As many of you know, I took some time off from blogging to study for the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). I recently graduate from The University of Alabama 6 months ago, and I really didn't know what to do afterwards. Yes, I have a BS in Commerce and Administration (Marketing) but I don't have enough work experience to get a job out of state or at a well known company. So, I did the responsible thing. I rested for nearly 3 months scouring the internet for jobs and submitted countless resumes and applications to companies I never heard back from. "Go to college" they said..."You'll be able to get a job" they said... (insert major side eye here).
Finally, in early August, I heard back from a local university about a desk position that opened up. I went in for the interview, got the job and started working August 4th. Now, I can not complain about anything. I am extremely blessed to have a job with benefits and great coworkers. Seriously, we have a ball in the office. And even though I had to move back into my parents' house, it hasn't been bad at all. But don't think for a second that I plan on staying here another year. I still have about half of my stuff from my college apartment packed up in boxes and suitcases. And all those packed boxes and suitcases are motivation for me.
I guess it had to have been my junior year in college when I started thinking about graduate school, specifically earning a MBA (Masters of Business Administration). Even before I submitted my application to college, I was set on earning a graduate degree in Sports Management, but that died down once I found out my school didn't offer any sports management undergraduate courses. But hey, it's still an option. But that elusive MBA really caught my eye. Just having a full functioning understanding of every piece of the business world...gosh. How can you go wrong? An when I found out about entrepreneurship concentrations, there was no looking back. I had to find a university with a MBA program, each with a concentration in either entrepreneurship or some are of marketing. So, they search was on.
Whenever I had some free time after work or class, I'd search for MBA programs online. Naturally, I looked at some of the bigger schools like Texas, Southern California, Michigan, UCLA, etc. It wasn't until I looked at a few school in Louisiana that my dream of graduate school turned into reality. Despite some of these larger schools having more notable programs, the schools in Louisiana stood out to me. They weren't labeling themselves as creme de la creme programs that churned out CEOs and VPs. They were highlighting their faculty, class sizes, and learning opportunities. And during senior year, by this time, I had finally crossed off what I thought would be my #1 school and bummed up my #2 school to the top spot. Plus, I decided to add my alma mater to the mix to shake things up.
Like I said earlier, I was at home for 3 months working on this blog, job searching, and doing some serious napping. Should I have been studying for the GMAT. Oh hells yes! But, I was now a broke college graduate, jobless, and living at home with my parents. In my defense, I had just completed a 20 hour semester while working 2 jobs. I NEEDED this 3 month break. And I took it. Gladly and without regret.
After reading the website of my #1 school every single day without fail, I decided to get a start on studying. I read a lot about the GMAT on the official website (mba.com) and other GMAT forums. To help me get ready for my test, I purchased the 2015 Official GMAT Guide, created by the Graduate Management Admissions Council. After a few weeks of just using the book, I decided to search for other study resources. I found Magoosh and decided to use the free 7 day trial they were offering. Now, Magoosh had video explanations, examples and tons of practice material. Not to mention, the year long subscription for a sale price of $99. I didn't even finish the 7 day trial before purchasing the product. When I tell you, Magoosh was my GMAT lifeline, WOW! It's early to mid-September by this point, so I scheduled my test one month in advance of the Round 1 application deadline. I studied at minimum 2 hours every day up until test day. When I was really into it, I would study for 4 hours each night after work and 6-8 hours on Saturdays and Sundays. I thought I was making good progress, but by the middle of October, I was completely burned out. It was hard to concentrate on exponents, ratio properties, idioms and critical reasoning. At some point, it was all just running together and becoming very monotonous. Plus, I was severely neglecting my family, puppy, friends, and myself. Looking back on it, I think it was at this point, my non existent strategy was really beginning to crumble...
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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