Monday, November 28, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
How are you spending your thanksgiving? After all my school visits I'm way over my bschool budget so this year I won't be going home. I'm a little sad but at the same time kind of happy. I will have a few days off from work and with no distraction I can really finish up some of my essays/applications. I already made my thanksgiving break checklist ( You know I LOVE checklists) so now I just need to start checking things off and finish up these applications.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Everyone always talked about visiting schools and how important it was. I now truly understand the value of school visits. If you asked me back in March the rankings of my schools they would be totally different from what my rankings are today. My visits to school definitely changed my rankings. When I first started this process I thought " No way I'm visiting all the schools I'm applying too. That's to much money spent on just visiting. When I get an interview I will visit." Someone I met along this bschool process said it best. Would you purchase/apply for a house without seeing it in person? I wouldn't, I would take a tour of the house. Maybe even do a few drive bys to make sure I really like it. lol
I decided if I (or someone else) was going to pay $100k for school I might as well spend a little bit more and visit my list of schools. I'm so glad I was fortunate enough to visit all of the schools I'm applying to. After each visit I was able to tell if the school would be a good fit for me. The students, professors, admission officers and career center staff all played a different part in how that school fits into my personal rankings. During my visits I arrived early and usually sat in the common area just to people watch and see how the students interacted with each other. Not only did I get a chance to experience the schools culture but I also saw/heard specific things I could talk about in my essays. My visit to each school allowed me to make the an impactul statement in my essays about why that particular school.
Now let's hope my #1, #2 school choices love me as much as I loved them. For those of you who are starting your bschool journey make sure to budget in school visits. It will definitely be worth it!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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Monday, November 7, 2011
Second, I sat in a finance and statistics class. The stats class interesting and had interesting sound effects. I guess the teacher is know for having sound effects with his powerpoints. The finance class was also fun. I love class visits because you really get to see the student faculty relationship, which is always interesting. We actually had one of Johnson's communication teacher host a session on public speaking. She was FABULOUS. I immediately wished I was a student so I could sign up for her class.
Lastly, prior to the JMB event, they asked everyone to I had take an MBTI test. During a session we actually talked about the results and how the different personality types could make changes to themselves to effectively work together. It was a fun interactive team building exercise.
After JMB, there was the diversity symposium. That event was also GREAT. Time permitting, I may do another post just about the diversity symposium. If your just starting your bschool process and Johnson is on your radar. I would definitely recommend going to JMB next year.
Side Note: So for those who have an inner fat kid like me, I had the BEST sandwich from this place called college town bagel. Anyone who's planning on going to visit Johnson try college town bagel!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Just wanted to share some articles/blogs I found interesting this week:
- Freakanomics Article about grade non-disclosure
- Interesting blog about acquiring no debt while in an MBA program
I'll keep trying to share these periodically. Happy Reading!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Last week I had my first bschool interview. Before I tell you about the interview let me tell you about prep. Over this bschool process google and I have become GREAT friends. I feel like google should know my computer's ip address by heart lol. Anyway there are some great tools/websites out there for the interview. The one I used the most was the clear admit wiki. I read ALL the entries and made sure I knew how to answer each question. I also did some mock interviews with a few people and some went well and some were really rocky. Motown can tell you that the first mock interview I did with her was a STRUGGLE!! THANK YOU MOTOWN FOR THE PRACTICE PREP!
Now interview story time (Sorry this wont be best story lol. It all happened so fast I can't remember the details ). I ended up waking up super early. I guess I couldn't sleep because of all the nerves. I arrived at my interview 30 minutes early. I'm the type of person that needs to get there early and get use to my environment. The interview itself was more so a conversation rather than the "question after question" type interview. Overall I was able to convey the message I wanted to and left feeling good!
One interview down! Hopefully a few more to go. Good luck to you all that have interviews coming up!!