Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Harvard | Mr. Army Intelligence Officer
GRE 334, GPA 3.97
Harvard | Ms. Data Analyst In Logistics
GRE 325, GPA 4
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Comeback Story
GRE 313, GPA 2.9
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Green Financing
GRE 325, GPA 3.82
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Mr. Marine Combat Arms Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. MBB Aspirant/Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 3.16
Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Chess Professional
GRE 317, GPA 8.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred Asian Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6

Facing A Gauntlet of Round Two Deadlines

Remember what I said about not sacrificing my social obligations for b-school anymore?  Well…

To be honest, things have been better.  I do get out more and don’t always feel like a hermit.  But I still find myself in the middle of the library in front of a laptop most nights of the week.  I had the wrong impression of what post GMAT life would be.  And when I see other students studying beside me, I think to myself, “I’m working this hard so I can do MORE of this during my first semester at b-school.”  Yes, we MBA candidates are an interesting bunch.

I finished the first draft of my Haas essays this week and sent it to my review team.  It’s great to know other MBAs, especially ones that went to the school you’re applying to.  The Haas essays are unique because of the 250 word count limit of the short answer questions.  I felt those were the most difficult because I couldn’t allocate words to actual “writing” and was spending more of my time just being concise and making a point.  I’m not going to win a literary award for any of my essays, but hopefully my ideas and my candidacy came through.

I’ve switched from Google Docs over to Word.  I know, I know, Google Docs is the future and MS Word is evil.  But the problem is Google Docs is still pretty clunky, there’s no grammar check, and it takes longer to get a word count.  When I pasted my Google Doc back into Word format, I was surprised at the number of grammar errors I missed.

I’m finding it harder and harder to make updates to the blog because I feel like I’m cheating on my essays.  I use up all my creative energy to try and inject some personality and creativity into my writing.  My blog just gets is whatever’s left in the tank.

I’ve got almost everything done for Haas but I still need to do my resume.  I’ve started doing research and drafting essays for a couple of the other ones.  This first application was actually not that bad.  However, come January, I face a gauntlet of Round 2 deadlines.

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

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

MBA Applications Wisdom from Muhammad Ali