When The Dust Settles…

I’ve officially received the admissions decisions for all three of the schools I applied to for the first round… And *drumroll* – I got into Wharton, Kellogg and Booth! Oh my gosh, I could not be happier!!


Wharton called first, and it was in the middle of my office Christmas Party.  I was actually expecting a call at around 10 PM my time (or around 9 AM EST, when their day starts), but they called at around 7:55 am EST. I had to run out because there was a band playing. Anyway, I must have looked like a mad(wo)man jumping up and down the patio! The admissions officer who handled my admissions interview in Singapore was the same person who called me.

Kellogg called last night, at around 9:30 pm my time (or 7:30 am CST).  I was also not expecting the call that early! I was glued to the GMATClub forums (username ynmbana FYI hehe), and they were expecting the calls to go out at 9am CST as well.  Dean Ziegler was the one who made the call. She had to call twice though, because the first time, the line was really bad and I couldn’t hear a thing. Okay, I was in the process of changing my clothes when I got the call so I actually rushed out of our apartment with my dress unzipped :p I was that excited! And with more great news – Kellogg extended the Forte Fellowship to me! Woosah!

Booth called at around 10:40 pm my time (so that’s 8:40 am CST).  My battery was almost drained, so I had to rush to our room to plug my phone in.  It was the longest of all the admissions calls I received. The AO was definitely chattier, and she told me the things she liked about my presentation (i.e. how I incorporated social media to show different facets of myself), and she also shared things like I would be connected to a current student and an alum, that I should expect a small gift in the mail in the next few weeks, etc.  And she offered me a great fellowship as well!

This is going to be a seriously SERIOUSLY tough decision for me to make – although I like this kind of quandary. I am just amazed and awed at the opportunities I have been given. I will spend the next few weeks researching about the schools (again), making pros and cons lists, consulting with alums and students, and yes, praying for guidance.

PS – thank you to my awesome husband, who was by my side through the whole process, and hugged me after the three admissions phone calls. 🙂 I promise to cook you a great thank you/celebration meal… or, if we’re being realistic, treat you to one!


9 thoughts on “When The Dust Settles…

  1. WOW! That’s an amazing list of schools to choose from! And like you said, it’s a good quandary to be in. 😀

    Which school are you leaning towards in general? Fellowships at Kellogg and Booth are awesome! I SO wish I’d gotten some sort of financial aid from Kellogg, but I don’t have any so far – I might write to them in a few weeks to ask about it. If you’re considering Kellogg, we might be classmates!!! 🙂 🙂 Yay!

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    1. Thanks Vandana! Congratulations on your Kellogg admit too! And it’s so hard to decide between three great schools – they are all schools I would never regret going to. I keep changing my mind every minute. I wish I could go to all three though hahaha. Looking forward to meeting you in Evanston if we both decide to enroll in Kellogg 🙂 🙂

      And yes, definitely call them up. Especially since you have a bit of leverage (with your Tepper $$). I spoke to a coworker, he said try to call the admissions/financial aid office early about this, since they still have a lot of funding at this point.


      1. Hi financefurry and Vadana! Congrats on your admits! I have also been admitted at Kellogg- so we might all get to meet in Evanston. Financefurry, I also got into Wharton( with no money), kellogg with a generous scholarship and Ross ( full ride scholarship!)! So it’s a really tough(nice tough) decision to make. Currently leaning towards Kellogg….will love to see what you eventually chose 🙂


      2. Thank you! Yes, it’s quite a difficult decision – but it’s super amazing to even have to make this choice. Hope we see each other in Evanston if we all decide to go to Kellogg 🙂


  2. Hey there! Well done and congratulations on your three awesome admits! Wow!! You clearly have a winning formula 🙂

    Good luck with your decision-making over the next few weeks. I guess you have time to really check out the options and pros and cons. A fantastic position to be in!

    Best Christmas present ever!?


  3. that is amazing news!! 😀 Congratulations! It is going to be interesting to see which school you finally decide to go to! 🙂


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