ISB dared, & Emory knocked
ISB dared to ding me. Sad thing is they’ll never realize whom they just lost.
Now is not the best time to launch a scathing attack on ISB’s admission process. My only beef is when they say that they evaluate a candidate ‘holistically’. They probably bowed to the market conditions and their selection was entirely profile based. I repeat, entirely.
Several members of our Committee carefully evaluated your application in the following areas: work experience, career plans, academic, extra curricular and community involvement, leadership and interpersonal skills. Decisions are based upon an evaluation of your individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as your qualifications relative to those of our applicants. (Emphasis mine)
Please note that this decision is not a reflection of your personal qualities and achievements or your potential for success in management, but merely a reflection of the limited number of seats in the class.
Nah. Don’t tell me all that. If you want, tell me the truth and I might as well forgive you.
Like I said, now’s not the time. My heartiest congratulations to all those who made it. Kudos for becoming a part of one of the best sought after schools in the region.
Emory sends an email with an interview invite for 1st December at Mumbai. I haven’t even submitted the application yet!
I started the day by beginning to plan the next course of applications, and was pleasantly surprised to find Emory’s email while I was considering the same school! So I now need to work on Emory’s essays and application and they have this weird process of initiating the recommendations after the application’s been submitted. Emory has always impressed me and would have been on my first list had I not been foolish enough to experiment with Wharton. Emory is also known for their generous scholarships, which is why I’d probably take a chance.
Where do I stand today? Lets see – I’m hopeful and optimistic about both Ross and Kellogg, with Ross more than Kellogg cos Kellogg goes around interviewing everyone. Though if my understanding of Kellogg’s fit is correct, I should be among the first people they should consider admitting.
Duke happily announced earlier this week via an email that my application is complete and 19th Dec will decide the fate for me. Others who’ve received a similar intimation have been wise enough to decipher that this means an interview waiver. So would Duke take the chance of admitting me without an interview? That would call for a lot of guts.
Tuck is probably happily ensconced deep under the snow in Hanover. I wait eagerly (practically in vain) for that one fine day when it would wake up and find me fit enough for its next batch of the friendliest people on earth.
To keep my mba dream alive, I need to plan and apply to some other schools. Given the loan situation as it stands today, considering any other 2Y MBA from US, no matter how much I like the program, would be futile cos I simply can’t afford it.
Emory still makes the list.
Looking at schools which I can afford – NUS, HKUST meet the conditions. Even CEIBS, as long as they don’t want a congenital connection with China.
Things are getting worse. As of today, I don’t think I have the strength to get into the whole application process again, and that too for schools which I can either not afford or would consider only if I can afford. For all I know, I might just decline the Emory interview and not apply anywhere else. Yes I’m in that state of mind right now.
770 is fast becoming the bane of my life. Don’t tell me that the only good thing about my application is my score. Evaluate me ‘holistically’. Read my essays damnit. You still have time. Admit me before I change my mind.