It has been awhile. I am currently sitting in a cafe in Los Angeles contemplating these last few months. From May to October I worked my butt off. Putting together a conference, fundraising, <re>taking the GMAT, blogging, working two jobs at my company, leading special assignments, getting promotions, and applying for b-school…. all on 4 hours of sleep. From October to now I was non-stop traveling, working, non-profits, corporate, side gigs, etc.
I should have never taken on that much….
Harvard: Dinged without an interview
Wharton: Dinged without an interview
Yale: Dinged without an interview
I’m not going to lie; it is incredibly hard for me to share these results. I have a mixture of emotions: angry with myself for becoming unfocused, embarrassed for a public failure, sad that I didn’t accomplish my goal, nervous for my future, happy for those that I have helped, etc.
I have received countless emails from my followers (sorry for the lack of response). Thank you for your support, and I am sorry that I haven’t been on the ball. For those that have been accepted into the school of their dreams, I am so incredibly happy and fiercely proud of you and your accomplishments. I am so happy to have played a <small> role in your fantastic accomplishment. This next stage of your life will open doors that you do not even have visibility of, and if I could meet you in person I would give you the biggest high-five I possibly could.
But ultimately, I feel that I have let you down.
While I will address my dings in another post, I want to focus on my apology to my readers. It is incredibly difficult to fail publicly and to own up to it. I am deeply sorry. This is a new world for me. At the end of the day, I did not give enough of myself to the process, and I paid for it.
Life outside the B-School Race
Beyond the craziness of the B-School Race, my life/career has really picked up! I just closed a deal to switch companies/industries/jobs/states. I will be transitioning from Aerospace/Defense at the program level to Entertainment at the corporate level. The job features a LOT of visibility, and I am VERY excited. I will be moving in the coming weeks. I also am well into my executive non-profit “job” and am very happy with all the progress my team has made. These professional successes have been able to soften the “b-school blow” a bit.
This month I will be leaving my company, my industry, and the East Coast. I will be moving to the heart of Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry (or simply The Industry). It will be exciting, fascinating, and a brand new space to explore my potential.
My B-School dreams are not done either. While I will not be applying R2 this year, I will be applying to a “pre-MBA” program call the Riordan MBA Fellows Program. I will be re-taking the GMAT and studying stress-free for fourth months (760 please!!!). I will be starting the process in the summer, bringing in my contacts and having several people review my resume and essays.
It’s a brave new world, and I will be giving my all.
The vision has not changed: Get a top MBA and help others along the way!
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