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MCAT Veteran Teaches You How to Prepare for Your Test

What factors should you consider when deciding how to prepare for the MCAT? [Show summary] Our guest today has been providing MCAT prep for just under 30 years and he's going to share his best MCAT prep advice with you! The Berkeley Review’s CEO, Todd Bennett, shares his best MCAT prep advice [Show notes] Our guest today is Todd Bennett, whom I met many, many years ago. He is the CEO of and an MCAT instructor at The Berkeley Review, which he co-founded in 1992. Todd, welcome to Admissions...


How to Respond to a Rejection

How to Respond to a Rejection [Show summary] Admissions guru Linda Abraham highlights four reasons that could cause a rejection and offers concrete, practical suggestions for moving forward. How to Respond to a Rejection [Show notes] Some of you are unfortunately facing a fistful of dings at the moment. Some of you haven't heard definitively. You are either in waitlist limbo, or just waiting to hear an answer, any answer, to your applications this year. But you know that rejection is still a...


All About Becoming a Georgetown McDonough MBA

What every applicant to Georgetown McDonough should know [Show summary] Shelly Heinrich, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions at Georgetown McDonough, explores what’s new with the school’s full-time and flex MBA programs and how applicants can stand out to the admissions committee. Make your application to Georgetown McDonough shine! [Show notes] Interested in an MBA focused on international business with rigorous academics and a supportive collaborative culture? Pull up a chair. Today's guest...


A Dean’s Perspective on What Makes Great Physicians

Words of advice for premeds and medical school applicants [Show summary] Dr. Sunny Nakae discusses CUSM’s approach to training the next generation of great physicians and shares wisdom from her book, Premed Prep: Advice from a Medical School Admissions Dean. Are you curious about CUSM? Read on for info about this new program and for valuable tips for all medical school applicants [Show notes] How do you prepare to become a physician? How do you prepare to apply to medical school? Our guest...


An MBA Success Story Reflects on His HBS Experience, 7 Years Later

How can an MBA degree help an entrepreneur? [Show summary] Entrepreneur and Harvard Business School grad Ben Faw reflects on the value of his MBA and the role it played in his successful career. Why this serial entrepreneur feels his time at HBS was invaluable [Show notes] What happens to Harvard Business School MBAs after their first job? Do they still value the HBS MBA experience? Let's ask Ben Faw, who was a member of the HBS MBA class of 2014. Ben Faw was previously a guest on Admissions...


How an Orthopedic Surgeon Survived and Thrived in Med School

Achieving balance: A resident's advice for succeeding in medical school without sacrificing your personal life [Show summary] Dr. Wendell Cole, a Morehouse graduate and orthopedic surgical resident at Tulane, shares the personal experiences and med school survival strategies that led him to write The Med School Survival Kit. How planning and time management pave the way towards greater academic success and personal fulfillment [Show notes] Have you been accepted to medical school this cycle?...


What Prospective MBAs Need to Know About Applying to INSEAD

Discover INSEAD's unique one-year MBA [Show summary] Virginie Fougea, Global Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at INSEAD, shares what’s new for the school’s MBA program and what prospective applicants with global business ambitions should know. Do you aspire to do business internationally? Consider INSEAD! [Show notes] Are you a citizen of the world? Do you aspire to be one? Do you have global business ambitions? Then you should be interested in the business school for the world,...


All About Duke’s Top-Ranked PA Program

What is Duke's physician assistant program looking for in applicants? [Show summary] April Stouder, Associate Program Director and Chair of the Admissions Committee for Duke’s PA program, explores what’s unique about this top-ranked program and what applicants can do to be competitive. A focus on primary care makes Duke's PA program unique [Show notes] Are you preparing to become a PA, or even just considering the field? Are you wondering how to apply successfully? Our guest today is the...


What Happened to the LSAT-Flex?

Everything you need to know to about the latest incarnation of the LSAT [Show summary] LSAT prep expert Steve Schwartz returns to the Admissions Straight Talk to discuss the demise of the LSAT-Flex, the future of the LSAT, and essential test prep tips for law school applicants. How to prep right and crush the LSAT! [Show notes] LSAC recently announced new test dates, the demise of LSAT-Flex, and the return of the LSAT, but remotely. Let's get the low-down from LSAT expert Steve Schwartz of...


An Inside Look at USC’s Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry

Do you fit with USC’s Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry?[Show summary] Dr. Anita Tourah, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, offers an inside look at the dental student experience and admissions process. How an emphasis on research, education and patient care makes USC’s Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry unique [Show notes] Are you thinking of a career in dentistry? Worried about how to get in? Wondering what a dental education...


What It’s Like to Apply for a Master’s in Finance or MBA in 2021

Are you considering a Master’s in Finance or MBA degree? [Show summary] Admissions veteran and Accepted consultant Dr. Christie St-John explores the latest in MBA admissions and provides insights for those applying for a master’s in finance. Read on for must-know admissions insights! [Show notes] In May of 2020, admissions veteran Dr. Christie St-John joined Accepted as an MBA and graduate admissions consultant. Today, I'm going to speak with her about MBA admissions and about master’s in...


Life as a Dental Student at UCLA

Ellisa's non-traditional path to dentistry [Show summary] Ellisa Soberon, a dental student at UCLA with a nontraditional path to dentistry, shares her insights on the dental school admissions process and life at UCLA. What makes UCLA School of Dentistry unique... and the perfect fit for this dental student! [Show notes] So, you want to go to dental school? Let's hear from a UCLA dental student how she got in and how she likes it. Our guest today, Ellisa Soberon, is a first-year dental...


Encore: Application Trends to Watch in 2021, and a Look Back at 2020

Thanks for joining me for the 411th episode of Admissions Straight Talk. I am taking a week off for family time this week. As a result I decided to air an encore of our most popular podcast so far in 2021. It actually is a solo podcast that I did for our 400th episode back in January entitled Application Trends to Watch in 2021, and a Look Back at 2020. As one application cycle winds down to a close and the next one starts up, It’s a good time to review some of the points I raised in that...


What to Know About Applying for a PhD in STEM

Are you considering a PhD, either in the United States or abroad? [Show summary] Dr. Eva Lantsoght, a professor of civil engineering who has lived and studied all over the globe, shares her insights on applying to PhD programs in STEM fields. What to expect when applying to domestic and international PhD programs. [Show notes] Would you like to attend a US or UK master’s or PhD program in a STEM field? Are you concerned about the process of both applying to and completing the degree? Dr. Eva...


What’s New at MIT Sloan’s Competitive Full-Time MBA

Need-to-know information about MIT Sloan [Show summary] Dawna Levenson, Assistant Dean of Admissions at MIT Sloan School of Management, shares the latest from the school’s full-time MBA program, including why it’s chosen to go test-optional and how the pandemic is shaping the classroom experience. Do you see yourself at MIT Sloan? Read on for the inside admissions scoop. [Show notes] This is one of the most competitive MBA application cycles in memory. Today, I'm interviewing the Assistant...


An Accepted Student’s Advice for Reapplying to Medical School

A tale of med school reapplication success [Show summary] After getting rejected from medical schools the first time around, Nicole Stephens bounced back and reapplied. Now happily anticipating the start of med school, she shares her advice for fellow reapplicants. How to apply stronger the second time around [Show notes] Were you rejected from this year's med school cycle? Is the deafening silence from medical schools causing you to fear rejection? Are you starting to think about...


What to Expect from the MBA Experience at Cambridge Judge Business School

What makes the Cambridge Judge MBA experience unique? [Show summary] Charlotte Russell-Green, Head of MBA Recruitment and Admissions at Cambridge Judge Business School, explores the one-of-a-kind experience students can expect from the full-time MBA program at Cambridge Judge’s historic campus. What Cambridge Judge is looking for... and what it can offer YOU [Show notes] Are you intrigued by the innovative and venerated Cambridge Judge Business School? Interested in an immersive one-year MBA...


Making the LSAT Learnable with Blueprint Prep

How Blueprint Prep can help YOU crush the LSAT [Show summary] Blueprint Prep’s Sena Maruflu, who aced the LSAT and now coaches aspiring law students, shares why and how the LSAT can be a learnable test for dedicated students of any background. A stellar LSAT score can mean the difference between acceptance and rejection at top law schools. Learn how YOU can achieve the score of your dreams! [Show notes] Are you prepping for the LSAT? Planning to apply to law school? Blueprint's Sena Maruflu,...


All About BU School of Medicine, a Social Justice-Minded Med School

Looking to apply to a social justice-focused medical school? Find out if BUSM is a good fit for you. [Show summary] Dr. Kristen Goodell, Associate Dean of Admissions at Boston University School of Medicine, explores student life at BUSM and its social justice-focused approach to medical education, as well as her advice to applicants on navigating its competitive admissions process. Who gets accepted to BUSM? [Show notes] Do you have your eye on BU's medical school? Would you love to attend...


What Post-MBA Life Is Like, During COVID and Beyond

Applying the lessons of MBA school to the reality of COVID-19 [Show summary] Al Dea, a tech product manager who earned his MBA from UNC, dives deep into what life is like after business school, including how the pandemic has impacted the post-MBA experience. What steps can businesses take to help employees thrive during COVID? How can MBA programs help students thrive during this time? [Show notes] Our guest today is a tech product manager, member of the UNC MBA class of 2015, host of the...