Gliding up the escalator to the fourth-floor screens of a local theater last winter, my girlfriend and I were were discussing probable MBA program entry dates. At a point near the end of the conversation, I made a comment to the effect of, "hey, if I don't get in this year, my impending promotion and raise will make another year in the Bay Area quite tolerable."
Hooooo... boy was I W-R-O-N-G!
After four and a half years in the PR agency world, I was promoted to the gilded ranks of agency management about 6 months ago. Because the promotion coincided with a handful of 'it's not you, it's me' denial letters from my target B-schools, I took solace in my tidy salary bump and the new, unfamiliar authority I now wielded over several client accounts and corresponding agency staff.
I won't get into the specifics of how that big bubble of 'can do!' enthusiasm I once held for my new position now resembles a torn latex glove in a shady back alley. That would just depress everyone. Simply know, dear reader, that work suuuucks. Bad.
The most frustrating of all is my lack of time to study for the GMAT. Treading water in a dead-end career is one thing, but when the very act of keeping one's head above water exhausts one to the point of being unable to take the necessary strokes towards the island of GMAT, B-school and career change glory -- well that's enough to drive one to drink. Heavily.
Ranting & venting aside, I am still finding about three hours of study time during the week and 8-12 hours on the weekends. In a few weeks I'll be heading home for a full 14 days of vacation... studying at home in the quiet environment of the Pacific Northwest. If you haven't had the pleasure of spending time in the land of Totem Poles... you should go. Now.
That's all for tonight. At some point, I'll figure out how to add some other blog links to this blog... perhaps that's tomorrow's study break project. Until then...
That's right, this horsey is excited! After a couple months of stop and go studying, I decided to purchase Kaplan's $599 online course today. I purchased the course primarily for the 5 CAT practice tests and the math lessons. My math has improved but I'm still struggling with grouping and proportion problems.
I take two weeks off in late August to study full time. I haven't yet confirmed my test date, but it appears August 27 may be the date.Good tidings update:
The other day I got a fortune cookie that read "You will pass a difficult test that will make you happier."