Qualified?

“People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven’t got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.”

~ Peter Ustinov

I just got off of the phone with a current Kellogg student not too long ago. Talking to a current student was one of the best decisions that I have made with regards to my application thus far. Here’s why:

Everyone who has the goal of attaining an MBA inevitably compares themselves to their “competitors”, or others who will be applying for their school(s) of choice. It is so easy for us  to look at the long list of achievements that some of these people have made and immediately try to compare their profile with our own. Person “X” has more work experience and is from a highly known company, I have no chance. Person “Y” is involved in 1,000,000 extracurricular activities and still found time for a 3.98 GPA, I’m done for. Person “Z” cured cancer in one hand while solving a Millennium Prize Problem in the other, I may as well not even apply.

I’m one of those people who naturally compares myself to others. Hell I spend all day establishing and implementing performance metrics for a living, it’s just in my nature at this point. After all, if things go according to plan, these people will be my eventual peers/business partners/friends/combatants. And yes, I would feel tinges of doubt every time I read the profile of the proverbial “Clear Admit” prospect (pun intended).

Today’s chat with a very friendly, and VERY appreciated, Kellogg 2011 admit and soon to be alum put a voice and a personality to all those daunting stats. It was a breeze of a conversation, hopping around from which schools I’m applying to versus which he applied to, what sort of role he’s accepted for post-grad…even into how our brackets are doing in this years NCAA tournament. Terribly, by the way. In case you were wondering. I will definitely be following up with my new friend when I go on my Kellogg visit in April.

So, if you are like me and find yourself LinkedIn-stalking to see where you stand (no? just me?) then I wholly recommend getting a hold of a current student at each of your target schools. It’s amazing how your perspective changes when you add other humans into the discussion.

Where I am:

For the past month I’ve been researching my schools vigorously and paring them down to the ones that align with what I want out of an MBA. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how great of a resource the Clear Admit School Guides have been for me. Having everything you need on that school in one concise PDF is incredibly useful, especially when you open two and once and directly compare one school to another. They are a bit pricey at $25 a pop, but you can also grab their School Snapshots for free to get a feel on what to expect.

As briefly mentioned above I am beginning to set up my visits. I’ll be posting a rundown of my schools and visit time frames soon.

Until then.

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Hello.

“The most common commodity in this world is unrealized potential.”

~ Calvin Coolidge

This blog is about my journey toward an MBA, and beyond. But before we get into that you ought to know a bit about what brought me to this point.

PoeticQuant. Yes, a thinly veiled reference to a popular MBA website – but also a hint into what makes me tick. I hold a degree in Civil Engineering from a reputable university. Somehow, I found a way to translate my Engineering degree into a “Big Data” analytics role at my organization. I am also a techie, constantly scouring the web-verse for the newest technologies and devices that will make my life just that 1% better (while making it 10% more expensive). I have an app in the Apple AppStore, a home-made computer, … need I say more? Quant.

Then there is my other side. My deep rooted appreciation for literature and English. My mini library of books in my room (and like a true techie – in my Kindle). My fervent passion for writing (hence the blog) and my plan on one day putting down my family’s unique history to paper and becoming published. I’ve always scored better in writing/reading comprehension than in mathematics, GMAT included. Poet.

So we have a PoeticQuant. But why business school?

When I was early on in my undergraduate studies, I struggled with the decision of which major to pick. At one point I even considered double majoring in Civil Engineering and Finance, before a “Come-to-Jesus” talk with my father plugged me squarely into the engineering hole.

I have never once regretted my decision to become an engineer. It is as much a part of me as the business side will be, in the same way that my quantitative qualities will always share space with my “poetic” side. But in order to achieve my goals, or better stated, in order to continue my natural progression in my professional career, I need to use all of the talents that are at my disposal.

In a big picture sense, that’s the idea behind me going to business school. There are many more details that have to do with which particular schools I’m targeting, which career path that I’ve set out for myself, and the efforts that I’m going to make to get there. But if I spill all the beans in one post it wouldn’t do much for my future posts now would it?

Until next time.