Some You Lose  

Posted by Dino Gane-Palmer né Ganesarajah in , ,

Application season certainly looks to be over for me. These posters sum things up. (c) & (c).

MIT rejected me!! Without even an interview! It aggravates me no end, since MIT is super-strong on entrepreneurship and that is what I want to do. In the meanwhile, while I have been writing this post, Wharton have sent me a denial too! It feels like the whole of the application season has suddenly come crashing down to an end. It looks like I will be going to Kellogg.

This admissions process has been interesting. It is clear that I may have stood a better chance at some of these schools if I went into management consulting after my undergraduate graduation and applied much, much earlier in my career. In hindsight, I think I also mis-calibrated / mis-understood the quality of my applications compared to others applying i.e. my applications were obviously not good enough.

In the meanwhile, I have started drafting business cases for two ideas I have. Both ideas are related to TV  broadcasting in the internet age, an area I know something about. I am a little concerned that my ideas might be trying to solve big problems that will quickly have lots of people swarming to them, rather than tackling small significant problems that are a great niche to grow from. If I can get to business school with a business plan (or two) in hand, I can start using the school's resources to establish potential customers and investors. It would be even better if I manage to get my current employer to sign up as a customer or investor.

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The two things I think I have taken away from the process are: a) this season has been super-competitive because of the macro environment, which has thrown off some usually safe assumptions, and b) I should have done WAY more research before applying to make the 4-5 schools I applied to count.

In retrospect, I definitely would not have applied to HBS. I applied even though it wasn't a good fit because it was a top school, and I'm sure they saw easily that I was not a good fit. (Also too old.) Wish I had made that slot count for more by applying to a better fit for me (MIT?). Hard to say whether Wharton was a good idea or not — I thought it was a good fit, but they didn't.

Anyhow, I think it's hard to draw conclusions from four or five schools about app quality.

Congrats on Kellogg, anyhow. Perhaps I'll get good news and join you there. :-) I am fairly happy about having an admit, though — I liked Duke when I visited, so if that's the answer, I guess I can appreciate the universe for taking away the difficulty of making a tough choice. :-D

19 December 2008 at 02:09

The two things I think I have taken away from the process are: a) this season has been super-competitive because of the macro environment, which has thrown off some usually safe assumptions, and b) I should have done WAY more research before applying to make the 4-5 schools I applied to count.

In retrospect, I definitely would not have applied to HBS. I applied even though it wasn't a good fit because it was a top school, and I'm sure they saw easily that I was not a good fit. (Also too old.) Wish I had made that slot count for more by applying to a better fit for me (MIT?). Hard to say whether Wharton was a good idea or not — I thought it was a good fit, but they didn't.

Anyhow, I think it's hard to draw conclusions from four or five schools about app quality.

Congrats on Kellogg, anyhow. Perhaps I'll get good news and join you there. :-) I am fairly happy about having an admit, though — I liked Duke when I visited, so if that's the answer, I guess I can appreciate the universe for taking away the difficulty of making a tough choice. :-D

19 December 2008 at 02:09

No worries about MIT. I think Kellogg is a better school anyways :)

19 December 2008 at 03:58

No worries about MIT. I think Kellogg is a better school anyways :)

19 December 2008 at 03:58

keep you head up... I can just add to what the two guys before me said. VK is right that this year is very competitive and maybe it wasn't the quality of you as an applicant, but the mixture of students they were looking for, that let them decide against you.

and i agree with soni on kellogg (even though we know he likes chicago better ;-) ). being admitted by kellogg already tells you that a top10 school considers you worthy to get an MBA. good luck!

19 December 2008 at 05:09

keep you head up... I can just add to what the two guys before me said. VK is right that this year is very competitive and maybe it wasn't the quality of you as an applicant, but the mixture of students they were looking for, that let them decide against you.

and i agree with soni on kellogg (even though we know he likes chicago better ;-) ). being admitted by kellogg already tells you that a top10 school considers you worthy to get an MBA. good luck!

19 December 2008 at 05:09

Thanks guys. I am certainly getting more excited about Kellogg by the day.

22 December 2008 at 00:29

Thanks guys. I am certainly getting more excited about Kellogg by the day.

22 December 2008 at 00:29

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