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Fuqua Submitted

*phew*

For a while, I wasn’t sure I would make the R1 deadline, but I did…with 15 hours to spare! Took a celebratory shot of Jager (gross, I know, but it doesn’t make me sick), gonna veg out and watch some TV, take a break tomorrow, and then submit Haas over the weekend.

I’m over the essay hump. I’ll finally see my friends again…

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Tequila + Tacos = Zero progress

A friend came into town last night so we went out for dinner. What was supposed to be a quick taco run turned into a few margaritas and a burnt mouth. I got a little too excited and bit into the boy’s freshly fried pescado taco. Hot oil squirted everywhere and scorched the inside of my mouth.

I just noticed that, as a result, I’m talking out of the other corner of my mouth today.

Oh, since several tequila-related fiascos in college, I rarely drink tequila anymore. In fact, the smell makes my body heave. But…strawberry margaritas! Needless to say, the drinks at dinner inhibited any progress on the pesky Duke essays, the bane of my existence. Duke, I love you. I don’t love your essays.

On top of this, we have reached the two weeks out of every year that are the most stressful for me. I have staff coming in from around the world working on a project for me. I have lots of fires to put out throughout the day so when I get home, the last thing I want to do is write an essay.

Sometimes when people come up to me looking for a decision, I can’t help but chuckle (in my head. out loud would not inspire confidence). Half the time, I have no effin’ clue. Luckily, my instincts haven’t failed me yet. But, it is bound to at some point…and that’s why I want an MBA.

I have worked hard since March to get to this MBA goal. Can’t slack now. Must press on for another 10 days.

Oh, and I have to prepare a presentation to 150 people. Does it make me sweat? Two years ago, it would have kept me up all night. Now…*shrug*

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Haas essays redlined

I sent my essays to a friend who has a Master’s in Journalism. He said they were good, much better than my Kellogg essays, but when I opened them…ouch.

Oh well. He knows how much I want to go to bschool so he’s just being hypercritical to make my essays as strong as possible.

My handicap? I can’t detect usage of passive voice…and I get jargony when confronted with space limitations. “Show don’t tell,” is difficult to abide by when you’re restricted to 250 words.

The Duke essays are the bane of my existence. I MUST finish them in time for R1.

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Officially, Wharton interview invites start going out today and cease on Nov 15th for R1. To properly set my expectations, I have to remind myself that this is my reach school. Of course, I will be happy if they call me. If they don’t, I gave it my best shot.

I checked the BW Forums (yes evil, but I was disciplined enough to only look at the Wharton thread), GMATClub, and S2S. No interview action on any of those boards. The percentage of Indian nationals on all of these boards seems incredibly high. I wonder if they’re on those boards for the same reason that I am…because nobody I know has gone to business school.

UGH. Back to my Duke essays. I really hate Short Answer #2 vs. Long Essay #2. YOU ARE THE SAME QUESTION! The differences are so subtle. UGH!! 2 weeks til due date and my essays are NOT in a good place. Blech blech blech blech.

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Interesting tidbit: I make more than my parents combined. I can’t believe they raised two kids (and sent them to Catholic schools!) on that. I know how hard they worked. That’s why, when I received my BA, I put it in a fancy frame and gave it to them. That was their only goal. It was why they immigrated here, why they worked odd jobs to put me through school, and why they pushed me to always do my best.

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Strange but true…

…I have to eat yogurt with a plastic spoon. I think metal spoons make yogurt taste weird.

I think I’ve reached a turning point with Duke short answer #2. I’ve finally found a clear(ish) direction. Wahoo!

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Progress!

Got a decent draft of my Haas essays together and sent it to two reviewers for some early stage commentary. Mostly, I’m having some trouble with the “Who would you have dinner with?” essay. I know who I want to have dinner with, but I’m not able to clearly articulate why. 

After some wavering, I’ve decided to apply for the Berkeley MBA/MPH dual-degree. It may seem odd since I’m not applying to any other dual degree programs, but I think it makes sense at Haas:

  1. 2.5 years for two masters’ degrees which costs the same as all of the other two-year programs I’m applying to (in-state public school tuition!)
  2. Opportunity for two internships = more experience and possible experimentation
  3. More in-depth health care knowledge would lend additional legitimacy to my career aspirations
  4. One checkbox on the MBA application (UCLA’s dual degree program requires 2 applications and 3 years of coursework. Plus, I’d have to take the GRE…no thanks!)

I’m considering dropping Columbia. It doesn’t seem I have good chances there and it is the weakest health/MBA program out of the lot. I just REALLY fancied the idea of living in NYC with my best friend.

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Last push

I need to pull it together. I’ve got writer’s block and zero motivation to finish my Fuqua and Haas applications. Waiting sucks. This weekend, all I could think is…maybe I’m not cut out for bschool. Of course, I know better. An MBA is exactly what I need and what I want for my career and my future. I just need to find my motivation again; I don’t want this blah feeling to make its way into my essays. What I’ve done besides work on my essays:

  • Watched an entire season of The Office
  • Watched Zodiac, starring Jake Gyllenhall (don’t waste your time)
  • Cooked every meal
  • Cleaned both bathrooms
  • Mopped the kitchen floor
  • Lifted weights
  • Vaccuumed the house
  • Religiously done the exercises prescribed by my physical therapist (cute!!)
  • Sold my marathon bib
  • Run 2.5 miles (the furthest I’ve run in 4 weeks)
  • Dinner with the boy’s dad, who is in town
  • Taken my car in for two new tires ($450–ouch!). I currently hold the world record for most nails run over. I wish my tires weren’t so expensive. I was going to buy a new sound system for the boy as an early thank you for putting up with my MBA dream over the last year. I guess that will have to wait for another paycheck.
  • Watched Cal blow it. UGH.

In reality, I did finish the first draft of my Haas essays on Friday night. I just haven’t looked at them yet. I need time away from my essays before I can look back at them objectively. I’m still struggling with Duke’s short answer #2. The rest…well I had forgotten how much I had actually written on that flight to Boston a few weeks ago. Essay #1 needs some tuning and Essay #2 needs some focusing, but overall, I’m in a good spot. In true nerd fashion, I just don’t like these things looming over my head, so I try to get them out of the way as soon as possible.

After watching Cal blow a key game yesterday, I was incredibly disappointed. We had a chance at being #1 for the first time in…well, forever. The disappointment that I felt…I’m sure it will feel much worse if I don’t get into any schools that I’m applying to. Gotta keep the faith. AGH. The wait is agonizing. I’ve never been a patient person.

I wonder if I have the ingredients for red velvet cupcakes?

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