Yesterday I shared my calendar to date, and today I'm going to present my schedule for applications. Campaign season is launched! I've taken to calling the application process my campaign. It's got so many parallels--you've got to come up with a slogan and message, you need to dig up great stories that will make you human and likeable, and you need to convince people to buy what you're selling: YOU.
I wanted to make sure I gave myself plenty of time with this process because I knew it was going to be super time consuming. There's overlap of school essaying as you'll see below, and some things will be shifting around as I figure out times for visits. Click to enlarge.
Since I live so close to Berkeley and Stanford those visits are going to be really easy to schedule, and I probably won't go to other schools unless I get in. That is, except for Northwestern. I went to a bschool event a couple weeks ago (I'll blog about it later) and was really impressed with the Kellogg students present. Because of the positive experience, I definitely want to do an on-campus interview, which in addition to adding credibility to my campaign will give me a great opportunity to visit the school and classes. Fortunately, my favorite airline (Virgin America!) goes from San Francisco to Chicago, it's an easy flight for me. Like anyone running for office (or for a seat at a prestigious university), an appearance is a great way to hobnob, which benefits both the applicant and the school. Will you find your fit and make real connections or leave disillusioned and bored? Sadly, Yale and Michigan aren't going to make an appearance this fall.
So far I've been pretty good at sticking to my schedule but I'm starting to burn out and need a break. I had some friends in town this weekend and I'm heading up to wine country for a romantic getaway next weekend. Hopefully these special times will recharge my batteries.