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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2009, 14:18
On general quesiton about the cover letter:

MIT ask you for an example of how you had an impact on a group or organization. What is the recomended example:

One from your professional career or the one from your non-professional? If both of them are equally heavy.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2009, 03:26
In essays use the most illustrative example don't get hung up whether it is a work or extracurricular. Just keep two things in mind:
1) Use a recent example (<2 years)
2) Try to balance examples between work and extracurricular. If you are all work like many military folks because you are deployed all the time don't sweat it.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2009, 18:38
Visited campus today. Facilities weren't anything special, but liked how it was well integrated into the rest of the school. There is easy subway/downtown access.

The class I sat in on was basic finance theory, so didn't allow for much discussion. But I got the overall impression that the students were pretty down to earth. Definitely applying, but not getting my hopes up.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2009, 11:13
Add me in for R1.
Sloan Adcom, thanks for the most meaningful set of essays among all business schools.
Thanks for letting us "Show and not Tell".
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2009, 20:05
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2009, 23:23
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Add me in for R1.
Sloan Adcom, thanks for the most meaningful set of essays among all business schools.
Thanks for letting us "Show and not Tell".
cheers guys
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I am grinding my way through a total of ten essays for three R1 schools and am actually looking forward to MIT's essays later on. Direct and to the point, lots of substance without too much gloss, just as I imagine the school would be like.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2009, 10:22
Not sure if I can post this question here, but anybody visiting Sloan on Wed, Sep 30th? I'll be there for the Ambassadors Program that day. Just curious if anyone else will be there.

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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 12:43
hey guys i did the ambassadors program this week and i wanted to share my opinion. let's remember, this is solely an opinion and an extremely small sample at that. my impression was that it was extremely nerdy and consisted of a high population of asians (those are separate ideas, not trying to infer that asians are nerdy). i asked my ambassador what differentiated sloan and his response was that people at other schools like to party and that wasn't the case at sloan. i also asked him if he enjoyed exploring boston and he said "no, there's nothing to do in boston and everything is so old." this was probably a bad person to have as an ambassador.

the feeling i got from the students was that it's academically rigorous and very quantitatively oriented and there is not as much focus on soft skills. however, the class i visited was a core first year class and extremely basic. everything was covered in an undergrad business 101 class. although, i suppose that's what core classes are all about. i also got the feeling that if i was interested in entrepreneurship in an industry other than technology, the program may not be right for me. when i think about what the T stands for in MIT, this is no surprise.

sorry to rag on sloan, there are some really cool things about the program like GLAB, the innovation period, 100K competition, etc. don't let one person's opinion ruin it for you - i urge all of you to visit before blindly applying.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 13:21
You had an ambassador tell you that??? That is totally off base. Do you remember his/her name? I don't know what hole he/she lives in but if you live over in Beacon Hill a whole different story.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 14:04
Well to be very honest I don't think you need an ambassador to tell you that MIT is NOT a party school or a fun school. If you want a party school, go to Kellogg(no offense to partying or Kellogg), but Kellogg throws the best parties, as friends have told me.
MIT of course is very rigorous academically, and the fact that they allot TA's and RA's(Teaching asst and research asst, to the laymen:) proves that they approach the business school system different from pretty much any B-school out there.
The Asian thing...again...no surprise...a school which places a lot of emphasis on Math and Finance skills...who do you think would be there?
I've heard from many Sloan alums..that Sloan is NOT the place for everyone...it is very unique and very academic. You should have that bent of mind to go there and you'll like it. Else you will regret it.
I do disagree with his portrayal of Boston..it is the most exciting city in the US if you ask me...plenty to do, close to almost every major east coast city and Montreal....I love the crowd there...definitely a notch above the rest of the US..maybe that's why they get dissed by everyone.
good luck
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 15:34
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hey guys i did the ambassadors program this week and i wanted to share my opinion. let's remember, this is solely an opinion and an extremely small sample at that. my impression was that it was extremely nerdy and consisted of a high population of asians (those are separate ideas, not trying to infer that asians are nerdy). i asked my ambassador what differentiated sloan and his response was that people at other schools like to party and that wasn't the case at sloan. i also asked him if he enjoyed exploring boston and he said "no, there's nothing to do in boston and everything is so old." this was probably a bad person to have as an ambassador.

the feeling i got from the students was that it's academically rigorous and very quantitatively oriented and there is not as much focus on soft skills. however, the class i visited was a core first year class and extremely basic. everything was covered in an undergrad business 101 class. although, i suppose that's what core classes are all about. i also got the feeling that if i was interested in entrepreneurship in an industry other than technology, the program may not be right for me. when i think about what the T stands for in MIT, this is no surprise.

sorry to rag on sloan, there are some really cool things about the program like GLAB, the innovation period, 100K competition, etc. don't let one person's opinion ruin it for you - i urge all of you to visit before blindly applying.


What to say about his comments on Boston ? Wonder how perspectives can differ. I found Boston to be one of the most liveliest cities to live. There's so much to explore in Boston and of course some parts of the city are very old, no doubt. "There's nothing to do in Boston" is a completely baseless statement, IMHO.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 17:04
clarksdv2 wrote:
In essays use the most illustrative example don't get hung up whether it is a work or extracurricular. Just keep two things in mind:
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2) Try to balance examples between work and extracurricular. If you are all work like many military folks because you are deployed all the time don't sweat it.


So does it make sense to quote a couple of examples or even 3 .. I'm finding it really hard to come up with just one example that I can stretch for 500 words.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2009, 15:23
Yes two examples are fine in the same essay if you are able to support the same idea. In a stylistic sense, I wouldn't want the examples to deviate significantly so to dilute your point.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2009, 15:26
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Well to be very honest I don't think you need an ambassador to tell you that MIT is NOT a party school or a fun school. If you want a party school, go to Kellogg(no offense to partying or Kellogg), but Kellogg throws the best parties, as friends have told me.
MIT of course is very rigorous academically, and the fact that they allot TA's and RA's(Teaching asst and research asst, to the laymen:) proves that they approach the business school system different from pretty much any B-school out there.
The Asian thing...again...no surprise...a school which places a lot of emphasis on Math and Finance skills...who do you think would be there?
I've heard from many Sloan alums..that Sloan is NOT the place for everyone...it is very unique and very academic. You should have that bent of mind to go there and you'll like it. Else you will regret it.
I do disagree with his portrayal of Boston..it is the most exciting city in the US if you ask me...plenty to do, close to almost every major east coast city and Montreal....I love the crowd there...definitely a notch above the rest of the US..maybe that's why they get dissed by everyone.
good luck


Seriously, are you confusing med school with business school? No business school is that academically rigorous. It is an exercise in time management. I recommend if you visit to come to a Sloan C-function (consumption function), free food and beer.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2009, 15:47
I went last week and asked the Ambassador about life in Boston. He responded it sucks the bars close at 2am. Sounds like a NYC POV to me.

I got the impression that they all wanted to be entrepreneurs. But that is from the selection I spoke to.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2009, 21:14
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Yes two examples are fine in the same essay if you are able to support the same idea. In a stylistic sense, I wouldn't want the examples to deviate significantly so to dilute your point.


Makes perfect sense, Thanks.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 10:07
Just submitted my application for R1. Still waiting on a recommender to submit his recommendation, though. It'll be complete as soon as that happens.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 11:02
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Just submitted my application for R1. Still waiting on a recommender to submit his recommendation, though. It'll be complete as soon as that happens.

Wow that's quick man..I'm not even started on the application...doin LBS and Tuck, and losin sleep over them. Then comes Kellogg and then Sloan..Phew !!!
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 11:09
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milias wrote:
Just submitted my application for R1. Still waiting on a recommender to submit his recommendation, though. It'll be complete as soon as that happens.

Wow that's quick man..I'm not even started on the application...doin LBS and Tuck, and losin sleep over them. Then comes Kellogg and then Sloan..Phew !!!


Nah, it's not quick. It took me 3 months to do Harvard and MIT. I just started early. It'll be Kellogg, Ross, and Wharton next.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2009, 03:41
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