Called my cable internet company and threatened to leave them. They gave me $14 off a month for 6 months to thank me for calling.
Got the results back from my first accounting exam. I got a 96% because I missed one. I'm aiming for an A in this class in case I need to reapply. Otherwise I'll just be thoroughly learning the material in prep for B-School.
Saw one of the most educational TV shows on Islamic terrorist activity and what is being done in Europe to control it. There were also some very revealing comments made about Bin Laden and how his preaching drastically increased terrorist strength when the U.S. invaded IRAQ. The show will actually be available for viewing free online starting tommorow at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/front/ If you are interested in seeing how difficult the middle east terrorist dilemma has become and why terrorist activity is no longer about the U.S., but rather the world... check it out. My conclusion, is that it seems overwhelmingly hopeless. I see now why the U.S. should stay in IRAQ and yet, why our troops should exit within a year after the elections and hope for the best. Ultimately, what the U.S. is trying to do in IRAQ will require far more troops and 50 times more money to guarantee even a small chance of success. It's almost like someone with a 450 GMAT score, 3 years of work experience and brilliantly written essays in a different language that the adcom's can't understand applying to Stanford. There are some good points, but overall, the package doesn't seem to have much chance without a lot more work.
Read my essays again and found that I was re-working sentences and whole paragraphs today because I saw how they could be phrased better. Man... it's difficult not to re-read the essays knowing that they are so key to getting accepted.
I was reading the back of my 88 great MBA application tips and strategies book and read on the back a question the author posed.
What would you pick as the major reason for a condidate being rejected by a leading business school?
1) A candidate applies late rather than early.
2) A candidate has minimal work experience.
3) A candidate makes a number of grammatical errors in his or her application essays.
4) A candidate has a poor admissions interview.
5) A candidate has a "low" GMAT score.
The answer is:
None of them. And all of them. The answer is that B-schools desire a wholistic view of the applicant. a poor result in any one area doesn't necessarily break your application according to the author. Well, I would disagree with GMAT score. As a 600 or above would probably be the break point as far as I'm concerned. Below that and you're in big trouble.
But the point, the author makes that I liked reading about is that 50 percent of all candidates applying to top business schools fail because they cannot communicate concrete or well-defined career goals, in particular, as demanded by the "career goals" application essay. Business Schools are impressed by candidates who know where they are going and have a clear idea of how they are going to get there.