Days of Whine and Neurosis

Monday, May 09, 2005

You See Elle Eh!

I just got the “UCLA Anderson Congratulatory Letter” delivered to my inbox! Wow, how sweet it is!

I dropped my application into cyberspace on January 5th, and after four agonizing months, my first choice came to fruition. Well, truth be told, Harvard was also my first choice, but more like choice 1a because I knew that getting in would be like being struck by lightening and bit by a shark on the same day. And, I’m saving those odds for a massive lottery jackpot.

The last month and a half was particularly challenging, given that I was twisting in the wind on the wait-list flagpole. Last spring, when I officially decided to apply to business school, UCLA was my obvious first choice. Then I looked at the admitted students profile and prestigious rankings and thought, “well, maybe I need a backup plan.” So, I decided that USC would also make a great destination, and then I looked at the admitted students profile and prestigious rankings and thought, “well, maybe I need a backup plan.” If nothing else, the lofty GMAT, GPA, and Work Experience hurdles made me study harder, work more efficiently, and refine my positioning statement.

But through it all, I felt like Anderson was meant to be. Every time I walk out my front door and look across the street I see a bus stop for a line that runs from my neighborhood to UCLA. Literally. Door to door, y’all. Try wallowing in wait-list purgatory and seeing that friendly little reminder every morning. Good times.

I’m excited to post the obligatory, self-congratulatory, Shakespearian “how I did it” missive(s) in the coming days. I’ll probably break it down into three parts: I) Pre-Application and the GMAT, or “Self-Doubt” II) Applying and Waiting, or “Neurosis” III) Post-Acceptance, or “Debauchery.”

That’s it for now. Back soon, and to all of those on a wait-list somewhere, keep the faith.