Sorry it has been a while since I have posted. I have been insanely busy with life (as most people are), but most things are in line with my MBA goals. So the MLT application has been submitted and now I wait. Honestly, I am neither here nor there on my acceptance. I firmly believe if it is meant to be, it will work out, but I recognize that my GPA and practice GMAT scores are weak and may negatively affect my application. After the gracious time an MLT alum who is currently a Stern student allowed for me to pick his brain, I also recognize the program is rigorous. It will take significant planning to work through it, though I do understand the benefits are amazing, but I think I am suffering from commitment issues. The difficulty is that in October, I was hired as a tutor, so I am currently juggling two jobs. And now that I have worked out my “admissions” with my employer, I plan on continuing my pre-MBA coursework in the spring. Two jobs, an accounting class, GMAT prep (yeah, that’s still going on) and MLT will be a lot to commit to, but if that if that is what is in the cards for me, I will have to work through my issues and make it work.
Now on the other hand, committing to tutoring isn’t difficult. For a part time hustle, it works pretty well. Most weeks, I work an extra 7 hours outside of my day job, with a few extra hours added for travel and lesson planning/topic review. But as someone who has worked a part time retail job in the past, I will take tutoring any day. The pay is very good for a hustle job, and the extra money is mostly going into my savings for all things MBA related (i.e. applications, travel for school visits, and living expenses while in the program). I have also been fortunate that two of the families want me to tutor their other children as well, so I am getting additional assignments with little extra work. The downside is that my GMAT prep has suffered. I started tutoring when I was about half way through the prep course I took, and I was meeting with a students on Saturday morning, so I missed the first half of the class. Since then, adjusting to the new demands of my schedule as thrown off my test prep efforts.
My last practice test was in October, and my original goal was to take a practice test every other week, so I am way behind my study schedule, but I am trying to get back on it now. MLT hosted a week of GMAT webinars with different companies highlighting test strategies, one of which I found extremely helpful, and it came at the perfect time since I wasn’t too far down the whole of not doing adequate GMAT studying. I have been in discussion with the webinar host regarding private GMAT tutoring since I think having a coach will be better for me especially with my limited time and the fact that for MLT, I need to take the GMAT by early February. The week of webinars also renewed my GMAT motivation, and I have committed to doing practice problems every night even if it is only for 30 minutes. In theory, with 30 minutes, I should be able to do 15 practice problems and then spend another 10-15 minutes reviewing the answers. I will do my longer study sessions during the weekend, and since I have two weeks off for the holidays, GMAT will be my main focus during that time.
I am still unsure of my final school list, but since I have school aged children, being someplace affordable that has a decent public school system is a major factor in where I apply. Additionally, schools that offer graduate family housing are also high on the list since living on campus will significantly cut my costs (no rental deposits or utilities to cover). My target list has adjusted since I have removed some of the schools due to housing/public school issues. Stern is out (sadly) since beyond problematic schools, I cannot afford to live in NYC with two children on savings and students loans, and Booth is probably out for public school and housing since I can 20 minutes away in Evanston and have both of the things at Kellogg. Luckily I still have time to finalize my list. My goal is to start my school visits in the spring so I will know what the culture and fit is like at each school. Then I can more accurately assess which environment would work best for me.
OK. Have to go prep for tutoring sessions later this evening, but I will commit to making more regular posts.