Archive for November, 2007

Kellogg interview – complete!

Kellogg’s interview today was even more conversational than the previous two. I didn’t get asked very many hard questions (or I’m getting used to the questions). Mainly, she was interested in what I do now (I think its an exciting industry too!) and what I want to do moving forward. We talked a lot about my work with ethnic minorities in college, my current role with my company, the goals of my current company, and my future goals. All in all, a very nice conversation where I think I was able to get my point across and still convey both my personality and my enthusiasm for the school.

To do once I get back from Chicago:

  • await decisions from Duke, Kellogg, and Wharton
  • wait for interview invite from Haas
  • get started on Columbia and Boston applications
  • lots and lots of laundry
  • watch the Big Game–Go Bears!!

One thing that struck me about Kellogg’s facilities today: the ceilings are freakishly low in the hallways.

Kellogg decisions have just started going out…


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The best way to fight the winter blahs… [non-MBA post]

…and stay in bikini shape through the winter season is to book a tropical vacation! Just booked a two week trip to Belize and Costa Rica for April. If anyone has any tips or recommendations, let me know. Between now and then, I need to:

  • finish (ok, start) last 2 applications
  • get accepted somewhere
  • complete my online calculus course

 What’s planned for this summer? Tanzania, Kenya, and Egypt. What else? Who knows.

Gotta renew that passport as soon as I get back from Chicago/NYC.

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I just remembered that during my Wharton interview, my phone buzzed REALLY loudly. I had my phone on silent, but the vibration was still a little distracting. I apologized and sent the call straight to voicemail. I probably should have turned the phone completely off at that point, but then I would have had to spend a few extra keystrokes unlocking my phone and then shutting it down.

So, lesson learned. Silent phone isn’t exactly silent. Turn it off for the interview.

Now that I’ve had some time to digest the Wharton interview, the only things I wished I could have done better:

  • He asked some very specific questions about my short-term goal (consultant). I really don’t know that much about consulting aside from my work with the folks at BCG…maybe I should learn more?
  • Turned off my effin’ phone.
  • Talked a little bit more about the merits of Wharton’s healthcare program vs. Haas’ MBA/MPH. Could have made a few better arguments to show that Wharton really has the best program out there for ME.
  • He asked me two questions in one. After I finished answering the first one, I’d already forgotten the second one, so I had to ask him again.
  • Didn’t get a chance to talk about some of my community involvement (although it was on my resume and as a runner, I think he understood what the job entailed)

Oh well, I still think I did well. We’ll know December 20th whether the Wharton coin toss is in my favor. At this point, I really do feel like I have 50/50 odds here.

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Wharton Interview – done!

I had my interviews (I’m applying as an HCM, so I have two interviews) with Wharton yesterday. They both went exactly as expected. For those who haven’t yet interviewed, just study the reports from and and there shouldn’t be any surprises.

I think I was able to relate well to my interviewer. We had some common interests (my boyfriend’s interests came in handy too, since I was knowledgeable about some things that most girls don’t care about) which helped keep the conversation comfortable. One thing that surprised me is that he was impressed by the size of my operating budget. Just goes to show that things that seem common to me may seem more extraordinary to others.

Now, I have to prepare for my Kellogg interview and prepare myself for a long wait. I still haven’t started writing my Columbia or BU essays…its kind of hard to when I feel so positive about both Wharton and Haas. But, I need to prepare for the worst. I feel positive, but this process does seem really random. Good luck to everyone else who is interviewing!

I didn’t get asked the leader question, but I did finally decide on an answer. I recently read Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood (Kellogg alum) and really admire his mission. He left an executive position at Microsoft to start a non-profit which builds libraries & schools and educates young girls in Asia & Africa. It has a very unique business model that gives donors a manageable fundraising goasl and tangible results.

My numbers may be off (remembering statistics is one of my weaknesses) but $12k builds a school in Nepal/Vietnam/etc.. $250 provides a multi-year scholarship for young girls in India/Africa/etc. who otherwise could not afford an education.

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Tell me about a leader you admire

I’m preparing for my Wharton interviews on Thursday and have compiled a list of questions from,, and random blogs. While most of the questions are pretty straightforward, I’m stumped by the question in the title.

Tell me about a leader you admire.

My answer (Oprah Winfrey) is cliche, and I would like to avoid cliche. However, I truly do admire Oprah Winfrey. She came from nothing and overcame sexual abuse, racism, and sexism to become one of the most influential people in the world. When Oprah speaks, people listen. She exposes the masses to otherwise ignored atrocities around the world (Darfur + George Clooney = attention), educates girls in Africa, and commits large sums of her own money to causes she believes in. What’s not to admire?

Help me find a better answer, blogosphere!

I admire Bill & Melinda Gates’ commitment to education reform and the eradication of curable diseases in the third world. However, I’m not sure I admire his business practices (as evidenced on the Simpsons).

I admire Queen Noor for breaking down barriers for women in the Middle East and for her commitment to educating the West about Middle Eastern culture.

I admire John Coltrane for his pursuit of innovation. But he was a heroin junkie.


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Well, only on the application front. I’ve been doing everything BUT thinking about bschool apps. My voice is hoarse from shouting at the Trojans yesterday. Things got a little contentious since we found ourselves outnumbered by Trojan fans at a local bar (WTF?). Today was a total waste as all I did was lay around nursing a hangover.

This week, I need to start my Columbia & Boston applications. I really dread writing the essay about the Dean’s speech for Columbia. Finally, I need to prepare for my Wharton interviews at the end of the week. I hope I fit my suit pants. I’m a bit chubbier than usual due to my running injuries and overall lack of exercise.

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Berkeley – submitted!

My latest stats:

  • 4 applications submitted in R1
  • 1 completed interview
  • 2 pending interviews
  • 2 R2 applications to start. Mental deadline is December 15 – so I can go on vacation!
  • $3518.35 spent on my business school pursuit to date. Costs include GMAT preparation, travel to schools, application fees…and an online Calculus class I just enrolled in.

Now, I get to enjoy the weekend! Napa, here I come!

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