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BoB Awards – who me? :)

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 …

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

 

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A year to be thankful for!

I have been back since last week from a wonderful, albeit short (yes, 3 weeks with a family you don’t get to see all year feels short!) visit home. We packed in a lot of travel, met a lot of family and friends, including my grandma, who I hadn’t met in 8 years :-/ and got my sis married off in true Indian fashion. This trip was unfortunately a bit disappointing on food experience side, despite the two weddings that we attended, but well that’s never stopped me from putting on weight. 😀

So, I am back to a cold, a bit dreary, and a practically “friend-free” Washington DC. Most of our friends are either on their annual trips to India or are taking advantage of the Christmas holiday travelling, while TH and I guard the doors at our respective offices. There isn’t much work, except the occasional email, and that’s great because, I desperately need to make up for the lost time in finishing my apps for Ross, Kelley, and Kellogg.

I have now got the process down to a science and every single day, I send up a prayer for being married to a guy who is as committed to this whole process of application as I am. He has been able help me distill my many, many words and thoughts into clear, concise, and articulate goals. If I do make it through to the interviews, it’ll be all for his support.

This year has been great in many ways – professionally and personally. I think I have been less afraid to fail, failed and still not given up, in all ways grown and matured more than ever before. In the same spirit, once I am done with applications, I plan on taking the last shot at GMAT again. Less to support my application story but more to get even with it. During the next month, I’ll also be preparing for my Kenan-Flagler interview and the Kellogg interview, and hoping and praying very, very hard that Ross and Kelley both like my application story and call me for interview.

To everyone here who has made it in R1 (Hamm0, TimBobPoeticQuant, ExpectingMBA, and MBAGirlJourney) – many congratulations! To fellow travellers still on this journey in R2 – May the new year bring us closer to our dreams 🙂 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Experiences, Life, MBA, Recap

 

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Coming back to you!

My PTO for the trip back home just got approved and I am ecstatic! It will be 17 months since I left India, saw my parents, my sister, my friends and finally I can make it home in October now! But as always, and with any trip, logistics of the trip needs to be clearly worked out and it is as bad any dirty math problem :D.

I need to juggle the following in my trip. One of my best friend’s wedding ceremony in Mumbai on 28th October and I can leave office only in the second half of 26th October, Friday, so to make it to the ceremony

  • I need a flight that leaves on Friday evening.
  • Ideally, it should reach Bangalore by Saturday night 11 p.m to Sunday night, 2:00 a.m.  and I can take flight out to Mumbai. However, I am willing to reach directly in Mumbai on Sunday morning and fly out on Monday morning to Bangalore.
  • I would prefer a flight that allows 2 pieces of baggage
  • All this should ideally cost me less than $1300 😀 [ A girl can wish alright?!]

Dirty math problem aside, I am so psyched I am going home. There are so many things I miss about being back there that I won’t even bother to post it here. But I believe it is all going to come trickling out as I count down to the d-day. This is what I have on my agenda for this visit:

  1. Best Friend’s wedding in Mumbai – two of my best college friends are marrying each other and I can’t be happier!
  2. Sister-in-law’s wedding in Bangalore- a much awaited event and the raison d’être for the visit.
  3. Visiting my parents in their new home in Ahmedabad
  4. Spending Diwali at my in-law’s place and learning how it is done right
  5. Talking and talking and talking with friends and my sister in Bangalore 🙂

Oh in case no one noticed – I CANT WAIT TO GET HOME! 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Being Desi, India Ramblings

 

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