So I have been writing these essays since more than 2 months and took reviews from people and re-worked the essays. They were getting in shape. I saw considerable improvement from the first draft to the now draft. BUT, there has been some change in circumstances and I have deferred my decision to apply. For now, it looks like that maybe for another 6 months and I may apply to July batch of INSEAD and few other European schools.
Meanwhile, I am going to focus on my career and the NGO work I have been doing. Of course, I am going to travel too 🙂
But it does not mean I am off the blogging scene. I will keep you guys updated on my progress
So I am done with my first draft of respectable essays (or so I think) for review. I must say that INSEAD essays are more of a trouble for the reviewers as there are so many of them. I have warned my reviewers in advance about the quantity of text they are going to receive and guess what I am using the optional essay as well. Since I am waiting for the review, I am going over and over through the essays to see if I could make more changes. No patience to wait for the comments 🙂
I am also thinking about engaging a professional admission consultant but I will decide on that once I am done with the first round of peer review. I just somehow think that I may not use one because I did hell lot of brainstorming to come up (by come up I mean I have dug through my life to conclude whats worth telling and whats not) with stuff I want to put, stories I want to tell and I don’t know how will the admission consultant help me other than checking the flow, english etc. Any opinions on this one?
What I am glad about is that I still have not got paranoid about the essays and am doing it slowly and consistently. I have time for myself and can’t wait for the 20 km hike we girls have planned.
As we all know that essay writing is a very introspective process and man it is opening few windows in that small brain of mine. I have been learning a lot about me – my motivations, my future plans including the plan B and plan C, my capacity to compress my thoughts in 400 words and yes my writing style too. I think even if one is not applying to b school, he/she must go through this process to look inside and as the yogis say, once you know yourself completely, you can call things towards you and they will come to you. In this post I will share my intermediate learnings from this process. I hope they make sense for everybody:
- Be aware of yourself. I mean in all respects. Be aware of your surroundings, your ambitions, personal and professional motivations, your body. In general just don’t hang in the limbo. “Knowing what you don’t know” is a way better situation to be in than “not knowing what you don’t know”. (This is my husband’s tagline and since I am the better half, I have all rights to steal it :))
- Let people question you especially those who mean good. Because when they question you, you will be forced to think an answer. This is a great help for essays but I guess it helps in life too.
- Be honest with yourself. True that. Being honest with yourself is more important that being honest with others. (This one was a great help in identifying the target schools and writing the career goal essay).
Apart from these general things, I have come to know that I use “and” a lot and that I need to learn how to add firecrackers to my writing 🙂
GMAT – check
Research on schools – check
List of schools decided – check
So I am done with all the preliminary steps and am so ready for applying now. I can already picture myself taking classes and socializing in my dream school. For now, I have decided to apply to INSEAD Jan’13 intake and in case I don’t make it, I will apply to other schools from my list.
I have started writing essays for INSEAD, which are many. Nine in total because I intend to use the optional essay as well and let me tell you its not like writing a post on this blog. I can write 9 blog posts in a day and in last month or so, I have been able to write just 3 essays, which are also not very respectable. But at the same time, its interesting to think about the right stories that reflect you not in best way but in the right way. The adcom should be able to see me as the person I am through my essays. They should be able to relate to me through those 400 words highly compressed stories.
I am highly motivated and yes..lets do it!!!