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It’s over…

August 4th, 2004 No comments

Well, it’s over… I wish I had written this post on the day I knew it was over… I’m afraid that in the 2 weeks it’s been since I heard news, I’ve lost some of the emotions that I’d felt… Okay, here’s what happened:

In my last post I mentioned that an individual (who shall remain anonymous) in the GSB admissions office asked me to call them every Friday to check where my app stands… Based on the fact that there are three reviews for each application, I figured that I’d most likely hear back from the GSB in early August, and by late July in the best case. On Wednesday, July 21st I came into work thinking that I’ll call the GSB this Friday and get an update. Then, while I’m chatting with a couple of colleagues in my cube, my cell phone rings… The area code was 312 – I knew that number… “Hey! That’s a Chicago number!” I thought to myself… I wasn’t expecting to hear back for another 10 days at best, so I assumed that the call was similar to the email I got from NYU… I assumed that the committee was reviewing my application and came across something they wanted me to clarify, and that’s why I was being called…

“Hello?” I inquired… There was some static on the line, and the conversations in my cube were drowning the other voice on the phone… I heard the other person say something about the GSB, but I couldn’t hear what… “I’m sorry, I caught some static there, could you repeat that please?” I asked… Then, I about went speechless as the other person informed me that my application had been reviewed, and that the GSB would like to offer my admission to the Evening program starting in Autumn 2004!! I was blown away by the decision, and the fact that it was made in a mere three weeks after I submitted my application!

Wow… When my mind settled, I couldn’t believe I was in… It all started with a dream two years ago… I stumbled on the University of Chicago’s website and was impressed by the school… There was an air of prestige that I felt as I read through the site… I remember thinking that I’d never have a chance and that I wouldn’t bother apply… The following year I decided “what the hell! I’ll apply to the best schools I can and see where I end up”… And now here I stand, a future GSB MBA…

As I contemplate my GSB application, it was both good and bad… I don’t think I’ve ever had as bad an interview (MBA admissions or otherwise) as my GSB interview… I was tired, not on my toes, and out of it in general… In fact, I was surprised that I got in with that interview… The essays were also a little rushed (I wrote the last one in a single day)… But, although rushed, I did feel that my GSB essays were a little better than the rest… I think what really helped was the combination of stellar recommendations, essays, the post-graduate courses I took, and the GMAT…

A lot has happened in the last two weeks… I won’t go into the details; they’ll unfold in other posts as time goes on… It really struck me over the last two weeks how much my life changed in a matter of 5 weeks… I doubt most people have such a dynamic life… In the middle of June I was to be moving to Pittsburgh… Then, a week later, things changed, and I’d be in Michigan… My wife and I called family and friends, did research, and prepared for the move to Michigan… Then, in the third week of July things changed again – we’d be going to Chicago… We started all over again with the planning and the research…

It’s been a pretty crazy ride… I’m glad it’s over and that I can now move on to the challenge of B-School… I’m also very, very glad that I got into my top choice… It just goes to show – you never know what you can do until you try…

On a related note, I did FINALLY hear back from NYU… NYU took the longest time to decide of all the schools… While most schools will notify you within 6 weeks, NYU states that they’ll let you know within 8-10 weeks of the final deadline… I got my decision 11 weeks after the deadline, and from what I can tell on Business Week forums, people had to wait even longer than that… NYU gave me my first, and last, B-School admissions ding! That’s right, I didn’t make it… I don’t know why, I doubt that NYU has many more applicants than other schools, and I don’t think it’s a heck of a lot more selective… Maybe it’s the fact that I didn’t interview with them? Or maybe they didn’t like the video I sent them in response to the third essay question… Whatever the case, they were my third choice, and I have no regrets about the ding… In fact, I’m sort of glad I got it – now I’ve seen both sides of the admissions fence…:)

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