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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 19:24
Congrats and best of luck to all you who submitted your applications.

I'm about 1/4 way through. A question on Transcript: do we need to submit the official transcript? Because I just see the self-reporting transcript on the website so far.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 19:26
gz2nyc wrote:
Congrats and best of luck to all you who submitted your applications.

I'm about 1/4 way through. A question on Transcript: do we need to submit the official transcript? Because I just see the self-reporting transcript on the website so far.


you've got two options with your application. you can either submit the original transcripts or you can use the self-reporting transcript. if you're accepted you'll have to submit the originals.

i just sent in the originals, because i didn't want to have to convert scores and all that funny stuff. figured there would be less room for error if i sent in my originals.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 20:06
Hats off to you guys. I am still in the self-pessimism phase where I am scrutinizing my essays and cursing at myself.

Did you submit the recommendations online (as in asked the recommenders to submit it online) or simply turned them via regular mail?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 20:22
I've asked them to do this online.

I am also scrutinizing the essays a little too much. And I am spending too much time on trying to perfect the Columbia essays when I should start focusing on the next schools' essays right away. So maybe it's time to let-go of these essays. I am submitting application tomorrow or day after (After getting the last round of review comments and after any last minute changes based on tomorrow's info session).
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 20:41
mNeo wrote:
I've asked them to do this online.

I am also scrutinizing the essays a little too much. And I am spending too much time on trying to perfect the Columbia essays when I should start focusing on the next schools' essays right away. So maybe it's time to let-go of these essays. I am submitting application tomorrow or day after (After getting the last round of review comments and after any last minute changes based on tomorrow's info session).


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!!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 21:16
aviroop, mNeo: All the best. You guys will do great.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 21:29
Thanks for the wishes, ncprasad!

aviroop, yeah I'm staying withing the word limits. 745 words for a 750 words essay; 498 words for a 500 words essay .. etc. I plan to stay within the word limits for each school. So far I've found that I can stay within word limits without losing anything.

Essay 1 and 2 do have the problem of stepping over each other. After writing essay 2, I realized that some of the points written there actually fitted essay 1 more. So then I redid both the essays. Now my goals essay talks about my goals. And the 21st century essay talks about the business in the new century and how I think an MBA can help me with it. Instead of stepping on each other, these essays are complementing each other (Or that's what I think - The adcom might think otherwise).
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 21:37
Congrats guys for being the first ones out of the door! Hope you all hear the good news in a month!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 21:40
ncprasad - thank you for the words of encouragement. Means a lot to me. I too hope the same for you.

Mneo - I am in the same boat as you. I am having the same thoughts about ad-com. My #2 essay talks about the 21st century business and how my MBA will help me in it.
I hope the ad-com gets the message.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 22:26
Whoa, it is interesting to see so many people almost done with their CBS Apps.
I am still waiting on my recos !

A query - are you guys asking the recommendeers to fill out each question or for a generic letter ?

I hope I get to submit mine atleast within the next 2 weeks !
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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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