Educate Yoself

I must apologize for falling off the face of the blogosphere over the past six months. Business School? Heck, they should call it BUSY-ness School! (Bah-dum-ching.)

Thank you, thank you, I’m here all week. Tip your waiters.

One of the unfortunate side effects of having almost completed my first year of b-school is that I feel qualified to give advice to every potential applicant I meet. With the advantage of hindsight, the path from GMAT-taker to Admit Day-attendee looks clear and unobstructed. “Oh sure, that happened to me when I was applying. It’s perfectly normal,” I say to the applicant who looks as though she hasn’t slept properly in three months. “Just relax, things will work out.” I am the Application Guru, dispensing smiles, reassurance, and rainbows. It’s not an act…I literally cannot remember how awful it was. I’ve heard this sort of denial sometimes happens to PTSD sufferers. Hmm.

This is all to preface the unasked advice I’m about to dispense (said in Mr. T’s voice): EDUCATE YOSELF, FOOL!

In other words, find out as much as you can about the MBA application process BEFORE you start applying. By the time you are midway through the process, your brain takes on the color, shape and consistency of bread pudding, so better to start learning now while you don’t know any better. (Did I say that last part out loud?)

Hey, here’s a chance to do just that! Accepted.com is hosting a webinar this Thursday, March 27th called Get Accepted in 2015: 7 Steps to a Successful MBA Application. Here’s the deets:

2015 MBA Application Tips Webinar THURSDAY!
Thursday, March 27th at 5:00pm PT / 8:00pm ET
Register here: http://reports.accepted.com/get_accepted_in_2015

Until next time, friends.

Step 1: Get into B-School. Step 2: Find Your Calling.

Congrats, you’ve been accepted to business school! Perhaps some well-meaning individual told you that getting in was the hardest part, and the next two years will be one constant stream of happy hours and tailgates. I’m not calling that person a liar, but, uh… No, wait. I’m calling that person a liar.

It’s not just the lack of sleep, the inability to talk without using phrases like “economies of scale” and “market segmentation,” or that nagging sense of inadequacy. The hardest part of business school is the constant pressure to get the interview, the internship, and the job offer for THE CAREER OF YOUR DREAMS! Ideally, said career satisfies your deepest yearnings for meaning and fulfillment along with a great salary, handsome signing bonus and glorious perks. No sweat, right? Continue reading

B-School Update & Networking 101

If I appear to have fallen off the face of the earth over the past few weeks, I have. Or rather, I started business school and suddenly have a lot less time than I used to. Fancy that.

Luckily I got a great email from BSchool Admit that knocked me back into the real world for a minute. She asked for some networking advice to help during the application process, and was nice enough to share my response on her blog. Head on over to Networking 101 for some tips and tricks of the trade. I am happy to answer any other questions via email.

In the meantime, it’s back to the books for me. Happy holiday weekend!

A Little Less Casual, A Lot More Business

Happy Almost-Fourth! I hope you are celebrating with barbeque and beer, rather than frantically shoving things in boxes, scrubbing your bathroom, and trying to remember where you packed your clean underwear. Hey, did I mention that I’m moving this weekend?

Planning a cross-state move is not exactly conducive to a relaxed state of mind, so I have been treating my stress with a heavy dose of retail therapy. I mean, what girl could resist using business school as an excuse to update her wardrobe? Certainly not this one. So imagine my delight when I got a request to blog about that very topic. (Thanks Kristina!)

I was wondering about Orientation outfits. My orientation, like most, is business-casual.

I was hoping you could do a post about what you’re planning on wearing, what’s appropriate and what’s not, and highlight how to dress business-casual in the heat! Continue reading

Last Days of Freedom

Whoops, is it Wednesday again? I majorly procrastinated on today’s blog post. Actually, I won’t call it procrastinating because I believe it was justified by the number of other things I had to get done, like listing my furniture on Craigslist, doing laundry for the first time in two weeks, and watching the House Hunters International marathon on HGTV. Continue reading