Turning 24 and a mad 4 weeks.


Do you sometimes have that feeling where you try and cram as much as is humanly possible  in the 24 hours that constitute a day and that time just isn’t enough? I have had that feeling over the past 4 weeks. Being an entrepreneur sounds great and all, but it is NOT easy, the past few weeks have been testament to that. I am not going to bore you with the details, here’s the jist though – a ton of trouble shooting for our latest project, investor meetings and a rather insipid elevator pitch to a potential angel investor ( I haven’t recovered from that yet 😦 ), heaps of  paperwork, a profusion of meetings/planning on the road map for my company. It felt like I’d arrived at my first day of swimming lessons and I had been thrown in at the deep end of the bloody pool. It knocked the wind out of me. While I’d love to say, some innate capacity in me belted out a butterfly stroke and I managed to reach the edge of the pool with elan, in reality it had me spluttering about for quite a bit before I had my bearings .(Okay, Imma stop with the swimming analogy now) I have to say this though,tis experience has literally been the most amazing and constructive.

And it is safe to say midst all of this chaos, the GMAT has taken a back seat, I’ve pushed my exam date to October 31. So, that’s going to mean Round 2, folks. I am going to have to get in 6 apps in round 2. I want to send in my best possible application to all of my target schools, and if that means pushing to Round 2, I am okay with that.  I am off work for the whole of October for prep, I just want to get this damn test out of the way!

My temple for the next 5 weeks.

My temple for the next 5 weeks. I am going to get you, GMAT.

My essays are taking shape, I am a few days away from having my first draft of essays for Kellogg and Ross ready. The goals are looking good as well. I have gotten good comments from my admissions consultant on that, so I am a little relieved.  As I advance into the complex maze that is the application process, I find myself looking at my profile severely. I am constantly comparing myself to other applicants and feeling rather small, in the shadows of some frickin’ stellar profiles. I really need to relax.

In other news, My connect with Kellogg has deepened, and I have fallen even more in love with the school, if that’s possible. The Kellogg Impact Club has gone out of their way to help me understand the culture at Kellogg and put me touch with a group of alumni who started a company in the same domain as mine is in, and of course based in India. I had a nice long chat with one of the founders. He had some great things to say about the school and way things are done there. I  am  soo excited to be applying there!

Annnnd I turned 24 this week! God, I feel old. :/

Grantmeadmission , Pullingthatmbatrigger, Hugo, TopdogMBA, Naijambagirl !!! Congratulations to those of you who’ve sent in your apps, soo excited for you! 😀 Those of you giving your apps a good ol’ spit and shine and on the brink of hitting SEND, go get ’em!

I just had a thought, all of us should convene at the end of this application journey, before we jet off to our dream schools and compare battle scars. I would love to meet you guys! 😀


14 thoughts on “Turning 24 and a mad 4 weeks.

  1. Nice! I’m sure you’re going to nail the GMAT – if you’re like me, it’s hard to focus until the deadline is looming! That said, I’m currently swimming hard against the tide of last minute changes and will be submitting all my applications in the next 48 hours. Then I’ll be catching up with the blogging community. Promise! Let’s keep in touch. Stay strong! Oh, and you saying you’re 24 makes me feel old! 🙂

  2. All the best for the October charm in studies!! I have also postponed my exam, coz I am not getting perfect score in verbal so I’m worried about that. Last week was a break, and I have started again. Waiting for some verbal magic (obviously I am studying!!). And btw… if 24 is old, I am older. I hope no one is oldest here… haha.. 😀

    • Thank you, progmat! I know what you mean, about getting that perfect balance of verbal and quant. For me, quant is a problem, verbal is quite alright! All the very best to you! I know you will do well! 🙂

  3. Ahhh I turned 24 a few months ago and I definitely feel like an old lady these days… I want my youth back!! Hope you plan on taking a break from work and b school app craziness to celebrate 🙂

    I know exactly how you feel when it comes to comparing yourself to other applicants, I had a mini vent session in my latest post about it. But it’s just important to remember that you are one of a kind and the experiences you’ve had thus far are unlike any other applicant, and that’s exactly what an adcom is looking for. At least that’s what I tell myself lol.

    You have an amazing profile and any school would be lucky to have you, so don’t even sweat it! I’m sure other applicants (including myself) are thinking the same about you!!!

    Completely understand pushing the GMAT back. It’s getting to crunch time and trying to balance everything is extremely overwhelming. My plan is to retake the GMAT Oct 4th but I have been considering postponing another week or so. It would definitely be nice to get it over with so i can focus on my apps and work, but because it’s such a major factor in my profile the perfectionist in me wants to be absolutely ready.

    Can’t believe it’s almost October!! Craziness. But a month off to grind it out should do the trick 😉 Good luck with the studies

    • I am going to party my socks off after I send in my apps! 😀 I just can’t bring myself to have a good time at this point, whenever I try to, I am racked with guilt. Ugh. I have absolutely NO social life.
      As for the profile insecurities, I really should try to shut them out and focus. I’ve spent waaaay too much time worrying about it. Thanks for the encouragement Texaswannabecali, you are a darling! *hug*

      The GMAT has got to be crushed.
      I am sure you most definitely will crush it! I know what you mean about being absolutely ready, and sometimes I spend way too much time planning how I am going to be ‘absolutely ready’ than actually getting any studying done. 😛
      All the very best to you. Let’s do this.

  4. Oh yeah, we should plan to meet, of course assuming that this application season has a good outcome for all of us :p I see that you’ve fallen a little bit in love with Kellogg and I’m happy to see I’m not the only one getting overly attached to a school!

    I think you made the right decision pushing your GMAT date. As unfair as it is, the GMAT score is a pretty important part of your application and there’s no reason to rush it if you don’t feel 100% prepared. R2 should be a perfect time to apply in that case.

    I’m 22 and I feel old, I can’t imagine how old you feel 😀 But, a belated happy birthday to you. May this birthday luck carry over to your application.

    • I am sure, all of us will have positive outcomes. At least, I am willing myself believe it! Yep, pushing the GMAT date is a sensible thing to do, I think, given the circumstances.
      Oh yes, I am sweet on Kellogg! I will be heart broken if I don’t get in.
      22?! You are a baby!! How I envy you! Standing by for your – ‘I just got my Fuqua interview invite’ post. 😀

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  6. Hey All the best for your GMAT on 31st October :). You gonna nail it

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