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They Should Have a Support Group for this….

I admit it I have a problem. An obsession an addiction even and it is not healthy.

When I started this MBA process 10 years ago (Not 10 years, but at this point that is what it seems like), I thought the hardest part would be studying for the GMAT. I was wrong. The hardest part is waiting to receive an interview invite. Every morning I wake up and scour my inbox for any sign of an invitation, any glimpse of hope an email from the school might give me and every morning I am greatly disappointed. Then I proceed to look at the message boards to see if anyone from the schools I applied to received an interview invite, if they did I repeat step one of the process and re-check my email for any sign of an invite. If people who are applying for schools that I didn’t apply to, like Cornell recieve an interview invite I secretly wish that I had applied to that school because THEN I would have heard back by now.

It is a serious problem it is affecting my relationship with others and my productivity at work. I admit I am powerless over interview decisions! The funny thing is according to the schools websites none of them are suppose to release interview invites until next week, so I am being super obsessive about it for no reason.

I had my interview for Tuck over a month ago so that is one school I won’t have to worry about, but waiting for the other schools to contact is causing me to age like 20 years overnight!

Just a recap I am waiting to hear from

Wharton

Yale

Fuqua

Tepper

Olin

Someone, please anyone email me.

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The Final Application List

Now that the school visits are done I have managed to narrow down my school list considerably. So without further adew… in no particular order I will be applying to:

-Fuqua

-Yale

-Wharton

-Tuck

-Washington University in St. Louis

-Emory

For four of the schools (Tuck, Yale, Washington U, Emory) I will be applying through the Consortium, so my hope is that I save some time in the essay writing process and also save money in terms of application fees.

This whole business school process has been way more intense then I could have ever imagined. I am very happy that I took my Business School Extravaganza trip and went to see all my potential schools. I can now write clearly about why I want to attend each of the institutions and why I think I would be a good fit at each of them. The trip also really help cement the fact that I want to go to business school, I really loved the time I spent in the classrooms the discussions with the current students and other applicants. I can see myself at business school, now hopefully the feeling is mutual with at least one school. I also became really good at trip planning, so if this whole MBA thing doesn’t work out I think I am going to go into business as an MBA tour guide.

I have started writing my essays, but after I take the GMAT one last time and finish my MacroEcon final I will devote my whole heart and soul into the process. I don’t worry about writing about myself, I now have a clear idea about why I want an MBA and what I hope to accomplish with the degree. Plus, thankfully words have always come easy to me, I feel the only essay writing difficulty will be making sure I stay within the word limits 🙂

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MBA Consultants and GMAT update

I finally bit the bullet and decided to sign-up for a free trial session with an MBA consultant. The first conversation was actually quite useful and allowed me to take some schools of my list that I was pretty unsure of in the first place, and to put a few schools on that I had never really considered.

The best thing that came out of our conversation was the admissions counselors advice to just focus on my GMAT and then worry about the essays and my resume later. That little piece of information allowed me to exhale and actually focus more on studying.

I have been falling behind on studying…I tried to have a bit of a life on Saturday which ate into a portion of my study time. I have realized that I have been avoiding my MGMAT verbal guides. It feels as though the GMAT is a parallel universe because in my real life I am horrible at math and am a rock star at everything verbal. I am a verbal queen. I talk and write too much! But in the GMAT world all things are reverse and I actual understand math concepts and am totally lost my all these verbal tenses I have never heard before. Too help me return to Verbal greatness… I ordered the Sentence Correction bible, which according to AMAZON should be arriving at my house tomorrow. Will let you know if the  Sentence Correction Bible is really the holy book all proclaim it to be.

Tonight is GMAT class, I’ll try not to be late. Then tomorrow is my last info session (until next week) Wharton’s  Women info session.

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Business Schools’ Diversity Weekends Dates

Listing of Business Schools Diversity Weekend Dates
(if you know of any additional schools hosting diversity weekends please leave the information in the comments section)

Wharton (University of Pennsylvania)
Explore Wharton
September 22-Septmeber 23
* No application 🙂
For More information click here

University of Michigan (Ross)
UpClose 2011
September 30-October 1, 2011
Application Deadline:?
For More information click here

Ross Empowering Women
October 21, 2011
Application Deadline: ?

Cornell University
Johnson Means Business
October 27-29,2011
For more information click here

Carnegie Mellon University
Connections Weekend
October 28-30, 2011
For more information click here

Duke University (Fuqua)
2011 Duke MBA Weekend for Women
November 3-6, 2011
Application Deadline: October 3, 2011

2011 Duke MBA Workshop for Minority Applicants
November 17-20, 2011
Application Deadline: October 17, 2011
For More information click here

Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)
Olin Preview Weekend
November 4-5, 2011
*No formal application
For More information click here

Indiana University (Kelly)
Kelly In Focus
November 4-6, 2011
Application Deadline: October 28, 2011
For More information click here

Yale (SOM)
Explore Diversity
November 6-November 7, 2011
Application Deadline: October 14, 2011 by 5:00pm EST
For More information click here

Emory (Goizeuta)
Inside Goizueta 2011
November 10-12, 2011
Application Deadline: November 4, 2011
For More information click here

Dartmouth (Tuck)
Tuck Diversity Conference
November 10-13, 2011
Application Deadline: October 14, 2011
For More information click here

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B-School Diversity Weekends

I am really interested in attending the various B-schools Diversity Weekends, or at least applying to attend. However,  the process for some of the schools seems almost b-school app equivalent. Isn’t the purpose of these weekends to find out whether or not the school is a good fit? If that is the case, how am I going to write an application about Why (Insert School name here)? BEFORE I have even visited! Who thinks that they should elimnate the Diversity Weekend application process? This would then give us more time to focus on our ACTUAL applications and studying for the GMAT.

SO, that being said I app boycotting all the Diversity Weekends that require me to answer that question and I may even take those schools off my potential schools list just because they had the audacity to ask me that question.

With that one important note, the Diversity Weekends I am hoping to attend are:

  • Yale (my first choice school)
  • Olin (no application!-AUTOMATIC Acceptance)
  • Emory
  • Wharton
  • Tuck
  • Ross (potentially)

I will keep you guys posted on my Diversity Weekend application progress. Anyone else planning to attend and Diversity Weekends? If so, which ones?

PS. If you know of any schools who just have an AMAZING Diversity Weekend let me know. Like if  a school is known for giving out little puppies as favors  (Bridesmaids) then I will so crash the event. I am not above doing that ya’ll, seriously.

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