Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Controller
GRE Yet to Take, Target is ~330, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. S.N. Bose Scholar
GMAT 770, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. Data & Strategy
GMAT 710 (estimate), GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Mr. Surgery to MBB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. PM to FinTech
GMAT 740, GPA 6/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Jill Of All Trades
GRE 314, GPA 3.36
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Man
GRE 330, GPA 3.25
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Finance in Tech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Energy
GMAT 760, GPA 7.9/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Wharton | Ms. Female Engineer
GRE 323, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.99
London Business School | Mr. CFA Charterholder
GMAT 770, GPA 3.94
Tuck | Mr. Federal Civilian
GMAT 780, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Texan Adventurer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
London Business School | Mr. Impact Financier
GMAT 750, GPA 7.35/10
Kellogg | Mr. Class President
GRE 319.5, GPA 3.76
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Upward Trend
GMAT 730, GPA 2.85
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Contractor
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Work & Family
GMAT No GMAT Yet, GPA 4

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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