My life, my blog, and B-school somewhere inbetween

A catalog of one reapplicant's journey towards an MBA in 2008

Monday, October 31, 2005

Freedom

With all of my R1 apps sent out, I finally had a "free" weekend. There was nothing I had to do, and so I did nothing. And I mean nothing. Except laundry. Had it not been for laundry, I probably wouldn't have left my apartment. And it was great. I had completely forgot what it felt like to do nothing and not have something eating away in the back of my mind. And once I got the point where I was actually bored with doing nothing (Sunday, after football), I was truly free. Even though I could be working on R2 apps, I'm not. I'm going to continue my hiatus, catch a movie, get a drink with some friends, etc. Next weekend, it all begins again.

My game plan:

There are about ten weeks before R2 apps start coming due. I'm planning to start working on Harvard first. I already mapped out all of my essays for that sucker, so it shouldn't be too much effort. Then, I'll take care of Columbia. Columbia will be easy since there's only one reapp essay and it's basically the same as Wharton's (the "why" and "how have you improved" essay). It'll take no more than a week. Then I will undertake the hardest of them all, Stanford. Most people enjoy writing Stanford's essay A because they're writing about what's closest to their hearts and are really the most passionate about. That and there's no word limit ;-). But, I did that last year and I didn't get in. They tell you to just be honest. But they also tell you (indirectly) that saying something like "family" is not going to get you in. If you spin it the right way it will, but then it's not so much the "family" as the "spin" that got you in. This essay requires you to write about "what matters most", but also to write a b-school essay just like any other. Basically, what matters most shouldn't be a person/thing like a family member or money. It should be an adverb (like "winning", except "winning" is not a good choice) or an ideal (virtuous?), and probably one that fits with all the b-school-esqe themes floating around. Frame it in some kind of experience you've had and you're set. Or at least that's what I think. I could be wrong or missing something. Anyway, I have an idea for this sucker, but it's not going to be easy. So, I'm devoting a lot of time to it. Probably like four weeks or something. Really, what I'm shooting for is finishing HBS, CBS, and Stanford by Dec 23. By that time I'll have gotten an answer from Wharton. If by some miracle the Gods have smiled upon me, I'll just send those apps in and take it easy. If the likely event does occur, then I'll send in Kellogg section 1 by the interview deadline and spend two weeks hardcore and get that thing out for R2. Christmas week is a good time to get shit done since the office is normally slow. And if I start sweating that I won't get into the GSB, then I might scrape something together for Duke.

This blog has its first taste of smut

Did anybody see the comment from Oct 31 in my previous post? It is just so ridiculous. I've seen a lot of comment ads for stocks or mortgage refi, but this is the first I've seen for porn. And on my blog too! I'm going to leave it up for a little while for the hell of it.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Just another day

Today I said goodbye to my Wharton application. Sent it in a bit before the 5pm crunch. I had sent my essays to my buddy last night to read over, got some edits, reworked them a little bit around 3pm today, and that was that. I don't think they were going to get much better than what they were. And if Wharton expected better, well, that sucks for me. Now, it's all about Chicago...

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

No Stress

It's really pretty amazing. It just occurred to me that Wharton is due in 2 days and I'm not stressed out at all. I still have work to do on essay 1 and one of my recommenders has given me no status update about whether he's done the rec or not, but I'm not stressed for some reason. Maybe I'm just used to this whole application nonsense and it doesn't phase me. Last year around this time I could feel my muscles twisting into knots. This year... eh. And Wharton is really my most important app too because I think it's the furthest reach of schools I think I have a real shot at getting into. I feel like this year there is no good reason not to accept me, even though I'm sure I won't get in. Maybe I'm just tired and want this shit to be over. I don't know. Anyway, good luck to all.

And Wharton, if you're reading this, I'm very disappointed with your online application. I wouldn't have expected these kinds of shenanigans from you.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Bam!

I just came up with a great idea for Chicago essay number 3. Kind of covers choice 1 and 2 at the same time. I adapted it out of an idea I had developed for the "Discuss a time you questioned your ethics or values" question. This is such a relief because I was really struggling to come up with anything for it and was dreading I was just going to have to make up some BS.

Take that Chicago! A little Essence of Redwolf. Now it's time for number 4...

Thursday, October 06, 2005

T-minus 1 week and Counting...

Ok boys and girls, the shit is on! Only one little week until our old friend Joe stops taking apps to his fine school for R1. I can't wait to be done with it. Actually, all that means is I'll have two weeks to get my app to Chicago done and can start stressing about that. This whole application process sucks. Have I mentioned that before? So much slaving effort to put into essays, some of which are total bs, and all so that someone can spend around 30 minutes looking at it and say "yea" or "nay". If "yea", then your "ROI", to start using b-school speak, will go up with more adcom time spent reading it. Anyway, I'm sick of rewriting the same shit over and over to try to say it better than I did the previous time using less words. Damn you word length! It's especially frustrating because as a reapplicant you only get to write two essays for Wharton- the "why" essay and one of your choice between the others on the regular app. They don't even bother (most of the time) to look at your previous app. Now, this is both a good and a bad. The good is that the app last year didn't get you in, and in my case just sucked, so you don't want them looking at it. The bad is that you have to paint an entire picture of yourself just like everyone else in only 60% of the space. And you also have to be specific in addressing how you've improved since last year. This just doesn't seem logical to me. I'm thinking what really happens is the reader reads the comments from last year and primarily looks at the app this year with those in mind. So, if your comments said you had a good understanding of the school and knew a lot about the program, you don't need to add that to the app this year. That would make the limited amount of space for the reapp seem more reasonable, and also make it easier on the adcom as they've already done a full evaluation of the candidate once before and don't need to do a full one again. Of course, one can never assume anything when it comes to b-school apps so this theory is really nothing short of a gamble. Ok, I'm going to stop here as I'm only building myself up for a rant. Time to get back to working on this stuff, again. I'm spending so much time on Wharton I think I'm screwing myself for Chicago a bit. Only got two of the four planned out, and I have no idea what to write for the other two. One problem at a time...