So today I had many conversations, but I'll get to those in a second. I want to address my studying. So during the hour or so that I get for lunch I try to go do one of my MGMAT guides. I just re-finished, for the umteenth time, the MGMAT Equations, Variables in Choices, and Inequalities book. This time around I'm not allowing myself to skip any hard questions. I'll admit that previously, I would just skip it and say that I'd come back to it and never do that. So now, I force myself to sit there for 10/15 minutes and solve the problem. It's a good confidence booster actually.
In addition to that lunch homework... I've been making sure that I do Quant sets every day. My tutor had me do some problem sets last week, which were for him to get a sense of what we need to work on.
On Monday I did the first 37 problem solving out of the OG. I got 5 incorrect... upon further inspection 3/5 were because of miscalculation errors on my part. Now I am not taking these stupid errors lightly this time around. I need to understand WHY I'm making these errors. For example, one was about LxWxH but then all three were doubled making it 2Lx2Wx2H... for some reason my brain said ok 2x2x2=6 and not 8 like it should. Those are the things that CANNOT happen on G-day!
On Tuesday I did the next 37 problem solving out of the OG and got 4 wrong. My weakness is beginning to peak it's little head. I know which questions I have issues with. 2 of those 4 were incorrect due to a stupid error on my part, but I did not include that in the debrief to my tutor because there must be a reason for me to make those mistakes and THAT'S what we need to figure out.
Tonight I did 37 of the DS questions. I didn't do so hot here...so that too is very concerning. Hopefully I'll have better luck tomorrow night when I do the next 37! For DS I need to force myself to write more down. I have a bad habit of doing things in my head which does not work 100% of the time for DS because you assume things that you don't have.
Now... on to the conversations I had today with a couple folks. It's interesting when you start talking to current applicants and the same theme comes up. Today it was all about Essays. I spoke to 4 different people today and we were discussing essays and essay timelines. One of my friends sent me his essay for NYU's PT program to look over. I marked it up with comments and sent it back over to him and told him that I loved him and to not hate me. I think he understands I'm only trying to help.
I started my Tuck essays tonight! I decided to go sit on the pier by my house for inspiration. I live on the west side so I went to the pier by the Intrepid. Here are a couple of pictures!
The first thing I did upon sitting down was re-read my Dartmouth Tuck Visit debrief. For me, the reason I was soooo detailed in that debrief was for this exact purpose. I wanted to relive my trip up there while I was writing essays. So... to that I say... mission 1 accomplished.
I started writing the first essay - Why an MBA and Why Tuck? I've had this essay in my head for months now, so to get it on paper was not difficult. I wrote about 800 words and will of course need to trim it down but I feel better knowing that there is a hard copy of my thoughts saved on my hard drive.
I skipped the 2nd essay about leadership because I'm waiting to hear back from someone about something.
I started writing the 3rd essay which is about a challenge I've overcome and what not... the topic I chose was a no brainer... however I did not think that writing about it would be so draining and time consuming. I know I've had to overcome but I've never ever had to write about it so thoroughly. What I thought would be one of the easier essays for me to write about has become the more difficult.
The 4th essay is when I packed up and walked home. It was dark and my eyes were hurting. I wrote down my ideas for this essay, but I needed to come back and connect to the internet so I could research something.
I was definitely exhausted from all of that thinking!