My first interview invite: Yale SOM

Yale SOMI was SO excited today when I received my first bschool interview invite! And I am SO-SO-SO excited that it came from Yale SOM!!!

I was having a mini mental crisis up until today. I’m probably blowing my weirdness out of proportion, but I was really starting to doubt myself and my entire philosophy of just being honest in my apps. I was beginning to think that I had alienated the folks who were reviewing my materials, despite trying my best to demonstrate my practical and strategic side along with my idealistic one.

This interview invite means so much more to me than just a chance at admission. Even if I don’t get that ultimate offer, it is so gratifying to know that I’m being considered and not immediately tossed aside as a misfit (and that my horribly poor video performance didn’t scare them away!). I didn’t realize how stressed out I was about this whole thing until I saw that invite email on my screen. I felt like the vise squeezing my rib cage was suddenly loosened and released. I can breathe again!

Yale, in a lot of ways, seems like a perfect place for me to go to bschool. I even kind of like that it’s not a top 10 program. Not that I’m against going to a highly ranked bschool–that is completely untrue. But Yale is well known for its socially responsible program, and I doubt that those ranking systems put a fair amount of weight on that fact. And I’m not particularly interested in surrounding myself with peers who put an undue amount of importance on things like reputation, prestige and rankings. Not that everyone who goes to those schools are all like that, but it’s just more probable that I’d find more like-minded folks at a place like Yale. But I’m not going to get ahead of myself here; I haven’t even scheduled my interview yet.

And that brings me to my next set of questions. It would put a huge strain on my finances to fly around the country for on-campus interviews, and interviewing via Skype seems like an awkward and uncomfortable proposition. Luckily, it looks like Yale is sending out adcom members to certain cities to conduct in person, off campus interviews, so I’m hoping to take that route (I’m super grateful for that option, btw). Hopefully that will work out!

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