Well that was anticlimatic

20 05 2009

After doing one last check through KWEST options this morning, I logged into the registration site promptly at 11am EDT. All told, it took about 5 minutes to walk through the registration and provide all the needed information. I ended up putting Egypt ahead of Morocco, so my top 5 were: Mystery, Egypt, Morocco, Italy and Playa del Carmen. Now it’s back to waiting until we find out which trip we’re actually selected for. I have no idea how long this takes, but saw that Samantha wrote on her blog that it takes over a month. I really hope it doesn’t take that long, I prefer immediate feedback to waiting.

Finished the math course yesterday. Nothing really new there, but helpful to refresh myself on things like logs and standard deviation, which I only vaguely remember. I think I’ll do the math exam and economics course today since I’ve got a pretty light schedule at work.


One day until KWEST selection

19 05 2009

So KWEST registration is tomorrow morning at 11am EDT. I’ve got the time blocked off on my calendar so I know I’ll be able to be at my desk, ready to register as soon as the link becomes available. I’ve known for a while now that my first choice will be the Mystery Trip, but since the popularity of that trip causes registration to fill up very quickly, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my second choice. Although several of the Carribean trips and the trip to Mexico look incredible, I decided to focus instead on trips that are a little harder to do from the US. I quickly focused on Morocco and Egypt as looking like incredible trips, only problem is I can’t decide which to put as #2 and which to put as #3. I think for the past few days, I’ve been flipping them back and forth. It’s going to come down to the wire, and I may just end up flipping a coin.

In other MBA-related news, I’ve started the pre-enrollment courses. So far I’ve breezed through the accounting course in about 10 minutes, and am about halfway through the math course. Still to go are economics and statistics. At least it gives me something to do when I get bored at work.


15 05 2009

Well, not really an anniversary, but it was almost exactly one year ago today that HBS released its application essays and I started seriously working on my applications.  On the one hand it’s hard to believe that another year has gone by so quickly, but on the other hand so much has happened in that time that it seems like a distant memory.  As I watch (virtually) this year’s crop of applicants beginning the process, I can’t help but feel relieved that that portion of my MBA is done with.  After two years of going through the emotional ups and downs of applications, and the endless waiting for decisions, I’ve finally (or just about finally) reached the payoff.

On the preparations front, activity is starting to pick up:

  • Our final financial aid award letters are due to be sent in the next few days, so I’ll have to nail down which lender(s) I’m going to use.  I think I’m going to stick with federal loans (Stafford and GradPLUS), since interest rates have nowhere to go but up and I’d rather lock in an interest rate now.  So there’s not much comparison shopping to do, just looking at who offers best deals on fees. 
  • Pre-enrollment courses are now up and running.  Is it weird that I’m actually excited by this?  I don’t know if that means I’m a nerd or just that bored with my job right now.  I breezed through the accounting course yesterday and started on the math class.  Not really any new material, but the math has been a helpful refresher on some material I hadn’t used since I was an undergrad. 
  • I’m making slow but steady progress on selling my condo in NJ.  There have probably been about 5 potential buyers that have come to look at the place, but none have turned into offers yet.  My realtor is having open houses each of the next two weeks so hopefully that generates more interest.  And hopefully that interest turns into actual offers.  There’s still plenty of time so I’m still generally relaxed about this.

Also on the to-do list: finalize my preferences for KWEST trips (registration is May 20th), find my vaccination history to send to the school, and deal with moving companies to start getting that organized.  Only about 2 and a half months left until I plan to move to Evanston.  There’s still a lot to do so I think this time is going to go by really quickly.