Goals for June
Ahhh 2 months from today i’ll be sitting for my first (and hopefully only) GMAT exam. I know it’s wishful thinking to believe i’ll only have to take it once and will be extremely satisfied with my initial score, but hey a girl can dream right!?!
As far away as 60 days sounds, when it comes to the b school admissions process, as we all know, there’s so much to do…and then re-do… that no amount of days really seems like enough time. I miss the age when summer meant absolutely nothing to do all day everyday, but alas, those days are far behind us. Below is my checklist of things to accomplish or at least start this month. My initial admissions plan was to completely focus on GMAT studying until the test, but the more i look at advice forums.. and the calendar for that matter… i realize that I don’t want to have only 2 months to start and finish the rest of my admissions applications for my first round choices.
1. QUANT QUANT QUANT!!! Study 2 hours every night after work, 4 hours on Friday and Saturday, and practice tests on Sunday
2. Request my undergraduate transcript
3. When not studying or working, continuing my devotion to playing competitive tennis, volunteering and remaining active at the gym
4. Organize my business school research and narrow down my school selections as well as assigning application rounds
– I have read many forums that suggest not completing your top school’s application first. Thoughts?? I can definitely see both sides of the argument. Obviously the more experience you get preparing everything, you can only get better, but at the same time, I feel like I will put the most effort in the first application I submit. I would love to hear opinions or advice from reapplicants.
– I would really like to apply to no more than 8 schools. I know for sure I want to apply to UCLA, UC Berkely, McCombs, and Duke, and then USC and SMU’s Cox as my safe choices, but I also want to take closer looks at Georgetown, UNC Kenan-Flager, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Michigan. I don’t know about anyone else, but researching schools is absolutely chaotic and exhausting, so I tend to focus on my top 2 choices extensively with the rest being afterthoughts.
5. Develop a long term post-MBA career focus
– I know short term I would like to work in project finance at a large biotech/pharmaceutical company. My current work experience aligns well with the industry as I am in consulting for Fortune 500 healthcare corporations and their hospital subsidiaries so I am very familiar with the manufacturers, products, and pipeline in the industry, but long term? I feel like the general answer would be moving to upper management or transferring my knowledge to working with a startup biotech company, but how does one really know at this point to be able to effectively communicate it in essays and/or an interview?
6. Start paying attention to the news
– I am so bad about this guys. I don’t know any currents events besides the ones tweeted by CNN or the Wall Street Journal, and since there’s a 140 character limit… that’s where my knowledge pretty much ends. I know discussing current news topics is a very important aspect of the b school life, and I want to start now with being more informed. I’ve tried reading the WSJ but besides the big issues, or articles on healthcare, nutrition or wellness… I just can’t get interested and the verbiage is kind of over my head sometimes which makes it even more frustrating. There needs to be a Cliff Notes version of news for us folk that want to be informed but just need the general idea of the article without having to read the whole thing. Any websites that have already thought of this idea? In all seriousness though, I will definitely make a point to be better about this.
7. Start writing essays
– Jotting down ideas and thoughts anyways. Get the wheels turning.
I think that’s everything on my to-do list for June. One of my best friends from college will be coming in town at the end of the month, June 27th-30th to be exact and then we’re going to Los Angeles to visit another college friend and party on the beach for the 4th of July so i’ll pretty much be out of commission for a little over a week. Therefore, I really want to get most if not all of this done so July 5th I’m ready to get back in the swing of things.
Let me know your thoughts and your June goals as well. And if you have any suggestions of other goals I should have on my check list for this month please let me know.
Dwight Schrute: “I know she didn’t do it. It’s never the person you most suspect. It’s also never the person you least suspect, since anyone with half a brain would suspect them the most. Therefore, I know the killer to be Phyllis, a.k.a. Beatrix Bourbon, the person I most medium suspect.”
….Okay so that had absolutely nothing to do with this post, but that episode of The Office was on while I was writing and that quote makes me giggle every single time so just thought i’d share.