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# Calling all MIT Sloan 2008 applicants

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18 Oct 2007, 15:23
dabots wrote:
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how are everybodys essays coming along? i have serious work to do weekend.

I'm having nightmares with Sloan's essays. I think the Cover Letter, 1 and 2 are ok. However, 3 and 4 suck big time. I also think my supplemental info essay is good.

Will have to work a lot this weekend...

what did you use your supplemental essay for?

I have a friend who graduated this summer from Sloan, who told me to use the supplemental essay, to tell the things you couldn't tell on the cover letter. I cannot give them all the reasons for the MBA and Sloan at a 500 cover letter. I will use the supplemental info for this extra piece of info.
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18 Oct 2007, 15:33
mNeo wrote:
dabots wrote:
you dont have to do anything extra for e&i

Well, except for writing another complex essay.

I've only had a cursory look at the MIT essays, and they seem so tough. First, you have to come up with very specific stories for each essay without stepping over other essays, and then you have to ensure that such stories define you enough. Well, the good news is that you have another 2 weeks to refine and then refine some more.

ah, youre right. totally missed that. im definitely unchecking that now, i dont have time for another essay, and im actually not that interested.
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18 Oct 2007, 15:42
dabots, MIT is very keen on promoting this certificate program. So, if you do get in, and show in your app that you are intent on starting your own business, then they may offer you a seat in E&I. Last year, many of the admits were offered a seat in the E & I even without applying to E&I.
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18 Oct 2007, 15:47
now i have to do the supplemental essay #@&#@^$status: Cover Letter: B Essay 1: B- Essay 2: B- Essay 3: A- (stolen from wharton application) Essay 4: A- (stolen from wharton application) Supplemental Essay: C Last edited by dabots on 21 Oct 2007, 22:07, edited 1 time in total. Director Affiliations: FRM Charter holder Joined: 02 Dec 2006 Posts: 734 Schools: Stanford, Chicago Booth, Babson College Followers: 13 Kudos [?]: 67 [0], given: 4 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 18 Oct 2007, 23:15 dabots wrote: now i have to do the supplemental essay #@&#@^$

status:

Cover Letter: B
Essay 1: C-
Essay 2: C-
Essay 3: A- (stolen from wharton application)
Essay 4: A- (stolen from wharton application)
Supplemental Essay: C

Overall A+
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19 Oct 2007, 04:58
God this is such a pain in the ass. I think some of my essays are interchangable. Seriously two of them would work for the other topic without changing more than a few key words.
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21 Oct 2007, 16:52
doesnt seem to be much activity on this thread. im so burned out from writing essays its hard staying motivated. 9 more days...have to make a strong push here
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21 Oct 2007, 18:49
I have solid drafts of all my essays done but I don't have anything for a cover letter yet. I should have them all completed by the weekend though.
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21 Oct 2007, 22:06
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I have solid drafts of all my essays done but I don't have anything for a cover letter yet. I should have them all completed by the weekend though.

me in exact same boat .......actually not...... last two essays need to be frozen......need to get the cover letter an the additional essay done in the next 8 days......and then a BIG BREAK
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22 Oct 2007, 03:42
I have to send all my essays out for review this evening. The cover letter is going to suck.
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22 Oct 2007, 04:19
After completing U-Chic an Stan apps in two consecutive weeks, I am jumping to the MIT thread.

Checklist -

Cover letter - say what

(hoping to condense my 1300 words Stan goals essay to this - MIT Gurus can you advise how to fit into 500 words stuff like - long term, short term goals , work ex till date , why an mba , an why from MIT - am presently thinking of seriously toning down work ex - into say three lines an instead of a seperate why MBA that I have for other schools, just make it a why MIT.....but still dont think i'll get it into 500 words)

Essay 1 - A
Essay 2 - A-
Essay 3 - B
Essay 4 - C-

The first two I am reusing word from word from my Stan App.......these have been done an dusted. The next two no one has even taken a look at till now.

Optional Essay/ Additional Info - I am not sure, but going through the posts on this thread , looks as though MIT has two seperate additional essays.

Again Gurus please advise. I have the following points to address - a failing mark in college, no LOR from current supervisor, list of non-acadamic awards I won in college, and finally community service that does not come out in essays (earlier I was getting an LOR to address this.......but in MIT they want only 2 work related ones). Please tell me where to put in what.

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22 Oct 2007, 06:10
sangoman wrote:
Cover letter - say what
(hoping to condense my 1300 words Stan goals essay to this - MIT Gurus can you advise how to fit into 500 words stuff like - long term, short term goals , work ex till date , why an mba , an why from MIT - am presently thinking of seriously toning down work ex - into say three lines an instead of a seperate why MBA that I have for other schools, just make it a why MIT.....but still dont think i'll get it into 500 words)
Thanks

Do not use the why MBA as the other schools, Rod Garcia himself said at an Info Session I attented that what they want to know is why MIT rather than why MBA. They suggested that almost every MBA students do not do after their MBA what they suggested in their essays.

I'm telling the Why MBA in only 3 lines...

sangoman wrote:
Again Gurus please advise. I have the following points to address - a failing mark in college, no LOR from current supervisor, list of non-acadamic awards I won in college, and finally community service that does not come out in essays (earlier I was getting an LOR to address this.......but in MIT they want only 2 work related ones). Please tell me where to put in what.
Thanks

Use your Supplemental info essay to tell them that.

I'm not actually a Guru, just telling you that I'm doing from what I read and heard.

Good Luck
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22 Oct 2007, 06:53
Adding to what kwam said, MIT ad-com said that they dont care if you have a well-defined career goal or not. So, ya, you only need to touch upon them briefly. However, if you have a fairly defined goal with convincing experiences to back up "why?", it will still be an advantage to elaborate about them.
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22 Oct 2007, 07:31
I don't understand this question in MIT app

Are you an alumnus/a of Starting Bloc?
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22 Oct 2007, 07:37
I dont know alums. But some one here stated he was a starting bloc fellow. Basically, starting bloc is an entrepreneurial venture promoted by MIT.

aurobindo wrote:
I don't understand this question in MIT app

Are you an alumnus/a of Starting Bloc?
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22 Oct 2007, 07:39
aurobindo wrote:
I don't understand this question in MIT app

Are you an alumnus/a of Starting Bloc?

after quick googling im assuming it is this: http://www.startingbloc.org/universities.html
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22 Oct 2007, 07:55
Thanks NC, dabots!
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22 Oct 2007, 08:23
Adding to what kwam said, MIT ad-com said that they dont care if you have a well-defined career goal or not. So, ya, you only need to touch upon them briefly. However, if you have a fairly defined goal with convincing experiences to back up "why?", it will still be an advantage to elaborate about them.
Julie Strong talked about the same thing in Beijing. They do not believe in post-MBA goals that much, because over 70% of students do not follow their goals. They believe in the career-altering experience that comes with business school education.
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22 Oct 2007, 14:49
Guys I think I'm done with MIT essays, now going for revision!

It was really tough, well not as tough as GSB's slides, and I don't think it is perfect, but I'm running out of time as bacause of professional issues from thursday to monday I won't be able to review it.

Good Luck everyone!
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22 Oct 2007, 16:19
OK Guys. With just a week left for the deadline, time for a quick essay roll call.

Kwam - Done with them
ncprasad - Still editing and struggling
Others - ?

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