Buying More Time

I recently submitted the $2,000 deposit for a seat in NYU Stern’s Class of 2013. For the students who have already decided to matriculate at one school or another, making a seat deposit may be a mere formality. But, for others like me, submitting a deposit is like hitting the snooze button on an alarm clock, giving us the luxury of a few additional weeks or months of thinking and dreaming before we have to wake up.

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Days Like These

On sunny days like today, there’s no greater feeling than rolling down your window as you drive around, feeling the breeze against your warm face and letting any worries dissipate into your peripheral vision. Against this idyllic backdrop, it’s easy to see how people here are wondrously free to create and innovate, infused as they are with a sense of endless possibility. Makes me wonder if I would be crazy to choose to leave this blessed place, even if only temporarily.

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Looking Ahead

As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.” -Kodos from The Simpsons, Treehouse of Horror VII

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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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