Wednesday, September 16, 2009

... too much caffeine?

First Deadline: 14 Days
Schools Completed: 0/6
Essays Submitted: 4/28

Short entry, I hope. I'm crashing early tonight (before midnight!) because I need to be functional for meetings tomorrow and have to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to teach on Friday. In my experience, if you want to feel well rested, the sleep you get two nights before is what matters.

My essay total went up; I've decided to use the optional 'explanatory' essay for two schools that I'm nearly finished with. Sometime later I'll write an entry about my journey to that decision, but definitely not now. I did not quite get where I wanted to on S#1, but another productive evening!

... oh right, the title of this post! So I had a 9am phone appointment with a current MBA student to ask some specific questions about a program her school offered, and she called me at 9pm due to a calendar mix-up. I'd actually talked to an admissions adviser at her school not an hour before, which had led to the decision to use the 'explanatory' essay for that school, and I was rather fired up about it (plus, had quite a lot of caffeine in me) ...

The poor woman! She opened the conversation wanting to learn about my background and goals, and I love talking about my passions so I took off at a caffeine-fueled four hundred miles an hour... she couldn't get a word in edgewise for a while. Admittedly, I disclosed early on that I had talked to another student in the same program and gotten great information, which changed the direction of the chat. We had a good discussion and I learned a few things about the school I didn't know. That said, I'm moderately appalled at how much talking I did, although she was incredibly gracious about it - if I get a chance to visit the campus I intend to look her up and demonstrate that I usually am more composed than a seven year old overdosed on pixie sticks.

Incidentally, I doubt I'll keep the silly running count up top with every post, I'm just motivating myself to finish strong.


  1. I so understand the feeling! I get hopped up on caffeine and people at work start asking what's wrong with me.

    Just curious about your decision to use the optional essays - what did the admissions officer say that led you to that conclusion?

  2. I can't remember precisely. I think a better way to put it is that my conversation with her (like another MBA for a different school) gave me whatever push I needed to get out of my own way and be myself.