Word(s) is not enough!

No No No…it is not that I don’t have enough to write! Just that I have so much of it that the initial drafts of essays are exceeding 600 words when the limit is 300 (no extra points for guessing the school ;)). I had never thought that cutting down the words to meet the limit is going to be such a fretting task. I mean common…give us a little more space to tell you who we are, what we have done. (or is it a trade off between words and number of applicants ;)). No. A no is a no. 300 is 300. And this is what I am doing since last few days. But there are still like 350+ words out there. On top of that, even articles are counted as a word (ALPHABET getting counted as word – how expensive is that!!)

Counter view – they are making sure that what you write is not crow crap out there. Or even if you are, then you cannot ask them to look at it for more than 5 mins. So all that goes out there is what you write in gold (and sign in blood later…given a chance). And it better be worth it. Else you don’t know the value of time, precision, and most importantly gold! (no…it’s content). Hmm…fair enough considering that you are trading yourself against one of the top global B-schools. That you would be writing hundreds of mails per day and convincing thousands of ideas as your job later! So the word limit isn’t that bad you see. It is one of the first quality the applicant should have – the quality to be coherent and precise. First filter to separate grains from the hay. Lesson learnt. Points noted. It is time to cut down clean. ATB (300 words)

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The Shortlist!

Long time since I wanted to make it official! I have been doing all the homework and accessing the – best fit schools – for my profile.  And here is the list :

Asia :

1. ISB – Super Dream – Cut throat competition -a sweetheart of every desi aspirant!-amazing global standard – our desi harvard-fast forward no-nonsense MBA!

Going for the big one and would like to give it a shot!

2. NUS – Realistic – Advantage Asia!- NUS MBA can be customized into no-frills-one-year MBA. This could be great if right opportunities strike and you can get the dream job in one year instead of slogging for two years. Need to do more research on this though!

3. NTU – a fallback option for B-Schools in Asia.

US: Mainly looking for technology concentration with a mix of general management!

1. CMU – Great school(top in technology)- very costly-scholarship is a must!-Dream!

2. McCombs – Again among the top in technology -bit costly – a good gamble without scholarship- Reach!

3. Kelley – Great in General Management – awesome community -great collaboration- most wannabe and realistic!

4. Carlson and W.P. Carey – fallback options in U.S. – though low overall rank(20-30), decent for technology concentration!

Though the list is not as fundoo as some of the fellow applicants, I feel it is more realistic considering the profile. My biggest worry is the work ex which on the wrong side of average work ex!(3 yrs by fall 09, decent profile being the only saving grace) . With all ivy league schools having an avg. work ex of around 5 yrs, I really doubt if shelling out extra dollars for them is really worth it! And again as I have all ready posted, MBA is all about the brand name! So can’t compromise any further and the above mentioned schools seem to be the best bet! The 1000$ question is how good will it be to go ahead and take a shot at schools such as Ross, Duke, etc that seem more ideal than realistic at this point in time! Pointers are welcome…

P.S. : Started on ISB essays…applying in R1!