Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
UCLA Anderson | Mr. SME Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55 (as per WES paid service)
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Kellogg | Mr. Maximum Impact
GMAT Waiver, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Ms. Interstellar Thinker
GMAT 740, GPA 7.6/10
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%

Just One MBA Essay Shy Of Being Done

So, after several days of feverish button mashing and tedious edits, I’ve ended up being just one essay away from having all of my R1 non-consortium essays done. Of course, there will still be edits and iterations after what I have; however, each set of essays that I’ve completed thus far is solid enough where I neither see myself making major changes to the content nor structure.

Also, all of them have been “approved” by folks who are either alumni or current students at top 10 (top 5, actually) business schools. Having folks who are experienced at crafting effective MBA essays to critique, bash and rip my essays apart has been the leading factor that has contributed to the relative speed at which I have been able to come up with acceptable drafts–not my writing.

The feedback was harsh, but eventually I was able to internalize a certain rhythm and set of rules that began to make my essays come together the way they were supposed to. No matter how many qualified folks review your essays, however, it is difficult to shake that worrisome feeling of “will these be good enough?”

At any rate, here’s how things break down for me going into August:

Essays for R1 (non-consortium) Schools:

Wharton – 3/3

MIT – 3/3 (includes cover letter)

HBS – 1/2

Stanford – 3/3

My final HBS essay (Tell us about something you wish you had done better) may take me a week or two to get half right. It leans heavily toward introspection, and I expect similar pain and discomfort to what I experienced while bloodying my nose trying to pull together my Stanford What Matters Most essay.

There is also an addtional MIT essay that I plan to take advantage of; but since it is not required, I have not included it in the count above.

Applications (Data):

HBS – 95% done

Stanford – 95% done

Wharton – Opens 8/1

MIT – Opens 8/1

Consortium – Opens sometime in August

A Full Dance Card for August

Since my previous post a few days ago, I’ve put a few more dates on the calendar. I was able to scoop up a face-to-face (diversity event) with Wharton adcom members (finally!) and applied for Tuck’s Diversity Conference, which is actually in November.

Later in August I’ll have diversity events for Berkeley and Stanford here in LA as well as the Riordan event with adcom reps from 10-15 top b-schools. I will also be managing my recommendations and moving into some moderate GMAT study to see if I feel like getting in the ring one more time.

MBAOver30 offers the perspective of a 30-something, California-based entrepreneur who is applying to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Northwestern, Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Southern California. He hopes to gain acceptance to the Class of 2015 and blogs at MBAOver30.

Previous posts on Poets&Quants:

How I Totally Overestimated The MBA Admissions Process

Musings on MBA Failophobia

Letting Go Of An MBA Safety School

When A Campus Visit Turns Off An MBA Applicant

Yale, Tuck and Booth: The Next Leg of My Pre- MBA Research

 My Countdown: Less Than 30 Days To The GMAT

From Suits To Startups: Why MBA Programs Are Changing

Why I’m Not Getting Either A Part-Time MBA or An Executive MBA

Preparing To Sit For The GMAT Exam

Falls Short of GMAT Goal, But The 700 Is A Big Improvement

A 2012-2013 MBA Application Strategy

Celebrating A 35th Birthday & Still Wanting A Full-Time MBA

A Tuck Coffee Chat Leaves Our Guest Blogger A Believer

Heading Into the August Cave: Getting Those Round One Apps Done