Mood: Giggly. I just created, probably one of the cheesiest, most ridiculous parodies. In fact, this creation might signify me going off the deep end, and I haven’t even finished my Christmas shopping. I was inspired to create my own version of Rebecca Black’s Friday (apparently the most watched You Tube video of 2011) after seeing this hilarious holiday greeting from Venture Capital Firm, First Round Capital.
What could be better than a non-Justin Timberlake / Andy Samberg white dude rapping? A couple of Venture Capitalists driving a sweet car and rapping!
Credits to the I Am T-Pain iPhone App (which I’ve had for 2+ yrs but have not put to good use till now) for digitally altering my voice and making it slightly less recognizable, Round 2 Deadlines, and of course, Rebecca Black.
So I decided to make my own version of Rebecca Black’s Friday titled “Round 2” to help get me through MBA applications, courtesy of the I Am T-Pain iPhone app
PS – I’m acutely aware that “essayin'” is not a word, but hey, it was the best I could do.
PPS – I am already envisioning a longer version of the song which includes the bridge:
Last round was the first round, first round
This round is the second, second (essayin’)
We-We-We so excited
We so excited
We gonna turn it in on time!
Next round is the third
And First Round next year comes afterwards
I don’t want my chances to end…PPS -Please click the “thumbs up” icon if you felt like your ears survived the entire recording. It would be awesome to see those around the globe who are following!
I attended a coffee chat in my city with a current Berkeley Haas student this evening, and a dinner hosted by a current Stanford GSB student last week. Both interactions were helpful in that I learned more about each school from a more personal perspective, got me excited again for applying to these schools and being in the Bay Area, and I got to meet other potential applicants in my dear PNW city (they do exist!). But because I had already done my research on the schools, it didn’t add too much additional value on learning about the strengths and programs at the school, and confirmed what I had already gathered. It was nice, however, to get application advice from those who had already been through the process, and I took away from these interactions 3 main pieces of advice:
- Write clearly and concisely in your essays as you have a limited amount of space – 250 words for Haas! That’s barely enough for me to describe what I ate for lunch!
- Stress less – easier said than done of course.
- Make the job of the recommenders as easy as possible my providing them resources and anecdotes to write about.
I’m now getting into the trenches of essay writing, and I eat, breathe and sleep questions such as, “What Matters Most to you and Why?” and “People may be surprised to learn that I….” (make really awful song parodies?) In any case, its forced me to tap into some introspective part of my being and conduct some serious soul-searching, which is probably fitting since it is the holidays and all.
I’ll be balancing this out with moving out of our beloved funky old house. For the past year, it’s been a wonderful refuge in a hip, up-and-coming part of my city and I’ve really bonded with my room mate, who I’m going to miss. In a way, we are both taking risks by leaving (and me, potentially leaving) our city that we’ve spent all of our post-college years in to pursue things that we are very excited about, even if the trade-offs are uncertain. Last Saturday, we hosted what can be only described as an epic party to celebrate a fantastic year together, and I’m lucky to have such great friends here!
Mango is a consultant in the Pacific Northwest who is applying to business schools so she would graduate in the Class of 2014. This report is adapted from her blog posts at Por qué MBA? One Girl’s MBA Application Journey!
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