Quick update – Unrelated to REI

IMG_20140519_204634210  (That is a very random framing square on my papers…and has nothing to do with the rest of this post)

Hey all, I just wanted to apologize for not getting any posts out recently.  Between some recent travel and an opportunity that presented itself, I’ve been in deep.  I recently had a friend graduate from PSU’s MBA program.  My friend was pragmatic about the program but he felt it opened a bunch of doors for him.  I had been on the fence about going back to school but after working on my budget and looking at the next 3-5 years, I realized that my current day job does not leave enough wiggle room for me to breathe easy and I have no recourse in case of a disaster.

I looked into the MBA program and the deadline to submit an application was April 2014.  I had missed the deadline, so I decided I would put the proverbial nose to the grindstone and pick up any overtime I could, any extra hours working in crappy conditions just for the ‘crappy conditions’ bonus that our company pays and use that money to save and/or pay down some minor debts (outstanding debts on some rental properties…this post isn’t ENTIRELY devoid of REI news!).

The GMAT exam is required for the application process.  I took that test almost 10 years ago and failed miserably.  I thought I had four or five months to study to take the test to make the October application deadline…no sweat, right?

For whatever reason, I decided to look at the application four days ago.  At the top of the page, not quite in bold, but definitely called out was the announcement “The application filing deadline has been extended to June 1”.  You can read into that announcement what you want, but I look at that as an opportunity to get my application in and maybe start school in August.

So, after I saw the program was accepting applications until June 1, I ordered the GMAT prep book, got two-day delivery and took a practice test (and didn’t do so hot).  So, I’ve put myself on an information diet of the following:

4.45am – Wake up
4.59am – Put the coffee on – make it strong
5.00 – 7am – Study
7am – 7.40am – get ready for the day job (shower [if necessary], eat breakfast, etc.)
5-6pm – Return from work
6-7pm – Eat dinner, relax and prepare for studying
7-10pm – Study
10pm – Sleep

It’s going to be a rough week, but the test is this Saturday, applications are due by June 1 and a decision should be made by June 30.  This may be a crazier year than I expected.

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