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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2009, 22:35
I'm no expert, but I would stay away from anything but text.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2009, 12:31
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 10:42
Thought you guys might get a kick out of this...

About a week ago I was multi-tasking (probably not a good idea) between my application and a few other things. I was switching browser windows....and accidentally hit the "Submit" button instead of the Logout button. I nearly had a heart attack. My app still has loads of gaps so I'm sure it would have just given me an error page but I didn't even wait for the page to load. I pressed the back button and then proceeeded to refresh the home/main page a few thousand times to make sure the status said "Not Submitted"

Whew.

Why do they put those buttons so close together anyways?! ;)
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 13:31
That's funny! I was really paranoid about doing something like that as well... but then I realized that there are multiple steps involved in "Submit," so you can't really mess it up. They won't take your application until you pay up! I've actually been using the submit button pretty regularly because the first page it brings you to is one where you can see your formatted application in PDF, and it's much easier to review the materials this way than in the unformatted html version. You can go to this first submission page, print the PDF, and then head back to the regular application workspace with no damage.



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Thought you guys might get a kick out of this...

About a week ago I was multi-tasking (probably not a good idea) between my application and a few other things. I was switching browser windows....and accidentally hit the "Submit" button instead of the Logout button. I nearly had a heart attack. My app still has loads of gaps so I'm sure it would have just given me an error page but I didn't even wait for the page to load. I pressed the back button and then proceeeded to refresh the home/main page a few thousand times to make sure the status said "Not Submitted"

Whew.

Why do they put those buttons so close together anyways?! ;)
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 15:12
can anyone shed some light on the short questions? i am tempted to think that they are not THAT important because there isnt much room to showcase yourself much. although they are in the same document as the other two, so i presume that the same characteristics, story etc should come through.

any opinions?

also, when i read the 4 questions, it almost seems to me that option A and option C are geared towards entrepreneurially-bent applicants and the other two are for people that want a career in corporations. does anybody agree or disagree?


Essay 3: Option A: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.
Essay 3: Option B: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization.
Essay 3: Option C: Tell us about a time when you motivated others to support your vision or initiative.
Essay 3: Option D: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2009, 08:56
I went to a Stanford info session last night which was pretty damn impressive. One interesting thing I took away from it was an alum who said he didn't necessarily think there's a good ROI case for going to b-school... that his peers who stayed in finance industry are still a year or two ahead of him career wise. But he said that the biggest justification was sort of the broadening of your capabilities and opportunities, which had a lot of value by itself. I found that interesting, usually the alums would never admit that it doesn't make tons of financial sense to get an MBA. It's definitely something i've been struggling with since I think the opportunity cost is just too high, I'm trying to find other reasons to return. Anyways, the info session was excellent - easily the best i've seen so far. I'd highly recommend checking it out.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2009, 09:07
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HCGirl10: Thanks for that tip! I was wondering how to access the PDF version of the application.

hellopalo: The way I look at it is Q1 = who you are, Q2 = what you want to do, Q3 = what have you done in the past...making Q3 very important. If you go by the recommended word limits, 2 x 300 words is longer than Q2. For me, it's an opportunity to expand on what might just be a bullet point on my resume and talk about why it was important to me.

Re: choices, I don't think there are A-D options that you should force an answer to if you have entrepreneurial aspirations. I say pick the ones resonate with you. I did a quick rough outline for all four and then selected what I felt were the two strongest.


jankynoname: ditto on the info session. I'd been to another Stanford event before so I've heard a lot of the academic structure, etc. but it was great to hear from the alumni panel. It really helped me cement my decision to apply. It also helped me rethink parts of my essays.

Highly recommended for anyone! :)
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2009, 13:36
thanks for the response snowhappy. i had not thought of that framework for the essays.

i was putting off working on the resume until later but now makes sense to do that before tackling essay 3.

how is everyone else's app coming? i am planning to take a break from stanford now and focus on other schools. let the essays sit and ripen for a bit :)
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2009, 07:54
I'm chugging along. I'm probably 90% on my essays. Just feel like they could use a little more refining for me to be completely happy with them. I'm letting them sit for a week or so as well... my brain starts to spin when I keep rereading at this point!

I can't believe the deadline is so quickly approaching. I'm starting to get super nervous - am I going to feel like this for the next 3 months?! Someone needs to start a countdown until December 16th :wink:
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2009, 10:56
judging by the lack of activity in this thread, i'm inclined to believe that very few people are applying to stanford this year! more space for those of us that are!

i'm about done with essays and most of the app ... trying to make sense of the whole thing as one package now. 2 out of 3 recos are also in. phew! the process started as painful, then fun, then very painful and now just getting to the point of keeping fingers crossed and hoping that it works out.

hows everybody else doing?
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 03:36
Hi!

Submitted my application to Stanford! Recos also submitted....whoooooff!!

Loved the essays...Especially happy with the dread what matters essay :)
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 09:24
I'm moving to Round 2 on this one. Good luck Round 1 players.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2009, 07:37
I submitted my application last night!
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2009, 12:30
Can anyone help with the legacy question...My recommender wants some details..
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2009, 13:15
Applying in R2!!!
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2009, 18:12
From Stanford MBA Admission Blog:

"Round One Interviews Begin

Today we extended our first interview invitation for the 2009-2010 application year. This is just the first invitation of many, but we thought it was worth celebrating.

Just as a reminder, the Round One application deadline is 7 October. We will be extending interview invitations up until the decision notification deadline of 16 December."
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2009, 07:31
is +/- 5 to 10% of the total word limit OK for stanford essays? i'm about 70 words over the 1800 limit and contemplating submitting it.

any advice from terry12 or other students?
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2009, 21:51
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judging by the lack of activity in this thread, i'm inclined to believe that very few people are applying to stanford this year! more space for those of us that are!

i'm about done with essays and most of the app ... trying to make sense of the whole thing as one package now. 2 out of 3 recos are also in. phew! the process started as painful, then fun, then very painful and now just getting to the point of keeping fingers crossed and hoping that it works out.

hows everybody else doing?


Am in a similar situations. Just now got all the essays ready. Done with rest of the application and also 2 out of 3 recos. Plan to push the third recommender to submit tomorrow and also submit my app by tomorrow night. Shud see how it goes. It really has been painful getting to both H/S in R1. Btw any update on the word limit. I have it at 1840 which I am hoping should be ok.

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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 00:38
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is +/- 5 to 10% of the total word limit OK for stanford essays? i'm about 70 words over the 1800 limit and contemplating submitting it.

any advice from terry12 or other students?


My essays were slightly above the word limit. Frankly put, the adcoms are not going to be putting every application through a wordcount. What they will be doing though, is reading applications over and over so they at least have a general sense of how long 1800 words is. Thus, I employed the eyeball test:

Randomly lop off the end of your essay to get a sense of what a "True 1800 Word Essay" would look like. Then add back your sentences. If it's noticeably longer, then keep cutting. If it's just a matter of 1-2 lines, then chances are nobody will care or notice.

Not official advice, by any means... but hope that helps.
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Re: Calling All Stanford Fall 2010 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 06:40
Did anyone else notice that after submitting the application, the email confirmation says that they hope to admit 400-500 people this year? I thought they usually admit 300-400 people. Last year they had 385 and the year before they had around the same number. Did they increase their intake?
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