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Drained…

June 16th, 2004 No comments

I’m drained… No really, I am thoroughly drained… I think it has a lot to do with work (we have a release coming up, performance issues, and new fires cropping up everyday)… We’re actually doing a remarkable job of putting out the fires, but it does get tiring… In fact, I’m so drained that I won’t write much today… The short of it is that I still have made NO progress on the Chicago essays… So, I can kiss the idea of submitting the Chicago application before I leave for my interview, goodbye… Heck I’ll be lucky if I can submit by the middle-to-end of next week! One more thing, I got an email from Michigan on Monday (I’ll tell you the story about the email later)… The email just said that my decision will be available online at 12:01AM on 6/23 (next Wednesday)… Yes, I’ll probably stay up late on Tuesday night and wait for the decision…

Until next time…

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I’m in!

June 13th, 2004 No comments

Yep, that’s right – I AM IN! Woo hoo!!!

I’m having mixed emotions as I write this post – I’m tired, I have a headache, there’s some relief in my mind, a little excitement, and some guilt about not being as excited as I really should be… Don’t get me wrong; I’ve been waiting for this day for months… In fact, it occurs to me that I’ve finally (partially) realized a dream I’ve been having for years… Maybe I’m not “bouncing off the walls” excited because I’m tired…One thing I know for sure is that I am rambling…

Bhairavi’s been pressuring me for days to work on my Chicago essays… To be honest, I don’t think I’d be going to grad school this year if it hadn’t been for her pressuring… Although we men may say that our wives “nag”, the truth is that we’re secretly very grateful, because if you wives didn’t “nag”, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish most of the things we’ve dreamed of!

Anyway, back to my story… Bhairavi had just finished telling me that I need to get off my butt and start working on my Chicago app… With that I decided to check what time my Chicago interview is on Friday so we can adequately plan our trip… VPN had connected, and Lotus Notes finally started up… Bhairavi had turned her back and was walking toward the kitchen… My default Lotus view, “Yash’s Phat Lotus Crib”, had loaded, and my mail occupied the right half of my window… I scanned the red mail entries, the new mail, at the bottom of the screen… The email from the Tepper School caught my eye first since the sender name occupied three lines (it reads “Tepper School of Business Masters Admissions Team”)… In a split second several thoughts crossed my mind… I remembered my disappointment at 6:15pm on Friday when I checked my status in the online application system and it still said “under review”… I was expecting a decision by the end of last week, and it hadn’t happened… That thought was immediately followed by the brief realization that the wait was over, this message was probably the verdict I had spent weeks anxiously waiting for… I had barely finished that thought, and my eyes rolled over to the subject line… No sooner did I read the first two words “Exciting news…”, did my mouth mutter the words “I’m in”. Bhairavi, no more than 4 feet away, said “yeah right” in disbelief… “No seriously, I’m in” I replied… “Really??” asked Bhairavi in excitement… The rest, as they say is history…

So, I have the first response… That’s right, I’ve been admitted to the MBA program at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University!! Oh yes, one more thing: the e-mail came in at 6:11pm on Friday… As I had expected, I did have notification before the end of Friday… The online application site still says that my application is under review, so I guess the status site isn’t the best place to get notification either…:)

I’ve written a lot, you’re probably already bored, and I have to get moving for dinner, so I’ll end here… Before I go, I’ll share one more thing… Once the excitement had settled, Bhairavi said “I don’t know if this a good thing, I hope this doesn’t impact your Chicago application”… Pritesh, my cousin, later said “This is great news! It’ll give you some confidence to really dominate that Chicago application”… I think that right now I’m in agreement with Pritesh… This news for CMU has finally gotten me motivated to work on the Chicago app… Tomorrow morning I’m going to get cracking on those essays!

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A dream…

June 10th, 2004 No comments

Still no word from Carnegie Mellon… Damn it, I’m getting anxious! Bhairavi had a dream on Tuesday night that I got a letter from Carnegie Mellon saying that I was accepted. Woo hoo!! I’ll save the celebration until the letter actually comes (if it comes) – but I’ll take the dream as a good omen…:) CMU says they’ll notify applicants by 6/14 (next Monday)… I hope I hear something before the end of Friday…

I just got off the phone with someone in admissions at NYU and she told me that decisions are mailed 8 to 10 weeks after the application deadline (which was May 15th)… Last time I was told 4 to 6 weeks… The admissions person said that all the decisions are mailed out together, so I’m not expecting to hear from NYU until sometime in July…

The only other app left is Michigan… I called them yesterday and they too said that they mail all their decisions at once… I was told that the target is July 1, and although they may beat the deadline, it’ll only be by a couple of days… So, I’ll hear from Michigan in three weeks!!

Still no progress on the Chicago app – I need to haul ass this weekend!!

It’s 2:40pm, and I’m hungry… Must eat…

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Lazy weekend, rough week, another “with committee”…

June 8th, 2004 No comments

I didn’t make nearly as much progress with the Chicago essays this weekend as I would have liked to… Heck, I didn’t make any progress at all… I just couldn’t get my creative juices flowing… I guess part of it is because this was the first weekend in a long time where I didn’t have an immediate deadline looming over my head, so I could afford to kick back a bit… Mostly I think I just work better under pressure – no pressure, no productivity…

There’s been a heck of a lot going on in my life lately… I think I’m about to lose my mind trying to manage it all… Bhairavi says she’s surprised I’m holding up – I guess this goes back to that working well under pressure thing… I have stress from my incomplete Chicago application (which I’m trying to get done by June 15th), stress from planning a Put-in-Bay trip that a bunch of our college friends are hoping to take during the last week of June, stress from planning our trip to Europe in July (by the way, planning vacations and make reservations is probably more stress than the relaxation is worth!), stress from other issues my family is caught up in (which I’d rather not share with the entire internet community), stress from work (well, my stress is caused by my software application not being able to handle load), and a whole bunch of other “stress” in general… Hey, it feels good to vent!

Anyway, I’ll cut the rambling… This week is the week I should be hearing back from Carnegie Mellon… I checked my status yesterday morning and it still said my application was incomplete (waiting on a interview that I had given on May 27th). I then checked later in the afternoon (yes, it’s part of my status-checking ritual), and it said my application is complete and under review by the admissions committee… Carnegie Mellon says that they’ll mail the decisions as soon as they are made, and no later than June 14… So, I’m thinking that this week is the week for CMU!! Hopefully I’ll also hear from NYU this week, if not, maybe next…

The goal for this week: get something done with the Chicago essays! I’ll keep you all posted and let you know how that goes…:)

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With Committee…

June 4th, 2004 No comments

While wading my way through the ocean of tasks I have to complete at work, I decided to take a break to check my application statuses… It has become an obsession now – I religiously check the statuses at least three to four times a day, just hoping for some news… It’s a very systematic process: I go through my bookmarks one by one; first Carnegie Mellon, then Michigan, and finally NYU… I quickly scan each screen for any change in text since the last iteration… In fact, one time I had my browser window smaller than usual so the text alignment was off – I was so excited, I had thought something changed… A closer reading revealed that all was as before…

Today something changed… The paragraph of text that explained that my application was being processed now states that my application is “with committee”… That means that throughout the next week or two some individuals in New York will read my application, hear my pleas to go to NYU, and pass judgment on my fate… Wow, that’s one heck of a way to think about it! I’m excited to say the least – I feel pretty good about my application… I hope I won’t have to eat these words later… No really, I hope that my application will stand out and that the ad com will say something like “Oh yeah, I remember Yash. He’s the guy with the creative video tape describing him”… Either that or they’ll say, “Yeah, I think Yash is the guy with weird colleagues and friends!”… Regardless, at least they’ll remember me!

I’m surprised that my status for Carnegie Mellon hasn’t been updated yet… I interviewed with them a little over a week ago, and my application still shows as incomplete… Things also look the same as always with Michigan… When I log into their system it doesn’t even show a status – it just shows my application, as it was when I submitted it… I wonder if I’ll get an e-mail from them or if they’ll update the online area (or both)… Come to think of it, one thing I’ve learned from this process is that relying on the e-mail systems is not the best way to get notification… It appears that changes on the website occur sooner than the time that you get the e-mail… In some cases (such as the change in my NYU status), you don’t get an e-mail at all…

Oh well, I’m rambling… So I’ll shut up, wrap up a couple of things at work, and head out for my weekend…:)

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