The other day, I created an 8 month calendar in Excel and marked R1 and R2 application dates on it. I'm glad that I did it. I shivered a bit when I saw just how quick certain dates are coming up. I'm eager to get going. Occasionally, I get scared because of rogue thoughts about what I would have to do should I not get accepted anywhere. I think that these thoughts are natural extensions of the whole application experience. I had similiar thoughts last year.
I'll talk about my GMAT experiences in about a month. I've been doing a lot of thinking and have much to share about from what I've been learning about the GMAT material, my Future MBA Resources web site, and my Blog.
For the most part, I've been focusing on my GMAT, application process and new job for the last 2 months. My job is incredibly time consuming. Therefore, I've chosen to focus on the important priorities in my life right now. My Blog and the time I take to write things down has therefore taken a huge back seat. I say to myself, "What good is a damn Blog if I can't do what I'm supposed to be doing well?" The best that I can do on my Blog lately are to keep up to date with B-School deadline announcements as people inform me of them or I found out for myself so that I can post them, keeping track of new Bloggers and replying to the handful of daily e-mails from people across the globe who ask me questions about the application process or the GMAT.
Although, I like my current focus and order of priorities, I have to say that it's been difficult and that I've had to make some significant sacrifices over the last few months as to what I spend time and money on. The major issues that I've had to contend with have been.
1) My new job. I'm such an overachiever. I have to remember when "enough is enough" on various things I work on. 2) Making sure my wife knows that I'm there for her and our marriage. I've folded so much laundry and washed so many dishes these past few months. 3) Carving out time for apps and GMAT and not letting work carry forward into the night or weekends. 4) Television. (It's so evil)
================================ Some interesting notes about Blogging. I've never attempted to Blog for popularity sake. My fear's early on were that I would have more people than I felt comfortable with reading my journal entries that have been written with raw and personal fervor. Lately, I've been informed by many that my Blog has far more recognition than I realized. For example, in Google I currently have the following ranks
Rank 6th - Duke MBA 2008 Rank 7th - Need Foreign MBA Rank 4th - harvard mba class 2007 Rank 4th - MIT Sloan Blog Rank 10th - class 2006 mba resume Rank 5th - MBA Deadlines Rank 2nd - Blog Georgetown evening MBA Rank 1st - Deadlines for UCLA 2006 Rank 2nd - Blog MBA Consulting Rank 3rd - babson mba 2005 class Rank 2nd - Wharton info session Rank 1st - Darden info session Rank 1st - Michigan info session Rank 1st - Tuck info session
The point that I'm trying to make is that I think that most of the business schools aren't paying attention to their web search stats. If you want to attend a Michigan info session for example, people will be directed to read my review of the event without feeling the need to attend. I think that is sad. Moreover, how crazy is that if my Blog entry on the info session get's more exposure than the event itself? I genuinely have mixed feelings about this exposure. Let's just say that I like helping people, but there are numerous thoughts going through my head these days as to how many times I'm shooting my own chances down by increasing the competition. More thoughts on this later. Some changes may be in order.