People, perhaps now more than ever, like instant gratification. We want answers and results right now. We don’t want to have to wait until 6 in the evening to catch the evening news, which is why we have multiple 24 hour cable news networks. Most of us carry more computing power in our pockets than it took to get to the moon, so that we have everything, news, weather, banking info, contacts, and whatever else there is an app for, at our fingertips.
But, if you are looking at attending an MBA program, or utilizing the GI Bill, or even planning to use the GI Bill to attend an MBA program, then an important element to achieve success is to start both processes early. And neither one is really going to give you that instant gratification that we all crave these days, but they are worth it in the long run.
If you are thinking that attending a top MBA program sounds like a good idea, then if you haven’t already, you should be studying for and scheduling a time to take the GMAT. It was actually about this time last year that I took mine. That way, you will have your score when you go to recruiting events, and if you don’t score as high as you would have liked, might even be able to re-take the test before it is time to apply.
After the GMAT is done, come all the other important things, like recruiting events, campus visits, and interviews, all of which you want to get done before application deadlines, so that you can make the best informed decision possible. Sometimes there are also scholarships and fellowships that are available only to those who apply to the earlier deadlines a school may have.
And, if you are eligible to use the GI Bill, I assume you have dealt with the VA before, so start the process of verifying your eligibility early, because that process can involve a whole lot of hurry up and wait as well. Time management and task prioritization will be of the utmost importance when pursuing an MBA, so it is best to build those skills early, if you don’t already possess them.
Finally, here is a more current picture of Ohio Stadium, taken last Saturday vs. Buffalo.