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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Another day and info about B-School Chats

Wow! the last few days were very challenging. Been writing quite a few reports. To detail all costs for Business School apps and GMAT, my wife asked me to lay out all the costs. We're starting to see the huge costs. And are now faced with major decisions on cost spending at this point and we wanted to make sure we have it all layed out. If you haven't done this... I highly recommend that you do so. It's helped us to budget and plan where we would get the money. I had money early on, but a tenant situation I had in my house that I'm renting out cost me all the money I had banked for the app process and so we're left with nit pickings on where to get everything paid for that we feel is completely necessary.

For example, as much as I would love to visit Wharton, Harvard and other schools... I don't see that as realistic at this point. I will however try to visit UCLA and USC while I'm in Southern Cal and when I get back up to Northern Cal, I'll visit Berkely and just for grins... Stanford although I don't plan on applying there. I go to Stanford all the time to show people around and walk around the campus, so I know it pretty well, but never got the inside scoop on the MBA program.

Another report that I wrote is my GMAT study details. This outlines all the things I did to prepare for the GMAT I took on Aug 24th. A friend that I'm meeting up with tommorrow night for dinner wants to discuss with me the MBA application process and GMAT progress. He graduated from the UCLA MBA program a couple of years ago. I look forward to our meeting. The report will also be helpful as I'll be getting some help from a GMAT instructor in New York to go over with me my strategy thus far. He already went over the report and his response was brutally honest. I like that so much in a person. He wasn't rude or mean, but honest. Basically, I need to simplify my approach and clear up the do this and this... and this... kind of thing according to him. He commented how different the Kaplan and Princeton GMAT strategies are and that trying to study both and applying both was counter-productive. As I never went through the Kaplan study guide portion and just the Princeton one... I was sort of suprised to hear this. I look forward to his help and guidance. Would you believe he's not charging me for any of this?

So, I'm to take a couple of sample tests so that he can get a better idea of where to recommend strategies to help me along. I wanted to do GMAX Online or Manhattan GMAT and still might, but I need to hear what he has to say first. In fact, he told me to hold off on all my studying for now until we an get an assessment of my GMAT strengths and weaknesses.

Another report to write is for my meeting with my UCLA friend tommorrow night. He's asked for B-school reviews, numbers, stats and so forth. He is THE most detailed and researcher of information friend that I know. For example, I recall when he was looking to get a house, he had 3-4 sheets of spreadsheets on dozens and dozens of houses that detailed and compared everything. HXXXX, if your reading this... sorry man... I was impressed yet overwhelmed by your thorough research is all. You know what though.. ...I have to admit that I've done that quite a lot too though. But, he is far more detailed. My wife told me that a girl at her work was mentioning how she wanted to apply to Business School and wanted to take the GMAT. She referred her to our mutual friend. The result was a 3 page overview on how to prepare for the GMAT. He does this kind of thorough response all the time.

That's it for now... I have to go running now. Haven't done much exercise lately.

By the way, if you haven't run across it yet.. Business Week has online Chats coming up over the next two months that you may want to seriously consider checking out.

Web Chat Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 9: Rosemaria Martinelli, Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, will be on hand to answer your questions
More info

Monday, Sept. 13: Derrick Bolton, Director of MBA Admissions for Stanford's Graduate School of Business, will be our guest
More info

Thursday, Sept. 23: Brit Dewey, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid at Harvard Business School, will be online to take questions
More info

Monday, Sept. 27: Stacey Kole, deputy dean for the full-time MBA program at Chicago Graduate School of Business, will be online to take questions
More info

Wednesday, Oct. 13: Beth Flye, Director of MBA Admissions at Northwestern's Kellogg School, will be here to take your questions
More info

Wednesday, Oct. 20: Johanna Hellborg, associate director of MBA admissions at INSEAD in Fontainbleau, France, will be online to take questions
More info


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