a long process because I was looking at non-traditional, niche roles in non-profit and corporate responsibility/sustainability. I received a lot of support from career services in terms of creating a target list, informational interview prep, resumes, networking emails, cover letters, etc.

Through the Booth Social Enterprise Initiative I also gained some valuable experience through a CSR fellowship as well as several great networking contacts that eventually led to job opportunities. It’s important to understand that in more niche career fields no school is really equipped to hand you jobs on a platter. Outside of the recruiting machine companies hire when they need someone. Your best bet is to be building relationships with as many companies as possible so that when opportunities do arise you have positioned yourself for an interview. Career services can help you develop approaches for creating those relationships and give suggestions for companies to target and how to get in touch with people at those organizations.

Accepted: Which other MBA programs did you consider when you were applying to b-school? Why did you choose Booth — how is it the best school for you?

Cheetarah1980: I applied to Wharton, Kellogg, Booth, and Stanford. I got into Booth, Wharton, and Kellogg. I chose Booth because I thought it would give me a social experience outside of my normal comfort zone. I also felt that I would be well supported in pursuing my career goals.

Accepted: If you could change one thing about the program, what would it be? 

Cheetarah1980: The program itself is great. I do wish Booth had more diversity in terms of students of color. The Black and Latino populations are very small and have been shrinking for several years now. The school could do more to attract and engage minority applicants.

Accepted: Looking back at the MBA application process, what would you say was your greatest challenge? How would you advise other MBA applicants who are facing similar challenges?

Cheetarah1980: Low GPA was my greatest challenge. However, I was 9 years out of undergrad when I applied. I think that having nearly a decade between my career and my undergrad GPA helped tremendously. If other applicants are facing the same issue I recommend doing as well as possible on the GMAT, maybe taking 1-2 classes to create an alternate transcript (if you’re less than 5 years out of undergrad), writing the optional essay, and making sure everything else in your application is top notch. There are very very very very few perfect applicants. Admissions committees are often willing to overlook one flaw if everything else is on point.

Accepted: Can you share a few more admissions tips with our readers?

Cheetarah1980: Be authentic. If you really think about why you’re going to business school and what you want to get out of the experience you should be able to stand out. Use your own unique voice in your essays. And coach your recommenders!!

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5 Tips to Find a Satisfying Career http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/03/5-tips-to-find-a-satisfying-career/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/03/5-tips-to-find-a-satisfying-career/#respond Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:44:38 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25955 ]]> Get the details about "How to Ditch Your Dead End Job and Find a Career You Love!"

Don’t get stuck in a career you really don’t like!

Work becomes such a big part of your life after college that it is really important to find a career you will be happy in. Don’t just jump into the first job that comes your way after graduation. No matter what anyone else says, you really have to look within yourself and decide what is going to make you happy and what you are going to enjoy doing for the rest of your life.

The truth is that you will be more successful when you are happy at work. So here are five tips to find a satisfying career:

1) Do what you want to do instead of what you feel like you should do.

It’s so easy to just go along that path of what you should do. You can save yourself so much time and trouble if you just start with what you want to do. The career you started in doesn’t necessarily have to be the career you end with. There is freedom in your career and you don’t have to stick with one career. You can be so many things. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

2) Do one small task daily that helps you get closer to your big goal.

If you do something daily on your way to your big goal, totally amazing things will start happening. Wake up earlier or schedule 30 minutes every evening to work on your passion. And don’t forget that the best investment you can make is always in yourself. Take a course or find a coach. It’s always worth it.

3) Learn more about yourself.

Once you recognize what your personal values are, it will feel like everything just comes into place so much more quickly as far as choosing a career that magnifies who you are. As you start to know your personality, motivations and interests more, you will learn what is important to you in the career that you pick. Then you can start searching for a career that will meet your personal and professional needs.

4)  Get clear about what you want.

If you don’t know what you want, you will probably just take the first job that comes your way. This can have bad consequences leading to becoming stuck in a career that you don’t really like. Instead, get clear on what it is you want so that you can job search more effectively. Dream up your ideal workday and create a vision board that you look at everyday to remind you of your career goals and dreams.

5) Ask for help.

It’s OK to ask for help. One of the best and easiest ways to gain experience is by asking others. There are so many people out there in the world who are simply waiting to help you, and all you have to do is ask.  It’s OK to seek out mentors, and it’s OK to boldly ask people for career guidance and insights. You have to be grabby. Don’t wait for opportunities to happen to you.

Take this opportunity now to decide what you want to achieve and start taking action to make your ideal career happen.

Anna Runyan is the creator of the “Love Your Career Formula.” She has an upcoming free online workshop on October 9th, 2014 called, “How to Ditch Your Dead End Job and Find a Career You Love.” If you want Anna’s proven step-by-step system to find a fulfilling career, grab your spot here!

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Welcome to the Family! http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/02/introducing-med-consultant-drew-colucci/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/02/introducing-med-consultant-drew-colucci/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:52:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26003 ]]> Drew ColucciWe’d like to introduce you to Drew Colucci, the newest member of Accepted’s wonderful staff of consultants!

Dr. Colucci graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 2012 and is current a senior resident in Diagnostic Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He teaches third and fourth year Harvard Medical School students about radiology and diagnostic imaging, and serves as a pre-med mentor for the Boston College EagleDocs program.

Dr. Colucci would love to help you tell your story to the med school or residency admissions boards – he’s been through the system and knows what works!

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At the Nexus of Business & Law: Penn/Wharton’s JD/MBA http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/02/at-the-nexus-of-business-law-penn-whartons-jdmba/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/02/at-the-nexus-of-business-law-penn-whartons-jdmba/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:52:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25987 ]]> Listen to the full recording of our conversation about the JD/MBA Program!Is your future in the place where law and business collide? Meet the woman who juggles the two worlds of law and business school (and she has two offices to show for it!).

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Colleen France, Associate Director of JD/MBA Programs at Penn Law & The Wharton School, for the low down on this very intense program.

00:02:46 – From admissions to capstone: a comprehensive overview of the 3 year JD/MBA Program.

00:08:54 – Who the 4-year JD/MBA Program is for.

00:12:25 – What the adcom is looking for: How applications are submitted and evaluated.

00:15:45 – How the integrated program works.

00:21:00 – A glance at the (highly impressive) JD/MBA class profile.

00:23:40 – What would make Colleen excited about an applicant.

00:26:39 – The graduates: where are they & what are they saying about their JD/MBA experience.

00:30:11 – Are the 3-year students cut short?

00:34:10 – Great advice for potential applicants.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!*Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com.

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Your One Stop Shop for Medical School Interview Tips http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/01/your-one-stop-shop-for-medical-school-interview-tips/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/01/your-one-stop-shop-for-medical-school-interview-tips/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:49:19 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25973 ]]> Download your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview SuccessMed school applicants – this one’s for you!

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Tips for Answering Dartmouth College Supplemental Essay Prompts http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/01/tips-for-answering-dartmouth-college-supplemental-essay-prompts/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/01/tips-for-answering-dartmouth-college-supplemental-essay-prompts/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:08:16 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25847 ]]> Click here for more School-Specific Common Application Supplemental Essay Tips!

“Challenge yourself. Be yourself.”

This post about the Dartmouth supplement to the Common Application is part of a series of posts written to help you complete the 2015 Common Application supplement for Ivy League and other top schools. 

Dartmouth College, like the other Ivy League schools, accepts the Common Application essay. It also requires a supplemental essay response. The extra essay helps the admission committee round out the overall picture of the applicant. Don’t approach this as just another essay you have to write. Look at this as a wonderful opportunity for you to make a convincing statement about why Dartmouth is the ideal school for you to achieve your aspirations!

As you prepare to address one of the essay prompts, think about Dartmouth’s comprehensive character. Consider its location in Hanover, New Hampshire; if possible visit the campus and imagine yourself there as an undergraduate. Research the different ways that Dartmouth’s curriculum and approach to education are a good fit for your goals. Think about the specific activities, programs, or organizations that attract you to Dartmouth.

Beyond the information contained in the Common Application, the admission committee strives to gain a deeper understanding about the applicant through the supplemental essay response and its peer review requirement. You must include a letter of recommendation from a friend, classmate, family member, or someone else you regard as your peer. This requirement provides insight into how you might fit in at Dartmouth.

Dartmouth prides itself on learning with no boundaries. The year round quarter system offers flexibility for you to design your own calendar. You can enter any major without a need for institutional approval (this includes Engineering). It encourages students to: “Challenge yourself. Be yourself.” Don’t worry about choosing a common topic. Instead, focus on discussing that topic from your point of view. Your essay responses should express your individual story.

Your response should be between one paragraph and a page in length. Select from one of the prompts below.

Every name tells a story: Tell us about your name–any name: first, middle, last, nickname–and its origin.

This is your chance to tell your unique story. Your discussion can relate to a specific family history or set of assumptions. How is the origin of your name significant to you? Does your name hold strong family ties to other countries/movements/beliefs? Are you named after a relative or famous person? Spend a good portion of your essay discussing how this story relates to your sense of identity. What does the story of your name reflect about you? How do you feel about what your name represents?

Tell us about an intellectual experience, either directly related to your schoolwork or not, that you found particularly meaningful.

Your response to this prompt helps shed light on your thinking process and what is important to you. Your discussion should illustrate how you approach learning new things. You can select to share any intellectual experience. Why is this experience significant? Did this experience cause you to move out of your comfort zone? What did you learn about yourself?

When you meet someone for the first time, what do you want them to know about you, but generally don’t tell them?

This is an interesting question that asks you to share something fundamental about yourself. Something, that is central to your being that you want others to honor. This is an opportunity to talk about your identity and perspectives about the world. Do you feel pressure based on a set of outward characteristics? Do you feel judged or liberated in some way? What is important to you? What is your reaction to these feelings and why is it significant for others to know this secret about you?

Describe the influence your hero has had on your life.

As you select your hero, think about what this person reflects about you. What are his ideals? Why do you see her as a hero? The bulk of your discussion should focus on what impact your hero has had on you. How has he motivated you? How do you try to emulate her approach, commitment, passion, or way of being? Your response to this prompt, provides insight for the admissions committee about your values and aspirations.

We believe it is critical that your candidacy reflect the interests, experiences and pursuits that are most important to you. To this end, is there anything else you would like us to know?

This prompt is an open-ended question. The admissions committee doesn’t want to overlook something you hold dear. You can choose to discuss just about anything! Remember, they already have your letters of recommendations (counselor, teachers and peer), grades, SAT/ACT/AP/IB scores, curriculum, and list of extracurricular involvement. Tell them something important that is not included elsewhere in your application or highlight something significant to your identity/goals/life. Remember to relate this discussion to how Dartmouth is a good match for you and vise versa.

Note, if you have unusual curricular patterns, your counselor can mention this in the Secondary Education Report or you can discuss your circumstances in the “Additional Information” section of the Common Application.

The context of your academic success is a significant factor in determining your overall competitiveness as an applicant. The top applicants take the most rigorous curriculum available at their high schools. Furthermore, by achieving high grades, they demonstrate their ability to thrive in Dartmouth’s challenging academic environment. Dartmouth embraces a holistic approach to the admission process and is committed to reviewing all aspects of your application. However, keep in mind, it received 19,296 undergraduate applications for the class of 2018. Only 2,220 or 11.5% were offered admission and 93% were ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class with an average SAT score of 2,190 and ACT score of 32. Your essays are your opportunity to pull away from this extremely competitive applicant pool.

Throughout the application process, it is crucial to stay focused on your goals. Allow yourself enough time to reflect on your experiences in a unique way. Meet all deadlines and word limits. Be sure that your overall application clearly reflects your interests and motivations and enthusiastically demonstrates why Dartmouth is the best school to help you achieve your objectives!

Download 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid to learn how to eliminate the most common flaws in your application essays.

Marie Todd By , Accepted’s college admissions specialist. Marie has worked in college admissions for over twenty years. She has both counseled applicants and evaluated applications. Most recently she evaluated 5000+ applications for the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts; College of Engineering; School of Kinesiology. She is available to assist you (or your child) with your applications.

Related Resources:

• Common App Supplemental Essay Tips
• Tips for Answering Common Application Essay Prompts
Admissions Tip: Be Yourself!

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