Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
NYU Stern | Ms. Luxury Retail
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Russland Native
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Aerospace Engineer
GRE 327, GPA 3.92

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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