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Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs

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New post 17 Dec 2013, 16:00
FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: Saturday: Essay writing day
Well, that went surprising well. I officially have a bunch of business school application essays.

All that pain with the Fulbright application has paid off. I’ve really learnt how to sell myself on paper, what my offer is and what I want from business school. All that thinking I needed to do for Fulbright really helped ;specially as I had one day to write a lot of essays. I now have a full draft of all my essays for Duke. I’m even slightly ahead as I wasn’t going to worry about one essay until Christmas.

The Essays

I’ve written all three goal essays. Duke made it bit more fun as there almost long tweets at a max of 250 characters. This was pretty much a copy and paste from Fulbright research objectives essays.

The next essay was 25 random things; I wrote a first draft of that while on my surfing holiday. Even a couple of months later I think it’s fairly good. I just done a couple of tweaks to make it more positive sounding. It’s currently a page long which I think is the right length for a list. I know I’m allowed to have two pages; but don’t see how that will add anything. Think the list I wrote covers my interests; sport, reading, cooking and going out in London.

The final essay was why Duke, but you had set it out like you’re speaking to friends or family. This approach really suited my writing style as I could be informal and friendly.

I had two aims of the essay show them why Duke; which is more than why Fuqua and what I would bring to the class. One step that really worked was creating a mind map of the main things I had to cover and key points and details I could add. You can learn more about mind maps here.

Yes, my drafts can be improved; but I would say there are in pretty good shape. Just need to tighten up the drafting I think. I think my research shows through as well as my personality. Can’t ask for anything more.

Next Steps

I also need to write an optional essay for both schools explaining my low GMAT score just in case the resit doesn’t go as planned. Got the idea from advice provided on the  beat the GMATsite. The essay will go along the lines of; I’m not dumb; just dyslexic and I eat semi differential calculus for breakfast.

Next stop is Harvard essay. I know what I want to sell; but how do I make it good enough for Harvard to go, yep she worth talking to? That’s my next challenge and I’ll honest I avoided it today. Means I have a reprieve of a week; My next drafting slot in my timetable is my five-hour train ride home next Saturday.

 

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FROM The adventures of a (provisional) MBA student: The morning after the week before…
The last week has been a bit of a blur, literally. Performing my civic duty as a juror has allowed me to indulge myself in the evenings and an intense period of celebration means my liver is both my best friend and worst enemy.

In amongst that my final application was submitted and my thoughts have turned to financing the next two years.

A number of scholarships are on the horizon (in particular those relevant to my background) and all seem to helpfully coincide with my impending wedding and honeymoon.

I’m planning to use the Christmas break to start seriously planning my next moves. Suddenly, top of my to-do/research list are scholarship opportunities, loans, and working out my exit strategy from work (exactly how do I fit finishing decorating my house, a wedding, and honeymoon, and preparing to emigrate in only half a year’s holiday allowance?). I hope I’m not the only one out there who feels this under prepared…

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FROM Hamm0's Blog: The Decision
Before I dig into what you all came in here to read – where I’m going to business school – I have another clerical update. Between my last post, and now, we have crossed the 20,000 view barrier, and are accelerating faster than ever. Thanks to everyone who has been following my journey.  Additionally, I want to congratulate several of my co-applicants on landing many impressive offers. You all have been very supportive to me during my application season, and you will certainly be an asset to whichever program you choose. Finally, a special thank you to all of those who helped me with my applications.  Be it essay edits, emotional support, or even pretending to listen to my constant whining, these people have been invaluable to my success.

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Ok, enough mushy talk – time to dig in. So last post, I was extremely excited to have been offered a spot in the class of 2016 at Johnson. This past week, however, was chock full of decisions. I was expecting to hear decisions from the remaining schools that I interviewed at: Tuck, Fuqua, and Ross. Before that could happen, though, I had to face the music at Darden.  Being as I didn’t interview, I knew what was coming, and received my second ding of application season on Monday.

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Tuesday was a different day – Ross announced they would call all admitted US applicants on Wednesday, and it was rumored that Tuck would start calling their admitted applicants on Tuesday. I had a good feeling about Ross. After all, they invited me to interview, and I think the interview went pretty well.  I had a good amount of preparation, and even went so far as to use ClearAdmit’s interview guide which I found very helpful – review forthcoming. Tuck, on the other hand, I had no clue about.  If you remember from my posts earlier, I had an applicant initiated interview, and stayed the night at Tuck. Over the next few weeks, my attraction to the program only grew.  I knew it would be a bit of a reach given its small class size, and my lower GMAT/GPA combo, but I really felt that I put a strong application together.  However, Tuesday came and went, and my phone did not ring. I wasn’t too worried though – as expected no calls were reported on gmatclub. I went home and tried to mentally prepare for the climax of my decision season; Wednesday would should bring calls from two of my schools.

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By noon on Wednesday, calls had started for Ross. I wasn’t terribly worried at this point, since it was early in the day. By two o’clock, though, I was starting to become flustered.  At this point in the day, I had done the bare minimum at work, and really wasn’t doing too much else other than staring at my phone and refreshing GMATclub. By 4, I was a basket case. Ross had seemingly stopped calling, and Tuck had made no calls Wednesday. I left work early that day, not knowing my fate; Ross wouldn’t update my final status until Friday.

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Thursday meant I had only Tuck to focus on, due to their changeup of not calling in the day before decision day. I knew that they would call right up to the 5:00 deadline, so when calls started around 9:00, I wasn’t too worried. One of my favorite Tuckies got their call with only a few minutes to spare before the announced deadline. At work, I was even more useless than I was the day prior. After lunch, I really began to worry. With each passing minute, it became less and less likely.  With 15 minutes to go before the 5:00 deadline, I resigned myself to praying for a waitlist offer.  5:00 yielded bad news. I was denied admission at Tuck.

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At this point, I was pretty crushed.  Sure, one of my top choices had admitted me last week, but I had now suffered back-to-back-to-back dings…or possibly a waitlist at Ross.  The point is, it had been a rough week, and I had definitely come down from the momentous high that came with my Johnson admit.  I had one more bullet in the chamber in the form of Fuqua, and still had hope of the waitlist at Ross; Friday would be my last decision day.

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By Friday, I was ready for it to be over. I did not want to live another day like this, staring at my phone waiting for it to buzz, and then cursing like a sailor when someone who was not in admissions was foolish enough to call me. Fuqua calls started early – in the Far East. I figured they would work their way west, as they typically do. In the mid-morning, east coast calls started to happen, and by 11, they had gone to the Midwest.  If my call was coming, it would have to come soon.  Noon came, and I switched gears to Ross: Decisions were up. I scrambled to type my password and navigate the website to where my decision lie, only to find that I had been waitlisted. I guess this is the best possible result after not getting a call on Wednesday.  I filed that away, and went back to the task at hand; trying to make my phone ring with a caller in Durham on the other side.  After lunch, calls seemed to stop. I began refreshing my applicant decision page like a maniac, hoping that for some reason I wasn’t called, but I was still admitted. 5:00 came, and still no news – I had enough.  Work was having a holiday party, so after one last refresh of the webpage, I headed out to the party.  At 6, I got a note saying my decision was ready for Fuqua. I scrambled to open the webpage from my phone, only to find that wasn’t possible.  When I finally got home, i opened the webpage before doing anything else…and got my final ding of application season.

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So to sum things up, I have been dinged by 3 schools this week and waitlisted by Ross. These decisions go along with an admit at Johnson and a ding at Wharton. This has been one of the most emotional 2 week periods in my life. Even though I was fairly warned by those who came before me, I was not prepared for the emotional swings that MBA decisions brought with them. I spent most of last week pretty depressed, and not because I really did not want to go to Johnson or Ross – that isn’t the case at all. After spending countless hours crafting applications for my other schools, it is really painful to receive a 200 word form letter saying “thanks but no thanks” in response. By Friday evening, I was ready to exhale, and I certainly did. After several cocktails at the work party and with dinner, my friends took me out to celebrate. Yesterday morning, I woke up with a serious hangover, but in a much better mood. I had put the dings behind me, and focused on my remaining decision.

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Me on Friday night aft er the last bschool decision

My immediate reaction told me I’ll decline the waitlist at Ross to attend Johnson.  After spending some time making sure that I want to follow that plan of action, I made my decision. I will be attending the S.C. Johnson School of Management in the fall!  As I mentioned in my interview debrief, the school really impressed during my visit. I’m thrilled to be accepted, and can’t wait to embark on the next stage of this journey.  All roads lead to Ithaca now!

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FROM Domotron's Blog: Ding #3 – Booth
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Last Wednesday I heard back from my last R1 school, Booth. Unfortunately after a frustrating day of waiting by my phone and attempting to not incessantly check Gmatclub, all I received was radio silence. At the designated time I checked the application page and received another “unfortunately I regret to inform you …”. It was a pretty bitter pill to swallow but nothing I can do now. I guess the frustrating part was coming somewhat close (i.e. receiving interview invitations from both Booth and Wharton) and failing to convert on any of my R1 applications.So after going 0/3 in R1, what’s next? I am still waiting on my Tuck application for November round. Not only is this my (potentially) final shot, it is also my favourite school. From going to visit, initiating an interview, and networking with current students and alums, I have tried to do everything I possibly can to get into Tuck. However, we will see in 7 weeks whether Tuck reciprocates my affection.

Previously I mentioned Kellogg, I am pretty close to be in a position to submit an app for R2. I know that each application is a separate discrete event but in light of my performance for R1, I am definitely uncertain about the package and story that I am submitting. Clearly, it is not resonating strongly enough. This will be something to ponder over the Christmas and New Years period.

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New post 23 Dec 2013, 17:00
FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: How not to have a mental break down on a project
Here’s my handy guide how to stay sane on a work project.

I just had a meeting today with an old boss and he recommended that I learn lessons about my last work project to make sure I don’t fall ill due to stress a second time. So, I’ve outlined below my main learning points in three areas, social life, work life and mental health.  If I can stop one person going through what I went through by being open about what happened to me I will consider it all to be worthwhile.

Social Life

  • Have one: Make time for it.  See your friends and family. If you either don’t make plans or keep cancelling, it might indicate your life is a bit out of balance. (P.S applying for business school is not an excuse.)
  • Book holiday in advance and take it. I can tell you now your project won’t go to plan.
  • Exercise; you need an outlet for the stress. Whether that a walk in the park, or a 1o mile jog, or run round a hockey pitch.
  • Build in relax time:  whether that is watching the world go round, walking in the countryside, hanging out with friends, or watching latest trashy tv programme, it doesn’t matter. Just make time for it.
  • In summary: Self-care!!!
Work

The boss

  • Try to get a good manager. Remember a good one, might be different from a nice one. If in doubt, go for the good one.
You and the bosses

  • Delegate upwards. Be clear who is responsible for what. If it’s not your responsibility, why are you worrying about it or even trying to do it? Just highlight to your managers and move on.
  • Highlight at an early stage if the project is going AWOL.
  • Develop the skill of saying no to bosses. Old boss recommends going to meeting saying, we can’t deliver all this, but we can deliver that. Or to deliver we need more staff etc to deliver.
  • Have regular one-ones with your manager outside of team meeting scenarios.
You

  • Don’t work yourself into the ground for an undeliverable deadline. It’s not worth it.
  • Focus on the process rather than outcome. You can control the work you do; not the impact. Do the best job you can with the time you have.  There no guarantee about the impact of the work, don’t worry about.
  • Take time away from your desk every day. Get some breathing space. Best ways to do this include; buying a coffee at the coffee shop, or having lunch away from your desk.
  • When it starts going wrong, or the project gets really busy. Stop!!!
  • Take a moment to think and see what you can change and discuss your concerns with your managers as quickly as quickly as possible. (See section above on you and the bosses.)
  • If someone to trying to rescue you/the project. Don’t question. Just do. When you’re in the hole, you can’t necessarily see how to get out of it.
  • Now say this after me.  You’re silly if you allow work to make you SICK!!!!! Don’t do it.
 

Mental health

Switching Off

  • Learn to switch off. Worrying about a project at 11pm at night, or when your trying to sleep is a bad idea. I use the worry list technique. Before I go to bed, write down my worries. I then identify what need to be done about them. (kinda like a to-do list.) My current boss suggests; take 10-15 out your morning and identify the day’s three priorities.
  • Don’t use your work blackberry as an alarm clock; you’ll be tempted to look at work emails at 11pm at night. Who wants to know if their boss is silly enough to still be writing emails at this time of night? You’re even sillier if you respond.
Need Sleep

  • Sleep: Get 8 hours kip a night. By all means have a late night, but balance it out. Your less likely to over-react if you have enough sleep.
Stress

  • If you think your stressed. You are! And you might be worse than you think.
  • Ask for some honest feedback from your boss about your performance and then use that information when you go to your Doctor.  If I had a better understanding earlier of how stress was affecting me I could have given my doctor more complete information and got the help I needed sooner.
  • If you’re getting stressed, figure out why…really why? It’s all about how you process the situation.  My faulty thinking processes were due to fear of failure. Now you know your thinking processes; think about how to correct it and develop some better thought patterns.
Concluding point

Reassurance: Everyone will go through a bad patch; it’s quite normal when your taking on more responsibility, trying please people and potentially trying to go for promotion. It’s most likely to occur when you have limited control on what happens to you. Again. YOUR NORMAL!!!!

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New post 28 Dec 2013, 12:00
FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: Beware: parents is here….
My only piece of advice on studying for GMAT at home over Christmas. DON’T!!

The week of annual leave was mainly used to keep the natives from being restless rather than study.

After the first day at home, I very quickly realised the natives would not give me the peace to do a 4 hour practice exam. So I haven’t tried to do one.

There is always the question do you want a cuppa right in middle of a question, meaning you lose your train of thought. Or the more helpful, you going to study today? Or going up a level, one of my parent’s tries to have a conversation with me when my head is stuck in a study book.

Even worse, as my parents or sister haven’t seen me in a year, I am are banned from going into my GMAT cave. I must socialise, chat and spend time with them. Great for the relaxing, bad for the study.

Upside I got my meals got cooked and there was always food in the cupboard for study munchies. Not once did I have to go on a forging hunt to the local supermarket.

Loved being home, but GMAT studying and parents don’t go together. Anyone who’s studied for GMAT with a family, I take my hat off to you, I have no idea how you managed to do it.

P.S My GMAT is on the 31st December.

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FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: GMAT take three: the score moved!
What a great start to Hogmanay. My GMAT score moved and it moved in the right direction.

I’m a proud owner of a 590 score. It’s above the GMAT average and now puts me in the GMAT score range of my target schools.

Integrated reasoning 6; 67 percentile.

Quant :32; 28 percentile

Verbal:38; 84 percentile.

Yep, my maths score is still rotten, but there is enough proof in other parts of my application That I can do advanced level maths. So I’m not too worried that I will get thrown on the reject pile for that reason alone. All depends now on whether schools really do look at your whole offer before making a decision, not just your GMAT score.

Yes, I’m tempted to do attempt number four but that will only be worthwhile if I can get the right accommodations. But my GMAT score is enough to have a crack at applying for round two.

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FROM The adventures of a (provisional) MBA student: 2014: Some New Year’s Resolutions
The Christmas break has been a good chance to reflect and get my priorities in order ready for 2014. It’s certainly going to be a busy year.

  • Focus on the whole package. I’ve got a wedding to get to, and a house to finish before I head to the US. Get me to the church on time!
  • File paperwork properly (for once in my life), and be organised at all times. I have a feeling that a failure to do this, in particular with my visa paperwork, may end badly – perhaps an unpleasantly invasive inspection by US Immigration. Not on my list for 2014.
  • Put the same effort into scholarship applications I did into my MBA apps. I need every penny (or should that be cent?)!
  • For the ~15th year in a row, I am going to try and stop biting my nails. I’m going to have even more opportunity to show my nerves in 2014!
  • Be even more open-minded to everything! I’m certainly going to meet a huge variety of people and get a whole new range of opportunities in 2014. I’m more excited than ever.
Watching NYE celebrations around the world always gives me a great feeling of companionship with rest of the world, especially this year. I’m sure I’ll be meeting various people all around the world watching the fireworks in the different cities I’ve seen on TV this afternoon. I can’t wait to get started!

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Happy new year all. Another year has flown by and it is one that I have much to be thankful for. Sure not everything went my way but on the whole more went right than wrong! 2014 brings with it new hope, new challenges, and hopefully lots of fun. I look forward to sharing my highs and lows with you all in 2014.

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FROM Coffee Beans And Tea Leaves: Leaving on a jet plane
I just wanted to post a quick update before I head to India in the next few minutes for my sister’s wedding. The next 10 days are going to fly pretty quickly with the ceremonies, some last minute shopping, meeting family, and also, not to forget, submitting my apps for Kenan Flagler on 9th Dec. […]Image
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I have been back since last week from a wonderful, albeit short (yes, 3 weeks with a family you don’t get to see all year feels short!) visit home. We packed in a lot of travel, met a lot of family and friends, including my grandma, who I hadn’t met in 8 years :-/ and […]Image
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FROM Hamm0's Blog: The Decision
Before I dig into what you all came in here to read – where I’m going to business school – I have another clerical update. Between my last post, and now, we have crossed the 20,000 view barrier, and are accelerating faster than ever. Thanks to everyone who has been following my journey.  Additionally, I want to congratulate several of my co-applicants on landing many impressive offers. You all have been very supportive to me during my application season, and you will certainly be an asset to whichever program you choose. Finally, a special thank you to all of those who helped me with my applications.  Be it essay edits, emotional support, or even pretending to listen to my constant whining, these people have been invaluable to my success.

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Ok, enough mushy talk – time to dig in. So last post, I was extremely excited to have been offered a spot in the class of 2016 at Johnson. This past week, however, was chock full of decisions. I was expecting to hear decisions from the remaining schools that I interviewed at: Tuck, Fuqua, and Ross. Before that could happen, though, I had to face the music at Darden.  Being as I didn’t interview, I knew what was coming, and received my second ding of application season on Monday.

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Tuesday was a different day – Ross announced they would call all admitted US applicants on Wednesday, and it was rumored that Tuck would start calling their admitted applicants on Tuesday. I had a good feeling about Ross. After all, they invited me to interview, and I think the interview went pretty well.  I had a good amount of preparation, and even went so far as to use ClearAdmit’s interview guide which I found very helpful – review forthcoming. Tuck, on the other hand, I had no clue about.  If you remember from my posts earlier, I had an applicant initiated interview, and stayed the night at Tuck. Over the next few weeks, my attraction to the program only grew.  I knew it would be a bit of a reach given its small class size, and my lower GMAT/GPA combo, but I really felt that I put a strong application together.  However, Tuesday came and went, and my phone did not ring. I wasn’t too worried though – as expected no calls were reported on gmatclub. I went home and tried to mentally prepare for the climax of my decision season; Wednesday would should bring calls from two of my schools.

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By noon on Wednesday, calls had started for Ross. I wasn’t terribly worried at this point, since it was early in the day. By two o’clock, though, I was starting to become flustered.  At this point in the day, I had done the bare minimum at work, and really wasn’t doing too much else other than staring at my phone and refreshing GMATclub. By 4, I was a basket case. Ross had seemingly stopped calling, and Tuck had made no calls Wednesday. I left work early that day, not knowing my fate; Ross wouldn’t update my final status until Friday.

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Thursday meant I had only Tuck to focus on, due to their changeup of not calling in the day before decision day. I knew that they would call right up to the 5:00 deadline, so when calls started around 9:00, I wasn’t too worried. One of my favorite Tuckies got their call with only a few minutes to spare before the announced deadline. At work, I was even more useless than I was the day prior. After lunch, I really began to worry. With each passing minute, it became less and less likely.  With 15 minutes to go before the 5:00 deadline, I resigned myself to praying for a waitlist offer.  5:00 yielded bad news. I was denied admission at Tuck.

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At this point, I was pretty crushed.  Sure, one of my top choices had admitted me last week, but I had now suffered back-to-back-to-back dings…or possibly a waitlist at Ross.  The point is, it had been a rough week, and I had definitely come down from the momentous high that came with my Johnson admit.  I had one more bullet in the chamber in the form of Fuqua, and still had hope of the waitlist at Ross; Friday would be my last decision day.

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By Friday, I was ready for it to be over. I did not want to live another day like this, staring at my phone waiting for it to buzz, and then cursing like a sailor when someone who was not in admissions was foolish enough to call me. Fuqua calls started early – in the Far East. I figured they would work their way west, as they typically do. In the mid-morning, east coast calls started to happen, and by 11, they had gone to the Midwest.  If my call was coming, it would have to come soon.  Noon came, and I switched gears to Ross: Decisions were up. I scrambled to type my password and navigate the website to where my decision lie, only to find that I had been waitlisted. I guess this is the best possible result after not getting a call on Wednesday.  I filed that away, and went back to the task at hand; trying to make my phone ring with a caller in Durham on the other side.  After lunch, calls seemed to stop. I began refreshing my applicant decision page like a maniac, hoping that for some reason I wasn’t called, but I was still admitted. 5:00 came, and still no news – I had enough.  Work was having a holiday party, so after one last refresh of the webpage, I headed out to the party.  At 6, I got a note saying my decision was ready for Fuqua. I scrambled to open the webpage from my phone, only to find that wasn’t possible.  When I finally got home, i opened the webpage before doing anything else…and got my final ding of application season.

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So to sum things up, I have been dinged by 3 schools this week and waitlisted by Ross. These decisions go along with an admit at Johnson and a ding at Wharton. This has been one of the most emotional 2 week periods in my life. Even though I was fairly warned by those who came before me, I was not prepared for the emotional swings that MBA decisions brought with them. I spent most of last week pretty depressed, and not because I really did not want to go to Johnson or Ross – that isn’t the case at all. After spending countless hours crafting applications for my other schools, it is really painful to receive a 200 word form letter saying “thanks but no thanks” in response. By Friday evening, I was ready to exhale, and I certainly did. After several cocktails at the work party and with dinner, my friends took me out to celebrate. Yesterday morning, I woke up with a serious hangover, but in a much better mood. I had put the dings behind me, and focused on my remaining decision.

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My immediate reaction told me I’ll decline the waitlist at Ross to attend Johnson.  After spending some time making sure that I want to follow that plan of action, I made my decision. I will be attending the S.C. Johnson School of Management in the fall!  As I mentioned in my interview debrief, the school really impressed during my visit. I’m thrilled to be accepted, and can’t wait to embark on the next stage of this journey.  All roads lead to Ithaca now!

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FROM Domotron's Blog: Happy new year!
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Happy new year all. Another year has flown by and it is one that I have much to be thankful for. Sure not everything went my way but on the whole more went right than wrong! 2014 brings with it new hope, new challenges, and hopefully lots of fun. I look forward to sharing my highs and lows with you all in 2014.

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FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: Essay writing: the british problem
I’m in the middle of re-drafting the essays I need to apply for Duke and Harvard in time for Monday’s deadline.  But I’m hitting a very British problem.  How do I show excitement and enthusiasm, without being corny?  My friends have banned me from using cool.  I’m only allowed to use amazing once and I’m not going to use awesome, after all I’m British. What adjectives and phrases can I use in an essay for business school?

I had a very light chatty essay for Duke. Upon reflection I thought it was too light in terms of content and not serious enough, so I’ve changed the tone and now made it sound, well dull.  While my Harvard essay had good content with no zing.  I need to add zing.

So I have 24 hours to make the essays serious in content, but have an exciting tone.  Suggestions?

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FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: One application down another to go
Big Cheer. I’ve submitted my application to Harvard with 30 minutes to spare. (I hope my international clock was showing the right time!)

I can now tick off the following from my Bucket List:

Apply to Harvard business school. (BIG GRIN!!!!)

O.K onto Duke; its due in at midnight US time or 5am my time. Wish me luck.

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New post 06 Jan 2014, 15:00
FROM The adventures of a (provisional) MBA student: Dear MBA Applicants…
Dear MBA Applicants…

I was asked by the nice people at  topmba.com if I’d write an article for them a little while ago, and after a little pondering on what to write I thought it was somehow appropriate (having received my GMAT at the start of last year) to make my own list of the points I’d wish I knew 12 months ago.

Most of these were accompanied by slapping my own forehead (with a ‘doh!’) or the clarity that comes after hours of anxiety over what seems quite a trivial detail. Hopefully you may save yourself some time!

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FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: Business school application post project review
Well, I sat the GMAT and submitted two business schools essays in time, so here are my thoughts on what went well, what could have better and what I would do differently next time.

What went well?

  • Got both applications in on time.
  • Making a project plan of what needs to be and when and then I stuck to it.
  • First drafts of essays were written early to allow time for redrafts.
  • First drafts were of a good quality as I done my research and thinking before hand. (Learning from my Fulbright experience.)
  • Learnt from Fulbright and got feedback on my essays earlier in the process.
  • Resitting my GMAT before round two  deadline.
  • Having a fours days just to focus on business school applications.
  • All my references were submitted early.  Thank you.
What could be improved?

  • Detail checking.  I made a couple of small errors; like not giving clubs their full names. I hope it won’t impact my application too much.
  • Thinking more about how to combine why that business school and what I can bring to the table better.
  • Writing the one page CV sooner and it linking it more closely  to my application. The linking happened by accident rather than by design.
  • Harvard application was a bit close to the wire.  Shutting down essay edits earlier in the process. I didn’t have time to do a final check so there a risk of errors.
What would I do differently?

  • Have another look at the 25 Random Things about me essay for Duke. I used it as way for them to know me as a person. But I potentially could have used it more to draw out the diversity angle of my profile. Eg I’ve flown in fast jet simulators, Kinda idea. (Working in the public sector can have its perks.)
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FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: Harvard and Duke business schools applications
I’ve tried to write my traditional debrief on the applications I’ve submitted. But every time I started I wanted to discuss a couple of elements. That when it hit me, one post just wouldn’t do it justice. So below are my three posts on reviewing those business school applications I submitted to Harvard and Duke:

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