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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2010, 08:32
GMAT is certainly next up. I have just started preparing (got a practice 640- first GMAT ever)- so I think I should get it done somewhere around the end of June- mid July. Low-Mediocre GPA from 2nd tier European school so certainly need a 700+ for somewhere top20!!

Meanwhile, I'm trying to bulk up my extracurriculars and doing some general research (financing, programs etc.).

When I'm through with GMAT, I guess I will have 2-3 months left before I can make it to the earlies for a couple of schools.

I sometimes feel like I started this a little bit late (doing research, reading- meeting around for an MBA for the last 2-3 years though!)... Time will show- I guess my GMAT scores will mark my schedule, school choices etc.
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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2010, 11:52
I agree with this.



mba2013 wrote:
lets get a good conversation going here - clearly from my username i fall into the target audience for this thread :D

working on strengthening my job, but as far as extracurriculars go, i'm afraid that getting involved in a new one this year will look like im just trying to pad my resume (since i'll only have been involved for a year by the time apps go out). so my conclusion was that i can only reinforce activities i'm already involved in or have been doing for the past several years. what do yall think? too late to start a "new" activity?

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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2010, 12:15
Wow...what an unreal thread!


stopper5 wrote:
I recommend reading this post: "Sterny's Guide to the Application Process"
sterny-s-guide-to-the-application-process-74233.html#p554045

Good Luck!

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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2010, 15:01
mba2013 wrote:
bump.


so southparker was a troll?

anyways, what is the class of 2013 planning to do this summer before apps start? GMAT, retake GMAT, classes, work, volunteer? just curious to see how we all plan on spending the next few months :)


Working on shortlisting 6 schools that fit my profile and spinning good "stories" as to why I am a good fit. Kind of late to try strengthening up ECs, etc IMHO.
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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2010, 11:16
Count me in as a 2013 hopeful.

I'll be reappying to one school (ding w/ interview) and adding another 4 to my list.

I'm very concerned about work experience and letters of rec. I left my last job in October 2009 – the company moved offices, I had just gotten married in September and I wasn’t about to move with them. I got a new job that seemed like a great opportunity, but after 4 months is certainly not what I expected. So this year’s drama will revolve around “Will I get a decent letter of rec?” and “How will I spin this new job?”
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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2010, 12:41
Hi Guys,

I will also be applying for Class of 2013.

My aim is to apply 6 schools at R1, and another 6 at R2 depending on the outcome of R1.
As I spend most of my time for CFA study until Jun, I wont be able to do anything for the applications until then.
I plan to start studying for GMAT in Jun, and take it end of August.
Plan is writing the essays in Jun-Jul-Aug, visiting a couple schools in Jun.

What do you think?
Is it manageable?
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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2010, 13:48
Hi alobar00,

My personal advice would be to 'assess' your plan before adopting it.

I would take a full length practice GMAT asap so you see where you are scoring. If you are in the range where you feel like with just two months of practice you can push your score to where it needs to be, then your GMAT plan may be feasible. Whatever you do, do NOT underestimate that test.

With the apps, 12 is a lot, but if you feel that all 12 schools match your career goals and you fit in all of them and would go to anyone of them, and each and every single school is the right school for you, applying to that many is a decision you will make for yourself.

For the caliber of schools you are targeting, you want to put in the BEST applications possible... meaning you are not submitting 12 of the same applications, you are spending substantial time on each one and giving each school the respect it deserves. Visiting is not mandatory, but boy does it help.

Do you really believe you can write quality essays while studying for the GMAT in two months? You are applying alongside folks who have spent months and months (even years) researching programs, visiting schools, articulating their reasons for the degree, speaking to students and alumni and writing essays. Can you put in the BEST application you are capable of in that amount of time?

Again, questions you will have to answer for yourself.


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Hi Guys,

I will also be applying for Class of 2013.

My aim is to apply 6 schools at R1, and another 6 at R2 depending on the outcome of R1.
As I spend most of my time for CFA study until Jun, I wont be able to do anything for the applications until then.
I plan to start studying for GMAT in Jun, and take it end of August.
Plan is writing the essays in Jun-Jul-Aug, visiting a couple schools in Jun.

What do you think?
Is it manageable?
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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2010, 14:14
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Oh Yes. Another Class of 2013 -er here.

I've been reading Calling all [Insert School Name] Class of 2012 forums with such excitements even though I couldn't figure out why I am excited :P

2nd GMAT in a few days, and hopefully I can get on the essays ASAP.

Still pondering about buying the "privilege" of getting my app looked at by HBS adcom.

Gonna spend summer in Cali like winter in Ithaca.
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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2010, 09:33
+1. Looking for Class of 2013 Admit.

Gave my GMAT last week, not too happy with the score, redoing the GMAT sometime in June.

Completed a school visit of MIT and HBS last week as well. Loveddd the schools.

Good luck with the Essay writing. I am planning to start early - sometime in June, so lets see. Hopefully I can keep a track of my goals.

For those who are considering admission consultants, please keep us posted if you approach any consultants and if you got any major benefit.
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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2010, 10:31
Another Class of 2013 here. I won't be able to start my GMAT studying until late May as my work load is just a bit too much at the moment (grad student). However I started researching schools over a year ago (even visited a few). Now that I'm in the Northeast working on my MA, I can travel to a few schools that I have my eye on. In fact, I'll be at the "Lunch with Tuck" event on May 14th, then back to Ithaca to study for a final on May 18 :shock: I've also started to keep running notes on essay ideas as they come (usually while reading Gmatclub).

As for what I'll be doing over the summer, I have an internship lined up with a real estate development company out in Los Angeles, although I've been thinking about interning with a smaller local company that does affordable/sustainable housing development, which is more closely aligned to what I want to do. My EC's are completely lacking. Aside from being an active member in some clubs (one for almost 15 years...I'm 27), I don't have anything all that special. I think it's probably too late to worry about that now.

Does anyone know how many recommendations on average schools require? 2 or 3? I'd guess Stanford/Harvard probably require 3, but what about the rest? For grad school almost all schools required 3 recommendations, however for some reason I thought b-schools required fewer.
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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 19:40
looking back at when this thread was started (sept '09 ish?) I realized how overly eager I was about applications...and not that thats necessarily a bad thing either. I was really stoked because I had just taken the GMAT and was even considering throwing in a R2 app for 2010 matriculation, but eventually realized how hurried that would be.

I also realize now that, compared to 6 months ago, I definitely was not ready to apply to bschool. I've gotten a TON of great experience at work and none of that would have occurred if I had bschools constantly on the mind or scrambled to join 10 different volunteer groups to increase my extracurricular aspect of the app. in fact, my head/stress/waistline would be alot better off if i hadn't thought about bschools at all until now. anyway, class of 2013 (or Fall '11 entrance) is starting to become the main point of discussion on the forum so its interesting to see how I am becoming the "subject" of which I once looked enviously upon last year. And right now I'm not envious at all because writing essays is a pain!!
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Re: Advice for Class of 2013 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 07:21
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