What Doesn’t Affect Your Credit Score

A high credit score can be like a healthy weight. You know you want it, but are you doing the right things to achieve it? Some information you thought might influence your credit score simply doesn’t. Let’s look at five things you don’t need to worry will hurt your score — and five things that do…

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Your 4 Step Guide to Beating Those MBA Round 2 Deadlines

4 Tips for beating the MBA Round 2 deadlines

January may seem like worlds away, but if you don’t get crackin’ now, then these next 6-8 weeks will come and go before you can say “MBA 2018.”

Hopefully by this point you’ve already taken your GMAT and decided on the MBA programs you’d like to attend. Now it’s time to turn your attention to the actual applications, with a heavy emphasis on those MBA essays.

Yes, now.

Assuming you apply to 4-6 programs, that’ll give you about 3 weeks for the first application (which is always the hardest), and then about 1-1.5 weeks for each remaining application, and a couple of weeks for the unexpected things that you can expect will happen between now and January.

It’s you versus the buzzer.

Here are four things you can do now to make sure you submit your MBA Round 2 applications on time:

1. Create a detailed schedule.

Make a fairly rigid schedule that allows time for drafting, writing, and editing each essay. Each one of these steps requires time, lots of time, so the key is to start early and commit to your schedule. Let your forward momentum propel you to the finish line. (P.S. Your schedule should be rigid, but you should also accept that there are always hiccups along the way; leave room for error and the expected unexpected.)

2. Complete one application before moving to the next.

Approaching each application separately will help ensure that each is completed as a cohesive package. Writing all your goals essays and then all your achievement essays and then all your team work essays will simply confuse things and result in you losing focus. Write HBS’ essay first, conveying your unique story as it relates to Harvard. Then do Stanford’s essays, while focusing on how your story relates to Stanford. Then move on to Wharton, Columbia, MIT, and Kellogg respectively (or whatever other schools you’re applying to, of course).

3. Determine which experiences best match each question for each school.

Your essays should complement each other and the rest of your application. You won’t want to use the same experience in two of your Haas essays, but you may be able to use an experience highlighted in a short answer from Harvard’s app in one of your Kellogg essays.

4. Do NOT submit your applications right away.

This applies to all your MBA applications, but particularly to the first one you complete. Here’s why: As you proceed through subsequent applications, you may discover that certain ideas that you developed in Application #4 help sharpen a point in Application #1. A week before the deadline is a good time to review your first application and clarify any points that have been further developed in later applications. If your original points seem fuzzy, then you’ll have enough time to refine them.

You’re positioning yourself wisely by beginning this process now. Remember, pace yourself, stay organized, and keep your eye on those deadlines. Slow and steady wins the race, here – last minute sprinting will only lead to errors!

Work one-on-one with an admissions pro to write application application essays that will get you accepted to your dream school.

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Related Resources:

From Example to Exemplary: How to Create Outstanding Essays, a free guide
6 Tips for Getting Started on Your Application Essays
Resourceful Essay Recycling

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Deadlines Are Approaching – Will Your Application Be Ready?

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Muddled Thinking: Med School Application Essay Flaw #5

Muddled thinking: The 5th flaw to avoid in your med school personal statement

Watch what you write! In this blog series, we’ll examine the 5 fatal flaws that you should avoid when writing your med school application essays. In our final post in this series, we’ll explore how you can present your ideas clearly, avoiding muddled thinking that will confuse your readers.

You’ve done your self-reflection, made sure you answered the question, avoided clichés, and used details and specifics, but somehow your essay isn’t working. It seems all over the place. Unfocused and hard to follow.

Even if you have a clear goal or sense of direction, you have to structure your essay so that your reader can easily follow your thought process. Here are a few tips to ensure that logical structure and coherent presentation.

1. A core idea or theme

Every essay should have a single message you are trying to convey and you should be able to boil that theme down to one, or at most two, sentences. Everything in your essay should support that theme.

2. A logical structure

You may have multiple examples in your personal statement or simply different subtopics to prove your main point. That’s fine. But you need to organize them either chronologically or thematically. Either one will work, but there needs to be a structure, and you need to stick to it.

3. Transitions

Use transition to help your reader move from one subtopic to the next and see the connections or contrast between these subtopics. Transitions are like signposts guiding your reader along the path of your essay.

Before you start writing your personal statement or secondaries, think about what you want to say clearly and critically. As I said in “Lack of Substance” (Fatal Flaw #1), you need to examine your head and your heart. Just make sure your head is in good working order when it listens to your heart and that your essay is structured so the reader sees that both these organs are working just fine.

Avoid Fatal Flaw #5: Write so that the reader can follow your thought-process, and make sure that your essay is a coherent whole.

Now you that you know what NOT to do, it’s time to focus on what you SHOULD do to submit the absolute best medical school applications possible. Work one-on-one with a pro to create an application that will get you ACCEPTED.

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Related Resources:

From Example to Exemplary: A Guide to Writing Winning Outstanding Essays
10 Tips for Better Essay Writing
Review Your Essays Like an Admissions Consultant: Use the Editing Funnel

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London Business School MiM Essay Questions, Tips & Deadlines

London Business School 2018 MiM Essay Questions, Tips and Deadlines

The London Business School Masters in Management application essay questions indicate that the adcom values and seeks applicants who, at an early state in their careers, already have self-understanding and the ability to reflect and self-critique. Why? For people who are just starting their careers and don’t yet have a lot of real-world experience to draw on, these qualities will allow them to truly benefit from the program and chart an appropriate path forward.

The LBS MiM essay questions also reflect the program’s requirements for strong communication skills. They require you not just to cite facts but to express ideas, evaluate qualitative factors, and draw insights.

Question 1: What motivates you to further your academic and professional interest in business and why do you want to pursue the Masters in Management or Global MiM programme at London Business School? (600 words)

A simple and sensible approach to this essay is to break it into two main sections per the question:

1. Your academic and professional interest in business.
2. Why this program.

The first section may be a bit longer than the second, which is fine.

I combine academic and professional interest together in the first section because they are not separate for most people, and they both relate to a key point: your career goals. Presumably, your career plans are what motivate your interest in business. Briefly discuss those career plans as you envision them at this point, and explain how and why they inspire you to learn more about business. Since the question breaks out academic and professional, do directly address both – academic would refer to your desire to pursue this learning specifically through a graduate business program, and professional would refer to your projected professional growth and the education it requires.

In the second section, identify specific aspects of the LBS MiM program that you believe will be particularly helpful and/or important in facilitating and enabling that growth. Don’t just list things, but connect them to learning needs, goals, and/or intellectual interests.

Question 2: During your time as a student, how will you contribute to the London Business School community? (400 words)

This question is a great opportunity to differentiate yourself and spotlight relevant accomplishments. Having an impact means contributing based on what you have done, experienced, and/or learned (and, sometimes, endured…). To identify the best topics, consider drawing from your work or internship experience, personal interests, academic experience, distinctive or unusual aspects of your background, etc. Most people will do best to discuss 3-4 topics, for each describing the experience you’re drawing from and then explaining – in specific terms – how it will allow you to contribute to the LBS community. If 1-2 of these are discussed in some detail, you can mention 1-2 more topics with less detail.

Question 3 (Global MiM applicants only): Global MiM applicants will be required to complete an additional video essay component of the application via Kira Academic. You will receive the details of how to access your video questions via Kira within one week of submitting your application. If you do not receive the instructions within this timescale please contact us. Please note your application will not be considered complete until the video portion of your application has been submitted.

If you aren’t accustomed to doing video presentations, put some effort into visual elements like background and lighting. Keep the background simple, clean, and uncluttered. Have the light behind the camera and shining on you. Dress professionally. Also, practice – make up some sample/test questions and practice answering into a video camera, so that when the time comes you’re comfortable talking to the camera and can respond succinctly and engagingly. Oh, and remember to smile!

If you would like professional guidance with your LBS MiM application, check out Accepted’s MiM Application Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the LBS MiM application.

London Business School MiM 2017-18 Application Deadlines:

LBS 2017-18 MBA Application Deadlines

***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***

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Related Resources:

5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Application Essays, a free guide
College Students, Recent Grads Interested in Business: London is Calling!, a podcast episode
Approaching The Diversity Essay Question

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5 More Tips to Help You Become a Physician Assistant

5 additional tips to help you become a Physician Assistant

If you missed the first 5 tips for acceptance to a Physician Assistant program, check them out here.

1. Double check deadlines and track your progress in a spreadsheet.

Create an excel spreadsheet to give yourself a big picture of the application timeline. List each school and its individual deadline, as well as the dates that you submit materials and interview. This approach will ensure that you don’t get lost in the excitement and details of the application process.

2. Emphasize your ability to collaborate and work in teams through your activities/essays.

As a PA, you will be expected to serve as a powerful member of a healthcare team. Demonstrating your ability to successfully collaborate with others will give your application an edge.

3. Gain direct exposure to the field by volunteering or working with a PA.

In order to convince the selection committee that you know what you are getting yourself into, get experience working directly with a PA. The more that you can showcase your knowledge of the field and how you will excel within this particular role the stronger your application will be.

4. Since CASPA does not notify you that materials are missing from your application, be proactive and contact them directly to confirm that all materials have been received.

Most applicants don’t realize that CASPA does not notify them if materials are missing. Submit materials early and call/email to confirm that all materials have been received. Advocate for yourself! This is too important to let slide.

5. Participate in mock interviews to prepare for your PA interviews.

One of my clients last year completed six mock interviews with me because English was her second language and she wanted to practice to improve her confidence. She gave an amazing interview and was accepted into the program. It’s no accident that she did well, because she put all her effort into the preparation.

If you focus on the aspects of the application that you have control over, as outlined above, you will improve your chances of success. When it comes to the parts of the application that you have no control over, you can be more relaxed because you’ve done your best on the rest.

Be thoughtful with your essays and words and carefully explain your background and reasons for applying. For assistance in these areas, contact me or my colleagues at Accepted.

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Related Resources:

The Quick Guide to Admissions Resumes, a free guide
3 Tips for Showing Strengths in Your Application Essays
The Passion of a PA, a student interview

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