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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2009, 22:41
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Hey guys!

I just joined and have been reading through your emoticons of pain, and (some) joy! Anyway, since you guys seem to be pretty well-informed on what profiles get in and what profiles don't get in, I wanted to know your thoughts on my unorthodox profile. I'm applying R2.

Graduated in 2006, 3 Yrs of work experience. 27 years old, however. (2 Yrs away from school to do athletics)
GMAT: 690 (will retake)
GPA: 3.42 from Ivy League, Econ major GPA: 3.63
-Olympic Team member, trained full-time while in school (when injured, GPA jumped to 3.93; however, when not injured.......you can do the math)
Working for bulge-braket ibank
Trustee of $60 million foundation
Significant leadership experience in Olympic federation for my sport

Any feedback or application strategies would be awesome guys!

AND best of luck!!!!!!! I'll add a couple happy emoticons to make up for the overwhelmingly sucky ones. :-D :-D :-D


Son,

This thread is currently filled with guys tired after weeks and months of waiting for their interview invites. Don't ask such questions here :D I think you already are aware of your achievements? So go ahead and apply. And pray for us in the meantime.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2009, 23:36
Baxter,

pretty stellar profile!! assuming you can relate your achievements in your sport/foundation/work to "demonstrated leadership potential" i think Stanford would love you. also, i wouldn't worry too much about your gmat, since i don't think that's going to be the make or break for someone with your background. it's just us "traditional" applicants that stress over that...
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2009, 11:25
What exactly does a Stellar profile mean? Blind leading the blind. We all have "Stellar profiles" Thats why we are applying and think we have a reasonable shot.

Where is my GSB INVITE???

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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2009, 12:46
[quote="SuperIndo"]What exactly does a Stellar profile mean? Blind leading the blind. We all have "Stellar profiles" Thats why we are applying and think we have a reasonable shot.

Where is my GSB INVITE???

-Frustrated[/quote]

Stellar profile is not dependent on whether or not you get an invite or acceptance at Stanford... In general, I think if a person has shown excellence and a high level of meaningful achievement in the past, and that there is evidence that this level of excellence will continue in the future, then to me that conveys a "stellar profile." But to be honest, I think that those with these types of profiles would go on to be successful with or without an MBA from an elite program. It's the classic MBA dilemma: do so many great leaders come from H/S/W because of something they learned during b-school, or is H/S/W good at recognizing those who will go on to be great leaders and slaps their brand on them?

I'm frustrated by the wait too, but I would never think that a ding from Stanford makes our backgrounds and future prospects any less excellent. I used to think that during undergrad apps, but not anymore... it's just a brand.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2009, 14:04
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I think that those with these types of profiles would go on to be successful with or without an MBA from an elite program.


word that to yo mama! 8-) I know I'm awesome before getting an MBA and from your profiles you guys are probably awesome too. But thanks for making me feel that way and for the advice.

I'm going to apply and retake GMAT and let you know how it goes. Seems like my profile is one of some extraordinary stuff, but lacking in the ordinary stuff department which isn't likely to be overlooked. :? I only graduated in 06, but am 27. Seems like age is a serious issue for Stanford (and HBS). Anyone know anyone getting in with grey hair like me?

I know a girl that was accepted at Stanford last year from my analyst class with an alternative transcript and nothing spectacular from work. I heard second hand that her GMAT score wasn't fantastic either. It seems like those that don't necessarily do extraordinary things, but do ordinary things extraordinarily (as was quoted by an adcom) are the ones that have the most success at H/S/W.

I know, as I dated a girl just like that for years before she dumped me by e-mail right before leaving for B-School. The only question is, which school takes girls with that kind of character?
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2009, 14:31
Ouch. Sounds like your ex was pretty lame. I bet she went to HBS. As I think I've said on the forum before, I think HBS would've admitted Hitler... after all, he was a "leader who made a difference in the world".
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2009, 20:10
@lostphoton, @tempoguy

Any news? Any of your friends received the invites?
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2009, 23:21
No man haven't heard of any invites so far. Don't know whats happening. But I read somewhere that they are giving you 10 days to schedule an interview; by that account we can still get an invite by 2nd or 3rd Dec......Really frustrating.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2009, 00:47
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No man haven't heard of any invites so far. Don't know whats happening. But I read somewhere that they are giving you 10 days to schedule an interview; by that account we can still get an invite by 2nd or 3rd Dec......Really frustrating.


Actually, I have visited Stanford today and the adcom officer with whom I talked to told me that I could even received an invite a couple days before the decision deadline...
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2009, 01:57
what use would be an interview just a day or two before the final decision? can't believe that the adcom keeps working on the list till the last day.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2009, 19:03
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Ouch. Sounds like your ex was pretty lame. I bet she went to HBS. As I think I've said on the forum before, I think HBS would've admitted Hitler... after all, he was a "leader who made a difference in the world".


+1 kudos. After hearing one of my former colleagues (who is now at HBS) rubbish all other business schools, I'm not sure what kind of leaders Harvard are making. Where's the soft skills training? At least Chicago and Columbia have a crack at instilling some values in their grads, even if they might be perceived as some naff attempt at ethics training to offset the negative press from disastrous alumni actions. Hey, effort is effort. And Standford place a heavy emphasis on the values of their admits through the application process...

Rant over.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2009, 21:14
Roll call updated. On personal note still waiting to hear back from the adcom :)
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2009, 21:43
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jankynoname wrote:
Ouch. Sounds like your ex was pretty lame. I bet she went to HBS. As I think I've said on the forum before, I think HBS would've admitted Hitler... after all, he was a "leader who made a difference in the world".


+1 kudos. After hearing one of my former colleagues (who is now at HBS) rubbish all other business schools, I'm not sure what kind of leaders Harvard are making. Where's the soft skills training? At least Chicago and Columbia have a crack at instilling some values in their grads, even if they might be perceived as some naff attempt at ethics training to offset the negative press from disastrous alumni actions. Hey, effort is effort. And Standford place a heavy emphasis on the values of their admits through the application process...

Rant over.


youre basing your new viewpoint of HBS on one experience with a former colleague?

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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2009, 21:51
@lostphoton, @tempoguy, @northernstar

I am also a Rel. finalist ........... but I am in the final year of my college. I was very upset at not receiving an interview invite but after visiting this forum and seeing your profiles (with so many years of work ex. /entrepreneurship ex.), I have lowered my expectations :( .

I am back to mugging for the end-sems.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2009, 22:50
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sapphireka wrote:
jankynoname wrote:
Ouch. Sounds like your ex was pretty lame. I bet she went to HBS. As I think I've said on the forum before, I think HBS would've admitted Hitler... after all, he was a "leader who made a difference in the world".


+1 kudos. After hearing one of my former colleagues (who is now at HBS) rubbish all other business schools, I'm not sure what kind of leaders Harvard are making. Where's the soft skills training? At least Chicago and Columbia have a crack at instilling some values in their grads, even if they might be perceived as some naff attempt at ethics training to offset the negative press from disastrous alumni actions. Hey, effort is effort. And Standford place a heavy emphasis on the values of their admits through the application process...

Rant over.


youre basing your new viewpoint of HBS on one experience with a former colleague?

:shock:


Fair call. I'd say I'm basing it on 2-5 observations, which isn't exactly statistically relevant. Can someone knock up some charts?
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 00:01
wassup everyone? any updates :)? rumors, speculations, guesses....
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 06:12
All this is getting really really frustrating now... It's 16 November - just 1 month for the decision and no clue!

I am really getting restless now.....

Cheers to all!
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 06:20
Me too man. And I think now I should change my name to lost tempoguy or deflated tempo or something like that :(
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 06:22
make sure to let us know as soon as you guys get the invite :)
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 14:35
I have recently heard that it is important to have alumni/students "put in a good word" to AdmissionsCom and this is crucial to getting interviews. I did not have this but curious if others have heard this as well or perhaps pursued this path? Maybe I'm just searching here...
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