I feel like a quarterback who is taking a break during a game timeout. Although the break is good, it's got quite a bit of anxiousness, excitement and planning/reassessment involved before I get back into the game. I've made the rounds in the area to visit quite a few friends over lunches and dinners. It's so good to spend time with them again.
I've been putting together a comparison chart of all the candidate schools I'll be applying to. It's quite a bit of work. I know I have enough resource links on my FMR web page, but finding the information I'm looking for takes so much time. I'm interested in finding out what makes each school unique at various levels of academia and student experience. For example, I'm putting together information about how classes are taught, what classes are taught, unique real-work projects, specialty areas and post-graduate forecasts for graduates. I need another 2 days for this.
So far I'm finding it difficult to answer the following questions:
1) What makes the school unique academically? (Weeding through the marketing and looking for the nuggets that makes one B-school unique or not unique compared to others in the same tier)
2) What kind of recruiting outlook would an IT Mgmt/General Mgmt specialty lead to upon graduation?
I had asked around, but got no response of assistance in this regard from others that are applying. I realized in asking though that to ask someone for this kind of information is like giving away the farm because it's an incredibly valuable thing to be just giving away. So I'm creating my own and will ask people that I know at various schools to fill in some of the blanks. Please don't ask me for a copy... it's really too much work to just give away. (Although, after I'm accepted, I'm more than happy to share it)
During this timeout, I decided to remove myself from nearly all my e-mail, blogging, etc and treat this timeout like a mini-vacation to minimize what I'm doing and to just enjoy life, friends, food and take care of required responsibilities. I feared that not doing so would cause burn out problems for me down the line and/or a lack of focus on priorities. My apologies for not being around.
No GMAT prep yet as I'm finding that I need to take care of this school analysis first in order to make some clearer decisions.
Still haven't got my grade for my last class yet and I'm shaking in my boots to find out whether I got an A or not. I know worry at this point is useless as it isn't productive, but sometimes I think about it and get a bit anxious.
P.S. Thanks everyone for the encouragements and congrats on my class completion.
Tidbit comments about things that are going on:
1) Looks like Alex has added many of my fellow bloggers to the Wharton adcom Blog site. Cool!
2) Graham at Clear Admit really turned on the afterburners with all his essay advice.
3) Tyler Hamilton may get suspended and lose his Cycling Gold Medal-yikes
4) My $1 Lance Armstrong Bracelet that I'm still wearing since the Tour de France that supports cancer research was selling for $25 on ebay. Guess the money will go to support several jerks looking for a profit on this hard to get bracelet.
5) Wish Kerry and Bush would get off the war crap and talk more issues like on Health care, education. Wish Kerry would get more specific. At this point, I think Kerry lost the race though.
6) Signed up for quite a few individual B-School invitations. October evenings look really full as a result.
7) California was just announced as the worst state for Traffic in the U.S. The #1 worst city in the California is LA, #2 in California is San Francisco and #3 is Orange County. No wonder California is the worst. And no wonder I hate traffic so much!
I'll be heading back home in a couple of days to pick up the GMAT study pace again with apps this time and looking for my next job. The timeout is just about over now and the game is still in the 1st quarter. When my GMAT is done and I have a clear handle on school information, I think that'll be the time that I hear the gun go off letting me know when the 1st Quarter has ended.