State of essays

It’s decided. Tuck goes to round 2. I haven’t developed a “feeling” for the school yet which is extremely important to me (yeah GMATters, I noticed…. “which” can refer to both “developing a feeling” and “the school” and I mean exactly that 😛 Both are extremely important to me…Tuck because it is such a pretty school with such nice people and such close community- all of which I totally dig…..and developing the feeling because how else am I supposed to write the endless essays, which will stretch way beyond the word limit. Then while cutting down the essays, my heart will break into a thousand pieces as I will have to scrap away story after story of my awesome life. God….do I transgress 🙂 ).

My friend and namesake reviewed my essays. She didn’t like the flow in essay 1. Provided some comments. I have incorporated them and now it seems to be better but still is 780 words long. 180 more to cut down which I am sure will be accomplished with “a little help from my friends”.
She liked my second essay but asked me to elaborate the “what I did” part. I did a good job with the elaboration but now just the two leadership stories with some random rant about the leadership skills I want to develop has gone to 1200. This needs a 50% compression. OMG….I am feeling claustrophobic.

Btw, in the MBA fair, I met this good guy who is also a Kellogg alumni. He told me that my 690 GMAT might be OK for Kellogg if write stellar essays. But the good lady from Rotman told me about the importance of a 700+ score for a scholarship. Now, since Tuck is anyways postponed, I will stick to the retake plan.

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MBA fair tomorrow

It’s the MBA fair tomorrow and I’ve got an interview with an admissions officer. So, tonight I tried to decide what to wear from my limited collection of formals. Guess what…I don’t fit in any of the business suits. This is something I hadn’t expected. (Btw….it’s not that I don’t fit into them but their fit now is more “sexy secretary” than “bschool candidate”). This happens when all you buy and wear is the uber-casual…damn you no-dress-code policy at my office. Instead of holding my breath for a very long time, I think I will stick with a plain top and a sweater. (Note to self:- Go shopping for formals before any other interview.) I am not liking this…not because of the few extra pounds but because of the added errand of shopping for formals….how boring is that.

That said, I have read up about the college I am going to interview for. I am really excited about meeting the admissions people from Sloan and Ross. I am continuing with the sentence correction guide and will write two more mock tests this week and if I get scores better than what I have been getting, I will book a date in the first week of October.