The admit letter!! After months of preparing for GMAT, school visits, interviews and a nervous, anxious wait, you finally have a tangible output, starry aspirations and an ego boost. Now, the honeymoon begins? After a well-deserved break, I think it is time to go back to the drawing board.
Perhaps the best advice is – Really (really, really) use the time before school to reflect on what you expect out of your MBA experience. If you are a career switcher (like me) I think it is imperative that you do some ground work. I divided my goals broadly in 4 categories:
1) Personal – Get married!!! , Travel
2) Logistics – Apply for a student loan, complete formalities of acceptance, accommodation in London, transfer money (without those exotortionary rates), stay on top of emails from Program office
3) Academics – if you are weak in a particular subject area (accounting etc)
4) Networking – connect with classmates and alumni (Facebook and Linked-in) and reach out to professionals in my potential career choice.
Planning is great but I found out all the tasks took much longer than I anticipated – so please don’t be hard on yourself if you feel you are falling behind. Try your best. And remember to have fun – Term 1 will hit you hard before you know!