That’s approximately how much I’ve spent thus far on my quest for an MBA. Yes, its pennies compared to the $120k debt I’ll have in 2010 (hopefully), but it is kind of interesting (procrastinating!) to track. This includes the Kaplan course, the most expensive item, which served its purpose of keeping me on track. If you have the discipline to study on your own, save yourself the money. However, I had given myself two years to take the GMAT on my own, which never happened….hence my $1k punishment.
This tally also includes GMAT fees, books, the Kellogg application fee, and the flight/hotel/car to my Duke interview. I have a four-day product training on the East Coast in October. I saved myself quite a bit of money by tacking my Duke visit/tour/interview onto the end of this trip. It will definitely be quite hectic, but efficient. The biggest challenge (aside from the interview) will be getting the proper nutrition required for a 20-mile training run the next day…at the airport…and then going straight to a wedding…and then finishing up my Wharton application. The other weird thing is that my Duke interview occurs before any of my applications are due. I need to start on my Duke essays this week.
At my manager’s request, I sent him a draft of my Kellogg essays today. I’m a little bit embarassed since some of it is quite personal. I also found out that I’m getting a new manager soon. The timing may require that I explain this in my applications. We’ll see. I’m not really concerned since I know the person and I admire her work.
DRAFTED!! I’ve got about five weeks before the Wharton application is due…and then I’ll be in the eye of the storm. YIKES!
I am going to finish my Wharton drafts today. If I don’t tell you, I am less likely to do so.
This week off has been a bit less productive (for apps) than I had hoped. What did I do instead?
- Watched the entire first season of Heroes
- One day trip to visit a customer site (a children’s hospital in Texas)…it is always amazing to witness how your product fits into real life situations.
- Dropped shoes off at cobbler
- Hung out with my mom and did 4 loads of laundry (two people who work out every day create A LOT of dirty clothes)
- Trip to Ikea for some new furnishings. One of our roommates moved out, so we’ve taken over both rooms. One for sleeping and one for studying. Lots of stuff to clean out and move around. It is amazing how much crap accumulates within 4 years. We almost have our own place for the first time ever! My cousin still lives downstairs, but he goes home on the weekends, hence the sort of.
- Ran 17 miles. Walking into the cold bay waters really does help with the next day aches.
- Swam 4x
- Bought a dress at BCBG (I was supposed to get more suits)
- Went to a wedding banquet
- Responded to some work emergencies
- Cut & dyed my hair
- Drafted Wharton essays 2-4 (though in reality, only #2 is something completely new)
What I didn’t do:
- Complete the Wharton draft (really need to complete essay #1)
- Finalize Kellogg essays. A good writer friend finally got back to me a few days ago with massive comments–not on content, mostly on style that I need to look over and execute.
- Call/email Duke & Haas contacts