Yes, I'm alive and running! Just finished another half marathon (whoo hoo!) and I guess I needed this physical journey to re-energize my run for Bschool. I'm happy to report that I rocked the entire 13.1 miles with a steady running pace...something I never thought I could ever do!
Another thing I never thought I'd ever do was add another Bschool to my current list. However, after speaking with a few people regarding my career goals and the infamous WHY MBA question, they each suggested Stanford. Up to this point, I've known Stanford has a very reputable program, but the only thing that's been preventing me from seriously considering applying to the program has been my own logistical thought process. I've been so consumed with the how the heck am I going to make it happen question that I've pretty much brushed Stanford off my shoulder. But after hearing so many people suggest this school to me, I'm going to take it as a good omen. As such, I've been rigorously perusing their site and omg...I think the folks who wrote it had people like me in mind: People who consistently doubt their own potential even after everything that's already been accomplished. Maybe that's my own fatal flaw...self-doubt.
If you read through the Stanford admission criteria (Intellectual vitality, leadership and personal qualities/contributions), you'll see what I mean--they're really trying to get folks to apply who aren't just quantitatively savvy, but also understand the inner crux of their own passions and motivations and how that applies to an MBA. I love how they reiterate that intellectual vitality is not measured through grades alone and I wholeheartedly agree with that notion. How many times have we met geniuses in their discipline only to realize these people are only good on paper? I know I'm stealing lines from "Sex on the City," but Carrie Bradshaw knew what the heck she was talking about. So, I've come to the conclusion that my saving grace will be my words...the power of my pen.
7 months ago