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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 13:12
Sheesh. They're trying to give us the same amount of pain as Stanford or MIT.
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 13:29
Ouch.. Those are some painful essays and they've really shortened essay 1. :cry:
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 13:42
No!!!!!!!!!!!

Those essays are horrible. I've been working on Columbia's and they suck too!! Where are the "tell us about your greatest accomplishment" "tell us about a time you led", etc, etc type questions. Man.... this sucks. I'm not happy right now
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 13:55
Hey IHateTheGMAT, what are the topics for the Columbia essays. I didn't see them anywhere on the Columbia website?
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 14:04
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Hey IHateTheGMAT, what are the topics for the Columbia essays. I didn't see them anywhere on the Columbia website?


Oh sorry about that. I should have been more clear. I have been working on the J-Term essays. I plan to apply ED but an adcom I talked to said the ED essays would likely be the same as J-Term. I'm not sure if those essays are posted on GMAT Club anywhere. I know this isn't exactly the right thread for it, but here they are....

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Essay 1 (Required): What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit)
Essay 2 (Required): Master Classes are the epitome of bridging the gap between theory and practice at Columbia Business School. View link below. Please provide an example from your own life in which practical experience taught you more than theory alone. (Recommended 500 word limit)

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Essay 3 (Required): Please provide an example of a team failure of which you've been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (Recommended 500 word limit)

Essay 4 (Required): Describe for us your greatest passion in life. (Recommended 250 word limit)
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 14:16
In looking at these Chicago essays in more detail its even worse than I thought. Not only is essay 2 horrible, and obviously the powerepoints are a beast, but even the simple career essay is tougher than normal. I look at Chicago's essay 1 last year and it was the standard what are your short term and long term goals and how will a Chicago MBA help you get there. Now they only ask why this is the right time in your career for an MBA! That means we don't get to follow the standard formula of here are my short-term goals, here are my long term and here is why your school is so great. They don't even ask you to speak about Chicago GSB specifically anywhere in the question. And... it's a lot easier to explain what your goals are and how an MBA will help you get there than it is to devote 750 words to why this is the right time in your career to get an MBA
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 14:20
I think GSB's essays really are going to make you guys work for it. Cutting essay #1 in half and making the other essay not only tougher but longer definitely will make essay writing a challenge. These are the type of essays that might push fence sitters away from applying...they will be a lot of work. Good luck guys and my sympathies.
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 15:05
wow, they are really trying to break the mold here....must have gotten a lot of harvards and stanfords left in the essays from last year, they don't want any re-used essays. This will take some deep digging and introspection.
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 15:15
2a has a typo in it. A little nitpicking lol


2a) Have you ever made a decision that caused you to go against popular opinion? Please describe that situation and your rationale for you decision. b) Did you feel at any point that people misperceived your motives? Explain? c) In retrospect, how do you think an MBA from Chicago GSB would have affected your decision?
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 07:42
I am still not able to view the application online. All I see is the Evening MBA apps.. where exactly are the essays up?
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 07:57
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I am still not able to view the application online. All I see is the Evening MBA apps.. where exactly are the essays up?


The application isn't going to be up until later this summer. You have to do a little navigating to find the essay questions, but here is the link:

http://www.chicagogsb.edu/fulltime/admi ... lides.aspx

Note the first sentence:
"Essay questions for the Fall 2009 application are below. The Fall 2009 Chicago GSB application will be available in late-July 2008."
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 09:06
Wow! the Essays this year are tougher in my opinion.

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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 10:05
holy moly! Those 1000 word essays are rough!
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 12:50
In for R1!
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2008, 11:01
Definitely tougher than last year, but still only 3 essays as compared to 4 or 5 at the other top schools. Don't get scared by the 2nd essay question. When you break it down, and start thinking of a story to tell, it will appear a lot more manageable...

Good luck to all...
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2008, 12:21
Does anyone think that the 2nd essay is MUCH easier for someone who is a team lead or manager? I mean 2B seems relatively easy for someone with that experience. For the rest of us it seems much more difficult.
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2008, 13:09
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Does anyone think that the 2nd essay is MUCH easier for someone who is a team lead or manager? I mean 2B seems relatively easy for someone with that experience. For the rest of us it seems much more difficult.


I'm one of those who found it easier - I manage 4 analysts, and lead teams of 8-15 people in size. When I looked at the two essay options, I immediately thought 2B (making a decision against popular opinion) would be easier. That being said, I think the essay would have to demonstrate in a fairly compelling manner why that decision was tough for the individual and the situation - after all, it's part of the job of being a team lead to tackle difficult decisions and sometimes go against popular opinion...

So yes, it's easier to come up with examples to 2B but harder to demonstrate why it's a outside the norm for what a lead/manager should normally do.

Just my $.02!
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2008, 14:10
jb32 wrote:
Does anyone think that the 2nd essay is MUCH easier for someone who is a team lead or manager? I mean 2B seems relatively easy for someone with that experience. For the rest of us it seems much more difficult.


I was thinking of answering second question with a life decision made against popular opinion. The impact of the decision has been both personal and on career.
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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2008, 20:16
Now that student hosted event is coming up, let's see who all from GMATCLUB are going to be there. I will start with myself.

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Re: Calling Chicago GSB Applicants for 2009 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2008, 20:32
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Now that student hosted event is coming up, let's see who all from GMATCLUB are going to be there. I will start with myself.

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assuming you mean the student hosted event on 7/25, I'll be there too :)
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