Being Zen in an MBA World

When I started this blog, it was because I was working a job I hated while applying to business school for the second time and I just needed to talk to people who were going through the same things. Now that I’ve been thrown back into classes, meetings, and an obscene amount of reading, this blog has become a source of stress. I have a reminder on my phone to blog once a month, and every time it reminds me I want to scream, “With what free time, you monster?” and chuck it across the room. Thankfully, I have so far refrained from any MBA-on-smartphone violence, though I make no promises for the future. Continue reading

10 Must-Have MBA Tech Tools

We’re approaching that special time of year when the incoming class of 2016 will don their book bags, sharpen their #2 pencils, and open those squeaky clean textbooks for the first time. They will be attempting the horrific and terrifying: Going back to school after three or more years in the workforce. Instead of happy hours and video games after work, they will be chin deep in case studies and spreadsheet analysis. Leisurely coffee chats will turn into 30 seconds of hurried conversation on the stairwell. Hitting the gym will become hitting the pillow at 3:00am. Life as they know it is about to change. Continue reading

It’s Good to be a Second Year

I have been a severely negligent blogger over the past year, and I accept that. Acceptance is Step One. I think Step Two is eating ice cream and watching an entire season of Game of Thrones in one sitting. If that’s true then I’m on to Step Three, which I believe involves drinking a cocktail with your MBA friends while blithely throwing around words like “ROI,” “arbitrage,” and “white space” while strangers around you roll their eyes in disgust. Continue reading

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!