from my last post, I’ve finally made up my mind to wait for a few weeks more. It means I’d still be around at my workplace, despite the whole floor and some of those above and below it getting to know that I’m off for an MBA. This would have been my last week in office if I had chosen IIMC, so I’ve left a lot of them wondering and waiting eagerly for that week to arrive.
Giving up IIMC has been very tough, because its the school I had aspired for a really long time. The main reason I chose Emory over IIMC is that I feel a 2Y MBA would be better for me than a 1Y MBA. For various reasons.
When you are fresh out of college (UG) in India and looking for an MBA, nothing compares with the mad rush that exists to get into the IIMs. I was part of that process multiple times, and to this day, I have found no exam as thrilling as the CAT (Common Admission Test), where the intense and insane competition to fall in the top 1 percentile from over 200,000 candidates(and rising) energizes your mind like nothing else. It was a challenge, year after year, to break that 99 percentile barrier in CAT. In that respect, I did achieve that target in 2005, but as luck would have it, I just met the ‘necessary’ condition, but not the ‘sufficient’ one. There are many today who, despite having a score of over 99%ile, miss out on some sectional cut off or the other and eventually give up on the idea of going to the IIMs. So did I, until I noticed that the IIMs are commencing a 1Y MBA program for people with a relatively higher work experience, with GMAT as one of the criteria.
Getting into an IIM had been a dream, but I woke up to the fact that this time around, I wanted an MBA that’ll serve my needs better. One reason I would always advise everyone to apply for an MBA which has an exhaustive set of selection criteria is this – If you’re not clear about your goals when you begin your application, trust the application process itself to definitely lend you that clarity.
As a final note to the IIMs, I salute you with the deepest respect and regard. It was a youth well spent.
An international MBA is a huge risk for me at this stage, but also one that I’m prepared for. It seems it’ll be Emory, but I’d still like Kellogg to surprise me. I’m all for surprises, and endings with a twist. Moving ahead had never been so interesting.