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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 07:57
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I might dedicate the last two slides to show more of the personal side of me... I was even thinking of just throwing together random pictures of my travels (from singapore to thailand to sri lanka) for one slide, and haven't really thought about the final one yet.


Unless you have some really interesting travel photos I would advise against it. I spoke with a Chicago adcom member at a Forte Foundation event about the slide essay. She said that last year they got a lot of family pictures and travel pictures and were hoping applicants would move away from that this year, as it was not very helpful.

Although, if you can use your photos to highlight some specific characteristic, it may work for you.
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thanks for the pointer. i have 4 themes going, and I think at least a few photos will serve their purpose (for my last slide). I will keep them at a minimum though.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 04:17
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Hi! Anyone knows if it´s normal for the Chicago application status to say "Online Application In Progress", even after you have submitted the application, paid the fee and got your recommendations sent?
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 04:56
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Hi! Anyone knows if it´s normal for the Chicago application status to say "Online Application In Progress", even after you have submitted the application, paid the fee and got your recommendations sent?

I believe that it is. I recently received an email saying that my application status has changed to "Complete," which signifies a verification that they have everything they need. It took a couple of days for that status change to happen.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 05:54
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Thanks, then I will wait till monday before doing anything...
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 06:23
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Interviews notifications on November 10th.

Dear XXXXX,

Your status has changed to "Complete". The next step in the process is to allow for the admissions committee to review your application. All applicants who are invited to interview will be notified by 5:00pm, November 10th.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
voice 773.702.7369 | Fax 773.702.9085

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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 13:53
Regarding the first essay, I see that each of the three-four subquestions have a 300 word limit for a total of 900-1200 words, greater than the usual 500 to 750 words. However, when answering these subquestions, I noticed that I am averaging only 150-225 words per subquestion. To reach 300 words per section, I will have to provide significantly more detail than I have in my other applications.

Have people filled out their answers to reach the 300 word maximum? Is it acceptable to be only at 2/3s of the limit and answer the question concisely? I am unsure of the optimal strategy here. Advice here would be awesome.
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I would try to get close to 300. More real estate space only helps your story/cause at the end.

If you're struggling to get only +/- 200 words, I recommend starting from stratch and not "piggyback" off another school's essay.

I have approx 320 words per section. (Trying to trim them down so I meet the 300 max).
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 14:43
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Regarding the first essay, I see that each of the three-four subquestions have a 300 word limit for a total of 900-1200 words, greater than the usual 500 to 750 words. However, when answering these subquestions, I noticed that I am averaging only 150-225 words per subquestion. To reach 300 words per section, I will have to provide significantly more detail than I have in my other applications.

Have people filled out their answers to reach the 300 word maximum? Is it acceptable to be only at 2/3s of the limit and answer the question concisely? I am unsure of the optimal strategy here. Advice here would be awesome.


Hmm, being 30% under is definitely low. I'm currently over 30% in each of the three sections, trying to whittle it down to just 10% over. :(

http://mbastudio.net/tag/word-limit/

Can you go under the limit? Similarly, I advise clients not to go less than -5% on any essay. In one sense, like all professional communicators, I believe strongly in “say what you have to say; say it once, strongly and clearly and then stop talking.” This is the royal road to more powerful communications. Certainly there’s no merit in padding, wafffling, and repeating yourself. But admissions essays are relatively short pieces of writing, and you — if you merit a place at a top b-school — are a multifaceted, talented individual with an valuable track record, and if you can’t find things to say to take up the word count this in itself flags that you have not been able to (or haven’t bothered to) properly investigate your own motivations or fully argue your merits.

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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 15:09
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Regarding the first essay, I see that each of the three-four subquestions have a 300 word limit for a total of 900-1200 words, greater than the usual 500 to 750 words. However, when answering these subquestions, I noticed that I am averaging only 150-225 words per subquestion. To reach 300 words per section, I will have to provide significantly more detail than I have in my other applications.

Have people filled out their answers to reach the 300 word maximum? Is it acceptable to be only at 2/3s of the limit and answer the question concisely? I am unsure of the optimal strategy here. Advice here would be awesome.


Hmm, being 30% under is definitely low. I'm currently over 30% in each of the three sections, trying to whittle it down to just 10% over. :(

http://mbastudio.net/tag/word-limit/

Can you go under the limit? Similarly, I advise clients not to go less than -5% on any essay. In one sense, like all professional communicators, I believe strongly in “say what you have to say; say it once, strongly and clearly and then stop talking.” This is the royal road to more powerful communications. Certainly there’s no merit in padding, wafffling, and repeating yourself. But admissions essays are relatively short pieces of writing, and you — if you merit a place at a top b-school — are a multifaceted, talented individual with an valuable track record, and if you can’t find things to say to take up the word count this in itself flags that you have not been able to (or haven’t bothered to) properly investigate your own motivations or fully argue your merits.


Thanks w103psp and adalfu! Although my sub-essays are good and answer the question, your reasoning makes sense. I am going to fill out my sub-essays with a more detailed story by starting from scratch this weekend!
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 08:36
When I transferred my essays in the online application, for some reason question marks appeared instead of apostrophes. Did anybody else experience the same thing?
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 09:07
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When I transferred my essays in the online application, for some reason question marks appeared instead of apostrophes. Did anybody else experience the same thing?


I had the same problem at first. I think it had something to do with copying and pasting the responses into the text boxes they provide. I went back and changed all the question marks to apostrophes manually. They were still apostrophes when I printed out the PDF of my final application. Hope that helps.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 09:10
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When I transferred my essays in the online application, for some reason question marks appeared instead of apostrophes. Did anybody else experience the same thing?


I had the same problem at first. I think it had something to do with copying and pasting the responses into the text boxes they provide. I went back and changed all the question marks to apostrophes manually. They were still apostrophes when I printed out the PDF of my final application. Hope that helps.


Yeah, I am doing the same thing. Thanks
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 12:09
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When I transferred my essays in the online application, for some reason question marks appeared instead of apostrophes. Did anybody else experience the same thing?


I had the same problem at first. I think it had something to do with copying and pasting the responses into the text boxes they provide. I went back and changed all the question marks to apostrophes manually. They were still apostrophes when I printed out the PDF of my final application. Hope that helps.

Same issue and same solution for me. I'm not sure why some of the schools elect not to use ApplyYourself. I've had issues with all of my schools that have chosen to use alternate software.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 12:11
I actually prefer Booth's interface over ApplyYourSelf. ApplyYourself doesn't allow you to copy and paste materials from documents, especially for awards, duties, etc.
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Hey Guys

Got a question!

I am thinking to start my re-application to chicago booth. Do i need to create a new log in or can i use my old log in and start a new application. It seems like Chicago booth online application allows me to use my old log in since my past application is shown below in a separate window.

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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 14:32
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Got a question!

I am thinking to start my re-application to chicago booth. Do i need to create a new log in or can i use my old log in and start a new application. It seems like Chicago booth online application allows me to use my old log in since my past application is shown below in a separate window.

Thanks for your help!


Yes, you should use your old login.
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Thanks BruceLee! appreciate the quick response
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Is there any difference between R1 and R2 in terms of admission rate?
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2010, 05:01
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Is there any difference between R1 and R2 in terms of admission rate?

I don't believe that there is a significant difference for Booth.
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