An Invite to Interview from Cornell’s Johnson School
woke up today feeling pretty happy. I got my happy back! as per my facebook status this morning! I’m not sure what it was that put me in a good mood but I was happy all day! There was just something in the air! I knew that Michigan’s R2 Batch 2 decisions were coming out today, but I told myself that I wasn’t going to think about that. I thought that gauging from Friday’s results that invites would not go out until around 2pm so I was calm until about 1:30. Then… I logged out of my gmail account around 2pm because I didn’t want a lack of an invite to take my Happy away from me. I was on a natural high.
Then around 4:30 I had to check my email for something that I sent myself. I scanned the 6 new emails that I had and saw that one said Johnson Interview Invite. Initially I said to myself “Johnson is the school at Cornell…. wait… Interview to Invite?!? OMG OMG OMG OMG” Then I opened it… and read it and said “YES!!!” I told my coworker who sits next to me and she gave me a hug. Lol.. I know over dramatic yes… but she has her MBA so she knew what I was going through. It was nice to be able to share the happiness with my co-workers.
I then told my recommenders and they congratulated me and what not. So now I’m in a different stage of the game. Interviewing!!! So yes I did interview for the Consortium back in October and that went well, but now I have to interview for Cornell by February 18th. I have the option of doing a phone interview or going up to campus and doing a campus interview. HHmm let me see here… what to do what to do? DUH! I’m sure by now it’s obvious to know what my decision will be. I plan to go back up to Ithaca. It’s only about a 4.5 hour bus ride – completely doable in a day. Or maybe I’ll go up and stay over that day and come back on Saturday. Who knows?!? I have some friends up there we can hang out… take a chill pill… ok not really because I’m positive they’re uber busy.
My interview is scheduled on the Cornell campus for Wednesday the 16th at 10:15! I emailed my friend (one of the guys I met at the Reaching Out Leadership Conference) who is a 2nd year at Cornell to see if I could crash at his place.
I will be taking the Cornell Campus-2-Campus shuttle on Tuesday and will arrive infront of Sage Hall a little after 5:00. Then I’ll be going to my friends apartment. I gotta remember to not forget to print out updated copies of my resume. Note To Self
There is a lot going on behind the scenes now that I’ve been invited to interview. I have a lot of research to do. There’s a lot of emailing going on… What are the emails for? Well instead of talking to my Cornell friends on FB, I need a more formal venue. I just want to make sure that the things that I have in my head make sense. I’ve also dug out the information that I received at Johnson Means Business. I told myself to keep all of that information JUST IN CASE I needed them for an interview or as a re-applicant. Thankfully it’s because of the former.
VIDEO ESSAYS – Tonight I sent my Tuck video essay to my friend because he wanted to see it. Any time I send the video to people via YouTube, I upload it and then take it down immediately. I do this even if the video is private just in case ya know? Well I remember my friend from Saturday Night telling me that there were a lot of NYU ESSAY 3’s on YouTube. So after I sent my video to my friend I started watching NYU Essays on YouTube. I watched about 5 of them and the main difference between their videos and mine was the time allowed.
My video could be a maximum of 1 minute and 30 seconds. Some of the NYU Essays were 10 minutes+! A.) I can’t imagine editing and putting together a 10 minute video essay. I know how long my video essay took so if I had to add another 8 minutes and 30 seconds to it, I would die. I don’t think they had a time limit but I wonder at what point does one tell themselves “Ok this is a long video” Then on the flipside – how do X amount of application reviewers watch that many videos that are that long? It boggles my mind! ::shrugs:: Oh well I didn’t have to do one for NYU thankfully, because that would have thrown a wrench in my plans.
Yale SOM – I received an email yesterday from Yale SOM saying that their decisions for my round would be released on February 25th. Soooo…… I don’t even have to say “Next month I’ll find out official decisions.” It’ll be THIS month! Can’t believe the time has arrived.
It Doesn’t Stop – For all of those who are starting this process… just know this – once you hit submit…. “It” slows down but “It” doesn’t stop. After March I will tell you what “It” is. There’s too much competition now and the cost/benefit analysis doesn’t warrant me filling in the blanks at this juncture.
This report is adapted from Richard Battle-Baxter’s blog posts at “Ellipsing My Way…To Business School.”
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