Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Social To Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. CPG Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Brolic Bro
GRE 305, GPA 3.63
Tuck | Mr. Running To The Future
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
London Business School | Ms. Audit Meme
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Mobility Entrepreneur
GMAT 760, GPA 1st Division
Harvard | Mr. Cricket From Kashmir
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5/10
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Aspiring Consultant
GMAT 690, GPA 3.68
HEC Paris | Mr. Analytics Consultant
GRE 326, GPA 9.05/10
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Manager
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Tuck | Mr. Land Management
GMAT 760, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seller
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Researcher
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Mr. Beer Guy
GRE 306, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Harvard | The Insurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Tepper | Mr. Automotive Strategy
GMAT 670 - 700 on practice tests, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Backyard Homesteader
GRE 327, GPA 3.90
Wharton | Mr. Finance to MBB
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
Tepper | Mr. Insurance Dude
GMAT 660, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Marketer
GMAT 680, GPA 8.9/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Middle Eastern Warrior
GMAT 720 (Estimated), GPA 3.0

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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