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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
- GMAC Official Guides editions 11 and 12
- GMAC Verbal Guide
- Kaplan Course books
- Veritas Course books
- Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction Guide (my biggest weakness…)
- My MBA/GMAT notebook with tips from friends and notes from when I took the GMAT
- Online tips from Beat the GMAT
Thursday, April 14, 2011
So I have been doing a lot lately. I’ve got a new graphic design class in typography and since I had no idea what it was before the course its pretty time consuming doing the projects. When I did carve out a little time to do something other than design projects and studying for the GMAT, I decided to look up some possible schools.
Now this is just a quick list of schools that stood out to me solely on concentration options. It could definitely change next week; I still have a little bit of time to narrow down my 6 by November. After these schools I still have to research my non-consortium schools! So much to do, so little time!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Everyone always talks about the cost of tuition in bschool but what about applying?!?!? Before I began this whole process I made an estimated budget for the cost of applying to bschool. Well, its time to re-evaluate my budget. I have yet to fill out one application but the grand total spent on this applying process is $2,139.85. While budget planning, I took into account school application fees, gmat fees, gmat prep, and school visits cost but I realized I forgot a few things. Below is the breakdown of what is in version 1 of my budget.
- Gmat- I budgeted for $250 but spent $500. I lost in the first round of GMAT vs Ms.HR but I've stepped up my training so I WILL be the winner of round 2.
- Manhattan Gmat: $1,290.
- Application Fees- $1,000. I made the assumptions that I will apply to 5 school @ $200 for each application. Some school waive the application fees if you attend certain events, I'm hoping I can do some of those events to lower the application costs.
- School Visits/Diversity Weekend/Interviews- $1750. $350 for a plane ticket and hotel for each school, assuming I go to one of the events.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Ever since I started my GMAT, I always struggled with the notion to tell my employer my intentions. It was really tough because I’m pretty open with my coworkers and manager but to be that brutally honest during a recession? And when jobs are being cut?
I just wasn’t so sure.
So luckily, I’m pretty close with my previous managers and I have an AWESOME mentor, all who I trust to write (positive) recommendations. After a super long talk with my mentor, we decided it was best to keep this on the low. So I started to worry less about telling my current team and managers and more about how to construct the optional essay about why I did not tell my company. Which I’m sure I will write about later.
If you are blessed to be able to tell your job, use that to your advantage!
Does anyone else have advice? How did you tell your manager? Why did/didn’t you?