To tell your manager or not….

Not that I have to make this decision right now. I took it a little while ago and told me manager. The things is….telling your manager may have ramifications later….like, on your appraisal. Say, in your team of twelve, only two people can get the best ranking and you have told your manager that you are trying hard to leave the office. Step in your manager’s shoes and try to think that why would he want to make you one of the top two. It’ll be like a no returns investment for him.

So, people….if you have made the decision like I have, make sure that you give the apps your best shot and apply to a safety school for sure. Well, that’s all I got today!!


Digital artwork

One of my random sketches I colored in photoshop ūüôā

How’s this relevant on my MBA chronicle?? This is what I do to reset my mind after I get¬†brain-dead¬†with the apping stuff.

Clearadmit Tuck Guide Review

I submitted my Tuck application in the November round. Yesterday, I submitted the scholarship essay as well. I am just gonna explain that how did the Tuck guide help me.

When I start writing an app for a school there are three things that I need to be clear about-
-Where do I stand
-Where do I want to go
-Where does the school come in picture

The first questions were no problem for me as I had already done an application. It was the last question that I really needed help with. I can’t even start writing the essays until and unless I have developed a “feel” for the school. The “feel” takes two months to develop if left to its natural course. The natural course involves spending a lot of time on the school website, admissions blog and networking with current students and alumni.

Now, I didn’t have two months at my disposal. I started with reading the guide cover to cover twice. This built an initial perception of the school and also worked as a roadmap to browse through the school website, admissions and students blogs. I also got the points from the guide which I looked up in detail on the website.

The guide starts with a good summary of the history of the MBA program itself and the MBA at Tuck as well. I loved this part because it kind of completed the picture in my mind in terms of what was offered at the MBA program at Tuck. Then the information about the faculty, academics and clubs prompted me to dig deeper into the details and end up falling in love with the school. Mind you….the falling in love is very important before strating to write the essays. Please, don’t double time any school….DO NOT multi-process. Complete the essays for one school first and only then start the cycle for a second one.

Their guidance about the Tuck essays was also useful. I read it after having written my essays to validate if I went on the correct lines by myself.

In all, the clearadmit guide is an awesome option to start with if you already know about where you stand and what are you looking for. Please DO NOT copy any lines straight from the guide as it increases the chances of ypou having common lines with someone else’s essay a gazillion times.

After doing all this, if you still find it difficult to fall in love with the school, just google some images of the school and gaze at them for sometime. If you are looking for a good laugh, you can watch this .

Kellogg application status changed……

“All the required elements of your application are complete.

If your interview has been completed, the application has been submitted for review to the admissions committee. If your interview has not been conducted, the application will be submitted to the admissions committee upon completion of the interview. The next status check update will be the admission decision (Admit, Waitlist or Deny). When a decision has been determined, the Office of Admissions will send you an email notifying you to check your status for your decision. Application decisions may be released on or before the decision deadline, but the majority of decisions will be released during the last few weeks of the round.”

Burn out??

I feel tired all day long. No more do I read the school websites tirelessly. I don’t go on sending mails to current students and admissions people with my questions. I don’t check all the MBA blogs for updates. I don’t even read my essays over and over again. Nor do I send them to my friends anymore. Am I burnt out? I am done with just two schools so far. Tuck is not even complete yet. I am still to submit the scholarship form and essays. What’s wrong with me??? Seriously. I can’t put all my eggs in one basket and keep praying for Kellogg till December 18.

I really need to do a good job for my safety schools to get some scholarship. I do need to go for an MBA this year because after having told my manager about my plans, I really can’t stick out another year at my job. It’s time to gear up I guess. May be starting my running routine would help pump back the gumption.

Kellogg interview experience

I had my Kellogg interview on Nov 12, Saturday. I had received an email from the adcom with the details of one emergency contact. I googled the contact and eventually he turned out to be my interviewer. He was a 2010 alumnus, an extremely tall and nice guy. The interview event was in Gurgaon and a lot of alumni interviews were scheduled there. I reached there an hour and a half in advance. My kid brother wanted to see what the Kellogg people are like, so he had also come. He stuck out like a sore thumb dressed in his green tee and hiking shoes. Well, he told me that I looked fine. I met a lot of people whom I had already met in the information event. After spending the time mostly talking to my brother, I was called for the interview. Here is how it went-

Interviewer: Hi Ccatcher, I am <his name>. Then he told me about his experience. I don’t even have a copy of your resume. Can you give me one. (I gave it to him)¬†Now walk me through your resume.

Me: I did my graduation in <my graduation major> from <my college> (I launched into my detailed story)

Interviewer: Hey, I was just looking for a brief intro. I want this to be a conversation.

Me: Sorry. (I completed my “brief intro” in two lines)

Interviewer: Tell me Ccatcher, when did you start thinking of doing an MBA and what prompted it?

Me: Talked my interactions with the CEO and other senior staff and how it made me realize my shortcomings.

Interviewer: Why Kellogg. How did it figure in the list of your schools

Me: Collaboration+ Team work + some ranting about the course

Interviewer: You seems to have a lot of ECs. Tell me about them

Me: Talked about my community work in and outside Adobe

Interviewer: Tell me about a time when you had to deal with hostile team workers

Me: Told a story when I saved a project from getting scrapped

Interviewer:What I meant was “people problems”. At times people are not very motivated or they have ego problems.

Me: Told a story when I had helped resolve a problem by identifying new opportunities for my team.

Interviewer: Indian IT. Last year, we took just two people from this profile. Why do you think we should take you

Me: My diverse experience and creativity (Discovered that we had went to the same school at different points of time)

Interviewer: Give me an example of when you had solved a problem creatively, not when you designed something creatively. Also tell me about the things that you plan to do at Kellogg….clubs you’ll join etc. I realize that I have asked two questions. You can answer the first one for now.

Me: Talked about the time when I initiated a new approach for the community service activities at work.

(Though I remembered the second question, he asked another one so I skipped the second one)

Interviewer: Do people report to you?

Me: Answered it.

Interviewer: Do you go to your college to recruit?

Me: Answered it.

Interviewer:¬†What’s your plan B if you don’t get a job in the US after your MBA?

Me: Coming back to India and finding a job here.

Interviewer: (Talked about the huge financial undertaking an MBA is. Talked about his own loan. Told me to think through it all.) OK. Tell me about the things you plan to do at Kellogg

Me: I talked about the problems in one of my community initiatives that I hope to solve at Kellogg and about the clubs that I am interested in.

Interviewer: have you interacted with any of the current students or alumni to find the ground reality because some of the things may not live upto your expectations. You have very limited time and you should try and invest it most wisely.

Me: Yes I have been interacting with <name>, a current student.

Interviewer: Talked about the things he found¬†disappointing. With your particular career goal why don’t you apply to college x in the US or one of the Indian colleges

Me: Talked about the diversity they provide.

Interviewer: This could apply to any top tier college in the US. Which ones have you applied to anyway.

Me: Narrated the list. Told him that I like this particular program at Kellogg

Interviewer: Picked at my choice for a European college. Suggested another college with similar program and that I should look it up too.

Me: Said something….don’t remember what. I thought the course he is suggesting is not exactly what I am looking for but didn’t point that out as I was not sure.

Interviewer: Do you have any questions for me.

Me: How did the Kellogg experience change you personally and professionally.

Interviewer: Answered in detail. I listened intently.

Me: May I ask one more question.

Interviewer:  (Looks at his watch) Yes

Me: Asked about his most memorable experience.

Interviewer: Answered in detail. I listened intently. Well Ccatcher, this is it. (Stands up and we shake hands) Now I will submit your interview report to the adcom and they will look at your complete file including your essays, resume and GMAT score. It will be between you and the adcom now.

We exchanged niceties. I asked for his business card which he didn’t have. He gave me his email id. I came back and wrote a thanks note to him to which he replied after a day.¬†

This was it, I don’t have any definite feeling about the whole interaction. I came out to find that my brother had become best buddies with everyone sitting in the waiting area. We wished them all good luck and came back.

Fingers crossed!!

Tuck app submitted in Nov round

Submitted the Tuck app just 15 minutes ahead of the deadline, Pffff!!!

Well, I must say that the Clearadmit Tuck Guide came in handy. Before starting the essays, I had read the guide cover to cover twice. It helped me frame out the essays in my mind. The information about the academics and faculty was very useful. For some information about the clubs, I went back to the school website for details. In all, Tuck app: Check