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Lauren Wakal

Lauren Wakal is the Editor-in-Chief of Clear Admit, responsible for overseeing content creation for the site. Lauren has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.

Last Updated May 29, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Cornell Johnson MBA Diaries – When “Normal” Becomes a Memory of the Past

Many aspects of life have been turned upside down due to COVID-19. MBA students around the world have had to adjust to a “new normal,” which Natalie Kirchhoff, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management MBA ’21, describes in this edition of Fridays from the Frontline. Natalie Kirchhoff, Cornell Johnson MBA ’21 When “normal” becomes a memory of the past By Natalie Kirchhoff, MBA, ’21, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, President of the Women’s Management Council We are waking up to a new world, one that I would characterize as a “brave new world.” However, unlike the dystopian... Read more »

Last Updated May 29, 2020 by

Top 6 Tips for Deferred Enrollment Applicants

Undergraduate seniors and full-time graduate students without work experience can take advantage of the deferred enrollment option offered by several MBA programs.  Deferred enrollment means that you can apply to business school now, secure your acceptance and then matriculate in two to five years when the time is right for you. During those pre-MBA years, deferred candidates are expected to accrue relevant work experience.  Having a guaranteed place in an MBA program would easily lend focus and depth to your job.  Deferred candidates also engage with the school community, explore their goals and more before matriculating.  Building richer relationships and... Read more »

Last Updated May 28, 2020 by

Why Now is a Great Time to Apply to Business School

Through the toughest of times, business education can provide answers and solutions that not only heal economies, but uplift societies.  The skills offered through an MBA—from finance and analytics, to leadership, management and more—can also empower you to be nimble in times of uncertainty, and prepare you for any business career of your choice. The journey to and through an MBA begins with reflection: Personally or professionally, what is your destination?  An MBA can help you develop your skills, provide freedom in your job and career choice, and expand your network.  Due to COVID-19, many MBA programs have extended their... Read more »

Last Updated May 26, 2020 by

Harvard Announces MBA Admissions Deadlines for 2020-2021

Harvard Business School has announced their two rounds of admissions deadlines for those hoping to join the MBA Class of 2023: Round 1: September 8th, 2020 Round 2: January 5th, 2021 All application materials are due by noon ET the day of the deadline. For the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, the Round 1 notification date is December 10th and applicants in Round 2 can expect decision notifications on March 30th, 2021. The new 2+2 application deadline has yet to be announced, as current 2+2 applicants have until June 1st, 2020, to submit their applications. From the Director of Admissions In the... Read more »

Last Updated May 25, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, May 25-29, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Final Rounds are Underway, Decisions Roll Out!  Rounds 1 and 2 are now behind us. Round 3 is near completion. The decision dates listed are up to date as of this writing, but with the rapid changes caused by Covid-19, please confirm all dates on each school’s site. Many programs are being flexible with both deadlines and decision dates. Wednesday, May 27, Georgetown / McDonough is scheduled to release its Round 4 decisions. Friday, May 29,... Read more »

Last Updated May 25, 2020 by

Episode 104: Wire Taps—Which School is Best for Financial Services?

Tune into another podcast episode of Wire Taps, which features MBA admissions advice tailored to real applicants.  Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, provide feedback based on profiles shared in MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire. This week, they discuss an applicant looking to stay in Atlanta, another one seeking to eventually expand her business, and a candidate wondering what the best school for financial services is. An applicant interested in staying in Atlanta sought advice: Another MBA hopeful is looking to expand her tech start-up: In DecisionWire, an MBA candidate sought feedback on the best schools for... Read more »

Last Updated May 22, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone in Business School

Business schools often highlight “experiential learning” opportunities as a hallmark of their MBA programs.  In this Fridays from the Frontline, Sami Abdisubhan, NYU Stern MBA ’20, walks us through what one looks like as a student.  Read on for how the challenges of the experiential course transformed his skill set and perspective, to better prepare him for the professional world. Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone in Business School Sami Abdisubhan, NYU Stern MBA ’20 Sami Abdisubhan is an MBA2 who spent his summer internship at Anheuser-Busch. Sami serves as VP of Marketing & Operations for Stern in Africa (SiA), VP... Read more »

Last Updated May 20, 2020 by

Episode 103: From Military to MBA Featuring Service to School’s Anna Ivey

From boots to business, an MBA can make perfect sense for military members looking for the next step in their careers. Anna Ivey, Co-founder, Service to School In this podcast episode, special guest Anna Ivey joins Clear Admit’s Graham Richmond to discuss how to successfully transition from the military to business school, the application process and more. Ivey is one of the co-founders of Service to School, a non-profit that provides free admissions counseling and mentorship for veterans transitioning into higher education. A former dean of admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, she has counseled many applicants in the college, law... Read more »

Last Updated May 18, 2020 by

Episode 102: Wire Taps—Seeking Deferred Admission

Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, cover a range of strategic admissions advice in this new podcast episode of Wire Taps. The two provide feedback based on profiles shared in MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire, including an applicant planning to defer and more. The duo advises an applicant planning to defer: Another MBA hopeful wants to know if he is overrepresented: An accepted candidate also needed help choosing between Duke / Fuqua, UCLA Anderson, and UT Austin / McCombs: Happy listening! Episode 102: Wire Taps—Seeking Deferred Admission     00:00 / 00:36:02   1X   Download file | Play... Read more »

Last Updated May 18, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, May 18-22, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Final Rounds are Underway, Decisions Roll Out!  Rounds 1 and 2 are now behind us. Round 3 is near completion. The decision dates listed are up to date as of this writing, but with the rapid changes caused by Covid-19, please confirm all dates on each school’s site. Many programs are being flexible with both deadlines and decision dates. Tuesday, May 19, Yale SOM is scheduled to release its Round 3 decisions. Thursday, May 21, Stanford... Read more »

Last Updated May 15, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Chai Night – Giving People the Right to Go Second

In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, learn more about building and maintaining a sense of community in business school.  Northwestern Kellogg MBA student, Ayyub Bokhari, shares how he was inspired to bring together fellow classmates and continue those connections during COVID-19. Chai Night: Giving People the Right to Go Second By Ayyub Bokhari (2Y 2020) Ayyub Bokhari, Kellogg MBA 2Y Class of 2020 Last year around mid-February, internship recruiting for the vast majority of our class was coming to an end. Not only did it mark a huge milestone for us, but it was the first time since... Read more »

Last Updated May 14, 2020 by

MBA Students Host Virtual Game Show to Raise Funds for Doctors Without Borders

Let’s get ready to… fundraaaaaaaise!  The MBA Battle Royale, a virtual game show featuring students from leading business schools, will raise funds for Doctors Without Borders this Saturday, May 16th at 8 p.m. EST.  Tickets are on sale now for $12, $25, $50 or however much more you’d like to donate—100 percent of proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders.  If you purchase a ticket, expect a link and password to the Zoom event shortly before it begins this weekend. Support Your School and Watch the Fun MBA Battle Royale Participation Tracker by LeverEdge (as of May 14, 2020) Ten teams... Read more »

Last Updated May 13, 2020 by

Real Humans of Adobe: Adrienne Tsai, Northwestern Kellogg ’18, Product Marketing Manager

Chances are you’ve needed to review a PDF this week—and if you have, you’ve used an Adobe product to open it.  In addition to their Acrobat Reader, Adobe Inc., an American multinational computer software company, is also known for Photoshop, Illustrator, Creative Cloud and more. The creative and business range of their products is part of what inspired Adrienne Tsai to join the company.  In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, Tsai, a Northwestern Kellogg MBA ’18 and product marketing manager at Adobe, shares how business school prepared her for Adobe and what she enjoys most about the tech leader.... Read more »

Last Updated May 13, 2020 by

The Berkeley Haas Experience During COVID-19

We continue to check in with MBA students around the globe, as they adjust to business school life that has been moved off campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For Lipika Grover of Berkeley Haas, connections have been the key to surviving and thriving during this surreal time.  Read on for her story. Lipika Grover, Berkeley Haas MBA ’20 Lipika Grover, Berkeley Haas MBA ’20 How is the online classroom experience going at your school? What’s different about it? We’re all trying to make the most of our online classroom experience. While we have been put into this new learning... Read more »

Last Updated May 13, 2020 by

Episode 101: How to Finance Your MBA

Sponsored Content In this podcast episode, learn all about financing your MBA—from the cost of attendance to the mechanics of borrowing (and repaying) student loans.  To illuminate this process, we welcome two special guests, Nikhil Agarwal of LeverEdge, the first collective bargaining group for student loans, and Pritish Nair of Prodigy Finance, a premier lender for students studying abroad. Nikhil Agarwal (left) & Pritish Nair (right) Nikhil Agarwal, a co-founder of LeverEdge, will soon graduate Harvard Business School with an MBA. His pre-MBA work experience included engineering at GE and Boeing, and he turned to entrepreneurship in 2018 when he... Read more »

Last Updated May 12, 2020 by

Celebrate our 100th Podcast Episode!

Tens of thousands of MBA hopefuls have tuned into Clear Admit’s various podcast episodes since our debut with the format in March of 2018. We proudly released our 100th podcast episode this week—another advice-packed edition of the series, Wire Taps.  Having reached this milestone, we’re taking a look at our top 10 most popular episodes and more. All-time Top 10 Podcast Episodes From admissions tips to adcom director interviews, the Clear Admit podcast covers a hefty range of content to support MBA applicants’ journeys to and through business school.   Here’s a list of our 10 most popular episodes of all... Read more »

Last Updated May 11, 2020 by

Episode 100: Wire Taps—How Can I Re-apply Successfully?

In our 100th podcast episode, Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, review profiles shared in MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire. Tune in for their feedback to MBA applicants and candidates below. One applicant needed feedback on their career goals: Another MBA is planning to re-apply: An accepted candidate also needed help choosing between MIT Sloan and Chicago Booth: Happy listening! Episode 100: Wire Taps—How Can I Re-apply Successfully?     00:00 / 00:32:46   1X   Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 00:32:46 | Recorded on May 7, 2020 Be sure to post to... Read more »

Last Updated May 11, 2020 by

The Duke Fuqua Experience During COVID-19

Duke Fuqua MBA student, Jenny Large, captures the essence of b-school life many students are now currently experiencing due to COVID-19: “Life as a member of Team Fuqua hasn’t ended, it has just moved online until we can be together again in person.” MBA students and faculty have made a number of adjustments to the new normal.  Large and another Fuqua MBA classmate, Vinesh Kapil, share below how Duke and the community have come together to thrive during it. Jenny Large, Duke Fuqua MBA ’21 Jenny Large, Duke Fuqua MBA ’21 How is the online classroom experience going at your school?... Read more »

Last Updated May 11, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, May 11-15, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Final Rounds are Underway, Decisions Roll Out!  Rounds 1 and 2 are now behind us. Round 3 is near completion. The decision dates listed are up to date as of this writing, but with the rapid changes caused by Covid-19, please confirm all dates on each school’s site. Many programs are being flexible with both deadlines and decision dates. Wednesday, May 13, Northwestern / Kellogg is scheduled to release its Round 3 decisions. Thursday, May 14,... Read more »

Last Updated May 8, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Battling the Impact of COVID-19 the Duke Fuqua Way

In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, we hear from a Duke Fuqua MBA student about how and why he started a fundraiser in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read on for Jeff Gleischman’s story of community and compassion, which he first shared on Duke’s Daytime MBA student blog. Battling the Impact of COVID-19 the Fuqua Way Jeff Gleischman, Fuqua Daytime MBA ’21 By Jeff Gleischman, Fuqua Daytime MBA ’21 I was on my way to Portugal when COVID-19 concerns escalated into worldwide panic. My classmates and I had just finished our spring break trip to Morocco, and when... Read more »

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