Success Story Part 8: “The Final Days and The Takeaways”

(This is the last in an eight-part series of blog posts in which Julie DeLoyd, a Veritas Prep GMAT alumna-turned-instructor, will tell the story of her experience through the MBA admissions process. Julie will begin her MBA program at Chicago Booth this fall. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 to learn Julie’s whole story.)

So here we are. The end of the story. [Close in on me with my cute new haircut and a (less-musiciany) wardrobe for my new life as a b-school student.]

(The music swells.)

This is what I’ve been working and waiting for all these months. I’m three weeks away from b-school orientation and already working on my assignments for the first month of my fellowship (reading 2 books about capitalism and watching 2 movies–auf Deutsch!). I already feel behind and ahead all at the same time, trying to think about job searches and class selection, networking and dog-care. It’s done me some good to have spent this summer reflecting on my journey with you all.

For what it’s worth, I’d like to leave you b-school applicants with what little wisdom I’ve gained from my experience. As I don’t spend all day, every day, studying b-school admissions (like some of my dedicated Veritas Prep colleagues) my advice will be purely anecdotal and based on the experiences I’ve laid out over the last 3 months in this blog series.

1. The “Magical” Test Prep Course
If you’re taking a test prep course, don’t think that the teacher will grant you some fairy power* that will make you invincible. This is YOUR game to win. Get fanatic. Make the test your girlfriend. Spend long evenings getting to know each other. Relish every moment you get to spend together. Find the joy, and put in the time (that you probably should be spending with your real girlfriend