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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2011, 08:08
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Tips from last year:
Make sure to pay close attention for the payment button when you are submitting your application. I made that mistake last year. The payment flow is separate from submission, and if you click through too quickly you will miss it. Read the instructions on every screen before you proceed to the next.

Last year there was also a character issue (since essays were copied in the application in text format, some characters came out funky on preview). We had to go through essays to replace double quotes with the right quotes, etc. Admissions was aware of the issue and they might have fixed it (and not held it against people), but this is an FYI for you guys, to help you avoid extra panic on last minute submissions.
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2011, 17:13
Phew... Done with the powerpoint. Although I spent many hours racking my brains on what to include, once I decided on a theme, it was smooth sailing.

If anyone is suffering from writers' block, I suggest they put the essays on hold temporarily and take a crack at the powerpoint. That's what I did, and incredibly enough, now I have a clearer idea of how I want to present my essays. :)
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 07:18
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Last year there was also a character issue (since essays were copied in the application in text format, some characters came out funky on preview). We had to go through essays to replace double quotes with the right quotes, etc. Admissions was aware of the issue and they might have fixed it (and not held it against people), but this is an FYI for you guys, to help you avoid extra panic on last minute submissions.


I imagine this is especially true with the powerpoint. All the more reason to print to PDF.
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 21:13
One question about the word limit. The word limit for essay 2 is 750. Is it okay that I have only about 600 words?
I wrote a topic with an example for about 600 words. I am a bit hesitating to add another aspect or example because I do not have it to be confusing. What do you think?
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 21:50
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Question: I don't have to wait for my recommender to submit his letter for me to submit mine right?



Copied from the chat transcript:
We will allow for recommendations to be submitted after the deadline but will need then shortly afterwards.

http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/ch ... 09-21.aspx
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 23:13
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One question about the word limit. The word limit for essay 2 is 750. Is it okay that I have only about 600 words?
I wrote a topic with an example for about 600 words. I am a bit hesitating to add another aspect or example because I do not have it to be confusing. What do you think?


i think that's a bit short...+ or - 10% is acceptable..
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Re: Calling all 2012 Chicago Booth applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 03:02
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Essays and application questions have been released!! http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/boothinsider

1. What are your short- and long-term goals, and how will a Chicago Booth MBA help you reach them? (600 words)

2. At Chicago Booth, we believe each individual has his or her own leadership style. How has your family, culture, and/or environment influenced you as a leader? (750 words)


Does anyone know the format requirement for the first two essays? font, font size, spacing?
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Re: Calling all 2012 Chicago Booth applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 07:27
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Does anyone know the format requirement for the first two essays? font, font size, spacing?


I don't think it specifies. Prsonally, I used 1 inch margins, restated the question in the heading, and then 12pt font 1.5 x spaced.
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 12:22
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One question about the word limit. The word limit for essay 2 is 750. Is it okay that I have only about 600 words?
I wrote a topic with an example for about 600 words. I am a bit hesitating to add another aspect or example because I do not have it to be confusing. What do you think?


i think that's a bit short...+ or - 10% is acceptable..


If it takes 600 or 500 words to get an essay that's clear, crisp, and your point across done, then that's what you should do. As noted, they only say maximum word and not minimum.
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 00:15
I don't think of it like that - quality is more important than quality. If you can add stuff to it, great. but it shouldn't be just for the sake of making your essay 750 words. If your story can be said in 600, great!
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 02:53
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One question about the word limit. The word limit for essay 2 is 750. Is it okay that I have only about 600 words?
I wrote a topic with an example for about 600 words. I am a bit hesitating to add another aspect or example because I do not have it to be confusing. What do you think?


Have you had anyone read your essays yet? That's the litmus test of whether or not you are being thorough as well as concise. If someone could read that essay without knowing the question and still be able to tell you what question the essay answers then you've done your job.

I've read several essays that people thought were done but never fully answered the question. You have a couple of days so it's worth it to take the time and do this.
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 03:54
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One question about the word limit. The word limit for essay 2 is 750. Is it okay that I have only about 600 words?
I wrote a topic with an example for about 600 words. I am a bit hesitating to add another aspect or example because I do not have it to be confusing. What do you think?


Have you had anyone read your essays yet? That's the litmus test of whether or not you are being thorough as well as concise. If someone could read that essay without knowing the question and still be able to tell you what question the essay answers then you've done your job.

I've read several essays that people thought were done but never fully answered the question. You have a couple of days so it's worth it to take the time and do this.


rightly said...completely agree with cheetrah...

but getting ur essays read by others in last few days can be deadly...i have 2 themes for the presentation...now 2 of my friends like theme 1 and other 2 are supportin theme 2...i like both the themes and now i am in a fix :-D ...i think i am going to toss a coin...
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 04:11
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Chaolien wrote:
One question about the word limit. The word limit for essay 2 is 750. Is it okay that I have only about 600 words?
I wrote a topic with an example for about 600 words. I am a bit hesitating to add another aspect or example because I do not have it to be confusing. What do you think?


Have you had anyone read your essays yet? That's the litmus test of whether or not you are being thorough as well as concise. If someone could read that essay without knowing the question and still be able to tell you what question the essay answers then you've done your job.

I've read several essays that people thought were done but never fully answered the question. You have a couple of days so it's worth it to take the time and do this.


I think you should go ahead and add the other aspect if you feel it is significant to your application. Typically B-schools allow about 10% over the word limit

AS for having my essays read, yes I have. Since I have experience from applying last year I have been able to control the length pretty well and I have received really good feedback except for a few stupid errors in grammar.

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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 04:31
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cheetarah1980 wrote:
Chaolien wrote:
One question about the word limit. The word limit for essay 2 is 750. Is it okay that I have only about 600 words?
I wrote a topic with an example for about 600 words. I am a bit hesitating to add another aspect or example because I do not have it to be confusing. What do you think?


Have you had anyone read your essays yet? That's the litmus test of whether or not you are being thorough as well as concise. If someone could read that essay without knowing the question and still be able to tell you what question the essay answers then you've done your job.

I've read several essays that people thought were done but never fully answered the question. You have a couple of days so it's worth it to take the time and do this.


rightly said...completely agree with cheetrah...

but getting ur essays read by others in last few days can be deadly...i have 2 themes for the presentation...now 2 of my friends like theme 1 and other 2 are supportin theme 2...i like both the themes and now i am in a fix :-D ...i think i am going to toss a coin...


I wouldn't get feedback from ANYONE new. But if there is someone who knows you and has maybe read an earlier draft, then ask them. I agree that getting feedback from new people so close to the deadline can be deadly.

I will say that I would hope we all would get objective opinions on our essays before submitting them.
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 05:56
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One question about the word limit. The word limit for essay 2 is 750. Is it okay that I have only about 600 words?
I wrote a topic with an example for about 600 words. I am a bit hesitating to add another aspect or example because I do not have it to be confusing. What do you think?



i think youre fine but see if you can expand on anything a bit more and pitch yourself more. dont have to overdo it and blab about stuff that isnt meaningful to fill in the space, a shortfall is fine as long as it isnt massively short
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 08:35
Hi all!

I can see a question in the application proof (Are you Hispanis or Latino?) that I can't find through my online application. Therefore, it appears blank at the moment. Anyone knows where it is?

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I can see a question in the application proof (Are you Hispanis or Latino?) that I can't find through my online application. Therefore, it appears blank at the moment. Anyone knows where it is?

Thanks!


I couldn't find that question or the "Ethnic Group" question on the application either. I've submitted my application already and if there is a problem, I'm sure they will contact the applicant. Good luck.
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 06:30
Just one more day to go for the R1 deadline!! Everyone ready with their apps?? :?: I'm still working on tying some loose ends, will take another couple of hours at least!

BTW has anyone faced any issues with the application system - slow responses, upload problems etc.?
I haven't faced any yet.. so just checking....

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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 06:47
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Just one more day to go for the R1 deadline!! Everyone ready with their apps?? :?: I'm still working on tying some loose ends, will take another couple of hours at least!

BTW has anyone faced any issues with the application system - slow responses, upload problems etc.?
I haven't faced any yet.. so just checking....

All the best everyone! :)


No major issues here. The only thing that was strange to me was when I uploaded my resume, which was a one page Microsoft Word document, it appeared as two pages in preview mode in the application. I fixed this by saving it as a PDF and uploading rather than a word document. Just a heads up.
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Re: Booth 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 06:57
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No major issues here. The only thing that was strange to me was when I uploaded my resume, which was a one page Microsoft Word document, it appeared as two pages in preview mode in the application. I fixed this by saving it as a PDF and uploading rather than a word document. Just a heads up.


Hey! Thanks for the heads up!!

That does sound a little strange. I uploaded mine as a PDF and so didn't realize there could be issues uploading it as a Word doc..Will have to see if my essays get screwed up in a similar way since I plan to upload them as word docs..
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