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How to Shortlist the Best Business Schools for Your MBA

What is university shortlisting? If you’ve decided to pursue an MBA abroad, creating a university shortlist of institutions you want to attend is one of your priorities. You can increase your chances of success by understanding the MBA selection process and adopting a strategic approach. We recommend that applicants find a middle ground by being …

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The MBA Waitlist Secrets: All You Need to Know

Being waitlisted for an MBA program can be a frustrating and uncertain experience. After investing months into your MBA application, receiving neither an acceptance nor a rejection leaves you in limbo or purgatory. Some applicants find the MBA waitlist even more complex than a rejection, as it raises questions about the best course of action—should …

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How to Choose the Right MBA Admissions Consultant?

Applying to business schools is a long and arduous journey, which begins with the process of shortlisting schools and, if you play your cards right, ends with you preparing for and acing your MBA interview.  At every step, though, you must navigate various roadblocks, and even a single mistake can result in rejection, which could …

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MBA Admissions: Why Round 2 Applicants Have an Edge

“Should I apply to an MBA Programme in Round 2?” As MBA admissions consultants, we hear this question every year. It is generally believed that submitting your application as early as possible is the best option.  The MBA admissions processes at Columbia Business School, Duke Fuqua School of Business, or UVA’s Darden School of Business …

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Six Highlights About the Indian School of Business | The Red Pen

6 Highlights About Indian School of Business

Are you curious about what’s unique about the Indian School of Business (ISB)? What is it about this fairly young business school that attracts the best talent from India and even the rest of the world? Is it their rigorous curriculum? World-class faculty? Real-world exposure? The answer is that all this and more have made …

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How to Write the Chicago Booth Essays?

How to Write the Chicago Booth Essays?

Chicago Booth prides itself on having the world’s most flexible full-time MBA programme. The programme’s cornerstones are its three freedoms – academic freedom, the freedom to take risks and the freedom to define your impact on the world. The school looks for risk-takers who believe in challenging the status quo. Potential Boothies must dream big …

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How to Write the Stanford GSB Essays: Analysis, Examples and Strategies That Work

How to Write the Stanford GSB Essays: Analysis, Examples and Strategies That Work

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) looks for candidates with ambition, confidence and empathy to visualise outcomes that impact humanity and change the world. Ask yourself: Are these traits well represented in your application? How have you impacted communities or even countries? Do your interests and career trajectory demonstrate your intellectual curiosity? Does your …

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7 Things I Learned During My Time at Columbia Business School - By Preeti Wadekar | The Red Pen

7 Things I Learned During My Time at Columbia Business School

An MBA is akin to a roller coaster ride, thrilling, exhausting, but deeply enriching. After nine years, I can still say that my experience at Columbia Business School (CBS) was unparalleled, with immense learning opportunities both inside and out of the classroom. Following 10 years in audit and consulting, I wanted to switch my career …

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Telling Your Story - Writing the Harvard Business School (HBS) Essay | The Red Pen

Telling Your Story – Writing the Harvard Business School (HBS) Essay

Harvard Business School (HBS) states that while it looks for applicants with diverse life experiences, successful applicants have demonstrated a habit of leadership, analytical aptitude and engaged community citizenship. Students who form a part of the HBS community thrive in a dynamic, demanding environment that is highly verbal – filled with debate and discussion. The school’s …

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