Who is "Tad Holbie"?
Tad Holbie is a pseudonym I created
to protect my privacy and identity as I apply to business school (don't believe me?
Google it for yourself).
I am a young, American, first-time applicant to some of the elite business schools in the fall of 2002. My e-mail is
If I am accepted to one of the business schools I've applied to, I will be more revealing about my identity and personal details.
When did I start all this?
I started this Weblog a couple months after I got serious about applying to business school. The
first post was on August 28th, 2002. When do I have time to write this site? In between my
full-time job and writing essays, time is limited. But I am a fast typist and am quick to jot down
my thoughts during spare moments.
Why MBA Admissions Wire?
I started this website to record and share my experiences applying to business school (a long
and stressful process). As time has gone by and greater numbers of readers e-mailed me to
ask for advice, encourage me, and share their experiences, I have turned this site into a
resource for all MBA applicants, in effect creating an online community.
How do I do MBA Admissions Wire?
It's very easy, and (best of all) free. Just go to Blogger.com
and after a free registration you can have your own Weblog too! Even better, they offer free hosting on their
Disclaimer:I am not an admissions officer, nor am I affiliated with any of the schools, organizations, or sites listed on this page (i.e. I haven't even been accepted to any B-School--this is my first time applying!).
The events described on this web page are real events, though certain names, genders, locations, and dates (i.e. interview dates, submission dates, etc.) may be changed to protect my identity.
If you are applying to any of the schools listed on this page, please refer to their official web sites for the definitive deadline dates, application procedures, etc.
(i.e. It's not a smart move to rely on this page while applying). The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author.
I am also neither a lawyer nor an accountant. All information and events describing or related to financial aid, tuition, scholarships, loans, and other monetary matters is strictly meant to only describe "Tad Holbie's" situation, and should not be
considered instructions, financial advice, or in any way pertaining to the [reader's] financial situation. Consult your own accountant/lawyer when making important financial decisions.
Any questions, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org (and no, that isn't my real name).
I may or may not disclose if/when/with whom I have been invited to interviews. At present, I'm leaning towards discussing my interview
experiences a few days/weeks after they happen. Mark me "undecided".
If you choose to e-mail me, I promise not to publish your name, e-mail address, or contact information on my website without first getting your permission.
I may excerpt part or all of your e-mail on my site, but will take care to edit out any information that might identify the source.
If you don't want any or your e-mail posted on my site, just put "Please keep private" at the bottom of your e-mail.
Any questions, e-mail me at email@example.com.
Basically, anything you post can be reviewed by me. If I find a post to the message board or comment system
that is sufficiently rude, offensive, moronic, I'll feel free to a) delete it, and/or b) ban you from posting ever again.
In conclusion: You don't have free speech on my site, so don't be a jerk.
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Saturday, June 07, 2003
Posted 3:46 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #200385541:
Posted 5:25 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #200390905:
Adam posted his thoughts on HBS' case method of teaching. The only US b-schools (that I know of) to use the case method exclusively are HBS and Darden. During my application research, I only sat in on one case class, at Harvard.
I don't have an extreme opinion on the case method of teaching; generally, I am positive about it for many subjects. On the plus side, case discussions made the classroom experience more interesting and dynamic. During my campus visits, there were one or two lectures that were...er, boring (though that could just as well have been due to the subject matter--accounting, for example--or the professors). At the very least, heading into a case class you know that you'll need to stay on your toes and get involved. Plus, as someone who enjoys talking in front of others, the case method courses seem more fun.
On the other hand, I do feel that for very technical subjects--say, securities valuation or trading courses--lectures would better convey the basic concepts, and nothing beats hands-on experience (see: UMBS' Tozzi trading floor). Adam does mention this point; I guess that I want to be both (the trader and the CEO). Hence, all-in-all, I'd prefer a mixture of case and lecture courses, using whichever method best suits the subject matter.
Posted 7:28 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #200381542:
The Weblogging Tidal Wave Continues! (That's overstating it a bit). The Walker Management Library, at Vanderbilt's Owen School of Management, has its own weblog. The content seems to be a mixture of business, workplace, and b-school news. I would think that librarians and other information management personnel would naturally jump onto the blogging bandwagon. They are, at Owen.
Posted 2:18 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #200380233:
I'm going to pick up a copy of Michael Lewis' Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, based on the good word of mouth its getting. I'm a very casual baseball fan--maybe going to one or two games a season--but this book captured my interest. It tells the story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics, who, despite one of the lowest salaries in all of baseball, achieved an impressive winning percentage. The crux of the story is how they did it: by smashing the "conventional wisdom" of the sport and relentlessly focusing in on a different set of stats. It sounds like a paradigm-breaking story, and I know Lewis is a good writer, so I'll give it a shot, after I finish up the book on the Second Punic War...
Posted 11:57 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #200373846:
I've dropped my link to the Business Week MBA Forum, because, at this point, there is very little discussion of business school taking place. It's disappointing, to me, that Business Week doesn't do a better job monitoring its discussions.
Posted 8:39 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #200372886:
Buy, Buy, Buy! Blogshares.com is a "fantasy stock market for weblogs. Players get to invest a fictional $500, and blogs are valued by inbound links". Based on past performance, MBA Admissions Wire looks like a buy.
Posted 7:58 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #200372760:
Posting on Feedback Within a week I'll have gotten feedback from two of the schools that dinged me; by the end of the month, a third. Personally, I think it's great that schools offer feedback to rejected applicants, first from the perspective of potential reapplicants, and second to give them a chance to learn where they erred.
I'll probably post most of the feedback I got to this site, although in most cases I won't identify which school raised which point. If specific issues are raised, where appropriate I'll give some examples from my essays (for example, if a school said I used the word "dude" too much in my essays, I'll show examples of whether that's true or not).