Overwhelmed? Not me!
So Me. In exactly one month, I intend to click send on my Sloan Applications but at this moment it is all over the place as are my emotions and thoughts. I have spent more hours working this week than I spent on every other thing put together. I really am not complaining but I’m not thrilled about it either. I did manage to squeeze out three hours to spend with the Stanford admissions team when they came to Nigeria and I’m glad I did. Here’s a summary of the things I learnt or relearnt from that visit and some of them came from Derek Bolton himself, unfortunately, I didn’t get down which came from who.
- Stanford wants students that know a lot of things and ask a lot of questions
- Curiosity can be demonstrated by showing interests in a path that is not your core field
- Write your essays like you are not going to submit them, write like you are writing in your journal for yourself
- They want to see that you will not struggle in school, either mentally or emotionally
- To get into stanford is really easy: all you have to do is convince Derek and his team
- Leadership is a performing act, you get better by practicing
- Stanford is unique because of the mixture of things it offers not the individual traits, so are you
I got some talk time with a current student (not stanford) and she gave me one tip which I found very helpful: After you’ve drafted your essay, ask yourself (and some friends) if they’ll like to meet the person in the essay. I think that is really key.
I have not made much progress on my essays but I have taken the advice of writing everyday. So far, I have lots of drafts that I will never use. But the advice I got this week from the current student has helped me put things in a better perspective. As I head into the weekend, I expect to come out with more than a few usable drafts and a smile. BTW, TopDogMBA gave me a really awesome gift recently which has fired me up (Y’all can help me say thanks).
I’ve got five weeks to put together four outstanding applications, all I’m saying is thank God I won’t be working between October 1 and October 5, I will need it. Now, I just have to focus on getting current MBA students or recent alums to review my essays (which I hope to get to a workable state). So if you are a current student (first or second year) or a recent graduate (between 2012 & 2014) of Wharton, Stanford, Sloan or Booth and you would not mind helping out a potential alumni of your school, I would really appreciate your candid opinions on my essays, just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
One of the main reasons, I had to write this post today (I have been planning to write it since Saturday), is so I can wish my friends: GrantMeAdmission and Texaswannabecali all the best in their GMAT exams this weekend. I hope you both hit your target score or score higher than it.