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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2014, 02:01
FROM TopDogMBA - A Reapplicant's Tail: A taste of honey
As well as the momentum stepping up with my applications, we are also into new viewing figure territory on topdogmba.com.

With over 100 ‘hits’ received yesterday, our total is above 1,000 for the first time. Thanks to you all for your support!

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Thought you might like this snap of the real ‘Top Dog’ enjoying a walk, while we reflect on the latest draft of our essays.

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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2014, 03:00
FROM Grant Me Admission: What SC Mistakes Am I Making? (AKA I hate Sentence Correction!)
I hate SC. It is the absolute worse, and I have NO idea why I am terrible at it. I missed two easy ones right off…Image
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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2014, 20:00
FROM TexasWannaBeCali: Let’s Answer the Why
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Since I’ve started writing this blog, I’ve realized alot of my focus has been on the HOW I’m gonna get my MBA (or at least get into a program) and a little bit of the BECAUSE ( I want to pursue…), but I have yet to really express the WHY.

I feel like the WHY is overlooked by many people when expressing their desires to go to business school, myself included, but now that I’m filling out my The Criteria spreadsheet,  I wanted to take the time to share the reasons I’ve listed thus far.

It’s easy to say the conventional things like: make more money, advance in a current career or switch to a new one, develop leadership skills, network. And honestly, those are some of my reasons to, but not as top tier as they are for some people. This list is not in any particular order.

1. Build new friendships

2. Travel and satisfy my inner wanderlust

3. Refocus my career goals

4. Become an expert in the healthcare industry

5. Learn from others’ experiences

6. Take time to reflect on what I want to accomplish in life not just career wise

7. Make a name for myself

8. Be more involved politically, socially, and globally

9. Make my family proud (I am the first college graduate on my mom’s side of the family, and the only person in my family to even attempt going to graduate school)

10. Be a role model to other young African American girls with a dream

11. Challenge myself. I’m a geek.. I like to learn

Even though I decided to apply to MBA programs back in May, after realizing just how much goes into the application process, I feel like even then was too late. It has been quite the ride thus far, but I am so thankful all of you have come along with me. I’ve grown so much since my first posts and I must admit, at first I wasn’t exactly sure why I wanted to get an MBA and what I’d even do with it. But now I’m so glad that I not only know, but I’m so excited.

As I’ve already stated, my short term goal is to work at a big pharma/biotech company in California in financial planning and analysis. One of my goals this summer has been reading at least one healthcare industry article per day to enhance my knowledge of the industry and stay up to date on things. I’m not always the best at sticking to a plan and tend to stray after awhile, but I must say, this was probably the best goal I’ve made thus far, and have successfully stuck with it. Sometimes I have a hard time pulling myself away from the WSJ because I want to read every article I see. I feel like a nerd because I find the healthcare industry so compelling.

I’ve also expressed via this blog how I was struggling to come up with a long term goal and being that most admissions essays ask you to describe this in detail, I knew I needed to come up with someone rather soon. Through this exercise, I’ve finally starting to form an idea of what I want to do.. Head of Finance in Research and Development. I know this is quite a lofty dream, but that’s what a long term goal is suppose to be right, something so unlikely and yet so rewarding, that you wake up everyday hoping you’re just a little step closer to achieving it.

I’ve been doing a lot of introspection lately and I realized how more than anything, i want to inevitably use an MBA to make a difference. My youngest brother was diagnosed with a disorder called Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF-1) at birth and while physically he hasn’t suffered too much thus far, mentally i know he struggles and will continue to, especially once puberty hits. It’s something I don’t like to talk about very often because it makes me cry and I worry about the life he will lead, how it will affect him and future relationships, and if his condition will get worse, because it’s a disorder that really can’t be treated or cured, just monitored.

If only I wasn’t completely inept in science, I would’ve studied Biology in undergrad, but if I could be a part of an organization dedicated to developing cures and treatments to diseases that have affected the lives of so many of our loved ones, and eventually use my knowledge and network after working in the industry to lead my own foundation for raising funds to aid research as well as help those in need pay for treatment, I would be so fulfilled. (We’ve all seen Breaking Bad.. We know what the struggle will do to you)

“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.”  - Jana Stanfield

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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2014, 03:00
FROM Grant Me Admission: Great Opportunities for those Applying to Top Programs
*Disclaimer: I do not get ANY kickbacks for repping this event (nor do I get any kickbacks for ANY products/events I recommend). Hey everyone! Researching, networking,…Image
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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2014, 03:00
FROM Pulling That MBA Trigger: Essays and Strategy
So I picked my schools and now it’s time to stick to my guns and not be wavered by general opinion… which is much harder than it sounds! I have started working on my essays, which basically means I have started reading every single essay analysis I find online and have begun to re-read ’50 Successful Harvard Application Essays’. I’m a decent enough writer but I want to make sure that I don’t fall into any of the common traps that us applicants normally do. My writing tends to both extremes — either I get excited and start writing super choppy sentences or I run out of interesting things to say and fill the page up with flowery crap. Luckily, I have a consultant to help review my essays and make sure I don’t go overboard. He’s helped plan my application strategy and I must say I’m pretty impressed. If I didn’t know me and I read about this person (a.k.a me) on paper, I would be like ‘Whoa, this person is accomplished’. But since it’s just me, I don’t see it.

GrantMeAdmission asked me on an earlier post what my application strategy is going to be like. Well, I’ve kinda always known what I was going to do, so here is my plan:

  • Apply to a maximum of four schools, leaving plenty of schools open for next year in the likely event that I don’t make it in anywhere this year.
  • Having chosen the four schools, I have decided to apply to Tuck Early Action because I love whatever I have heard about the school and the location is something that I am absolutely looking forward to. After all the Indian crowds and summers, I am ready for winter wonderland and solitude, although I’m pretty sure I’ll change my tune once I’m bundled in ten layers of clothing and slipping on frozen patches of ice.
  • All the other schools including Yale, Johnson and Darden/Said, I want to apply in R1. I don’t see the point of stretching it out and unless something funky happens with my recommenders, I think I can make it. I am quite used to churning out words in large numbers so if I don’t suffer from a major case of writers block, I should be okay.
  • If I get called for any interviews in R1, that would be the perfect scenario. If I get dinged by them all, then that’s it guys. I’m done for this year, no more rounds for me. I’ll gracefully retire and focus my energies on work and becoming a stronger applicant for next year. I’m only 22 now (I was born in 1992), so I have age on my side. I will obviously be disappointed, but this process has already been so revealing and I can only imagine how much stronger I’ll come out of it.
Yeah, so that’s about it. I think it is going to get a little hectic trying to juggle four schools but their deadlines are far enough apart, so I think it shouldn’t be too bad. Also, for everyone reading, I would love to hear your opinion on the IE and IESE business schools. They are ranked higher than Said and they do seem to place a lot of people into consulting but I’m a little skeptical. If you know anything about these schools either from firsthand information or otherwise, please hit me up. Thanks!

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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2014, 12:00
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Today while running early morning, it hit me that I am running away from MOCKs. Finally I have decided to take Veritas Prep second mock test this weekend. To brush up my Verbal skills i decided to take a Gmatclub Verbal test and scored a dismal 25(21q of 41). After seeing my mistakes, I realized I am jumping towards the wrong answer choice like a cling on. Still not applying the e-gmat process. It's weird every time I think of e-gmat i think of 329$.

Anyways, so in my previous post I was discussing about 30 days of change program by Neila Ray. I am feeling good after doing the exercises, hope it has a positive effect on my studying. I am still not looking at the essays, just reading up random stuff on schools and school blogs. Well I hope with this concentration on GMAT when the push comes to shove I am not shooting blanks.

Wrote a profile evaluation to MBA exchange, actually I ended up at MBA exchange after reading this . Its ad interview with INSEAD alumni currently working with MBA exchange. A very good read for all Indian applicants. Thinking about forming an Indian applicant group for INSEAD. I have 3 people as of now who are ready to join the group, will wait couple of more days and then create it.

Too sleepy to study now so watching Weild Al videos. This guy is intelligent.

Good night now!!!!

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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2014, 07:01
FROM Grant Me Admission: How To Apply to B-School (GrantMeAdmission Style)
I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the last few weeks about HOW I am applying for schools. In today’s post, I am going to give…Image
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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2014, 02:00
FROM Domotron's Blog: Embracing the downtime
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Honestly, it’s been a long time since I felt so relaxed. I am definitely making the most of funemployment before school starts. I finished my job at the end of June but have been winding down for a while now. In my line of work, I didn’t really have any projects or work for the entirety of June which worked perfectly as I spent time getting up to speed with my visa, vaccinations requirements, finances, and pre-matriculation math work.

So for those applying this year, my top tip is don’t hang around and work until the last possible moment. Take some time out for yourself. It’s one of the last opportunities you will get an extended period of time off from work or school. Also you may need that time to work on your pre-matriculation requirements. It is definitely not worth that extra pay check or two. You will probably never have a chance at such an extended break again!Since the end of June, I have mainly been spending my time on the following:

  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Meeting up with other Tuckies and other Tuck related events like an admit dinner
  • The occasional recruiting event. Yup some companies already start hosting drinks receptions for admitted students!
  • Reading novels, watching films/TV shows, just the kind of stuff I probably will be too busy to do
  • Work out
  • Buying things that I will need to take with me
With only two and half weeks to go, it is really starting to feel very real now!

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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2014, 08:48
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FROM GNPTH: Why MBA- How it will satisfy my needs?
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I have been thinking about GMAT for quite a long time now, probably from 2011. Why MBA? Why GMAT? are the questions that popped up in my head, when i decided to prepare for GMAT. I believe most of the people are in the same boat like me when they started preparing for GMAT/MBA. My decision to pursue an MBA started within 2 months when I got a full time job. I was happy as it was my 1st job and when I felt everything going good, I realized that this will not take me to the highest level the industry.

A little background: I belong to software industry and predominantly my job is based out in India. By now, most of you would have come to know what will be my job in software industry.

Ok, I think that’s enough for little about my background. Now let’s continue with how I decided to get a Post Graduate degree and why specifically an MBA. As a child from my school days, college and even now in my workplace, I loved to take part any event management related activity that happens. Be it an organizer, presenter or coordinator, I LOVED it. I felt good when I did/do those stuffs.

The time came for to realize that my current job which I’m doing is not satisfying me and will not satisfy me in future as well. At a point, I decided and realized that I had passion for a management role. I tried an internal switch, when I had opportunity to jump to that role in my previous company. I started learning what exactly a Manager/ Management office does. It gave me immense happiness when I walked into my office daily morning and the type of job I do gave me more exposure learn more about managing and management.

After having almost a year and half years of experience, I asked to myself “Why can’t do an MBA?”. This job which I do really good, “Why I can’t go further and move up the corporate ladder soon?”. The first step we always do when we need some information is that browse the internet. I did the same. Tried finding what are the requirements for an MBA. As an Indian, I already had an idea about IIM’s and CATs. I just wanted to research more about MBA, what an MBA really do to one’s career.

As I was browsing the web, I came across GMAT. Well I already know about GRE as I wrote once when I was in college. What is this GMAT is all about, a voice in me echoed. A curiosity in me made me to look more information about GMAT. I took almost a week to completely get to know what is GMAT. Why it is so important for a candidate who wanted to pursue higher studies abroad etc.

After my full research about GMAT from various sources and forums such as GMAT Club, Beat the GMAT etc. I decided to kick start my GMAT preparation. At the end my research, I signed up for the two forums mentioned above. These two forums got various information and study materials.

Now, the main reason I choose to do an MBA is that I don’t want to end up in mid senior level in a corporate after some 8 or 9 years. Many would have been aware that it takes lot of time to reach to the top as there is ever growing competition in the industry. But after my research, I found an MBA from top B-school can put in top of the ladder as soon as you complete. Also other reason being, by doing an MBA, I thought it would give me more exposure, knowledge and path to reach my dream job. I felt MBA from a good school will give a boost and a slight edge in the completion.

That’s it for now, in my next post, I will be sharing about my experience during my 1st GMAT attempt and my current preparation for the 2nd attempt.

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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2014, 06:00
FROM Naija MBA Gal: And so went the week
I’m writing this with a new-found appreciation for the gift of sight. You remember I was supposed to take my GMAT yesterday, well, that didn’t happen. Here’s what happened instead: On Wednesday, after studying for the GMAT and taking a practice test (GMAT prep) which showed a slight improvement in my verbal (710, Q47, V40 […]Image
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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2014, 13:00
FROM Farhanc85: Feeling Mocked
I gathered enough courage to write a mock test. Took Veritas Prep and scored a 680, lower than my actual GMAT score Q-48 and V-36. I know everyone says mocks are to practice and you shouldn't let your mood be affected by your mock scores(even I have given the same advice to lots of people) but honestly I feel bad today. I have been working hard with GMAT studies and its frustrating when you don't see the results. All those sacrifices of night outs, social gathering, drinking seem wasted when you do not improve. I know all the studying will eventually help me and eventually my score will improve but today I am just not in a mood to give myself those motivational speeches.

So in today's mock I sat for the entire exam(AWA and IR included) and my RC reading just went for a toss. Now SC is my achilles heel but today in RC i got a dismal 40% accuracy. A 65% accuracy in SC which according to my standards is a step forward. Haven't done the entire analysis yet since I wasn't in the mood today. Was solving SC questions instead.

Now to the good part, forming the group for e-gmat student has been really helpful for me. We started solving SC questions according to the e-gmat process. The responses that people are sending are awesome. There is so much to learn from each other at every stage of your life :). I am glad I took this initiative.OG SC Marathon is a hit for the first 2 days at least since the participation is quite good. Valid questions, good analysis and brilliant feedback from everyone.

I think I am going to call in an early saturday night. Tomorrow the sun will shine with some new hope 
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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2014, 23:00
FROM TexasWannaBeCali: Don’t Look Now but D-Day is Almost Here
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Or as GrantMeAdmission likes to call it… G-DAY!

The month of August is going to be a busy one for me work wise. I unfortunately got the bad luck of the draw and have to travel a week before the exam but I plan on using my time wisely during the day so I have at least a good 5-6 hours in the hotel each night to study. The week of the GMAT, I already have Thursday and Friday marked as “DO NOT DISTURB” days as I will for sure be holed up in the corner of the public library somewhere, unshowered, caffeined out, and studying until my eyeballs fall out.

The impact this exam will have on my admissions decision is quite intimidating. I know your GMAT score doesn’t define you as an applicant, and a high score won’t necessarily get you into a school, but a low score can definitely keep you out. As a young applicant with a pretty average GPA, my profile really needs a competitive score to at least make an adcom blink at my application before putting it in the reject pile. I have 28 days to get a 720… let’s rock and roll.

28 DAYS TO IMPROVE THE FOLLOWING:

1. Really focusing on my weaknesses

- Verbal: Critical Reasoning

- Quant: Number Properties and Rate Problems

2. Time Management

- Too quick on verbal

- Too slow on quant

3. Making flashcards and reviewing them each morning

- Fractions/Decimals/Squares/Factorials etc. that should be memorized

- Formulas

- Question stems for CR

- Idioms

4. Keeping calm and carrying on

- I get frustrated and defeated easily when I come across several difficult problems in a row… my fluctuating mood swings during a 75 min section on a practice test are unreal sometimes

- I tend to take too many seconds away from the question I’m working on because I’m analyzing it’s difficulty to determine if I got the prior question was right or wrong.

5. Better note taking during RC

- I have to read the passage at least 3 times before I clearly comprehend what I’m reading sometimes. I still do pretty well on RC but I’d like to be better in this area

6. Analyzing incorrect answers on CONCEPT rather than CONTENT

- I would say this has been my biggest mistake so far and wish I would’ve realized it earlier. When I miss a question, I watch the step by step of how to solve it correctly and I work through it along with the video and I understand how he comes up with the correct answer, but 9 times out of 10 if the same problem occurred in a different format with different numbers, I probably wouldn’t know how to solve it. This next month I want to be better at understanding how to apply a concept no matter what format the question is in or what information is given, because no question is exactly alike and if you don’t understand why you’re doing something, you won’t understand how to do it either

7. Practicing IR and AWA

- I have yet to even look at this material. How soon did anyone else that has already taken the exam start studying these sections? My plan was to start the Saturday/Sunday before the exam, but if I am under estimating the difficulty/importance please let me know!

Send your positive thoughts down to Texas for me. It’s much appreciated! :)

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FROM The MBA Journey of an African Doctor: A scholarship from London Business School!
I was in my office minding my own business, preparing for a board meeting, when I got an email alert. My first reaction was to ignore it but then when I saw the header “London Business School”, I dumped everything to open the email. Maybe the admission guys were just sending a friendly reminder about the next payment deadline for August 1, 2014. As if I would forget. I opened the email, and there it was… “Congratulations… blah blah blah Scholarship”!

I could not immediately process the words between the congratulations and the scholarship. I have had a difficult time talking to my employer about my desire to attend the Executive MBA Program at London Business School. I was the first person to ever make such a request at my company for something like this and there was no policy about it. So my case had to be taken to the board of directors. Now, I saw this scholarship, which will cover 30% of the tuition as another bargaining tool. I understand my employer’s fear that I may use the LBS platform to take off for a more juicer appointment; but if I wanted to, I would have resigned my position long time ago.

My first reaction was to forward the email to my boss who had gone for the Hajj in Saudi Arabia immediately. I got a response from him after a few hours congratulating me, and then I knew that the battle might just be tilting in my favor. I hope I will not be forced to make a difficult decision between my employment and the business school, but if I have to, I know where my heart lies.

Wish me luck for the remaining part of the battle with my employer…

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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2014, 23:00
FROM Pulling That MBA Trigger: Recommendations and some surprising insights!
I had a lot of things planned for my day off, since I work 6 long days every week. Yes, including Saturdays. I have it rough. But I went out Saturday night and I spent most of Sunday sleeping it off. Yeah, 22 and I already feel like I’m too old for this scene. This is not good! Anyway, I’ve been working on the outlines for my essays and I think I have a good story. I’m going to be working on it more this week. I also balled up this Saturday and told my boss about my plans for an MBA. I was nervous about his reaction, because I do work for a startup and every single person here is a pretty valuable resource. But I was pleasantly surprised by his reaction, he seemed genuinely pleased for me and we even discussed my choice of schools and my future career plans. He offered to put me in touch with some connections of his that are alumni of my chosen schools. That was well beyond the call of duty. Oh, and most importantly, he said he would be more than happy to be one of my recommenders. I am so happy (and grateful) that he seems excited by this whole process, because god only knows I need some strong recommendations to get past the hurdles in my application. He also agreed to speak to a client about being my second recommender! Seeing as my client is American, I think this could add a lot of value to my application and prove that I can successfully fit into the American business landscape. I did manage to get my recommenders packet done though, it turned out to be much longer than I expected (3 pages!), so I hope they have the patience to read it through.

I also had a few calls with the alumni from the schools I’m applying to, a few of them were actually productive and the rest I learnt nothing new. But one of the people I spoke to worked in the admissions committee of the school and currently has his own career services startup and he had some excellent insights to share. The thing that shocked me the most was the fact that he told me to be wary about using the services of admissions consultants. Apparently, after reading thousands of applications each year, the adcoms have learnt to recognise which company has worked with which applicant based on the essays alone. He said he can differentiate an Alex Chu from a Stacy Blackman and an Accepted from an mbaMission. Wow. Even if you write the essays on your own, I guess each company has a ‘template’ per se, which leaves a unique signature on your essays. I’m not sure how much of a bad thing this is, but I think it’s best to be careful.

This guy is (was?) also on a first name basis with the entire admissions team and he stressed on how friendly and approachable they were. He urged me to meet them if they were at any events in India and he even said that they would let you know right away if they felt you weren’t a right ‘fit’ for their school. I think that’s a pretty great way to look at it, since applicants wouldn’t need to waste their time and energy on a school they probably wouldn’t get accepted to. He also spoke to me about the options available if I wanted to go into consulting and he encouraged me to have a closer look at Kellogg. Although it is known for its reputation of having the best marketing program around, they place about 100 – 150 students into the largest consulting firms (MBB), which is still a significantly larger percentage than the schools I’m looking at. I personally felt that it would be a long shot for me, but he thinks I have a competitive chance and that I should give it a go.

I have to say I’m a little confused now, but I think I’m going to do some more research and decide whether it would be a good decision to add one more to the list. Must sleep on that thought.

 

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FROM TexasWannaBeCali: Why Yes… Yes I Would
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Came across this link in my email today and just thought I would share with all of you. Veritas Prep is offering 6 computer adaptive GMAT practice tests (+1 free one for a total of 7) for the price of $24 instead of the usual $49 until Thursday, July 31st. For anyone looking for extra mock practice exams, like myself, this seems like an amazing deal so jump on it if you’re interested! I know I will be.

http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/free-gmat-practice-test/

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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2014, 07:04
FROM Road To My MBA: Getting ready for the GMAT
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Yes, I’ve started my GMAT studies!

Since last monday I’m studying an average of 2,8 hours/day, resulting so far into 14 hours of study (including 60 practice questions). My goal is to study around 160 hours so I’m still trying to keep the pace since it’s been a while that I don’t focus to study that much.

For the moment, I’m using the Magoosh website to watch the videos and to practice some questions.

As I’m trying to study as much as possible for the next 2-3 months (I’m really not willing to study more than 3 months) my study plan is based on the 1 month GMAT Study Plan from Magoosh’s website. My idea is to cover all the areas of GMAT in 1 – 1,5 months and then do tons of questions.

I’m trying to keep the control of everything I’ve studied so far and the amount of hours spent. I’m kinda an Excel freak (just kidding) so I’ve made up some tables where I can understand my development. Based on this I’ll be able to schedule the exam. Below is one example:

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Tomorrow, I’m planning to take the full-length GMAT on the GMAC software, thus I’ll be able to see in general what are my weakness and strengths.

*** The picture in the top of this post is very emblematic for me. He’s Dunga, the Brazilian national team captain, holding the trophy after the victory against Italy at the 1994 World Cup in USA. Although I was only 5 years old I can remember every match we played in that World Cup. Next week, the 2014 World Cup starts again (here in Brazil!!!!) and I’ll probably stop studying to watch some matches. But as Brazil won in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 (hopefully 2014 as well), I will beat the GMAT in my personal challenge against myself! :)



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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2014, 07:04
FROM Road To My MBA: Back to back
Yes, I´m alive.

It´s been more than a month, actually 51 days, without writing on this blog. I have no excuse for that, really need to come back here more often. Despite of that, I´ve read every single posts of my fellows bloggers who are keeping me motivated during my GMAT study. Special mentions to Grantmeadmission, Texaswannabecali, Naija MBA Gal and Top Dog MBA.

A lot of things happened in my life during my absence, some which matters to the MBA subject and some who does not. Let me show the highlights:

1. Got a job promotion: Yes! Yes! Yes! Now, I´m finally a Senior Consultant, although I´ve been working as one for a year at least. Now it´s official and it´s a nice information to add to my resumé.

2. Created a logo for the blog: Ok. It´s not THE logo, but it´s nice to have a picture over there.

3. More than 80% done of my GMAT study plan: As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I have a goal of studying about 160 hours to take my first GMAT test and I’m almost there. My “G Day” is planned to be the 23rd of August.

4. Watched some games of the World Cup: For sure that was the highlight of June/July. As I am a fanatic of football (“soccer” for some of you), having the oportunity to watch World Cup games in my country (and some in my city) was such a huge experience. To name a few, I’ve watched live Croatia x Mexico, USA x Germany, and the Final at Maracanã. Really really great!

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Right now, the only thing that matters in my life is to beat the GMAT. I’m pretty obsessed for that and I think I will only rest in peace after getting my target score. Since I’ve less than a month for the test, I will try to focus on practicing as many questions as I can.

All the other steps are in second place right now.

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Re: Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2014, 20:00
FROM Road To My MBA: My Top 6 Key Resources for the GMAT
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As I’m studying to improve my 710, I’ve gotten a lot of questions on what key GMAT resources one should get in order to achieve their dream score. In my opinion, here they are in order of importance:

1. Free GMATPrep Software – FREE

This software, provided by GMAC, provides THE BEST practice tests available, FOR FREE! You can get two more tests for $40 and extra questions for $30. You simply cannot get better questions/tests than from the official maker of the test/questions. Get the software on the official website: http://www.mba.com/

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2. The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2015 – ~$50

This guide has over 900 REAL GMAT questions, 100 question diagnostic test, and access to an online test bank and videos. This is the only GMAT guide offered by the official makers of the GMAT (GMAC). This item has just been updated (in the last few months) and…

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