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Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants!

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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 08:09
Waitlisted...

Can previous WL tellme what they did to get in?

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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 08:21
Congratulations Foodstamp, Rosav, Appukutty! You guys rock!

Good luck Magellan!

It was a straight ding for me.... :(
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 08:24
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GUYS I got the call a little while ago . . . I'm IN!!!! Off the R1 waitlist!!! OMG I nearly started crying on the phone with Derrick. I was riding the BART and nearly broke down crying in the middle of the train. That is, before we went through a tunnel and the call dropped . . . was still shaking for about 20 min afterwards. I still can't believe it.



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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 09:04
Congratulations appukutty and foodstamp & all the other admits!!!

So a couple people asked about my "waitlist" experience . . . I was put on the waitlist back in January WITHOUT an interview. When I first opened the decision letter (fully expecting a ding, since I had not gotten an interview), my initial reaction was "WTF?!?!" I didnt even know what it meant honestly--so Stanford wasn't interested enough in my app to interview me for R1, but they were interested enough to WL w/o even interviewing me?

I finally received my invitation to interview about 2 weeks before the R2 deadline. I think my interview went really, really well--I was paired with a female '92 alum, who was super-cool and we really hit it off. In all honesty, I wasn't a very good waitlist candidate . . . my decision to accept a place on the waitlist back in January never hit the GSB system, and it wasn't until March 6 (when I happened to submit my change of address information) that I realized they never received my reply, and thankfully that was the deadline to submit your waitlist reply, so I got in under the wire. I didn't even send in a letter like they recommend to advocate for my candidacy--not much had changed at my work (I was called in for jury duty and placed on a 3 month trial Nov-Feb, and promotions freeze @ work, so REALLY nothing to report cuz I wasn't even there for 3 months!) I guess I just figured that if they really wanted me, they would accept me regardless of whether I had written a letter. Maybe that was a little arrogant/stupid, but I was so stressed out and tired I just couldn't deal with the process anymore. When all else fails--apathy!

I have put a lot of thought into why they made they decisions they did. I think I part of it had to do with my work experience. I did public finance investment banking for 3 years before moving into my current strategy/biz dev role, and while I have strong recs from my time there, I was certainly never a "superstar" like some of the other analysts. I suspect they wanted to compare me against the flood of i-banking applicants they expected to get in R2.

I suspect they also waitlisted me because while I have a strong app in many respects, it by no means stands out among the pack. However, I do believe I have a compelling "story" and I am strong on the "soft", non-quant factors--for example my "What Matters to Me Most" essay was pretty kick-ass, and one of my recs was written by my friend who I backpacked around the world with for 8 months. Also, I think they kind of knew I was a good "fit" personality-wise because I went to Stanford for undergrad, so I know the culture/vibe of the school and I know I like it.

Anyways, I know this isn't terribly helpful in terms of what I did to improve my candidacy and stuff, but I hope it does give hope to those still on the WL that you don't have to be a superstar or have brought democracy to the Congo to get off the WL at Stanford. VERY best of luck to all those still on the WL!
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 09:18
Thanks a lot, Rosav! That is very helpful. Congrats again and enjoy GSB!!!
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 09:52
Congrats to all admits, and good luck to waitlisters.

Hope to see you guys in the fall :)
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 10:11
congrats to all admits !!!!!!!!!
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 10:19
I am in waitlist. I guess now the long spring/summer wait begins for me...

Congratulations to all the admits!!
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 12:02
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 18:36
Congrags to all admits. I got dinged w/o interview. the essay was the best one I wrote..but just wasnt good enough I guess ...
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 18:41
Congrags foodstamp appu and rosav !

best of luck to the waitlisters..
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 23:14
Congrats to all the admits.... I was dinged w/o the interview...agh...
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2010, 12:58
Is it a myth that GSB and HBS successful applications are all from famous and prestigous universities ?
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