Take Two Bskool

Making history... one application season at at time.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Still Here!

Sorry, everyone, for not posting over the last two months. I'm about to land a big promo at work and I've been working my tail off. I'm also trying to finish up my danged Stats class... 3 weeks left.

One of the people that I manage is applying this year. I went over to his office to chat about a project, and he had the Kellogg site up on his computer. He still hasn't taken the GMAT, though... I told him to get as close to a 700 as possible and make sure that quant score is 80 or better. He seems pretty nervous... poor guy. However, I like seeing my team members shoot for the stars... hopefully he slays the GMAT and gets into one of his target schools!

Better post coming soon. I really promise this time!
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Monday, August 07, 2006

Father Time

I actually saw him with my own two eyes! It was just this weekend.... a white-bearded old'man in boots, black pants and a scraggly old jacket, walking slowly with a crooked cane 'cross Hole 3 at Lincoln Park Golf Course in San Francisco.

Strangely, he reminded me of my status in the MBA blogging community, as I arrived back from Italy to see that a whole new crop of MBA bloggers has emerged! This is a good thing.

More to come soon, I promise. For now I have to log off the blog.
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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Candidacy on Ice

I have not posted for quite some time. I write today to let my readers know that I have shelved my B-School candidacy for the 2006 intake. Instead, I will apply for the 2007 application intake.

I do not make this choice lightly. I came to a decision after much reflection, finally choosing to focus on other priorities -- personal, professional and financial -- for the next 12 months. Two years of application seasons has taken a toll on me. I look forward with great pleasure to a fall and winter season free of application pressures.

In the meantime, I continue to focus on improving my candidacy on several fronts, as I've outlined in previous posts. I will definitely post here periodically regarding my progress.

That's it for now! Pupstar will be cold-kickin' it in Italy as of July 8. I'll return with fresh posts in August.

Ciao!
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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Mistake

I postponed my vacation and I am at work this week. Why, oh why, did I do this?
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Sunday, May 14, 2006

It's relative, man. It's all relative.

Hola, blogger friends! Long time no blog. Pupstar is sorry.

Today is my first installment of "Dinged? Who Cares? Let's Party, Man!" These periodic posts are intended as a shameless rebuttal to those blogging about their glorious admissions options. Well, my friends... while you all buckle down for two years in HELL, Pupstar's gonna be living it up.... until August, that is. ;)

Following is Installment I of "Dinged? Who Cares? Let's Party, Man!"

The Benefits of Being a Ding-Dong:

-- Budget, budget, budget. Extra cash saved for grad school dollars is now allocated to luxuries like a new iPod Nano (that's right!), insurance and gas for my first ever vehicle in SF (six years with no car makes one grumpy dude), and two-week July trip to Italy (Come stai?!?!)
-- Blogosphere status as 'fifth-year senior.' It's rare air up here my friends. The freshman chicks love me. I know all the 'cool' bloggers. I get invited to the 'best' blogger parties. And... I can mock the cute newbie bloggers who are struggling with GMAT prep. How precious! ;) (only kidding here, folks)
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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Vacation for the Mind

Never before have I compared blog posting to essay writing, yet I am compelled to do so today. On more than one occasion over the last two weeks, I have hovered above my laptop, banging out a sentence, deleting it, and banging out another. Ah, screw it, I think. I’ll post later.

The last month has been a mishmash of activity. Work continues to challenge my ability to maintain a positive attitude. A major problem is that my rate of learning has slowed tremendously over the last few years. Add in the usual office politics, the daily drudgery of the rat race and a lack of real vacation, and KAZAM!: you get one burnt-out dude.

Regarding vacation, I used most of my prior vacation time to study for the GMAT or write essays. Fortunately, I took action to rectify this. I requested and was granted the entire week of May 15 as vacation. I have no plans to travel. Instead, I will sleep in, hit the gym and peruse life in San Francisco for the non 9-5 crowd. By Friday of that week, I anticipate that I will be bored to tears. And thus, this will be a TRUE vacation for the mind.

On the b-school application readiness front, I am still enrolled in Stats. Things are progressing swimmingly -- I took the course as a college freshman, so much of the material is familiar. I also plan to complete an Accounting course this summer, thus adding (I hope) two A's in quantitative courses to my academic profile.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Votes for Sale: Best of Blogging

That's right, kids. My Clear Admit "Best of Blogging" vote is for sale. I accept cash, check and barter.

*Chortle* *Titter* Hardy har har! Heh heh. Ahem. I'll be here all night, folks!

Ok, seriously -- I did complete and turn in my ballot yesterday. The competition was THICK. Though several bloggers have recently posted insightful application tips and tactics post-acceptance, there was a special place in my heart for those bloggers that gave a relatively candid play-by-play throughout the admissions process. Naturally, no blogger (myself included) revealed their entire hand of cards prior to final admissions decisions, but several of you were quite forthcoming and honest about yourselves in your pre-acceptance (or pre-denial) blog posts -- an approach that I consider quite admirable.

Finally, I do have one update to share about myself in my ongoing quest for MBA admission. I have enrolled in a Statistics class. I have a slightly lower quant score on my GMAT (73%), a respectable but not brag-worthy GPA (3.22), so a quant class or two on my transcript won't hurt me as I head into this fall's admissions process.
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