Kellogg and Tepper – Ding #2 and Ding #3 + Updates

So March 25th was D-day for both Kellogg and Tepper, but since I pretty much knew what the outcome was going to be, I didn’t really care that much to be honest. Kellogg waived my interview and anecdotal evidence showed quite early on that once you’re waived, it’s pretty much over for you. At least, that’s how it was this admissions cycle, particularly if you’re Indian.

I’d like to say I was surprised that Tepper dinged me, but I’m not. My essays for Tepper were hastily edited versions of my essays from other schools, and trust me, it showed. In hindsight, it was dumb of me to apply just for the heck of it. I hadn’t spoken to any current students, I had no real connection with the school and I applied anyway because I thought it was ‘safe’. Don’t make the same mistake I did! I don’t know exactly how, but your interest (or lack thereof) in a school’s program can be clearly gauged by the admissions committee. They can see right through a last minute application, so even if your stats look good on paper, you will have a tough time of it. I also noticed a typo in my essay a week or so ago. This is what happens when you blearily try to mishmash content from three other essays at 3 a.m, two hours before the deadline. I repeat, don’t do this!

To prove the point I made above, I interviewed at Anderson, which for all intents and purposes is more ‘difficult’ to get into than Tepper and the only reason I made it this far is because I worked my butt off on that one essay and I spoke to at least 5 different students throughout the process. The result will be out on April 2nd, not too far away now.

How am I dealing? Well, mentally I’m prepared for a ding. With five other dings already, it’s not that much of a stretch. I’ve been trying to shift out of my engineering function into product management, which was basically my post MBA goal anyway. I figure if I have to reapply next year, it might be good to show that I’ve already made that shift. Besides, it’s where my true interests lie so I’m going to be much happier there. I’m also going to be heading to South Africa for about 10 days in May. It will be my second trip to this gorgeous country and I can’t wait to take a break from all this madness and come back refreshed to do it all over again.

Also, congratulations to everyone who’s made it to their target schools… looking at you Scott and My Life of Bliss!

10 thoughts on “Kellogg and Tepper – Ding #2 and Ding #3 + Updates

  1. Oh boy! Feel for you but I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for the right result from Anderson! 😉

    And I totally get your comments on last minute applications – there’s a lot of wisdom in those words! Then again, if you get Anderson it won’t matter!!

    Stay focused and hopeful on results day and then you can think about next steps application-wise if needed. Best of luck!


  2. Hey, there’s still Anderson 🙂 Let’s not lose hope.. until there is no hope! To be really honest (maybe its the crazy hormones), but I’m really only looking forward to the Anderson decision.. I feel like none of the rest (not even Kellogg) matters to me.

    Well, you might have just applied to Tepper for the heck of it.. but if you look at all my follies (McCombs / Foster / Mays / Kelly / Kellogg ), you’ll realize I’m *really* dumb! 😉

    Have fun in SA! You travelling for work or vacation?


    1. I know the feeling! Although for me none of the rest matter because I got dinged everywhere else haha. Oh yeah, no idea how you managed all of them! But you must have done something right because you did get multiple admits 😀 And no, I’m going on vacation! Work would never take me to SA of all places (I wish though).

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      1. Wow, then I’m definitely going to ask you for your itinerary! 😀 I have a travel-abroad-solo fantasy/goal that I need to scratch off my list soon!

        Also, I don’t know what I did right but I definitely know I got lucky! 🙂 And like I said, Anderson is the only one I’m truly truly excited about!


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