Saturday, December 24, 2005

Aftermath

Where to go from here? I think the hardest part of the whole application process is waiting, or at least it is for me. So I was dinged by Wharton, what next? I should hopefully finish the Stanford application for Round 2 this weekend, but I've already been thinking about the next steps. I don't think I can just sit around, figuratively, and wait. I'm tempted to use one of those consultant services to analyze what potentially went wrong on my Wharton application. I'm not sure it's worth it though at $200/hr. I checked out Accepted.com website, although it looks reputable, it would be nice to know what you're getting into if they analyze a past application. I mean there's no disclaimer on how many hours it could take. I think I'll wait a little while longer.

In the mean time I'll just still to filling my time with sports and other stuff. I saw Damn Yankees tonight. I didn't realize that song "Whatever Lola wants {Lola}, Lola gets {Lola}" came from there. The whole production was pretty good, although I'm not much of a music person. I usually listen to talk radio in the car. Either Tony Kornheiser or Dan Patrick. Kornheiser has one of the most entertaining shows I've ever listened to. On the way home Don & Mike aren't bad, although sometimes I'll listen to Michael Savage for kicks. I don't usually agree with anything he says, but I don't ever recall anyone in the public eye as angry as him. I'm assuming if it doesn't snow for Christmas tomorrow that he'll be outside screaming at the sky.

Friday, December 23, 2005

It's better than being hit by a bus

This is the start of my MBA application blog. I'm largely doing this to clear my own head, hopefully it's in time b/c I swear I was about to be a top candidate for ADD. This is the third year I've attempted to go to a top 5 MBA school. The first year I was accepted by a top 20 and was offered a substantial scholarship, but turned it down. Last year I was waitlisted at a top 10 school but let my application lapse as I did not send additional essays or so forth to strengthen my position. In any case, I decided a couple of years ago that unless I go to a top 5 school, I'm probably not going to notice a difference in my career. I currently earn approximately the same as someone graduating from a 10 - 20 ranked schools. I want to earn an MBA to go in somewhat of a parallel career, but mainly to open up some more options/connections for myself. I've been informed that adcoms read these quite often, so I won't go into specifics. But my basic feelings on a MBA are summed up by a quote from a crappy Freddie Prinze Jr. movie, "If you want big rewards, you need to take big risks."...so I continue to wait for a break. Man that was a crappy movie, but I like the quote.

Anyhow, about my background. I am in my late twenties, have a masters degree, and have spent the last 5-10 years in the energy sector. I lived out of a suitcase, more or less, traveling around the country and world to the different sites. I left recently to find a more stable living environment and mainly to get the heck out of Texas. Nothing against Texas, but if you're not from there, it's not easy to grow accustomed to. I now live in the mid Atlantic and have a job in consulting. I'd like to get the MBA to get into Real Estate Development.

About the title. Like a lot of other people, I was dinged by Wharton today after I had an interview. It was especially frustrating because I thought I did well in the interview and Wharton seemed like an ideal fit. I guess sometime in May I will be calling much like everyone else dinged to get feedback. The sad thing is that with my personality, I'll be calling even if I'm admitted to one of my other choices. I just can't leave things be. Oh well, at least I don't have some deranged paperboy after me.....Speaking of which I really like movies - in case you didn't get the reference Better Off Dead is my all time favorite - I'm looking forward to seeing Syrianna this weekend. It's seems to be about my old industry so it should be interesting to see how it portrays things. I also saw Murderball recently and thought it was quite well done, although not as good of a documentary as The Motorcycle Diaries or SuperSize Me.