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Been Busy, Here’s Why

Posted on May 25th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

When I finished up the “So You Want A Student Visa” post I had just completed one of the most stressful obstacles standing between me and my timely voyage to Barcelona. Once I submitted my application at the Spanish Consulate in San Francisco, Blanca and I officially began our short, final vacation before we plan [...]

An Update

Posted on May 23rd, 2007 by Matt Brattin

At about 6:26 this morning I stumbled out of the shower and made my way to the kitchen to start boiling water for my oatmeal. Once I got the water on, I meandered on over to my laptop and gave the mouse a wiggle to awake the machine from its slumber. I continued my morning [...]

So You Want A Student Visa…

Posted on May 8th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

I mentioned before I was going to take some time to write about the visa application process I’ve been going through the last few months, so that is what this post is all about. I initially wrote a lot of side information about my INS-esque experience with the Spanish consulate, but I have opted to [...]

My Advice to Future Applicants

Posted on April 24th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I don’t feel like I followed the most traditional path when I applied to ESADE. Nonetheless, a co-worker of mine who received his MBA from Duke gave me some excellent advice during the application process which I found immensely helpful. He said to me that he [...]

Adventures With The INS

Posted on April 20th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

It would be unfair of me to say that I fully grasp the immense emotional and mental strain the naturalization process puts on people, but I am pretty darn close. I feel the need to discuss this issue because to be quite honest, dealing with the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Services) has been far and [...]

Half The Post It Used To Be

Posted on April 9th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

My first draft of this 4th chapter of my bio was twice as long as it is now. After much contemplation, I decided to hack out over half of it, as I felt the detail was just too much. Hopefully I did the right thing, now please enjoy! Chapter 4: Closure, and a New Beginning! [...]

So…I lied…

Posted on March 21st, 2007 by Matt Brattin

I was confident that I would be able to finish up my biography in this third installment, however, I don’t think it would be a good idea to skimp on anything at this point. This “third chapter” will possibly prove to be one of my longest posts, but also one of the most important in [...]

Now, Where Was I?

Posted on March 8th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

Ah yes, College! So, I left off in my bio just as I found myself entering Fresno State. I mentioned I was granted a business scholarship and was a member of the Craig Business Scholars. I believe this is where I will pick up my story. Chapter 2: Pre-International College Experience…yeah, that works Ok, so [...]

Quick Update

Posted on March 2nd, 2007 by Matt Brattin

Howdy all, I just got word from my alumni that I landed one of the two nomination spots for the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship!  What this means is that my application is now on its way to the foundation review committee with all the other national nominees.  Since I didn’t explain before, here is how this [...]

Allow Myself To Introduce…Myself

Posted on February 27th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

After thinking briefly about what I should discuss in my next post, I realized an error of my ways.  I was reviewing my last post about my trip to Mexico and thought, “How rude of me…telling stories without ever really introducing myself!”  How should I expect anyone to care about anything I say if you [...]