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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2007, 16:07
I am not worried about my recs for MIT, just that my essays suck. They are so boring and there is no way to really make them very interesting. Also due to the nature of my job they are extremely generic. My one hope is that most of the applicants face the same problem with trying to answer horrible and insanely specific questions in 500 words.

At least I have examples for every essay...just nothing in 500 words that I can make sound very impressive.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2007, 16:11
river, I think everybody will face the same problems with the MIT essays. They are very specific and, at the same time, are very close to each other. Also, it is going to be very tough for everybody to keep these essays interesting (Considering how specific the essays are).

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2007, 16:12
ive emotionally given up on this. ill review my essays this weekend and submit
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2007, 16:36
HBS and Stanford are shots in the dark for a lot of people...thats what MIT is for me. I am in no way happy with my essays but still am going to apply just because.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2007, 17:10
riverripper wrote:
I am not worried about my recs for MIT, just that my essays suck. .


my essays arent the greatest either..
still have a few more days though

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2007, 20:59
my problem is the cover letter - it as of now stands at 1200 words........how am I gonna chop it down......help me lawd.

btw what do you think is the longest I can submit w/o seriously pissing them off??
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 02:53
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my problem is the cover letter - it as of now stands at 1200 words........how am I gonna chop it down......help me lawd.

btw what do you think is the longest I can submit w/o seriously pissing them off??


550 in the body of the text. An adcom said they are fairly rigid about the whole process (ya no kidding look at the questions), they want lengths as close as possible and they want their questions answered the way they ask it. Don't present an idea write a paragraph about that and then talk about how much you love MIT and why its the perfect school for you.

They seem to really not care if you think its right for you, and they especially don't care what your plans are becuase 70% of the people change them.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 03:33
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my problem is the cover letter - it as of now stands at 1200 words........how am I gonna chop it down......help me lawd.

btw what do you think is the longest I can submit w/o seriously pissing them off??


550 in the body of the text. An adcom said they are fairly rigid about the whole process (ya no kidding look at the questions), they want lengths as close as possible and they want their questions answered the way they ask it. Don't present an idea write a paragraph about that and then talk about how much you love MIT and why its the perfect school for you.

They seem to really not care if you think its right for you, and they especially don't care what your plans are becuase 70% of the people change them.


am going to be as heartless as I can an chop off my work ex and my goals (took me the better part of 3 months to come up with them) ........sad part is that they fit in perfectly with MIT. Maybe I'll add it in the additional essay as part of "anything else you want to tell us"
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 08:05
Guys, MIT not caring about the goals or your fit with the school may even be true and I have heard it once from the ad-com. But it would be foolish not to talk about goals in a "knowing" manner and about your "fit" with the school. Your cover letter with a weak goal/fit portion will suck no matter what you write elsewhere. So dont be fooled by this.

Dont think this is an excuse not to get your goals right.

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 08:19
Obviously they want to see that you have an idea about fit, it just seemed like they understand people can say they are a perfect fit even if they aren't. I think it was actually Rod Garcia who said, we tell fit by how you handle the 4 guestions. How you have dealt with those situations is very informative, it shows if you have the characteristics they look for.

Of course you want to write what you like about the school somewhere but they are not going to judge your fit based on a paragraph where you tell them you fit. Instead they will see how you dealt with a difficult co-worker, the impact of your initiatives, how you get people onto your side of an arguement, and how you strategize...these are what will let them know if you fit into their culture.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 09:20
I'm officially finished with MIT, sending tomorrow the ap...

Just hoping that recommenders meat the deadline.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 11:28
Down to 900 words in my cover letter :)

btw this is what the website says abt the cover letter btw

"Prepare a cover letter (up to 500 words) seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program . Please comment on your career goals and those factors which influenced you to pursue an MBA education at MIT Sloan. The cover letter provides a chance for you to discuss your passions, values, and interests, thereby helping us to determine whether you will thrive at MIT Sloan, and how you will contribute to our diverse community. Address your cover letter to Mr. Rod Garcia, Director of MBA Admissions"


ya ya .....I know you have all read it......am just saying that I am in agreement with both ncp an river -

As you can see MBA never stands alone - its always in conjunction with MIT Sloan.

Why MIT is the number one thing for them (no sh*t Sherlock :), next up probably what you bring to the table, then goals (what is probably no. 1 for most schools)......reading this we can probably give other generic sections like Why MBA an why now (as in career progression in excruciating detail) a skip

cant believe I have no essays to write after 30th (for a couple of weeks at least)
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 11:58
No Interview locations in INDIA?

What are the guys from India choosing?
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 12:02
Is Microeconomics same as Applied Economics?
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 12:27
I didnt put anything for microeconomics though I had a macroeconomics and an engineering economics. They are on my transcript so if they care its right there.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 14:35
How are you starting the body of the letter? Are you directly starting with goals or with some generic statements such as "I like to state that"?
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 18:48
Thanks mNeo. My recommender is still unreachable :(

Left him a really long text message. I am still hopeful because this guy has been my boss/confidant/friend for more than 4 years and he must know how much this means to me. May be he is thinking about his 15 day trip to Bahamas...

As a contingency, I also arranged for one of my former supervisors to step in with an emergency rec if needed. He has the content ready because I am using him for Cornell and he said he can tweak the content to answer the MIT/Ross questions.

Pretty please, pray everyone...

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Hell .. these recommenders are turning out to be such dangerous beings. I hope you get in touch with him and get everything sorted, prasad!
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 19:16
Well all my essays are done, I am extremely happy with 2 and the cover letter, and satisfied with the other two essays. The optional I didnt write much beyond explaining a few bad grades and my odd college experience.

Unfortunately my brother, who is my best reviewer, has been in europe and then chicago on business for the last two weeks. Damn his actual career for getting in the way of his helping with my application. However he is around all weekend, so he promised to help.

I strengthened my resume and work responsibilites yesterday. I was informed that I am now mentoring all our new engineers. It was funny when my boss asked me during a meeting, half the engineers were like but he's leaving shouldnt you ask someone else. Sadly one newer engineer already has been asking me about MBAs and if it really will help your career that much...I gave him an honest answer basically saying yes if you go to a great school. Then told him our work will pay for it if you go part time (they offered to pay for me), he seemed to like that idea a lot better, which was a relief because I dont want people to think I am conning kids into leaving.
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By the way, the **** makes my sentence look like I used a very bad word...I dont see why we can't use the "D" word, we are adults and I doubt anyone could be offended by that. I think its less offensive than seeing **** and thinking its the "F" word
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2007, 20:57
I wish I could say the same about mine. Cover letter is good. The rest are so-so. But, I have given up on the editing. I worked on these almost non-stop for the last 10 days and my brain is really fried right now. I am submitting my app this weekend no matter what.
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Well all my essays are done, I am extremely happy with 2 and the cover letter, and satisfied with the other two essays.
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