Darden | Mr. Corporate Dev
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Equity To IB
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Cornell Johnson | Mr. SAP SD Analyst
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
Kellogg | Ms. Public School Teacher
GRE 325, GPA 3.93
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Military MedTech
GRE 310, GPA 3.48
Stanford GSB | Mr. Latino Healthcare
GRE 310, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Officer
GRE 325, GPA 3.9
INSEAD | Mr. Future In FANG
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Aspiring Leader
GMAT 750, GPA 3.38
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Advisory Consultant
GRE 330, GPA 2.25
INSEAD | Mr. Marketing Master
GRE 316, GPA 3.8
Darden | Ms. Marketing Analyst
GMAT 710, GPA 3.75
Harvard | Mr. Hedge Fund
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA
GMAT 760, GPA 3.82
Stanford GSB | Mr. Robotics
GMAT 730, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
INSEAD | Mr. Tesla Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Tech To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
INSEAD | Ms. Investment Officer
GMAT Not taken, GPA 16/20 (French scale)
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Startup Of You
GMAT 770, GPA 2.4
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Hopeful
GMAT -, GPA 2.9

25 Reasons I’m Over Obsessing About B-School. Don’t Believe It.

1. I’m over trying to decipher what’s going on in the admissions office.

2. I’m over hearing about friends who are great candidates being rejected from schools.  Yes I know that maybe they didn’t write good essays or properly convey fit, but it’s depressing.

3. I’m over trying to figure out if/when I will get an interview invite.

4. I’m over refreshing my email.

5. I’m over thinking about my essays and having new topics and ideas pop into my head that may have been better to write about.

6. I’m over thinking that I may/will let my recommenders down.

7. I’m over seeing GMAT material and information everywhere!

8. I’m over being bored

9. I’m over thinking about how to bolster my profile as a re-applicant

10. I’m over thinking about how much money I’m NOT going to have between March and August, if I were to be accepted.

11.  I’m over thinking that all of my hard work was useless.  I know that ultimately it won’t be but…such is the life of someone waiting to hear from schools.

12.  I’m over kicking myself in the butt for not doing better in undergrad.

13.  I’m over thinking that I may have to take the GMAT yet again.

14.  I’m over knowing that I belong in business school yet not sure if I will be there.

15.  I’m over not knowing how to plan the rest of the year!

16.  I’m over my friends asking me “Hey where are you going to school?” to which I must respond “I told you… decisions in March.” to then have them ask me “What’s your top choice?”  to which I respond “ANY SCHOOL!”

17.  I’m over correcting my friends when they say “Different Than”

18.  I’m over daydreaming about life in business school.

19.  I’m over not knowing what to watch on TV any more because I’m out of the loop from all of my programs.

20.  I’m over hearing about everyone getting interview invites and not me. (Trust me… if I get one I’m going to become ONE of those people.  I know that and YOU know that!)

21.  I’m over people saying that HBS is the only business school one should attend.  Who cares?!?!  YOU apply and go there!  I am not!

22.  I’m over people saying “Oh, the GMAT doesn’t matter.”  Um earth to everyone who says that – IT DOES!

23.  I’m over having my heart skip a beat everytime I get an email from any business school that isn’t related to my application.

24.  I’m over spending money to show a school how much I am into them or how much I am willing to learn about their school.  Sh*t’s expensive!!!

25.  I AM OVER IT.

Now while I am over it… if things turn around and start going the other way I know I’ll be very energized!  But.. that’s the way it goes.

This report is adapted from Richard Battle-Baxter’s blog posts at “Ellipsing My Way…To Business School.”

Previous posts by Richard at Poets&Quants:

Should You Hire an MBA Consultant?

Study for the GMAT or Polish Off an Essay?

Am I Really Cut Out For This?

My First Round Applications Are Looking Elusive

A Frustrating Day and Night on GMAT Prep

Having Trouble Hitting the Submit Button

It’s Nearly Midnight. Where Are All My Friends?

“Why An Admissions Consultant Objected To My Essay on Coming Out”

“Brain Racing at 4 a.m. Thinking About Business School”

“After Scoring a 620 on My GMAT, I Want To Die”

“Walk Me Through Your Resume” – My Interview at Dartmouth’s Tuck”

“My GMAT Students Are ‘Totally Obsessed Weirdoes With Unbelievable Work Ethics”

“With Apologies to Paul Simon, 50 Ways To Tell You’re Getting an MBA”

“My 30-Day Countdown to an MBA Acceptance”

“Tis’ The Season For Racing Hearts & Sweaty Palms”

“East Coast Blizzard Means More Time To Work on MBA Applications”

“Fear, Loathing & Panic In the Wee Small Hours of the Night”

“The Waiting Game Kicks In & It’s Brutal”

“If I Get Into a Top B-School, It Will Be the Happiest Day of My Life. If not….”