MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Transition
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Mr. Operator
GMAT 740, GPA 4.17/4.3
Harvard | Mr. STEM Minor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Sustainability PM
GRE 335, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Productivity Focused
GMAT 700, GPA 3.6
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Tech Engineer
GRE 310, GPA 4.0
Cambridge Judge Business School | Ms. Story-Teller To Data-Cruncher
GMAT 700 (anticipated), GPA 3.5 (converted from Australia)
McCombs School of Business | Mr. CRE
GMAT 625, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Finance Nerd
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Marketing
GRE 327, GPA 3.8
Darden | Mr. Financial World
GMAT 730, GPA 7.8
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Wharton | Mr. Global Perspective
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
INSEAD | Ms. Marketing Supe Latina
GMAT 720-740 (anticipated), GPA 3.1 (last two years 3.4)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Solutions
GRE 313, GPA 3.62
Wharton | Mr. Valuation Specialist
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Commercial Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Schoolmaster
GMAT 710 (to re-take), GPA 3.5 (Converted from UK)
Wharton | Ms. Atypical Applicant
GRE 314, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Startup Founder
GMAT 740, GPA 4
Wharton | Mr. Passion Projects
GMAT 730, GPA 3.15
MIT Sloan | Mr. MBB Transformation
GMAT 760, GPA 3.46
Yale | Mr. Army Logistics
GRE 310, GPA 3.72
Stanford GSB | Mr. Clown
GMAT 740, GPA 3.85
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78

After Scoring My 750, It’s Now All About Applying

For some reason I thought that all my stress and fears about the future would fleet away after I successfully finished taking the GMAT.  While this may have been true for a week, it’s definitely not the case right now.

I’m really starting to feel the pressure for getting my essays done.  I would say it’s probably less intense than what I felt on the GMAT, but it’s still causing me to lose sleep every once in a while.  You can see my progress below from the very cool Clear Admit MBA Planner app.  (OMG – only a month left for Haas! ;) )  As you can probably tell, I’ve only finished submitting my GMAT scores to each of my schools.

Thing I need to do:

  • Prepare General Question List for Alumni Interview
  • Schedule informational interviews with school alumni in my network
  • Prepare school specific questions for each interview
  • Complete General School Research: adcom blogs, school website, school guides,etc.
  • Choose the story for each essay question I plan to answer
  • Finish signing up on all of the school admissions websites
  • Schedule my essay review deadlines with my “review committee”
  • Setup each of my recommenders with specific details regarding what I’m asking of them
  • Review my old performance reviews to derive content for my essays
  • Download my free mbaMission school guide from Manhattan GMAT
  • Send transcripts to each of the schools
  • Finish my application resume

Couple of updates regarding my list:

I’ve dropped Michigan from my Round 2 applications.  I think Ross is an amazing program, but I simply had too many deadlines in December and had to drop at least one from my list.  I thought this would be a good way to improve the quality of my applications this Round.  I still might apply to Ross in Round 3.

School research is where I’m lacking the most right now.  Every school has one question or another that simply asks: “why do you want to go here?”  The answer for most people applying to the Top 10 business schools is: “because you’re in the Top 10.”  Obviously that wouldn’t suffice in an essay.

I’ve found the actual “writing” part of the essays as not that difficult and sometimes even enjoyable.  It feels great when you come up with a line that you just know will impress the admissions committee.  The difficult part is figuring out which story to use.  I have done a number of interesting and unique projects in my career, and most can be spun either as a leadership example, a creativity example, or an accomplishment example.  It’s tricky choosing which story to use and then making sure it fits in well with the rest of the questions the school is asking.

I think the finality of it all is what’s causing me stress.  Sure these are just essays and only one component of the application process.  But they represent four years of my professional career, long hours of blood, sweat and tears, all of which I’m supposed to fit in a 500 word-limit.

In signing up for each of the admissions websites, I’ve realized that (after accidentally creating two logins) many schools use the same admissions website vendor.  This will definitely save time in navigating each application.

This post is adapted from Random Wok, a blog written by Mako from Silicon Valley. You can read all of his posts at Random Wok.

Previous posts by Mako at PoetsandQuants:

Why I Want an MBA

Climbing the GMAT Mountain: 630 to 710 on a Practice Test

Do Consultants Have An Unfair Edge Over Other Applicants?

Falling Behind & Stressed Out

My New Critical Reasoning Strategy

Figuring Out My Odds of Getting Into Harvard, Stanford, Wharton

With My GMAT Classes Over, It’s Now Just Me and the Test

Making a GMAT Test Taker Feel Like A Complete Pansy

With a Month to Go Before His GMAT Test, It’s Time to Focus

Is The GMAT Really Designed To Break You?

I Took the GMAT Today and Rocked It!

Charting All My GMAT Scores Over Time With Lessons