Opium v Wheat Research

Opium research UN World Drug report Geared at a teen audience this is the just say no crowd (drugabuse.gov) A practical handout written by a recovery center (therecoveryvillage.com) From PBS the folks who bring you Big Bird. Compares/Contrasts endorphins to synthetic opioids (ucsf.edu) HHS data on opioid use/deaths is pretty good (www.hhs.gov) Map of Canada’s … Read more

Foreign Capital Research

Is a Boston-based Union contributing to an Austin city council issue considered Foreign Capital influencing a campaign? Is a Dallas based group contributing to an Austin city issue considered Foreign? How about a Canadian Union contributing to an Austin city issue?  What exactly constitutes Foreign Capital Influencing Campaigns? Technical Concepts Add mathematical, analytical, even legal … Read more


This is a book from Johns Hopkins University Press: How to Run a College Report on the main takeaways from the NCES report: How Universities Make and Spend Their Money Industry, Academia, and Government Collaboration: A Game Changer for U.S. Economic Future Forbes piece on the evolving nature of University business practices UK perspective. From … Read more

Reading Skills: Speed

Most of what is shaping you in the course of your reading you will not be able to remember. The most formative years of my life were the first five, and if those years were to be evaluated on the basis of my ability to pass a test on them, the conclusion would be that … Read more

Know Yourself First

For long term fulfillment, it is important to get in touch with your personal values and your personal mission. This is an imperfect process. Expect this to take you a few iterations. Start here and come back to this when you realize you’re out of synch or stuck – or even just to review! It’s … Read more


Shenanigans Sometimes it’s fraud, but usually it’s just bad estimation and misunderstanding impact and outcomes. People are mostly dumb and careless. Very few are really aiming to commit fraud – in my opinion. Here are examples of people failing to understand the magnitude of decisions, etc. I’m looking for at least 5 very recent (past … Read more

Subsidies Research

This Forbes piece argues that subsidies don’t help anybody – assuming a free market capitalist economy is the best choice http://fhands.com/s3WeV2F (forbes.com)  This Reason piece calls sugar subsidies “welfare for the rich.” The idea being that “Big” industry, be it sugar, corn, oil, whatever, continues to profit, even though it shouldn’t. http://fhands.com/FRlXQE1 (reason.com)  This Market Watch piece calls the … Read more

Answer for Is 20 years old too young to decide if I want to live in another country?

Not too young to decide, but may be too young to act if you are claimed as a dependent or your parents are controlling your course of funds.   Can you make money on your own? Can you Take care of yourself physically? Do you have high or low risk aversion?   If you don’t … Read more

Answer for If U.S. conservatives moved and lived in Germany, Sweden or Norway for 3-5 years and then came back to the U.S., would they be liberals?

Lord no.   First as many others state, it is not a higher standard of living empirically or culturally.   Second, do you understand what universal healthcare is? It does not guarantee you will get to see the doctor you think you need to see. It will not allow you test your hypothesis of what … Read more

Is an MBA Worth It?

When it comes to MBA, this questions, ‘’Is an MBA worth it?’’ In fact, every month, more than 10000 individuals ask this question to Google. At MBA Reviews, we set out to answer this question, once and for all. We understand that getting an MBA is an investment; investment of time, money and resources. As in with every investment, … Read more

The Shorter New GMAT April 2018

Should you retake the new GMAT if you already have a reasonable score? Given the GMAC announcement of the shorter, new GMAT this past week, I have started getting a barrage of questions from students who had only recently officially considered themselves “finished” with the GMAT. Here’s my advice in brief: If you thought you … Read more

Integrated Life

Integrated Life Next Session Feb 2020. ***Want to join this Course? It’s too late to join this section but you can be added to the February 2020 list by emailing Kate. Info below.*** “Makes me wonder if she has a crystal ball….” “ … going through random dark rooms in my brain and flipping the … Read more

Chances of deferring enrollment

Good morning Kate, I’ve seen your videos and Quora entries and they gave me good insight in the MBA application process. I hope I can get your valued opinion on my current situation. I believe I’m close to getting an admit for Sloan MBA. My profile is good and my interview went well. Let’s assume … Read more

Q42, V51. 740 Weird split. Retake for top schools?

Hi Kate, I know you’ve answered a lot of similar questions, but I have yet to see a score makeup quite like mine. I just scored a 740 on the GMAT, first shot at it, which I was thrilled about. But then my breakdown is really odd. IR 7 (82nd percentile), Quant only 42 (45th … Read more

Answer for 720 (48Q, 41V) military officer seeking top ten MBA. Advice?

Hey Rem, Strong overall profile, a couple of points to consider below. Out of curiosity, are you on a sub? Point 1: GMAT Your GMAT is okay. I saw pushback among 27/28 yo white males with that exact split this year. No interviews despite reasonable profiles: HBS, Wharton, Stanford. 🙁 You don’t HAVE to retake, … Read more

Prepwise Elite

Young Client Devotion Do you have it? Largest Wealth Transfer in History Creates Massive Opportunity for Advisors. Hi, I’m Kate McKeon, Chief of Prepwise and Prepwise Elite. At Prepwise we serve rising stars of Industry and HNW Families. Though no surprise to you, our students are transitioning away from the Financial Advisors the family chose. For … Read more

Seven Steps before you Start your MBA Application

FYI: Each year approximately 250,000 students sit for the GMAT. Not all of them will be interested in your programs, but using reasonable – if broad – cuts, let’s say 10% of those students are interested in the top 10 programs. That leaves us with approximately 25,000 candidates for maybe 5000 spots.  Top 10% on … Read more


Watch what a single day in the 30-Day GMAT program looks like. Be done in one hour a day. Is this course for me? If you have graduated from a 4-year university, studied a reasonably rigorous curriculum successfully, and taken at least one standardized test such as the SAT, ACT, LSAT, or MCAT, you will … Read more

French riddle

Hi Kate, First of all, thank you for fixing my account. Second, I’d like some advice as to my future MBA application. Here is my professional and personal background: I’m a 26 years old French medical resident. I graduated from Medical school in 2014. French medical curriculum is quite different compared to the American curriculum. Here’s a … Read more


Confidence and success go hand-in-hand.   Confidence is a critical, and often missing, component of success. This is partially a result of a legacy of serfdom, parental messages, and the encouragement of trust in institutions by our schools. Adults need to learn independence, a middle way between trust and naïveté, the acceptance of our shortcomings, … Read more