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Jonathan Pfeffer

Jonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as Contributing Writer at MetroMBA and Contributing Editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.

Last Updated Nov 15, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Our Duke Fuqua on Board Experience

Fuqua On Board (FOB) at Duke / Fuqua extends the MBA community beyond campus by connecting students with local nonprofits in Durham. Current Fuqua students Zhiyi Feng and McCallen Moser took to the Fuqua blog to discuss their experience as part of the board of the Durham Art Guild. Our Fuqua on Board Experience by Zhiyi Feng and McCallen Moser Fuqua On Board (FOB) is a volunteer-based, year-long program where MBA students are selected from a pool of applicants and paired with a local nonprofit to serve as a non-voting board member. We worked with Durham Art Guild, a nonprofit... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 14, 2019 by

Real Humans of HEC Paris’s MBA Class of 2021

In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, five new candidates explain their journeys to France and more.  We land just 17 kilometers from Paris, where HEC Paris (École des hautes études commerciales de Paris) is housed on a 340-acre, wooded campus with its own Chateau.  The 16-month-long curriculum includes a fundamental stage and a customized stage.  Approximately a quarter of graduates go on to start their own businesses and, according to the 2017 Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index, they have graduated more CEOs of Fortune Global 500 companies than any other European university. The class size at HEC Paris... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 12, 2019 by

Real Humans of Michigan Ross’s MBA Class of 2021

When one considers the motto of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business—“Developing leaders who make a positive difference in the world”—it comes as no surprise that Ross alumni can be found doing exactly that.  Across the world within virtually every imaginable field, Ross alumni have garnered a reputation for taking on positions of significant social and cultural impact. And the Class of 2021 only seeks to perpetuate the Ross legacy. The Class of 2021 boasts an impressive level of diversity, with 45 percent women, 27 percent hailing from outside the US, and 22 percent identifying as underrepresented minorities. ... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 8, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Reflections from a First-Year MBA in NYU Stern’s Fertitta Veterans Program

Military men and women develop skills that translate from the trenches of warfare to the boardroom and beyond. Due in part to fellowships like the Yellow Ribbon Program, veterans have become a growing presence at business schools across the country. At NYU Stern, the Fertitta Veterans Program is a unique scholarship that reduces the tuition of 20 incoming full-time two-year MBA students to just $30,000 per year.  With Veterans Day around the corner, we touched base with military veteran and first-year full-time MBA student, Natalie Ashbridge, to hear about her first months at NYU Stern and making the transition to... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 7, 2019 by

Real Humans of Cambridge Judge Business School’s MBA Class of 2020

This edition of Real Humans: MBA Students takes us to Cambridge, England, to meet students in the one-year MBA program at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School. Cambridge Judge has a class size of around 200 students, with women comprising about a third of the group.  The small group is also a diverse ones, as around 50 nationalities are represented in the class.  To apply, candidates must have at least three years of professional experience, but the class averages around six altogether.  And the school also suggests scoring above a 640 on the GMAT though the class earned a mean score... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 5, 2019 by

Real Humans of Stanford GSB’s MBA Class of 2021

In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we head to Palo Alto, California—part of Silicon Valley and home to what is widely considered the best of the best business schools in the world.  Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) has a well-earned reputation as a big idea incubator with a social conscience, as represented by its motto, “Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world.”  The location lends strength in entrepreneurship and the high-tech industry to the program as well, though these fields are further buttressed by the responsive innovative curriculum. The MBA program is also known for its small... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 1, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: How Kelley Prepared Me – First-Year to Internship

For MBA students, the coveted summer internship is a stepping stone to the career of their dreams. The internship may help get your foot in the door, but the lessons from the first-year of business school can inform a stronger impression on a potential future employer. Current Indiana / Kelley MBA student Whitney Hamilton took to the Kelley blog to unpack exactly how her first year at Kelley helped set her up for success as Brand Intern at Conagra. How Kelley Prepared Me: First-year to Internship Whitney Hamilton, MBA’20 This time last year, I was preparing to start a new... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 31, 2019 by

Real Humans of UVA Darden’s MBA Class of 2021

In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we head to a rigorous, close-knit MBA program in Charlottesville, Virginia. MBA candidates who choose The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business can expect to review more than 500 case studies during the two-year program.  Darden also emphasizes experiential learning, including international hands-on opportunities like the Darden Worldwide Course, the Global Consulting Project, and the Exchange Program.  Domestic field experiences include the Leadership Ride: Lessons in Leadership, a course exploring leadership styles, systems of authority as evidenced in the Battle of Gettysburg; the elective, Markets in Human Hope, designed to help the disadvantaged... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 29, 2019 by

Real Humans of Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA Class of 2021

Known for its intimate class size and rural setting, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business attracts candidates seeking an immersive educational environment.  Tuck’s Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Luke Anthony Peña, has written at length how Tuck students are smart, accomplished, aware and nice.  In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we see just how all of these elements come together for the Class of 2021. The 284 students of the Class of 2021 are a diverse group. Women represent 42 percent of the class. Nearly a quarter of the class identify as U.S. minorities and 38 percent... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 29, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Berkeley Haas’s Morgan Bernstein

In this edition of our ongoing series, Admissions Director Q&A, we stop by the Bay Area of California.  Morgan Bernstein is the executive director of full-time MBA admissions at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and a 2009 alumna of the program. Bernstein is deeply passionate about helping prospective students navigate the business school landscape, and brings an authentic, compassionate, and transparent approach to her admissions processes. Bernstein is inspired daily by Haas students and carefully curates a community that demonstrates curiosity, self-awareness, resilience, and optimism—among other leadership attributes. Before joining the Haas admissions team in 2011, Bernstein primarily worked in... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 25, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: A Day in The Life @ MIT Sloan

The life of an MBA student is a hectic one, academically and socially.  It may be hard to imagine cramming multiple classes, extracurricular activities and personal health into a single day. So, what does it look like?  How does the daily schedule shake out?  In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, we find out from a current MIT Sloan MBA student. Isaac Santos MBA ’20 took to the Sloan blog to offer a play-by-play of an average day in the life of a Sloanie. A Day in the Life @ MIT Sloan by Isaac Santos Hi everyone! My name... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 24, 2019 by

Real Humans of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School MBA Class of 2020

In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we visit Oxford University’s Saïd Business School in England.  The one-year MBA program employs an interdisciplinary and global approach to business education.  Students learn through a blend of the case study method, lectures, simulation and team projects. Courses are taught in partnership with industry practitioners to ensure material is relevant to real-life situations.  As part of the emphasis on applied learning, students must complete a one-week Entrepreneurship Project. Those who attend Saïd Business School enjoy the benefits and traditions of the larger university.  Oxford University was ranked #1 in the Times Higher... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 22, 2019 by

Real Humans of London Business School’s MBA Class of 2021

For this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we catch up with the new class at London Business School (LBS).  When you hear “London,” architectural icons like the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben or Globe Theater may spring to mind.  London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is also a global financial and tech hub.  Indeed, the city is only second to San Francisco in its concentration of fintech companies.  Not surprisingly, many members of the incoming Class of 2021 arrived at LBS with backgrounds in finance, tech and consulting. While some of these candidates are... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 18, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Kia Ora! New Chicago Booth MBA Students Travel to New Zealand

There has been plenty of digital ink spilled in these virtual Clear Admit pages about the virtues of study abroad programs as a critical component of the MBA experience. What is less often discussed is the value of study abroad experiences that aren’t tethered to internships, experiential learning, or even business at all. Case in point: Chicago Booth’s Random Walk orientation trip in which second-year students lead roughly a dozen incoming first-years to 35 locations at home and abroad. Current second-year Boothie Kate Nimmo took to the Booth Experience blog to offer a play-by-play of the first Random Walk New... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 17, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: UCI Merage’s Taylor Martini

For this edition of our Admissions Director Q&A series, we hear from Taylor Martini, who serves as the Executive Director of UCI Merage School of Business’s Full-Time MBA Program. He oversees total operations of the Full-Time MBA Program, including financial and strategic management, academic programming and supervision of the admissions and student services teams. Before moving into his current role, Martini supported the recruitment and admissions function of the program office for four years. Martini joined the Merage School in June 2015, soon after graduating from the UCI Paul Merage School of Business Full-Time MBA Program. During his time in... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 17, 2019 by

Real Humans of Indiana Kelley’s MBA Class of 2021

In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we head to the Midwestern U.S.  There, known as a research stronghold with outstanding faculty, Indiana’s Kelley School of Business offers top-notch degree programs with campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis.  U.S. News and World Report ranked Kelley #21 in Best Business Schools (tie), #9 in Part-time MBAs (tie), and #1 in Online MBAs. In 2018, the Princeton Review named Kelley #10 Best Professors, based on student feedback. Kelley is home to world-recognized centers and institutes for research in the following domains: Brand Leadership Business Analytics Center for Excellence in Manufacturing CIBER Data... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 15, 2019 by

Real Humans of INSEAD’s MBA Class of 2020

With campuses located in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, INSEAD is known for its international orientation, academic rigor, and consistently high rankings. One of INSEAD’s unique features is that its standard course of study is an accelerated 10-month MBA. Students can begin their studies in either January or September.  Combined with its stellar reputation, this timeline makes it an obvious choice for up-and-coming business leaders looking to step up on the international stage quickly.  When asked, “Why INSEAD,” one member of the Class of 2020 underscores this by saying, the “1-year intense MBA program provides a time and opportunity cost... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 11, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Sue Oldham of Vanderbilt Owen

You may have already seen the Real Humans of Vanderbilt Owen’s MBA Class of 2021, and now we are back to hear directly from the admissions office.  In this edition of our Admissions Director Q&A, we head back to Nashville for an interview with Associate Dean Sue Oldham. Working closely with colleagues in the dean’s office, faculty, staff and student leaders, Oldham strives to enhance the end-to-end student experience from the moment a prospective MBA student becomes interested in Owen until they graduate. This includes oversight of Admissions, Academic Programs and Student Life, Shared Services, Extracurricular Learning, and the Career... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 11, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: A Dartmouth Tuck Internship at the Intersection of Strategy & Business – MetLife

Internships are golden opportunities for MBA students to put theory into practice, and to get a taste of what their post-MBA careers may be like. Dartmouth Tuck second-year MBA student Sneha Nagarajan T’20 took to the Tuck 360 blog to discuss her thoroughly intersectional business experience as a MetLife intern. A Dartmouth Tuck Internship at the Intersection of Strategy & Business: MetLife by Sneha Nagarajan T’20  I came to Tuck knowing I was choosing the generosity, commitment, and kindness of the people of this community over everything else. When I was choosing my internship, that remained just as important to me.... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 10, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Dibyendu Bose of the Indian School of Business

For this edition of our Admissions Director Q&A series, we hear from the Indian School of Business (ISB).  An ISB alumnus and MIT Sloan Fellow, Dibyendu Bose is currently the Director of Admissions & Financial Aid (AFA) at ISB. He also heads the Office of Alumni Engagement and works closely with Dean Rajendra Srivastava in driving different strategic initiatives. Earlier he has worked in India, United Kingdom and USA primarily in the corporate sector and also has had an entrepreneurial stint working in the Boston ecosystem. Read on the learn more from Bose about ISB’s Post-Graduate Program in Management (PGP),... Read more »

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