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

How to Find Meaningful Work

A lot of people want to find meaningful work. The first requirement of any job is that it should pay and it should also be full of meaning. People may wonder what it is like to have a meaningful job. Different people will find different kinds of work meaningful. It really depends on who you … Read more


We all have different ideas about manners. Many cultures across the world showcase unique rituals in their everyday lives. The details become far more interesting when we take in an depth look at how manners shape our perception and the world in which we live. Take a step forward and discover yourself. Key Takeaways: Looked … Read more

The Impostor Syndrome

Most of us at one time or another have been compared to someone else. Often times the people doing the comparing have our best interests in mind, however, what about the damage we do when we’re the ones comparing ourselves to others? We may not always fit in, but that’s the beauty of it all. … Read more

The Uses of Envy

Envy actually has some good uses. At a young age we are taught that envy is not a good thing. Envy, like fear is an important emotion that can help us identify what we want. It is a call to action that should not be feared. If we can get by the shame associated with … Read more

Success at School vs Success in Life

Success at school and success at life are similar things. We want to do well at school because it means we will do well at life. We want to succeed and gain the respect of others. But, there are people who did great at school and flunked at life and there are people that did … Read more

Why And How To Say Sorry

Apologies are some of the hardest things for people to do. But it’s one of the most important things in any relationship. You may think that the key to being satisfied in your relationship is to point out the other person’s faults and insist that you’re right. But that isn’t true. Saying “sorry” is guaranteed … Read more

Ask Kate Perfect Quant sucky Verbal GMAT Score

Having a good verbal score on the GMAT is may determine your MBA success.     Hi, I recently took my gmat and i scored a 680 Q51 and V 30 . AWA 6.0 and IR 8.0 . Can you tell me if i should retake the exam? Hi Sid, great work on the GMAT … Read more

Ask Kate Low GMAT Verbal Score

When applying to MBA programs, a GMAT retake may make all the difference.       Hi Kate. I recently took the GMAT and bombed out on my verbal (despite English being my first language). I mismanaged my time and think I was penalized heavily for running out of time, resulting in a 31. Quants … Read more

Ask Kate: Business School Admissions at 35

How likely would a 35 year old Chinese guy with 7 years of work experience be enrolled by a top MBA school? See other responses on Quora   A: The age is not the problem – you will be one of – if not the oldest – in your class, but age won’t prevent your … Read more

Ask Kate: Will an F keep me out of Bschool?

Can I be accepted into a prestigious school for an MBA if I failed a course in grad school? Did my masters in CS from an average university in Virginia. I have mostly A’s and A+’s except for the course on algorithms – which i failed. This makes my transcripts look bad. Have 3 years … Read more

Ask Kate: Low GPA MBA Admissions

With a 2.04 GPA in entrepreneurial business, how can I enroll in an MBA program of one of the top universities?   I was busy reading books and building things as I had some family financial problems (long story) Please don’t suggest repeating some courses as i don’t want to waste more time. How did … Read more

Literary Neuroscience

Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park +fMRI machine = Justification for English majors? Reading Critically does more for you than just inform it may increase your capacity for more complex activities. Anecdotal evidence points to heightened attention from critical textual analysis – the kind you do in a literature class – when compared to casual reading. In … Read more

MBA Salaries are up, where?

Thinking about Business School to make your next career move? You’re in good company. Preliminary reports on post MBA salaries are showing an upward trend. Poets and Quants published the big movers in post MBA salary changes from 2010 to 2014. And Prepwise recently posted the Monetary Value of an MBA Tool (included below). Despite … Read more

Think any MBA will do?

The MBA is a signaling device.   Think again. The MBA is a signaling device. You’re telling the market that you were willing to invest time and money to earn one. So it baffles me when students say, “Oh, I just want a top 10 MBA,” as though they are interchangeable. Well, I guess at … Read more

Prepwise Tip The Bschool Application, Round 3?

Are you planning to apply to business school in 2018? If you’re pushing to applying in Round 3 for a 2018 start, it’s not too late, but you may want to wait for Round 1 in September for a 2019 start. Here’s a question to answer to help you decide. How much depth can you … Read more

Ask Kate Response: High GMAT, Low GPA, Little Work Experience . . . Top Bschool Material?

If you have a low GPA and little work experience, what is the likelihood that you would be given a spot in one of the top 10 Business Schools? Kate is going to tell you along with how the different facets of the application requirements are viewed. If you would like to ask Kate a … Read more

Ask Kate Response: Should you Retake the GMAT

John has taken the GMAT three times going from a 500 to a 620 with a 47 verbal and 39 quant. He would like to know, if he should continue trying to improve his score. Kate explains when your should retake the GMAT. If you would like to ask Kate a question regarding college or grad … Read more

Ask Kate Response: The Interview and Your Standing

You have received an invitation from admissions for an interview. What does that mean for your chances of being admitted? Kate explains in this video what an interview means in relation to your standing with the school. She also explains why they interview. If you would like to ask Kate a question regarding grad school … Read more

Ask Kate Response: Interview – Resume Presentation Walk-Through

In the interview you are going to be asked about your resume. Kate offers advice on the different ways to present the information to the interviewer along with some advice on what not to do. If you would like to ask Kate a question regarding college or grad school admissions, choosing a major/career, and/or test … Read more