Friday, October 14, 2011

Studying in Porto


The business school in which I study is placed in very beautiful Portuguese town Porto
The program “The Magellan MBA” is very small, only 19 students. All students are with different backgrounds (dentist, consultant MCKinsey, entrepreneurs, etc.). people arrived from 11 countries around the world.
It is the most difficult for me to work in the teams. Before MBA I hated to work in the teams, always avoided it, and never paid attention to this. I've just chose individual and independence work. But in business school students should do almost all homework in the teams. I do not feel any responsibility for collective result =). I understand now that team work is my weak side and during my staying I should check it. Another my weak point is my written and spoken English. But it tends to be better and much better.
  I study Portuguese. In fact I could read Portuguese newspaper and understand 70% of information even before my arrival to Portugal due to some Portuguese words are resemble to English ones, some are resemble to Russian, some to Ukrainian. But I do not understand spoken language at all. My progress is not to high but after half of year I will be able to speak (I hope)

I clearly know what I am going to do after graduation and I feel that MBA will help me!  

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Arrival at Business School


Hello readers. I did not write for a lot time, but I will do. So my news:
I was admitted to the Magellan MBA developed by University of Porto Business School. I've arrived to Porto several days ago. Classes will start next Monday.

Pictures and interesting posts will be soon. Now I can say that Porto is wonderful place.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bad news

1. Today I’ve received ding form the boston bs
2. I decided not to write in this blogs about my plans any more. I will write there  anything except plans (no dates of exams, no names of target bs, etc). Do not think that the fact that I’ve failed my goal discouraged me. No. but writing or saying to anyone about my aims and plans is really silly. It is all.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gmatprepnow – GMAT prep course for beginners (review of Gmatprepnow)

Founder of Gmatprepnow Brent Hanneson gave me free access to his site and asked to write true review of it. So you can read this review there.

What Gmatprepnow is?
In this site you can find a lot of video lectures about preparation to GMAT. All video lectures are distributed inside 12 sections such as Generl GMAT Strategy, Data Sufficiency, Arithmetic, Powers and Roots, Algebra and Equation Solving, Word Problems, Geometry, Integer Properties, Statistic, Counting, Probability and Analytical Writing Assessments. Lectures about preparation to verbal part of GMAT will be issued soon.

Every section contains in average 20-40 video files with explanation of exact type of questions. Overall time of lectures exceeds 24 hours.

Good sides:
1. Sections are divided for small parts so nevertheless overall time of lectures is big you can find answer to your question or listen to how to solve difficult for you question very quickly.
2. It is not obviously to buy access to all questions. You can buy access only to lectures that you need the most.
3. Before buying access to lectures you can see several ones for free.
4. Quality of lectures is very high, easy and understandeble design of site.

Bad sides:
1. You can not download video and watch it for example on smartphone in comfortable for you  place.
2. Watching lectures is not full-featured practice. For strengthening knowledge you need to solve questions. It would be good if every lecture contains homework with 10-20 questions. It is possible not to develop these questions but give numbers of such ones in OG. But there is not such homework in Gmatprepnow.

 Conclusion:
I strongly recommend buying access to Gmatprepnow to beginners (people who did not attend any GMAT courses).  But I doubt that it will be really useful for students who prepared to GMAT several months, got in real exam 680 and want to achieve 720 in next attempt.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My volunteer experience in Nepal


I’ve returned to Ukraine. Nevertheless someone has stolen my bag with all my documents including passport, all my money and laptop in India I’ve flown to my country almost without problem and now I want to write really big post about my being in Nepal and volunteer experience.

First days, Kathmandu

1 arrived to Kathmandu 1-st of March. The temperature in Kyiv airport before my flight was -20 but in Kathmandu it was +25. Nevertheless such hot weather all people wore winter clothes. There were few cars at the streets and a lot of motorcycles. But not people or architecture impressed me in the great degree but dirty air. Due to smog it was impossible to see anything situated farer than one kilometer. Ukraine is not so clean country as I wish it to be, and there are many industrial towns inside it with big plants that make pollution, but air in Kathmandu was even worse. 


The reason of pollution lay in that there are very few trees in Kathmandu and many old unprepared monocycles and tracks produced by TATA motors that are very dirty. In addition approximately one half of road are not covered with asphalt and numerous vehicles kick up a dust. 

The streets in Kathmandu were very impressive for me too. There is not pavement near the road and cars beep all the time. Near the roads a lot of shops and café that covered with thick share of dust. There was not electricity half of time. When I walked in the evening first time I was afraid to go inside any café for eating. They look so hostile that I thought that people inside can kill me. After 15 minutes of my walking around the street several guys suggested me to buy all types of drugs that I even know and bought prostitute for night, but I refused.

Next day a manager of organization that organized my visit [name] tried to cheat me for $150 but I refused to pay him more money that we discussed in first. As I understood in first day (hereafter this conclusion proved out) all organizations that invite volunteers are very corrupt and their managers stole 70% of volunteer’s money spending them for traveling and buying motorbikes and another expensive for Nepal things. Organization in which i worked was not exception. And what was interesting, people who work in such organizations even did not understand that they do evil but guess that it is fair business.

Arrival and first days in the to village

In third day of my being in Nepal I departed to village Progatinagar in which I needed to work. I went to destination 6 hours and during this voyage through the window I saw real life of village people of this country that work in agriculture. It was a stone age. People do not have any agricultural technology and they till the land with buffalo. In addition people experience shortage of living and agriculture area. Hence they need to create big stairs in the mounting and grow corps there.


In the village director of school J S met me, I introduced myself to teachers and they for me and first night I spend in directors house having interesting conversation with host.  In first, with pride in his voice he gave me two thick brochures with name “Lions Club of Nawalparasi Directory”. There were written biography and contacts of presidents and vice presidents of one of Nepali charity organization. The picture with contacts of JS was printed inside these brochures. As he explained he was not only director of school but also vice president of charity organization. I asked him what is this organization do, what are its goals? What does this organization achieved during lust 5 years, and what are its objectives for next 1, 3, 5 and 10 years. He could not answer me intelligibly to majority of these questions.
“I do not know our goals for 3, 5 and 10 years, it is very long period of time. But I know my objective for one year”, - JS told.
“And what is you aim for one year?” -  I asked.
“To become a president of this organization”, - he answered.
“What are you going to do in seat of President of  Lions Club”?
“I will expel [several names that I can not remember] from this organization because they are very bad”….

After that JS complain me that budget of Lion Club is very small, $25 000. And in the same time told me that they spend $5 000 every year for printing brochures about management of organization. He was very sincere with me and he really believed that this brochures are very important and not wasting money of western donors.

Attitude to women

Women are not people in Nepal. For example in first day of my being in village when I spoke with director of school his small daughter (approximately 12 years old) prepared all food. During eating she was not allowed to sit with us and like waitress she all the time asked us what we wanted to. She had her dinner only after we finished, and after that washed all dishes. JSF did not help her to do anything. Men in the Nepali buses never offer the seat to pregnant women. One time I saw pregnant women with two children sitting at the bus’s floor between seats and breast-fed her daughter. No one suggested her seat. But I return to my story. In first day of my living in Pragatinagar I was in panic. I thought “What am I doing there?”, It is possible to die from the boredom in such solitude. Happily this apprehension was premature and I had really nice time in this village in future.

School, firs impression

Although I worked in one of the best school in the region it was resemble to barn. All desks in classes as well as in teacher room were so dirty that it was impossible to touch something without daggling my clothes or hands. But teachers and children were very kind curios and interesting. Teachers all the time asked me about my country, system of education, etc. It was impossible to sit at  school-yard and read the book on the grass under mango tree for me because crowd of 30-40 children gathered around me and asked me about something all the time. Unlike Ukrainian ones they knew conversation English quiet well and it was interesting to speak with them. I felt myself as celebrity that went to casual people all the time. Sometimes they asked me to help them to solve some math questions, and I helped them because majority of textbook was written not in Nepali but in English.

But when I started to read class I was a little bit disappointed because to read two pages of text for children was big problem. Therefore I annulled C++ course after two classes and started to explain them basic things, for example what are blogs, what is rss, what is google docks etc. It stands to mention that not all the children was lazy, several ones really wanted to study. Two students so impressed me that I bought them laptop as I wrote in previous posts. Majority of my time I spent for individual classes with ones who want to study after several weeks. Working with these students was one of the best experiences in my life. I was really happy to do so.

Compared to European pupils Nepali ones do not smoke. But after several week I got to know that majority of them use chewing tobacco because it is cheap and no one can recognize this bad habit.

Almost all students planned to go work outside the country after graduation the school and make physical work there because it was very hard it find job in the Nepal especially inside the village. Average salary in the village was $30 but majority of people did not work at all.

Family in which I lived and occupation of the village people

In second day after arrival I stayed in house of one of the reaches family in the village.  It was reach because father was former policemen and worked as guard in Singapore now sending them money. Mother had a small shop in this village, but sales in it were very low.  In fact all the day she spoke with her friends and set inside the shop doing nothing. 16-years old daughter did all the housework and studied in the school. 19-years old son had finished school and did all the days absolutely nothing. In the morning he ate, after that went to play games with his friend and in the evening if there was electricity he watched TV. I did not see any book in this house except textbooks of daughter.

As I understand later people read very little in this village. In first there is not books in this village and even there is not opportunity to purchase them in the Kathnandu. I visited a lot of book shops in the capital of Nepal and did not see fiction Published in Nepali, only in English. Furthermore all books were very expansive and lion’s share of customers of these shops was tourist. All these shops situated in tourist distinct of Katmandu Thamel.  I found only one fiction book in the school library in English and no one in Nepali language.

Majority of people in the village work very little. Main source of their income was money orders from migrant worker. The son in that family looked up newspapers finding opportunity to move abroad for working often. Two talented student wanted to move abroad for working to but I assured them that it was not good way and they ought to go abroad for studying.

I decided to learnt why this occurred and found out that main problem is children training that is fully different to that of European ones. Imagine such picture: to house in which I lived crowded small child with peace of bred in his hand. Mother and daughter played with him 10 minutes (during this time peace of bread lied on the floor) after that they give him this dirty food; he ate it and crowded outside. Nepali parents did not teach children how to take spoon (they eat using their hands), that they should be clean, how to read and so. In fact children develop before school like pets. They do only easy work that does not require using mind. So it is very hard to them to study in future.

People who do not have relatives who worked abrade and who do not have any business are really poor. They live in clay houses often in one prate of which lived people and in another one animals. Majority of these people can not read and write. But no one in this village starved because rice (the main their food) was chap and fruits was available everywhere.

Nevertheless such environment I felt myself happy because after exhausting preparation to GMAT and studying English before traveling I relaxed first time. After classes I could read during several hours every day. I read “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion” by Yukio Mishima, ‘Oliver Twist’ - by Charles Dickens, ‘Heart of Darkness’, ‘Youth’ and ‘The End of the Tether’ by Joseph Conrad, ‘Tom Sawyer Abroad’ by Mark Twain, ‘The Wisdom of No Escape’ by Pema Chodron, ‘Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway, ‘Buddhism and Zen’ by Nyogen Senzaki, ‘The Invisible Influence’ by Alexander Cannon, Siddhartha by Sidney Sheldon  and several another books names of which I’ve forgotten because I left almost all of the books to my students. In addition I started to do meditations and felt that I became more conscious. It helped me to see my life from outside and to become wiser.   In the evening I usually played tennis or walk around the village and speak with the best students. In addition I travel a lot during this time visiting almost all beautiful places of Nepal. It was really excellent time for me.

School meetings and Nepali politicians

Electricity went out often during my classes. There was diesel generator in the school but school officials did not turned it on because fuel was expensive and there was not money for buying is. I understood why they bought this generator after 10 days of my working. In that day school meeting occurred. All classes were annulled and children and their parents set at the grass outside the school and school officials and politician have spoken to microphone during 12 hours (from 9 am till 9 pm). Some of officials could speak during several hours. Diesel generator was needed for working microphone.  The meeting were more important then classes for them. (I forced them to turn on generator during classes after one month of working only). People spoke all this time about absolutely nothing. For example how Nepal is beautiful, how good the school is, how wise teacher are, how speakers respect each others, etc. such meeting occurred in Pragetinagar every two weeks. During these meetings I met a large number of politicians and presidents of charity organizations. All of them just like Jaishi Sir could not describe their objectives. Main achievement for every organization was increasing the numbers of departments and members. But they did not know for which reasons these departments were opened.   In their opinion it is very important to be a president of some organization. If person is a president another one should respect them only for this. Large part of budgets of these organizations (that was not stolen) was spent for organizing such meetings and publishing their programs. So I want to ask every reader of this blog – NEVER donate money to any charity organization in developing countries. People do not starve there. All money will be spent for such meeting or just stolen.

Nepali bureaucratism and my last days in village

I met Nepali bureaucratism the first and the last time when I got laptop that I bought in Ebay in Kathmandu post office. In first I asked manager of the organization to get it instead of me but he told me that he went to post office every day and it was not delivered yet. I knew that laptop obviously should be delivered and deciding that manager just stole it (this suspicion did not prove true) I went to office by myself. The process of getting laptop took me 5 hours. In first people told me that it is not delivered. I visited a score of rooms and everyone told me that did not know how I can get it and everyone told me ‘go tomorrow, it is very late today’. After two hours of going from one to another room I found this laptop by myself in one of rooms but it was only start of the trial. I visited maybe 30 another rooms with officials and signed several papers in all of them for customs clearance of this laptop. Everyone told me ‘go tomorrow because other officials already went home’. They start to do something if I shouted to them only. I am ashamed for such behavior but if you do not shout for them they will continue to do nothing. In addition I am a choleric and could not to check myself. I clearly understand why manager could not receive this laptop during 2 weeks. It is impossible to describe how happy I was when I gave to students this gift.

At the end of April I stopped to teach computer science to class 11 because their course finished and started to teach basic computers course to small children. It was very interesting experience too. 7 of the May I left village and went to Pokhara, the main touristy city in Nepal where I did not work but relaxed only.

Asian Amsterdam

Yes, I am a bad boy. Sometimes I smoke marijuana. Some people say that it is not drug but I am not agree with them. In my opinion not only marijuana but also alcohol and tobacco are drags. But marijuana is less dangerous drag than alcohol or tobacco, because it is not cause physical addiction and does not make people aggressive. When I worked in Ukrainian newspaper I got press releases from police every day and noticed that 90% of murder in Dnipropetrovsk were committed after drinking alcohol, but I can not imagine person that assassinate another one after smoking marijuana. Maybe it would be good for society if all alcohol be banned but marijuana allowed. (‘Maybe’ is not 100% I am not narcologist therefore can not get correct conclusion about this point).

I arrived to Pokhara, very beautiful town that situated near the Himalayas 7 of May.  At 2 o’clock after staying in hotel I went to the quay and admire of the view of the lake.  I met Nepali boy there and smoke with him a cigarette with marijuana. After that I went to cafe for drinking tea, and met Italy family. I smoked with them marijuana too. After that I smoked it with USA tourists, after that with New Zealand clique. Going to hotel I met girl from UK and smoked with her too. I do the same with several people from New Zealand at the café near the hotel. Staggering I returned to my room and was a little bit afraid that administrator of hotel saw me in such condition but this concern was groundless because administrator not only allowed to smoke marijuana and hash in  the hotel but also sold these drugs to the visitors. [picture of pokhara from the internet because my ones left in the laptop that was stolen]

Next day I decided to stop smoke any more and bought Spanish textbook (I want to learn Spanish because I want to read a lot of books of Spanish authors in first books of Jorge Borges in the original). During other days I enjoyed reading Mohandas Gandhi and studying Spanish in the morning and meeting with tourists in cafes in the evenings.  But all the time everyone suggested me to smoke or buy drugs.

… Continuation of my adventure I will write soon
More pictures you can see in my facebook account  
https://www.facebook.com/mykola.tymohsenko

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Last days in India

I am not admitted to master degree program in Supply Chain Management form MIT and failed my goals to this year so, being in India, I can afford myself to be a «bad boy».

In this picture i am smoking marijuana with baba. In Indian city Varanasi in which I live now marijuana is legal.
It's better to die than be a coward! Sneak-man allowed me to sit to his place just for one dollar.
In the Fall of Summer I'll retake GMAT, take TOEFL and will apply to the best BS that specialize in high technology in second deadline. Next year all will be Ok. I am still in wait-list of Boston Business School but probability that it'll admit me and after that i'll find co-signer for taking student loan is very low. So i'll prepare to next year.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Nepali news

1.Because none among my friends had used laptop for my talented students I've bought one in ebay and yesterday got it in post office. So these students will be always connected to internet and will have opportunity to study more effectively.


2.Several weeks ago i've gotten letter from MIT with inviting to apply to master degree program in Supply Chain Management developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Transportation and Logistics. For applying i needed to write only one essay and send them CV. Surely I've written and sent essay and CV to MIT after one day. Application decision will be ready after 15 of May.

3.I'll fly to Ukraine not from Kathmandu but from Delhi, because it was impossible to buy ticket properly from Kathmandu using my credit card. But it is not bad because flying from India I'll be able to meet my friends.

4.I stopped to teach computer science to 11th class because their course finished, and now I teach the same subject and English to small children.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) supply chain Management 2011 Jarrod Goentzel

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My enjoying and asking for help

FIRST: I am enjoying being in Nepal and teaching Nepali students. It is interesting to teach big group of students but I really like to teach individually students who are smart, like to study and spent so much time for getting good education in future.

It's really great to see how this several students that live in such bad condition (they live in clay houses in one side of which lives family and in another one live cows and buffalos) have known English so good, and how they find time and books for reading if school library contains less books than I've bought during last two years for myself. I am sure that these smart boys will be my friends after my returning to Ukraine, and I'll obviously help them achieve their objectives, not only teaching them but also financially.

In first i want to bay to two of them laptop. I have not a lot of money now so i'll buy them used laptop for $100 in Ebay.
Unfortunately because this acquisition i'll not be able to travel around the India after being in Nepal. But I'm really want to visit my friends which i mate during preparation to GMAT, in first ( Anand Patil, Mak Sialka and Pardeep (http://kissthegmat.blogspot.com/). So I need help of my blog's readers. If someone have old laptop (it can be very old, In first because for working not playing every computer is Ok, in second i'll install to it Ubuntu (type of linux) and every computer with this operation system will «fly») i can buy it from you for $100. But i'll be able to pay you not now but in the middle of June after returning to Ukraine. If you can help me, write please to my email. If you help me l'll be able to travel around the India and visit my friends!

SECOND.
I'm waiting for answer form Boston Business school. I'll know answer from Admission Comity after 10 days.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nepali life

I live in Nepali village now and teach C++ to students.
Teaching C++ is very interesting end useful deal but it is not easy because we have huge problem with electricity. Sometimes electricity go out during the classes.
In addition i got a letter with rejection from MIT, so goodbye Sloan School of Management and Rod Garcia. I'll achieve my goals without you. Today i've submitted application form for Boston University Graduate School of Management and i hope that i'll be admitted and i'll find U.S. co-signer for getting student loan.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nepal

I am in Nepal now. I've arrived tomorrow, today i visited the most beautiful places in Kashmandu and tomorrow i'll go to the Nepali village in which i'll teach computer science and math to Nepali student. I waiting for this departure very much =)
I did not submitted my application to Boston School of Business but will do so soon. I have written essay for it and founder of Volunteer Aid in Nepal will help me edit stile of these essays.

my Nepali mobile is +9779813570226

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

News from the battle

1. I decided to apply not only to MIT, but also to BS about which I wrote in this post. I’ve just wrote essay for it. Surely i dream to study in MIT but I am realist and understand that there is little chance to be admitted to this brilliant BS with GMAT 610 even with great another parts of application. In addition my real aim is NOT getting top MBA. Education is only tool that will help me achieve my real objective, and another BS can help me achieve it too.

2. in Monday (28 of February)  i'll fly to Nepal. I think about travel more often than about applying last time =).

3. after my arrival to Nepal my blog will be more interesting!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

67

This post about nothing. I wrote it because do now want to wait for interview invitation having 66 posts in the blog. it's 67-th post.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Another way

Admission committee of one of business school to which i've not applied wrote me today that they were looking for student from Ukraine therefore I am preferred candidate for it.

I've written to adcom very frank letter, and waiting for the  answer: (I do not write name of business school, because I do not want to do so)

Dear XXXXXX
I write because I've received from you letter in which is written that XXXX University School of Management is looking for students from Ukraine and I have been identified as a preferred candidate for XXXX University’s management programs.

I would be happy to apply to Full-time MBA program regarding that it specializes in IT management. But I will not be able to accomplish all application requirements before deadline. The main problem is that I've not taken TOEFL exam yet and if I do it now I will hardly get more than 90, because my spoken English is not excellent. But before August of 2011 I will improve this skill obviously because I'll fly to Nepal for volunteering 28 of February for 3 month. During all this time I'll live predominantly among Americans, Australians and other native speakers, and communicate in English only. Therefore prior to June of 2011 my English will be fluent and I'll be able to get in TOEFL 100+.

The second problem lies in that my highest GMAT result is 610, and it is less than 80% range of Two-Year MBA 2010 Class profile of XXXX University School of Management. (I did GMAT 3 times. 12 May of 2010 I did 540 (q48,v17), 12 of October I did 610(q47,v27) and 30 of December I did 580 (q38, v31). I failed math in last attempt because had a severe cold during exam).

In third if I enroll to XXXX University School of Management I'll be able to pay for studying only if I take loan in US bank without co-singer because Ukrainian banks do not get loans for studying abroad and I do not have another source of financing MBA. So I am constrained to ask you, is it possible to take a loan for studying in XXXX University School of Management without co-singer?

I want to say that nevertheless written above problems I can became excellent student. I have very interesting and unusual for MBA students job experience about which I'll be pleased to write in admission essays, strong leadership qualities and great analytical skills that will help me to create brilliant career after graduation business school. Hence I will contribute to the continued development and prestige of this business school.

So I want to ask you whether I have chance to be admitted to Full-time MBA program if I take TOEFL and get in it 100+ not before 14 of March but in June. If I do, I'll obviously apply to XXX University School of Management in third deadline.

Best regards,
XXXXXXX

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My current studying

It is Nepali alphabet. It is more difficult than Latin or Cyrillic because it contains 62(!) letters. I've already studied Nepali numbers. Prior to arrival to Nepal I want to study language a little bit because this will help me better understand Nepali people. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nepali dreams

I've bought tickets to Nepal today. I'll move from Kyiv 28 of February, arrive to Kathmandu 1 of March and fly away 30 of May. I'll meet a lot of people from different cultures there and I like this very much. Communication with interesting people is the best enjoyment for me.

I began my career not as journalist but as programmer. But in 2006 I went to journalism because I wanted more communications and adventures. So i started rubric about which I wrote in this post. (there you can see pictures of me in different occupations) in 2007-2008 I dreamed to be international journalist for explained reason. But crisis crushed my dreams. So before middle of 2010 my external passport was fully blank. First time I go abroad in June of 2010 when I flayed to Congress of Vine and Wine that occurred in Georgia. The second time I go abroad when I visited Moldova in the Fall, and the third my international trip was to Moscow. But unlike all these journeys that were brief, I'll live in Nepal for a 3 month! So it will be the biggest adventure of my life.

During this voyage I'll speak English almost all the time, because I'll work among volunteers majority of whom are native speakers. So I'll improve my English strongly. And after that will not have problem with listening and speaking parts of TOEFL.

In addition I am waiting for meeting with my students from Nepal because i understand their lifes very well. When I studied in school, in Ukraine was strong economic crisis and average wages were about $30-100 ($30 when I started school and $100 when I graduated it), and I know how to enjoy live spending $2 per day =). I'll be useful to Nepali students not only because I will teach to them math but also because I share with them knowledge about applying to US universities and explain them as it important to have good education. It will be so interesting to meet one of my students after 10 years, when I'll have gotten MBA and started my own high tech company and he or she will study in good university and dream to return to his or her native land and contribute to modernization it.

I have only one sad thought now. It is about my failing third attempt in GMAT. My results in first and second attempts were fully adequate, but third.... If i did math as in previous attempts i would have 650, but i did it awfully... and it is possible that this absent-mindness will cost me place in MIT, my dream BS. But after journey to Nepal I'll obviously do better! and I have not doubts that I'll get MBA and achieve my goals.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Writing essays without losing your mind

Today I've discovered new way to concentrate during writing. Earlier I wrote almost all texts using OpenOffice or Google Docks at home and Microsoft Office at the work. Each of these  software has a lot of tools, that are not always really required. So sometimes Instead of working I stopped and used different options, for example changed fount, made it bold, etc. Big number of tools distract from work. For example checking spelling knocks thoughts strongly. In addition sometimes text editor automatically replaces words when it is not needed, and this is annoyied too. 

But now I get to know that there is another type of  text editors - room-editors, that are easy and do not contain any tools. In fact these editors do not have buttons at all. So nothing distracts you during writing. Working in them you can see black screen and your text only. 

DarkRoom is editor of such type for windows. I've download and installed it to comp at my work

PyRoom is  editor of such type for Linux. I installed it at my laptop. 

http://writer.bighugelabs.com/ there you can find online room-editor. 

Definitely there are a lot of such editors for MAC.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

news

I've submitted MIT application form.
I got AWA score. It is 3.5. (first one was 2.5, the second one - 3.0)
I will buy tickets to Nepal next week, when I'll return from Dnipripetrovsk to Kyiv. They'll cost ~$870.