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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 17:43
How are people handling the extremely short goals essay? Right now I don't really have any discussion of my career to date, and I am at two pages. I am not sure if I should let my resume do most of my career talking, or if I need to cut enough space to discuss something about my career. I don't even know if I can fit in one decent anecdote though.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 20:07
You should be able to talk about your goals in 1000 words or fewer. You do not describe your career AT ALL in those essays. You bring up key jobs you've done in 1-2 sentences, with examples, and then do 1-2 sentences on what you learned from that job. You can list about 2-3 important jobs/job transitions this way and still fit your long/short term goals in along with "why this school".

Your resume and work history on the application will deal with your career progression.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 20:59
kryzak wrote:

Does UCLA have no weaknesses or are they trying to hide something? I'm not sure. But at least I know if I go to UCLA, career wise I'll be good for entrepreneur stuff.


at the open house for FEMBA, 3 of the dozen or so students both said that their career goal was entrepreneur based, know that isn't a great sample size, but for what its worth. Everyone I have talked to on the FEMBA side has pointed to this as a strength of the Anderson school.

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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 21:26
After talking to THREE (yes, three) Anderson Entrepreneur Association students in the past 2 days, I am very confident about Anderson's Entrepreneurship program and how well it sets you up to succeed in your own business!

One guy I talked to chose Anderson over Haas only because UCLA has a greater diversity in industries whereas Haas is slightly more technology slanted. So depending on what type of entrepreneurship you want to do, you have to figure it out for yourself, but I would say UCLA is up there with the best schools in terms of entrepreneurship (Stanford, Haas, MIT).
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2007, 22:12
UCLA's entrepreneurship strength really shows through in its information sessions. But equally interesting is its investment banking strength although its does not get that publicized...
Wonder why.
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Thoughts on unofficial visit of UCLA [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2007, 20:16
Checked out UCLA by myself for 2-3 hours on 9/21. Just wandered the buildings, peeking my head into offices and talking to the staff. In short, THIS SCHOOL IS QUITE AMAZING! It's probably one of the worst marketed schools out there, as their website is kinda confusing, they never sent me their viewbook after 3 requests (even though they had them sitting in the admissions office, and no one in the office is willing to refer me to alums or students because "they were on summer break" (what kind of excuse is that?)

Anyway, I was really impressed by the facilities, how nice the staff was, and the entrepreneurship program. The school is mostly student club run and all the students I've met are friendly, very helpful, and nice. One guy who was supposed to meet me but couldn't last minute, called all his friends to see who's on campus and kept on apologizing about not being able to meet with me. He did find one of his friends who was working the pre-term orientation that day, but she took 10 minutes out of her crazy schedule (she was doing some charity challenge planning for the next day too!) to talk to me. That was a very nice gesture!

I'll be there again 10/8 for the infosession, class visit, campus tour, and meet a few more students. Will report back then!
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 11:08
UCLA is my TOP school and I would be THRILLED if I got in. That said, I scored a very sad 620 on my GMAT and I am wondering if I should even bother applying? I just read this thread and saw the "no scores below 630" fact and, although I already knew I had pretty much no chance at UCLA, now I am thinking a big fat ZERO, unless I retake the GMAT. UGH!

I graduated from Berkeley with a 3.5 and want UCLA because I want a career in international film marketing.

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 11:15
UCLA720 wrote:
UCLA is my TOP school and I would be THRILLED if I got in. That said, I scored a very sad 620 on my GMAT and I am wondering if I should even bother applying? I just read this thread and saw the "no scores below 630" fact and, although I already knew I had pretty much no chance at UCLA, now I am thinking a big fat ZERO, unless I retake the GMAT. UGH!

I graduated from Berkeley with a 3.5 and want UCLA because I want a career in international film marketing.

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Take the GMAT again. And this time, use this website to prepare a structured plan of study. You can get to 680+
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 14:30
Clarification about the 630 score.

I went for the info session in R4 in April. 2 student volunteers conducted the session, fielded the questions and they had this extra slide that showed insider tips.

What they specifically told was scores below 630 have a lower chance in admissions.

UCLA720, I would not take that as the main factor in your application being zero. Your goal is quite different - international film marketing.

I would definitely advise you to retake your GMAT and push it to 650+, but you already have a good GPA, and I guess if you can compose some superb essays, it wont be hard to get in. This is based on your goal.. which I find to be quite unique and different from the rest of us.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 15:28
I would still suggest a retake, after some very structured and rigorous studying using our GMATClub Forum tips. UCLA is your top school and you don't want to have any doubt in your mind when you apply.

With that said, I hope we all meet each other at the UCLA admit weekend next year! :)
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 13:20
just wondering..how long does ucla usually take to send out interview invites after you have submitted your application? i submitted my app last week, but haven't heard from them. or perhaps i already got a fat DING?! :roll:
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 13:25
I think last year was different - you could actually schedule your own interviews. This year all interviews are by invitation only.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 14:45
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I think last year was different - you could actually schedule your own interviews. This year all interviews are by invitation only.


yep, i read about this...but was wondering how long it takes schools to send out interview invites after they have received your application.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 19:23
In general (and to keep yourself sane), give them 1 month to send you an interview invite.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 19:47
BTW, UCLA campus/class/infosession visit 10/8 anyone?
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2007, 10:04
thank you KingKREEP!
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2007, 10:47
KingPreep - Thank you.. that was an useful piece of information. Made me realize that I need to make my family essay more in league with my underlying theme ...of a pimp..hehehehe

The UCLA family essay is a hard nut to crack. This is one essay that has no true right/wrong feeling. Can you say that you are a disco freak?..Would u acknowledge that your high school experience was a catastrophe.. worse than the Titanic sinking...

I am at a loss of what stories to include that will bring out my unique side while not losing scope of what is being asked.

Montauk and Bodine have awfully borng essays on this question.. I read them to look for pointers.. it was a waste of time...

anybody got any clues on how to tackle this monster..I wrote my first drafts.. let it sit still and stink.. now I am collecting reviews.

The rest of the essays are the usual pick of the bunch..nothing surprising there
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2007, 10:49
The family essay is a tough one to crack. I decided to just write about my childhood in a stream of consciousness form, and then look back at it a few days later to extract a common theme that answers the question yet also talks a little about me. Maybe you should try that?
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class visit? [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2007, 17:15
Kryzak,

I was trying to schedule a class visit by mailing the SAS. But they haven't responded to my mail yet. I intend to go to UCLA on 10/15 for the information session but I have no clue regarding the class visit/student one-on-one session.

In one of your earlier posts you were mentioning about a class visit. How did you manage to schedule this ? Could you please let me know ?

Thanks much,
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