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The MBA Gods Have Smiled Once Again

So the short version of the story is that the MBA Gods have smiled once again. I’ve just been invited to interview for a spot at The Wharton Business School, just 28 hours after receiving an invite to interview at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business (for which I’ve already been matched with a Booth alum for an interview). Woot Woot!

Doubts Borne of a Ding

There is a chasm between where I am right now and where I was a week ago mentally and emotionally. While I’m past the age where most people are likely to doubt themselves, I certainly doubted the quality of  my execution.

There were things that I thought to say and situations that I remembered to highlight AFTER I had submitted everything. And that stiff, cold ding from HBS honestly made me second guess whether my approach had been all wrong. Who knows? Perhaps it was all wrong for one school and fairly spot on for others?

I’m a firm believer that things happen just as they are supposed to. And I’m more than glad about everything that is happening right now. Now its just a matter of whether I have what it takes to hold it together and close some deals. Only time will tell, and I will be proud of  myself either way for having made it even this far.

Mach II with Your Hair on Fire

So here’s the trip: for months I’ve basically been agonizing day after day, week after week over the snail’s pace of this long and meandering journey to a world-class MBA program. Just a week ago, I needed a scotch on the rocks to cheer myself up. Today, I need a double to celebrate back-to-back invites. And within 3 weeks, this entire pre-MBA journey will pretty much be out of my hands until mid-December when I’ll find out if and where I’ll have the option of attending. It all feels somewhat surreal.

Well, I guess I’ll be putting down my book and PS3 control and jumping into interview prep with both feet starting tonight. I’m NOT giving up the gym again like I did for the GMAT and my apps though–if I am destined to be “the older guy” on campus, that’s fine; but I’ll be damned if I end up being the FAT old guy.

Congrats to everyone else who has been invited to interview at schools you are excited about and good luck to those who are both waiting and who have yet to apply (R2 is just around the corner!).

Cheers to all.

MBAOver30 offers the perspective of a 30-something, California-based entrepreneur who is applying to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Northwestern, Chicago, Dartmouth, Yale, and Berkeley.. He hopes to gain acceptance to the Class of 2015 and blogs at MBAOver30.

Previous posts on Poets&Quants:

How I Totally Overestimated The MBA Admissions Process
Musings on MBA Failophobia
Letting Go Of An MBA Safety School
When A Campus Visit Turns Off An MBA Applicant
Yale, Tuck and Booth: The Next Leg of My Pre- MBA Research
 My Countdown: Less Than 30 Days To The GMAT
From Suits To Startups: Why MBA Programs Are Changing
Why I’m Not Getting Either A Part-Time MBA or An Executive MBA
Preparing To Sit For The GMAT Exam
Falls Short of GMAT Goal, But The 700 Is A Big Improvement
A 2012-2013 MBA Application Strategy
Celebrating A 35th Birthday & Still Wanting A Full-Time MBA
A Tuck Coffee Chat Leaves Our Guest Blogger A Believer
Heading Into the August Cave: Getting Those Round One Apps Done 
Just One MBA Essay Shy Of Being Doe
Getting That MBA Recommendation From Your Boss
Facetime with MBA Gatekeepers at Wharton
The Differences Between Harvard & Stanford Info Sessions
My MIT Sloan Info Session in California 

  • Fantastic! Congrats.

  • Dreamer

    Got one yesterday guy!

  • That’s what I thought, but wasn’t sure. Thanks!

  • sleek

    lols This is a classic question , even my dad asked me that one, London Business School is different from London School of Economics, LBS has an MBA program and LSE does not, but LSE has a well known grad program and is very very well reputed!

  • Hello sleek. Thanks for the congrats. And yes I have heard fantastic things about LBS. I also have a question, what is the difference between LBS and the London School of Economics? My predecessor in my job just started his first year at the latter (if they are even different schools?)

  • sleek

    super congrats!!!! so so happy for you, you should have looked at LBS too, we are quite over 30 friendly!

  • Thanks Dreamer.

  • Dreamer

    Congrats man and best wishes! The good fortune is well deserved as your blog has helped many, including myself

  • It is for me as well. Thanks Nels.

  • Nels

    Best wishes for you to get into Wharton!! 🙂 That’s a dream school for many….!

  • Hit me up on my blog. Who knows? We might end up in the same discussion.

  • Tzeeentch99

    Same here! When’s your interview?

  • I plan on going to the SF campus.

  • Generally about 50% like most; however, who’s to say with this new process.

  • RandomGuy

    Any idea what the acceptance rate of Wharton interviewees is?

  • Tzeentch99

    Damn Nice Man!!!!! Congrats!! Are you going up to SF for the interview or going to campus?