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Ok guys - aside from, you know, getting a life again...how exactly have you handled the stress of waiting to hear from these schools? I can't seem to keep myself from logging in "just to check" with alarming frequency. And I realize that this is nuts, given that I've JUST filed most of my R2s. Aaaargh... _________________
Ok guys - aside from, you know, getting a life again...how exactly have you handled the stress of waiting to hear from these schools? I can't seem to keep myself from logging in "just to check" with alarming frequency. And I realize that this is nuts, given that I've JUST filed most of my R2s. Aaaargh...
When I was waiting for my decision, I basically would give myself goals to avoid checking my status every second of every day. At first it was just, wait 2 days before you check again. Then it was a week. Then it was wait until after Thanksgiving. (I sent in my app on October 31st). Then I was going to wait until mid December, which would have been 6 weeks after submitting my app, but I heard, surprisingly before I checked again. I guess this little idea of setting a goal to discipline myself helped keep me from worrying, and it turned out to be unexpected when I heard about my acceptance. Good luck with the wait, it will be over soon enough, then you'll wonder what else to do. _________________
I scheduled a 3 week vacation to another continent after I submitted. Then holiday shopping and all that travel stuff kept my mind off it. Also, spending too much time on this forum keeps you away from the status checks _________________
My Kellogg admit was totally out of the blue, it came right after I got back from thanksgiving. The night before I got the call I told my wife that I heard Kellogg was starting to make calls, she laughed and said give it until closer to christmas before you freak out. Bang next day I got in...
Chicago, knew the day and time so that was easy didnt really worry about it...especially since I had K in hand.
MIT, seriously most days I forget to check my email that I used for apps. I never use it, cant check it at work, and when I get home just doesnt pop into my mind. Thats just for an interview, which they are still sending out I guess. _________________
Kellogg Class of 2010...still active and willing to help. However, I do not do profile reviews, don't offer predictions on chances and am far to busy to review essays, so save the energy of writing me a PM seeking help for these. If I don't respond to a PM that is not one of the previously mentioned trash can destined messages, please don't take it personally I get so many messages I have a hard to responding to most. The more interesting, compelling, or humorous you message the more likely I am to respond.
I almost never check. I only check just to be sure that some nefarious spam filter didn't eat an interview invite.
I have gotten back to life again. I have read two books since I finished R2, I am going to the gym with my wife every day again, I have seen more of my friends in the last couple of weeks than in the previous 3 months. It's been pretty nice. I'm also working a ton and I am running some pretty challenging projects (with ridiculous due dates that we are amazingly going to meet).
Not that I am not anxious to get invites, but I also figure it will be a little bit for my R2 schools yet, so I am pretty calm.
For my first app (CMU), I was very anxious and checked e-mail several times a day. After getting the bad news (WL), I no longer feel an anxiety to check the status for other apps I submitted...probably a sense of pessimism has crept in...which may be good in a way....I divert my mind away from the applications a lot these days and people around me (home and work) like it as I have something other than B-school apps to talk about. _________________
I was running a tax program -- record-breaking year with only half or two-thirds the staff I was supposed to have....I think I was too busy to worry....until I got that ding from Yale...then I employed the patented-by-Scarlett-O'Hara, perfected-by-AAu forget-it-till-tomorrow-cause-tomorrow's-another-day anxiety-reducing catch-all management system. D-Day came in no time.
Well I beat the stress by reading about other people's stress on gmatclub.com. I know this sounds very superficial but at least it is comforting to know that you are not the only hyper stressed mba applicant out there.