Archive for January, 2008

Reading the furore on BW forums over the latest FT rankings catalyzed these thoughts: Do rankings matter so much? My two cents…

I started my Bschool journey in sometime in April/May last year (more…)


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Waiting for the inevitable

MIT Sloan R1 results are being released today
And I’m waiting for my first DING 😦
Oh well… it can only get better than this! 🙂

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Tuck & Darden

Two schools I had applied to purely because of their culture and my fit with them were Tuck & Darden. I had received very high opinion of both these schools, though in slightly different areas. Some Tuck alumni I knew convinced me about the close knit community at Tuck. This is really in line with my own priorities in life and career. No, it was not because I can get a response from 99% Tuck alumni in 1-2 days and this would help my networking. Yes, thats important, but the BIG reason is that I strongly believe that business is about people. (If it weren’t, then soon computers would rule and business skills will not be required.*) Even  If I can spend 2 years with people who care for each other, I would learn more than if I got 25 of the best faculty in the world!With Darden, it was a similar reason. The feedback was again high on community, though less than Tuck. The added part was case study and extreme academic orientation. This interested me since its been ages since I last stepped into a classroom, and I think I have decent work experience. Grounding myself with the theoretical frameworks is what I want now, and Darden fit the bill in that respect.

My thoughts are differing now, although I’ll say its biased because of their respective adcoms. I’ve written about Darden’s adcom & policies before, but I’ll add a few things:

1. After deeper thought, I understand some of the issues are natural (delay in interviewing, etc), this being the first year they’re inviting people to interview & all. But… they should keep people informed. That, I believe, is the first rule of people management.

2. Even if they’re not hyper-active in communication, the least one can do is to reply to mails. I’ve myself sent in 4 mails over the last 1 month, 2 each to the adcom & my account manager, but have not even received an automated acknowledgement (I hate that stuff actually) leave alone a response.

Now compare this with Tuck! Every mail I’ve sent (including some idiotic queries, which I wish I could recall! Or maybe erase from their memories like the Haitian does in Heroes) has been replied to very politely, and very promptly.

And sample this… the email I got 2 days after my interview:

Dear XYZ, Thank you for interviewing with Tuck. We hope you enjoyed your experience. If you have additional questions about Tuck or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at Tuck.Admissions@Dartmouth.edu.All the best,

Tuck Admissions Team

I thought it was a really nice gesture on the part of Tuck adcom to send this mail. Really! they didnt need to…Small thing probably, but finally its the small things that matter in life, isn’t it?

I know one shouldn’t judge a school by the adcom, and like m@ pointed out “it’s more like marrying someone when you don’t get along with your new spouse’s ex-husband”. But if the ex-husband is deciding who’s coming / not coming into the spouse’s life, then who’s the real husband??? 😉


* Will computers take over our business decisions soon? I have some thoughts which I’ll gather & post soon…

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I can’t concentrate

This wait is just killing me!!!I’m trying hard to get a life… in the past 15 days:

  • I took M out for our belated (2 weeks overdue) anniversary  dinner in a plush 5 star
  • Invited a few ex-colleagues with their partners over for dinner/drinks – and cooked for them
  • Watched 11 episodes of Heroes season two (in 2 days) on Joox – they had only 11, so I’m waiting…

Apart from this, I’ve done nothing! Absolutely nothing!!! except BW forums, S2S, and the like. Not to mention reading each application more than 25 times 😦

Every moment, I’m thinking about whether I’ll be in school this time next year, sometimes hallucinating about which one, and other times thinking about interview preparations (when I have no invites yet)

So whats gonna happen to me? If I continue this way, I’ll soon be kicked out of my job for starters – not that I’m too bothered about that , I’m planning to leave in March, admit or no admit! Just that I dont want to go on a bad note…

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Complete for Round 2

Yippee!!! My Wharton application went “Complete – Round 2” today!

I was worried they’ll put me in the hopeless Round 3, after I submitted late by about half an hour – but I guess better sense prevailed 😉 Thank you Thomas Caleel & team!

As the Wharton mail had stated:

If your online account reads “Complete – Round Two,” your application has all the required materials, has been processed by the Operations Team, and has been forwarded to the Committee for review.

Now I can start worrying over the interview invite! (Last date: Feb 21st)

And on all my mistakes & omissions in the application form due to the rushed submission 😦

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Its on in full steam now! The wait for (1) an admit (2) an interview invite (3) or even an update on my R2 submitted applications.

Harvard: submitted on 3rd Jan

No change in the AY application status, but I’ve heard HBS doesn’t believe in that; they rely on email and I’m keeping a close eye on my junk mail

Wharton: submitted on 3rd Jan

Still in Received status, not sure whether it will get into ‘Complete for Round 2’ – waiting for 24th with bated breath

LBS: submitted on 4th Jan

No change in the status – and I dont expect any either 🙂

Chicago GSB: submitted on 9th Jan

The quickest moving application yet – went ‘Complete’ on Jan 20th; hoping for an interview invite – last date Feb 20th!

Columbia: submitted on 10th Jan (IST)

Apparently, they have received & printed my application, and are matching supplemental materials with my file (what material? I never sent anything offline!)

So thats that! Waiting for Godot 😦

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Some thoughts & self-evaluation on my 1st round applications:

MIT Sloan : submitted on 30th Oct

No interview call yet; I’ve been optimistic, but reality is soon going to bite, on 28th, the day their Round 1 decisions are due. So this may be the end of the road for me at MIT. Agreed they claim to hand out invites till the last day, but practically thats a longer shot than getting into HBS with 100% scholarship 🙂

Darden: submitted on 1st Nov

No love here too! Darden R1 invites seem to have ended – haven’t heard of any new interview invites in the last 2 weeks. In hindsight, my essays were quite weak (but then what do they expect in 300 words?) Maybe they’ll still want to talk to me…

Tuck: submitted on 14th Nov

Got an adcom-initiated interview invite & talked to a 2nd year student. Not a great interview, but not bad enough for a ding either! Results are due on 8th Feb. Lets c…

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