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The Grand Prize is a 1 week, all expense-paid tour of 5 elite business schools – Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Stanford GSB, Haas and one US school of your choice. Beat The GMAT will pay for everything, including flights from anywhere in the world.
This conference will be streaming in real-time. And you can attend it virtually from anywhere, online. You can ask questions to the speakers live by tweeting your questions with the #beatthegmat hashtag.
I’m not sure whether they’d broadcast it and live-stream it online (via webcam?) but I think they should.
Shout out to all those living in San Francisco/bay area especially near San Mateo, you can attend the conference in person, it’s free seminars, free consulting/advice, free opportunity to network & make new friends & of course free lunch. So dont miss this event. Click here to RSVP and attend the conference in person.
The event is arranged in progressive order, first you’ve GMAT prep tip and tricks, GMAT strategies, then applying to b-schools strategy covering most important aspect ie. ‘admission essays’. Then in afternoon, a story of a successful applicant and finally a glimpse of how it feels to be an MBA alum.All in one day free of cost! it’s a complete package that only a foolish can miss.
Here’s the detailed all day agenda for the conference:
July 7, 2010 (All timing mentioned are PST Pacific standard time)
Welcome & Introduction to the Conference 8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Speakers: Eric Bahn, Beat The GMAT; Hansoo Lee, Magoosh.com
GMAT Seminar: Brent’s Favorite Tips and Tricks for the GMAT 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Speaker: Brent Hanneson, Leap Education
The Art of a Gripping MBA Goals Essay 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Speaker: Cindy Tokumitsu, Accepted.com
Break 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
How I Got Accepted – Q&A with Class of 2012 MBA Admits 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Speakers: Cara Delzer, Stanford GSB; Charles Shieh, MIT Sloan
Two Critical Steps to Admissions Success: Approaching Essays and Conducting Effective School Research 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Speaker: Stacey Oyler, Clear Admit
From HBS to Yelp.com – My Career Since B-School 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Speakers: Wendy Lim, HBS Class of 2006
Closing Comments 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Speakers: Eric Bahn, Hansoo Lee
And I have returned to day dreaming. Return to aim WSC (cough! Wharton Stanford Columbia). I had said earlier and mentioned in my description line of the blog as well that I am no more aiming for Stanford GSB. Well! and I had my reasons for that. I know its unusual & who doesnt want to have MBA degree from such prestigious and one of the best b-schools in the world? I assessed myself and realized that I am not a good fit for Stanford GSB culture. I think I dont deserve it.
But recent news made me think about my decision again. I know again this time I may not be one the firsts who knew about this scholarships’ (/ fellowship ) announcement. So I ask, & who doesn’t want a full-ride for Stanford anyways. Reliance Industries has announced and The Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship. It’s a FULL RIDE scholarship, meaning your tuition fees will be waived INCLUDING all your other expenses such as living at Stanford university, schooling, boarding, books etc; virtually all expenses associated to applying and attending stanford MBA (so, does that include GMAT fees as well??).
The scholarship is need-based & academics of the applicant will be considered in scrutinizing candidates. But the most emphasis will be given to the applicant’s interest in India and her willingness to work in India post-MBA. The conditions for Reliance Stanford scholarship are: Applicants if given the scholarship have to come to India in 2/3 year post-MBA for at least 2/3 years.
The selection process involves two phases. At first phase 50 candidates will be shortlisted & will be allowed to apply to Stanford University for traditional two year MBA program. Stanford will select at the most five candidates from fifty by their .
There has never been such a huge scholarship for any international applicants earlier. It is obvious to think that it would lead to more applications from Indian origin and hence selection process at Stanford would be tough still. But I think it would not be the case. First of all, Reliance candidates are entirely different pool and Stanford made it sure that they will not allocate more than five seats for fifty selected applicants. And even for Reliance Stanford scholarship applicants’ gang, I think it’s difficult to get through in first fifty. As mentioned in official website the candidates will be short-listed on need-base. It is the kind of bread which is difficult to get in India these days. With all India-shining and raining jobs, the average income of person from 20/30 age group has raised tremendously in a decade. Incidentally these very people want career upgradation, want to excel and hence want to join MBA programs of international stature. And the pool of youth who’s actually financially poor is not even aware of such MBA programs.
Still I hope Reliance will be successful in finding the best candidates in all the terms they demand. The last question stuck in my mind is whether this scholarship is genuine? I mean why should I be happy & so all prospective India MBA aspirants if the scholarship is not for those who genuinely qualify for it? I hope and pray it should all be white and transparent. But wouldn’t it be the scheme of Reliance with hidden interest? the scheme: to make Indian ministers and bureaucrats happy by offering their sons/daughters an MBA degree from Stanford?
I hope & pray my speculation is absolutely wrong.
I just changed the title of this blog. (I merged all my blogs now)
Do you Aim-WSC?
It’s the name I chose for myself in some GMAT and MBA related forums couple of years ago and now it’s almost became a synonym for me… though I go by Johny Cage, my identity as aim-wsc is more popular than my name. They’ve nicknamed me as “aim” and now I really check the sentence twice whenever I see that word…Many of my phone calls I answer these days had to attend by aim-wsc and not by Pranav Amrute.
Heck! People actually discussed about my username on “forum trivia” thread! Aim-wsc has a great potential to grow further in future! (but now I dont endorse that brand)
Watch this space as I’ll be writing more here from now. And make a brand as aim-wsc
I have been doing research on b-schools since ages; and when I joined these online forums, I had shortlisted MBA programs from three top b-schools: Wharton, Stanford, Columbia. Today, though I have chucked the thought of applying to Stanford, ( as I realised that it’s not my kind of school and I dont fit in that MBA program.) , it is still there in my name.
I am loser yet I am aiming high. Do you too aim higher?
Do you Aim-WSC?
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