Tuesday, October 27, 2009

R1 finished!

As I clicked the submit button on MIT Sloan's application at 12:10am this morning, I officially completed all 3 of my R1 applications. After some 200 hours of endless essay writing and editing and re-writing and re-editing, 13 essays were sent out and sitting somewhere on some admissions officers desk.

Since tomorrow is my 25th birthday, marking my life journey towards the 30s, I am going to take the day not worrying about the next rounds of essays, interview prep and actually getting those interview invites. But unfortunately I do need to spend tonight writing yet another essay (gasp!) for a biotechnology leadership workshop that I want to attend in December.

Last night when I went to bed around 1am, my mind was still so hyped up from submitting Sloan's application that it took me quite awhile to fall asleep which never happens on a normal day. I think this whole application process is bringing me so much stress and anxiety that it's hurting my health. I need to stay grounded and not let whatever results get me. My friend had a really good attitude when she applied to grad school. She basically said this is who I am and if you don't like who I am, then maybe it's not a good fit. Given that her grad school app is not half complicated as the darn b-school application, it's still the right attitude to have for any applicant. I believe I stayed true to myself through my application and showcased a real me. If the school didn't pick me, then be it. I should not let the b-school decisions define me, for I am much more than just that person on paper.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Patience is a precious thing

so today, out of anxiety, I checked the notorious business week forum to see if others have received Wharton interview invites. Of course this did not help me with my anxiety... I wonder what will happen as the mid deadline comes closer and I still hear nothing...

Patience is such a precious thing~

Saturday, October 24, 2009

gotta love MIT Sloan's simple application

I always fill out the MBA application a couple of days ahead of time before my official submission. This is actually a well known suggestion for MBA applicants, to avoid last minute scrambling during submission as you pull freshly finalized essays together and try to squeeze out 200 character description of your extra curriculum activities on those tight spaces on the application 5 minutes before the deadline. Trust me, this seemly trivial part of application filling actually can take up hours!

So as I was filling out MIT Sloan's application three days before the deadline, I was pleasantly surprised to find out the application is so straight forward with none of those describe your key activities, awards, honors stuff. That is what a resume is for! I remember trying to fit the long (4 words) extracurricular organization's name into a 10 character box over frustration.... to me that is just unnecessary. I especially dislike those dreadful requests to describe your job responsibilities for which I have to think of different ways to re-illiterate what has been said on the resume. I am sure ad com officers complain to their friends (maybe secretly) about how much materials they have to read through. Why not cut the redundant information and focus on the fact, resume and essays?

MIT just gain another level of respect from me~

On the side note, I did have a dream about MIT sending me a short email denying me last night (I haven't even sent the application yet!) along with other fragmented surreal dream piece about vegas..... too much pressure~ deep breath....

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wharton's first day of interview release

So today is the first day Wharton starts extend interview invite. Although I know perfectly that the chance of me getting an interview on the first day of interview release is very small, I still checked my emails and Wharton application site multiple times throughout the day~ Waiting for an interview has become such an obsession...I guess I just need something to convince myself that my application is good enough to pass the first hurdle....Where did my confidence go?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

First Entry! In the midst of the essay misery~

So after resisting to write blogs about my MBA application process for so long, I finally gave in. Why? Because I am pretty much boring all my friends and co-workers with my daily bickering about this painful and never-ending essay writing. Maybe this is a good way to get some of those intense frustration off without actually drown anyone with my endless complaining. Plus, I've always enjoyed writing blogs and this might as well be a good opportunity for me to practice my English writing skills :)

so, here I am, deep in the trenches on my third application to b-school, already tired of re-telling the same stories for the 3rd time.