About me

I am a recent UCLA Anderson MBA graduate now living in the Seattle area, working as a Digital Marketing Manager at Microsoft. I am married and have three awesome boys. I love reading, writing, storytelling, design, and visual communication.

You can check me out on LinkedIn here.

If you have any questions or want to chat about b-school, career, or life, feel free to email me at james[at]mbaafterlife.com.


  1. Hi,

    My name is Conrad and I am emailing on behalf of Stacy Blackman Consulting (http://www.stacyblackman.com), which is a leading MBA admissions consulting firm. I was asked by Stacy to reach out because we have enjoyed reading your blog.

    I wanted to reach out to say that we are beginning our B-School Buzz Feature, where we highlight the top business school blog articles around the country. We are interested in selecting one of your articles to re-post on Stacyblackman.com. These articles will be posted on our blog, which receives tens of thousands of unique visitors every month, and will be broad-casted to our Facebook Page (5000+ fans) and our Twitter account. If we can ever be of any additional help, we would be happy to talk with you more.

    If you are interested, can you please email conrad@stacyblackman.com.

    Thanks for your time and energy.

    Best Regards.

  2. Good luck - keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  3. Hey,

    My name is Deondrae and I do online outreach for TopMBA.com I checked out your blog and loved what I read. I was wondering if you would be interested in guest blogging for us.

    TopMBA is an online resource for MBA applicants. We provide MBA rankings, event information, business school profiles, and MBA admissions advice. We also allow for interaction through our new MBA forum and blog. I feel that the TopMBA readers would love your writing style.

    Please let me know if you’d be interested in blogging for us. If so, you can contact me at Deondrae(at)qs.com and I can send you a copy of the blogger guidelines as well as answer any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.



  4. Hey man,

    Thanks for this blog. From the lack of update I hope you've heard back from schools from now. I'm also a reapplicant to Haas (R2). Best of luck to you!

  5. Hi JK,

    I have been slaking on the blog updates, but I promise there will be one soon. Unfortunately I am still in the application game. I applied to a few schools in round two and have interviewed at a couple. Crossing my fingers and hoping to get off the Sloan waitlist or into one of my round two schools.


  6. Hello,
    I'm happy to inform you that you've been nominated for your interesting and unique contributions to the business school blogosphere. This is a blurb you can put on your site in order to let your readers know to vote for you, or you can simply put up a link with the attached badge. Be sure to get out the votes, as there is a $300 Amazon gift card for the first place winner, $100 gift card for the second place and $50 for the third!

    Please email BoB@Clearadmot.com to request a link to post the BoB badge with a direct link to the poll embedded in it:

    Clear Admit Best of Blogging 2013-2014
    Below you will find the nominees for this year’s Best of Blogging competition. Congratulations on being recognized for your outstanding contributions to the business school blogosphere! To vote, simply list your top three choices and omit the remainder of nominees. Ballots must be returned to bob@clearadmit.com by May 28th. You can also share this link with your friends and readers: Best of Blogging 2013-14, which will allow them to support you and other favorites. Please refrain from ‘ballot stuffing’ and only vote once. Please also let us know any thoughts you may have on the funniest blog and best single post, and to point us to the blogs that you feel feature the best advice in categories such as GMAT preparation, school selection, application essays, admissions and recruiting interviews, as well as the best representation of academics and student life in business school. Good luck to all of the nominees!
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