Chicago Booth | Ms. RA For MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.80
Stanford GSB | Mr. Economics To Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.99
INSEAD | Mr. Tesla Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Financial Services
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. African Entrepreneur
GRE 317, GPA 2.6
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tesla Intern
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Mr. Social Impact CPA
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Looking To Learn
GMAT 760, GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Infrastructure
GMAT 770, GPA 3.05
Chicago Booth | Mr. Asian Veteran
GRE 315, GPA 3.14
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
Harvard | Mr. Future Gates Foundation
GMAT 720, GPA 7.92
Harvard | Mr. Amazon Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
USC Marshall | Mr. Utilitarian Mobility
GMAT 740, GPA 2.67
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Second Chances
GRE 310, GPA 2.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Account Executive
GMAT 560, GPA 3.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Data Mastermind
GMAT N/A; will be taking in May, GPA 3.6
London Business School | Mr. Aussie Analyst
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Sustainable Real Estate
GRE SAT 1950 (90th Percentile), GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Entrepreneurial Bassist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.61
Cornell Johnson | Mr. IT To IB
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
Harvard | Ms. Lucky Charm
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Harvard | Ms. URM
GRE 325, GPA 3.6

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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