MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
NYU Stern | Mr. Hail Mary 740
GMAT 740, GPA 2.94
Harvard | Mr. London Artist
GMAT 730, GPA First Class Honours (4.0 equivalent)
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
SDA Bocconi | Mr. Pharma Manager
GMAT 650, GPA 3,2
Kellogg | Mr. Young PM
GMAT 710, GPA 9.64/10
Wharton | Mr. Indian VC
GRE 333, GPA 3.61
MIT Sloan | Mr. Tech Enthusiast
GRE 325, GPA 6.61/10
Harvard | Mr. Midwest Dreamer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3

Am I Really Cut Out For This?

The level of introspection needed to write a killer essay for admission to a top business school is unbelievable. This week was tough. I received feedback on my first round of essays and basically need to re-write them from the jump. That’s all I need to say right now. I’m feeling defeated right now and am wondering if I’m cut out for this. The balancing act between working on my essays and studying for the GMAT test is becoming unsettling.

But don’t cry for me Argentina…once I redo my essays, I know I’ll feel much better.  Right now, “sigh” is all I have to say.

Before I left work the other day, I was pinged by a friend who will be attending the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business this year. He’s one of the people I met in the train station during my visit to Yale’s School of Management in February. We kept in touch since then and even though he, too, is in New York, we were never able to coordinate a time to meet up.

He’s now packing up his life here in NYC to ship it to Ann Arbor so he can start the MBA program there on Monday (Aug. 23).  Right before I left work, we made plans to meet up for dinner at Ginger on 16th St. So we talked about everything having to do with business school.  What really struck me was his excitement about Ross.  For me, one of the things that attract me to a school is how the current students feel about it.  His enthusiasm was contagious and makes me want to get out to Michigan to visit Ross.  It just says a lot about a program when someone who hasn’t even started classes yet is already beaming with love for the school.  I told him that Ross was definitely on my list of schools to consider.

You can read more of Richard Battle-Baxter’s blog posts at “Ellipsing My Way…To Business School.”

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