Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Big catch-up post

So lot's to catch up on, though I've been toying with killing this blog all together. But I got a comment! So that means at least one person has read this blog. Crazy.

So since my last post I've visited 7 programs - Northwestern, U Chicago, Columbia, NYU, Wharton, MIT and Harvard - and learned that I am definitely pregnant. I am due approximately in mid-June. So the adventure continues. I visited Chicago (the city) in mid-October and was so excited by U Chicago that I decided that I wanted to try to squeeze in a R2 application. Man. We'll see if I can pull this off. It's not quite so crazy given that I am now unemployed, as of November 1st, and applying to just one school is certainly more doable than multiple schools, but it will still be challenging. I was inspired by meeting a current Chicago student who said that he did his apps after the Fall Preview last year. Studied for the GMAT and pulled off 4 applications (!) in about 2 months. I thought, ok, I can do that. I just want to keep my options open and the Dean of Admissions said if I found new motherhood too overwhelming, I could defer.

As soon as I got back from my visit I signed up for a Manhattan GMAT course - I'm about mid-way through that now. After quitting my job I packed and moved everything to PNZ, though I'm still sorting out the rental situation with the house in PNA, and took a plane to New York the following morning. Just got back from my east coast tour last night. I'm also battling all-day, every-day "morning sickness". No puking but eating has become an enormous battle. So that's fun.

I'm going to post separately on each school. It will help me organize my thoughts which is much needed at this point.

On another note, go Dems go! That was the highlight for me last week. I couldn't resist commenting.

There, now you have my political allegiances. I actually consider myself an Independent but I haven't seen that many Republican candidates that I could get excited about. I've been a fan of McCain but my fondness for him ebbs and wains. His failed bid for the presidency left a sour taste in my mouth. Bush's cronies completely slandered him and he just ate it. Yuck. Anyhow, I don't think you have to be a raving Dem to be completely sick of the current leadership, ya know? Oy. I was just happy to see Bush get a little slap finally. I just can't get behind people who don't work for what they have. I don't care if you're red or blue, I just like hard workers and smart folk. Bush fails on both counts pretty severely. Oh yeah, I also like sincerity. Cowboy - ha, yeah right. Who buys that shit! Sheesh. It just kills me how we don't have enough funds for a decent healthcare in this country but we can spend millions fucking up Iraq. Nice. Nice for Halliburton.


Anonymous said...


I am a Mom of two applying for fall of 2011. I am planning to quit my job starting in May 2010 to focus on my appa and spending time with kids. I read in your blog entry that you quit your job albeit much later. Just curious though, did that ever come up in your app esp in interview why you stopped working?

MaybeMBA said...

Hi there - I was advised that it would be better if I was employed while applying and I ended up with a job a couple weeks after penning this 11/14/06 post. So I had virtually no gap on my resume when I interviewed.

But that was then ... and this is now. I imagine applicants could be unemployed now for all sorts of reasons (kids or no kids). I remember a second year who quit his job a year before matriculating to just travel and roam the world.

I say, just be honest and clear about your MBA story. If an applicant has done a lot in her career already, being unemployed might not matter as much as someone who is still pretty young and needs all the credibility she can get. If quitting your job kills your MBA story it doesn't matter why you quit, and if it doesn't kill your MBA story I would not worry about it.

But also you never know who will be on the other side of the table, everyone has a different opinion about the right way to approach this transition. Hopefully you will get someone empathetic but it never hurts to minimize your vulnerability to the fact that you might get someone who is not empathetic. If that makes any sense ...