Thursday, August 4, 2011

Did I do the Math Right?


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 So I narrowed down my school list from 10 schools to 7 schools.  I ideally want to apply to 5 schools but it’s getting harder to narrow down my choices strategically.  I decided after speaking to a few admissions consultants and friends, I should spread myself across a good number of SAFETY, FIT and REACH schools.  I have 2 SAFETY schools on my list (schools where I am well within the 80% GMAT Range and GPA range), I have 3 “FIT” schools (schools where I am near the beginning range of the 80% GMAT range and may not be in the GPA range) and I have 2 REACH schools (either the schools are really selective or I am not in the GMAT/GPA ranges).  

The issue for me isn’t that I could not see myself at any of these schools (I like them all), the real issue is do I have time to finish these essays? 
 
Lets break this down:
5 of the schools have 3-4 essays each.  So to be conservative let’s say (5*4), 20 essays
2 of the schools are Consortium, which is 2, plus 2 more assuming there is just one school specific essay per school (2 + 2), 4 essays
 
Therefore I have around 20+4 = 24 essays to prepare.
 
If I take 3 days to write each essay, that is 3*24 = 72 days.  Or rather 2 months and 12 days.
Did I do the math right? lol
 
How are you handling the time crunch?

-Motown

4 comments:

Mr.Takona August 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM  

you didn't consider using the same essay twice...or more.

MktgBadger August 5, 2011 at 8:34 AM  

I agree w/ Mr. Takona, though you won't be able to do a direct cut/paste, you most certainly can leverage the same stories .... not sure you can place a quantity on that, but I think it significantly reduces your workload. Good luck Motown!

Motown August 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM  

@ Mr. Takona Good point. I will be taking some pieces from other essays, but I'm sure I will have to tweak them to make it more specific for the school...maybe I'm a little anal lol.

@MktgBadger Exactly right. I don't feel right completely lifting essays from one school and pasting them for another. The profiling I did last month really helped me figure out what stories I will tell alllllll my schools.

SEO Interview Questions August 9, 2011 at 11:28 AM  

i never think this way..you surely have more active mind

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