5 Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance in Medical School

May 23rd, 2016

Today’s guest post comes from Vera Marie Reed, a writer who specializes in education and careers:
If you’re considering medical school, you’ll need to learn how to achieve work-life balance. It’s essential. With its heavy workloads and intensive training, medical school can take a toll. To survive and, who knows, even enjoy the experience, you’ll need to develop a strategy to juggle medical school and your personal life.
Here are 5 tips to make the experience endurable.
1. Make Strategic Adjustments
U.S. News & World Report described how one group of first-year medical school students prized their active lifestyles so much …

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Business School Essay Release Timing

May 17th, 2016

This is that awkward time of year when many applicants are raring to get started on their MBA applications but only a few of their schools have released the essay prompts they need to really get started. For example, among the top 20 U.S. programs, thus far only Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and UNC Kenan-Flagler have released their essay questions for 2016-17. Each released their essay questions on more or less the same date as last year. The remaining top 20 schools are likely to follow suit—soon. To help you plan your admission campaign, here then are the dates on which …

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Releases 2016-17 Essays & Deadlines

May 16th, 2016

UNC Kenan-Flagler has thrown its hat in the MBA admissions ring with the release of its application essays for the coming year:
“We have one required essay and three optional essays. The essays for the 2016-2017 application season are”:
Essay One (Required)
Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how your professional experience has shaped these goals, why this career option appeals to you, and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words maximum)
Essay Two (Optional)
What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do …

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Stanford GSB 2016-17 Essay Questions: Guidance

May 13th, 2016

Stanford Graduate School of Business followed its nemesis Harvard Business School by just a few days in releasing its essays topics for the already accelerating MBA admissions season. Applicants will be relieved (or perhaps distressed) to learn that the prompts and total permitted word count remain the same as last year, to wit:
Essay A: What matters most to you, and why?
Essay B: Why Stanford?
Length: “Your answers for both essay questions combined may not exceed 1,150 words (1,200 words if you are applying to both the MBA and MSx programs).”
The essay instructions have been tweaked only slightly with no change …

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3 Questions with Admitify MBA Consultant Tanis

May 13th, 2016

Born in Canada, raised in the U.S. and now based in Paris, France (for 25 years), Tanis led a dual career as a journalist (published in Le Figaro, Elle, The Guardian, etc.) and corporate communications consultant (clients including AXA, Canal +, UNESCO, Louis Vuitton) before branching out into MBA admissions consulting. For 17+ years, she has helped hundreds of clients gain admission to the elite business schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, MIT, Chicago Booth, Columbia, and Tuck. She is also a board member at the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC). I recently caught up with Tanis and …

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Tuck Releases 2016-17 MBA Deadlines

May 12th, 2016

Dartmouth Tuck has announced its deadline and notification schedule for the upcoming admissions season:
Applications Due:
October 5, 2016 (Early Action Round)
November 2, 2016 (November Round)
January 4, 2017 (January Round)
April 5, 2017 (April Round)
Decisions Released:
December 16, 2016 (Early Action Round)
February 10, 2017 (November Round)
March 10, 2017 (January Round)
May 12, 2017 (April Round)
In addition, each round will have its own deadline by which applicants must complete their self-initiated interviews:
October 31, 2016 (EA Round)
November 11, 2016 (November Round)
January 31, 2017 (January Round)
April 3, 2017 (April Round)
Note that all deadlines are 5 pm Eastern Time.
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Harvard Business School Releases 2016-17 Essay Question & Deadlines

May 11th, 2016

Harvard Business School has just released its essay prompt for the coming MBA admissions season:
“There is one question for the Class of 2019: As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?
There is no word limit for this question. We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here. Don’t overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.”
As with last year’s prompt, there’s no word limit (a generosity …

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Harvard Changes 2+2 App Process for Next Year

May 11th, 2016

Harvard Business School announced today that it’s changing the deadline process for its early-career deferred MBA program from two deadlines to one. Here’s their announcement:
“2+2 applicants will have ONE DEADLINE (April 3) and ONE DECISION NOTIFICATION (mid-May). That means no more picking rounds for college seniors. No more worry about ‘which round is best?’. You will all be reviewed together in April. Why? This way we get to see fall term grades and activities. And we can review the entire pool at once – a luxury we don’t have in the (much larger) work-experienced pool. So if you’d like to …

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Seven Keys to Mastering the LSAT

May 10th, 2016

Today’s guest post is by Matthew Boutte, a practicing attorney with over fifteen years of tutoring experience and over a decade of experience coaching and mentoring young adults. Matt scored in the 99.7th percentile on the LSAT and earned his JD from a T14 school. In addition to his J.D., Matt has a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with an emphasis in education and a Masters in Public Policy. Matt primarily works with students one-on-one online via Skype and an online whiteboard. You can read more about Matt and his tutoring services here.
Now to Matt’s 7 keys to LSAT mastery:
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Business Schools with Most Faculty Stars

May 9th, 2016

What makes a great business school professor? Teaching ability is obviously important; a broad network in industry can’t hurt either. But respected research remains the most important factor in building a successful career. Acknowledging this, Thomson Reuters analyzed how often business and economics’ professors’ research was cited by peers between 2002 and 2013 in research databases such as Web of Science of InCites. Which professors published “highly cited papers” (papers that ranked in the top 1% of citations in business and economics) and which published “hot papers” (papers that ranked in the top 0.1% of citations with special emphasis on …

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3 Questions with ex-Wharton Dean J.J. Cutler

May 6th, 2016

For two plus years, the name J.J. Cutler was synonymous with admission to the third leg of the elite “H/S/W” triumvirate that every MBA applicant dreams of. First as Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, beginning in early 2009, and then as Deputy Vice Dean, until August 2011, Cutler presided over both Wharton’s admissions and career services functions, an unusual dual role, where he evaluated over 7,000 applications and innovated the elite MBA admissions process. Before admissions Cutler was himself a Wharton MBA, leading an impactful strategic marketing career with Johnson & Johnson and Aramark, which he returned to after …

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300 Colleges Still Accepting Apps for Fall 2016

May 5th, 2016

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has just released its annual list of U.S. colleges that are still accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year that starts just a few months from now. Many are schools that probably need to offer generous deadlines in order to fill seats, but the list also includes respectable institutions such as University of Oregon, University of San Diego, Valparaiso, Wayne State, and University of Vermont. For the full list visit the NACAC website.
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Oxford EMBA vs. Bay Area EMBA?

May 4th, 2016

I just answered the following post on Poets and Quants for Execs and because it raises a lot of questions about the feasibility and desirability of a non-local EMBA, I’d thought I’d share it here as well:
“Hi Paul,
I’m 37 and currently looking for the 16 month Oxford EMBA program starting in Sept 2016. I live in the Silicon Valley. Due to my schedule and things I’m involved in, I’m not sure if I’d be able to take my GMAT anytime soon and Oxford program does have an option of skipping GMAT as long as I qualify for the experience they’re …

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3 Questions with Admitify MBA Consultant Sachin

May 2nd, 2016

I recently posed the following three questions to my uber-experienced and talented MBA consultant, Sachin. Here’s what he said:
How does your background–including a PhD in clinical psychology, McKinsey, novel writing, and freelance business writing–help you help your Admitify clients?
“Though it wasn’t by design, my work history has been great preparation for admissions consulting and for helping my clients reach their goals. Let’s go from my oldest experience to my most recent:
As a trained psychologist (recovering psychologist, as I call it!), I have a good sense for what motivates people and how they are coming across in written and verbal materials. …

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Indian School of Business: 2016-17 Essay Analysis

April 29th, 2016

India’s Indian School of Business has released its essay questions for the new admissions season, as well as its deadlines: October 15, 2016 for its Cycle or round 1 and January 15, 2017 for its Cycle or round 2. Its essays represent a partial departure from its 2015-2016 essay set:
Essay 1 If we were to admit just one more candidate to the Postgraduate Programme (PGP) at the ISB, why should it be you? (400 words max)
Last year, this essay was phrased similarly but steered applicants to discuss their differentiation in terms of “(only one) achievement in your personal/professional life …

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