Application #2: School Selection and Research

After some preliminary reading, I understood that the key to a successful application was to articulate a clear fit between my professional/personal path and my target school. In other words, my application needed to demonstrate two things. On the one side, how the MBA program will represent a solid bridge between my past/present and my declared future goals. On the other side, how the unique attributes of my profile could add value to the program and the community. Easier said than done! My first step towards this complicated goal – before I even read the essay questions – was to do a thorough research on target schools (focus of this post) and, at the same time, build my profile (focus of next post).  [Side note: how you should interpret this series of posts on the application process.]

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Application #1: GMAT

The GMAT measures how good you are at taking the GMAT“. This was the opening line of the book that I used for my preparation years ago. The sentence resonated with me because it highlights two crucial points: the GMAT is a unique exam and requires an intensive training; at the same time, it does not test your IQ, so an excellent performance can be planned and achieved.  [Side note: how you should interpret this series of posts on the application process.]

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Application #0: Introduction

This is the first of a series of posts which aim to share my approach to the MBA application process. Please note this is not admission advice, but simply a summary of the approach I have taken. (Full explanation in this post). If you are not planning to apply to an MBA program, or are not curious about the long-winded road that led me to Stanford, you can stop reading here! Continue reading