Hellooooo lovely readers! First, let me say, it's not even 9:00 pm here yet and I am already wanting to go to sleep!! My body is screaming "weekend! where are you?!?!?". I have to keep telling myself, the weekend is only a few days away.
In other news...I have made a conscious decision that I will apply for graduate school in a few months. I don't know whether to celebrate or cringe. But I'm sure everything will figure itself out within the next few months. Right?
Ever since my junior year of college, I've had my eyes set on attending graduate school to obtain the oh-so coveted Master of Business Administration ( commonly referred to as MBA). So over the past few years, I have been scoping out top programs across the country that I'd loooooove to enroll in. Texas, UCLA and Vanderbilt to name a few. Each of these programs offers amazing instruction from top professors, numerous specializations and concentration, and not to mention the perfect location. I've been saying for years now that I would love to live in Texas. And I've never been to California, so I'd love to check out the scene there. And I recently took a trip to Nashville earlier this year and had a blast! But with a top curriculum and professors comes higher higher stakes and more limitations. Most of these schools prefer at minimum, two years full time work experience, excellent undergraduate GPA and GMAT/GRE scores (even though some may say they do not have a requirement...pshhh, yeah right.) and stiff competition in the application pool. And with all of that swirling around, I've been telling myself every excuse in the book to not apply. *Le sigh.
So, after some great encouragement from my best friend and researching more universities and MBA programs, I think I am ready to commit. Maybe... kinda sort of. I guess?
In order for me to get my self together and get back to devoting two hours every night to GRE studying and preparing to submit my application packet, I have to get a few things in order.
1. My faith. I have to remember that I am being lead by The Most High. And I rely on Him for everything. I'm big on prayer. I literally pray all throughout the day. Saying little "thank you's" here and there and asking for guidance along the way. God definitely has a plan for my life and it may or may not include grad school next year. But as long as I pray for discernment, I'm more than positive that God will show me what's best for me.
2. Mindset. There's no way I can even crack open my study book if I'm only going to countdown the minutes until my two hour study time is over with! I have to prepare myself mentally and surround myself with positive energy. If I don't have confidence in myself, who else will?
3. Opportunity. Acceptance into program in higher education is an amazing opportunity! But I need to remind myself that I can not achieve it unless I actually try. And one positive experience and opportunity has always seemed to snowball into another positive opportunity!
4. Optimism. Seriously, though. What do I have to lose? I've found a university with my desired program and in my ideal location. Plus, after researching the class profile, I really think I've got a shot at getting in!
5. Planning. There is no way I can accomplish my short term goal of successfully being admitted to grad school unless I have a some sort of plan. I've got to map out how often I plan to prep for my exam, when to ask for recommendation letters, and how far in advance I should submit my application packet.
So to kick things off and really lock into completing and submitting my graduate school packet, I decided I need to designate certain days and hours to prepare. From GRE study time to nailing down the exact day I plan to submit my application, I'll be using these free calendar print outs (from Jasmine Dowling) to keep me on track! As long as I can see my countdown, I'll be more aware and in tune with this whole process.
As I rely heavily on my faith, prepare the right mindset for myself, take hold of this amazing opportunity at hand, and rely on an optimistic outlook and proper planning, I'll be sure to keep you all in the loop!!
*Sidenote: The last of my Labor Day weekend purchase came in today! I'll get an outfit post up soon with all the looks!! Have a good one!!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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