Talking with potential roommates, looking for apartment options, keeping my documents in order, etc. – there’s just a lot going on these days. September and the start of the MBA is so close now, that’s why I have made a checklist to keep track of my progress with all the preparations.
Calculate budget for the next two years (100%)
I like keeping it loose. So I am adding some extra thousand dollars for unexpected expenses like trips, events and clothes.
Apply for financial aid (50%)
After defining how much money I would need, I started the process with Prodigy and got a pre-approved loan. However, I will still check the options with Booth too that will be available in a couple of weeks.
Send the transcripts (30%)
I may be a little late here. I have asked my university for the documents, but I’m still waiting for them to be issued. After that, I will have to send the transcripts myself.
Have my funding sources documents in order (80%)
I already did my budget so I have my finances in order. I only need to scan all the supporting documents.
Decide: Roommate vs living on my own (70%)
I’m still deciding, but a leaning towards living on my own.
Choose the apartment (60%)
I’ve put myself in the waiting list at two different buildings both for a convertible and a 2 bedroom.
Buy the furniture (50%)
I’m already talking with some second years who are selling their stuff.
Get plane ticket (0%)
I should have them by the end of May at the latest to get a better price.
Choose the stuff I’ll take with me (50%)
I have a lot of clothes (like really a loooot). I will need at least 6 full bags to carry them all, so I will have to choose what to take. I think I will travel to Chicago with my sister so that I can have two additional bags (and she can take a vacation)
Take a nice and professional new pic (0%)
I need a good picture to use in my resume, linkedin and all future documents
Update linkedin content (50%)
I already updated it with my new position at work and translate all my information to English, but there’s still a lot of detail to add.
Update resume (50%)
Recruitment starts so early in the first term that I already need to have a winner resume ready.
Interview questions bank (20%)
I have started a habit of writing down experiences at work and outside that I could use for class participation or behavioral questions in interviews.
As you can see, I am a little behind in some issues but I expect to make a lot of progress in the next couple of weeks.
Good luck with your own preparations!