- Paperback: 664 pages
- Publisher: Manhattan Prep Publishing; 1 edition (March 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935707213
- ISBN-13: 978-1935707219
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Case Studies & Cocktails: The "Now What?" Guide to Surviving Business School 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Congratulations! You've just been admitted to business school! Now what? Have no fear, Case Studies & Cocktails has you covered. This all-in-one guide provides the tools for living and working as a business school student. Whether you're stressed about paying tuition, valuing bonds, repairing a dysfunctional team, or mastering the ins and outs of recruiting, the solutions are in this comprehensive guide: - Follow a structured game plan that takes you from your acceptance to your arrival on campus. - Use game theory to split the rent with your roommate. - Demystify the math side of the b-school curriculum with thorough introductions to quantitative topics. - Get the scoop on common MBA career paths--and not-so-common ones. - Manage your life and your money with numerous downloadable calendars and worksheets. - Look up need-to-know jargon in the handy glossary. The authors are b-school grads who've "been there and done that." Plus, they teach for Manhattan GMAT, the best in the test-prep biz, so you know they can break down complicated material. Current students and staff from over a dozen top programs have also contributed their insights and suggestions.
About the Author
A native of the First State, Chris Ryan has an A.B. in Physics from Harvard University. Before getting an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business (Duke), he taught high school science through Teach for America and later in private schools. At Fuqua, Chris was head TA of the core Statistics and Finance courses, as well as Curriculum Representative and FuquaVision co-president. After b-school, he worked for McKinsey & Co. in New York, then joined Manhattan GMAT, where he now serves as the Director of Product and Instructor Development. In his spare time, Chris writes moody music, tinkers with moody screenplays, and occasionally hangs out with his wife Kathryn at home in Brooklyn.
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Of course, there are plenty of things in it you won't need, but if you needed everything in the book, you wouldn't have gotten into business school. The only way they can give you what you need is by including everything and letting you find it.
They also have a very readable style and offer "insider" tips and details, like how to pronounce all those acronyms you're running across in MBA blogs and management literature. Sure, you know what they mean, but how do people say them? Those are the types of tips that prove to me they know what we need to hear.
The authors clearly have been in our shoes very recently and the many footnotes answer the exact sub question the text raises in my head. For example in the section on grades and non disclosure policies there is a footnote that most employers do not care about grades and those who do find out either way so consult second year students on how to best manage this issue. Even the humorous references are right on point with the 26-30 year old target audience. I can't say enough about how useful and even enjoyable this book is. Even if I don't end up doing things differently I feel well informed about each of the decisions I will make.
About 60% of the book deals with nitty gritty details of the B-school experience such as how to find a roommate, how to deal with recruiting, what you should expect from your professors and classmates, etc. In my opinion, much of the advice is common sense, such as don't drink too much alcohol at recruiting events (although I have seen plenty of B-school students ignore some common sense advice).
About 35-40% of the book provides an overview of much of first year B-school curriculum. Unfortunately, the overview doesn't have enough depth to be any useful but takes up substantial portion of the book. From my experience, it's best to take statistics (and Calc too) prior to B-school. But you may find professors teach similar concepts slightly differently and may focus on certain areas of a topic more than others. In other words, don't bother preparing for B-school curriculum.
I would recommend this book particularly to international students who are headed to American B-schools and to those who are generally clueless about B-school experience.
Otherwise, you won't get much out of it.