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Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2009, 07:35
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I am still in my gmat studying phase but sometimes when i am studying I just get this feeling of "wth am i doing"? Just thinking ahead on the application process, the relocation, the money drain and job hunting just brings a really bad feeling to myself. I am not saying I want to give up but just thinking about the process makes me second guess myself... Anyone had that overwhelming feeling before and if so how did you deal with it?
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 08:20
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I know its cliche, but I keep reminding myself that if one is constantly thinking about the next step, one misses the entire journey and ultimately never gets there.

Fortunately, (or perhaps unfortunately) for me, I don't have a "dream" job, or industry that I hope to pursue when I graduate from Kellogg in '11. Clearly, I didn't structure my career goals essay around this aimlessness, but in many ways it has kept me level grounded through the entire process.

I firmly believe there are many paths to get where you want to go. So when I was applying to schools, I looked at it as just another potential path. If I didn't get into the schools I wanted, then I wasn't going to be heartbroken, I would just have to find another path. Along the way though, I met so many great people just through the application process that the experience would have been worth it even if I hadn't gotten in anywhere.

My going in position as school starts is pretty much the same as it was with the application process. Though I have some idea of jobs and industries that interest me, I am going in with my eyes wide open and am not really shutting myself off to anything. I think one of the HUGE benefits of actually pursuing a program full time is that you will have an opportunity to have direct exposure to all types of different companies/industries that you may not have even considered. You don't know what you don't know, right?

Ultimately, I feel confident that I will end up in a rewarding position after graduation. But more importantly, I feel that the $100k debt is a small price to pay to gain assess/perspective to[from] amazing people, amazing opportunities, and a stellar business education that will prove invaluable no matter where I end up.

While we will all end up leaving friends and family for a couple of years, to me, the chance to expand my experience far outweighs any potential downside.
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2009, 10:38
Yes I always wonder wth I'm doing. I feel like I can't get into the school of my choice and in the end this may end up being wasted effort. But I remind myself that there is no harm in trying and the benefits far outweigh the costs. Business school is not required for anything. It's an optional degree that you are choosing to pursue. So worst case scenario is you will get rejected from all schools, you will continue in your current job, and you will have gained some gray hairs in the process. Best case scenario is you get accepted to your dream school and it ends up providing you that dream job. So really it's not that big of a deal to try.
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2009, 12:11
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Yes I always wonder wth I'm doing. I feel like I can't get into the school of my choice and in the end this may end up being wasted effort. But I remind myself that there is no harm in trying and the benefits far outweigh the costs. Business school is not required for anything. It's an optional degree that you are choosing to pursue. So worst case scenario is you will get rejected from all schools, you will continue in your current job, and you will have gained some gray hairs in the process. Best case scenario is you get accepted to your dream school and it ends up providing you that dream job. So really it's not that big of a deal to try.


That's definitely the way to approach it. Couldn't have thought of a better answer.
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2009, 12:58
Trust me, it doesn't end when you actually get accepted to a great school.

I will likely graduate from Tuck with $110-120K in debt. The first house I bought had a mortgage of $130K. :oops:

I have a very good job right now. I often think to myself "What am I doing?". Then I realize that if I don't do something, I will be doing this same job until I retire. That scares me more than taking on $110K in debt.

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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2009, 13:42
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I am still in my gmat studying phase but sometimes when i am studying I just get this feeling of "wth am i doing"? Just thinking ahead on the application process, the relocation, the money drain and job hunting just brings a really bad feeling to myself. I am not saying I want to give up but just thinking about the process makes me second guess myself... Anyone had that overwhelming feeling before and if so how did you deal with it?


I was so fed up with my job & life that this thought did not cross my mind :shock:
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2009, 17:17
When I first started studying for my first GMAT attempt the world seemed like a more optimistic place. I was also pretty uneducated on the availability and competitiveness of some of the top tier jobs that I originally thought I wanted. Business School is a great tool for resetting or enhancing your career, but I think it's important to evaluate what YOU want - not what's popular among other people. It's really easy to just follow the herd to the highest paying job, but that might not make you happy.

My career has opened new doors recently that actually have me wondering if it's even worth doing a full-time MBA anymore. I honestly have no idea what my business school plans will become, but I'm going to finish my second attempt on the GMAT for no other reason than the intellectual challenge :)

Don't get demotivated and fall off the course from your dreams; but, if those dreams change, don't feel like you're "too committed" to business school to change paths.

We're all here to make our lives better! :)
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2009, 06:28
I've definitely had moments where I've questioned whether I'm making the right decision - but I don't think that's unique to my bschool application. Every time I've been faced with a significant choice or decision in my life, I've thought a lot about whether I was making the right decision. So I think it's only natural, given the significant time and cost involved in an MBA, to think about this.

I've actually thinking about it lately. I'm still 100% sure it's the right thing to do for me, and am excited to be starting at Kellogg. But as I get closer to actually moving to school, I've realized that I underestimated how hard it would be from a personal perspective to leave my friends and family behind for 2 years.
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2009, 06:01
When I went to my first school visit a few months ago, before everything started, I had the same feeling: "Wait ... I'm going to leave my well-paying job and drop $100k because ... why again?" Then, I went to my first class visit, and it was awesome. The students were engaging, the course material interesting, and the professor was fantastic. The class basically summed up everything that I thought I would like about business school, and validated this whole endeavor.

Now ... I just have to make it through this application process and wait another year [from now] to get started ... it's amazing how long most of us spend on this whole thing from GMAT to school research to applications and interviews and then decisions and then FINALLY the start of the program ... ... ... CRAZINESS
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2009, 10:43
Lately this feeling has become really dominant in my thoughts. And for a moment I start thinking about something else but then this always comes back, especially since the application season has already started it's really hard to get away with this one :(
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2009, 11:38
I've been feeling that way for the past week or two now. I put so much effort and emotion into getting into school, the enormity of what that meant just never really hit me until things started getting down to the end. I feel like I'm just giving into the fear these days though because I have too much free time on my hands. Things kick off tomorrow at Georgetown though so that ought to take care of that.
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2009, 13:49
Good luck at Georgetown Sleepy!!

I'll be starting at Tuck next Saturday, so I'm starting to feel the fear! :shock:

However, just remember, if someone were to quit a good job, go back to school for 2 years and take on a $100K in debt, there would something wrong with them if they didn't feel at least a little apprehensive about the whole thing.

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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2009, 18:17
I'm actually pretty psyched, just worried I'm gonna screw up somehow and not get an internship or be totally out of my depth. Tuck will be awesome, you're gonna love it. Learn to play hockey. It's the best sport ever. Right now my girlfriend is in the other room picking out an outfit for me to wear tomorrow because she was amazed I was just gonna put on clothes and head down there. :roll:

I just feel like when you play contact sports and at first you hear footsteps. eventually you get over the feeling and remember that A) getting hit isn't so bad, it's actually kinda fun. B) if you don't catch the pass/make the play you're gonna get hit anyway.
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 12:09
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I know its cliche, but I keep reminding myself that if one is constantly thinking about the next step, one misses the entire journey and ultimately never gets there.


That's one nice thing about getting older. When I was in my twenties I felt that I had my whole life ahead of me and was solely focused on completing my next goal.

Now that I'm in my thirties I realize just how fast life goes by. I've started to slow down and try to make sure I'm doing what I want to do right now, not just what I should be doing so I can do "X" in five years.

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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 17:18
I definitely had a "wth am i doing" moment when I arrived in Evanston on Sunday. I think all the stress of selling my condo, moving, saying goodbye to friends and family combined with some nervousness about school and I just had a feeling of "what have I gotten myself into". It definitely passed pretty quickly and now I am completely excited to be here. I know these next two years are going to be one of the most incredible experiences of my life and will pass by so quickly -so like domtri33 I want to make sure that I'm taking the time to appreciate being here.
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Re: Do you guys ever get a "wth am i doing" feeling? [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 17:59
ok, today was awesome, just got back from the bar, after happy hour at the school. everyone was great, orientation was fun. Like always, the reality was way less intimidating than what was in my head.
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