I'm reading people's Blogs and the one thought that has been coming to mind as of late is panic. The kind of panic that moves us to buckle down like the week before a Final and we are trying to very that we have all the notes and what will be on the Final or what won't be.
I'm so happy for those that will be applying in R1 because then I'll be seeing a lot of happy people on these Blogger boards. That will be awesome. I gave up kicking myself months ago that I didn't get this school and GMAT thing done and over with already because it's so pointless to add to my stress at this point. I mean that intellectually and emotionally.
Personally, I miss my wife/best friend oh so much. She doesn't understand exactly what I'm going through. I don't expect her to. I asked her to read the Montauk book, but she didn't. I think she got inimidated by the the stinking size of the book. So these Blogs and friendships through them have been so special to me. People that understand what I'm going through and I them.... !
As far as my studies are concerned, I'm in the groove and am staying on top of my study game for the class. I am planning another review for my group that I did the review for. Although, the group has already grown because people are getting invited when I didn't want them to be solely because the group may hit 25 at this point. How the H@#$ to you have a review session with that many people without one person leading and teaching it. So, I'm preparing for that and making sure I don't walk into the review unprepared. I'm focusing on repacking topics in easier to understand explanations. Since I have a Microsoft Certified Trainer background, presenting technical topics is really quite fun for me. I have ideas on how to make the size more manageable. I'm going to be using small groups to help them answer questions amongst one another. I'm also going to be drawing the line in the sand as to who will come. Oh well, gotta be practical.
The challenge of all this is to make sure I take care of myself first and have everything I want covered and nailed down to memory very well. I'm happy to say that 90% of my last review group received B's or higher. 30-35% received A's. That made me happy to know they all did well.
One of the girls in the review group currently attends Harvard Undergrad. I talk to her occasionally about the east coast to get her take on school and life. It's pretty interesting. She tells me about how she misses classes twice a week because it's too stinking cold or too tired in the Winter to wrap herself up with 6 layers of clothing before heading out the door. There's another guy in my class who graduated from Harvard undgrad about 6 years ago and they both tell me how competitive the students are. Although many of his classes were graded on straight scale, the girl commented to me how in one class that was graded on a curve, she got 95% right and still got a B on the test because so many others did just as well. How crazy is that! 95%?
The Harvard girl showed me some websites of videotaped lectures from her classes and we were able to integrate those into our studying these past few days because their Bio dept went over similiar topics we are currently covering. It was nice to virtually attend a Harvard Undergrad class.
I really do wish everyone the best. It's hard to Blog regularly though because it seems like all I ever have to write about is my class. I'm doing my the best with the situation I'm in so I'm happy about that though.
I do plan on attending the MBA Tour on Sept 12th though. Despite my Final on the 15th. I'm just going to have to suck it up. I really look forward to seeing the tension of all the applicants. I expect tension, panic and insecurity to be the reigning emotion of many of them. I just want to meet the adcoms and chill with them.. go have a beer with them or something and chat. Find out what their struggles are and see how people screw with them all the time. That would be oh so fun to hear about. If I could walk away with some personal contacts, have some key people get to know me a bit and clarify the specifics about each school I'm interested in, I think it will be time well spent. Anything else is sugar. My biggest wish would be to figure out a way to get some of the adcoms away for a beer and casual talk. :)