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Kellogg – submitted!!

Hitting the “submit” button the second time around was MUCH less scary. Recommender #1 (who will get a huge basket of cigars once this process is over) just submitted a few hours ago for Kellogg as well.

Have to chase down Recommender #2 tomorrow for both Wharton and Kellogg. That means I gotta be in the office by 7:30 am to try to catch him early.

Now I really need to get cracking on the Duke essays. I’m still having trouble discerning between essays #2 and #4.

Oops. I didn’t submit a transcript to either Wharton or Kellogg for a post-graduate course I took in Marketing. Oh well. I think my marketing strengths are obvious from my resume and essays. I’ll get the transcript for Duke and Haas. I don’t think it really matters that much but every little bit helps.

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1st recommendation submitted!

Recommender #1 submitted for Wharton! Hooray!

I just met with Recommender #2 (my current boss) and he’s promised to work on everything on the plane on Monday (we’re both flying to the East Coast) so that we can go over everything when we land. We should be able to submit sometime next week (crossing my fingers–he gets a lot of emergencies).

Eek. CEO just walked by and asked me how my applications are going.  I also found out this morning that my manager announced to all of his other direct reports that I was not on a conference call (yesterday) because I was interviewing at business schools. That surprised a few…oh well. I didn’t ask him not to tell anyone. It just puts more pressure on me not to be a reject. AAAAACK.

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Recommendation strategies

I lied to my recommenders. As a project manager, I’ve learned that unforeseen circumstances inevitably arise (software bugs, email outages, illness, etc.) and it helps to have a few extra days built in in case deadlines slip. Of course, I never tell anyone this. If everything happens according to plan, we finish the project early. If something comes up, we finish on time. To mitigate the risk of having my applications slip into round 2, I’ve employed the same tactic with my recommenders. They think the recommendations are due 2-7 days before the final deadline. This gives me some time to chase them down and put the pressure on if anything happens. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that and I can breathe a sigh of relief a few days BEFORE each application deadline and move on to the next task.

I visited Haas today…aaah my old stomping grounds…it was awesome! The class I visited was really interesting and the students were highly engaged. I spoke with one of the student club leaders and it became really evident to me during the course of our conversation that Haas offers exactly what I need to get me where I want to go. The students are all really accomplished, yet totally accessible. Competitive and driven, yet still collaborative. I wrote my “Why Berkeley?” essay as soon as I got home so that I could capture the spirit and enthusiasm of the day. Easiest essay I’ve written thus far. Hmmm…should I refer to it as Haas or Berkeley? I’ve always referred to it as Haas but the essay questions say Berkeley. Gotta go check the web site.

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