So many interviews going on so I thought I'd interview myself.
1) So where the heck have you been? You haven't been journaling much.
Yup, I know. I've been sick for about 4 days. And for the last 2 weeks, I've been going to the library studying for the GMAT. I take time here and there to submit my resume for jobs every day. I think I spend about 2 hrs a day revissing my resume for a particular job or posting to this job and that with follow-up e-mails and phone calls. The World Series has been taking up some of my time as well. Although I haven't been a Socks fan... like never.. I'm really rooting for them! It's awefully hard to write anything new when all I'm doing is studying for the GMAT. There's nothing notable to write about as far as this MBA themed Blog is concerned as a result. My personal life always has things going on. When you're married... that's how it is. But that's for a journal I don't make public.
2) What have you been learning about how much more prep you'll need for the GMAT?
Well, my quant has improved drastically. I'm seeing the logic more than the quick solution a lot better. I'm also seeing how certain questions force one to think outside the box when answering questions. Those are stinking tricky questions. I make careless errors when I'm not focused or when I just sat down from a break and haven't got my brain into clear focus yet. There are at least 1/2 a dozen people around me in the library studying for their GMAT too. I haven't talked with any of them, but we look at each other and do the cool head lift to each other now as I've seen them pretty regularly now. I'm most concerned about Verbal though. I'm going to be hitting that starting next week and am going to see how that goes. I'm considering getting some private assistance in that area if I struggle too much and don't seem to be making much progress.
My great progress thus far in my GMAT is really lifting my spirits up though!
3) Where are you in your MBA app progress?
I've been researching the schools that I'm seriously considering and writing down why this school or that school meets my particular career agenda. I wrote 3 essays on "why an MBA", "why now" and "what are my long term and short term goals". I've received some feedback and need to revise ... actually completely rewrite them as they were just drafts to think and share what I was thinking. I didn't have specifics and well thought out points in them.
Honestly, my biggest hang up on the whole thing is my GMAT. I feel like if I don't pump up my GMAT to the 700 range, that I may need to consider next year. So I've been letting that notion sit in my heart and head so that I won't drive my wife too crazy about everything I'm trying to do at once. I just feel like I'll be better off putting in a quality app with quality stats like the GMAT than trying to do everything at once right now and not having a solid GMAT score. It's depressing. But with the classes that I took... my schedule just didn't allow me to put the GMAT down to allow me to focus on apps like I really wanted.
I think I'll be going out to Tuck in late December for an onsite interview and I'll be shooting to schedule for my Michigan and other school interviews this week. It's awefully hard to put my mind on this because of the GMAT bear on my back tearing into every future possiblity of whether I should wait or do it later. My mind says do it quick so that I don't rush this later though.
3) Anything else new?
If I can get up everyday, take a shower and head out the door to get some good job searching and GMAT studdies done everyday then I go home thinking I had a good day. Those are the two most important things I worry about these days because they both tie into my financial situation and my career direction for the immediate future.