Next up in our series of featured MBA bloggers is "Asax," an anonymous blogger who writes at B-School Admit. Please enjoy Asax's thoughtful answers and use them to help you make your way through the MBA admissions process.
Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself – where are you from, where did you go to college and when did you graduate; and what prior degrees do you hold?
Asax: I am an Indian female applicant. My dream school is Berkeley Haas. I am also applying for NUS and NTU (since they’re near). I hold a Bachelor of Engineering from a state university. I am currently working for an IT company just like a million others here ;). I have work experience of 2.5 years. I graduated in the year 2009. Besides having an IT background, I also run a family start-up side by side – though I am not involved full time. It is my post MBA plan to do so.
Accepted: When do you plan on applying to b-school? What stage of the application process are you up to now?
Asax: I am preparing for my second GMAT in September and I am looking forward to round 2 applications.
Accepted: What sort of GMAT prep have you done since taking the exam the first time?
Asax: Focused more on verbal. I realized I didn’t attack the basics last time. I was concerned about volume last time not the quality. This time, I am focusing on the quality – lots of time for solving a very few questions and analyzing them. I find this is a better method. Even though it takes time, the learning curve is much better.
Accepted: What do you think of the new IR section?
Asax: Truth be said, I am not a fan of the IR section as it requires different kind of preparation and approach. Each problem looks at myriad types of data interpretation. Till now I haven't been able to complete the section on time. So, you go to work on that. Thankfully this is the first year. I might escape from the scrutiny of the IR section scores. We can't bet that for the next year though.
Accepted: What is your dream MBA program?
Asax: Berkeley Haas is my dream school because I would like to get a good feel for the spirit of American entrepreneurship which I can do at Haas with its very close ties with Silicone Valley and the entrepreneurs there. Besides, Haas is very well known for beating the status quo – a kind of environment I would like to get used to. The batch strength is not great, thus there is scope for better ties among the graduates.
Accepted: What attracts you to Haas?
Asax: I am inspired by the culture and the mix of ideas that the graduates and professors bring to the b-school experience. I believe that the culture of thinking different has to become natural. For such a habit to be cultured, to me Haas is the perfect place.
Accepted: Once you receive your MBA, do you plan on pursuing a career in your current field/industry or a in new field/industry?
Asax: Once I get my MBA, my plan is to take on my family start-up full time. The reason I took my current IT job was because I got one and because it was easy money. Though after 2.5 years, I have realized that I want to focus on bigger dreams of mine.
Accepted:Can you tell us about your blog? Who is your target audience and what goals do you have with site?
Asax: My blog is a log of my experiences, something others can use to fine tune things that they may miss out. I also blog about things happening in the MBA world, about freebies, webinars, strategies, guides, discounts available in various sites – anything an applicant needs to know. These are the things I use. So, I just share it with the readers so that they can benefit from it. Anything I find interesting I put it on my blog. If I discover any strategy that is helpful, then that goes up as well.
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