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The Power of Giving Thanks in the MBA Admission Process

Nov. 21st, 2022 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

I still have the thank you note from the first student I admitted to Penn in 1990 (pictured here). It means a lot to me. Then, because it allowed me to see that I was someone that students could trust. And now, because it reminds me how powerful it is for the person across the […]

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How to Optimize LinkedIn: 10 Tips for MBA Applicants

Nov. 17th, 2022 | by: Sharon Joyce

It’s no secret that your social media posts are fair game to the MBA admissions committee. Nearly two-thirds of MBA admissions officers visit an applicant’s social media profiles to aid their decision-making, according to survey data from Kaplan Test Prep in 2021. Kaplan reports that 36% of admissions officers visit applicants’ social media profiles like […]

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Cornell Johnson MBA Essays for 2022-2023: Tips & Strategy

Nov. 14th, 2022 | by: Silpa Sarma

Cornell’s Johnson school is known for its tight-knit community and culture of collaboration. Learning to harness the power of a team to drive impact is a key component of the MBA experience at Johnson, and diversity among backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences is greatly valued. To that end, Cornell’s essay prompts aim to uncover applicants who […]

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MBA Interview Prep: 3 Key Qualities of ‘Professional Presence’

Nov. 7th, 2022 | by: Brittany Maschal

There’s an awkward coaching moment that most of us hope to avoid when preparing our clients for the MBA interview. As former senior admissions professionals at top-tier schools, my fellow MBA Admissions coaches and I are seasoned at navigating sensitive subjects while guiding candidates to convey their greatest potential as future business leaders. But anything […]

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How to Get Into NYU Stern

Nov. 1st, 2022 | by: Trisha Nussbaum

Much like New York City itself, NYU Stern has changed significantly over the years. In 2019, Stern released a ‘Call to Action,’ rebranding with its new slogan: “Change. Dare it. Dream it. Drive it.” Just as Stern has taken many steps to enhance its program in a rapidly changing, forward-thinking world, such as doubling down […]

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MBA Requirements: Advice for Non-traditional Applicants

Oct. 26th, 2022 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

My Fortuna Admissions colleague interviewed an MBA graduate named Paul Heslop, who serves as an Operations and Planning Chief for the United Nations. Among Paul’s bevy of unique distinctions is directing peacekeeping efforts in 17 countries, clearing thousands of unexploded mines and bombs, and defending multi-million-dollar budgets to the UN Security Council. Oh, and before […]

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Advice for the Wharton 2022-2023 TBD Prompt + 5 Tips for Your Pitch

Oct. 25th, 2022 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Wharton interview invites are out today, and the new prompt is a great one. Now is time to start preparing. The Wharton interview is distinctive among the M7 interview landscape for its Team Based Discussion, and this year continues with Covid Protocols and preparing to collaborate with your unknown teammates in a virtual format over Zoom. This […]

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Yale SOM MBA Interview: What to Expect & How to Prepare

Oct. 20th, 2022 | by: Zachary White

The Yale SOM interview tends to be a comfortable and friendly interview experience, lasting approximately 30 minutes, with a second year MBA student or member of the admissions committee. A unique feature of Yale SOM’s MBA Interview is its pre-interview assignment. If you’re invited to interview (as are approximately 40% of applicants), you’ll be asked […]

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10 Years of MBA Admissions Success: Fortuna’s Origin Story

Oct. 18th, 2022 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Matt Symonds and I had known each other for about 10 years while I was at Wharton as a Senior Associate and then Acting Director of MBA Admissions, and he was the co-founder of QS and the World MBA Tour. Matt’s company would host events all over the world for prospective candidates to meet with […]

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How to Address a Gap In Your MBA Resume: 5 Top Tips

Oct. 11th, 2022 | by: Jessica Chung

A gap in a candidate’s MBA resume always gives me pause. When I was Associate Director of Admissions at UCLA Anderson, my team and I often probed into these breaks in employment in order to discern the context behind this gap, and figure out what the applicant did during this time period. Whether an unattributed […]

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