Dealing with Rejection

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I slammed snooze on my alarm clock after reading the emails, hoping that reality would wait to kick in for just ten more minutes. Waking up to three rejection emails was a terrible way to start my day. Of course, one must always be ready to face sudden rejection given the competitive nature of the industry I'm attempting to enter. It's either human nature or pure naivety that teaches us to remain optimistic.

I was accepted to the school of my dreams just one short year ago. I thought I had a world of opportunity and success ahead of me. I remember creating a mental laundry list of all that I had anticipated to accomplish after my first year in college. Today, less than half of the items on that list would receive and adjacent check mark.

Business School Running Commentary - Part 3 - Pre-work and Summer Plans

It looks like we have another user posting some of their own stories leading up to b-school, so be sure to check it out - user is tOSUbuckeyes.

Upon accepting my offer to attend business school in the Fall, one of the first things I was tasked to complete is a set of pre-work courses around some basic business topics. These include accounting, finance, economics, as well as learning (aka breezing through) basic Excel formula skills assessments.

This post is intended to cover the topics in the online coursework for the benefit of the forums here. While I would assume many here are currently or have already completed similar coursework in undergrad, this will at least give a glimpse into what a “basic foundation” of business looks like when starting a MBA program. As a note, this is run through a website called and is used by a number of universities including Cornell, Tuck, and Georgetown. They mention it can take someone anywhere from 20-50 hours to complete all of the modules.

Here is the outline of the topics covered:

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