I really want to thank you guys for the amazing book and great help that you provide on these boards. Due in big part to them, I was accepted into my dream MBA program.
Up until I got your book, MIT had been the only place I had ever wanted to go. But after reading the book, I found that I was very interested in the name, but hadn't focused enough on the teaching style, environment, etc., that makes the whole b-school experience. With that in mind, I took your advice on the "sniper" approach and researched to death where the perfect place was for me. It turns out Duke is that place.
After I figured that out, I zoned in, taking all of your advice from points to emphasize in my essays to advising my recommenders. I still can't believe that I got accepted, but I'm definitely not arguing!
I imagine you guys don't get too tired of hearing about the success stories that you help make!!
Thanks a million
(Now back to figuring out how I'm going to pay for all this!)
For those reading this that want to know, here are some of my stats:
GMAT: 680 (Q66%; V93%; Overall-90%) (Thought about retaking but decided it was a safe gamble from info on this board and others.)
Undergrad: Computer Engineering; 3.15; small, west coast state university
W/E: 2 years teaching English in Japan