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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2008, 11:05
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I'm using the fourth essay to talk about one of my ECs which I haven't mentioned before in the essays (and naturally have not mentioned anywhere else in the online app as it does not ask)


me too :)
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2008, 11:19
I used it to talk briefly about my career plans since I had not addressed that anywhere else.
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2008, 13:25
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2008, 15:49
Hey guys,

I know MIT has said to keep the content of our essays to the past 3 years. Do you think they might be a little more lenient for the 4th essay? I was going to talk about what I learned from a challenging time (like some other schools ask about), but this experience is more like 8 years old. Since it's the optional essay I don't know if they will still want to hear about stuff from the last 3 years only, or if we can reach back further for this one.

Does anyone have thoughts on this or insight from talking to an Adcom member?

Thanks!
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2008, 15:59
8 years ago seems like a long time but if it is something majorly significant in your life I don't see it as terrible.
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2008, 16:05
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Hey guys,

I know MIT has said to keep the content of our essays to the past 3 years. Do you think they might be a little more lenient for the 4th essay? I was going to talk about what I learned from a challenging time (like some other schools ask about), but this experience is more like 8 years old. Since it's the optional essay I don't know if they will still want to hear about stuff from the last 3 years only, or if we can reach back further for this one.

Does anyone have thoughts on this or insight from talking to an Adcom member?

Thanks!


At a recent MIT event, the adcom present hinted that the timeline rules for the optional essay might be more flexible than for the others, assuming it's something of great significance. I might be misinterpreting it though.
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2008, 20:48
Anybody else submitting this tonight? I am about to press the submit button...the first school to take AMEX that I've seen :lol:
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2008, 22:06
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Anybody else submitting this tonight? I am about to press the submit button...the first school to take AMEX that I've seen :lol:


I am waiting on a recommendation....gosh... end of the month deadlines suck, my managers are really busy right now..
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 04:57
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Anybody else submitting this tonight? I am about to press the submit button...the first school to take AMEX that I've seen :lol:


I submitted on Sunday. :beer
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 06:05
I'm submitting this afternoon. How many people are waiting until the last second tomorrow?
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 06:15
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I'm submitting this afternoon. How many people are waiting until the last second tomorrow?


Guess thats me!!
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 18:35
Ugh I'm scrambling to finish up my app.

Whats up with the 3pm deadlines?
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 19:44
submitted! woo.
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 03:34
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Hey guys,

I know MIT has said to keep the content of our essays to the past 3 years. Do you think they might be a little more lenient for the 4th essay? I was going to talk about what I learned from a challenging time (like some other schools ask about), but this experience is more like 8 years old. Since it's the optional essay I don't know if they will still want to hear about stuff from the last 3 years only, or if we can reach back further for this one.

Does anyone have thoughts on this or insight from talking to an Adcom member?

Thanks!


advice may be a bit late for round 1...but I had the same issue. Spoke to an adcom member who told me it was ok- as long as you can show significant lessons that you draw on today..it has to somehow tie in with the present.. make sure you tie it in strongly to how it has shaped who you are etc..for what its worth..i changed it to a more recent but less impressive story.
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 03:36
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smkrn wrote:
I'm submitting this afternoon. How many people are waiting until the last second tomorrow?


Guess thats me!!


me too..brief panic with my recommender holidaying in turkey without access to email. he finally put it in late today..
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 06:08
submitted, I wish all the apps were like MITs. No BS.
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 06:18
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submitted, I wish all the apps were like MITs. No BS.


Agreed. The essays were unique, to say the least, but I think the simple application was very nice. More spaces for job history would have been nice though.
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 06:21
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submitted, I wish all the apps were like MITs. No BS.


Agreed. The essays were unique, to say the least, but I think the simple application was very nice. More spaces for job history would have been nice though.


yea the simple application is what I meant. Well any highlights in your job you could include on your resume.
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 08:31
Submitted, finally. I need a nap.
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Re: Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 08:37
side note: the admissions office folks are really nice. my computer froze when the cover leter was uploading and only partially uploaded - they let me just email it to them and added it to my app this morning. woo.
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