Thursday, December 28, 2006


Round 2 Applications Done!

Phew! That's it. I am finally done with all of my business school applications. I decided to just apply to Haas and UCLA in round 2. After doing more research I realized that I just am not as passionate about Duke, and so it doesn't make sense for me to apply to that program.

I feel good about the programs that I've applied to. If I don't get in anywhere, I am okay with that. Better that than to apply to a safety school that I don't really want to attend. Now, it is out of my hands.

Round 1 decisions should start coming soon...

Saturday, November 04, 2006



Well, not totally done. But I finished my round 1 applications last week. As I said in my last post, I applid to Stanford, Michigan, and Kellogg. It actually went pretty smoothly overall, and so I am targeting three more schools in round 2: Haas, UCLA, and Fuqua.

My biggest piece of advice is to give your recommenders enough time! Fortunately, the recommendation thing will be easier for me in round 2 since these people already wrote recos for me (except for one person, probably). But two different people ended up needing more time past when they said they would be done, and in both cases that was the last thing I was waiting on before finishing my application. I will thank the admissions experts at Your MBA Game Plan again because this is exactly what they said would happen. Even with a head start I almost ran out of time with the recommendations. This time I will get them started in November, so that they should be done by early January at the very latest.

Oh, and I am finding that recycling essays is not as easy as I expected. Or, I should say recycling essays WELL isn't that easy. Don't assume that you will achieve massive economies of scale by applying to many schools!

Saturday, September 23, 2006


Sorry for Being MIA

Sorry that I have not posted in a while. The business school application process is actually going pretty well. This is what I have accomplished since my last post:

I think I will apply to Stanford, Kellogg, and Michigan in round 1, and then save UCLA and Haas for round 2. I may also add Duke (Fuqua) to the mix, depending on how I feel after my round 1 applications are in.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


My Target Business Schools

I think I have narrowed down "The List" to the following schools:


I am interested in these MBA programs for their ability to turn out strong general managers, their culture, and their reputation in my fields of interest. My west coast bias is probably pretty obvious, too. If I had to rank them in order of preference (not in order of my chances of sucess), I would probably put them in that order. I have only visited Stanford and Haas so far, but plan on visiting the others before the end of September.

I have not decided if I will apply to all of them in the first round, or if I will apply to UCLA and Michigan in the second round. My preference is to get it all over with, but I don't want to spread myself too thin.

Next up, I need to get my recommenders geared up, which means telling my boss...

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Steady Eddie

Ha ha... Okay, so I took the GMAT last Friday, and I got... 690... again. So I guess that test really is an accurate predictor of one's ability.

I am not really disappointed, especially since a 690 is a "good enough" score to get me into a top school. But I did expect to do a bit better after so many practice exams.

No matter... I am done with the GMAT!

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