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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 8, 2018 by

MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided and on the Waitlist at MIT Sloan

In this MBA DecisionWire Spotlight, which highlights MBA candidates’ choices as shared in Clear Admit’s DecisionWire, we take a closer look at a waitlisted candidate at MIT Sloan, but with an acceptance letter from UPenn / Wharton. The candidate explained the situation in the initial post: Clear Admit’s resident expert, Alex Brown, weighed in: The original poster returned: We wish you the best of luck with the difficult decision: See more feedback on MBA admissions decisions at: MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided about Chicago Booth or Columbia Business School for Asset Management MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided about Cornell / Johnson and Michigan / Ross... Read more »

Last Updated May 3, 2018 by

Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight: #Entrepreneurship

In this week’s Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight, we’re rounding up posts from the business school community about entrepreneurship, as graduates and professionals passed on learning experiences to eager students. Students at Stanford GSB, Wharton, and MIT / Sloan heard lessons from experienced entrepreneurs: As an entrepreneur, “You will inevitably fail, and you need to have the courage and the persistence to get back out there” https://t.co/6howfFpAbO — Stanford Business (@StanfordGSB) April 30, 2018 Twine co-founder Joseph Quan #WG17, winner of last year’s #StartupShowcase Grand Prize, shares his advice for aspiring entrepreneurs: https://t.co/bXC1xcnfis #entrePENNeur #WhartonGrad — Wharton School (@Wharton) May 2,... Read more »

Last Updated May 1, 2018 by

MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided about Chicago Booth or Columbia Business School for Asset Management

In this MBA DecisionWire Spotlight, which highlights MBA candidates’ choices as shared in Clear Admit’s DecisionWire, we take a closer look at a candidate torn between  U. Chicago Booth and Columbia for asset management. The candidate added some more detail in the initial post: Initial commentary acknowledged the quandary: Another community member favored CBS: Another applicant chimed in with school-related choice: Finally, a candidate in the same position shared their decision: Best of luck with your decision! See more feedback on MBA admissions decisions at: MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided about Cornell / Johnson and Michigan / Ross for Consulting MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided about Columbia... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 by

Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight: #EarthDay

In this week’s Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight, we’re rounding up posts from the business school community about Earth Day, a global marker to support environmental protection efforts. Columbia Business School highlighted how some graduates are making a change: https://twitter.com/Columbia_Biz/status/988131673589141509 The program also explored other efforts in their podcast: [email protected] CEO and founder Ethan Brown ’08 talks the future of protein in the latest #WhyCBS podcast. https://t.co/dW9jOKUiXT #EarthDay #EarthDay2018 pic.twitter.com/ma6zmvDa6M — Columbia B-School (@Columbia_Biz) April 22, 2018 While the CBS dean discussed the carbon tax: How would the carbon tax actually work? @JasonBordoff of @ColumbiaUEnergy sits down with Glenn Hubbard, the... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 by

Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight: Welcome Weekends

With acceptances rolling out and MBA candidates making decisions, several business schools are hosting upcoming classes for Welcome Weekends; in this week’s Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight, we’re taking a look at these previews of life to come as an MBA student. The community at Dartmouth / Tuck ensured admits felt welcomed: https://twitter.com/steph85butler/status/983146060024631296 Harvard Business School also hosted new students: We're so excited to greet the Class of 2020 at the HBS Admitted Student Welcome! Special thanks to @lovepop for creating this amazing card for our admits! #nextstophbs #asw pic.twitter.com/R47oYNH46y — HBS MBA Admissions (@HBSadmissions) April 12, 2018 Excited to meet the... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 by

MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided about Cornell / Johnson and Michigan / Ross for Consulting

For this edition of MBA DecisionWire Spotlight, which highlights MBA candidates’ choices as shared in Clear Admit’s DecisionWire, we take a closer look at a candidate torn between Cornell / Johnson and Michigan / Ross with a plan to enter consulting. The candidate added some more detail in the initial post: Feedback kicked off favoring Ross, but also bringing Yale SOM back into the mix: Clear Admit’s resident expert, Alex Brown, then weighed in: A fellow community member was in the same pickle: Final feedback could go either way: Best of luck with your decision! See more feedback on MBA admissions decisions at: MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 19, 2018 by

Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight: Welcome Weekends

With acceptances rolling out and MBA candidates making decisions, several business schools are hosting upcoming classes for Welcome Weekends; in this week’s Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight, we’re taking a look at these previews of life to come as an MBA student. The community at Dartmouth / Tuck ensured admits felt welcomed: https://twitter.com/steph85butler/status/983146060024631296 Harvard Business School also hosted new students: We're so excited to greet the Class of 2020 at the HBS Admitted Student Welcome! Special thanks to @lovepop for creating this amazing card for our admits! #nextstophbs #asw pic.twitter.com/R47oYNH46y — HBS MBA Admissions (@HBSadmissions) April 12, 2018 Excited to meet the... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 by

MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided about Columbia or Northwestern / Kellogg for Tech or Entrepreneurship

For this MBA DecisionWire Spotlight post, which highlights MBA candidates’ choices as shared in Clear Admit’s DecisionWire, we take a closer look at a candidate accepted to Columbia and Northwestern / Kellogg with an interest in technology and entrepreneurship. The candidate added some more detail in the initial post: Initial feedback favored New York City: Clear Admit’s resident experts, Alex Brown and Graham Richmond, then offered some tips: Best of luck with your decision! See more feedback on MBA admissions decisions at: MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided about Columbia or MIT / Sloan for Tech MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Applying to Business School for the... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 12, 2018 by

Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight: #Facebook

Following revelations about the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections from Cambridge Analytica, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, took a raised seat in front of U.S. Congress this week to testify regarding the tech company’s data use and structure. Billions of people use Facebook—liking pictures, sharing memes, creating events and directly or indirectly producing lucrative data for advertisers (among other interested parties). Amidst reactions from the business school community calling for more data security were also invitations to admissions events via Facebook Live. It’s simply ubiquitous, and possibly inescapable. Read on for assessments and insights from the business school community about Facebook—where it... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 10, 2018 by

MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided about Columbia or MIT / Sloan for Tech

In this edition of MBA DecisionWire Spotlight, which highlights MBA candidates’ choices as shared in Clear Admit’s DecisionWire, we take a closer look at a candidate accepted to U. Chicago Booth, Columbia, MIT / Sloan for technology with some scholarship funding. The candidate laid out their criteria in the initial post:   Our resident expert and co-founder, Graham Richmond, kicked off the conversation: Another community member wanted to hear more from the candidate: Then, someone added to Richmond’s insights: Following this feedback, the original poster returned: Then, another community member dug into the challenges of being new to tech: All in all, it looks like... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 5, 2018 by

Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight: MIT / Sloan School of Management

Since LiveWire lit up with news from MBA candidates for MIT / Sloan this week, we wanted to highlight the business school in this edition of Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight. While Round 2 results rolled out this week, there’s still time to apply in Round 3: Read our blog from @MITSloan Director of Admissions Dawna Levenson on why you should apply to the #MBA Round 3 deadline. The deadline is fast-approaching on April 9! https://t.co/q06XOxDq60 — MIT Sloan Admissions (@MITSloanAdcom) March 30, 2018 There will also be a timely info session to follow: Can’t make it to campus for our... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 29, 2018 by

Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight: Northwestern / Kellogg School of Management

As Round 2 results from Northwestern / Kellogg streamed into LiveWire this week, we wanted to highlight the business school in this edition of Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight. Their Twitter feed was filled with plenty of research, digging into such trends as Facebook and healthcare: Is it too late to get your privacy back? In the wake of the Facebook data mining scandal, Prof @KentGrayson weighs in via @ChicagoTribune. https://t.co/JsLNaqEcOW — Kellogg School (@KelloggSchool) March 23, 2018 We have an effective system for getting consumer products at a good price. So why are we reluctant to use a similar system... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 22, 2018 by

Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight: U.S. News & World Report Ranking

This year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation’s best MBA programs rolled out earlier this week and the b-school community was abuzz about them.  We’re rounding up Twitter posts from the top schools in this edition of Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight. Since there are more to rankings than just a number, we recommend checking out Clear Admit’s latest podcast before we dig into the results: Our Latest Podcast: Making the Most of #MBA Rankings @usnews @FT @BW https://t.co/c6J064nxRy — Clear Admit (@ClearAdmit) March 19, 2018 Chicago Booth marked their success: [email protected] ascended to the top of the @USNews ranking... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 20, 2018 by

MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Applying to Business School for the Non Profit Sector

In this week’s MBA DecisionWire Spotlight, which recounts MBA candidates’ choices as shared in Clear Admit’s DecisionWire, we’re setting the spotlight on a candidate choosing a business school for the non profit sector. We take a closer look at a post from a candidate considering Cornell / Johnson, Georgetown / McDonough, or NYU Stern. Read on for more details about the applicant’s background.   Initial feedback turned to Johnson: Another community member brought up the value of location: The original poster then returned: Then, Clear Admit’s resident expert, Alex Brown, offered his perspective: A current Johnson student chimed in with... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 15, 2018 by

Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight: #Spring

‘Tis the season for Spring breaks, which in business school translates to global opportunities and trips. In this edition of Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight, we round up what the MBA community is up to this time of year. Columbia Business School students had a lot to share about their adventures: Students are flying around the world for @ColumbiaChazen Study Tours + Global Immersion Courses, and they're sharing firsthand experiences on the travel blog! Read about China's real estate, South Korea's family businesses, Germany's trade surplus, & more: https://t.co/nyowfE2xiI pic.twitter.com/fmfwtDV2Se — Columbia B-School (@Columbia_Biz) March 9, 2018 Students from USC Marshall... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 13, 2018 by

MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Undecided about Cornell / Johnson, Michigan / Ross, or UVA / Darden for Consulting

In this edition of MBA DecisionWire Spotlight, which highlights MBA candidates’ choices as shared in Clear Admit’s DecisionWire, we take a closer look at a candidate considering Cornell / Johnson, Michigan / Ross, or UVA / Darden for consulting. The candidate laid out their top priority in the initial post: Initial feedback covered a personal ranking: Subsequent feedback also favored UVA / Darden: Other community members favored Michigan / Ross: Input turned back to Darden: As Clear Admit’s resident expert summed up, it is indeed a tough choice: Congrats on your acceptances and best of luck with your MBA! See more feedback on MBA admissions... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 by

Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight: #InternationalWomensDay

Each year the business school community rallies to honor International Women’s Day, so we’re rounding up posts about women in business in this edition of Top #MBA Tweets Spotlight. Cambridge / Judge kicks us off with a look at motherhood during an MBA: Read the inspiring stories of two current students who are balancing motherhood with the intensity of the Cambridge MBA. #internationalwomensdayhttps://t.co/zCrZVIt943 pic.twitter.com/XqnUr7mXYg — The Cambridge MBA (@CambridgeMBA) March 6, 2018 MIT / Sloan made a call to action… Thursday is #InternationalWomensDay2018. How will you #PressforProgress in 2018? Visit the website & vow to press for #genderparity this year.... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 6, 2018 by

MBA ApplyWire Spotlight: Applying to Business School Next Season

While there’s still time to apply in Round 3, some MBA hopefuls are getting a head start on their plans for next season, as can be seen on ApplyWire, Clear Admit’s latest tool to aid in your admissions process. This week, we’re setting the spotlight on a candidate curious about their options for next year. We take a closer look at a post from an applicant considering CMU / Tepper, Duke / Fuqua, Michigan / Ross, and Northwestern / Kellogg. Read on for more details about the candidate’s background. Initial feedback encouraged higher goals: Clear Admit’s resident expert, Alex Brown,... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 5, 2018 by

Applying in Round 3? Get a Profile Review and Check Out the Stats of Fellow MBA Candidates

With just about a month to go to Round 3 deadlines for the leading MBA programs, applicants for this round should be finalizing school selections and drafting essays. We know that acceptance rates during this round can make things tougher for applicants than in earlier rounds, so we’re using this post to highlight a tool that can provide you with a little extra help. Clear Admit’s ApplyWire allows you to create a basic profile of your candidacy while sharing the schools to which you are considering applying. Once posted, your entry will allow admissions experts from both Clear Admit and... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 1, 2018 by

Four Reasons You Need to Visit Clear Admit’s Interview Archive

As interview invitations for Round 2 MBA candidates continue to roll out, we wanted to remind Class of 2020 hopefuls that Clear Admit can help with the final hurdle to acceptance: the interview. The Clear Admit Interview Archive is a repository of first-hand accounts shared directly by MBA applicants after they have interviewed with one or more of their target top-tier business schools. The details shared in these reports—from the questions asked to what the applicant would do differently if he or she had it to do over—provide invaluable information as you prepare for your interviews. You Won’t Find a... Read more »

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