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Post Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:23 pm
As candidates begin to hear back from schools (I know HBS R1 decisions are out)... I was hoping to hear some success stories. Then I realized something... Most people frequented this forum during their GMAT studying process and shortly thereafter. Once applications are out, there really isn't a need for them to come back. It's definitely appreciated when they do though. I wonder if there's a way to keep these candidates engaged as they begin hearing back from schools.

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Wow yes definitely congratulations!

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dmateer25 wrote:
togrey12 wrote:
Haven't been back much since completing my GMAT earlier this year, but here is the story:

690 GMAT
2.5 yrs consulting work exp
3.9 GPA
Accepted R1 to Kellogg > withdrew apps from Darden and Kelley
Congrats on the admit!! Care to share your application experience?
Sure.

I'll begin with the GMAT. Perhaps one of the best decisions I made throughout the entire process was sitting for the GMAT in May 2009. Taking the test early in the year accomplished two things: 1) gave me the opportunity to re-take if I didn't reach my target score and 2) allowed plenty of time to scuplt my story and draft essays. Although I didn't reach my target GMAT score of 700, I decided not to re-take the test - I was burned out and felt that the extra time would be better spent on my application.

I visited each target school before submitting my application, paying special attention to the official open houses. During each of the visits, I made it a point to establish a relationship with one student or member of the admissions committee that I could contact for questions and feedback. This was invaluable. I would also like to recommend that each applicant take a closer look at both Darden and Kelley. Kellogg served as the best fit for me, but I was more than impressed with UVA's and IU's admissions committees/students.

Interviews are tricky. Despite each schools themes and guidelines, each interviewer is on the lookout for different characteristics. Some great advice I received: "Mirror their demeanor - do not try to make the situation more or less formal." I did my best to show that I was not only intelligent, but also personable. These interviewers are constantly asking themselves, "How would I like being stuck on a team with this guy/girl?"

Receiving early notification from Kellogg made the waiting game easier, but stay confident and maintain interactions with your contacts at each schools - don't let them forget about you!

My profile is not the most impressive nor unique, but I differentiated myself through the essays and established a personal connection with current students, faculty, and admissions committee members. Play to your strengths. Best of luck to each of you.

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Wow yes definitely congratulations!

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Post Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:09 pm
dmateer25 wrote:
togrey12 wrote:
Haven't been back much since completing my GMAT earlier this year, but here is the story:

690 GMAT
2.5 yrs consulting work exp
3.9 GPA
Accepted R1 to Kellogg > withdrew apps from Darden and Kelley
Congrats on the admit!! Care to share your application experience?
Sure.

I'll begin with the GMAT. Perhaps one of the best decisions I made throughout the entire process was sitting for the GMAT in May 2009. Taking the test early in the year accomplished two things: 1) gave me the opportunity to re-take if I didn't reach my target score and 2) allowed plenty of time to scuplt my story and draft essays. Although I didn't reach my target GMAT score of 700, I decided not to re-take the test - I was burned out and felt that the extra time would be better spent on my application.

I visited each target school before submitting my application, paying special attention to the official open houses. During each of the visits, I made it a point to establish a relationship with one student or member of the admissions committee that I could contact for questions and feedback. This was invaluable. I would also like to recommend that each applicant take a closer look at both Darden and Kelley. Kellogg served as the best fit for me, but I was more than impressed with UVA's and IU's admissions committees/students.

Interviews are tricky. Despite each schools themes and guidelines, each interviewer is on the lookout for different characteristics. Some great advice I received: "Mirror their demeanor - do not try to make the situation more or less formal." I did my best to show that I was not only intelligent, but also personable. These interviewers are constantly asking themselves, "How would I like being stuck on a team with this guy/girl?"

Receiving early notification from Kellogg made the waiting game easier, but stay confident and maintain interactions with your contacts at each schools - don't let them forget about you!

My profile is not the most impressive nor unique, but I differentiated myself through the essays and established a personal connection with current students, faculty, and admissions committee members. Play to your strengths. Best of luck to each of you.

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Post Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:57 pm
togrey12 wrote:
Haven't been back much since completing my GMAT earlier this year, but here is the story:

690 GMAT
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Accepted R1 to Kellogg > withdrew apps from Darden and Kelley
Congrats on the admit!! Care to share your application experience?

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