Thursday, May 30, 2013

It's not just in my head

View of Yale's Campus from 300 feet

As I sit here in my hotel in New Haven, a few days after Memorial Day weekend, it dawns on me that I just celebrated my one-year GMAT anniversary.  The week after I took my GMAT, I kept wondering if it was really true - was I really done with the test? Was my score real and valid?  I can't help but find myself asking those same questions of myself: did I really get into business school this year?

My incredulity should have been erased ages ago, but for some reason, I keep wondering to myself - did this really work out?

It's that superstitious side of me that makes me wonder when the other shoe is going to drop.  I'm so excited about what's coming ahead; I feel blessed and elated about the prospects of two years at Yale.  And yet, did I misread my admissions letter? Did they actually reject me?

The steps after I got in should have more than solidified my confidence that I wasn't making this up, but it's not until I sit here on the verge of signing a lease in New Haven, wondering if I should call Yale SOM admissions to make sure I am truly enrolled, that I have to laugh. I am here, I did this, but really? Is it possible?  It's somewhat laughable, but I am also touched by my own fear that I have created an alternate reality, a delusion in which I am a business school student. As I mentioned in previous posts, this is really not where I saw myself heading two years ago.

So what's happened since I've gotten here? Here's a list of items that should have proven my admission:
  • Congratulations letter from SOM (which I check and re-check every couple weeks)
  • Phone calls from current students
  • San Francisco admitted student receptions
  • Payment of my deposit
  • Assignments to do summer pre-work (accounting and spreadsheet modeling, wohoo!)
  • Welcome Weekend on Yale's campus
  • And finally: a trip to New Haven to sign a lease!
And there's still much left to do: figure out my loans, my travel plans to New Haven, those FUN homework assignments. The great news it that they stand as another reminder that this is truly the path I am on.  Or as the headline of this post proclaims: really, dude, business school is not just a figment of your imagination.  

The loan situation is really killing me right now.  I am buried in mountains of work, and I haven't had time to do my due diligence and start applying for loans. As the clock ticks, the pressure is another helpful reminder that I am a prospective MBA.  

8 comments:

  1. what did you decide... east rock or downtown?

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    1. Ended up choosing downtown!

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    2. awesome. i ended up in east rock but there were tons of great apts in both places. congrats! i felt a ton better / more "settled" once i had my housing situation handled :)

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    3. Agreed. I feel so relieved! Did we meet during admit student weekend? I'm trying to guess who you are!

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  2. Alright, now that you have some time in town, go to Caseus. Right now. Go!

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    1. Haha. I've long since left New Haven. But I'm sure I'll get a chance soon!

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