Friday, June 23, 2017

‘Gen Z’ Off to Strong Start With Credit, Analysis Shows

The oldest members of “Generation Z” have barely crossed the threshold into legal adulthood, but they’re already demonstrating financial prowess, according to an analysis released this week by the Experian credit reporting bureau. In fact, Experian reports that 18 to 20 year olds are more likely to pay off their balances each month than younger millennials, those ages...

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What to Buy (and Skip) in July

July is nearly here, and as temperatures rise, you can expect prices to drop on popular products. Make the most of midsummer sales with our guide to what you should buy (and skip) during the month of July. Buy: Patriotic items Each year around July 4, stores pledge allegiance to the red, white and blue...

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How to Assess Your Credit Card Needs After Divorce

Of all the things that need your attention after a separation or divorce, credit cards are probably low on your list. But making the right moves early on can set you up for a smooth return to managing credit as a single person. In a recent survey by the Experian credit reporting firm, 50% of divorced...

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Are You Cut Out for a Work-From-Home Job?

Telecommuting has become synonymous with convenience, flexible schedules and, yes, pajamas. You don’t have to commute, spend money on transportation or dress up. But despite the appeal and laid-back reputation, there are challenges. “Not everybody is cut out for working from home,” says Jack Aiello, a psychology professor at Rutgers University. From your work style...

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A Veteran’s Transition to Tuck

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This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with business students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top programs. And now, introducing Keal Harter…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad?

Keal: I’m originally from West Michigan, but I’ve moved around a lot since I finished undergrad at the University of Michigan. There I studied political science. I got a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and then I became an officer in the U.S. Navy. So other than a few economics classes, I hadn’t taken a single business course before applying to business school. That was a little nerve-wracking, but so far it has been a great experience.

Accepted: Where are you currently in b-school? What year?

Keal: I’m currently a first-year student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in lovely Hanover, New Hampshire. I expect to graduate next spring.

Accepted: Why Tuck? How did you know their program would be the right “fit” for you?

Keal: I chose Tuck because of its incredibly tight-knit community. With the smaller class size comes the opportunity to know more of your fellow students, and the Upper Valley is a beautiful area to do that. There is so much to do – skiing, hiking, biking, checking out great farm-to-table restaurants and craft breweries.

The strong core curriculum was also a driver for coming to Tuck. Again, I didn’t come from a business background; I rarely had even used Excel. Tuck’s core curriculum builds students’ depth of knowledge in several business disciplines from marketing to capital markets in the first year. First-year courses are essentially chosen for you the first few terms (if you don’t test out of them) which I found helpful in establishing a foundation of business knowledge.

Accepted: You were in the Navy before transitioning to the civilian world and attending Tuck. How has this transition been? How has Tuck supported you along the way?

Keal: My transition has gone really well. Veterans in particular arrive to a strong network at Tuck. Second-year veteran students and veteran Tuck alums are always accessible and eager to provide guidance on everything from where to live in Hanover if you have a family to class selection, case interview preparation, and crafting your narrative so that you can translate your military experience to those in the private sector. Fellow classmates who aren’t coming from the military are also invaluable resources, as they have insights from their own private sector experiences.

Tuck is also extremely generous when it comes to the Yellow Ribbon Program. There is no limit on the number of veterans who can receive Yellow Ribbon funding at Tuck, and the school recently announced an increase in its level of funding under Yellow Ribbon.

Accepted: You’re a . What does the AFAA do for current students and alumni?

Keal: The Armed Forces Alumni Association provides resources and support to veterans at Tuck and their families through integration, recruitment, and veterans’ networking initiatives. Within the community, we raise awareness and create discourse about military and veterans’ issues by taking part in events such as Veteran’s Day talks at local schools, a Tuck vets vs. Ice vets sled hockey game, and our annual Tuck Runs for Vets 5k which benefits a local veteran’s organization.

For prospective veteran business school students, we answer questions that they may have about transitioning, the b-school application process, and are happy to help them make connections. And the Tuck AFAA hosts Military Visit Day so that veterans can come see what the Tuck community is all about. There really is no better way of assessing fit than visiting a school and meeting current students.

Accepted: What has been your favorite part about attending Tuck thus far? What has been your biggest challenge?

Keal: My favorite part about Tuck thus far has been challenging myself with more complex business classes such as decision science or accounting. I’ve also met a lot of great people along the way.

Accepted: Lastly, what advice would you like to give you current applicants? Anything you wish you would have known before, that you know now?

Keal: My advice to applicants is find the program with the best fit. I found that visiting the school is a great way to experience the culture and environment. MBA programs are a huge investment in forgone wages and time, so you want to be in a place that you like and where you can make the most of it. For me, I found that place to be Tuck.

Thank you Keal for sharing your story with us, we wish you continued success!

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5 Tips for Completing AACOMAS Secondary Applications

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Once you file the AACOMAS application and choose your schools, the process is not yet over. You will start to receive secondary essays in the mail for each school. While some may be similar (e.g. biggest challenge, significant volunteer experience), others will ask you to explain why you would like to attend their school. Below are a few tips to help you through the process.

1. Plan.

One of the hardest parts of this process is allotting enough time to get the secondary applications done in a timely manner. So, plan ahead. Don’t leave them all for the last minute. The turn-around time can be as tight as two weeks, so start early and leave time to revise.

2. Emphasize fit.

Secondary essays are all about assessing whether you are a right fit for the school. So, research the schools and emphasize the qualities that are important for each school.

3. Dedicate the time.

Often, applicants run out of steam when they reach the secondaries. But, you should make sure that you put as much time into these essays as you did the AACOMAS application. This is a way to show schools that you are serious about the process and their time.

4. Research the schools.

Applicants sometimes apply to schools without looking into their missions or specific programs. But, schools want applicants that want to go to attend their institutions. So, the time you spend researching and asking questions is well worth it.

5. Don’t repeat.

Make sure that the anecdotes and information in the secondary applications don’t repeat stories in the personal statement. You want to present new materials to the school.

The AACOMAS secondary essays are incredibly important for schools and are an opportunity for you show that you are a good fit. Make sure that you spend the time and effort to make the final push for acceptance.

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JessicaPishkoJessica Pishko graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She spent two years guiding students through the medical school application process at Columbia’s Postbac Program and teaches writing at all levels. Want Jessica to help you get accepted? Click here to get in touch!

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5 Times Your Credit Card Issuer Can Raise Your Interest Rate

The Credit Card Act of 2009 made great strides in protecting credit card users from some unfair practices that used to be common. For instance, issuers can now raise your interest rate only under specific conditions — meaning no more arbitrary increases without notice. But that doesn’t mean your credit card’s APR can never go up. Here are...

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