Take Two Bskool

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

Friday, December 30, 2005

It is all worth it. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Gregarious by nature, a Friday night spent indoors writing essays (all alone, I might add), is absolute torture.

I re-wrote my Wharton teamwork essay (3A). I adjusted the first portion of the essay to better reflect the team structure, dynamics and relationships. I elminated a lot of industry-specific situational detail that I felt really matters less when it comes to describing the challenges or achievements of a team.

500 word limits makes these sacrifices necessary.

Had an AWESOME conversation with a Wharton alum today. The more I actually speak with Wharton students and alums, the more I am pleasantly surprised by their willingness to provide help, guidance and advice.

About to ship out some essays for edits... if I can tie up the ending of Wharton #1. Watch out, assigned editors... words and graphs being sent yo' way.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Nerves of Steel

Work has been slow this week. I spent about 4 hours yesterday and today on essays. I meant to work on essays tonight, but I had an eye doctor's appointment late this afternoon. My eyes were so dilated that I could not look at my computer screen. So I went to a dark bar with friends and had a couple of beers. Although my essays are in strong shape, Friday through Monday will prove critical.

I have not yet submitted Wharton or Kellogg, yet here I am worried sick about whether I will get an admit from any of my three targets. I thought about adding a safety school. Given my career goals and my program preferences, I cannot see myself in a lesser program.

Wharton is 95% done. I really like my Wharton essays. I would admit myself, but I am not an adcom. My main Wharton essay may need a bit of work... I'm running it through some friends of mine. I really want to make the case for attending Wharton, but I want to avoid writing a laundry list of reaons the school is right for me.

Kellogg is 85% done. I have decided that I do not like short answers. By the time I am done writing my compelling lead, I only have 50 words left. Ugh!
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Monday, December 26, 2005

Back in Deadline City

Thanks to everyone for the recent comments / emails... and apologies for not replying. I will try to do so over the next few days. The vacation was hectic. Three cities, two families, one day of snowboarding, one bat mitzvah, one Xmas celebration, and six days of essay writing.


Round 2 Wharton and Kellogg deadlines drop late next week. I plan to submit both applications on Wednesday, January 4. Applications forms are complete (more or less). With the exception of one Kellogg short-answer question, all essays are near final. I expect much editing, refining and finalizing over the next week and weekend.

I sure hope the work-week is quiet. Luckily, Friday is a half-day and Monday is a vacation day... three and a half day weekend.

Finally... congrats to Sghama for getting both Chicago and Wharton in. Excellent deadline management!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Sacrifices in Ketchum, Idaho

Me: Working on essays in cafe.

Everyone else: Snowboarding.


Can't wait for this process to be done!

I'm nearly finished with my Kellogg essays. Essay #2 (unique background) was challenging. I felt this was my BEST essay from last year's applications. However, I did not want to submit the same essay twice. So, I took one of the supporting points from last year's K essay #2, wrote a new lead with tons of imagry, then dedicated the rest of this year's essay to that theme. The result: A completely new, perhaps more powerful essay that drives home a personal characteristic that I'm particularly proud of.

Wharton essays have been sitting idle. However, it shouldn't take more than a week to whip into shape what I already have done. I would say Wharton app. is about 70% done.
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Friday, December 16, 2005

Sweet Inspiration

Inspiration comes in many forms. This week it came in three forms:

1. The "M" got accepted to Columbia. Congrats to Marina! That is fantastic news -- and it prompted me to really step it up on my applications. Me! Me! Pick me, B-School!

2. I sent a version of one of my more personal / personal history essays to my colleague. She read it, then unbeknownst to me, forwarded it to her friend who works in undergrad admissions for a very well-known, top tier school. The result: Amazing feedback... which actually created a brand new idea for an additional essay.

3. Vacation. I am sitting in cafe in downtown Boise, Idaho. No work, no work email, no work worries, no work desk, no work office, no work politics, no work stress, no work hours... NO WORK!

Ah -- sweet inspiration.
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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Haas Submitted!

I sat down at 11:00 a.m. today to do a final review and submit my Haas application. Somehow I did not finish until 4:00 p.m. I went through my essays with a fine-toothed comb, adjusting minor grammatical inconsistentcies and in one instance, minorly restructuring three paragraphs to create an improved logical flow.

BUT I AM DONE! As a reapplicant, I'm not required to submit recommendations, but I went ahead and had two of my bosses provide reccs. One is complete and turned in, the other is pending completion, and should be in prior to tomorrow's R2 deadline.

DONE! One down, two to go.

This year's Haas application is dramatically improved. Outside of my numbers, the most significant improvement was my revamped and rethought career goals. Identifying and finalizing my career goals was the most difficult process of the last 9-12 months. Perhaps this is easy for some, but for me it was an intense exercise in self evaluation and assessment.

Also dramatically improved was my research into Haas. From academics, to career guidance, to student life, I investigated all aspects of the school and made certain that my essays reflected this research.

I hope to be invited for an interview at Haas. Should I not, I can say with all confidence that I gave this application my absolute best effort.
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Friday, December 09, 2005

Gaining Ground

I just wrapped up my Haas application. I plan to hit "submit" by Sunday. After several editing sessions, I am giving the Haas essays a couple of days to breathe while I work on the Wharton and Kellogg essays.

In other developments this week, I visited Haas on Monday. I will post a full debrief when I'm not so exhausted. I will share that the day ended at the "Bear's Lair" pub with my old college friend who is now a first-year at Haas.... let's just say we tried a bit too hard to relive our glory days and I woke up with a nice little headache.

I also spoke with two Kellogg students via phone and exchanged emails with a very friendly Wharton student over the last few days. All three students were very friendly and great resources -- sharing their own applicatoin stories, their Kellogg/Wharton experiences, tips/tactics for admissions, etc. Amazing what a little outreach can produce.

Time for a glass of wine and some relaxation. Tomorrow is a full day of essay writing!
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