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- You seem in a rush to go to MBA because you hate your current job
- Your GMAT is low
- You have not stated what you want to do coming out of MBA
- You are considering MBA programs lower-tier than Ross
- Figure out what you want to do, at least directionally. You seem to just want a career change but don't really know what your goal is. This will get you slaughtered both in the admissions process and while at school, because your admissions story won't be all that cogent and even if you get in, you will have a hard time prioritizing what to do / how to spend time etc. and could very well potentially end up in a job you don't actually like (or can't find a job because you aren't focused enough). I think this is extremely important and I am a firm believer that no one should go to MBA just to get away from their current job and without knowing themselves enough to know what they want (not that it can't change later).
- Get your GMAT score at least to 700. This will make you at least competitive at top schools - you want the GMAT at least to be a reason not to go against you (even if it doesn't directly help you). I firmly believe the GMAT is not a test of intelligence, it is a test of memorizing random tricks and applying them under time pressure. If you study enough, you absolutely CAN get a score of over 700. When I first started studying I got a 670 - through concentrated studying, I raised it 100 points. This is possible if you put in the effort.
- Narrow down your schools based on a few criteria - I think the two most important are what kind of career you want coming out and if the right people recruit at that school (notice that figuring out what you want is the number one priority), and the location that you want to be in post-graduation. Now the top schools will allow you to largely go anywhere (e.g., if you go to Stanford you can still get jobs in NYC), but if you are planning to look at lower schools then choosing a school based on where you eventually want to live is more critical because they don't have national reputations.
- I would rule out schools ranked lower than Ross. I think Ross is a good option because basically most of the good companies who would recruit at a Harvard still come to Ross, and the power of the Ross alumni network is still decent nationally. Now, once you go lower than that, you are losing these two pieces - you mentioned UW - Foster but I really think that's burning money and would just simply focus my efforts on getting a job / changing careers without MBA. In business and law schools, the level of "prestige" matters incredibly (in contrast to, say, medical school - you can still be a doctor going to any medical school).
|11 hours 48 min ago||STARTUPS||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||+1 for Infinite Grover. Pure||
+1 for Infinite Grover. Pure genius.
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||Some Advice From a Fall 2015 Admit||
OP, it seems we are the exact same age and are looking at a similar type of situation, so hopefully my advice is useful. Just for background, I graduated Michigan undergrad b-school in 2011 and will have worked for about four years before starting business school in the fall. I applied Round 1 to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and Columbia and got denied by Stanford, waitlisted at Harvard, and accepted in Wharton and Columbia. I will most likely be attending Wharton in the fall.
A couple things standout to me:
Given these things, here's my advice to you, in order of priorities:
Given these things and just how hard it is to get into anywhere decent during Round 3, I would absolutely urge you to suck it up at the job and wait it out and apply Round 1 this fall. First of all, you won't have the time to figure out what I stated above before Round 3. Second of all, I think you should consider the longer-term implications of your decision rather than just running away from something. I know the current job sucks (I'm in one I hate as well) but the risk of going back to school, doing something just as bad, and burning money at the same time is too high to not make an informed decision.
Sorry this isn't all rosy, but the real world is a cold place and I want to give as real of advice as possible. Good luck with everything from a fellow die-hard Michigan fan.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know if you can||
I don't know if you can comprehend this, but the starting quarterback at the University of Michigan posting pictures at the hospital probably does a lot of good in of itself to raise awareness for the hospital and the sick patients. In fact, there's a valid argument to be made that all the other athletes should post pictures too as it will raise even more awareness.
Go ahead, think about it. I'll wait.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Me either, glad we were both||
Me either, glad we were both able to.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||My guess is maybe the search||
My guess is maybe the search firm could help unearth some potentially viable and interested candidates through established relationships with agents and advisors in the event that obvious options A, B, and C somehow fall through.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Confusion||
So I'm a bit confused because I thought I had read right here on MGoBlog (perhaps in one of Brian's Searchbits posts) that Hackett was very reluctant to even take the interim AD job? And that he was content in his retirement and definitely didn't want the permanent position but was just filling in because he is a huge Michigan supporter and former player with fairly good leadership experience?
Since then, I haven't heard anything along these lines and it seems more and more like his term is getting longer. Just wondering if anyone had a perspective on this - doesn't seem like these two positions really reconcile. Did he simply change his mind and decide he likes being AD?
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Hopslam||
To be honest, I don't really love Two Hearted. I'm a huge Bells fan (and general small brewery / craft beer fan), but I don't think Two Hearted really differentiates itself significantly from many other pale ales out there. Don't get me wrong, it's great, but not something I'd go out of my way for. The Michigan ties and the good times I had while drinking it obviously make a difference, but it's not enough to make it outstanding.
Now Bell's Hopslam is a ridiculously distinctive and noteworthy beer that is much harder to find outside of Michigan (I live in NYC and have seen a few times, but nowhere near how much Two Hearted is distributed). The stories I could tell about getting hammered on the deliciously enjoyable beer...
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Life is life.||
Life is life.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||This is kind of a weird point||
This is kind of a weird point to me. I have no reason to doubt what you are saying (empirically it seems true), but who cares? I am a fan of Michigan football and so long as a coach can help the Michigan Wolverines be successful, I honestly don't care if the players he develops are amazing in the NFL or not. Would it be nice? Of course. Is it a priority / does it really matter to me? Nope.
I'd be pretty happy with a Tebow, with a Prescott, or with a Gardner being used correctly.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Bosch's Status?||
I'm assuming no one has heard any news with Bosch since he took his leave of absence with the team? Just making sure I didn't miss anything, although I read the blog pretty religiously.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry, I did miss it. Honest||
Sorry, I did miss it. Honest mistake. I actually read the boards religiously but probably just skimmed over it and forgot.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Fuck You||
Logged in just to say fuck you. Hope you get banned, fucker.
|42 weeks 1 min ago||I haven't posted in a long,||
I haven't posted in a long, long time, but dear God this was fucking funny. Really made my day, thanks.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Does Bollman call the plays?||
Does Bollman call the plays? I thought I read somewhere that he isn't handling those duites.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Although I don't post much, I||
Although I don't post much, I read 100% of content on this site. ST3, I sincerely hope this is your RS Junior year and you are back for more!
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Not to pick on you too much,||
Not to pick on you too much, OP, but your post is a classic example of picking out an outlier to make an untrue assertion. Sure, it worked for Michigan THAT YEAR, but that doesn't mean that you can use 1997 as a predictor for 2013 or any other year since of course the actual trend is for teams which are younger overall not to do as well.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Good post, but you may want||
Good post, but you may want to edit your title with a "<=" sign instead.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Thanks for this update, I for||
Thanks for this update, I for one really enjoy hearing about all Michigan sports and would love to get regular info beyond football and basketball (which are obviously great).
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Maybe they should call Tim||
Maybe they should call Tim Beckman... He seemed ready for the big leagues. Oh wait, 2012 just happened...
|2 years 22 weeks ago||It's an easily debatable||
It's an easily debatable decision, but I wouldn't say it's inexcusable by any means. Brian, the Mathlete, and others have been advocates of going for it on fourth down. I would love to see what the math says in this situation. We had been moving the ball pretty well on that particular drive as well.
People talk about the impact of not making it and all the downsides, but they don't focus enough on the upside. Say we make it and really crush the spirit of the Buckeye defense, get momentum, etc. There is such thing as generating positive momentum, not simply losing momentum. There was a great Smart Football article about this.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Excellent post OP. However,||
Excellent post OP.
However, I disagree on the 4th down play. I watched it over and over (sickeningly) on the game highlights at MGoVideo and Denard had already been engaged by a Buckeye defender. Lewan does whiff his block completely, you are right, but it's unlikely that Denard would have gotten 3 more yards while being slowed by a defender allowing Buckeye help to get to him.
While this wasn't a straight up the middle play, it also wasn't attacking the edge which we did earlier extremely effectively.
I'm still not sure why we don't just have Gardner rollout with a run-pass option. That seems like our best play threatening the defense in multiple spots.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Thanks man, was just curious.||
Thanks man, was just curious.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||I wouldn't say it's commonly||
I wouldn't say it's commonly available. Here in NYC I believe only Time Warner and a few other providers carry it. I have RCN and I can't get Big Ten Network, so have to stream or watch games at other peoples' places.
If they added some more East Coast schools, I'm assuming the other cable carriers will pick up BTN as well.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||It's Galt...||
|2 years 29 weeks ago||I think recruiting rankings||
I think recruiting rankings can't really properly evaluate something that is key to how a player pans out: individual work ethic.
Just like instinct, some players just have it and others don't. This is the reason someone like a 2-star J.J. Watt can come in to Wisconsin at like 230 lbs and then turn into an NFL draft pick.
I just don't think there is any way to reliably predict work ethic, as you don't know how all the players will react to their adjustments in college, the status they get, the distractions, etc.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||http://www.lsufootball.net/tv||
This link basically has the information for every game out there.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Hoke has stated that Countess||
Hoke has stated that Countess is normally the gunner on punt coverage.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||I'm not disputing any of the||
I'm not disputing any of the facts that you state. They are are true and good. My point is that a Big Ten team, if the Big Ten is really to claim a spot as one of the nation's foremost conferences, should never struggle with any of htese teams that you have metnioned. I'm not saying you shouldn't schedule these teams or anything... just when you do you should annhillate them.
Credit to the FCS when it is due... THe other side is that the Big Ten should be doing better.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||I mean, I have nothing but||
I mean, I have nothing but fondness for Northern Iowa... I've been to some games there and I have run multiple track meets in the Unidome. They recruit the best talent they can get (top Iowa talent mixed with some elsewhere, they have a great track program), but they should never even come close to the talent level of a Big Ten team.
Basically you are making my point... There is no reason for any defending conference champ to lose to a better than average FCS team. There is also no reason for any team in the Big Ten to lose to a team that is in a whole division lower than itself. It's like another App. State...