Kellogg – Class Visit

Day 3 – Kellogg. I stayed at my cousins’ place about an hour drive from Evanston. Illinois itself is not the most happening place. My cousin ended up taking me to Chicago navy pier, Willis tower and Millennium park, which is nice but it’s hard to fall in love with Chicago. Its crazy windy and apparently it wasn’t the normal windy day by Chicago’s standards. Anyhow, took the train to Evanston and uber to Kellogg. Started off with Info-session and then campus tour with first years. Right away i felt a big disconnect. The students were nice and helpful but with snobby side to them. I interacted with 4 of them and they came across as super helpful kind but with big serving of sarcasm. If it wasn’t for volunteer opportunity or nothing to gain, i felt like they wouldn’t even stop to give somebody directions. I was really interested in attending Data analytics class but it wasn’t offered that day so i cut my class visit short and left early. Kellogg is relocating to new building called Global Hub. It is secluded from city and it’s hella windy. I am honestly debating because it was horrible experience when it comes to students but when it comes to Admissions advisor and other staff they were the friendliest bunch. I guess i’ll reconsider Kellogg later on and try to talk to alumni before deciding if i  will be applying there or no.

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Stanford Class Visit

Day 2 – Stanford. After visiting Haas, i was less nervous and more mentally prepared. Class visit was scheduled from 9.30-12 and i got there early around 9ish. There were five other MBA aspirants, we all introduced ourselves and chatted for a bit before Admissions personnel showed up and gave us name tags. Meanwhile i was observing the atmosphere and its true what everyone says about Stanford – it’s laid back. Students in their pj’s and flip flops. I even saw a guy walking and trimming his beard on the go.Oh ya, a lot of East Indian students as well. Our group was split into two and my group was taken to Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital by Peter C Wendell & Raymond Gabriel Nasr. I honestly know nothing about venture capital, coming from tech background i had no expectations of knowing or understanding anything. But i couldn’t be more wrong. The case study was about firing a founder CEO by Board of directors. Everything was free flowing discussion and it was all making sense. The guest speakers work for a big VC firm which has shares in Instagram. He talked about uber’s CEO, investing in conflicting or rival companies etc. All in all it was wonderful experience. I didn’t get a chance to talk to students in the class but they ranged everywhere from sleepyheads to Prom queens. Question – Do i see myself at Stanford ?  Let’s just say i was more confident before visiting Stanford. I will surely survive n thrive there but i need to dig deeper and do more research.

Here’s the view from inside Bass Center at GSB. There’s no denying this place is piece of beauty. 

Haas – Class Visit

First one on the list – Berkeley Haas. I was only able to attend a class and not sit in any information session due to time constraints. Flew in from Vancouver and made it to campus just in time. Campus is beautiful, lot of undergrads have classes in same building. I guess Haas doesn’t have its dedicated building for Full Time MBA.  Head to the students office and signed up for Andrew Isaacs –  Opportunity Recognition: Technology and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. Its an elective so few of the students were from other schools as well. Having been up since 3 am with flight and long uber ride to campus and with lack of Caffeine had me crashing. But Andrew is a brilliant prof. It was a case study class about Hemoglobin replacement company that went public. Let’s just say in two hours everyone chipped in and cataloged crazy amounts of information and had come to conclusion on the case study. It was intense but yet fun. I actually wanted to participate quite a bit but was told beforehand not to. Students were actually really helpful and down to earth. One of the students offered to pay my transit fare when i asked for directions. Somebody else did for him day before so it was his pay it forward moment :). Its tricky now that i think about Haas. If Haas had one shot to impress me and i only asked for appetizer they delivered the best that they could have. Do i see myself at Haas ? – For sure, but i wish i had spent more time with students and at campus.

One thing’s for sure, all the marketing fluff that we see online about B-schools – It’s real. Here’s picture of Berkeley 🙂

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Campus Visit – 2017

Campus visits play a crucial role in the MBA application process. It’s one thing to be passionate about one school but another to actually visit the campus, talk to current students, attend a class and see if you like the vibe. Going to a B-school that not only provides me right opportunities but also aligns with my personality is ….

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So starting March 1st i am embarking on two week trip to visit potential B-schools. There are few omissions due to scheduling conflicts and work commitments. But looking on the bright side, i’ll have a special trip just to visit these two schools in couple months.

So here’s my schedule, if you happen to be in same city feel free to shoot a message. I would love to hang out with you 🙂

  • March 1st – Haas
  • March 2nd – Stanford
  • March 6th – Kellogg School of Management
  • March 8th – MIT Sloan
  • March 10th – Harvard
  • March 13th – Wharton

Dreams do come true, you just have to get up n work for them !!!

My Second Book

Its been long time coming. I have always been passionate about poetry. It’s my way of expressing my feelings and emotions. And i feel a person can convey strongest of the messages with the simplest of words.

Ghamman da suadagar or Hawker of sorrows is compilation of 25 poems that i have written over past 10 years. Collection is pretty big but i wanted to publish something that others could relate to.

iBooks Link US – http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1201554769

iBooks Link Canada – http://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/id1201554769

It is primarily Punjabi and Urdu (Urdu ghazals using english script). Give it a read, it is free 🙂

 

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GMAT is a Beast !!!

There, I said it. I have been studying for past month on n off (mostly on). And I haven’t cracked it yet. I have though outlined my weaknesses and strengths. Luckily all the hardwired I put into SC has paid off and I am much better than before. To be honest I was panicking initially as I had an unrealistic timeline in my mind for GMAT and applications. But after attending a webinar with Personal MBA Coach, it became more clear that my priorities need to be rearranged in order to succeed. So I have built this Gantt chart that is really helpful for me personally and figured it might help someone out there who’s in same position as I am in.

I am in no way affiliated with PMC. I have been attending every webinar or online chat to gain as much information as possible. And I recommend it to all of you.

“Constant repetition carries Conviction.”

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Adios 2016

Toughest thing in life is to let go. We hold on to relationships, memories, objects from past just because of feel good factor.  But if there’s one thing we can’t hold onto- its time. We can try with our best of abilities and best of intentions but it has its own pace, won’t slow down for you and won’t speed up either. I have been so consumed with idea of getting an MBA that ever since i first conceived the thought of it , i’ve been counting days and hoping time will fly by. And i have overlooked other things that should equally be as important as getting into MBA. Yesterday i passed final course of my undergrad. It’s been long time coming (28 years long). Before going into 2017 i want to look back at things, take a moment to appreciate what i earned, what i achieved , reassess my goals, enjoy it for a bit and last but not least remind myself why i started this journey.

Relationships took a back seat, i didn’t fully commit to my passion of powerlifting, stopped writing poetry altogether. Sometimes i feel if i fail will it be worth it ? Giving up on so many things.  Then i hear the voice of 10 year old me, reminding myself why these sacrifices are necessary and why i can’t doubt myself. Entire world out there is doubting me and my dreams. I can’t do their job for them. I have to believe in my abilities and take a leap of faith.

Dear Destiny – if you deny me, i’ll defy you.