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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 22:36
Fill every question... A generic letter might not be a very good idea!!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 23:53
All my essay writing came to a dead halt when I found out that my friend in undergrad school (the one who was the butt of all jokes and one of my best buddies) is now a proud father.

Boy do I feel old and single today!!!! Time for me to reflect on my life and think if an MBA is what I want.

Aston Martin, Ducati motorcycle, pent house on Upper West side or a family - hard choice!! I will opt for the Aston Martin.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 00:43
Yeah,
Its a tough call mate. Cant delay all those things for too long. That is why I need an MBA NOW !! (maybe I should include this in my essay).

aviroop wrote:
All my essay writing came to a dead halt when I found out that my friend in undergrad school (the one who was the butt of all jokes and one of my best buddies) is now a proud father.

Boy do I feel old and single today!!!! Time for me to reflect on my life and think if an MBA is what I want.

Aston Martin, Ducati motorcycle, pent house on Upper West side or a family - hard choice!! I will opt for the Aston Martin.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 00:54
Hmm.. might not be convincing..but a good reason.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 02:52
aviroop wrote:
did you stick with the word limits for the essays or have a 10-15% deviation?

I managed to be on the dot with the word limits but I am thinking if it is an added benefit to add in a few words more to convey better ideas?

The whole "recommended XXX word limit" makes no sense when the ad-com officer told me it is just a guideline and not supposed to be taken literally.

Also did your essay 1. and 2. come very close to each other? Mine sound very similar and I am quite concerned about them although in essence they are very different!!


I went over the "recommended limit" ... but within the 10% deviation. I figured it would be ok because it's a "recommended word limit" and not an absolute word limit.... and after all, Columbia gives you 600000 characters to play with in every written part of the application.

anyway, for the record, I got my recommenders to submit the recommendation online. I chased them hard for it though. Called a recommender for 2 days before he finally picked up my calls and admitted that he hadn't completed the recommendations. And called him for another 3 days (3x a day) before he picked up and said

"YES! I've submitted them today! Hahaha. "

At least he wasn't in a bad mood over my trying to get him.... but he's usually a very last minute kind of guy..
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 13:45
does columbia review your application even if the recommendation letters are not submitted?
Or do the applications get reviewed only when every document is turned in.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 15:01
aviroop wrote:
does columbia review your application even if the recommendation letters are not submitted?
Or do the applications get reviewed only when every document is turned in.



No, they only review it when the completed application has been submitted...recs and all.
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Resume for Columbia ? [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 15:32
Guys, a dumb question for all who are done with this.
Does this resume have to be a single page as well ..? They say that the fellowship commitee will review the resume, I'm assuming this committee reviews the whole application as well, just like the adcom. If so, a 1 page resume is good.
If not, do you still go with a single page resume ?
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 20:45
its always a good idea to keep a one page resume.. especially if its some committee who will read it.
short and sweet.. there is no substitute.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 21:23
Attended the info session in SF. Nothing terribly new. The only thing that I gained from the session was that I got to meet grad_mba for a very short while. Hey dude, thanks for saying "Hi".

One guy (Who was trying too hard to impress) asked, "What is Columbia doing about being a backup for other ivy league schools for a lot of students?" :?
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2007, 07:27
mNeo wrote:
Attended the info session in SF. Nothing terribly new. The only thing that I gained from the session was that I got to meet grad_mba for a very short while. Hey dude, thanks for saying "Hi".

One guy (Who was trying too hard to impress) asked, "What is Columbia doing about being a backup for other ivy league schools for a lot of students?" :?


What was the answer/reaction???
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2007, 07:31
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mNeo wrote:
Attended the info session in SF. Nothing terribly new. The only thing that I gained from the session was that I got to meet grad_mba for a very short while. Hey dude, thanks for saying "Hi".

One guy (Who was trying too hard to impress) asked, "What is Columbia doing about being a backup for other ivy league schools for a lot of students?" :?


What was the answer/reaction???

rejecting those applicants (including that guy)
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2007, 09:38
Well, the answer was just what you would expect:

* Every school is a backup for a few applicants
* If Columbia is your backup, it'll show in your essays and interview
* If you want a school as backup, pick a school that has a higher selectivity rate than Columbia
* Apply to schools that "fit" you well. Don't just go on ranks and ivy league reputation
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2007, 10:55
What all to include in the optional essay?

1) TOEFL waiver
2) Breaks in education or employment
3) Choice of Recommendors
4) Grading format of the undergraduate institution
5) ????

What else do you guys think should be included in the optional essay?
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2007, 12:54
I'd advise focusing on one or two things that may be seen as deficiencies. The TOEFEL waiver can be stated in one sentence and then you can go on to address issues that may raise eyebrows. As for choice of recos I'd include it only if you didn't get one from work or if you are using a past job instead of your current one. I think this has been stated before but I think that schools like Columbia are familiar with the grading system at Indian unis.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2007, 16:14
aviroop wrote:
its always a good idea to keep a one page resume.. especially if its some committee who will read it.
short and sweet.. there is no substitute.


Thx bud.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2007, 19:49
Attened the LA session, very interesting - Columbia tries not to state that its a finance based school. In all of its slides, including those with professional clubs, no mention of investment banking...

talked a lot on entrepreneurship, real estate and media..

as usual lots of numb nuts who posed some stupid questions including one dude who tried to flirt with the admissions officer.. that was a sight worth seeing.
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another resume question .. [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2007, 06:25
should the columbia resume be professional ..? Or does it have to include community/personal accomplishment stuff the resume as well ..?
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2007, 08:14
Anyone filled the app fully...Whats the stuff about "Job Duties" and "Reason for leaving"....how long have you people filled it?

What what does "Beginning with the undergraduate institution from which you graduated, please complete the following information for all your academic experiences, including study abroad, summer school, and post-baccalaureate classes. " mean??? Indians out there, are you filling in Standard 12th or not???
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2007, 08:46
saurabh..B School does not ask you for 12th standard stuff.. so dont fill all those up...undergrad means you start writing about accomplishments from your undergrad life..(after you entered college)

gmat_march - The resume has to be professional and should not include community developments/personal development stuff..that comes under the activities tab which you fill out...

for stuff like travel and job search.. columbia is asking you to explain those durations that were significant, like taking 5 months out of a year to travel after school and before a job.. or during a job.. or in between jobs
The travel is not your general 1 month or 2 week vacation travel.
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