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Victoria Michelotti, NYU Stern

As she begins her MBA journey at NYU Stern, blogger Victoria Michelotti says business school welcomes applications from students with non-traditional backgrounds just as much as those who have taken a more conventional path 

Marta Szczerba, Harvard Business School

Every year Harvard Business School asks departing students a question taken from the last lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Mary Oliver:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

Veena Viswanathan, Insead

Although beginning her MBA late in her career Veena Viswanathan opted to study on a full time programme rather than on an EMBA. Now two weeks in she already feels as if she is in a vacuum of assignments and group activities 

Diana Mak, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

As she graduates from Guanghua School of Management, Diana Mak reflects on the final year of her programme. Her MBA has given her the courage and inspiration to accomplish her goals.  

Lynne Hoey, IE Business School Global MBA +

The last few weeks have been busy for one blogger who is studying for her MBA online. Her 30-strong cohort hail from 21 countries and the students have been busy meeting each other online ahead of a get together at the end of this Month in Madrid 

Aushima Thakur, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

For one MBA blogger the business school journey is over, graduation is in sight and she looks forward to a new life 

Kyle Wu, Thunderbird School of Global Management

An MBA programme consists of a great many numbers and for students it becomes second nature to quantify or place a value on things  

Derek Laan, Sungkyunkwan - Kelley School of Business

When choosing a business school and an MBA programme, the FT Global MBA rankings are a great way to start 

Kyle Wu, Thunderbird School of Global Management

The MBA does not always begin with the first day of business school. For one blogger time spent in Taiwan has proved invaluable and he learned more from his visit than he could have ever done through books 

Thomas Pedrick, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

Having done his due diligence and compared various business schools in Europe, the US and Asia one blogger is excited to begin his MBA programme in South Africa 

Mihai Danila, Insead

Advice straight from the heart – one blogger believes that passion and self belief are all it takes to help you achieve your dreams 

Brigitte Roediger, University of Stellenbosch

Studying for an MBA provides students with a wealth of opportunities such as sitting in on advisory board meetings 

Arun Chaubey, Indian School of Business

One new blogger describes how life at the Indian School of Business is a 51-week roller coaster ride 

Ashish Rastogi, IIM Calcutta

An MBA student gives tips for would-be business school students and urges applicants to believe in themselves  

Ashish Rastogi, IIM Calcutta

“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne

It has only been two weeks at IIM Calcutta and it already feels like ages. What a whirlwind journey it has been so far – orientation, assignments, pre-readings, group projects, presentations, surprise quizzes and what not. These few days have been enough to reinforce the fact that the full time PGPex (Post Graduate Program for experienced executives) is not for the faint-hearted. 

Kelvin Chiu

Making the decision to study for an MBA is not easy. It means leaving family and friends and often a well-paid job. However, the rewards can be well worth it 

Andi Caruso, SDA Bocconi

It was the beginning of March, when I officially decided I wanted to get my MBA. I spent two weeks researching schools and trying to find the programmes that were the best fit for me. 

Ashish Dongre, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

The blog charts the start of my journey towards the school of my choice  

Barbara O'Beirne, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

Do not underestimate the GMAT, it is tricky and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to study 

Elli Papadaki

“Since starting my GMAT preparation course, I have heard a number of my fellow classmates discuss why an entry test is a prerequisite for many business schools as part of the admissions process.