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As I’m slowly getting sucked into the blogosphere, I’m starting to realize just how much material there is about getting into business school.  Of particular interest are the daily blogs of the people chronicling their quest for business school admission.  I practically have to sit on my hands not to post something a snarky comment on this blog.  Instead of actually trying to be a well-rounded, interesting person whose profile is appealing to business schools, these people are spending hours online writing blogs, reading blogs, linking to blogs, reviewing GMAT strategies, writing about writing their essays, debating endless strategies for interview prep.  Really?  To what end?  

What about me?  Am I becoming one of those bloggers who’s getting a weird thrill from the climbing stat numbers?  Would I rather write about the quotidian instead of going out and experiencing the world?  Well, I went to see Renee Fleming sing today.  If this were a blog about opera, or if there were a rant in it, I would write about that.  I also saw a wonderful French film Les Choristes.  It confirmed my fear that I do not know an ounce of French despite my best (read: uninspired) efforts with the Coffee Break French podcasts.  I also ate a tasty meal with my family that’s finally done brawling over the election outcome.  And then I spent the evening packing my suitcases for a trip to the old country to see about a boy.  But my wonderful day is entirely unrelated to what I want to talk about.  

Right.

So… what I’ve concluded is this: somehow simply getting into a business school automatically makes one an expert on the subject matter and therefore capable of giving advice to others.  And what’s more is that those others are taking that advice!  I’ve gotten hits from people googling “Is INSEAD hard to get into?”  

Out of curiosity, I googled this myself.   Whereas one can readily learn that HBS has an admission rate of 12%, and Stanford of 6%, INSEAD does not publish official figures figures.  Though in an 06 chat on accepted.com, the Director of Admissions mentioned that adcom accepts 1 in every 3-4. 

That kind of takes the wind out of my sails.  I was hoping that this cheateau-bound bunch was a tad more exclusive.  But I find solace in thinking that it’s quite a self-selected group already.  Most speak at least 3 languages already.  Most fit the international profile (son of a Moroccan mother and North Korean father, grew up in New Zealand, but now works as a banker in London.  That sort of thing…)  Most are headed to INSEAD to party.  Otherwise they’d be going somewhere dry, like IESE.  (Mom, Dad, calm down. I’m kidding, ok?)  

I don’t write this blog because I have some great insight to offer.  I write this blog because it’s therapeutic.  And I get off on that little map that shows where the hits come from.  It’s neat-o.

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