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DINGED at Cal!

With the final decision in via email this morning, I close out my application season with a .500 hit rate (and 100% interview rate…not bad!).

I had a pretty good hunch I wasn’t going to get the admit from Cal during my interview. My interviewer asked me some pretty tough questions that I didn’t really have good answers for. Perhaps if I had prepared at all (I pretty much just relied on my previous preparation…two months prior) I could have done better. However, with a Kellogg admit in my pocket, my heart wasn’t really into Cal. While I know Cal would have made academic and financial sense, I am really in this not just for the education, but for the experience.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that my phone beeped TWICE during my interview. I had it on silent, so it shouldn’t have beeped (yeah, I’d forgotten about the Wharton debacle already and forgot to turn my phone off), so that was another omen of the impending DING.

What have I learned? If my heart isn’t into something, I am fairly obvious…even if I try not to be. Wharton read my dislike of Philly and Cal probably read my “been there, done that…and I’ve got an admit already” attitude. I never claimed to be good at poker.

There’s a scholarship letter on its way to me via USPS from Duke. However, I doubt it will be enough to sway me.

Evanston here I come!


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Super Saturday

I didn’t fall in love at Super Saturday. While I really liked all the students and prospectives I met, I realized the Berkeley experience is something I’ve already done. Time for something new. The dual-degree program, age range, and cost of Haas may suit me better. However, Kellogg is a new experience. At the end of the day, they’re both great MBA programs and I already have the Berkeley brand on my resume.

I’ll just have to add some purple to my wardrobe next year. And watch Cal football from afar. And get a super thick warm coat. BRRRRR…

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Berkeley Interview Invite

They want to talk! See you @ Super Saturday.

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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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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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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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