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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Cold Email: Your first step to your new best friend.

As everybody knows, the most trustworthy reviews of any products are those from other/previous users. An MBA is not exempt, talking to current students and alums of the schools you’re targeting can be the best thing that happened to you particularly if you, like me, cannot make it for a class visit.There’s one small problem: you (like me) do not know any students or alumni personally or so we think at this point.

I’ll be meeting with one current student interning in my town next week and I have already talked with several other students and alums from three of my schools (which is only because I’m taking one school at a time). How did I manage to do that? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Application

 

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Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship – Deadline approaching

One of the many current MBA student I’ve been discussing with just reminded (read: informed) me that this all-expense-paid trip to a world-class MBA fellowship opportunity for Africans will stop accepting applications by June 13.

And yes, I’m still considering Stanford. I just have it stuck in my mind that they’re a great school for potential tech entrepreneurs and not any other type of entrepreneur. Any current student or recent alum that wants to shed more light on this for me is welcome.

Here’s the link to the fellowship page: Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship

You’re welcome.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Application, Financial Aid

 

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Where do I apply?

Well, I’m not done with my selection but I can tell you the three schools at the top of my list. But I won’t.

Instead, I’ll tell you how I chose them and you can decide what’s best for you.

I’m one of those people who like to complicate things so I developed what can be called an algorithm but is basically an excel spreadsheet: On one side (rows); I had the list of things I was looking for and the weight they carried in my decision; on the other side; I had the list of all the schools I had ever considered at any point in time. But that was too long and extremely overwhelming so I stratified it, I picked the top 10 schools which was more manageable, but now I had a lot of attributes and I had no idea what each school scored in each category. Even more annoying, there was no resource I could refer to to get all that sorted particularly since a lot of my requirements were subjective *sigh* Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Application

 

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Decisions (Part One): Introspection

Most business schools will begin their admission process for the class of 2017 by July. Being the type of person that loves to hit the ground running,  I plan to pick out my schools before then. Here’s my reasoning; by the time the application process has started, we’re racing against time, trying to prepare the necessary materials as well as trying to decide which business school will meet your requirements. Secondly,  as someone who has combined a full time job, writing essays, following up with reccomenders and preparing for the GMAT, I can tell you that I will never put myself in that situation again. Ever.

I will be researching MBA programs now,  so I can come up with my plan of attack for the various rounds and so I can decide if I need to retake my GMAT.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Application

 

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Ding! ding!!

I guess you know what I’m going to tell you from the title. The love of my life (Booth) rejected me 😦 and I’m honestly heartbroken but I have a problem with staying down, so I’m up and making plans.

Since I have decided that I would rather wait a year than attend a program I do not feel will meet my needs, I’m starting the process from scratch. *sigh*

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I’m planning to apply in round 1 to my choice schools (as soon as I figure out which they are). And also to write one of the standard exams (GMAT/GRE) again for higher scores. Feel free to ask questions if you’re on the same path and need help.

For now, I’ve got to go focus on something unrelated to MBA admission.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Notification

 

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Brunch!!!

I waited two days to write this post because I wasn’t sure if I should.

On Saturday, I attended a Booth event (Women’s week) here in Lagos, as it turned out, I was the only ‘applicant’ in attendance, *sigh* I’d secretly hoped to check out the competition. But I got to hang out with three amazing ladies and eat a great meal all courtesy of ‘papa Booth’ as one alum put it.

The event was scheduled for 11:00am so I was more than a little worried when I was leaving my house just 15 minutes shy of eleven. It also didn’t help that it took me all of 10 minutes to get a taxi; I’m one of the few Lagosians that don’t drive by choice. Driving in Lagos would definitely drive me over the edge, pun intended. To my utmost surprise, I was only the second person to arrive and more surprising, the only person I met there was Lady A (just assume that’s her name), my interviewer. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Application

 

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GMAT

If only standardized exams were not required for MBA admission then I wouldn’t have had to write this post. As you may have guessed from my first statement, I don’t like exams. So, I am biased when I say that writing the GMAT is one thing I am glad I don’t have to deal with again. Now that I’ve said that, let me also confess that I had to write it twice.  And still didn’t reach my target score.

I have a lot of excuses and reasons why I flunked. But that’s not why we’re here. Let me give you some advice I wish I’d received before I wrote my GMAT; Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Application

 

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