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Two Things I Wish I Knew…

The whole idea behind B-School Preschool is to help incoming and future MBAs prepare for their experience by understanding what others in their shoes have already been through.

Today, we take a new step forward in that pursuit with a new feature: “Two Things I Wish I Knew.”

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April 7, 2010   3 Comments

Welcome New Pre-MBAs!

Hello to all newly minted Pre-MBAs!Beach- Chennai- India courtesy bjee

B-School Preschool is still on vacation (call it an extended Summer break – wish you were here!), but the faculty and administration is hard at work updating the site and making improvements so that it can be even more helpful to you, as an incoming MBA.

If this is your first visit, please take a spin around and read the posts that are currently up — we hope you find them informative and interesting.  And please check back in the coming months as we get the site ready for 2010.

See you soon…

October 30, 2009   No Comments

The $64,000 Question, Part 2: What can I do to prepare for the quant classes?

This is the fourth in a series of “MBA Building Blocks,” posts that focus on the key things pre-MBAs should be thinking about and doing before they start school.

So, now that you’ve done a little thinking about yourself in part 1 of this post, let’s get down to business.

The Classes

In case you haven’t gotten your hands on a typical first-year schedule yet, the major quant classes you’ll likely be taking are Accounting, Statistics, Economics (either Micro-, Macro- or both) and Corporate Finance.  I say “major,” because depending on your program, there may be others.  In fact, another class that will probably involve lots of numbers is Operations, but most of the math in Ops is likely to be pretty basic so I’m not going to focus on it here.

What You Can Do

So, is the suspense killing you already?  Well, here’s a short list of ideas that is by no means all-inclusive, but should give you a start. [Read more →]

April 26, 2009   1 Comment

The $64,000 Question, Part 1: Do you need to prepare for the quant classes?

This is the third in a series of “MBA Building Blocks,” posts that focus on the key things pre-MBAs should be thinking about and doing before they start school.

When I talk to pre-MBAs, one question that invariably comes up is this:

How should I prepare for all of those MBA quant classes?

And even though there is no one single answer to that question, it’s one of my favorites to respond to.

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April 22, 2009   No Comments

B-School on a Budget: Kill Your Television

One of the topics I intend to post about a lot is money.

For better or worse, money will likely play a big role in your business school experience.  From living on a budget and taking out loans all the way to taking classes that revolve around money and getting into a career that has a focus on money (hint: no matter what job you take next summer or after graduation, there’s a good chance that having an MBA will immediately make you a ‘money person’ in the eyes of your co-workers).

And while there will be plenty of time to talk about the serious aspects of loans and budgeting, I want to start with one possibility that many people will never even consider:

Canceling your cable.

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March 29, 2009   4 Comments

How B-School is Like the NCAA Basketball Tournament

As if the theme of this entire blog isn’t a dead giveaway, I really like analogies and metaphors – I find they are a great way to relate something new to something that is already understood.  So, when I read this post at about a tournament bracket based on BusinessWeek rankings of MBA programs, it got me thinking:

How is B-School like the NCAA Basketball Tournament?

They probably have more in common than you think.  So, for all you sports fans, here are some of the things that quickly come to mind: [Read more →]

March 24, 2009   No Comments


This post is part of a continuing series of words and phrases that you’re likely to hear in b-school, but may not be familiar with.

This is one of my favorites, and if you take a Negotiations class, you’ll become intimately acquainted with the BATNA.  Its an acronym that stands for Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement. [Read more →]

March 22, 2009   No Comments

MBA Tech Tools: File Storage/Sharing Services

This post is part of a continuing series of “MBA Tech Tools” featuring websites and internet services that can assist you in your MBA journey.

Every MBA project team since the advent of email and Microsoft Office has had to deal with the same problem:  how to transfer/share the inevitable ginormous group PowerPoint.

Email is an ok solution, but dealing with big attachments can be a serious nuisance – especially if your school has strict limits on the size of your mailbox.  And what if you have a bunch of files that you want to share with your team?

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March 10, 2009   4 Comments

MBA WordPlay: Order of Magnitude

This post is part of a continuing series of words and phrases that you’re likely to hear in b-school, but may not be familiar with.

“Order of Magnitude”

Officially, order of magnitude has to with estimating something within a power of 10, but in the business sense, it’s often used to describe an estimate that is within a range that allows for meaningful discussion and decision-making.

Some interesting discussion on the phrase can be found here. (Thanks, Hoover’s!)

Like this feature?  Hate it?  Current MBAs, have some phrases or words you wish you knew before you got to school?  Let me know by posting a comment below or getting in touch.

March 10, 2009   2 Comments

20 Seconds That Can Change Your Life

Disclaimer:  This post isn’t about prepping for b-school.  It’s more of a public service announcement.  So file it away for the time being.

At some point during the first few months of school, you will encounter a situation like this:

You’re hunched over a computer and have 10 minutes to send 5 emails during a break in-between classes or before you head to bed at 2 a.m.  Maybe the email is to a project team, maybe it’s to an alum you’re trying to network with, or maybe it’s something else entirely.

No matter what it is, you’re tired, you’re cranky, and you’ve got way too many things to do and not enough time to do them.

And because of all these circumstances, the email you’re about to send is, shall we say, “not your best work.”

When you find yourself in this situation, or one similar, do yourself a favor and stop for 20 seconds. [Read more →]

March 10, 2009   3 Comments