DING Report

26 Mar

I would like to say that I have been really busy and so swamped with the awesome stuff happening around, that I did not get time to come back to my blog and update it. And if I did, I would be so wrong.

I gave my Kellogg interview last month on 17th February through Skype, after weather gods decided that my flight should be cancelled and I should be stuck in the house with snow being dumped all over DC. A week before the interview though, I gave my GMAT again. Round 3 was more successful than my other attempts but came after my first ding from UNC. So, the final GMAT score tally stands as:

  • GMAT 1: 580 Q37 V32
  • GMAT 2: 570 Q36 V32 (?!?!?!#@%$#)
  • GMAT 3: 680 Q44 V40

After the Kellogg interview, which went well except for the nagging feeling that I could have done a better job at telling more interesting things about me as a person (but more on that later), I waited for Kelley to call me. I waited, spoke to some wonderful people at Kelley and waited still for the interview. And then finally on 14th March, I heard back from both Kelley and Ross. No interviews or wait list for me to join the class of 2016. I also heard back from Kellogg yesterday and my nagging feeling turned up as another reject. So, the final tally for apps stands as:

  • UNC – Applicant initiated interview on Campus. Result – DING
  • Kellogg – Applicant initiated interview on Skype. Result – DING
  • Kelley – No interview. Result – DING
  • Ross – No interview. Result – DING

As of today, I have an offer (interview pending) to join the 2 year Weekend MBA program at Ross, who got my profile from FT program but I will likely pass that on in favor of a full-time program and attempt to apply again later this year to at least two of the above schools and a few new ones. The last month has been really introspective for me as I thought about what really went wrong in my application. People, who know me and know my work, are still convinced that shouldn’t take the route of doing an MBA for the sake of an MBA but rather still set my eyes at the Top 20 programs. This made me realize that there is a big possibility that I did not do a good job of portraying the person these people know, in my application. I am sure my GMAT scores did not help my case, but after speaking with the many students in this journey, I feel confident that my apps as a whole did not make a stellar case.

In the meanwhile, I also realized that I have some free time and not enough to do until end of summer when the application season starts again. I am also out of excuses to not become serious about fitness. As an overweight kid and adult, who has escaped health problems, I have always had infinite and one reasons to not “work out”. But, I also turned 29 this year and was suddenly very aware of my body-clock, about the inevitability of having kids eventually, raising them, and having a successful professional career, at the same time and taking my good health for granted, did not sound smart.

So, as I research and review the schools I will apply to over the summer, I know the one thing in me that has changed. For most of my life, I did not do things where I was not certain of being either the best or at least very good. But, in this one year (April 2013 – March 2014) I took on the GMAT, failed, and got back up. I applied to some really good business schools, failed, and will get back up. Hopefully, I will stay the course of fitness and continue sweating through this year and use the same perseverance to meet my other goals.

Congratulations everyone who made it! Be ready for the amazing ride of your life 🙂


Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Experiences, Life, MBA, Musings, Recap


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10 responses to “DING Report

  1. sarahrs81

    March 27, 2014 at 8:39 am

    If Ross is in travelling distance it might be worthwhile to have a look there part time. It’s not every day you get an invite. You might find the older profile fits better than you think.

    • Ellie

      March 31, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Hey Sarah,

      Unfortunately, it is not and given the visa I work on in the US, I am not eligible to become remote. The older profile is definitely something I did think about seriously, however, given that all these students travel from different parts of US to Michigan, there is very limited time for networking before they fly back. Have you started applying to the PT courses in your part of the world?

      • sarahrs81

        April 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm

        Started hunting for the part time option. Got a short list. Just need to see what happens next.

  2. grantmeadmission

    May 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Hey your blog inspired me to start my own! I only applied to one school this year (waitlisted into the sunset), and I’ll be applying again!

    You are going to have a lot more experience going into it this year!

  3. mylifeofbliss1

    October 30, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Thank you for sharing your story! This definitely inspires me to try harder. 🙂

    • Ellie

      October 30, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Yea…don’t get bummed down! If you have good work ex and overall profile, just getting the GMAT score in a reasonable range will help. I am still sceptical of people from Asia getting in on a low GMAT score 😦 so definitely bring that up as high as you can.

      • My Life of Bliss

        November 2, 2014 at 5:57 am

        i really don’t know how I’m going to do that. I’ve tried and I’m somehow stuck badly in Verbals. Any advice? If I get cross a 700, I’ll be so glad.

  4. My Life of Bliss

    November 2, 2014 at 5:58 am

    i really don’t know how I’m going to do that. I know people from Asia get crazy scores. I’ve tried a couple times and I’m somehow stuck badly in Verbal. Any advice? If I can cross a 700, I’ll be so glad! I got a 50 in Quant but a 28 in V.. 😦


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