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 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2007, 06:35
I emailed the adcom and they just said if you don't know what it is, leave it blank.

My HR group had no idea what it was either.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2007, 10:23
Who's submitted their application today for Columbia ED?

I am still waiting for my LORs
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2007, 09:42
aviroop wrote:
Who's submitted their application today for Columbia ED?

I am still waiting for my LORs


Are you done with Essay # 2.??

I am still getting nightmares over it
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2007, 09:51
Essay 2 is difficult. Specially because it touches topics for which ensuring that your essay doesn't become impersonal is very difficult. One also has to ensure that this essay doesn't step into what you are discussing in essay 1.

However, I think that the most difficult essay is essay 4: What are you most passionate about? This is a younger sibling of the dreaded "What matters to you most" essay of Stanford. It's easy to write about a hobby, a philosophy in life, a career, a humanitarian cause or your family. But now look at the "most" word. Is that really what you are most passionate about? Honestly? In my opinion, to find out what you really are most passionate about and to come up with a mature and non-cheesy answer to this question in a sensible way in 250 words is insanely difficult.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2007, 10:13
mNeo wrote:
in 250 words is insanely difficult.


So far I have found it insanely difficult to answer anything in 250 words. I could do 350 words...sigh....
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2007, 11:18
mNeo wrote:
Essay 2 is difficult. Specially because it touches topics for which ensuring that your essay doesn't become impersonal is very difficult. One also has to ensure that this essay doesn't step into what you are discussing in essay 1.

However, I think that the most difficult essay is essay 4: What are you most passionate about? This is a younger sibling of the dreaded "What matters to you most" essay of Stanford. It's easy to write about a hobby, a philosophy in life, a career, a humanitarian cause or your family. But now look at the "most" word. Is that really what you are most passionate about? Honestly? In my opinion, to find out what you really are most passionate about and to come up with a mature and non-cheesy answer to this question in a sensible way in 250 words is insanely difficult.


Can you give some inputs & thoughts on essay 2?
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2007, 11:23
abhishek.sardana:
I had posted some pointers for a start on essay 2 at:

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... c&start=69

Hope that helps.

bherronp:
Yeah. "250 words" is like two paragraphs. What do they want us to do? Write STPOMLITMFWTBOTHP instead of "So the passion of my life is to make friends with the bouncers of the hip pubs"? Or maybe I can write "So-the-passion-of-my-life-is-to-make-friends-with-the-bouncers-of-the-hip-pubs" and count that as one word?
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2007, 18:22
I put my hobby as my greatest passion. Mainly because I spend so much time on it and have continously done it over the past few years. But can you really rank what you're passionate about?

Let's say, you're passionate about mixing drinks - I mean, it's what you live for, you mix drinks day and night and even work as a bartender, but you would drop mixing drinks to make out with that hot blonde. Does that mean you're more passionate about making out?

I think if you could draw some aspects of your work xp, or ambitions or such into the essay 2, while being able to quote Glenn Hubbard, while showing off your talents, while making it readable and smooth in 500 words, then you're sitting tight.... :wink:

I'll be submitting my application no later than 29 August..... at least that's the plan
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work exp [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2007, 08:16
Hey whats everyones work exp and backgrounds like?? Im also applying to ED after a DING late April last year... Its hard to write about how you improved yourself after only a 4 month lag between applications. How are other re-apps handling this? little about myself to start off

5 years work exp

2 years family business
1 year Bank of NY
2 years Lehman asset mgt finance - AVP
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Recos ? [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2007, 18:20
Had a question about the recos ...
In the app., when I type the details of the recommender and click save & proceed [with the 'send' box clicked], will I get to see the questionnaire my recommender will be sent ..?

I am not interested in seeing my recommenders response (right now), I just want to tell my recommender what to write and so wanted to see the form before he does ..

Am sure most of you have already done this.., guidance plz..?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2007, 18:31
Yeah I wondered about this as well. I figured it might be an American thing. Clearly it is a Columbia thing...

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In the Employment History part of the application, there's a non-required field for "Salary PIN". What is this? Google tells me nothing and my HR group has never heard of such a thing.


I don't see this question answered anywhere. So, what IS a Salary PIN?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2007, 21:36
I guess I am done with the first draft of essays. Two seem okay, and two need a lot of work. Hopefully by the next week I'll be ready to submit. Now comes the question of when to submit. When I think the application is ready? When I attend the info-session on Sep 5? Or when I make an official visit in Sept end (I have already visited Columbia unofficially)?

Waiting also has a side benefit of using my next month's learnings to refine my Columbia essays. But I am worried that in a rolling admission process waiting unnecessarily might hurt my chances a little.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2007, 07:57
So anyone turned in the app yet?

This thread is dead right now, we need some excitement. I am waiting on my recommended to get done with this stuff, but he has been extremely quite.

I think I am done with my essay, am hoping to turn it in today. I dont if anyone is reading the BW thread about CL ED, but there are quite a few people who have already turned in their app.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2007, 09:42
My recos aren't done yet. But even then I am not sure if I should submit my application before visiting the school officially.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2007, 10:40
I submitted my app last week (8/21/07)
Here are my stats: 710 GMAT, 3.5 GPA, 3 Yrs w/e - public accounting (Big Four), CPA, Real Estate Salesperson (part-time), 24 Age, Korean-American, Recs - From manager and partner

Good luck to all!!! I will definitely need it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2007, 12:26
Congrats Wondee! Let us know how it goes!
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2007, 12:29
Thanks kryzak....

Good luck on yours as well. I hope that we can be classmates!
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2007, 13:57
kryzak isn't applying to Columbia. But I am .. so you can hope for me to be your classmate then :)
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2007, 14:00
Count me in too :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2007, 14:33
oops.... sorry kryzak

yeah... i hope we can all make it!!!!! keep me posted.... i will do the same... good luck!!
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