My journey thus far has got me beginning preparations for the GMAT. I bought the Kaplan 2007 book last year, and as soon as I hit the quant section, I realized just how much work I needed to do. I had done well in the "soft" business classes, but the quant ones challenged me. I ended up buying a book that goes back to the basics, then the Manhattan GMAT books for each quant subject. I will soon begin taking actual practice tests to gauge my score, and see where else I need to improve. Like most people, I'm striving for a 700. With my GPA (just under 3.0), I'll need all the help I can get.
As far as my school choices, I see two paths I'd be happy going down. First, entertainment or sports industry. The schools I'd look into are USC-Marshall, UCLA-Anderson, NYU-Stern, or Arizona State. The other path would be to get into investment banking, and I'd look at UNC-Kenan Flagler, Duke-Fuqua, Wake Forest-Babcock, or UVA-Darden. Are these reaches? Yup. But I believe in shooting for the highest possible school. I'm realistic to know that Harvard/Stanford/Wharton are out of the question.
Anyways, I'll be sure to update this as I continue my journey towards my MBA. I'm striving to apply in the fall, to begin my studies in the fall of 2009. I've got time on my side, which is a good thing. Any advice anyone has, I'm all ears!