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Falling Behind & Stressed Out

I’ve almost always finished all of my homework for my Manhattan GMAT course by the end of the week, but for some reason, I stalled out this week.  We’ve just passed week seven of the course and it was definitely the heaviest homework schedule thus far, with this upcoming week being much lighter.  I really can’t afford to lose speed right now.  The GMAT is only a couple weeks away and I need to kick my studies up a notch; not the other way around.

I think part of my problems had to do with the subject matter: Geometry.  I don’t know why, but I find this subject the most difficult for me to invest time in.  Maybe it’s because Geometry is the least applicable to the business world.  In my business career, I don’t think I’ll ever have a business need for the Pythagorean theorem.

The other issue is that I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately.  The insomnia has been rough and is a bit worrisome as I head closer to the GMAT test.  I know I won’t perform well if I head to the test center in a zombie like state.  I’ve already tried various remedies to improve the situation, with varying levels of success.  Benadryl, tryptophan heavy meals, and some herbal solutions.  I think the bottom line is I’m stressed out.  The whole weight of the application process is finally setting in on me, as I’m now starting to write my essays, update my resume, schedule my school visits, and getting my recommendations in line.  When I’m doing Official Guide problems, I even find myself having to re-read the problems because I’m thinking about the essays and other work down the road.  This all goes to show you the value of doing your GMAT study and your application prep separately.  If only I had a time machine.

This post is adapted from Random Wok, a blog written by Mako from Silicon Valley. You can read all of his posts at Random Wok.

Previous posts by Mako at PoetsandQuants:

Why I Want an MBA

Climbing the GMAT Mountain: 630 to 710 on a Practice Test

Do Consultants Have An Unfair Edge Over Other Applicants?