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 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2007, 18:05
I am planning to describe some of my personal attributes in the short essays and narrate professional examples for my 500 word essay.

What's your take on that ?

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So I happily knock out my short answers for HAAS, keeping them all well within the 250 word limit. Then I get inspired and write my leadership essay. It flows, it's eloquent, it gives good examples...it's 1800+ words long. *&$#@%. So I spent the better part of yesterday reducing it to 500 words. For some reason I'd been thinking we had a thousand for that one?! Painful! :cry:


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 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2007, 18:23
[quote="sperinko"]I am planning to describe some of my personal attributes in the short essays and narrate professional examples for my 500 word essay.

What's your take on that ?

I think that will work very well. For me, the "dinner" question did lend itself well to integrating my choice with my career path. The "innovative solution" is also career-related, for me, but I should add that in both of those short answers, I've made it more about my personality and what makes me tick. Definitely Essay #1 - the biggie - is career, and "Why MBA - Why HAAS- Why now", etc has to be directly related to career choices and future plans for the same. The "significant accomplishment" essay was strictly personal.
My original choice for the dinner companion essay was to go into the future to speak with my great-grandaughter - that's still truthful, but I couldn't work the essay so that it said enough about who I was. So I had to change it. Still kind of wistful about that...
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 07:18
R2 Haas people,

I met with Peter Johnson, director of Haas admissions at the Munich info session on the 12th. First and foremost, Peter impressed me as a very smart, very cool, very down-to-earth kinda guy. I liked him right off the bat.

He mentioned how his favorite question was the "who do you want to have dinner with" one. He specifically stated not to try and predict what the adcoms want to hear because you're likely to be 1) wrong 2) pandering to the adcoms will get you nowhere. He used Arun Sarin, Haas MBA '78 and CEO of Vodafone as an example of a bad choice.

My $0.02: Haas' has the BEST set of essay questions of any school out there. They give you ample opportunities to showcase yourself. You get to talk about all sorts of things, including, but not limited to, your MBA and career aspirations. Use at least some of the Section II essays to tell them who YOU are. IMHO, Section II, Essay I is the perfect opportunity to let them know about you besides that you're another a cog in a corporate wheel.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 12:42
Thanks DrivinWest !
Off to the 4th short essay now. I have to work hard on that one. It would have been easier to write this one if I had visited the campus. But since I couldn't make the trip across the coast, I have had to rely on web-site/contacts/Info sessions to make my decision.

The long ones are still ahead .

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R2 Haas people,

I met with Peter Johnson, director of Haas admissions at the Munich info session on the 12th. First and foremost, Peter impressed me as a very smart, very cool, very down-to-earth kinda guy. I liked him right off the bat.

He mentioned how his favorite question was the "who do you want to have dinner with" one. He specifically stated not to try and predict what the adcoms want to hear because you're likely to be 1) wrong 2) pandering to the adcoms will get you nowhere. He used Arun Sarin, Haas MBA '78 and CEO of Vodafone as an example of a bad choice.

My $0.02: Haas' has the BEST set of essay questions of any school out there. They give you ample opportunities to showcase yourself. You get to talk about all sorts of things, including, but not limited to, your MBA and career aspirations. Use at least some of the Section II essays to tell them who YOU are. IMHO, Section II, Essay I is the perfect opportunity to let them know about you besides that you're another a cog in a corporate wheel.


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 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 14:20
I got a note that my application file is complete and ready for review.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 17:12
yeah, i really liked Haas´ essays. it helped me figure out all my other essays because of the wide range of topics it covered. Anyway, hope to hear from them soon!

BTW, Pete Johnson is awesome. Took a photo of me and a Haas student on his iPhone and emailed it to me. I definitely did not expect that!
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2007, 12:11
Haas/Berkeley Applicants Status:
Kryzak - R1 - Submitted 11/1
mba2010 - R1 - Submitted 11/3
bherronp - R1 - Submitted 11/4
PaulK - R1 - Submitted
notokung - R1 - Submitted 11/4
DrivinWest - R1 - Submitted 11/5
Lobo - R1 - Submitted 11/4
sensation - R1 - Submitted 11/4
ncprasad - R2 PT
dahcrap - R1 PT - submitted
uphillclimb - R2 - submitting in a couple weeks
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2007, 12:12
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dahcrap:good luck on your R1 app.



Thanks ncprasad. i need a lot of it though now that Stanford hasn't been kind to me :-)
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2007, 15:38
finally got the "complete and in review" email today. Still no word on any school for interviews.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2007, 19:48
Does anyone know when Berkeley starts to send out invites? I heard it was the middle of December. Right around Christmas??
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2007, 06:14
yeah, roughly in December. All the way up to a few days before the deadline for notification. Super Saturday (for non international and non Bay Area folks) should be the Saturday before notification deadlines.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2007, 09:44
Thanks kyzak. I am getting a little anxious. Berkeley is the only university left to get back to me.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2007, 18:03
Berkeley will most likely be the slowest school to get back to you, unfortunately. They say it's because they really spend time getting to know your application before sending out invites. I hope that's true.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2007, 19:18
With the R2 deadline being December 11, would the admissions committee take a peek at R2 applications to gauge the quality of the pool before making R1 decisions?
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2007, 08:49
I believe i remember the adcom saying they would take a quick glance to see how many they can accept in R1.

Anyone heard anything regarding interviews yet?
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2007, 21:22
I have heard nothing. Just got back from Pittsburgh where I interviewed with Tepper. Waiting for Berkeley.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2007, 18:51
Ugh. Finally got a handle on Berkeley's main essays, but am struggling with the supplemental questions, specifically the extracurricular activities listing. My most recent job has been at a startup - we just closed our first fund, and I haven't had time to breathe in the past couple of years, let alone do a ton of volunteer work or run for office or anything. I feel incredibly lame right now.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 00:15
This e-mail arrived last night:

Dear Toploader,

Thank you for submitting your application for admission to the Berkeley
MBA Program at the Haas School of Business. Your file is now ready for
review by the admissions committee...

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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 03:13
I got that e-mail two weeks ago. Seems like they are still working through applications. I think others got that e-mail at different times during the last four weeks.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 08:30
Got my first cut as well. My reviewer told me to rewrite one essay completely...urggh !

Planning to send the stuff to be sent via mail to them sometime next week.

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Ugh. Finally got a handle on Berkeley's main essays, but am struggling with the supplemental questions, specifically the extracurricular activities listing. My most recent job has been at a startup - we just closed our first fund, and I haven't had time to breathe in the past couple of years, let alone do a ton of volunteer work or run for office or anything. I feel incredibly lame right now.


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