Ask, and You Shall Receive

In my previous post yesterday, I talked about valuing certainty at a premium, once you get to the point in the business school application process where you have gotten into at least one school you want to attend. Well, I got my wish granted almost immediately, in the form of an email from Kellogg today kindly informing me that I don’t have to go home, but I can’t stay there.

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Sitting, Wishing, Waitlisting

As it has traditionally done, Chicago Booth called most of its admitted students yesterday (congratulations, by the way!), the day before today’s Round 2 admissions decision deadline. From the moment I woke up yesterday, I was a bit on edge, sensitive to the slightest noise that might announce an incoming call to my cell phone. I felt cautiously optimistic, meaning that I would not have been surprised to receive a call or to hear nothing at all. Little did I know then that it would be a long day.

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Book Review: Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads

About a month ago, I heard about a new book that discussed why and how business schools should improve their educational focuses and methods. I just finished the book, and wish I had read it before, and not after, working on my business school applications. In any case, it provides good food for thought as I decide whether or not to enroll in business school this fall and, if I’m lucky enough to have options, which one to attend. For anyone who is considering business school or interested in improving it, I recommend reading this book.

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GMAT: What Is It Good For

As the 2010-2011 business school application cycle winds down, the next generation of applicants – or perhaps more aptly, supplicants – is preparing for their own trip through the business school application gauntlet, which usually includes taking a standardized admissions test. So, in the hopes of benefiting future test takers, I’m going to share my experiences with and thoughts on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in the coming weeks/months; plus, it’ll distract me from anticipating who-knows-what blowing in from the Windy City next week.

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Warming Up to the Idea

It’s two weeks until the deadline for Chicago Booth to release its Round 2 admissions decisions, but I’m trying not to worry about something that I no longer have any control over. The advice about not increasing the troubles of today by borrowing from the future is particularly fitting for those in a similar position. While I wait, I am glad to have been admitted to one of my target schools and to have the good fortune of having to weigh a decision that I do control.

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And Now We Wait

The end of the business school application process – for me, anyway – is almost within reach. I recently completed my third and final admissions interview, and am now just waiting for the admissions committees of Chicago Booth and Kellogg to make the same decision that the admissions committee of NYU Stern did over a month ago.

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In the Nick of Time

I feel a little like someone who just barely made it onto a subway train before the doors closed and the subway speeds off to its next stop. It wasn’t easy, perhaps with the doors re-opening and re-closing on my outstretched arms and awkwardly contorted body a few times as I wriggled onto the train, but here I am, sweaty and wrinkled clothing and all. After dusting myself off, it’s now time to settle down and face the journey ahead.

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A Coin Flip’s Chance for a Booth Interview?

Not much happened this week in terms of business-school related news, in part because one of the schools I am waiting to hear from, Chicago Booth, encountered a historic blizzard this week. Still, I was interested to know what my chances were at securing an interview at Booth, since there seems to be a steady stream of invitations going out to other applicants.

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The Road Not (Yet) Taken

As I consider my next career move (including whether or not to attend business school), I find myself returning to some advice that helped me align my interests with my then-current career trajectory and that motivated me, in part, to apply to business school in the first place.

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Retrieval Practice May Benefit GMAT Prep (and Other Learning)

The New York Times recently published an article titled “To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test” that might benefit those preparing for the GMAT, as well as others who want to improve their learning in general.

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