Its been a week since last post. Initially the plan was to do a post a day but looking at work schedule and how my GMAT prep is going, i’ll be sticking with one post every week 😦 . I know i know i will get better i promise. So as i am not applying this year, i figured might as well get a feel of how other applicants are approaching their applications. And most importantly get to know about schools without any pressure.
I was going through posts on BTG (BeatTheGmat) and found out about Tuck Coffee Chat happening in Vancouver. So i signed up, did some research about the alumni (let’s call her Ms. Tuck*) organising it and waited anxiously. For all those who don’t know me (yet), i plan things ahead of time. Ms. Tuck sent an email with date and time to a completely unknown Coffee Shop by her place which is good, cause last thing i want is a crowded Starbucks where its hard to hear/understand each other. I got there good half hour before our meeting, spent good 10 minutes finding a parking spot (yes i still suck at parallel parking). Got my coffee and started catching Pokemon. Yup didn’t want to stress and there were quite a few water pokemon around so might as well.
There were 5 of us prospective applicants and Tuck Alumni. We went around the table doing usual introduction, when are we planning on applying, where exactly we are in the whole process and our GMAT results etc. Then Ms. Tuck told us her background going into Tuck. Its one thing to know the B School rankings and another to meet an alumni and find out about their academic and professional accomplishments. Man i was humbled. It just puts into perspective where i stand in the pool among other applicants. She talked about Tuck’s culture, Tuck “Fit” and how strong knit alumni community is. You can read blogs, watch videos and go through school websites all you want; but to get a taste of the B school talk to an alumni. She was passionate and telling us stories about Tuck, her friends and how it’s still helping her make connections. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. For a moment i felt like i was there at Tuck. Before meeting her i didn’t picture myself at Hanover but now there’s a strong possibility. Only time will tell where i end up but Tuck has surely caught my attention and now it’s my turn to catch theirs. For that i should better get back to my GMAT prep.
* – Didn’t ask her for permission to blog so keeping her anonymous.
** – I just started GMAT SC module and i can see so many mistakes in my blog. Good thing i will know how far i’ve come when i reach end of this journey.