Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Devil's Playground

They say that idle hands are the devil's playground.  Well, I've been trying to find ways to stay away from the tempting swingsets, jungle gyms, and sandboxes.  Sometimes I fail miserably and end up refreshing my inbox with as much fervor as a cat fixated on a rubber mouse. But other times, I am gleefully lost in the world of my own imagining.  So how do I pass the time? Here are my top 10 methods.  What are yours?

Monday, November 19, 2012

My R2 Game Plan

So here I am in the middle of the waiting game, wondering to myself: "What's a girl* to do?" Many people are probably in this boat right now, trying to decide whether or not it's necessary to apply in the second round.  I am feeling two (conflicting) driving forces at the moment in making my decision: horror and exhaustion of having to write more essays; fear and trepidation of being rejected from every school this round.  So again, I ask, "What's a girl to do?"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What's love got to do with it?

Tina Turner boldly asked the question, "What's love got to do with it?"  The answer: everything and nothing. As I ponder over which B-school is my top choice for this week, I realize that there's the same kind of mystical hooey about falling in love with a school as there is with Mr. Right.

I agree that it's important to love the school, but love is a second hand emotion, and these schools have had more lovers pass through their doors than most of us care to admit.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Part 1 from a Plus 1

Today we have a special guest blog poster: my boyfriend!  Those of you applying know how difficult and demanding the process can be.  Well, we're not the only ones suffering, so I asked him to share his perspective about how things are going so far.  Below are his musings that hopefully give pause to those of us applying, reminding us that our plus ones keep us sane and reassuring the significant others out there that they won't be alone next year.  Well, they won't be alone, but we certainly won't have much time for them...just kidding, dear! Without further ado:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Undoing My Scarcity Paradigm

For work this week, I had the pleasure of visiting the San Francisco Friends School. It's been quite awhile since I've graced the halls of any independent or private school, and it just amazes me what smart people with tons of resources can accomplish.  In many ways, it's this kind of exposure to endless possibilities that drives me to business school. My imagination feels a bit stifled by the frame that non-profits operate in: the scarcity paradigm. Even visiting this school and experiencing  an incredibly resource-rich environment were enough to fire up my ambition to bring creative thinking and solutions to social woes.  I want to retrain myself to lead an organization where possibilities are not pushed aside because "there's not enough money, time, people, etc." but rather where they can be embraced because "we believe they're worth trying."