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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 Apr 17, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: My First Weeks of Remote Learning with Dartmouth Tuck

Andrés Díaz de Valdés Grebe, a Dartmouth Tuck MBA student, shares what student life has morphed into during the COVID-19 pandemic in this edition of Fridays from the Frontline. My First Weeks of Remote Learning with Dartmouth Tuck By Andrés Díaz de Valdés Grebe T’21 Andrés Díaz de Valdés Grebe was born in Chile but spent most of his life in Argentina. Before Tuck, he worked in the consumer product industry, doing corporate finance. He came to Tuck with his wife Rocio where they lived in Sachem Village. Due to the pandemic and travel restrictions, they are spending the spring... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 16, 2020 by

Compare the GRE at Home vs. GMAT Online

Chances are, your checklist for applying to business school includes the GRE or GMAT.  Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, test centers have been forced to suspend operations.  In response, ETS introduced an at-home option for the GRE and TOEFL in late March.  Subsequently, GMAC started offering the GMAT online. Now, current MBA applicants, who had plans to take the GRE or GMAT at a test center, can take either exam online.  Of course, there are conditions and restrictions to ensure fair testing.  For example, both require a camera and a microphone to be able to speak to the proctor... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 16, 2020 by

The MIT Sloan Experience During COVID-19

As business school campuses remain closed due to COVID-19, professors and students have moved their classroom sessions online.  At MIT Sloan, course curriculum is also shifting a bit in response to the pandemic.  In this glimpse into MBA student life, David Urness, MIT Sloan MBA ’21, shares how faculty and guest speakers are modifying business lessons, how students are staying connected outside of classwork and more. David Urness, MIT Sloan MBA ’21 How is the online classroom experience going at your school? What’s different about it? MIT’s online classroom experience has well surpassed my expectations: the quality of the teaching,... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 15, 2020 by

Fundraising by Wharton EMBAs Supports Frontlines of COVID-19 Response

A team of 10 Executive MBA students from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have banded together to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle.  The team leverages expertise and their network to be an end-to-end trusted supply chain, with great speed from procurement to delivery. The need for PPE is dire. As explained on their GoFundMe page, “The growth in COVID-19 cases and growth in death toll is exponential while the supply of PPEs is not. The first 100,000 COVID-19 cases took 67 days, the next 100,000 cases took 11 days, the... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 15, 2020 by

Real Humans of BCG: Reid Velo, NYU Stern ’19, Consultant

Consulting can be a dynamic career, meeting new clients in new places and solving new business problems every week.  Boston Consulting Group (BCG)—one of the Big Three of the top consulting firms known as MBB—has 90 offices in 50 countries, and therefore no shortage of opportunities to pursue a diverse and lively profession.  In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, Reid Velo, NYU Stern MBA ’19 and consultant at BCG, offers his perspective on the industry, the value of an MBA, the power of New York City and more. Reid Velo, NYU Stern MBA ’19, Consultant at BCG Reid Velo,... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 15, 2020 by

The Chicago Booth Experience During COVID-19

One of many hallmarks of the Chicago Booth MBA is flexibility.  While this has mainly referred to the curriculum and course scheduling (e.g. MBA students only have one required course, and can tailor the rest of their studies), it’s been put to the test during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As we hear from Nadeem Khan, Chicago Booth MBA ’20, the community has risen to the challenge—and continues to pass with flying colors.  Read on for Khan’s account of professors moving lessons online, how student clubs are coping and more about the leading business school’s flexibility. Nadeem Khan, Chicago Booth MBA ’20... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 14, 2020 by

Real Humans of Amazon: Roshni Naidu, Wharton ’18, Senior Technical Product Manager

“Alexa, what is the weather today?” “Hey Alexa, play some 80s classics.” “Alexa, how many tech products does Amazon have?” Amazon, the largest online retailer and AI assistant producer, is a part of most people’s daily lives.  Hundreds of millions of people shop on their dot com, while countless others watch TV, request information, surveil their front doors and enjoy many other services with Amazon’s tech products.  Behind the scenes of these tools that yield efficiency and convenience, business leaders are hard at work developing them.  In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, Roshni Naidu, Wharton MBA ’18 and senior... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 13, 2020 by

The Northwestern Kellogg Experience During COVID-19

“Teamwork” and “Kellogg MBA” are practically synonymous.  So it’s hard to imagine what happens when student teammates can no longer convene on Northwestern University’s campus.  But such is the tough reality of social distancing and quarantining efforts amidst the threat of COVID-19.  Of course, business leaders are creative and adaptive, so unsurprisingly Kellogg MBA students have risen to the challenge and maintained their connections.  Three second-year MBA students, Mary Beech, Kris Masoor, Ayyub Bokhari, share below how their Kellogg education is already paying dividends during this crisis, how classmates & faculty continues to support each other, as well as some... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 13, 2020 by

Episode 96: Wire Taps— Berkeley Haas, Chicago Booth or Northwestern Kellogg?

In another podcast episode of Wire Taps, Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, are back to offer insights into the MBA admissions process. Tune in below to hear their feedback for MBA applicants who shared their stories on MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire. One MBA hopeful featured in the show has a lot of work experience: Another potential applicant may need to address their undergraduate GPA: The admitted MBA candidate featured in the podcast episode is deciding between Berkeley Haas, Chicago Booth or Northwestern Kellogg: Happy listening! Episode 96: Wire Taps— Berkeley Haas, Chicago Booth or Northwestern... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 13, 2020 by

Real Humans of Google: Senyo S. Abotsi, Wharton ’19, Product Specialist

Google has seven products with 1 billion users, and countless more products being ushered from ideation to development and delivery.  Their product management teams work on new technologies, platforms, consumer facing products, and/or enterprise systems.  Being in charge of product execution entails leadership, teamwork and superior management skills, among others that can be honed in business school.  In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, see how Senyo S. Abotsi, Wharton MBA ’19 and product specialist at Google, rose to the challenge of high expectations, developed a passion for business and now thrives in the tech industry. Senyo S. Abotsi, Wharton... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 13, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, April 13-17, 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!  Round 1 is now behind us; Round 2 is near completion. Round 3 deadlines are underway. The application 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. Tuesday, April 14, Yale SOM has its Round 3 deadline. Notre Dame /... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 10, 2020 by

The Yale SOM Experience During COVID-19

While the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 has disrupted admissions for this year’s MBA applicants, current students are also facing some shake-ups in their graduate management education.  To see how student life has changed, we have been catching up with MBA candidates across top programs.  To kick off this series, we hear from Grace Liu Happ, a first-year student at the Yale School of Management.  Nearly 350 students comprise Yale SOM’s Class of 2021, and the school has moved all Spring semester classes online.  Read on for Grace’s account of how the Yale MBA students and professors have united to adapt... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 10, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: The Oxford MBA So Far

As the COVID-19 pandemic rolls across the globe, MBA students have had to adapt their educational experiences. In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, we hear from an Oxford MBA student about the in-person highlights of her MBA from earlier this academic year, and how she and her classmates have kept their connection going. Oxford MBA Student, Cynthia Hass The Oxford MBA So Far By Cynthia Hass, MBA ’19-’20 With COVID19 in the air, we’ve moved to digital classes. That means our MBA is now completely online and we have to rely on our devices to keep us connected.... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 8, 2020 by

Real Humans of Apple: Kristin Glaspie, Wharton ’18, Supply Demand Management

The MBA experience can be a transformative one, opening up doors and ideas one may not have considered pre-business school. For Kristin Glaspie, Wharton MBA ’18, she expected to return to consulting post-MBA. But then, her internship during business school shifted her path to operations at Apple.  Majoring in operations and entrepreneurial management at Wharton supported this new direction, and she’s now a supply chain professional at the leading tech company.  Read on for her story, what stood out about her Wharton experience, and how she recommends approaching the post-MBA job search in this edition of Real Humans: Alumni. Kristin... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 7, 2020 by

Real Humans of Microsoft: Steven Lipner, Wharton ’18, Account Executive for Commercial Enterprise

Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft began there just about 45 years ago.  In the mid-1980s, it grew to dominate the personal computer operating system space, and has since maintained its stature as a household name.  Through decades of diversification, hundreds of millions of people now use Microsoft’s products.  From development to delivery, their products require a range of talent from a slew of sources—particularly from MBA graduates.  An MBA can provide diverse and versatile skills, allowing you to transition from such industries as finance and real estate, to a role combining consulting, tech and sales.  That’s just the path that... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 7, 2020 by

Episode 95: Strength in Numbers – A Student Loan Revolution

With admissions decisions rolling out and tuition bills now pending, it’s time to start thinking about financing your MBA.  The co-founders of LeverEdge, the first collective bargaining group for student loans, join us in this podcast episode to discuss how you can secure financing at reduced rates and save on your graduate education. LeverEdge Co-founders, Chris Abkarians (left) and Nikhil Agarwal (right) Co-founders Nikhil Agarwal and Chris Abkarians launched LeverEdge when they, too, were facing daunting tuition bills—both from Harvard Business School. Chris is currently in his final year at HBS. Previously, he had worked in management consulting, focusing on... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 6, 2020 by

Real Humans of Amazon: Serhat Pakyuz, LBS ’17, Senior Program Manager – Air Strategy

The business of e-commerce shows no signs of slowing down, and customers demand that delivery services speed up.  While fleets of trucks support the supply chain and drone delivery experiments carry on, cargo planes zig zag the country to ensure Amazon buyers receive their orders in record time.  Amazon branded a cargo plane for the first time in 2016, and claims to be on track to operate 70 planes out of more than 20 U.S. gateways by next year.  What began as Prime Air now operates under the name Amazon Air, where our featured alumnus in this edition of Real... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 6, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, April 6-10, 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! Many Late Round Deadlines  Round 1 is now behind us; Round 2 is near completion. Round 3 deadlines are underway. The application 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 6, UVA / Darden and Vanderbilt / Owen have their Round 3 deadlines. UNC / Kenan... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 6, 2020 by

Episode 94: Wire Taps—Harvard, Stanford GSB or Wharton?

We have a new episode of Wire Taps ready to be heard, so tune in for the latest from Clear Admit’s admissions experts.  As usual, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown discuss MBA admissions strategies for applicants and candidates who have shared their stories on MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire.  In this podcast episode, to start, they advise a generally strong candidate targeting consulting post-MBA: Another applicant, an Indian male seeking a career in investment banking, also sought advice:On DecisionWire, one lucky candidate is struggling with the decision among HBS, Stanford or Wharton:   Happy listening! Episode 94: Wire Taps—Harvard, Stanford... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 3, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Northwestern Kellogg Students Create a COVID-19 Pledge

It’s a surreal time, when social distancing and self-quarantine have disrupted our lifestyles and relationships.  Full-time MBA students, in particular, expected to finish their school years debating in classrooms, catching up in a favorite club meeting or planning an international trek together.  But, as business leaders need to be, MBA students are flexible and adaptable.  In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, we hear from several Kellogg MBA students a little about how they’re responding, as a community, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kellogg Students Create a COVID-19 Pledge By Mary Beech, Ayyub Bokhari, Karina Gerstenschlager, Vivian Mak, Kris Masoor... Read more »

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