Friday, July 20, 2007

Applying Round 1

Today, Clear Admit posted a succinct entry on round 1 planning advice, all of which I followed last year. One thing that is implied, but not explicitly mentioned in this article, is that turning in eight round 1 application is probably not a good idea.
Almost exactly a year ago I made the interesting decision to apply to all my potential schools in round 1. At the time I know this was because I wanted to sort my finances and have a clear shot at financial aid as well as express a strong interest. The University of Cambridge, for example, requires Americans to apply for certain scholarships in October. Hindsight being 20/20 I can now say that this was a mistake. I thought by applying all in round 1 I would receive my results roughly at the same time and be able to make my decision with all the options laid out. However, this turned out not to be the case as some of the earlier deadline schools required a three week decision from me, which ended up being before the admission results were released from my later round 1 schools. At any rate I think I applied to an appropriate number of schools, but I could have spread out my applications a bit more to round 2. Then perhaps I could have avoided a few 3 and 4 am nights and a sick day from work.
Again, hindsight is 20/20 and it all turned out well in the end!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pre-MBA homework

Once I departed the United States and had irregular and unreliable internet access Georgetown decided to give us all the summer homework assignments. Luckily I managed to squeeze in the easier career assignments in Jaipur, and got a start on the math assignments.

Georgetown (McDonough) as well as American (Kogod), Arizona (Eller), Arizona State (Carey), Ashridge, Aston, Auburn, Azusa Pacific, Babson (Olin), Bentley (McCallum), Boston College (Carroll), Bridgeport, UC Berkeley (Haas), UC Irvine, UCLA (Anderson), Cal Lutheran, Canterbury (NZ), Carnegie Mellon (Tepper), Chicago, Colorado State, Columbia, Cornell (Johnson), Dalhousie, Dartmouth (Tuck), DePaul (Kellstadt), Duke (Fuqua), Edinburgh, Emory (Goizueta), Florida (Warrington), George Washington, Georgia Tech, Hartford (Barney), Harvard, Hawaii (Schidler), HEC Paris, IMD, Indiana (Kelley), INSEAD, Johns Hopkins (Carey), London (LBS), Loyola, Maryland, Michigan (Ross), MIT (Sloan), Mississippi State, Monash, Morgan State, UNC Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), NC State, Northwestern (Kellogg), Notre Dame (Mendoza), NYU (Stern), Oregon Executive, Oxford (Said), Penn (Wharton), Penn State (Smeal), Pepperdine (Graziado), Phoenix, Rice (Jones), Rochester (Simon), St. Louis (Cook), Saint Mary, Santa Clara, SDA Bocconi Milan, Southern Methodist (Cox), Stanford, Strayer, SUNY Empire State, Temple (Fox), UT Austin (McCombs), UT Dallas, Thunderbird, Toronto, Vanderbilt (Owen), Virginia (Darden), Wake Forest, Wales, Warsaw, Warwick, Washington (Olin), Webster, Widener, William and Mary (Mason), Wisconsin Madison, World Trade, and Yale) according to the website use MBA Math.
Georgetown requires incoming students to complete the statistics and finance modules, and score 75% or above on the post-lesson test. We are also encouraged to use the other resources in the program. In addition, we are required to study the first two chapters in our accounting text and first five chapters of the statistics book.
All this work is making me quite happy I quit my job as early as I did. Last summer I was coping with a promotion and longer hours at work while studying for the GMAT and other application prep. This summer I can at enjoy most of my days before tackling the homework.
Time to get back to work. I need to recall the years of statistics that have been hiding in the recesses of my brain in the next few weeks. Good luck to everyone else with their prep work!

Out of India and back to studying

I arrived in bf's small country on Friday and returned to my usual joys of eating cow and salad, driving in German cars, and reliable high speed internet.

The last night in India we decided to splurge and stayed at a five star hotel
At the end of the day I prefer privacy to having my slippers laid out for me every night. But it was nice to try the lifestyle.

After my last post we went up to the mountains, specifically the state of Himachal Pradesh. starting in this horrible touristy town called Shimla. The views were spectacular and it was a good place to acclimatize. Every one in town was on holiday but there isn't anything to do in town except visit the monkey temple. After we did that we joined all the Indian tourists walking up and down the mall staring at each other. Cultural practices prohibit females and males from showing affection in public. However, men hold hands and hug and show affection all the time in public, which I found rather annoying. We left Shimla as quickly as possible and moved onto McLeod Ganj. After McLeod Ganj we went to Manali to arrange a trek, which we managed in a day and departed after a very brief stay. Manali was almost as bad as Shimla, although we did not venture to Old Manali which was supposed to be the more laid back area of town.

We did a five day trek over the Hampta Pass, with a full staff carrying our belongings, cooking for us and generally attending to our needs. I have never camped with so much attention before. I am fully capable of setting up my own tent, cooking by fire or small stove and otherwise dealing with camping life, but as I am not capable of carrying my large backpack over a mountain pass it was better to sign up for the full service deal. We did meet two Americans who hired one porter and were doing everything themselves. They were from Colorado and looked very hardy and we did meet them on the other side so they did come over successfully, although a few slides down glaciers caused the loss of some smaller equipment. We arrived at this roadside dhaba stop with ten minutes to spare to catch the bus to Kaza.
We completed a circle around Himachal Pradesh through Tabo, Nako and Rekong Peo before descending back down to Delhi to do souvenir shopping before flying out. All in all it was a fantastic trip, filled with interesting places, diverse people, sights and sounds. A bit too much hassle to entice me to ever live there, but enough spots to make me want to visit again.

Some more highlights:
An Indian Oil truck that got stuck when trying to cross a washed out road.
Chandigarh rock garden
Goan beach (Palolem)
And of course, the Taj Mahal
It's now time to get back to work and start on the rest of my MBA prep! I'll discuss that in a separate entry for organization purposes.