Review: Navigating the MBA Admissions Process Online Course

Created by Beat the GMAT and Clear Admit, “Navigating the MBA Admissions Process” is an online video course built on the Udemy online learning platform. The course covers all aspects of the admissions process using a series of lectures from admissions experts, supplemented by PowerPoint slides. The benefit of having an admissions “course” is that … Read more

Math Memorization Table for the GMAT

The GMAT is known primarily as a reasoning test where rote memorization won’t necessarily help your score.   Despite the lack of “recall” content within the test, there are definitely a number of mathematical expressions worth memorizing.  I’m talking primarily about the fractions and percentages you’ll have to deal with on the test. For example, … Read more

Tracking My Blood Pressure Over Time

As I’ve indicated on this blog before, I developed kidney problems after being laid off from my company last year.  My latest visit with my nephrologist indicated that my kidneys were functioning at 70%.  It sounded really bad to me at first, but the doctor indicated that 70% is a perfectly fine functionality for someone’s … Read more

The GMAT Plan

I’m doing it. On my desk is the 2007 Kaplan GMAT.  Yes 2007.  That means I’ve been delaying the GMAT for 3 years.  But after years of procrastinating, I’ve decided to study for and take the GMAT.  Afterwards, I will apply for business school in the fall. Below is my study plan for the GMAT.  … Read more

Book Review: In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Michael Pollan 2008 201 pages While I blog about many different goals on this site, the first and foremost goal is to maintain my health.  My health is the dealbreaker – without it I can’t enjoy the fruits of reaching any of my other goals.  This is why … Read more

Raw Notes: In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Michael Pollan 2008 201 pages p.1 Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants. p.28 In the case of nutritionism, the widely shared but unexamined assumption is that the key to understanding food is indeed the nutrient.  Put another way:  Foods are essentially the sum of their nutrient parts. … Read more

How a 401(K) Plan Teaches You Investing

For many Americans, our first exposure to the investing world is through the company 401(K) plan.  While IRAs and discount brokerages are important tools in the investment industry, it’s better to begin learning about investments from an employer sponsored 401(K) plan.  By reviewing the terms and conditions of a 401(K) plan, you can learn some very sound … Read more