On New Year’s Eve I wished to stay focused during the year ahead. I knew that besides my job I want to work on my graduate school application and that it takes time. I minimized my social web activities like blogging, tweeting, commenting on blogs, and even reading blogs, an activity that I missed the most. Well, it paid off. I made it to the MBA program at Boston University.
I’m looking forward to being a student again starting this August. I’m also very excited that I’m studying in USA – where else in the world will you go to learn about the art of management?
My school will probably take away from my social media time, but maybe, occasionally, I will be able to share about things that I’m learning at school, observations about the process, and other experiences.
My take away from the school of management application process:
- Go to the information session and other gatherings, it is your chance to put a face to your application. Take the business cards from the school staff and keep them, you may need those later to contact and ask questions. Make a good impression, remember that leadership is the key in Business School.
- Take advantage of the GMAT to improve your English – I actually enjoyed that part.
- Look for recommenders that have recent knowledge about your work experience and accomplishments because it will make things easier for them and you.
- Focus your resume on accomplishments not just skills.
- The essays: there are many books, and websites that talk extensively about this effort, but try not to make this task bigger than it actually is. When I finally sat down to do it, I think that I had only spent 4 hours total (to answer 4 questions, 500-700 words each).
- Prepare for the interview – think about:
- Your reasons for going after MBA
- Your reasons for the specific program
- What are you going to do after the graduation
- Your leadership style
- Come up with a question or two for the interviewer – you must have some in your mind! I asked about how the program is kept up to date. Beside the globalization and the Internet more changes are coming due to social media, location based services, and mobile devices like the iPhone. My understanding after the interview is that the school brings great voices from the field, change agents, and technology leaders to lecture and share about what that they are seeing. The business school is also one of the heaviest user of the technology provided by BU.
I think the most important advice that I can give is to stay focused, to start the process and to finish it.
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- Movie near Lexington, MA
- Red Sox
- Life expectancy – the world is far from flat
- Time in India (or anywhere else)
- Currency conversions
- Flight progress
- Math and Physics: 2^64, pi, e, sqrt(100), The speed of light, Avogadro Constant
- Translate cool to Spanish and Chinese
- Free images for your your blog (don’t forget to add picture credit) – you can also use this link instead
- Mark R. Levin on twitter and the results
- How to (almost anything) – How to eat a jellyfish
- X vs. Y
I watched Knight and Day movie the other day, it was funny and Cameron Diaz did a nice job. What that caught my attention in this movie was seeing Tom Cruise using a cell phone that looked very much like an iPhone running some sort of location based application to track the bad guys. I believe that few years ago it would’ve looked like a cool futuristic capability, yet these days I found that scene to be as fascinating as someone cooking food using his/her microwave. Actually, this scene got me thinking about the current gap between visionary and fantasy movies. I know that Knight and Day is not considered a Sci-Fi move or a gadget packed film, it is actually a comedy. Yet, seeing an iPhone in a an action movie a la James Bond style (even though that it is a comedy) was enough to trigger my thoughts about where we are in the technology world and this post.
What that also happened during that movie trip is seeing the preview of a new DiCaprio film Inception. This movie is considered a Sci-Fi movie (by IMDB – see next to Genre), but I disagree with that categorization. I can live with smart robots, doctors replacing human body parts with machines, the big brother (no more privacy), and even a trip to space that involved meeting aliens, but, for now, I have hard time making the leap to someone getting inside someone else’s brain, dreams, or people going back in time. I don’t have problem enjoying such a movie, I just don’t see the existing technology even to start supporting this kind of capabilities.
Over the years we saw movies that introduced technology that did not exist yet, but was somehow on the near to mid-term roadmap. These movies actually helped to inspire inventors to build that technology a little later, including smart computers, robots, phone, location based services, touch screens, real-time video streaming,and more. Today, in a movie like Inception I can’t see the next few steps ahead between what that we have now and what that is presented in the movie. Someone could say that Inception is 30, 40, or more steps ahead, and maybe this is true, but for now, it seems more like fantasy to me. I would like to see in a Sci-Fi movie the world 10 to 20 years from now. I would like to see the next generation of scientist inspired by the creative power of Hollywood.
One possible explanation for this phenomenon is that we are maybe getting closer to the point where the digital world has run its course and we need to look for the next thing in other places. The first transistor was invented in 1947 and since then we experienced the digital revolution in almost every part of our lives: communication, commerce, finance, news, entertainment, education, science, politics, transportation, dining and more. Maybe this process is near its ending. At least in modern countries. It could be just a temporary halt and we are about to be surprised with something totally new. Btw, I’m yet to find a good reason for owning an iPad:)
Where to look for the next thing? PCR was invented in the early Seventies, mapping of the Human Genome was accomplished between 2000-2003, and recently J. Craig Venter Institute announce the construction of the first Self-Replicating Synthetic Bacterial Cell. This seems like the beginning of a new revolution to me with potential products on the mid term road-map (average life expectancy over 100 years).
To be fair to Hollywood, most movies that involved biological Sci-Fi where too scary or depressing to watch(Twelve Monkeys, I Am Legend).
What was your experience watching a recent Sci-Fi movie?
Picture credit: Lara604