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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Application Forms 

The Wharton application is now live and I'm hoping that the Kellogg one will be by the end of today. It's interesting to compare and contrast the Wharton and Stanford forms both in terms of the information they ask for and the way the forms work. Stanford seems to have gone for the slightly more hi-tech approach in some sections of their form, which I like in some places and don't in others. And I wish I knew why schools wanted some information and how they used it. What significance does my Mother's education have? (In the case of Stanford where there's only space for a limited number of characters, and 'Higher National Diploma - Applied Chemistry (Food Science)', simply doen't fit, knowing how it's used would enable me to shorten the description more intelligently).

I've been looking into the process for becoming a CFRE (the standard North American certification for fundraisers). I figure that if I get a place at B-school, having a US recognised certification won't hurt if I'm looking for internships in the nfp sector. I don't think it'll be at all dificult to do, but the application form is another matter - badly laid out, unclear and with conflicting information in a number of places. It makes me realise how well designed and thought through B-school forms are. A small mercy in this challenging process.

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Monday, August 30, 2004

Relishing Randomness 

It's a holiday weekend in the UK, so no work today. I'm still stuck at the computer though, just working on essays instead of 'work'. The biggest bonus has been having four consecutive day in the same city (three so far, and I'm working from home tomorrow) without having to get up at a thoroughly indecent hour. Bliss.

I'd hope to use the extended weekend to fill out the on-line applications for Wharton and Kellogg, but Wharton seems to be battling with technology and Kellogg is apparently pushing the 'late August' availability of the ap right up to the wire. Not that there's any rush on either of them of course, and I don't think they're going to take too much time to do, especially having already marshaled thought and information for the Stanford one.

Instead, I've registered myself for the London sessions from Kellogg (who have finally confirmed a date) and the Forte Foundation, and I'm making progress on S1. Slow progress, but I think I'm going in the right direction. And I've been discovering the delights of the shuffle feature on iPod / iTunes. I have fairly eclectic musical tastes, so it makes for a very interesting random selection.

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Sunday, August 29, 2004

Wharton Admissions Blog 

The Wharton Admissions Blog is now live. This has the potential to develop into a really useful resource, so why not pop along and have a look.

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Selling Out 

There are now ads at the top of the blog, courtesy of Google's Adsense. I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not, but thought I'd give it a go for a while. You never know, I might manage to fund a day of an MBA course!

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What matters to me most? 

As I mentioned, I had an introduction and an outline done for Stanford essay 1. I've been mulling over what to write about for a long time, and finally settled on a topic back in April, but now I'm having a re-think.

As I went through my Wharton and Kellogg essays and proof read them, I was struck by the fact that there are two 'stories' that I've used in both of them. In both instances, the stories jumped out at me for a particular question, and then I found that they worked for a question from the other school as well. I thought very hard about re-using them, but reached the conclusion that it wasn't laziness that was proding me in that direction, it was the fact that they really were good examples to use and shed important light on who I am and what I'm like. And I haven't used the same words in both applications, just the same ideas.

So I started thinking, if these aspects are so important to me that I've felt the need to tell Kellogg and Wharton about them, don't I want to tell Stanford about them too? Having decided that I did, the next question was if/how they fitted in my Stanford essays. The answer was that one of them could fit quite well into essay 1, but the other would take a bit of a stretch, and I wouldn't be able to give it as much importance as I think it deserves. I've mulled things over for the last few days and I think I now have an approach which will allow me to use the two aspects and much of what I was going to cover in my original plan, all with an over-arching theme that pulls them logically together.

But right now I have to go and assemble a cow.

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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Yale 

Although I've decided not to apply to Yale, I've been keeping an eye on their information. This year they've gone for two essays:

Why MBA - Please describe your short- and long-term goals and how your previous experience and an MBA will help you to achieve these goals. (500 words maximum)

Personal Statement - Please develop an question / topic of yuor choice and answer it in essay form. (500 words maximum)

To me, that doesn't seem like a whole lot of opportunity to really give a rounded picture of yourself, especially as all career and extra-curric information has to be given in a resume of 1 or 2 pages. I can't help feeling that it disadvantages those with a non-US and/or non-traditional background, where things might need a bit more explanation. I know I'd certainly find it really difficult to portray a strong candidacy. And as they only interview c30% of applicants, it's not as if large swathes of people are going to have the oporunity to present themselves face to face.

I also noticed that in the 'international' section they state that people with a three year degree need to make it equivalent to a US four year one by taking a post-gradute diploma in the same subject area, taking a two-year masters, being a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountancy, or transfering courses to a US university degree. My first degree was four years, but that's relatively unusual for the UK. Most UK degrees are three years, and it seems that most other US institutions regard them as at least a equivalent to a US four year one, because of the differences in the education system. Maybe Yale does too, but isn't expressing it very well. I suspect a lot of UK potential applicants will be put off by the face value of the statement though.

I guess they know what they're doing, but I'm even more convinced that I made the right decision when I crossed Yale off my list.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Eleven down, one to go  

Well I tore myself away from the TV and the iPod long enough to get a day's work done and have also managed to put together a pretty solid draft of Stanford essay 2 (their why mba etc one). So there's now just S1 left to tackle (I've got an intro and skeleton for it but nothing else) and revisions to S2 once I've left it to 'mature' for a few days.

Stanford essays don't have a word limit, and S2 is currently about 35% longer than it's Wharton and Kellogg equivalents. The extra words are in the 'Why MBA?' section, where I've added in some of the material I had to drop from Wharton / Kellogg, and 'Why Stanford?' where I've been more detailed than with the other two schools. This is partly as a result of necessity (Stanford doesn't have Majors, so I've had to be more specific about courses) but also a product of just having more space available. They say that most people need three to seven pages. I've used just under five (12pt, double spaced) so I don't thik it'll scare anyone lengthwise.

Much as I've struggled with the word/space limits for Wharton and Kellogg (and cursed them at times) they do impose a discipline. I've had to really interrogate every word and be sure it's inclusion could be justified. If something didn't make a valuable contribution, it was out. If it made a valubale but non-essential contribution, it was out too in some cases (that's the stuff that I've put back in for Stanford). Imposing that same sort of discipline without a word limit is going to take a bit more effort. S2 has benefited from all the preparatory work done for W and K, but I really need to try and keep control of myself for S1.

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Dealing with distractions 

Saturday and Sunday saw me getting up early (well 7am's relatively early for the weekend) to watch the Olympic rowing. It was certainly worth the early alarm call, and the theory was that I'd then be up and ready to get lots done. But there was always one more race to watch and one more medal ceremony to see, so I didn't get quite as much done as I'd really planned. Then yesterday I became the proud owner of an iPod. I won it in a charity auction, so I have the twin feel-good factors of having made a substantial saving on the retail price and contributed to a good cause. But setting it up, importing music, and generally admiring it's loveliness is proving to be much more attractive than writing my Stanford essays or that other thing I'm meant to be doing (commonly known as my job).

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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Moving on with Stanford 

I've pretty much filled out Stanford's on-line application. I need to talk to my mum about the parental education section and fill in the contact info for my community activities, but the rest of the form is done. Most of it was pretty straightforward but the employment history took a bit of thought. As well as a description of the role (maximum of 320 characters) they also want to know your greatest challenge and greatest achievement in each role (both also in 320 characters each). Coming up with an honest answer for every job, that work well together, and expressing them in such a short space, took some doing. I'm happy with what I've come up with though.

Got an e-mail from Stanford yesterday about their London session. As well as the general session on Sept 20th, they've added one for women on the 16th (another one for your calendar Alex). I'd organised my trip to Istanbul so that I could be back in time for the 20th. But I've now swopped to the seesion on the 16th, will fly to Istanbul on the 17th, get back on the afternoon of the 20th, and make it home in time for choir practice in the evening, thereby not incurring the wrath of my conductor for missing a rehearsal. It all works out rather well recently.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Finished Once, Finished Twice 

I've re-done the 'why MBA, why here, why now' essay for both Wharton and Kellogg. The overview od my career to-date is shorter and 'functional', rather than the chronological approach I'd taken before. It menas that readers wil need to read the factual bit of the application form to get a sense of what I've done, with the essay concentrating more on what I've learnt. I'm hoping that that's a good thing (avoiding duplication and redundancy), but if anyone knows differently, please shout.

The Kellogg essay is on two pages, just. And, having written it on A4 paper and then realised that it would be printed out on US standard paper, I was particularly pleased to find that it still made into onto just two sides when I changed the page settings. The Wharton one is over 1,000 words, but I'm hoping that it's within the reasonable extra words allowed for 'non-traditionals'. Certainly I think everything that's in there is doing a useful job and I'd be hard pushed to remove any of it without severly weakening my case. So I think I'm OK on length for both schools. Which means I'm now ready for both sets of essays to be read by other people. I know I've said this before, but I really mena it this time.

In other news, Blogger has introduced the rather nifty bar at the top od the page, that you can use to search for words within this blog. Have fun with it!

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Forces of nature 

The pictures of th edevestation in Florida last week were shocking. The UK pretty much avoids such extremes of weathr, although at the moment we're getting the edge of some storm systems. Yesterday an intense period of heavy rainfall in a steep valley, combined with a high tid, resulted in flash flooding in a village in Cornwall. Buildings were washed away, cars were being carried down the main street as if they were little more than twigs, and the RAF were being kept busy winching people out by helicopter. Cornwall's a popular tourist destination, and this is about the buiest week of the year for tourism. All in all, it's amazing that human damage seems to have been restricted to relatively minor injuries.

I've been enjoying the rather more pleasant forces of nature competing in Athens. Unfortunately I missed the 200m freestyle final yesterday, but I saw quite a bit of swimming over the weekend. My mum was a competetive swimmer and although my highest sompeting level was somewaht below that of the Olympics (Airedale & Wharfdale Under 10's being the biggest competition I made it to) it's one of the few sports that I feel I can relate to on a technical level. The UK seemed to be suffering from poor performances, bad luck with underwater cameras and simply being up against awesome competitors, but it looks like we could make it on to a podim at the pool in the next few days. And hey, there are plenty of US and Australian competitors who make for compulsive non-partisan viewing.

Speaking of compulsive viewing (reading?), the blogs and diary entires from Wharton pre-term are great. I'm really enjoying keeping in touch with what those guys are up to, and it's getting me even more enthusiastic about b-school in general and Wharton in particular. Hope you all carry in enbjoying it, and good luck to Mark and the rest starting at Harvard this week.

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Sunday, August 15, 2004

Iterative Process 

You know how I said that my Kellogg and Wharton essays were ready for review, well I've changed my mind. It's the 'Why MBA, Why Now, Why Here?' one for each that I'm not sure is quite right yet. My problem all along has been that my review of whatI've done so far has taken up too much space, resulting in a relatively small amount given over to 'why here', especially for Kellogg (I've taken advantage of Wharton allowing 'non-traditionals' to exceed the word limit a bit). I started off being very descriptive in looking at my career, and in subsequent drafts have moved much more to that 'what I've learnt' rather than 'what I've done', but there's still been this niggle that it's not as good as it could be. When I've come to the Stanford version, which doesn't have a word of space limit, I've found that I've been able to put back in lots of the passion about why I want to do an MBA, which I've ended up not being able to fit into the other versions. I'm also better able to articulate 'why Stanford' because I've got the space to do it properly. But I've thought some more, and I think I have a way of looking at my 'history' for Kellogg and Wharton which will say what I want to communicate in a more relevant and, more importantly, less word-hungry way. So that's my job for this evening.

I've also been trying to plan my weekends for the rest of the year. Earlier in the summer I was finding that I seemed to have some commitment or other every single weekend, which made it rather difficult if I wanted to go away (or spend some time just slobbing around). So I've been trying to organse activities so that I have two or three in a single weekend, and then have weekends that are entirely free. I've got lots of leave that I need to use up before the end of the year, so I've been seeing how I can use that as well. So, subject to getting the time-off approved, I'm going to have a long-weekend in Istanbul in the middle of September. I'm still planning to do a quick visit to Wharton at the end of September, again subject to being able to get time off at the right time and managing to sort out flights, and I'm hoping to maybe manage another city break sometime in November (either somewhere warm or somewhere that works well in the cold).

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Coming to a town near you 

Kellogg have started to firm up their off-campu events. There are still a lot of TBA's but if you go here you can see if they are coming anywhere near you and maybe get a date in your diary. And if anyone from the Kellogg admissions office happens to be reading this, would it be possible for you to hold your London event on any day other than a Monday?

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Kellogg Essays - tick 

After my flash or revelation yesterday evening. I sat down after breakfast and put together a short essay about my powers of qunatitative persuasion. Unlike some of the others it was pretty straightforward - simply to explain the situation and how I addressed it, and it didn't take too much thinking about what I wanted to communicate. I neede to show that I understood the reasons for the resisitance and that I reacted in a way that addressed those reasons. I wanted to show that I've got good quant skills. Just under 500 words in just under an hour.

So I now have a full set of Kellogg essays to go with the Wharton ones. I'm going to put them aside for now, and then come back and edit them over the weekend. The review your file one is going to need some work once the on-line application is up and I know what's going to be in my file in its entirity, but I'm hoping that's the only substantial thing I'll need to do. Stanford essays here I come.

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Monday, August 09, 2004

Re-think 

Having come up with a tentative topic for my third short essay for Kellogg, I started to make some notes whilst eating dinner. It soon became pretty clear that everything I'd want to say in this essay I'd already said elsewhere. I may have explicitly focussed on team work only in my Outside of work I . . . essay, but a lot of the elements that make for good team work (listening, understanding that different people take different approaches, etc.) I've covered elsewhere. Somehow I don't think I wish the Admissions Comitee had asked me to repeat myself will be a useful road to go down. And if there's not much new in there then I guess it could be construed as 'writing what she thinks we want to hear' (which might not be entirely inaccurate).

So I started to have a re-think. Now, there are a couple of areas that are causing me some concern for my applications in general. The first is a slightly dodgy set of grades in my penultimate year at university. There's a good explanation for them and I'm giving it in the optional essay for Wharton and the additional information for Stanford. For Kellogg it fits in quite well in the Review you file essay. The other (lesser) concern is my quant background. My GMAT score is OK but not spectacular (over Wharton's 80% guide, but only just). So while I don't think anyone is going t be concerned that I won't cope with the quant curriculum, I don't think they're going to see quant as a particular strength either. I also don't have any quant classes on my trannscript. The way that the UK university system works, you're admitted onto a specific course of study, and you have fairly limited opportuities for pursuing subjects outside that course. I studied languages, and quant classes weren't an option. I did study maths right up to before I went to uni, which means I've done the equivalent of a US college math course, but that doesn't show on my transcript. And there's quite a high quant element in my job, but I don't imagine many people really understand what fundraisers do, so that won't necessarily be that obvious.

This lack of quant evidence started me thinking. I could use the 'open' essay to do something along the lines of I wish the admissions committee had asked me if my transcript is a fair representation of my abilities. That could cover the quant stuff, and allowed me to discuss the grades issue, freeing up some space in the file review essay. But done that way, I think it would come across as 'this is something I think is a weakness', and that isn't how I feel. It's more that it's something that isn't very well demonstrated elsewhere. So instead I'm going to do the 'persuasion' essay and use an example where I used quantitative information to persuade. It's something I've done quite a lot of, so I don't know why I didn't think of it before. This way, I hope I can communicate 'good quant skills' rather than 'doesn't lack quant skills', which I think is a much stronger approach.

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Another helping of Kellogg 

Over the weekend I complete drafts of two of the Kellogg short essays - Outside of work I . . . . and What have been your most significant leadership roles to date? What was the most valuable lesson learned?. As predicted, a couple of my paragraphs in the leadership one are quite long, and they look even longer when they're double spaced. But I'm only just over 500 words in total for that one, so I don't think it's excessive.

I'm continuing to consider what to do for the third essay. At the moment, I'm leaning towards I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me... and writing something on teamwork. Having read through the rest of my essays, I think the adcom might be starting to get tired of my interpersonal and communication skills if I write about them anymore, but I think there's more that I can add about being part of a team, especially given that Kellogg puts so much influence on that. I'm thinking about I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me why I enjoy being part of a team.

After I'd done the essay draughts over the weekend, I read through some of the notes I took when I visited. I found that the things that I'd noted down that they felt to be important were areas that I'd been talking about in my essays. This wasn't a conscious thing at all, and what I wrote reflects beliefs and values that I've held for a long time, so it seems to me to indicate that I'm a good 'fit' for Kellogg. Let's hope that they think the same way!

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Lies, damn lies and statistics 

I was browsing through the B-week boards whilst waiting for my bath to run (it takes quite a while) and I cam across a posting from someone about the lower number of applicants to 'top' schools. His/her contention was that, if you were aquainted with the laws of probability, it would be obvious that it was easier to get into a school if there were on 1,000 applicants than if there were 3,000. Now this might be true if the school has 1,000+ places, but other than that, I don't buy it, and it's started me musing about the whole admissions statistics issue.

I know it can be really depressing to look at the relatively low percentage of applicants who are accepted each year. I think it's important that we remember though, however much people may talk about an 'application lottery' the ad-coms don't simply pull our names out of a hat (or at least I sincerely hope they don't!) Not all applications (or all applicants) are created equal. No matter what school you apply to, there will be some people who can't (or don't) demonstrate the academic aptitude to cope with the course. There will be others with great GPAs and GMATs who are lacking skills in other areas, and those who think that their scores alone will get them in and so don't put enough effort into the essays etc. And of course there are those who are applying to the school simply becasue it is a 'top school' or who want to do an MBA because they can't think of anythig else to do, or because it's the 'expected next step' in their career, and who can't come up with convincing answers to the 'why MBA, why now, why here?' questions. All of which mean that the applicants with 'good enough' scores; who can demonstrate their inter-personal skills, leadership potential etc; who put sufficient effort into all sections of the application and who articulate well thought out and convincing reasons for wanting to do an MBA at this school and at this point in their career, are going to have a better chance of getting in that the raw admissions statistics would suggest.

It's pretty impossible to quantify this but I'll useWharton as an example. According to the B-week statistics they accepted 16% of applicants. So 16 out of every 100 people who applied were offered a place. However, according to what's said by Alex, FF etc on the S2S board, 70-80% of applicants are qualified on the basis of academic aptitude, which means that 20-30% aren't. So, looking only at 'academically qualified' applicants, 16 out of every 70-80 were offered a place, making the admission statistic for someone in this group between 20% and 23%. Still not huge, I admit, but better than 16%. Factor-in the other factors, and the admitted percentage will increase further. And of course the real thing to remember is that we each only need one place in the class. We can't influence how many other people apply or how good their applications are, but we can each make our own applications as good as they can be.

Hope that's a suitably uplifiting thought for a Monday morning!


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Saturday, August 07, 2004

Kellogg contd 

I've spent some time looking at the short essay questions for Kellogg and at the rest of my application, trying to decide which three of the five will add the most to the package. I've gone for Outside of Work I . . . as it lets me talk about an important extra-curric which I haven't mentioned much anywhere else and I can also use it give a very strong example of team work and interpersonal skills. The second is going to be What have been your most significant leadership roles to date? What was the most valuable lesson learned? Leadership is clearly something they're looking for, and this seems like a good opportunity to address it directly. Last year, they simply asked about the most valuable lesson you'd learnt in a leadership role. It's going to be more challenging to address both aspects of the question in just three paragraphs. I wonder how long a paragraph I can get away with?

The choice of third topic is going to take a bit more thinking about. Describe a situation in which you provided a solution that met with resistance. How did you address that situation? could be a good one if I can come up with a strong example. It'll alow me to stree my inter-personal skills, although they aren't badly covered elsewhere. I already have something drafted for Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced and how it was resolved. I'm not sure that it adds that much to my application though. Plus, I have the feeling that they might be less concerned about the ethics of someone from the nfp sector than they would be of someone coming from a 'loadsamoney' type career. I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me... is a nice, open ended opportunity, if I think that there's anything I desperatly need to include that I haven't elsewhere, but I'm not sure that there is. Hmmmm. I'll ponder some more.

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Friday, August 06, 2004

Considering the Stanford App 

I spent some more time yesterday evening filling in some of the Stanford app. Doing it online is certainly easier than trying to write neatly and legibly, with correct spelling, on a paper form. The only bug I've come across so far is the fact that it requires me to answer the ethnic orgin question, despite my being neither a US citizen nor a permanent resident.

The questions where they want you to give a bit of descriptive information (eg employment history, community activities) have very tight character limits, which is proving to be a bit of a challenge. Some of them are going to take as much thinking about as the essays in order to take get across as much as I want to. I'm somewhat surprised to see the differentiation the application makes between full-time and part-time employment. I can see that there's a difference between 'real jobs' and vacation work, internships etc., but the way the application is structured seems to put all part-time jobs in the latter category. Now, I know plenty of people who've had serious professional jobs that have only been part time. They've been combining work with a caring responsibility or with study, working part-time to give themselves some financial security whilst also starting their own business or working on a freelance basis, or combining two part time jobs in organisations that don't feel they need or can't afford someone full-time (not uncommon in the nfp sector). It's perfectly possible to have a 'career' job without working 40 (or 50, or 80) hours a week at it. I'm planning on ignoring the part-time section. Do they really need to know that I worked as a tour guide when I was 19 (given that I'm now 31)?

I'm relieved, and somewhat surprised, to find that I still have all the information I need to complete the salary details. UK law requires people (and organisations) to keep financial records for seven years, but I haven't got round to throwing out a couple of yearsd worth of stuff that I could have safely got rid of. So I can give them a ful record of the pittances I've been paid since I graduated. I just need to remember to note the exchange rate I'm using in the additional information section.

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Thursday, August 05, 2004

More on Stanford 

In my excitement at realising that the Stanford app was out, I failed to notice that there's also information available on their off-campus sessions. You can find it here. I'm booked in for the London one. Unfortunately it's on a Monday evening, which seems to be a bit of a trend (the Forte Foundation's London session is on a Monday, as is the London date for the World MBA Tour). I have a choir rehearsal on Mondays, and I'm not meant to miss more than three per-term. I might be able to negotiate with the choir director though, if I promise to learn the music at home.

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They're coming back 

And yet more exciting news, the Daleks are coming back. Protracted negotiations have apparetnly finally secured their appearance in the new series of Dr Who. I never found the Dalek's that scary (maybe something to do with the funny voices and inability to climb stairs) but I still find the Cybermen very creepy- I can live without them making a repeat appearance.

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Stanford Application Out 

The full Stanford application is out and available here. So I now have my first on-line application underway. It's feeling exciting and scary all at the same time.

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Wharton Blog 

It seems that Wharton’s admissions blog is going to happen. Thanks to Dave for letting me know that there’s a feed from here. I won’t give the URL, as I believe it hasn’t been publicized yet, and who knows what stage of development it’s at, but I’m sure it will be announced on S2S when it goes live.

Some of my fellow bloggers have been musing on the pros and cons of having a public blog an RSS / Atom feed. They way I look at it, if we choose to make our blog public, especially if we open a feed, then we are putting ourselves in the public domain. Because of this, I’ve been careful not to reveal too much about myself, my employer, or my life outside the application process. If anyone who knows me reads the blog they’d probably recognise me (not that I’ve told anyone that I’m blogging), and its possible that if an adcom reads both the blog and an application they’d make a connection, but I’m OK with that. I don’t share anything that I’m not happy to be public knowledge. And with so many people who know me knowing about my application plans, if I fail to get in anywhere then lots of people in cyberspace knowing about it is going to be the least of my worries! It works for me, although I can see that it might not work for everyone.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Normal Service Seems to Have Resumed 

I don't know what was up with blogger yesterday, but my message bodies kept disappearing. Things now seem to be working again though. I was trying to share thoughts on the public blog / privacy mini-debate, and ended up saving what I wanted to say on my home PC. I'm currently in the office, so will post it when I get home this evening.

I think my Wharton essays are now at a stage where they're ready for someone else to read them. I've got a couple of friends lined up to give me their opinions, but if any of you Wharton folks want a break from pre-term and would like to give me the benefit of your opinion, let me know!

I've finished the Wharton essays just in time for the Kellogg ones being posted. It's three short essays from a choice of five this year, rather than three from seven. Most of them are the same as last year, although one is new and one has been amended slightly. I'm not quite sure what I think of them yet. I'm going to sit down with my Kellogg 3 essay, look at which areas I'm currently light on, and then decide which of the options will beat allow me to beef-up those areas.

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Sunday, August 01, 2004

Happy Yorkshire Day! 

Today is the 'national' day of Yorkshire, which is the bit of the UK that I call home (even though I don't live there at the moment). If you want to know more, you can visit here. i know I'm biased, but it reallt is a beautiful bit of the world (well, most of it is) and I'd heartily recommend it a s a holiday destination.

Having spent the last week moving and sorting through boxes, and getting very dirty, scratched and bruised in the process, I've had a relatively relaxing weekend at home. I've also managed to finally do a first draft of Wharton 3a. It still needs a lot of work, but it's on paper and almost within the word limit (or at least the word limit plus 10%), so I feel that I'm finally getting somewhere. With work, I think it can be a strong essay, certainly stronger, in terms of the entire applicatiuon, than an ethics one.

And while on the subject of Wharton, a tentative schedule for admissions events is now on the website. The London event isn't until after the r1 deadline, unsurprisingly. But there's currently one scheduled for New York at the time I might be flying out to visit Wharton. I may well go to that one if it fits in with everything else.

Summer seemes to have returned to the UK (which made shifting boxes in an enclosed space particularly delightful last week) so I'm off to enjoy it.

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