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’nuff said

I’ve been finding it really difficult to maintain this blog. Not that there’s nothing happening in my MBA journey – on the contrary, there’s too much on right now…

  1. Application for the LBS-HSBC loan: its just too much paperwork!
  2. Planning the UK student visa (which can’t happen till the loan does…)
  3. My last few days at my job – I think I’m working more than I did in the last 6 months
  4. Agonizing over M’s job & visa status
  5. …and then there’s the IPL 😀
So much as I hate to write this, I think the time’s come for me to move on, from this blog – especially since I started feeling I really didnt have much value to add. Plus its been 365 days (a whole year!!!) since I started this blog, and its better to stop than keep posting inane, mundane, arcane stuff that nobody (including me) is bothered about. What I do promise, however, is to:
  1. Filter, sort & classify my posts, just in case it helps any future applicants
  2. Blog through my LBS journey [currently WIP :  oopsatlbs.wordpress.com]
So, all the best to all ye comrades moving on to schools across the world! And to all the applicants in their journey towards the school of their choice! Adieu…

 

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J@ck in the Box

I’ve been away from meaningful blogging for some time… have been trying to gather my thoughts, and think about my life – past, present & future! Why?

B’coz I’m faced with a giant step (only for me ‘n’ my family, no ‘leap for mankind’ stuff here) in terms of family, career, and other bits of personal life.  Should I go to London Business School? Tough call… but I’ve finally decided 🙂

I’m going to LBS (hey, can I hear some of you saying “I knew it”?) and the only two things that would stop me now are (1) Visa (2) HSBC loan – or rather, not getting any one of these.

While I’ve been vacillating between the Yes & No over these past two weeks, what finally started tilting the decision was the arrival of the admit packet from LBS, containing the usual suspects: the welcome letter, a thin brochure-type, and a pen-drive with all other important stuff (after all, its a paper-less world now…) There was also a London Lonely planet guide, which I thought was a particularly nice idea. All this in a really cool leather folder!

Add to this, the interaction on the LBS portal and the HUGE amount of usable / practical information available there,  and I was finally bought over!

Its another matter that the price (GBP 45K in tuition) is going from my pocket 😉

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Reverse the ding!

I dinged Columbia!

They were taking too much time with the application, so I withdrew from the process – so thats one less variable for my decisions. Though I am still not sure if I’m going for an MBA, I am now sure that if I do, I’ll take LBS over Columbia – even if Columbia were to offer me a free ride (a long shot anyways…)

Five reasons why I prefer LBS over Columbia:

  1. LBS is much more global – almost 90% non-UK citizens, more than 60-70% non EU
  2. The students’ age / experience profile fits in better with my own preferences
  3. UK/Europe economy is in a better state than US, reduced risk of non-target sector employment
  4. Working visa for partners (if M decides to come, she doesn’t need to depend on a transfer within her current employer)
  5. 8 hours (overnight) journey to/from India (if M decides not to come, we can meet more often due to shorter, cheaper, and better air connectivity) 

Does this mean LBS is a better school than Columbia? Absolutely not – both are great in their own different ways, and what matters when one is taking a call is to evaluate whats good for you – think beyond ratings! (Fall’09 applicants: this is for you!)

So am I going for LBS? Maybe, maybe not – I need another week to think thru. If I take tinydancer’s advice of following my gut feel, then I’ll pay the LBS fees right now! But I’m just giving my head one more chance to convince my heart!

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Now comes the big thing – actually making a big decision in my life!

First decision point: Do I want an MBA at this stage? Now before anyone questions that this should have been the first decision and not the last, I agree. But being the ultimate procrastinator, I had pushed this (more…)

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The Silver lining

Every dark cloud has a silver lining…

I got my silver lining with all your comments on my previous post – it really helped me get back on track and look at everything I’ve gained in the last ten months (so many new friends & well-wishers in the blogsphere) rather than what I lost out on (so many dings…)

Thanks guys! I really appreciate the warm support I’ve got from all of you over the past months, especially last week when I needed it most.

On a relatively side note, I got into LBS – yes!!! LBS is a great school and it was not in my top 3 choices previously, only because M could get her transfer to the US, and not UK (and that has changed now). So why is this a side note? Only because right now it pails in significance vs the support from all of you.

Now, as things stand today, I have six Dings, one Accept, one Black Box 😉 What I’m doing right now is to evaluate whether I am going to do an MBA at all…

 

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3/3 dings from my R1 apps!

1/5 (ie. HBS) in R2… but I’m still optimistic

ChiGSB calls have started, and though I’ve yet to receive one, I’d rather wait for 9am CST tomorrow before jumping to conclusions!

Next are Wharton (27th) and LBS (28th) – whatta week this is going to be 😉

And Columbia is still to send me the interview invite – maybe this week?

 

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So many things troubling me over the last few day… I’m becoming an angry young (old?) man now!

First my LBS interview schedule finalization. Its just not getting finalized. LBS took more than 3 weeks to assign me an alum, and you know what – he’s from a competing consulting firm! So that gives rise to two BIG problems:

  1. First, our travel schedules don’t match! days when he’s traveling and other days I am, compounded by the fact that LBS has given us time till Friday 6th (a princely 9 days including the weekend, since they assigned the interviewer). I still have no clue whether this is possible at all, and even if LBS gives us grace period beyond the timeframe, I’m traveling abroad this Saturday. Distressed? Irritated? this is just the start…
  2. Provided the IV does happen, I’m not sure how much detail I’ll be able to go into regarding my career history /projects. With client confidentiality paramount, I cannot share much on what initiatives I’ve done and how that generated results. With an adcom, its fine as they probably do zillion interviews, and the info is not directly usable for them, but with a principal from a competing firm? Maybe not! Dilemma – and no way to get out of it, except for stating such groundrules upfront. Dont know how he’ll take it though…

What else? Did I mention work? That’s getting irksome, and how… first no one wants to take decisions and move forward, not my boss, not the client people, no one – hey! my deliverables are at stake here! if that wasn’t enough, I’m overloaded (which in part is why my LBS interview scheduling is being hit). Mostly due to the fact that I’m flying overseas and won’t be back for a couple of weeks – part work/part leisure !

Which brings me to my planned US trip next week. I’m excited I’ll be able to take some time out for a ChiGSB visit, as my work is in Chicago itself. I’ll most prob also be visiting Wharton as I might be able to squeeze out a few days leave. Lets see! I’m hopeful of getting into both schools (optimism = the greatest cure for anxiety!) & possibly the luxury of choosing one of them 🙂 so these visits will be paramount in the absence of a welcome weekend visit – too costly, that…

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