Forte Forum in DC Tonight!

If you are looking for a spectacular event to attend and learn more about the MBA programs across the world, I cannot recommend the Forte Forum events that are held in late summer.

Tonight’s DC event I attended last year. I was so sick that I probably shouldn’t have gone, but I did anyway.

At the time I was in the last half of my MBA Launch program and in the middle of writing my essays and studying to retake my GMATs. In essence, I was busy.

Here are the details for tonight.

#forteforum #MBALaunch #DC #MBA

Seven More Days to G0


As a part-time MBA student, in the ramp up to school, I am continuing to work. Of course, after five years at my job, II already knew the busiest time of year is from July 4th to mid-Sept. To have orientation week during this time is testing the skills I have at preparing myself and just applying those methods for business school.

Most of the past two years (when I decided to more ardently pursue an MBA) has been focused on researching and identifying the right schools to apply to, applying, and waiting for an acceptance.

Honestly, I listened to the advice of many current students and alumni about what to expect after being accepted to a program, but I couldn’t quite get around the fact that NONE of it matter if I didn’t get in.

Let me tell you right now, the amount of work that is needed between acceptance and matriculation far exceeds expectations (particularly if you are working full-time up until school and/or you get accepted late in the game).

Some tasks I have worked on this summer:

  • Putting down the deposit to go to school
  • Connecting with my classmates
  • Pre-course work from Darden (about 14 hours worth of videos to watch that cover finance, accounting, excel, organizations, business management, etc).
  • Other prep work that I have been doing as a refresher; reading, studying, etc.
  • Pre-matriculation forms from┬áboth Darden and UVA
  • Don’t forget to submit a picture of yourself for the composite photo.
  • Don’t forget to ALSO submit a photo of your self for your ID
  • New computer research and purchase (If you must know, a Surface Pro 4– and I am in LOVE with it!)
  • Passport renewal – my first global trip is in November!
  • Loan applications (FAFSA, etc)
  • Meeting with the Financial Aid office to understand the cryptic naming conventions on my award letter.
  • Meeting with my Career Development Coach
  • Reading all the course material for the first week at Darden
  • Oh, and not to forget… actual work!

There is all that… and it is a lot to do…. I am sure that I missed something on here.

But all this means is that I am going to DARDEN! In. SEVEN. Days!!!

Let the flood gates open and do this thing.

***Side Note: Darden and UVA Are incredibly helpful to get most of this done. They work very hard to ensure that you have the best experience coming on-board.



My long silence has probably gone without much notice, but for me, this time has changed my plan for the future.

Full-time MBA applications were submitted in the October time frame and by December I heard back from the schools I applied to….

That news was not as good as I had hoped.


The one shining light was at Darden…. Well, a slightly diminished light, but a light all the same.

I was on the waitlist.

Now, depending on why you are on the waitlist will direct the amount of work to get off the waitlist. It seemed like I only needed to submit a “Why Darden?” essay to help my case.

Wrote the essay, submitted it to the Admissions Committee, and then started the waiting.

And I wait.


And I wait.

And then my car broke down and I bought a new car.

And I wait.

And I started to think about what else I could do to divert this dream of mine into something just as satisfying. I started looking at events and associations to more involve myself.

Then I got my email…. full-time was going to be off the table for me.

But based on my experience and career goals they recommended that I submit my application to the executive program.


A few weeks later I got the call. The call that so many of my peers received in December that applied round one. I finally got in May!


Now, just over a week away from the start of the program, I am overjoyed I get to spend my next two years, not only continuing to work within my industry, but also study at an institution that I have come to know and love during my MBA research and application.


More to come!