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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 02:25
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 15:22
I'm starting with other school essays first, but I've decided (for me personally) Sloan's essay prompts are the most difficult to answer. Why can't they ask about my post-MBA goals like every other school :wink:

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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 20:56
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I'm starting with other school essays first, but I've decided (for me personally) Sloan's essay prompts are the most difficult to answer. Why can't they ask about my post-MBA goals like every other school :wink:

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It's interesting that you say that. Because I started with MIT's essays, I'm actually a little annoyed to see some of my other schools provide such limited space to discuss my leadership experiences. Even Haas makes you fit your most significant accomplishment into 250 words.

Why can't we just submit one application to all of the schools :(

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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 21:02
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I'm starting with other school essays first, but I've decided (for me personally) Sloan's essay prompts are the most difficult to answer. Why can't they ask about my post-MBA goals like every other school :wink:

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It's interesting that you say that. Because I started with MIT's essays, I'm actually a little annoyed to see some of my other schools provide such limited space to discuss my leadership experiences. Even Haas makes you fit your most significant accomplishment into 250 words.

Why can't we just submit one application to all of the schools :(


I thoroughly agree with you..it suck big time to prepare for 3-4 apps and if a person doesn't qualify for either of them, all the hardwork of 3-4 months is gone down the drain. I have experienced this and and its a frustrating feeling. Better they prepare one common application for all the schools or have same questions atleast!
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 14:40
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 23:48
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I'm starting with other school essays first, but I've decided (for me personally) Sloan's essay prompts are the most difficult to answer. Why can't they ask about my post-MBA goals like every other school :wink:

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It's interesting that you say that. Because I started with MIT's essays, I'm actually a little annoyed to see some of my other schools provide such limited space to discuss my leadership experiences. Even Haas makes you fit your most significant accomplishment into 250 words.

Why can't we just submit one application to all of the schools :(


Haas' entire set of short answer questions will be interesting. :evil:

Wiredo - glad to hear I'm not alone. I'm also bummed Sloan limits you to examples from the past 3 years only. I deployed to the Middle East so I would have liked to describe my experience there, but that was more than 3 years ago. :?
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 05:51
Agree, 3 yr limit is very challenging. It is even more challenging for a re-applicant like me as one of my significant accomplishment has been rolled off the radar of a 3 yr moving window. Since I cannot mention the ones I wrote about last yr, I've to come up with new experiences for all the essays.

They really try to showcase their value of innovation ( & their 'hand and mind' motto) by asking for a different set and type(action based) of essays than most other schools. I gathered from their info session that unless it is a long term thing that extends into the last 3 yrs, they really do want us to confine us to the last 3 yrs. They know that most students switch careers, so they are least bothered about our career goals.
I say to myself that if I cannot overcome these challenges as a future business leader ;) , I deserve a ding. Saying this to myself keeps me going :)
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 07:06
Why can't you use last year's accomplishments? It falls within the three year range and there is no guarantee that last year's application will be read.

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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 09:18
I will definitely use last year's accomplishments in some places. However, the essays need to look refreshing. Although, the appln need to stand out by itself, I think they do look at last yr's application to see what efforts you've taken to improve your candidacy.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 10:18
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Agree, 3 yr limit is very challenging. It is even more challenging for a re-applicant like me as one of my significant accomplishment has been rolled off the radar of a 3 yr moving window. Since I cannot mention the ones I wrote about last yr, I've to come up with new experiences for all the essays.

They really try to showcase their value of innovation ( & their 'hand and mind' motto) by asking for a different set and type(action based) of essays than most other schools. I gathered from their info session that unless it is a long term thing that extends into the last 3 yrs, they really do want us to confine us to the last 3 yrs. They know that most students switch careers, so they are least bothered about our career goals.
I say to myself that if I cannot overcome these challenges as a future business leader ;) , I deserve a ding. Saying this to myself keeps me going :)


Ah yes, 'mens et manus' -- I actually like Slaon's values/approach... it's just causing me heartburn since I have to demonstrate how I fit into the culture.

(roll call updated)

Kudos on staying motivated. Hopefully we can all give each other a little inspiration over the next couple months.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 00:28
Well, if you ask me, the 3 years limit doesn't hurt me a bit. As it is, I am a early career MBA aspirant with around 2 years of work ex only atm. So all my professional accomplishments ,including "getting a job" come into play. I believe it puts me at a advantage over other more experienced candidates who are not allowed to dig into their past.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 10:44
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Well, if you ask me, the 3 years limit doesn't hurt me a bit. As it is, I am a early career MBA aspirant with around 2 years of work ex only atm. So all my professional accomplishments ,including "getting a job" come into play. I believe it puts me at a advantage over other more experienced candidates who are not allowed to dig into their past.

That's definitely a good strategy for Sloan and I'm glad you brought it up. I never thought much of it, but a few months ago I set out to join a smaller company and left my Big4 consulting firm in order to do so. Risky move in this job climate - so maybe I'll highlight that.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2010, 05:14
Everyone have a good weekend? I think I'm mostly done with my MIT essays, but I'll probably review them again after my Haas essays to see if there's any new content to work in.

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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2010, 07:03
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Everyone have a good weekend? I think I'm mostly done with my MIT essays, but I'll probably review them again after my Haas essays to see if there's any new content to work in.


Please add me to the roll call for R1.
I am pretty much done with the essays too, however I probably won't send my recommenders the link till after labor day and submit sometime in late September.

Does anyone know where I can find the recommender questions for MIT? One of my recommenders wanted to look at them and just brainstrom his ideas.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2010, 09:55
I don't think they've them online. The best way to obtain them is to fill the application partially and add the recommenders' list. He/She'll get a link to the Qs.

Here is the set from last year.

1. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
2. How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
3. Please provide an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.
4. Please provide a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
5. Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?
6. Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2010, 09:59
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I don't think they've them online. The best way to obtain them is to fill the application partially and add the recommenders' list. He/She'll get a link to the Qs.

Here is the set from last year.

1. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
2. How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
3. Please provide an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.
4. Please provide a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
5. Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?
6. Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.



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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 23:36
I am in for Round 1.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 23:45
I am in round 2.

Possible reason why last 3 years is that this period includes crises and how you guys performed well during this period.

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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2010, 09:36
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I am interested in applying to sloan too.. You mentioned talking to adcom in your cover letter points below.. - interactions with students and admissions officers - can you please elaborate.. I am getting into the game and would like to know how to do this - is a visit necessary? do we set up appointments with alumni? Please enlighten.. Thanks
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Does anyone else think MIT's requirement of only using experiences within the last 3 years is difficult? For the 3 essays plus the cover letter, you need four solid accomplishments. 3 years seems like too short a time!


I didn't have any difficulty finding 3 unique stories for the essays, but I've had a pretty action-packed 3 years (fortunately). I haven't finished my cover letter yet, so I'll share more detailed opinions after I've formed them. Generally speaking, the cover letter should be used to express your interest and fit with the program, so you shouldn't need a fully-developed unique "story" for that component of the application.


I'm quoting myself....

I wrote the first draft of my cover letter today and I think it came out pretty good. However, I didn't fully elaborate on a detailed example of "how" I had an impact on an organization. I listed a couple of accomplishments, all of which were positive impacts on the organization, but I didn't devote a paragraph to elaborating on a story. Has anyone talked to the adcom about this yet? I might call them tomorrow for clarification.

Directions: "Describe your accomplishments and include an example of how you had an impact on a group or organization."

I wrote about:
-Why I'm seeking a place in the program
-How I've researched the program (interactions with students and admissions officers)
-Details about me (accomplishments/development/impact)
-Features of the program I'd like to help develop

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