Stanford GSB | Mr. Marine Corps
GMAT 600, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. AI & Robotics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Ms. MD MBA
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fundraising Educator
GMAT 510, GPA 2.89
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Work & Family
GMAT No GMAT Yet, GPA 4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Fintech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Ms. Ukrainian Techie
GMAT 700 (ready to take it again), GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Pretty Bland
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Ms. Sales & Trading
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Dream
GMAT 760, GPA 3.1
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Mr. Veteran
GRE 331, GPA 3.39
Wharton | Mr. Naval Submariner
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83
Wharton | Mr. Second MBA
GMAT Will apply by 2025, GPA 7.22/10
IU Kelley | Mr. Builder
GMAT 620, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Supply Chain Data Scientist
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Aspiring Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8 (Highest Honor)
Yale | Mr. Environmental Sustainability
GRE 326, GPA 3.733
Yale | Mr. Project Management
GRE 310, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Samaritan Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.87
MIT Sloan | Ms. Physician
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2
HEC Paris | Ms Journalist
GRE -, GPA 3.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Educator
GMAT 630, GPA 3.85
IU Kelley | Mr. Tech Dreams
GMAT 770, GPA 3
Tuck | Mr. Strategic Sourcing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.90

Making Progress On Those Round One Applications

studyProgress on my MBA Action Plan:

Applications:  Making good progress against my goals.  I have the applications essentially filled out and my Wharton essays complete and uploaded into the application.  I decided to pay an essay service to give me some feedback on my Harvard and Columbia essays.   So far, I have gotten feedback on my Harvard essay…it wasn’t good.  I was told I basically needed to re-think and re-write the entire thing.  I spent the majority of today finishing that up.   As far as my recommenders, they have been given a friendly reminder about the recommendations and I am restraining myself from becoming too overbearing about getting updates, which is pretty hard for me since you can’t really get too much info from the online applications about the recommendations.

MBA Finances:  Not very good here.  I was making great progress (25%+ to goal!), but then had some big expenses like my car going into the shop (twice!) and paying to have my Columbia and Harvard essays reviewed.  I am hoping that after my applications get squared away and I have some more free time, I can get back on track with my savings plan by getting a part time job.   Currently I am over $1,500 behind where I should be at this point.

Attitude:  I know I am in the home stretch of the application process and so I should be making one last push to get the best applications together I can, but for some reason my attitude is kind of blah this week.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still putting the work in and giving it my best but the overall process, time and money spent is starting to wear on me.  I am sure I will snap out of it soon and I am pretty sure it has at least a little to do with the summer coming to a close and not having been able to enjoy it to the fullest because a lot of my spare time was spent on MBA applications, but I digress.  I will pull it together, full speed ahead!

Other: I spent a big chunk of today pulling together any and all MBA questions and advice from the internet.  I am compiling this into one large document and I will insert the info and stories I want to highlight so that I have a good guide to reference when I start doing mock interviews to prepare for the real thing (fingers crossed).

Also, after my Columbia campus visit, I decided that I like the campus, people and the location so much that I should go for Early Decision.  This means that if Harvard and Columbia both accept me, I have vowed to go with Columbia.  I feel pretty good about this decision and I think I now understand the whole “fit” thing everyone always mentions.  I decided that I should still apply to Harvard on the off chance that I get dinged by Columbia and accepted by Harvard.  I am pretty sure that has never happened to anyone, ever but I still really like Harvard and the world is crazy sometimes, so who knows?

How is everyone else’s applications going?  Anyone sharing my application fatigue?  Good luck to all!

MBAGirlJourney offers the perspective of a highly thoughtful young professional woman who hopes to land a seat at a top ten MBA program for the Class of 2016. She has two goals: to gain acceptance to at least two of the top ten business schools and to finance her MBA without taking on heavy debt. She blogs at MBAGirlJourney. Previous posts on Poets&Quants:

My Goal: To Get Into Two of the Top Ten MBA Programs

How To Finance Your MBA Degree In A Responsible Way

Handicapping My Own Chances of Admission to Harvard, Wharton, Chicago Booth, et al

An Ideal Routine For Your GMAT Test Day

Narrowing Down & Strategizing My Target Business Schools

The Real Cost of An MBA: $345K — So Is It Really Worth It?