It's been many weeks since I submitted my applications. In the first couple of weeks, I didn't bother checking my app status. However, this last week, I've been checking every other day and have found myself glued to B-week forums to find out from others what their status in order to gage admission committee progress.
For Cornell, I'm seeing that people are starting to get interview requests. For Tuck... nothing really going on that I can tell.
So, I'm in a sort of see-saw flux. I think about the best outcome possibilities and I consider my re-application strategy. Every day that goes by, I think to myself,"I hope they get to review my app today." The other thought is, "Whew, no rejection yet". My accounting class has been going quite well. I have either the highest or 2nd highest score after 2 exams. Just two more exams to go. My level of success in the class provides me with a strong sense of encouragement and provides affirmation that my career goals are realistic and attainable. This is definitely a good thing.
On my mind however are plans for application rounds that hit in the fall. As the classes I'm taking will help with my re-app strategy, I'm also thinking about my GMAT again. I'm going to make a decision within the next couple of weeks on how to approach my studying again. Right now, it seems like a class will be the best route for me. I enjoy classroom environments and I think that my internal competitive tendencies will boost my progress through my prep more than just a self-study plan.
By the way, the job market continues to be very difficult for me. I get calls and e-mails from companies, but nothing really fits my skill set. Companies are so @#%@#%$ picky about the skill sets they are looking for now. It absolutely pisses me off. I saw in the paper last week that the number of unemployment filings have been the lowest they've been in the last 5 years nation wide. However, in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley, IT jobs have continued to decline 6% from last year while other sector jobs have increased 4%.(These numbers came out two weeks ago) I live in the most God aweful place to be looking for an IT managment job. Financially, my wife and I are struggling and quite honestly, I'm hoping to ease the pressue of all this by at least knowing I'll be going to B-school very soon. My head is high... but man, it's not easy to pursue this direction in my life. To anyone that pursues an MBA, I continue to grow a deep respect for your efforts.