Well, here we are at the 1 week mark. In fact, by this time of day I should be just wrapping up. A friend asked me how I feel about it at this point, and I answered, "Well, I'll say this. I'm no longer terrified."
Anxious and a bit pressured, yes. But not terrified. Learning test taking strategies goes a long, long way in building your confidence. (Seriously, "Jane" at work has a fruit basket coming her way...whether I bust out a 700 score or not...)
However, I'm also starting to sweat the application process a bit. First up is St. Gallen, the Swiss school, which has its Round 2 Deadline on the 1st of February. It's also shifted to my #1 choice for now. I'll revisit my personal ranking system later in another post after I've recovered from the GMAT. I now have two recommenders on board and a third unexpected offer. I got multiple copies of my transcript from my alma mater and the skeleton of a few essay questions are already started. This week I'd like to get a brief rundown of my history and goals to my recommenders so that they have something to reference over the next 6 weeks or so as I prepare my first application package.
All in all, I'm feeling good. Onward!