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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2010, 16:25
Well if people want to chat, call me Oprah :o (that was corny)

Has everyone started thinking about housing. I"m trying to save where I can so I'm doing the roommate thing, we met on Facebook, this should be interesting as I haven't lived with anyone for 2.5 years now. I'm also moving out of may apartment this month - really inflexible landlord, booo - but putting all my things into boxes and storage is making this so real, I'm giddy.

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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2010, 04:57
Are there any Asian/Asian-Americans on here that received the Consortium fellowship? If so, can I shoot you guys a PM... I am a future applicant and have a couple questions on eligibility :) Thanks!
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2010, 22:54
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Are there any Asian/Asian-Americans on here that received the Consortium fellowship? If so, can I shoot you guys a PM... I am a future applicant and have a couple questions on eligibility :) Thanks!


sure. fire away. but i'm not sure if my asian-american answers will differ much from the answers you would get if you just asked the GP group here. but nonetheless, fire away.
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 03 May 2010, 11:30
Its quiet again ...


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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 04:58
I'm still waitlisted at Stern with no word from the Consoritum (since I only applied to one school via CGSM). Anybody else in this position?
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 08:59
What happens to my application if I apply to several schools through the Consortium and it turns out that they don't feel that I "support their mission" enough? Will my app to those schools automatically be thrown out?
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 09:16
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What happens to my application if I apply to several schools through the Consortium and it turns out that they don't feel that I "support their mission" enough? Will my app to those schools automatically be thrown out?


From what I understand, the consortium will still pass your apps along to the schools and you will still be considered for admission, but it might come into play when it comes to getting a fellowship or membership. And to get the fellowship (full ride tuition) you need to be granted membership into the consortium.

Also, the main essay is very much about how you support the mission. You would probably end up giving yourself a very weak essay and hurt your chances of getting into these schools.
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 05 May 2010, 23:53
I have a question for everyone...if you had to do it all over again, would you still apply through the consortium? Would you apply to fewer/more schools?

Another question about what people think about my candidacy. I am an URM, however I'm not sure what adcoms would think of my commitment to the mission. I worked in real estate development (construction management), mainly on small entry level housing developments in working class type neighborhoods. This was in Los Angeles, so these neighborhoods for the most part were heavily hispanic/african american. The experiences I had led me to become interested in affordable housing, economic development, community development, etc in these types of neighborhoods. I went back to school to get my masters in city planning, which I am currently in the process of completing, in order to work in this field. This summer I'll be working for an affordable housing development organization. I'm not sure if this is enough commitment?
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 06 May 2010, 17:51
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I have a question for everyone...if you had to do it all over again, would you still apply through the consortium? Would you apply to fewer/more schools?

Another question about what people think about my candidacy. I am an URM, however I'm not sure what adcoms would think of my commitment to the mission. I worked in real estate development (construction management), mainly on small entry level housing developments in working class type neighborhoods. This was in Los Angeles, so these neighborhoods for the most part were heavily hispanic/african american. The experiences I had led me to become interested in affordable housing, economic development, community development, etc in these types of neighborhoods. I went back to school to get my masters in city planning, which I am currently in the process of completing, in order to work in this field. This summer I'll be working for an affordable housing development organization. I'm not sure if this is enough commitment?


I think you can definitely apply through the Consortium. There's a lot of meat in there, it's all in how you look at it and position it to others in your essays.

I would apply through the Consortium all over again in a heartbeat. I applied to 4 schools and that was good for me...I was tempted to do all 6 but it was tough for me to show genuine interest and commitment in 6 school specific essays as you move further down your list. 3 or 4 is a good number and if your 1 or 2 don't work out, it's not so far down the list that the schools might still offer you full fellowships. As you move into 5 or 6, make sure you would REALLY go there if you get in no where else otherwise you're wasting your time and their time.
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 06 May 2010, 19:03
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I have a question for everyone...if you had to do it all over again, would you still apply through the consortium? Would you apply to fewer/more schools?

Another question about what people think about my candidacy. I am an URM, however I'm not sure what adcoms would think of my commitment to the mission. I worked in real estate development (construction management), mainly on small entry level housing developments in working class type neighborhoods. This was in Los Angeles, so these neighborhoods for the most part were heavily hispanic/african american. The experiences I had led me to become interested in affordable housing, economic development, community development, etc in these types of neighborhoods. I went back to school to get my masters in city planning, which I am currently in the process of completing, in order to work in this field. This summer I'll be working for an affordable housing development organization. I'm not sure if this is enough commitment?


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Although I got accepted into Darden, I still have my concerns about applying via the CGSM route and if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't. This isn't because I'm discouraging non-URMs who have shown a distinct commitment to the CGSM mission, its more of a warning for a non-URM that is also a non-traditional candidate. because my background is a little more spread out than most applicants (12 years WE, in 4 diff industries), it was extremely difficult to condense and write something compelling in the limited CGSM essay format. Without the "try to get to know you" essay topics like, "tell me about a time you led people" or "tell me about a difficult decision", etc, writing only the standard "tell me your work history" and "why XYZ MBA program", made it very difficult as a non-traditional applicant to write these essays and show a genuine and compelling picture of myself. yes, there is the CGSM mission oriented essay prompt, but unless the CGSM mission has been a focal point in your career, a non-URM+nontraditional candidate may have a difficult time telling "the whole story" because you're too busy "proving" yourself to the CGSM rather than telling them about your passions and motivations.

just food for thought.
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 07:07
Yeah I have also thought about the pros and cons of applying through the CGSM. And, I agree with you to some extent that the application is limited about what you are able to express to the AdCom. However, it is still pretty tempting to apply through the CGSM becuase of the fellowship and consolidated application process.

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Although I got accepted into Darden, I still have my concerns about applying via the CGSM route and if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't. This isn't because I'm discouraging non-URMs who have shown a distinct commitment to the CGSM mission, its more of a warning for a non-URM that is also a non-traditional candidate. because my background is a little more spread out than most applicants (12 years WE, in 4 diff industries), it was extremely difficult to condense and write something compelling in the limited CGSM essay format. Without the "try to get to know you" essay topics like, "tell me about a time you led people" or "tell me about a difficult decision", etc, writing only the standard "tell me your work history" and "why XYZ MBA program", made it very difficult as a non-traditional applicant to write these essays and show a genuine and compelling picture of myself. yes, there is the CGSM mission oriented essay prompt, but unless the CGSM mission has been a focal point in your career, a non-URM+nontraditional candidate may have a difficult time telling "the whole story" because you're too busy "proving" yourself to the CGSM rather than telling them about your passions and motivations.

just food for thought.
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 07:55
Hey guys,
Is there a Call all Fall 2011 Consortium Applicants? Or, how can I start one? :)

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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 08:38
Funny how many of us literally spent half of our waking hours here only a few months ago but now this forum is more like a ghostland. Anyways, this is me, back from "the dead", volleying a hello to everyone. Whats been happening? How has your OP prep(s) been coming along?
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 09:12
In joining Case2010 in an attempt to revive this forum, I will publicly announce the immense level of jealousy that I have for everyone who is attending OP.


That is all ...
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 09:30
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In joining Case2010 in an attempt to revive this forum, I will publicly announce the immense level of jealousy that I have for everyone who is attending OP.
That is all ...

ha ha @ maxtor. Well, you are going to MIT, a global brand. How about dousing your "jealousy radar" with the reminder that some of us are going to schools without the MIT brand. I am sure that if both of us find ourselves in ....lets say, inner Mongolia or on the outskirts of Siberia or downtown Kandahar (am not sure why this will happen but :lol: ), while they may not recognize the names Sloan or Kelley, someone knows about MIT and when I say Indiana, they'll be like "huh"? :-D
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 09:39
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ha ha @ maxtor. Well, you are going to MIT, a global brand. How about dousing your "jealousy radar" with the reminder that some of us are going to schools without the MIT brand. I am sure that if both of us find ourselves in ....lets say, inner Mongolia or on the outskirts of Siberia or downtown Kandahar (am not sure why this will happen but :lol: ), while they may not recognize the names Sloan or Kelley, someone knows about MIT and when I say Indiana, they'll be like "huh"? :-D


Brand smand ... I want a free plane ticket for a weekend in Orlando with access to top brass at companies I want to get involved with.

And I'm pretty sure the Siberian person would make a joke about how big my students loans must be, in Russian too. And then they would expect me to fix their computer (which I can do because of undergrad, but is not an MBA skill).
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 12:54
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ha ha @ maxtor. Well, you are going to MIT, a global brand. How about dousing your "jealousy radar" with the reminder that some of us are going to schools without the MIT brand. I am sure that if both of us find ourselves in ....lets say, inner Mongolia or on the outskirts of Siberia or downtown Kandahar (am not sure why this will happen but :lol: ), while they may not recognize the names Sloan or Kelley, someone knows about MIT and when I say Indiana, they'll be like "huh"? :-D


Brand smand ... I want a free plane ticket for a weekend in Orlando with access to top brass at companies I want to get involved with.

And I'm pretty sure the Siberian person would make a joke about how big my students loans must be, in Russian too. And then they would expect me to fix their computer (which I can do because of undergrad, but is not an MBA skill).

Nice one maxtor. You sure do have a point. Well, I hope for the best. Despite all the effort Kelley has put into getting us ready, I think I am still behind. Itz clear that without adequate prep, chances of getting a gig at OP is very limited....
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 13:34
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Nice one maxtor. You sure do have a point. Well, I hope for the best. Despite all the effort Kelley has put into getting us ready, I think I am still behind. Itz clear that without adequate prep, chances of getting a gig at OP is very limited....


You'll be fine in terms of prep. There seem to be a lot of schools and resources to help prepare. I'm in MLT and they have a lot of special resources just for the folks going to OP. I also got a few emails from schools before I had turned down my Consortium offer about prep sessions and webinars.
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 13:42
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I have a question for everyone...if you had to do it all over again, would you still apply through the consortium? Would you apply to fewer/more schools?

Another question about what people think about my candidacy. I am an URM, however I'm not sure what adcoms would think of my commitment to the mission.


I would definitely apply through the consortium in your case - you have a compelling interest in wanting to "give back", and if articulated well, that can be a huge plus. While I eventually passed on my Consortium admission offers, I found it to be a good experience, a good mission, and the member school definitely take the applicants seriously.


Some people mentioned that there is little space to tell specific school interest in the essay format, but I disagree; think of it as an opportunity to write succinctly and powerfully. Generally speaking, I found in my applications that if an essay required a significantly higher than allowed word count to "sound right", you are probably writing about the wrong things. Remember, you have to interview BEFORE you submit your application with the Consortium, so I would argue that this takes an added dimension of importance and fills the essay gaps in a way that a traditional application does not.


Bottom line, applying through the Consortium can only HELP your chances of admission, and will save you some money as well. Treat the applicantions like you would at any other school, make sure you would actually consider matriculating there (ADCOMS have a way of sniffing that out), and give it a go. I can say nothing but good things about my experience with it, and I truly wish I had a way of remaining involved with what they are trying to do.
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Re: Calling all Fall 2010 Consortium Applicants (merged) [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 15:22
I saw this question posted on the Yale thread, and I don't think it was answered:

Does anyone who applied to Yale feel like applying through the Consortium may have hurt their chances? I think the statistics showed that only 1 out of the 12 people who applied through the Consortium got in, versus a much higher percentage of people who applied regularly.
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