The Ross Challenge!

A bit of surprise element! With a lot of thought process, I have finally decided to give a shot at Ross! This was one of the schools I had liked right from the beginning but considering the feasibility of getting in, it did not make it to my list before (it is like not proposing to your first crush – which I did not btw, but don’t want to regret now!). So now I have made a simple decision to let the school decide if I am worth it instead of the other way round and get rid of the regrets that I would have possibly had of not doing the things when they should been done! It did pain to see the $200 application fee and got me thinking twice. But then, realized that not applying to Ross was leaving that feeling of incompleteness within (no doubt satisfaction comes at a heavy price nowadays! ;)).

Now the challenge is to get over with Ross AND Carey with exactly one month to spare! Ross is going to be more time consuming because:

1. The decision comes at the eleventh hour (reminds me of syllabus getting discovered the night before the Engineering exams, bugs and blockers getting discovered the night before the release, etc. :))

2. My first peek into the essays has happened only a couple of hours before and the third essay (the alternate profession one) has completely taken me by surprise! Fourth one (the challenges one) has also set me pondering over the exact meat to be filled in! (how about describing the essay writing experience of Ross!)

3. The job is asking for the weekend time – the only peaceful time to meditate and evolve the essays.

I hope this justifies the – challenge – part in the title of this post! Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best! Ross calling!!

Updates – ISB Submitted!

Just a quick update to keep my friends posted! Glad to say that the first attempt to make it to the B-School is accomplished! Last week has seen mood swings from being apprehensive over giving a finishing touch to the application to getting excited about pressing the magic button! After a number of drafts, redrafts and some last minute rephrasing, the ISB essays have gone a long way before reaching the adcom. I did have a couple of sleepless nights (around 5 hours…that’s sleepless for me!!) with the number 15 haunting me at times! But it was a necessary evil. Completed the application well before the deadline and the overall process was smooth in the end. And finally the recommenders did their job today at the wee hours but finally made it to the finish line! I heaved a sigh of relief after getting the – application complete – SMS from ISB. (Well, I could have written about the experience before, but was just waiting for the things to fall into place). ISB adds another feather in its cap by keeping the applicants well informed about the status! Well done ISB!

What next? With around 5-6 more schools to apply in R1, I won’t have the kind of time I had for ISB. Counting on the heresy that it is easy to deal with the essays of the other schools once you are done with the essays for the first one! With approximately ten nights per school, it is going to be the race against time. But I have loved it so far.

Sometimes it feels good to struggle and progress in all the fronts in life. At least it is setting up the right attitude to deal with future. OK no more sermons! (Hope those two words boosts your confidence by two inches!). Time for LAP 2! ATB!