"The job interviews won't start for first-year students as soon as class starts in the fall, but once they do, they will come in bunches, and can seem unrelenting," he says, noting that many tailors set up "trunk shows" at b-schools, which can be good places to get "relatively inexpensive and good quality business wear."
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4. Laptop accessories: MBA students are sure to know that a laptop is a necessity, but they may not think to pack a couple of accessories, according to Shrum, of Veritas Prep.
Computers that have removable batteries—mostly PCs rather than Macs—are sure to be "limping along by the students' second year," says Shrum, which is why coming prepared with a second battery is vital.
And another critical accessory, Shrum says, is a laptop locking cable.
"Students don't need to lock their laptops in class, but if they're in the cafeteria or library, it is highly recommended," he says. "Laptops—and increasingly tablets and the like—get swiped on a surprisingly regular basis. Even on the nicest campuses in the best cities, you can practically set your watch to the reminder E-mails that business school administrators send to their students, starting with 'A reminder to secure your belongings in public spaces…'"
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