About Harold Simansky

Senior MBA Admissions Counselor

Before Stratus, Harold began his business career at Bain & Company, where he was a member of the Private Equity Group. His work there included investment deal generation, strategic due diligence and portfolio company acceleration. Following this, Harold took a more entrepreneurial road, starting four successful companies over the last dozen years. These endeavors have generally been focused on residential energy efficiency and the “green” home. His most recent company was a website and print magazine (yes, print!) devoted to healthy and sustainable homes. This company was successfully sold in February, 2015 to a regional media company.

Articles written for Stratus Prep:

MBAnalysis: 6 Things that Stop the MBA Admissions Clock

If you are reading this article you are probably bleary eyed, as the last minutes to submission deadlines are upon you. For some of you this may mean the light at the end of the tunnel, while for others it may mean a train is bearing down on you. So as the light gets closer,… View Article

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MBA Application Timing: Tick, Tock…What Do I Do?

Should I apply to my top choice MBA programs in Round 1 or Round 2? A few tips to help you make that decision. Over the next ten days, round 1 deadlines for many of the top schools will start piling up. Yale SOM, London Business School, Stanford GSB, Wharton, Kellogg, INSEAD, Chicago Booth, UC-Berkeley… View Article

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MBAnalysis: MBA Videos – To Do or Not To Do? That is the Question

One question I am frequently asked by candidates who have the option of submitting a video or writing an essay is, “Which should I choose?” (Of course, some of the time it is not an option, you have to do a video.) But if you DO have the choice, here are some things to think… View Article

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MBAnalysis: Welcome to Business School! (Finding Success Inside the Classroom)

In our last blog, we talked about how to get the most out of business school on the personal side, in this blog we will cover the professional and academic sides. Here are some things to keep in mind. 1. The most important words for business school: I don’t know. For those of you who… View Article

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MBAnalysis: Welcome to Business School! (Finding Success Outside the Classroom)

Only once the plane takes off or the moving van leaves, you realize you are actually going to business school! It is no longer that crazy, purgatory-like experience as you fight your way from deadline to deadline, waiting with baited-breadth to find out where you will be spending your next two years. Now you actually… View Article

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MBAnalysis: So How Long Does It Really Take? 100 Days!

One of the questions we get most frequently here at Stratus is “How long does it take to apply to business school?” My usual answer is, “How long do you have?” Of course, this is a joke but as deadlines for business schools start arriving, this question becomes critical for many applicants. Obviously, there is… View Article

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MBAnalysis: Round and Round We Go – A Timetable for Applying to Business School

So when should I apply to business school? At first blush this seems like a fairly straightforward question: apply by the deadline. Only here’s the rub: most business schools don’t have just one deadline. They frequently have three. Generally, round 1 deadlines are in September or October; round 2 deadlines are in January; and round… View Article

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MBAnalysis: Small Enough to be Big

In the last blog post, we discussed those schools that are “big enough to be small,” meaning that due to their overwhelming size there is always a group of like-minded people to come together around a shared interest or professional goal. So if there is “big enough to be small” school is there “small enough… View Article

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