Sunday, September 27, 2009

Shall I postpone it to R2?

It has been a month since I wrote anything. Lately, I have a big project lined up at work. My manager tells me everyday that stakes are high etc. Staying alone gives me so much time to think but instead of thinking these days I am getting lost in the web of linkedin, facebook and orkut. I hereby restrain myself from using these. As soon as I find an impressive individual I try to find his/her profile on linkedin. I have to stop doing that. Does not help me at all.
Delivery of the project is one month from now but since I am not very enthusiastic these days at work due to my obvious incline towards apps and bschools, the project is not going that well. The developer had to leave yesterday as his mother fell down from staircase. So, probably I have to do the entire development as well as design and testing all by myself. More pressure at work and I still dont know whether I will be able to complete any application despite the fact that I am procastinating everything else for apps.
My school list is still 10. And I know there is lot of work to do to bring that number down. I am not doing that well on the apps of the schools that are my stretch schools . i dont want to apply to reach schools before aplying to stretch schools. So, the only choice I am left with is to apply in R2.
I have submitted my apps for ISB but I am not preparing for its interviews at all. Somehow after searching for business schools in US diversity has become an important factor for me in a business school. So ISB is not giving that click.
I have attended five information sessions in last two months - Chicago, Wharton, Stanford, Columbia, Duke. I registered for MBA Fair but after gaining insights in these five information session, I decided not to attend MBA Fair. i got a spare weekend and I prepared a rough draft on accomplishments essays. My reviewers were convinced by only one of the accomplishments that aligns with my post-MBA goal.
This weekend I have started writing about my undergrad experience and after continous 8 hrs of work, I sent it to all people who were there at my undergrad plus two of my best crituqes. Everybody told me to cut short the same thing. I did that. But there are few more additional comments by these reviewers that I am looking forward to add in this essay.
By postponing all apps to R2 I am feeling relaxed but I dont know if that will go in my favor.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Weekend devoted to essay 1 of Chicago Booth

I just now received a mail from naukri.com that I have not updated my resume since last 13 months and I should not fall behind. Fall behind? This is something which I have been feeling since last one month. My friends throughout the country are either getting married or getting into b schools. And I - I am working..working hard to excel, giving my best to perform. And after GMAT its not only in office that I am performing but in my serach for the right programme as well. All my passions are casted aside. That is why its a hardship! But I know I will be through.
Anyways, I have written first part of my first essay and read it trillion times myself. The essay has three questions - How I chose my recent job? How has that experience influence my future goals? What about Chicago Booth makes me feel that it the next best in my career at this time? So I have completed the first question "How I chose my recent job?". And I am sending it across to family and a friend for evaluation after reading it several times once again. I chose Chicago Booth for writing my essay because after attending Information Session this wednesday, this is the school I know most. And still have to know more about this school. finding alums in linkedin and understanding the change in thier job roles they were able to make pre and post mba. I found a current student and few alums from my undergraduate school and that was pleasant.Thats good to see.
Sunday has always been a day of nice food. So I am planning to make Idli today. Its fresh air but with fragnance of frying onions from neighbors' window. So let me just get started with my cooking as well. Catch ya!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

This part of my life is called Searching!

Its time for a new beginning, I thought after giving my GMAT.Unfortunately for me, uptil then I didn't realize that unlike CAT in India,GMAT is just only one of the several dimensions to my entry in an MBA program in an international B school. There were big questions like which school should I shortlist? where I am a "fit"? I spent days and nights into blogs and b school websites, ranking and deciding where to go and what to forgo. But here I am , after almost one and half months of my GMAT, I havent completed even one single essay, have not zeroed down to one b school and not even sure whether a management education is necessary for what I want to achieve. It is always a great advantage to be good at mathematics and analytical ability and I know that can help me become a good investment manager or a consultant. But I dont want any of it. My perspective of a management education has always been that it can foster my potential of becoming a leader, a leader who is meant for serving others, for guiding others, for setting right examples. The aplication process is making me underpinning about what I want and what will I get if admitted. The hardship is the mapping that I have to do between what I want and what I can get. Yes, the good news is that I am remembering even those events of my life which were locked into the trunk. The starting point of why I want to do an mba was that I really like education and learning. And in mba I found an exact scope for it. I just want to maximize usage of my brain, open its blocked territories. Things are changing in my head continously even when I have not covered 10% of my journey. And after one month of continous visits to bschool websites, I have realized that it not only depens on how good you are and what you want but also how you are better than others and how your want is diverse than rest of the applicants. Practically thats right for bschools because after all they want the best mix. But when I looked at a larger level, education is just a medium of making individuals more succint and polish and should be given to all who deserve it. If applicant want to become investment manager he should not be filtered out on this criteria. At an individual level its a crime that a better applicant is dinged because his want is not diverse from most of the applicants. But yes B schools wants different perspectives in their classrooms and that can only happen when make of a class has diversity. This is one of the several aspects that I have come across in this process and I will keep on posting several others soon.