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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 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 »

Last Updated May 7, 2020 by

The LBS Experience During COVID-19

We continue to catch up with MBA students across leading business schools about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their education.  From London Business School, two first-year students share how classes & clubs are maintaining their strength, as well as what new opportunities they’ve gained from online learning.  Read on for accounts from Tiffanie Sutanto, LBS MBA ’21, and Juan Soler, LBS MBA ’21. Tiffanie Sutanto, LBS MBA ’21 Tiffanie Sutanto, London Business School MBA ’21 How is the online classroom experience going at your school? What’s different about it? The online classroom experience has not only been new for... Read more »

Last Updated May 6, 2020 by

The INSEAD Experience During COVID-19

These are trying times, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to thwart normal life.  For MBA students across business schools, this means learning has moved from in-person to online, interactions become more challenging and most club activities are put on hold.  At INSEAD, the school community has risen to the related challenges and Nataliya Rogachkina, INSEAD MBA ’20J, tells us all about it below. Nataliya Rogachkina, INSEAD MBA ’20J Nataliya Rogachkina, INSEAD MBA ‘20J How is the online classroom experience going at your school? What’s different about it? Online significantly diminishes the MBA experience, but it exceeded my expectations overall. Very... Read more »

Last Updated May 4, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, May 4-8, 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, Round 3 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. Monday, May 4, CMU / Tepper is scheduled to release Round 3 decisions. Tuesday, May... Read more »

Last Updated May 4, 2020 by

Episode 99: Wire Taps—Because of COVID-19, When Should I Apply?

Join Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, for this new podcast episode of Wire Taps. The two provide strategic advice on the MBA application process based on profiles shared in MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire. Tune in for their feedback below. The duo advises a candidate with from Australia: Another MBA applicant sought their advice on when to apply: An accepted candidate also needed help choosing between Berkeley Haas and UVA Darden: Happy listening! Episode 99: Wire Taps—Because of COVID-19, When Should I Apply?     00:00 / 00:34:53   1X   Download file | Play in... Read more »

Last Updated May 1, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Oxford Saïd GOTO – Will We Have the Courage?

In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, we follow up with current Oxford MBA student, Saskia Rotshuizen, about how her Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford (GOTO) experience is informing her perspective of the COVID-19 crisis.  The student community is also keen to learn through the online GOTO Climate Action Summit, featuring Al Gore and taking place for any interested parties on May 1st. Will We Have the Courage? Saskia Rotshuizen, Oxford MBA 2019-2020 A few weeks back, I wrote a blog post about the start of my GOTO (Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford) experience. I ended that post stating I was... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 30, 2020 by

Forté Foundation Annual Impact Report – Diversity & Women in Business

The Forté Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women in business, and, according to their Annual Impact Report of 2019, they’ve excelled in their mission. The business landscape for women is one of underrepresentation. When it comes to S&P 500 companies, less than six percent of CEOs and only 21.2 percent of board members are women.  Forté also reports that women face a pay gap of at least 20 percent compared to their male counterparts, and only around 2 percent of all venture capital funding goes to women.   In response to such conditions, Forté accounted for three avenues... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 27, 2020 by

Admitted HBS MBA Students Can Now Defer Due to COVID-19

The crisp campus air, the collegiate atmosphere, a new city and surroundings, study groups, house parties, club meetings, new networks—the list of exciting and educational business school experiences goes on and on.  Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to hamper plans for on-campus matriculation in the fall of 2020 due to related social distancing guidelines and business restrictions.  Accordingly, Harvard Business School has offered some flexibility to recent admits. Based on the current and potential impact of COVID-19, HBS students accepted for the Class of 2022 now have the option to defer their matriculation.  They may submit requests between May 15th... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 27, 2020 by

Episode 98: Wire Taps—Chicago Booth or Northwestern Kellogg for my MBA?

In this podcast episode of Wire Taps, Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown provide strategic advice on the MBA application process. See which profiles they highlight from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire and tune in for their feedback below. The duo advises a candidate with entrepreneurial plans: Another MBA applicant sought their advice on school choice: An accepted candidate also needed help choosing between Chicago Booth and Northwestern Kellogg: Happy listening! Episode 98: Wire Taps—Chicago Booth or Northwestern Kellogg for my MBA?     00:00 / 00:29:32   1X   Download file | Play in new window |... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 27, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, April 27-May 1, 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, Many Getting Extended!  Rounds 1 and 2 are now behind us. Round 3 deadlines are underway. The deadlines listed are up to date as of this writing, but with the rapid changes caused by Covid-19, please confirm all deadlines on each school’s site. Some programs are also being flexible with respect to test score submissions. Monday, April 27, Georgetown / McDonough has its Round 4 application deadline. Thursday, April 30, INSEAD is... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 24, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: HBS Students Launching Non-Profit in Response to COVID-19

A batch of Harvard Business School students have teamed up to help the vulnerable members of their community during the COVID-19 crisis.  Together, they are launching LivelyHood, a “safe and simple platform that connects healthy, young volunteers with elderly and immunocompromised individuals who need help running errands.” In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, hear from Justin Crist Lee, HBS MBA ’21, about the inspiration for LivelyHood, the impact they’re having in Boston, and how they hope to scale up their reach. Introducing LivelyHood, a Volunteer Non-profit Founded in Response to COVID-19 Justin Crist Lee, HBS MBA ’21 By... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 23, 2020 by

School Selection During a Pandemic – Free Webinar for Admitted Students

Clear Admit will be hosting a FREE webinar for admitted business school candidates on Friday, May 1st at 12pm ET. Admitted Students Survey Sample While the 2019-20 MBA admissions season began with bright dreams and clear plans, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced fear and uncertainty. Our admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, will be addressing concerns admitted candidates may have—based on findings from our admitted students survey (see photo)—about choosing a business school amid this new normal in the webinar.  They will also discuss general best practices for school selection and share key ways that candidates can research these... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 23, 2020 by

Stride Funding and a Better Way to Finance Your MBA

Sponsored Content Whether you are currently celebrating acceptance letters or just starting to consider business school, you will need to plan for covering the cost of your MBA. Tuition for full-time MBA programs at top business schools can range from $60,000 to over $80,000 a year. For instance, tuition alone at both Chicago Booth and Harvard Business School comes in at $73,440 for the 2020-21 academic year.  Stanford GSB edges them out at a cost of $74,706 in tuition.  The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania crossed the $80k mark for first-year students during the 2019-20 school year. Other... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 21, 2020 by

The Stanford GSB Experience During COVID-19

We continue to check in on how MBA students are faring, as business school campuses remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new student co-presidents at Stanford GSB, Emily Calkins and Kerry Omughelli, have a greater impression than most about the related impact on the community.  They were elected right before shutdowns were enacted and, in their new roles, they field questions and concerns from fellow MBA students on a daily basis.  Read on for how students and professors have drawn on their creativity to keep the community vibe strong, and what they miss the most about being on... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 21, 2020 by

Real Humans of Morgan Stanley: Kevin Connors, Wharton ’18, Media & Telecom Associate

Morgan Stanley has three business units: institutional securities, global wealth management, and investment management. It is the third largest bank in the world, based on investment banking revenues in 2019. In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, hear from Kevin Connors about the appeal of investment banking, his MBA journey at Wharton, and the culture he found at Morgan Stanley. Kevin Connors, Wharton MBA ’18, Media & Telecom Associate at Morgan Stanley Kevin Connors, Wharton MBA ’18, Media & Telecom Associate at Morgan Stanley Age:  32 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Undergraduate Institution and Major: Saint Joseph’s University (Finance and Economics) Graduate Business School,... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 20, 2020 by

The Wharton Experience During COVID-19

The University of Pennsylvania’s campus is a beautiful one—there is even a strip that feels like it could be from Dead Poets Society. One of the perks of collegiate life while strolling through such settings is simply running into a classmate—not that you would necessarily wander off to read poetry together, but chance meetings could inspire new ideas, new experiences and even new friendships.  Now that campuses have been evacuated due to COVID-19, these “chance meetings” need to be initiated purposefully.  Below, we hear from Wharton MBA student, William Quadrino ’21, about how the Penn student community is maintaining their... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 20, 2020 by

Episode 97: Wire Taps—Special Guests Discuss Choosing Harvard, Stanford or Wharton

We have an exciting podcast episode of Wire Taps for you this week, featuring a pair of special guests who have been sharing their interesting admissions journeys this season on MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire. Tune in for their discussion with Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, about their backgrounds and options for business school.  They have a tough choice to make between Stanford GSB, Wharton and HBS, so listen for more about the pair’s decision-making process as well. Happy listening! Episode 97: Wire Taps—Special Guests Discuss Choosing Harvard, Stanford or Wharton     00:00 / 00:40:23... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 20, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, April 20-24, 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, Many Getting Extended!  Rounds 1 and 2 are now behind us. Round 3 deadlines are underway. The deadlines listed are up to date as of this writing, but with the rapid changes caused by Covid-19, please confirm all deadlines on each school’s site. Some programs are also being flexible with respect to test score submissions. Monday, April 20, Duke/Fuqua are scheduled to release Round 3 decisions. Wednesday, April 22, LBS has its... Read more »

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