Mid-December Advice for Round 2 Applicants

Holy crap it’s December!! I just narrowly survived finals (YAY!), and you are in the final stretch into submitting R2 applications. Hopefully at this point you’ve taken a crack at your essays and resume, you’ve taken the GMAT at least once, and your recommenders know that they’re going to be writing recs for you.

This time of year was really stressful for me, so I’ve got a few pieces of advice for you at this stage of the process, as well as a collection of some resources to help you prep!

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Featured on Accepted.com!

I’ve been kind of a shy bird about this for some reason, but I figure it’s time to just own it: I was featured on Accepted.com’s blog! They asked me to answer some questions about my MBA application experience, and I did. I answered a LOT, you guys. So verbose.

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Click through to read the whole interview, if you’re interested. I do some talking about things I’ve mentioned on the blog so far but haven’t gone into a ton of detail about, like building story and some reflections about life at Kellogg so far.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Stop. Forté Time.

It’s Forté time! Any ladies out there planning to apply to start their MBA in 2017 should look into this program — I’m a past participant and huge fan and can’t recommend it highly enough. Applications are open until November 15th!

The MBALaunch locations for this upcoming year are Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Houston, London, and Toronto. If you live near but not in one of those cities, you can travel to the city for the initial launch event then join Forté’s virtual program for the rest of the year.

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Have you decided to get an MBA but don’t have the network to stay focused or don’t feel prepared enough to make grad school a reality? Get focused with Forté MBALaunch, a 10-month program that pairs women seeking an MBA with a support network and provides a structured roadmap for applying to business schools.

What You’ll Get

  • 10 months of peer group meetings
  • 8 meetings with admissions experts
  • 3 months of GMAT test prep
  • 25+ webinars
  • 7 study sessions (and assigned homework)
  • 8 months of application prep
  • 2 in-person events to connect with women that have the same goal as you

Cost to Participate

$25 application fee + $500 program fee. Upon completion of the program, you’ll receive application fee waivers from more than 20 Forté schools and discounts from leading GMAT test prep providers and admissions consultants that can recoup the total cost of MBALaunch.

Interview Guides + Admissions Boards

Hello from midterm week! Still working on an update about life at Kellogg, as well as some new application-related info. I didn’t realize when people said that business school life was super busy, they really meant SUPER BUSY. People say it’s like drinking from a fire hose, but I think it’s more like being in that gasoline dance party sequence from Zoolander — so fun but a crazy high potential for burnout. (Too soon? RIP.)

Anyway…here are some useful application-related things that have hit my inbox lately:

MBAMission recently sent out a link to their free interview guides, for any round 1 applicants who have heard back about interviews. (If that’s you, congrats!)

And now for some conflicting info…

First, Clear Admit’s MBA LiveWire is buzzing with admissions updates from round 1 applicants. Second, Stacy Blackman just sent a great e-mail to her listserv about not listening to MBA message boards. Here it is, quick and abridged:

“At worst, participation in these online conversations can subconsciously influence your application strategy and send you off in the wrong direction. […] They are not adcom members and cannot judge your odds of being accepted somewhere, nor do they have any special insight into a certain school’s admissions process, as much as they might like to think they do. […]

Nothing good has ever come from listening to—or comparing yourself to—other business school hopefuls. Use that precious time to beef up your resume, work on your essays, or do something else productive.”

Keep your head in the game and best of luck with your applications!

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Apply to MLT Faster (and Furiouser?) Than Ever

MLT’s first round MBA Prep application deadline is on September 15th, and they really want you to apply! They’ve created a guide to completing their application in seven days or less and note that they know of people who’ve completed their entire application in two days!

I didn’t do MLT, but I know a bunch of people at Kellogg who did and who have come into school with a strong community of other MLTers and some amazing scholarships as a result of their participation. So make sure to check out the program and apply if you’re interested!

More about MLT:

More than 5,000 high potential minorities have benefited from our programs. Last year, 98% of our MBA Prep Fellows entered a Top 25 Business School. One year from today, you yourself could be applying to a top business school with MLT’s help.

Submit your application before September 10th and receive a VIP access code to attend an exclusive virtual fireside chat with Willie Green, Admissions Officer with Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business on 9/10 at 8PM EDT.

Your next step toward getting into a top rated MBA program starts with submitting your application before the Round 1 deadline. For questions about the application process, the MBA Prep Program or MLT, please visit our website, email us at mbap-recruiting@ml4t.org, or call the MBA Prep hotline from 10am – 5pm at (202) 793-8551.

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Corporette’s Tips for Full-Time MBA Students

A friend of mine (and fellow Northwestern alum) is friends with Kat Griffin, the founder / brilliant mind behind Corporette, a fashion and lifestyle blog for women lawyers, bankers, MBAs, consultants, and otherwise overachieving chicks who need to look professional but want to look fashionable. It’s an awesome resource, especially for those of us who dressed super casually for work pre-MBA.

Earlier this week, Kat put together a post full of great advice and resources for women who are starting MBA programs. I was thrilled to get a shout-out in the post (thanks Kat!) and want to share a few highlights and takeaways with you!

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15-Minute Admish Tip: Set Up Intel Sessions

At last year’s Forté conference, I was waiting for lunch next to an Anderson student who couldn’t decide what sandwich she wanted. I offered to get a second kind and share with her, so we ate lunch together. After the event, she connected me with another Anderson student, who then introduced me to another, and another…you get the idea.

When I was standing in that line, I didn’t see the sandwich swap as my way into a series of awesome informational interviews with MBA students — it was my way, as a semi-shy person, to connect with one student at one of my target schools. But I got lucky; the informational interviews I got from this chain of referrals were invaluable, and I think you should do the same!

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How Do You Stack Up?

Wondering how you stack up against other applicants to your dream MBA programs? Check out Clear Admit’s MBA LiveWire, which is a live stream of updates from candidates applying to school (fictitious example: Interview invite from Columbia, 710 GMAT, 3.4 GPA).

If you dig the info about who’s getting into which schools, a couple of similar resources are GMAT Club’s Admit Forum, where applicants post their application stats and results, and Poet and Quant’s Handicapping Your MBA Odds series, where HBR guru John Byrne reviews blind profiles of MBA applicants and gives them an estimate of their likelihood of admission.

Now, I should mention that these things gave me a bit of anxiety while I was applying to school, so I used them sparingly, but they’re worth checking out (especially if you have a stronger stomach than I do) — they can help give you a sense of who else is applying and how they’re all doing.

Another thing to remember is that you are not just the numbers in your application. The GMAT Club forum will give you an idea of the career backgrounds of the other folks applying, and as a non-traditional candidate, you’ll notice that you stand out immediately. Remember that this info is just a starting out point to get a sense of what the applicant pool looks like.

Also, Clear Admit is doing a limited time discount on their awesome school guides with promo code CASG25. They didn’t give a deadline for the promo code, so go get yours today! And if you want awesome blog posts and discounts from MBA admissions-type people in your inbox, make sure to join all the lists!

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Advice for a Great First Year of B School

I want to share a recent Kellogg blog post by Rohan Rajiv, “Making the Most of Your First Year in an MBA Program.” I haven’t met Rohan yet, but I’m super excited to — he’s one of the students planning Kellogg’s CIM orientation week, so he’ll definitely be around. His posts are great because they’re thoughtful, detailed (read: long, in a great way!), and comprehensive. This latest post is about what he learned from his first year at Kellogg — everything from daily routine to how he decided what social activities to attend.

If you like that blog post, Rohan also blogs daily (yes, DAILY) at A Learning A Day. I recommend checking it out!

And if you’re looking for new b school blogs to follow, I also totally recommend the Kellogg blog. Most schools have their own admissions blogs and student blogs. Kellogg has a mix of students, adcom members, alumni, and faculty as bloggers, which is pretty awesome. When I was applying, I also loved the UT McCombs student blog and think it’s a great way to virtually get to know a really warm and friendly student body.

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