Stanford GSB | Mr. Ambivalent Applicant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. Reinvention
GMAT 780, GPA 2.3
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Green CPA
GMAT 690, GPA 3.96
Harvard | Mr. Infantry Commander
GMAT 730, GPA 3.178
Stanford GSB | Mr. Latin American
GMAT 770, GPA 8 of 10
Columbia | Mr. Brandless
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Mega Bank
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tier 2 Consultant
GMAT 770, GPA 3.65
Harvard | Mr. Latin International
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Indian Deferred
GMAT Will take next month but expecting 750+, GPA 8.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Immigrant Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Decision Scientist
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
NYU Stern | Mr. Media Tech Hopeful
GRE 321, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future MBA
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
Wharton | Mr. Biotech Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
NYU Stern | Mr. Indian Data Guy
GRE 325, GPA 7.06
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
NYU Stern | Mr. Beer Guy
GRE 306, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. HR To Finance
GMAT 760, GPA 7.65/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Social To Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. CPG Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Brolic Bro
GRE 305, GPA 3.63
Tuck | Mr. Running To The Future
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
London Business School | Ms. Audit Meme
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5

The Sheer Joy of an Acceptance

Out of the 200+ posts that I’ve made over the last year, this is the one that I have most wanted to make. I received my first (hopefully not last) acceptance to a top business school: Cornell’s Johnson School. I think it’s appropriate that I tell everyone who thinks his or her stats are sub-par that it is doable. I always believed that if an admissions committee understood my application, then I would have a great outcome. At least one school understood my application!

I had a tough time sleeping last night just because I knew that I would hear about decisions today, tomorrow, or Friday.  I was literally tethered to my phone all day.  From 9 to 1 p.m., I was jittery every time it buzzed. No it didn’t buzz because someone called me but because of Facebook and Twitter updates that get pushed to my phone. So I had to turn them off because it was literally making me sick to my stomach.

Then, I told myself, “Ok, it’s 2 p.m. I’m just not going to even try to anticipate any phone calls. I have too much stuff to get done.”

Then at 2:17, my phone vibrates and I see BLOCKED on the screen. I said “OH SHIT” and pushed back in my chair in my cubicle. I answer the phone “Hello?”  And I hear, “Hi Richard this is _____ from the Johnson School.”

When I heard that last sentence I started shaking and my heart jumped onto my desk. I didn’t know what to do or say.  To be honest I barely remember what was said: “Congratulations this…..  deposit that…..”  All I could do is keep saying “Thank you… Thank you…. Thank you….” I do remember saying, “I’m sorry I don’t even know what to say other than thank you…”

I’m usually not at a loss for words but I was at this point.  What was ironic is that you go through this whole process wanting to go to a school. And then when you get that phone call letting you know that you’ve been accepted, the tables are turned.  NOW they want you to literally accept them and matriculate at their school!

After I got off the phone I couldn’t scream in my office cubicle so I grabbed my cigarettes (future classmates I’m going to stop before I’m sitting next to you in class…don’t worry), got my building key and ran outside. I hopped in the elevator, went down 14 floors, ran outside and screamed, “YES!,” pumping my fist!  Then, I called my mom to tell her the news.

After I semi-collected myself, I had to go back to work because I had a report to finish up.  I’m thinking to myself “how in the world am I going to focus on this report now?” I went back to my desk and managed to get through the report. At some point, I told my director (a Kellogg MBA) that I was accepted, and she gave me a big hug!  I emailed all of the students at Cornell who helped me through the process.

At the end of the day, I told my vice president (my other recommender) that I was accepted and she started clapping and said that I deserved it. Then she said, “Why are you still here?  Go home. Celebrate!”

It was the end of the day anyway, so I went home.  But what’s odd about being accepted is that you literally want to tell EVERYONE you see–even if you don’t know them.  I wanted everyone on the street and in the subway to know what had just happened to me. Everyone, of course, is going about their own lives and couldn’t care less. But I sat on the subway train with a huge smile on my face.

One down, five more to go.

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….”

“25 Reasons I’m Over Obsessing About B-School.”

“An Invite to Interview from Cornell”

“Eight Things for New B-School Applicants”