Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
First stop was straight to the admissions office to see if maybe there was someone I could talk to. Nope. The receptionist in the MBA office politely told me no you idiot classes are over, sign up for updates on the website, told me applications would be out in August, gave me a map and sent me on my way. I decided to wonder around the Wharton building for a minute and found the marketing department…empty also. Also in this building were a bunch of study rooms and some lecture halls from what I could see.
After I had gotten my map, I decided to walk around the “campus” a little. Mind you that Penn is in downtown Philly so the “campus” I am referring to was like a street area called Locoust Walk, you could walk from one end of campus to the other end of campus, but today there was some construction going on, so I had to walk around. It was there that it actually felt like a traditional campus to me. Coming from Michigan the whole dang city is campus as my bf kindly pointed out so I didn’t know what was going on being all downtown in a big city. It was cool though. I could see myself going to a school in a city, would just take some getting used to which I easily adapt so its fine.
All and I since I couldn’t talk to anyone and had my own little tour, Wharton LOOKS like…from the outside…a great school to consider.
Oh by the way one of the little graduates that I went to see graduate high school is going to Penn. and the other Stanford. Congrats to them!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
- Concentration – My concentration is Marketing…well high-tech marketing because I want to work for a company like Apple or Google as you know. Most schools have marketing so it’s not like I can’t find a school that doesn’t offer it.
- Recruiting – Since most schools have marketing I am looking at what companies recruit there for full time and internships.
- Location – The companies I want to work for are pretty much Silicon Valley areasish (not a word, I just made it up) so I am looking California, but I’m not going to just look there because I am also looking at the good ole alma mater…Michigan.
- Scores/academic performance – I know I’m going to be outside of the GPA for schools so I am not even going to worry about that at this point, so the GMAT is what I have to focus on and try to apply to schools that I fall at least within the range of the GMAT when I eventually take it.
- Family fit – This also goes with location because my bf has a job with a big company that has locations all over but who knows if he wants to be in a rural place or city or wherever. Pretty much will figure that out when I get accepted places haha. Since my little one will be about 4 I will need to be looking at schools for her, so that goes with location and school selections for her/daycare places. Also I want a school that is welcoming to people with families (ie. Penn – really good about people with families).
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
- Concentration: Since I'm making a career change my #1 criteria is that the school I'm interested in have the concentration I'm looking for ( HR Management). I feel the best way to prepare me for my future career is to make sure I receive the best fundamental knowledge available.
- Culture/ Student Clubs: Making sure the schools culture will be a fit for me is another important thing that will keep a school on or off my list. I can't visit every school before I apply so talking with students and alumni will have to do. The student clubs that are available will also heavily influence my decision. Student clubs are one of the many reasons why I fell in love with my number #1 school choice. They have so many clubs that sound so cool for example "extreme sporting and outdoor club". Sounds fun to me and the description sounds even better!! ... its the little things that make me happy :)
- Class Size: Coming from University of Michigan and a big company , I want to try a smaller class size out. The expectation is that almost everyone going to business school will become someone great one day. I hope with a smaller class size I will be able to build a stronger network with my classmate.
- Cost : Hefty loans are something I wish to avoid if possible so I am definitely looking at the tutions cost vs the percentage and profile of students who receive scholarships and grants. Lets be real, Money matters! No one wants to come out of business school with more debt and the same pay or even less pay. The avg starting salary for school is something I also like to look at. It sort of lets me know how valuable companies think that schools MBA is.
Monday, June 13, 2011
- Ranking/Recognition – This does NOT mean I need to go to a #1 school; I’m more concerned with what a school is known for. Are they known for developing quant jocks? Do most people end up in supply chain? I want to know where most graduates end up and how well they are known in the few fields I’m interested in (as a reminder…I’m looking at social enterprise, consulting and marketing)
- Location – I’ve had a slightly nomadic lifestyle in the past 3-4 years so I’m starting to get a little particular about where I reside. I prefer an urban environment that isn’t too far from home (Michigan), so I can: #1 travel home cheaply and #2 volunteer in a urban environment. On that note, I’m not 100% opposed to schools in more remote environments, but its not necess what I prefer.
- Culture – This is a hard one to put in words. But I rely on student conversations/school visits to bring this one home. As I speak with students/alums I think: #1 Could I be friends with this person? #2 Is this person similar to the last person I spoke to? #3 Can I fit in? Also, I look at a few statistics of the makeup of the student body and see how I could mesh/not mesh into that.
- Academics – Most schools are on par with each other it seems. I desire a wide curriculum and also I prefer schools with a Social Enterprise course track or something similar to it.
- GMAT/GPA – Although I’ve already preached about “How im not a number”….If I’m well below…or well above the ranges…I’ll just say, it plays a factor :-)
Friday, June 10, 2011
I had the chance to talk with a brilliant friend from the University of Michigan. She just finished her MBA at stern. CONGRATS!!!! Below are some highlights from the chat
- Class size ( 450 or less). I wanted a small intimate class
- Making sure the firm/company I wanted to work for recruited at the school
- Extracurricular Clubs
- Reading class descriptions to see if the classes sounding exciting/interesting.
- First took a class (Kaplan). It kept me on track with studying.
- Used Official Guide to study.
- Series of practice exam. With my hectic schedule, I would sometimes break it up the practice exams if I did them during the week. Did quant one day and verbal the next.
- How diverse it is. Everyone has a different professional background. (opera singer in class)
- Everyone is really smart
- Professor and student dynamics. Professors are very approachable and helpful.
- So many things to be involved in. People are culture curious. Friends from all over the world. Official school sponsors trips
- Nice to feel like you have so many options as far as professional careers.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I hope you all are preparing well for your GMAT test. We “The GMAT Coach” sincerely wish you great success in your test. As a part of a series of articles to help students ace the GMAT test , today I am writing on the topic “Mixtures”. This “Mixtures” is an extension to the topic “Ratios & Proportions”.
The topic “Mixtures” is very interesting and sometimes tricky if you do not know how to set-up the questions the right way. Today I plan on discussing a strategy to tackle “Mixtures” problem by setting it up in the right & smart way.
“Mixtures” is basically when you combine two or more things in different proportions to form a new product. The best example of mixtures that we use in our day to day life is when we take a shower.
In our shower we mix hot water and cold water in a certain proportion depending on our comfort levels.
A typical GMAT question on this is going to be something like –
Now taking this an example, lets learn a strategy and smart way to approach this question.
1. First you set-up the questions as hot & cold water with their respective temperatures (80 & 30)
2. After you mix them we get 50 Degrees.
3. 80 – 50 = 30 and 30 – 50 = 20 (Ignore Negative Sign)
4. 20 Relates to Hot Water & 30 relates to Cold Water
5. After reducing we say that to get 50 degrees solution we need to mix Hot & Cold Water in the ratio of 2:3
This strategy helps you in solving the question in less than 30 seconds. Save you a lot of time and stress.
Any questions/concerns on this and for extra practice questions on this topic please feel free to e-mail me, Dhiraj co-founder of “The GMAT Coach” at Dgoverd@TheGmatCoach.com
Wishing you all a great success in your GMAT prep and test.
Monday, June 6, 2011
- Figure out your story into Short Term and Long Term Goals
- Determine what defines your values and passions
- Divide your bio into academics, personal, Work Experience, and goals
With this in mind I just started thinking about what stories I definitely want any school's admissions committee to know about me. I definitely have one story in mind that I plan to share with all the schools I’m applying too....but that’s about it :-/. I'm realizing that it’s hard to know what makes you unique when you are YOU (if that makes sense). So I just plan to bounce some things off some friends and mentors to see if my stories sound generic or interesting.