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Duke Fuqua 25 Random Things: Do’s and Don’ts

Not surprisingly, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business is asking for the same 25 random things again this year. Having read this essay for more than a handful of years, I have seen a broad range of responses, some terrible, some brilliant. Through this ‘essay’ Fuqua wants to get to know who YOU are as a… View Article

Creating That Killer Wharton Essay

The legendary cylindrical tower edging Locust walk houses Wharton, a business school with a history of shaping the minds and clarifying the values of top business leaders. Wharton prides itself on team work, leadership, and instilling lessons of self-reflection and growth into the Learning Team—a group of six students placed together during pre-term to support… View Article

How to Create the Best Possible Resume for Your MBA Application

An excellent resume is an important part of the MBA application because it gives Admissions Committees (AdComs) a snapshot of your work experience, education, skills and accomplishments. However, it is more than an updated version of the resume you used to land your current job. Put in the time to make your resume exceptional. Several… View Article

6 Must-Do Things in July to Move Your MBA Applications Forward

Early July is about two months before the first regular-decision MBA application deadlines, including HBS’s. You’re likely pretty overwhelmed by all there is to do, but it helps to lay out the tasks in steps to keep all the moving parts together. Here are some things you should do in July: 1. Revise Essay Outlines… View Article

5 Things You Should Know Before Applying to an MBA Program

The AIGAC Annual Conference that I attended this week explores the latest trends in the graduate application process. Whether you are considering an MBA, law or other advanced degree, considerable planning and resources are required to apply and then attend. Relationships between career demands, school curricula, and the admissions process were discussed during the conference’s… View Article

The Four Guiding Principles of Berkeley-Haas

It’s a new year for MBA admissions and there are new Haas essays! This time, you have fewer words (only 800) than last year to tell your story. The first thing you have to remember is be neat and tidy. More importantly though is your need to demonstrate how you embrace the four defining principles… View Article

Are You Wonder Woman or Spider-Man? Stratus Can Uncover Your Superpowers!

In my 15+ years in MBA admissions, I have seen many MBA applicants struggle to connect the dots between what they have done in the past and their career goals. One client had a career with several turns, including a job at a bank and a role managing inventory levels for a consumer health product… View Article

How to Search Your Soul in Your Stanford GSB Essays

The Stanford GSB has used the same two essay questions for years now, and they capture very well what the GSB is looking for in its applicants. Despite Kirsten Ross’ recent arrival as Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, GSB is still looking for students who are introspective and willing to show vulnerability. The… View Article

Tips on Writing the Columbia Business School Essay: Loving that New York Frame of Mind

Like many of us, Columbia Business School just wants to be loved.  For a successful candidate that means making it clear to CBS that it is your first (and possibly only) choice for business school, and that NYC is the best place for you to spend two years. If this is you — and you… View Article