Thursday, 26 May 2011

Submission!! :)

With final references submitted, essays written and a bit of good research on business schools done (as had to select a few as part of the application), my Fulbright application is complete and is sat looking at me across the desk from in its white envelope....  I'll walk this down to the commission later today, and just in time too - the deadline for applications is the 31st of this month.  I think next time I need to seek references a few more 'back-up' approaches may be needed, it got a little worrying in the lead-up to this week chasing up the final submission!!  I imagine there'll be quite a few others in the same boat.

The finance situation is still looking a little grim, as work has yet to pick up and the nice pot of savings I've collected over the last two years for the MBA is being eroded swiftly.... all one can do is keep their fingers crossed and hope for the best!  (that and hope that there's something resembling a chance of full funding out there! lol) 

In the meantime, I've found some great volunteering opportunities in the local area - if anyone else finds that they have some free time I'd really recommend getting involved in local projects as I'm sure you'll get a real buzz from making a difference to the projects you get involved in :)  (for anyone based in the UK, it's worthwhile checking out BTCV, formerly the 'British Trust for Conservation Volunteers' -- there are a lot of great projects country-wide)

Next week, as well as the regular jobhunt, I'll be starting a new project assessing applicants for the London Ambassadors programme - the initiative for supporting the London 2012 olympics.  I'm really looking forward to getting involved with this one and it looks like we're going to be very busy interviewing all the volunteers!! :)

Thursday, 12 May 2011

A break from studies :)

Well it's been a little while and whilst I've been working through the GMATClub app's set of 'Hard Quant questions', I've also taken a slight break to focus my efforts on three of the other workstreams that would enable me to take an MBA next year:

1) Fulbright Commission --- I'm still working on the application and have become a little nervous that my third and final referee has yet to submit his letter online.... a little bit of chasing is required!!

2) Work --- Whilst the song says that 'starting from zero you've got nothing to lose', an empty bank account does not make for an attractive application when it comes to Visas or indeed when looking at funding two years of studies in the states.  Numerous applications have been filed in the last few weeks and hopefully one will hit the mark!!

3) Volunteer work (aka 'keeping sane')  --- spent the last couple of days digging up bits of a nature reserve in the hope of supporting the BTCV's efforts to improve biodiversity and make the Russia Dock area of east london a more pleasant environment :)  unfortunately I've also been severely bitten by the local mosquito population and am suffering as a result....  it'll give me something extra to talk about when it comes to University interviews though!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Distracted by flashcards :)

Stumbled across a good resource courtesy of GMATclub that has somewhat distracted me from the iPhone app question bank this last 24hrs.... very much worth a look!  (some corrections pending).

That's all for today :)

Sunday, 1 May 2011

End of the holidays - back to work :)

Righteo, it's been a few days since this blog has been updated and admittedly I've done very little in the way of revision since the last post.  In the interest of avoiding burn-out, however, this short break was muchly needed to keep spirits up, which will undoubtedly benefit me in the coming weeks as I approach the re-sit :)

<< a weekend of friends visiting, watching the royal wedding from outside the abbey and general relaxation >>

It's also one month to go before the Fulbright Comission MBA Scholarship application deadline and it looks like I'm one reference short... I'll have to chase this up next week!! (as well as re-visiting the draft essays)

My plan for this evening is to attempt the questions asked in the GMATClub iPhone app - the version I have contains 111 'hard' (700+) quant questions - so should be useful practice.   Before starting, I see there is a useful 'History' function built in that will not only allow me to re-visit those questions I got wrong but also highlight any questions taking 1min30+ and 2mins+ to answer correctly... this should be very useful! (results to follow)