Case Studies & Cocktails

The "Now What?" Guide to Surviving Business School

Case Studies & Cocktails

Case Studies & Cocktails is an indispensible guide for newly-admitted students and first-year MBA candidates who want to make the most out of their experience—and their investment—in business school.

After all the hard work on your application, you’re finally in to business school. Now what? The acceptance letter is just the beginning of your MBA experience. Even before classes start, you’ll face all kinds of new challenges: financing your degree, readjusting to homework, schmoozing recruiters. Now you can turn to this book, produced by Manhattan GMAT—one of the leading names in GMAT preparation—to ready you for the challenges you’ll face as a newly-minted MBA candidate.

Case Studies & Cocktails will be your go-to guide as you prepare to enter your MBA program and throughout your time at b-school. The authors—MBAs themselves—have drawn on their own experiences and interviewed current students for the inside scoop on every aspect of b-school, from telling the boss you’re going back to school to balancing wine and cheese in one hand while networking. The result is both a handbook for the social side of school and an academic primer on the material you’ll have to master. The book even includes a glossary of need-to-know jargon, so you won’t feel lost when classmates start slinging around acronyms.

What Faculty & Students Are Saying:

"I think this is an awesome idea. There are tons of books out there about how to get in but nothing about how to survive business school." -Dr. Tim Flood, Assistant Professor of Management and Corporate Communication, UNC's Kenan-Flagler School of Business

"This is a totally underserved market. The elation of getting in is awesome but then reality sets in. You have to make a decision. Then you send in your thousand dollar check and you get this giant book of stuff to do and a t-shirt and its overwhelming. You're proud to wear your t-shirt, but it's tough to get through the rest. No one tells you when to quit your job, when to stop traveling, how to find roommates and a place to live. I would definitely have read [Case Studies & Cocktails] if I knew it was around. I might have even read it as an aspirational thing before I applied." -Matt, Ross '11, President, Student Government Association

"I love what this book is talking about. There's a real need for this. I'm so glad to see that someone is getting this done -- I just wish we'd thought of it." -Al Catrone, Chief Administrative Officer, University of Michigan's Ross School of Business

"Any insight is great. Read all of this advice and it will make you more wide-eyed and ready to absorb. Be ready to take it all in because you never know what's next." -Liz, Berkeley - Haas '11, President, MBA Association
  • Manhattan Prep Publishing | 
  • 664 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781935707219 | 
  • March 2011

About the Authors

Carrie Shuchart

Carrie Shuchart holds a A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She has previously been an editorial analyst at The Atlantic, a freelance television producer, and an entrepreneur. While at Columbia, she focused her efforts on Follies, the school’s semi-annual comedy show, for which she acted, directed, and made some pretty poor attempts at dancing.

She began teaching with Manhattan GMAT in 2008 as a way to fund her start-up habit and her shoe collection. Recently, Carrie joined the Los Angeles office of McKinsey & Co. as a consultant. She still can’t explain what the job entails.

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.