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If you think this waiting game is hard, just wait until you're accepted. I accepted my offer almost 3 months ago, but still have 8 to go before matriculation. Staying motivated at work is becoming extremely challenging.
My boyfriend said the same thing - he applied ED to Columbia last year and had something like 9 months before his last day of work (which he hated)! On the bright side, he is now just a few finals away from finishing his first semester, which he absolutely loved. Congrats on your acceptance - you have a lot to look forward to!
I've definitely been eating a lot more! Probably not good on my already high blood pressure / cholesterol I'm finding it increasingly difficult to focus on my other applications.. I have 5 more to write!
I perpetually refresh both gmat club and business week. Sometimes I go to the online applications to see if something has changed when I know it will look exactly the same as the last time I saw it – 5 minutes ago. In fact, every day when I get into work, the first thing I do is load firefox and check the forums to see if any of you fine folks from across the pond added content while I was restlessly tossing and turning in bed during my usual nightmare about everyone (a crowd of adcoms engulfed in fog) laughing at me as I walked out of the interview, and I wasn’t wearing pants. What?
I can’t focus/I’m not motivated at work. When I’m not writing the nth revision of the 5*nth essay (whats the probability that... damnit the GMAT is over man, move on!!), I try to hit the gym and fight the MBA application induced weight gain. What would that be? The prospective-15?
Occasionally I’ll think, what if I get into this school… NO shut up and wait for decision day. That way, by tricking myself into thinking that I very well might not get into a school, I will feel better if I’m rejected. Right?
That’s it, I’m going home to work on some essays. Nothing like telling the same story for the 6th time in an ever so slightly different way because the adcoms are EVIL and sit in a dark room with a small lamp and think of devious plans to drive tens of thousands of people crazy every year!
Ha, this is hilarious and so true
I stay sane by putting together a worst-case scenario plan. If I get rejected from all schools, what will I do? Try again next year, apply to a safety R3 etc. That's pretty much how I deal with anxiety about anything. When I have a plan to deal with what I'm so afraid might happen, it takes some of the stress off. Some people might think this is a pessimist's approach, but I'd rather set myself up for a pleasant surprise than a huge disappointment
-participate on a bunch of forums -watch hulu+ and netflix on my roku -play games like DOTA, sc2 (rarely play now), wii games -read finance-related white papers -read books on kindle -play tennis! (how can i forget this one)
Haha I can't believe there are other ppl that plays DoTa on a MBA forum, we should hook up on bnet!
I think this whole process has taken 6+ months off of my life. There are only so many circumstances in life where a looming unvisited hyperlink determines your fate. First it was the GMAT... do you want to report your score? SURE (should be 120/80, is 1200/800), Click... then it has to "process" your exam for like 3 hours (2011>20th century, Cray 2 happened a long time ago, Moore's law, what are you doing in there!?!?!?, it didn't take that long to process my last well thought out yet less than 2 minute answer to your abstract data sufficiency question!). Seven Seven Seven.... damnit! Ten points less?? I took a class!! That costs money! So did this test! AND an entire Saturday morning! Then the walk of shame. In the interview, the test administrators were never informed that the position was strikingly similar to that of a funeral coordinator. Recommendation to GMAC: Add requirement to job description along the lines of "Must be able to outwardly remain positive while continuously witnessing customers express distraught emotional pain. But don't worry, IT WILL BREAK YOU one day"
Number 2 (that's right, GMAT doesn't deserve to be numbered) - For the past 200 years, school X has released interview invites at 12:35:00:00:00 EST (I have a Big Bang atomic clock with MBA notification alarms, it's an underground app, don't ask - top secret, I'll have to kill you) on Friday of this week of this month. So, I'm going to start refreshing my browser now (24 hours early) just in case and be stressed out of my mind until then! Finally, after a lunch meeting, I come back to an email and see BLAH BLAH U interview invitation. NICE. Now I can let my blood assume a liquid state. Interview went okay...
Number 3a (I have to type "Number" first, otherwise 3a could be a letter?, don't ask because I'm not going back to fix it and I need consistency, otherwise I might feel uneasy and become insane again) - "Your decision is available" WHAT?!?!? You want me to click that?!?!?! That's like walking up to a noose and hoping the rope breaks! Recommendation to HBS or Universities that do the same thing: Please just briefly add the words "Accepted", "Go to hell", or "Torture period" to your decision email subject so I don't have to walk the platform.
Number 3b - After not clicking on the Noose all day, someone who happened to know my PIN and PW, checked for me. How nice. They asked, "Do you want to know?" Trust me, a "recommendation" has been made. Ended up I went on the WAIT(TORTURE)LIST.
Number Infinity - Eileen Chang sends me an email on the first day of every month keeping me on the edge of every seat I sit in, every day/hour/second. Not like a typical horror film or anything. This is dragged out Saw+(PLUS) style. I wonder if she wears that mask too?
Just thought I'd share. Next notification is in a month. I guess I'll focus on my job that I'm already planning to leave. Talk about motivation. This is all crazy!
Re: Ideas for Sanity
08 Feb 2011, 18:28