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Last Updated Jun 14, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: How Gaining Leadership Experience at Fuqua Transformed Me

Commencement ceremonies currently abound for the MBA Classes of 2019, and many new graduates are reflecting back on their transformational two-year student experience.  While many MBA dreamers may just be starting their applications while first-years tackle their internships, we wanted to showcase the positive perspective after the two-year journey of a full-time MBA program. Janette Hwang, a second-year MBA student at Duke Fuqua, took to the Fuqua blog to share how she took on leadership responsibilities she never imagined during business school—and how the journey transformed her. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from its original source,... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 7, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: FAQ about MIT Sloan

In a weekly LinkedIn blog, current MIT Sloan MBA student Melinda Salaman fielded some of the most frequently asked questions she’s received about her MBA experience from prospective students. These questions range from why Salaman decided to go to business school in the first place to her experience with Sloan’s curricular and extracurricular offerings.  The goal was to offer an “insider scoop” to address concerns that many prospective students share and would benefit from hearing more about in more detail. We’ve compiled the first few entries for this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, and look forward to another post in... Read more »

Last Updated May 31, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Interning with Dow Chemical at the intersection of sustainability and business

The summer internship is a significant piece of the business school journey.  From searching for a fitting role to landing the position and then doing the actual work, the internship offers valuable real-world business experience from beginning to end, and prepares business school students for post-MBA professional life. Matt Pundmann, a second-year Johnson MBA student and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow, took to the Johnson Cornell blog to discuss his summer internship, from finding one to fit his seemingly atypical interests to lessons learned throughout the experience.  Read on for his rundown of his summer internship with Dow Chemical’s... Read more »

Last Updated May 24, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Sloan and Sports

The MIT Sloan School of Management has long been a bastion for the intersection of sports, business, and data analytics.  Their Sports Analytics Conference, which was just held for the thirteenth year in a row, is a forum for industry professionals and students to learn about the global sports industry. The two-day event includes a research paper competition, numerous competitive advantage panels, startup trade show competitions, workshops and more. Current Sloan MBA candidate and former Deloitte management consultant (and college baseball player), Jason Rehhaut, took to the Sloan blog to discuss his experience as part of the Organizing Committee for... Read more »

Last Updated May 17, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: MacEachern Symposium Brings Unique Perspective to Healthcare at Kellogg

The beauty of the MBA is its versatility. Despite the public association of the degree with the realms of finance and consulting, there is a pressing need for MBA graduates in virtually every industry. Take the healthcare sector, for instance. From big pharma to government policy to startups and everywhere in between, the business of healthcare is teeming with opportunities for MBAs. Current Kellogg students Scott Belsky and Lauren Hunter offered their take on the recent MacEachern Symposium, which explored trending topics in healthcare as well as predictions for where the industry is headed. The following piece has been republished... Read more »

Last Updated May 10, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: My First-Year Tuck Project with Authentica, India

One of the major perks of an MBA is the opportunity to practice in an international business environment. On site, MBAs develop new strategies to adapt to distinct cultural norms and do business under very different sociopolitical circumstances than the ones to which they are accustomed. While most MBA programs offer optional study abroad components, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business stands out for its “travel requirement” that students must fulfill in order to graduate. First-year Tuck MBA student and New Zealand native Marianne Poh took to the Tuck Blog to discuss her collaboration with an Indian experiential learning program provider.... Read more »

Last Updated May 3, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Cracking the Code at Wharton

In recent years, technology has risen to become one of the top career choices for MBA grads and with it, so has the desire for more tech skills and an understanding of some of the related building blocks.  The tricky part is that the majority of MBA students arrive on campus with limited coding experience. At the Wharton School, students sought to address this issue head-on with a new club: The Coding Club. Current MBA students Kahini Shah WG19 and Anthony Farias-Eisner WG20 put together an op-ed for Wharton Magazine about the new MBA club developed to “bring tech novices... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 26, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: The Hardest Thing of the MBA So Far: Learning to Unlearn to Understand the Impact Investing Space

No doubt spurred by the growing conversation about climate change and corporate social responsibility (or lack thereof), one industry that has many in the MBA community buzzing is impact investing. Current Oxford Saïd MBA student Alma C. Gutierrez Toledano recently took to the Saïd blog to discuss how she has explored impact investing so she can produce positive impact while doing business.  Read on to learn more about impact investing and the plethora of related opportunities at Saïd—and how interest in impact investing spans the b-school network with related competitions. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 19, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Starting up at Booth

The MBA is a framework to explore what matters most to you. Much of the value of business school is in helping students define and refine their professional goals, and then equip them with the tools to excel in their desired field. As you might imagine, the sheer number of opportunities associated with elite programs like Chicago Booth can be overwhelming. Many first-year MBA students find themselves paralyzed by the options at their fingertips.  In light of this challenge, Booth’s Nakul Gupta took to the Booth Experience Blog to unpack how to navigate the plethora of choices at your disposal... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 12, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Cornell Johnson Park Perspectives, From Internship to Mentorship

There has been much digital ink spilled on these pages about the value of MBA networks, post-graduation. However, one of the most crucial aspects of the business school experience has to do with peer networks that emerge during MBA programs. Peer mentorship relationships between first- and second-year students can make the first year of business school slightly less of a shock to the system for new MBA candidates. They can also help first-years lay the groundwork to get the most out of their business school experience. Second-year MBA student and Park Leadership Fellow Bryan Tannenbaum, who prior to business school... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 5, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Interview Prep at UCLA Anderson

One crucial part of any MBA curriculum is to teach students how to put their best foot forward in the job market, whether that means helping them write better resumes or shine in the interview process. In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, we bring you a firsthand perspective of career prep taking place at b-school.  Current UCLA Anderson MBA student Ben Nichols took to the school’s MBA Insider’s Blog to offer his experience preparing for job interviews. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the UCLA Anderson MBA Insider’s Blog. Student Perspectives:... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 29, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: 4 Lessons from My Microsoft Internship

Internships are where MBAs-to-be can apply the theoretical skills they’ve cultivated in the classroom, and also places where connections and careers are made. Make an impression at your dream company as an MBA and who knows? You might find yourself being invited to working closely with the C-Suite after graduation. Second-year Tiffany Ellis took to the Duke / Fuqua blog to share four crucial lessons she learned from her recent internship at Microsoft. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the Duke Fuqua Blog. 4 Lessons from My Microsoft Internship By Tiffany Ellis MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 22, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: WBA Presidents Reflect on Gender Equity and Alliance at Kellogg

At many elite MBA programs, like Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, the conversation around gender has seeped into how the curriculum is being designed so MBA graduates from across the entire gender spectrum are better equipped to do business.  Student organizations play a pronounced role, rallying to support female-identified MBAs and give them a louder voice on campus.  In light of this, Ginny Lee and Noelle Bloomfield recently took to the Kellogg Blog to unpack their experiences with gender equity, allyship, and more as part of the Women’s Business Association. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 15, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: What is it like to be a woman in one of today’s top global business schools?

In light of International Women’s Day last week and the ongoing Women’s History Month, this edition of Fridays from the Frontline features two Forté Foundation scholars from Cambridge / Judge. Forté Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering women in business, offers a Fellows Program, which provides fellowships to “women pursuing a full-time, part-time or executive MBA education at our sponsor business schools.” According to Forté, sponsor schools have given more than $142 million to more than 6,300 Forté Fellows to date. Read on to hear from members of the Judge MBA Class of 2018, Natalia Dziergwa and Rebecca Kilbane, about... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 8, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Tuck’s OnSite Global Consulting Takes a Closer Look at China’s Running Culture

As we enter the third decade of the Asian Century, Stateside MBA programs are taking strides to find ways to embed themselves and their students in Asian markets. One clear method to gain a foothold in any market—or at the very least get a lay of the land—is through cultural immersion. Second-year Tuck student Maria Milleville, who will join the Danaher Corporation’s General Management Development Program after graduation, documented her experience with Chinese running culture as part of her OnSite assignment. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the Tuck 360 Blog. OnSite Global Consulting... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 1, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Helping Vets Make the Transition to Business

Business school has become an increasingly popular bastion for military veterans looking to pivot to a less death-defying career path. Veterans make natural MBAs—they are known for devising and executing detailed plans, alternately leading and following orders, and working collaboratively. More and more ex-military have begun to pursue MBAs and business schools are working to make the transition as smooth as possible. Current UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA student and U.S. Navy vet Michael Burris took to the school blog to discuss how Kenan-Flagler helps veterans transition from tours of duty to careers in consulting, finance, real estate, entrepreneurship, and beyond. The... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 22, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: 25 Random Things About My Section at Duke / Fuqua

As many b-schoolers we’ve profiled in our Real Humans series will attest, the essay is often the most nerve-wracking part of the entire admissions process; not only is your individuality on full display, but it’s poked, prodded, and vetted for how well it might fit into your desired school’s community vision. Duke Fuqua’s “25 Random Things” admissions prompt takes a fun approach to the traditional essay, offering prospective students an opportunity to share just about anything and everything they see fit with the admissions team. Current Duke Fuqua MBA student John MacDonald took to the Daytime MBA Student Blog to... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 20, 2019 by

Real Humans of Indiana Kelley’s MBA Class of 2020

Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business has an exceptional MBA program consistently ranked in the top 25 of MBA programs by Forbes and US News & World Report. Kelley’s innovative curriculum emphasizes the school’s four core values: collaboration, professionalism, leadership, and excellence. The first experience that Kelley MBA students have is via Me, Inc., an intensive program in which students do some major self-reflection. The goal of the program is to help students develop a clear idea of what they want to do over the next two years. After completing this pre-MBA program, the Kelley MBA program starts in earnest.... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 18, 2019 by

Podcast Episode 29: Wharton Team-Based Discussions (TBD)

In this episode, your hosts Alex Brown and Graham Richmond break down Wharton’s group interview – the ‘Team Based Discussion’ (TBD) – and offer a wealth of tips and background to help applicants ace their Wharton admissions interview. Ranging from the history and purpose of the TBD to the specifics of this year’s TBD prompt, Alex and Graham – who both formerly worked in admissions at Wharton – deliver the most in-depth podcast that ever been produced on this topic. They also provide sage advice on how to deal with different personality types in your TBD and explain the pros... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 15, 2019 by

Fridays From The Frontline: Park Perspectives: 3 Tips for Maintaining Long-distance Relationships during Business School

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this week’s Fridays from the Frontline highlights advice on relationships during b-school.  While candy hearts and teddy bears are sweet signs of love, it takes more than tokens to maintain a long-distance relationship—particularly with the added stress and time consumption of a full-time MBA.  Fear not, lovers!  Cornell Johnson MBA Taylor Fox ’19 took to the Johnson Experience Blog to offer some tips for prospective b-schoolers on how to make long-distance partnerships work. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the Johnson Experience Blog. Park Perspectives: 3 tips... Read more »

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