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680 - 38 Q, 44 V / With a (long) story to tell... [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 06:24
Hello to everyone.

I just got back from the Pearson testing center with a decent score in my hands. I am still quite nervous but I will try to share my experience of the last few months with you as, although I haven't been an active member of this amazing forum, I feel I know you.

Firstly, I am not a typical MBA candidate. I come from Greece and I am turning 31 next month. I have a degree in English Language and Literature from the Uni of Athens and an MSc in Translation Studies from UMIST, UK. I am currently working as a Tech Proposal Writer in an international Lottery Services company and have accumulated some experience in the financial software sector also.

I got the idea of getting an MBA last summer as I noticed a lack of professional managers in the languages sector, a growing market in my opinion. Furthermore, I am not satisfied with my job and I definitely need a career boost or even shift (since my MSc I am very interested in multicultural marketing and advertisement localisation). I decided that if I was to invest in an MBA I would do it properly, so I targeted some of the top European schools that I could afford. To do this I needed a decent GMAT score, so I started practicing.

I set off with Kaplan and the Princeton Math Review, as Quant was obviously my weak spot. As I progressed with my prep, I came across Gmat club and realised I would do nothing without the OG, both resources proved invaluable. I was getting the grasp of the test and was planning to sit for itsome time before the Holiday season in order to apply for the first applications round. At the beginning of October though I had the opportunity to switch jobs to a better company. The money was good and the switch would look good for my resume.

Like that, I let go of the test for the first time and focused on the new job, that proved to be very demanding, the working hours especially were exhaustive. At the beggining of the new year I decided to compensate by following a Prep course. My instructor was very cool and I had the opportunity to catch up with some basic math. Nevertheless, when I started was doing well, life got in my way. During the last period of the course and at the point my performance was taking off, my father got very sick and had to be hospitalised.

This changed my routine completely as everyday after work I was at the hospital, staying long hours now and then. As the news about my father's health were getting worse, my psychology was weakening, but I was determined to go on. I had arranged to sit for the test at the end of February and I would do it. At that point, one week before the test, Pearson gave another blow: all test dates in Greece got cancelled as the greek government refused to allow fingeprinting. No dates before the 1st of May could be booked; my university of choice (SDA Bocconi) had a deadline for the 28th of April...

I decided not to give up. I booked a date for the 28th of March in Istanbul and resumed studying. At a point during March all dates become available again and I managed to reschedule for Athens, the 17th of April. This gave me the strength to reach last week when I got Friday off to study and Monday to sit for the test. Life had again other plans for me and at Tuesday the most unbelievable scenario unfolded.

My brother called me at 8:00 to tell me that his wife was giving birth. I went to the hospital, saw the newborn at 12:00 and got some strength as finally a happy incident occurred. I went back at the hospital next to my father to give him the news and stay with him so that my mother would go and see the baby. At 15:30 my father passed away...

The weekend is a blur as we had to deal with both facts, the funeral and the birth. I tried to sit through PP2 on Saturday morning but never made it thorugh, I stopped after the Quant. The last act was played today: the GMAT, satisfaction, my niece arrived at home happiness. I miss my father immensely, but life will go on...

I apologise for the rambling but I just had to let you know of all the factor that has helped me get through this, apart from my girlfriend that practically endured even more as she had to cope with me too, has been you guys s, no matter what, during the last six months I would everyday spend a good 1-2 hours here for inspiration and morale boost. There is a video clip of the 90's called "No Rain", the band is Blind Mellon, the old timers here might remember it ;) In this video there is a little girl dressed as a bee and everybody is making fun of her because of this. Sad, she wanders the street when finally she arrives at a meadow where the members of the band are also dressed like bees and everybody dances together. This, my friends, for me defines happiness. This is what takes place in this forum, people with common goals, recognising a little bit about themselves and the ordeal they are going through in the other members and everybody, no matter who they are, standing by each other.

I have visited other fora regarding the Gmat and MBA studies and I saw people getting obsessed with trivial things such as getting a 750 while aiming for a 770 or the likes. In Gmat club, on the other hand, I found people really heling, really standing next to each other. No matter what happens with your Gmat or the Business School itself, if you carry this attitude throughout your careers, will be succesful. Period.

I still don't know what will happen with my applications as my score is not phenomenal and it is not balanced as the breakdown makes obvious the fact that i ahve played my strengths. Furthermore, my GPAs are not excellent themselves. But I will let you know. And I have one last thing to tell you as I break the record for the longest post here:


Never, ever give up.

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 08:08
Sorry for your Father
Congrats friend!Great score really.
IMHO very competetive for any school.Wish you luck with applications
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 08:59
I am very moved by your story. You have gone through so much and you have succeeded. This is the kind of attitute that will take one through his/her life successfully. My condolence to your father and hearty congratulations to your success!
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 14:55
Goreg, I really want to celebrate you for your endevaour and strength. It is sad to hear the bad story related with your father, though..

Actually we have very similar backgrounds. I had my undergraduate study in English Language and Literature Department as well. I have the opinion of having an MBA for some time. I hope i will get a good score as yours.

I am from Turkey so I must say that I am impressed when you said that you would choose Istanbul for your test center :)

Will you tell some more about your strategy for studying on CR and RC? To what did you pay attention most when dealing with such questions?

And I would be very pleased if you talked about your study process on quantitative part..

All the best for you :king
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 15:15
Goreg, my sincere condolences... You sure proved though that you have a will of iron! Considering the circumstances, you still achieved an admirable score and that is something that you should be very proud of! It is a great score and many only dream of getting that score.

Good luck with your appz and keep us posted...
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 15:27
Great job dude! Keep up the good work and keep us posted!
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 18:13
Congrats, nice score.
"The life is sometimes tough but you should never forget the time when life is sweet and wonderful"...my father told me that the day we burried his own father. Best wishes.

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2006, 00:59
Thanks to all for your wishes. I plan to be a more active meber of this site from now on. I would be glad if my experience proved valuable to someone else.

Selene, it's good to hear that fellow mates from the Humanities sector are thinking of getting into the Business world. I really think that we can bring a new perspective in the area.

I think it is only normal that I selected Turkey as the place to sit for my test as Greece was not available. Mind you, there were no available dates in Cyprus at the time either, no pun intended.

Regarding my preperation:

For the verbal part, CR was always my strong part. I went through all the questions in both OG's (10 & 11) as well as the Official Verbal Supplement. At the beggining I focused on the SC and in reality studied for RC only during the last month. I think that the SC takes a lot of practice, especially when competing against native speakers that set high standards, whereas in RC pacing is the most crucial factor. I finished the Verbal part of the test with 40 secs to spare.

The quantitative part of the test was my weak spot. I went all the way as I began freshening up basic math for a couple of months before getting into practice. I also found the tips and tricks of the Princeton Review and Kaplan very helpful (backsolving, number replacement etc.) The OG is invaluable though, I went through all the questions of both guides and the supplement.

I hope you know that you can do whatever you set your sights on. Practice hard and you will see an emerging pattern as most questions are similar. Keep us informed about your progress.

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2006, 01:20
Antmavel wrote:
Congrats, nice score.
"The life is sometimes tough but you should never forget the time when life is sweet and wonderful"...my father told me that the day we burried his own father. Best wishes.

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Great quote... very touching!
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2006, 02:52
Goreg wrote:

Selene, it's good to hear that fellow mates from the Humanities sector are thinking of getting into the Business world. I really think that we can bring a new perspective in the area.


Thanks for the reply Goreg :)
I agree with you on the new perspective for the bussiness world. I felt more confident when I took an elective course from the bussiness administration department when I was at university. If you have the will and you study, there is nothing you cannot achieve!!

Goreg wrote:
I hope you know that you can do whatever you set your sights on. Practice hard and you will see an emerging pattern as most questions are similar. Keep us informed about your progress.

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My concern is more with the verbal now. I want to improve my verbal as I need it. I am nervous about RC :? As to quants, I am trying my best and as you mentioned in your post, I needed the few months preperation for the basics before starting the practice.

However, I cannot find much time for my studies nowadays so I plan to postpone my exam date maybe for one year or so. I will see..

Happy to hear that you will be around more.. I am sure we will get benefit from your valuable posts..

All the best :flower
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2006, 09:45
Very inspiring story. I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful community that shares and empathizes with feelings of others.

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2006, 14:12
Hi Goreg, my condolences for your late father.

Your story is very moving and will certainly inspire many people here in their GMAT quest.

I very much enjoyed your story about the bee and bees we all are. This community has helped me 2 years ago in my own quest and it is the reason I stayed here to help out new members as best as I could.

Keep your attitude and you will get into any school with that score.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2006, 14:52
goreg, i like your story very much. its moving and passionate. if we don't stand for something, we will fall for anything.

"...And all I can do is read a book to stay awake / And it rips my life away, but it's a great escape..." Blind Melon / No rain (...was one of my favourite bands)
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2006, 18:04
I am speechless and wordless after reading your story, but I sincerely wish that my MBA class be full of people such as you, persons with tenacity, integrity and emotional intellect. I really salute your quest for excellence, bravo…
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This proves 'WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY' [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2006, 18:40
Please accept my condolence. You have really inspired me to see the best of things even in the dullest moments. A great score like that even though may never compensate for your loss but now gives you an opportunity to fulfill a dream that could have rightly been your father's too. All the very best.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2006, 07:45
I felt compelled to post my response to this thread. This is one of the most moving stories I have heard in GMATCLUB.

Goreg, plz accept my condolences for your loss and also heartiest congrats on a gr8 score. You achieving this score in such an intense situation speaks volumes abt u as a person. With this attitude u will succeed, period!

Looking at ur score u have cracked verbal all the way. If u so choose, u can get past 750 easily under normal circumstances by increasing ur Quant score. Best of luck with ur future endeavours!!
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2006, 10:24
Goreg, I am sorry for your loss, and very impressed that you persevered through it. Well done, your father is very proud of you, wherever he is right now.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2006, 11:08
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts.

Hong Hu, Praetorian and Paul, I want to personally address you and say that I owe you guys a lot.

Banerjee, thanks for your kind words man, but I don't think I can get a score as high as 750. I cannot perform as well people with e.g. an engineering background on the Quant section, and it is fair so. That said, in my opinion, a 650+ score demonstrates that one can perform well in an MBA course and that is what the GMAT is about, nothing more, nothing less. I would never think of retaking the test.

If the moderators of the group are interested in helping someone who cannot afford the prep material, my material is at their disposal:

- OG10
- OG11
- Official Verbal Review
- Official Quantitative Review
- Kaplan 2006 (with CD)
- Princeton Review 2006 (with CD)
- Princeton Math Workout
- Arco - Answers to the Real Essay Questions

Contact me for more info if you want guys.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2006, 15:01
Goreg,

I'm writing the test tomorrow morning and your story gave me strength. I've been nervous for the past week and couldnt' sleep most nights, but your story really inspired me. No matter what happens tomorrow, there are so many things that we should treasure in our lives....a GMAT score won't make or break you.

Thank you for sharing your story.
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Never never give up [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2006, 12:30
Goreg, your story inspires me to continue my GMAT struggle.

I offer my condolences to the passing away of your father, but he must certainly be very proud of you now.

Reading your story, it teaches me that the GMAT is not about the quant section, or CR or RC, but that a GMAT score shows the MBA schools that a person can apply themselves, and get through what ever the odds.

The b-schools will be silly if they didnt accept you, as your story indicates that the MBA was made for people like you.

Best of luck in your apps.
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