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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Oh what a day!

Really didn't get much studying done today. Reviewed a dozen OG questions at best. Got the laptop today, but alas the screen had two vertical lines on the LCD screen that clearly shouldn't be there. Looks like the screen was damaged. So thankfully, since we bought it from Costco, I went over, returned it. Now, we've got to order it again online, because Costco wouldn't do an exchange on the spot because they don't carry the refurbs on the floor. Got to wait another 7-8 days again. Geez.

Had a long talk with the wife about application expenses. Planned out the major the major areas for the next 6 months how we'll manage our finances, where we have potential hurdles to overcome and where we have options to pull money from. With me leaving in two weeks for 3 months we've had to consider having me working part time to cover basic needs. Like food. I may look at Home Depot or some other place that'll allow me to work part time. I don't imagine that I'll be able to find any technical jobs part time, although I will try. I was thinking though, why can't I go to some medium size company or a technical place like New Horizons computer training and say... I'm 15 years experienced and normally manage and can do the hands on of a system engineer, but I need to work a bit for expenses while I go to school. I'll work my tail off 15-20 hrs per week and I'll do whatever you want me to do for say $15-$20/hr when normally I command $55-$65/hr. Who wouldn't be interested in that? Hmm, perhaps I'd get kicked out before finishing the sentence. I think I'm going to try it at a couple of places and see what happens. Of course, I would not say it like I just wrote it, but what I wrote would certainly be the jest of my meaning.

So I promised my wife I'd look at closing up any recurring costs, cashing out stocks before taking off. That means shutting down high speed internet, 24-hr fitness membership and cashing out my remaining 200 some odd shares of HP stock given to me when I used to work there years back.

More importantly, I promised to create a cost analysis of the entire application process.
Transcripts ordering, GMAT once or twice, application fees, Essay review fees, gifts to people who write letters of recommendation (given to them after they write them as a thank you) etc.

Last night, I did a full on timed session to get used to the pressure and got more wrong than I was averaging before. I got 11 out of 51 questions wrong. Not good. But glad I'm learning this now than later. I certainly need to practice more under timed environments. I was able to average 1:30 per question though, so this is good. I went too fast and believe that if I had taken a bit more time, I could have really improved my score.

Good night.

2 Comments:

Blogger dreamer said...

Hey Dave, I just realised you're older than me ....which means that you left college ages ago! How do you intend to approach your college professors for your academic reference(s)?

I'm dreading to approach my old professors...it was nine years ago since I graduated...so I doubt if they would write anything wonderful about me...I have no idea how to begin soliciting for their references...

6:12 PM  
Blogger Dave for MBA said...

I was planning on using all professional references. I've been working for 15 years. My professors can't possibly remember me. Besides, they wouldn't be able to say anything with regards to my leadership, visionary abilities, quality of work and teamwork. I'll have to let me Transcript speak for itself and perhaps touch on it with my essays.

9:22 PM  

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