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MBA Admissions Mashup: Admissions Tips, Exchanges, and Women in Business

MBA Admissions Mashup

Welcome back! Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. And, today we’re sharing insights from women-focused conferences and networking dinners, advice from Booth and HBS for Round 2 applicants, and a look at educational opportunities abroad.

First for those of you considering Round 2 applications (most deadlines are within the first two weeks of January!), U. Chicago Booth offered up some advice and inspiration regarding their essay. “We designed our 2016-17 essay as a platform to give you some inspiration – and choice – in how you tell your story. When you look at this collection of distinct Chicago Booth moments, you’ll see our community engaged in everyday life. Don’t hesitate to draw on that vision and have fun with the process.”

The Harvard Business School blog, HBS Voices, provided 5 pieces of application-related advice from current students, including advice for reapplicants. “I had been dinged from HBS once and wondered if it was worth applying a second time. Although uncertain of whether or not I’d be accepted to the program, I wanted to give it another shot. Fortunately, and likely due to some divine intervention, I was accepted to the program. I was absolutely elated when I received the good news.”

It’s no secret that the ratio of men to women in business schools is heavily slanted towards men, but many programs and organizations are working hard to reduce this disparity. One way to do this is to create ample opportunities for women to connect whether it be small networking events or large scale conferences.

At UC Berkeley Haas 90 women MBAs converged on One Market STreet in San Francisco for a [email protected] Networking Dinner. “Keynote speaker Eileen Treanor talked about her ambition to become a chief financial officer and how her 2014 EWMBA paved the way for her to become CFO of Lever, a San Francisco-based SAAS company providing talent acquisition software, and with a staff reflecting 50/50 gender balance.”

On a larger scale, 300 people attended the 2016 Carolina in Business Conference held at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Sarah Scully, MBA ‘18, recounted her experience at the event, including panel discussions and the keynote speaker. “Conference attendees noted that women’s success in the corporate world depends on changing attitudes towards men’s roles in home life. When men and women share the responsibilities involved with raising children, both parents’ careers benefit.”

Aside from classes, conferences and networking events offer ample opportunity to learn while in business schools. But what if your wanderlust called out to you? Exchange programs, treks, and short-term overseas courses may just be the answer.

At IESE, several students spent a semester at CEIBS in Shanghai, China. Two of them, both MBAs ‘17, Gabriela Barbier Avanzini and Lucia Alcazar Cuartero gave a first-hand account of their time there as they prepare to return to Barcelona. When asked why they chose to do their exchange at CEIBS, Alcazar explained that “before coming to China, for me China was like a “black box”. I did not know much about it so I wanted to spend some time there. Now I am very much amazed, it is like a dragon that is awakening. The purchasing power of the people is increasing and the demand for consumer goods is incredibly high.”

Many business schools offer one- to two-week courses for those interested in specific industries. At NYU Stern, several students partook in a DBi course in Milan, Italy. “While the course itself was certainly fascinating and educational for me, I also really enjoyed the fact that I was traveling with so many classmates, many of whom I had not previously known prior to the trip. What’s interesting about the DBi is that since it’s an actual course, students lottery for it just as they do for all other courses at Stern. That said, it’s a great opportunity to meet both full-time and part-time students. I don’t have too many opportunities to interact with the latter so this was a unique situation in which we were able to get to know one another while exploring a new country together.”

That’s all for this week’s edition of MBA Admissions Mashup! Catch us next week!

Posted in: Admissions Tips, Essay Tips & Advice, General, MBA Admissions Mashup, Reapplicants, Weekly Columns

Schools: Berkeley / Haas, Harvard Business School, IESE, NYU Stern, U. Chicago Booth, UNC Kenan-Flagler

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