Some good advice

Here is a video I watched whenever I felt disoriented while writing the applications. Remember….knowing the “WHY” is important . Having the inside out approach through the concentric circles Simon draws makes your essays sound coherent.

This is a blog entry I just read and felt that it has some content relevant to the apps as well.

Tips for 2012

I have got some tips from my experience so far-

-Never make your dream school your first app.
-Make your dream school the first school you research.
-Start thinking about career goals as soon as you can and discuss them with successful professionals in your choice of career.
-Discuss your career goals with friends who know about this sh**. It’s an added bonus if they enjoy putting you down and not believing in anything you say. Just argue with them till you win and then write your career essay.

Kellogg Round1 done

I submitted the part 2 of the Kellogg application well within the first round deadline. Yaay!! <does the celebratory jump around dance>Yaay!!

It took two sleepless nights when I wrote draft after draft of the essays and my friend read each of them. He didn’t become immune to the essays and kept pointing out the flaws. Stinky….You are awesome. Right now, I am feeling a little hammered and am finding it difficult to follow people who speak fast. I even did a product demo this morning. Cracked a lot of jokes. They must be thinking that I am on crack.

This experience taught me that <essay lingo> one should never write an essay without writing an outline first. Yeah, do a lot of introspection. Paint a grand picture of yourself. Dig out the old appraisal forms you wrote, your old journals and even that big bundle of useless certificates. Make a list of events and see if they all say some common things about you. Make a list of people and think that what do they feel about you and find a theme there. Now, with your own image clear in your mind, attack the info about the school. Go through the website. Read your email interactions with alumni and current students. Don’t stop absorbing stuff about the school until you develop a “feel” for the school. You should have a fair idea of the curriculum, the remarkable faculty members, clubs and the teaching method of the school. Also, find out if there are certain things that the school is famous.

Now read through all the questions and first create a broad outline of the overall pitch. Then make the outlines for individual essays. Please write only when you are feeling like, i.e. when words are just flowing from your fingertips. Never ever write your essays if you have to drag through them. Please don’t put all your info out there in the essays. Put it in a list in bullet points.


Well I did the OG sentence correction. Like always I was very fast with 1.02 min/question but not great on accuracy. I got 108/140 which is about 77%. One extremely important tip- when doing the analysis, read through all the questions, especially the ones you were not sure about and had to decide between two options that seemed correct. Read why the incorrect one is incorrect because it may have some point, not ingrained in your SC skills.

Mr reviewers tell me that I write extremely long sentences. Looking at the tip sentence above, I think they are right.

Feeling verbally challenged?? Do some Math !!

If you have lost your ability to reason after hours and hours of studying the stuff you never bothered with in school, do some Maths. As in drink a strong coffee and then listen to some good music and then so like hundred problems in a row and do them as if your life depends on the result. And then check the results. A 100/100 always lifts my spirits. Even a 99 does the job at times. The key is….just don’t give up on any question and guess 🙂

Kaplan Advanced and Sahil’s notes

If you are looking for a 700+ score, I guess Kaplan Advanced is one of the most important books for sentence correction. They have two sections , each explaining eight types of problems. The first section had stuff which I was more or less acquainted with but the second section had really arcane stuff like the sunjunctive tense which I had heard of only because I had taken French classes.

It’s rarely used in English but is important in languages like Spanish and French. Apparently, the French have lot of desires, wishes and hypothetical situations. I also came across “the gerund” in English which I had heard of only in Spanish. The gerund was in Sahil’s notes and I think that just mugging up those notes is a real good idea.

Mistakes I made

Learn from my mistakes and never ever defer your GMAT to a stage this late. It will make things more difficult for you. I keep telling myself that juggling the trilogy of work , GMAT prep and essays is preparing me better for the future at a b-school, the fact is that I have to study sentence correction with my heart yearning to write story after story for my essays. Well , today I am going to complete part 1 for Kellogg and register the recommenders for part two.

All that said, there is one last tip, time your practice questions as well. In my first GMAT, I think that the exam pressure made me drop by two points atleast.