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Calling all MIT Sloan 2008 applicants

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 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2007, 19:40
this application is giving me fits. my cover letter is at 530 words now...do i need to cut it to 500? im just talking about one or two sentences. it is under 1 page so i may just leave it as is.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2007, 19:45
Try to bring it within 525. Usually cutting 5 words is easy.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2007, 22:51
Kwam - Done with them
ncprasad - Still editing and struggling
CookieMonster - still working on essay OUTLINES.
riverripper - Essays written (editing), cover letter not started, optional complete
sangoman - Essays 2 frozen, two semi solid , cover letter and optional essay not started
aurobindo - Essays written (editing), cover letter written (editing). Targeting R1. Most probably make it.
collegesenior - Starting on essays. Made broad plan for each. Apping in R1.
DrivinWest - Cover letter 75%, 2 x 75% done, 2 x 0% done but I just had an epiphany on the topic... going to pound it out right now.
dabots - done...will look over a few times sunday, and submitting
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 04:37
How to start the cover letter?

After addressing the admissions director, what to write?

Should I tell, why am i writing the letter and then start with the goals and why mba and why MIT? Or is there any other way?
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 05:15
Kwam - Done with them
ncprasad - Still editing and struggling
CookieMonster - still working on essay OUTLINES.
riverripper - Essays written (editing), cover letter not started, optional complete
sangoman - Essays 2 frozen, two semi solid , cover letter and optional essay not started
aurobindo - Submitted for R1. 1 reco in. Waiting for 2nd reco.
collegesenior - Starting on essays. Made broad plan for each. Apping in R1.
DrivinWest - Cover letter 75%, 2 x 75% done, 2 x 0% done but I just had an epiphany on the topic... going to pound it out right now.
dabots - done...will look over a few times sunday, and submitting
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 13:14
Kwam - Done with them
ncprasad - Submitted 10/28/07 2.10 PST
CookieMonster - still working on essay OUTLINES.
riverripper - Essays written (editing), cover letter not started, optional complete
sangoman - Essays 2 frozen, two semi solid , cover letter and optional essay not started
aurobindo - Submitted for R1. 1 reco in. Waiting for 2nd reco.
collegesenior - Starting on essays. Made broad plan for each. Apping in R1.
DrivinWest - Cover letter 75%, 2 x 75% done, 2 x 0% done but I just had an epiphany on the topic... going to pound it out right now.
dabots - done...will look over a few times sunday, and submitting
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 13:17
Kwam - Submitted Date: 10/28/2007 3:40:00 PM E.S.T.
ncprasad - Submitted 10/28/07 2.10 PST
CookieMonster - still working on essay OUTLINES.
riverripper - Essays written (editing), cover letter not started, optional complete
sangoman - Essays 2 frozen, two semi solid , cover letter and optional essay not started
aurobindo - Submitted for R1. 1 reco in. Waiting for 2nd reco.
collegesenior - Starting on essays. Made broad plan for each. Apping in R1.
DrivinWest - Cover letter 75%, 2 x 75% done, 2 x 0% done but I just had an epiphany on the topic... going to pound it out right now.
dabots - done...will look over a few times sunday, and submitting
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 13:23
I had problems with Sloan's essays but at the end I think I did a great job, let's see if Mr. Rod Garcia and his crew think the same. :lol:

Good Luck to all with MIT.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 13:44
For the supplemental information where it asks for leadership positions you have held. Did you write about stuff during college or just since graduating?
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 13:47
riverripper wrote:
For the supplemental information where it asks for leadership positions you have held. Did you write about stuff during college or just since graduating?

i put my college stuff too
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 16:58
I didnt want it to look like a laundry list. I listed only my post collegiate positions. Also MIT cares about recent experiences than ones too far in the past. I graduated from college 7 years ago, so it didnt make sense to list activities from then. If you are a recent graduate, then its a different situation and you may be better off listing leadership positions from back in college.
riverripper wrote:
For the supplemental information where it asks for leadership positions you have held. Did you write about stuff during college or just since graduating?
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 19:28
Both the reccos in. Phew!

I was worried a bit coz I was unable to get in touch with 1 of my reccomenders. Then, out of the blue, MIT sends an email that my recco is complete and then my recommender sends me an email with a copy of the recommendation and a smiley tacked on at the end. At least his recco is awesome, so I can forgive him for playing havoc with my cardiac health.

Now lets hope he sends in the Ross recco on time.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2007, 06:16
Does anyone know what is the deadline time for the Letters of Recomendations tomorrow?

I'm really worried with one of my recomenders.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2007, 08:24
kwam wrote:
Does anyone know what is the deadline time for the Letters of Recomendations tomorrow?

I'm really worried with one of my recomenders.


It is 3 pm EST.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2007, 08:43
Kwam - Submitted Date: 10/28/2007 3:40:00 PM E.S.T.
ncprasad - Submitted 10/28/07 2.10 PST
CookieMonster - still working on essay OUTLINES.
riverripper - Essays written (editing), cover letter not started, optional complete
sangoman - Essays 2 frozen, two semi solid , cover letter and optional essay not started
aurobindo - Submitted for R1. 1 reco in. Waiting for 2nd reco.
collegesenior - Starting on essays. Made broad plan for each. Apping in R1.
DrivinWest - Cover letter 75%, 2 x 75% done, 2 x 0% done but I just had an epiphany on the topic... going to pound it out right now.
dabots - done...will look over a few times sunday, and submitting
saurabh357 - Submitted 10/29/07 10:12 Pm IST
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2007, 09:27
cooldar wrote:
in the supplemental essay, it was asked

3. List your hobbies, interests, and activities, including any significant accomplishments related to them.

Are we suppose to list them separately? I don't really understand the difference between them.
Do you guys list them even if you had no significant accomplishments?



I made bullet points, like:
*10K runner, best time 48min, participated in half-marathon of...

And so on, listing my hobbies and interests and some accomplishments related to them.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2007, 12:26
MIT chat transcript available on accepted.com

http://www.accepted.com/chat/transcript ... 7_mit.aspx

I especially loved this exchange..

khaccuong (Oct 22, 2007 1:19:31 PM)
Jennifer, when you evaluate an application, what are the three most important qualities you want to see before you will vote to admit an applicant?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Oct 22, 2007 1:19:47 PM)
Gmat, gmat, gmat....

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Oct 22, 2007 1:19:51 PM)
just kidding :-)
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2007, 13:01
DId anyone mark YES to be considered for the E & I program?
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2007, 13:16
yay yay yay ........done with 36 hours to go. Now all R1's out - guess the wait begins
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2007, 13:28
I actually went to MIT again today. Especially good to hear, I thought I had heard it before but wasn't sure was that R1 is far better than R2. Only about 1/3 of applicants apply in R1 and they have roughly the same number of seats to compete for. 100% of admits get interviewed, 30% get interviewed, so if you get an invite your chances are extremely good.

Dont forget tomorrow at 3pm est.
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