BoB Awards – who me? :)

22 May

Well nothing like a nomination to let go of procrastination and come back to the beloved blog, isn’t it? I was pleasantly surprised to see my blog up there with Sarah’s, Domotron’s and Hamm‘s as a ClearAdmit Best of Blogging Awards for 2013-14 nominee. Please do show your love to all the nominees and hey, if my struggles and experiences helped keep your chin up, then do nominate me too 🙂 Vote by following this link, or by tweeting your top three favorites – along with the hashtag #ClearAdmitBoB –  to @clearadmit. Voting will conclude on Wednesday, May 28th. 

In the meanwhile, unlike many of my fellow nominees, my journey on this road is not over yet. I am back to the drawing board having now engaged a consultant to help me perfect my pitch. After some tough love and reflection, we have started crafting this year application. My package with the consultant expires on June 23rd and my big concern is that my target schools don’t come out with their apps by then :-s. But, hopefully, if not all, one or two may share their essays in time for me to build as he/they call is a “horizontal strategy”.

It is already shaping out to be a busy summer otherwise. After 2 years of informal management responsibilities, I was finally assigned a formal direct report and within 28 days of becoming a manager, I had to take the decision to fire the colleague I started to manage. The learning from this experience is still at a nascent stage and dawning on me daily, but I won’t ever want to be in this position, if I can avoid it in the future. On a happier note, my pro-bono project for this year is almost complete. Our Board presentation was really well received and we now have a final presentation with the development committee to give some of the more difficult messages.

And finally, over the next six months, my husband and I are planning for the visit of my parents and in-laws, who will be living with us for about 3 months each. I know, I know – many of my readers may find this an occasion to feel the opposite of excitement (panic anyone?!) :). Three months with parents? Three full months with in-laws, really??! But, I really am excited! It has been a loooong time since I have lived with my parents for this long and I have never spent more than a week with my in-laws, so I am excited for the great food, some company, and to show them around the US. I will also be candid and say it out loud, I am really excited about the help in managing my home while I put in more time at work and in my b-school applications!

So with that, thanks again Clear Admit for nominating me and helping me share my journey along with some amazing people. Until the next time …

BoB Nominee 1



Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Experiences, Life, MBA, Recap


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9 responses to “BoB Awards – who me? :)

  1. GrantMeAdmission

    May 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    You have improved a lot this summer; you’ll do great next year!

  2. MBAreapplicant84

    June 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog, good stuff. I can relate all to much to life as a reapplicant. Keep your head up, you will get there!

    • Ellie

      June 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you so much for dropping by! Hope I can replicate your success this year – your blog is seriously inspirational!

  3. GrantMeAdmission

    June 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Hey there! Just wondering how your summer is going! Have you started “the grind” yet? I know you have the parentals (fun), so you are probably preoccupied.

    • Ellie

      June 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Hey! Thanks for the shout out on your blog and it is definitely at the back of my mind, that I haven’t updated this page as I promised. 😦

      The summer is just flying by! My package with the consultant expires on Monday. So all my writing juices for the last few weeks have been squeezed out as I try and get my essays finalized and submitted for review. Once this first set is done, I will be more clued in for the remaining season *Fingers crossed*

      Great job on the hits and views on your blog!! So impressive. 🙂


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