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# Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08

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SVP
Joined: 08 Nov 2006
Posts: 1560
Location: Ann Arbor
Schools: Ross '10
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kripalkavi wrote:
OK. I'm doing this. Gunning for HBS.

I guess our little chat convinced you. I will have to remind myself not to recruit students for B-schools before getting into one.

VP
Joined: 21 Mar 2006
Posts: 1135
Location: Bangalore
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 0

kripalkavi wrote:
OK. I'm doing this. Gunning for HBS.

I guess our little chat convinced you. I will have to remind myself not to recruit students for B-schools before getting into one.

Yup! It did. Hell, apart from $250 in application fees and 2 months of lost sleep, what have I got to lose?!? SVP Joined: 08 Nov 2006 Posts: 1560 Location: Ann Arbor Schools: Ross '10 Followers: 13 Kudos [?]: 170 [0], given: 1 [#permalink] 03 Sep 2007, 23:52 kripalkavi wrote: Yup! It did. Hell, apart from$250 in application fees and 2 months of lost sleep, what have I got to lose?!?

sleep. what's that?
GMAT Club Legend
Affiliations: HHonors Diamond, BGS Honor Society
Joined: 05 Apr 2006
Posts: 5926
Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2009
GMAT 1: 730 Q45 V45
Followers: 275

Kudos [?]: 1745 [0], given: 7

kripalkavi wrote:
kripalkavi wrote:
OK. I'm doing this. Gunning for HBS.

I guess our little chat convinced you. I will have to remind myself not to recruit students for B-schools before getting into one.

Yup! It did. Hell, apart from \$250 in application fees and 2 months of lost sleep, what have I got to lose?!?

Oh, you haven't lost your dignity and pride yet eh? It'll come....
VP
Joined: 24 Sep 2006
Posts: 1360
Followers: 10

Kudos [?]: 193 [0], given: 0

rhyme wrote:
Oh, you haven't lost your dignity and pride yet eh? It'll come....

Actually there's a checkbox, if I recall correctly...
Director
Joined: 24 Apr 2007
Posts: 589
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 0

Went to the Seattle HBS info session last night. I enjoyed the case study excercise, I was amazed when 50 minutes had gone by. There were of course a lot of people there trying to show how smart they are, which was frustrating when they would launch into what seemed to be prepared statements instead of answering the question that had been posed. One guy accidentally said MIT instead of HBS. There was a collective breath-sucked-in/nervous chuckle from the rest of the room. I felt bad for the guy.

The video they had about the case session was well done. The professor in the video is really high energy. I wonder if they are all like that.

The infosession reinforced how much I would like to go to HBS. The competition is stiff, and I have no super powers so I am probably unqualified, but what the heck.
VP
Joined: 21 Mar 2006
Posts: 1135
Location: Bangalore
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 0

bherronp wrote:
One guy accidentally said MIT instead of HBS.

Mama-Mia. They call it the case of the 'foot-in-mouth', I think. Anyway, the case video - was it the same one they have on the website?
Senior Manager
Joined: 12 Nov 2006
Posts: 469
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0

Hi folks, I still haven't decided to apply to HBS or not. If I do, I'm wondering whether it should be R1 or R2. I heard that for R1, it's all super high GMAT/GPAs from ibanks/consulting firms. So it might be better for more mediocre (stats wise), but unique applicants to apply R2?

Currently leaning towards R2, it wouldn't be detrimental would it?
Director
Joined: 13 Mar 2007
Posts: 545
Schools: MIT Sloan
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 0

aceman626 wrote:
Hi folks, I still haven't decided to apply to HBS or not. If I do, I'm wondering whether it should be R1 or R2. I heard that for R1, it's all super high GMAT/GPAs from ibanks/consulting firms. So it might be better for more mediocre (stats wise), but unique applicants to apply R2?

Currently leaning towards R2, it wouldn't be detrimental would it?

Yes, I have heard about the 'super stats' syndrome in R1 too.
Here is how I see it -

R1 - Great stats / fewer applicants
R2 - 'Mediocre stats' (depends on the school) / way too many applicants

So if you think you are unique, you can take the adv of applying early esp when HBS has all its 900 seats at its disposal. They sure will be bored of the stereotypical 'super stats' and have a good eye for the uniqueness factor. atleast I hope
Manager
Joined: 20 Aug 2007
Posts: 195
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

aceman626 wrote:
Hi folks, I still haven't decided to apply to HBS or not. If I do, I'm wondering whether it should be R1 or R2. I heard that for R1, it's all super high GMAT/GPAs from ibanks/consulting firms. So it might be better for more mediocre (stats wise), but unique applicants to apply R2?

Currently leaning towards R2, it wouldn't be detrimental would it?

Yes, I have heard about the 'super stats' syndrome in R1 too.
Here is how I see it -

R1 - Great stats / fewer applicants
R2 - 'Mediocre stats' (depends on the school) / way too many applicants

So if you think you are unique, you can take the adv of applying early esp when HBS has all its 900 seats at its disposal. They sure will be bored of the stereotypical 'super stats' and have a good eye for the uniqueness factor. atleast I hope

I tend to agree with this. I have more mediocre stats but have somewhat unique job experience, goals, and personal experiences so I'm gonna do R1. We'll see....
Director
Joined: 24 Apr 2007
Posts: 589
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 0

Saw this posted on the BW forums, it certainly didn't make me feel hopeful.

http://www.yepic.com/index.php?module=r ... ticleID=22

I hope that guy's wrong, otherwise I am doomed before I even get started because I didn't start preparing at age 14. Ya, he says during undergrad, but to get into a top undergrad program like he mentions, you probably need to start early in highschool.
GMAT Club Legend
Status: Um... what do you want to know?
Joined: 03 Jun 2007
Posts: 5464
Location: SF, CA, USA
Schools: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business MBA 2010
WE 1: Social Gaming
Followers: 68

Kudos [?]: 365 [0], given: 14

bherronp, just remember that's ONE person's experience of getting into Harvard and other top schools. Just like each top-school's class profile, EVERYONE is different and will come from very different backgrounds and levels of preparation.

I've talked with Stanford admits who started his essays and took his GMAT 3-4 weeks before the R1 deadline, and Stanford "dings" who prepared months and years in advance. Some people have the raw talent and ability, others compensate by hard work. Some know their career goals from undergrad, others fall into the b-school track later on in life. All of these people will be represented in the diverse class of a top school, so you need not worry too much about how much preparation you did or how early you started.

Granted, everything else the guy said is pretty true about what they look for, but not everyone will be on the board of a non-profit organization from the get go, just like not everyone would have hiked Mt. Everest or got an Olympic gold medal in track and field.

Just do your best, present YOUR story in the best light possible, be yourself, and let the pieces fall together however they do.
Intern
Joined: 14 May 2007
Posts: 26
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Its less than a month left for the deadline.Has anyone sumbited the HBS application?

I am still stuck with the Columbia application, which I had planned to have submitted 3 weeks back!

Not sure if i will be bale to make it in this round.

In one else in the same boat?
Director
Joined: 13 Mar 2007
Posts: 545
Schools: MIT Sloan
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 0

ab wrote:
Its less than a month left for the deadline.Has anyone sumbited the HBS application?

I am still stuck with the Columbia application, which I had planned to have submitted 3 weeks back!

Not sure if i will be bale to make it in this round.

In one else in the same boat?

Nice to meet you. I am tha Captain of your boat
VP
Joined: 21 Mar 2006
Posts: 1135
Location: Bangalore
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 0

ab wrote:
Its less than a month left for the deadline.Has anyone sumbited the HBS application?

I am still stuck with the Columbia application, which I had planned to have submitted 3 weeks back!

Not sure if i will be bale to make it in this round.

In one else in the same boat?

Nice to meet you. I am tha Captain of your boat

And I'm the first mate Really worried about my recommenders finishing on time...
Manager
Joined: 20 Aug 2007
Posts: 195
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

I haven't submitted the application yet.

I've filled most of it out, and have finished all but one essay.

I am going to spend this weekend editing the application and finishing up the essay.

I am also worried about my recommenders, none of them have started yet...if they still haven't in a week, I will call them and see what's up...
Director
Joined: 13 Mar 2007
Posts: 545
Schools: MIT Sloan
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 0

Interestingly, I dont find a slot that asks for Graduate GPA ! Am I missing something?
Director
Joined: 19 Mar 2007
Posts: 524
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 0

kripalkavi wrote:
ab wrote:
Its less than a month left for the deadline.Has anyone sumbited the HBS application?

I am still stuck with the Columbia application, which I had planned to have submitted 3 weeks back!

Not sure if i will be bale to make it in this round.

In one else in the same boat?

Nice to meet you. I am tha Captain of your boat

And I'm the first mate Really worried about my recommenders finishing on time...

I am in the same boat. And agree, the recommenders are the Threat No.1 to the timely applications Has anyone taken his recommenders out for a cup of tea?
Director
Affiliations: FRM Charter holder
Joined: 02 Dec 2006
Posts: 736
Schools: Stanford, Chicago Booth, Babson College
Followers: 9

Kudos [?]: 40 [0], given: 4

7 of 11 recos are done
VP
Joined: 21 Mar 2006
Posts: 1135
Location: Bangalore
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 0

Ok, the HBS website says this:

HBS Website wrote:
GMAT

All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) before applying and must self-report test scores on the application form. Please keep in mind:

* An application will not be reviewed if GMAT scores are not included.
* Applicants may elect to take the GMAT more than once; however, GMAT scores from only one test date will be considered.
* Once an application has been submitted, applicants may not change the GMAT scores that will be considered.
* GMAT scores from tests taken before January 1, 2002 will not be accepted.

Every applicant must also request that Pearson send an official score report directly to HBS.

* The Harvard Business School Pearson code number is HRLX892.
* If you previously submitted your GMAT scores to HBS, please self-report your scores in your application. Your scores are on file with our office and there is no need to request an official score report.

Does this mean that I'll have to send them my official scores before the application deadline or after the application deadline in case I get selected?

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