Thursday, December 22, 2011

Houston ... we have a problem!

So I didn't make it to Kellogg. I put in EVERYTHING I could into the application and it yielded results. I got an interview invite - despite a 690 in my gmat and 3 years WE at matriculation. I am looking at the positives of my experience - an interview invite despite the 'negative' aspects of my application, the whole application experience, the anxiety, the waiting, the speculation etc. and hence, I am in much better shape to face the admissions process next year. I was hoping for an interview invite from Duke but didn't get one. Tuck seems a real DISTANT dream now. So for me, the app season 2011-12 is effectively over.

Here's the plan going forward:

1. Retake the GMAT and score above 740. Take the test before the test switches to its new format
2. Study VERY well this time - don't be over confident
3. Make a list of schools post the GMAT. Start working on essay drafts in June using last year's questions. Even if questions change, the whole process will yield significant value in increasing clarity
4. Apply ED/Round 1 to selected schools. Start working proactively in July
5. Get feedback from friends on essays. Then engage an editing service (essaysnark?) to edit essays for the school I MOST want to get in
6. Wait and hope I don't die of depression by this time next year

Schools I want apply at basis current frame of mind and assuming a 740 on my GMAT

1. Harvard
2. Stanford
3. Wharton
4. Tuck
5. Kellogg

1. Ross
2. Cornell

So here's until the next post. I didn't really say I was off blogging now did i ;)


  1. Hey! We have the same blog background! Great minds think alike. I am way bummed that Kellogg didn't work out for you. I'm hoping you get a surprise from Tuck this year. If not, then I really think that you're gonna be a much stronger candidate next year. My #1 piece of advice is to really work on the career goals. Make them detailed. Show the admissions committee what you want to achieve and exactly how you're gonna do it, step by step. I really think you established a great base to work from this year. All the best!

  2. Hang in there! I got rejected from b-school two years in a row until I finally got into places my third year. I have a blog going myself with writing tips I learned from my admission consultant and just being a writer in general. Good luck and feel free to reach out if you need any advice! Cheers! Oscar

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