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Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants

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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  20 Dec 2012, 08:18
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Top10MBACandidate wrote:
So..current students..
1) Do you think Booth will let me attend Admitted Students weekend with the R2 folks? The R1 Admit Weekend is in busy season for me which means lots of hours and lots of Saturdays and no chance of getting off work. I know it's not required to go, but I would like to.
2) What are the most popular downtown apartment buildings among Boothies besides Millenium Park Plaza?

Thanks!

I went to the R2 Admitted Students weekend last year and met several people who had been accepted in R1 or deferred from the previous year. Shoot an email to the admissions officer who called you and let them know the situation. I am pretty sure that they want you to see the school regardless of when that happens.

The most popular downtown apartment buildings are:
Loop: Columbus Plaza, MDA, Park Millenium, Shoreham, Tides, Aqua
South Loop: 1130 S Michigan, 1212 S Michigan

A lot of people also rent condos. They often have better upkeep and are a bit cheaper.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  24 Dec 2012, 09:39
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riskylvrg wrote:
mbahopeful27 wrote:
I received a $45000 per year fellowship for Booth, and now I'm so confused! Do I take the Stanford offer, my top choice with no guaranteed money, or go for Booth? Gah! Any ideas about this (albeit fortunate) conundrum? Posted from my mobile device You should never feel lured in by$. Booth is an amazing program, true, but Stanford and Harvard are not only the two best schools in the world (hell, in the entire galaxy), but are also great brands that will keep opening doors for you.

Essentially, they all teach the same. The network, reputation and the brand is what differentiates Stanford from Booth or MIT.

P.S. There is a reason why you can't get a Ferrari or Aston Martin on sale, Brand Marketing 101

While I do agree that Stanford and HBS have a stronger brand than Booth (for the time being), I don't think that it's an automatic guarantee someone should choose H or S over B.
90% of the time Stanford and Harvard grads wind up in the same companies doing the same jobs as people from Booth, Kellogg, MIT, and even schools ranked in the lower end of the top 20. Now if mbahopeful is one of the 10% of people who wants to do something really unique or work at a HF, VC, or PE firm that only hires from H/S then that's one thing. If he/she is going for IBD, M/B/B consulting, tech (Google, Apple, etc.) then there's no difference between the two. Who knows how and if the network will come into play down the line. And actually Booth's network is more expansive than Stanford's given the larger class size.

I too think that mbahopeful should choose Stanford. However, it's simply because it's clear that Stanford is his/her first choice. That's really all that matters. I think he/she (sorry OP, I don't know if you're a guy or a girl) just wants permission to turn down such a lucrative scholarship. Personally, I wouldn't let the money sway me from my 1st choice. I know a lot of people who turned down free rides to attend their dream schools. You're just betting on yourself that you will accomplish what you set out to do from the outset. The one caveat to this is if your post MBA goal is contingent upon money. Will the debt force him/her to postpone or forego pursuing the career he/she wants immediately after school? Does that matter to the OP? If it's not an issue then Stanford it is because that's where the OP prefers.

P.S. Don't get it twisted, HBS (need based) and Stanford (need and merit based) also offer sales to many admits.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  26 Dec 2012, 07:06
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Hey y'all..I won't be joining you for admit weekend, but you could also try pricelining a hotel, although you are only guaranteed one bed so if you're planning on a having a roommate don't try it. I have pricelined many hotels in Chicago, and got a $90/night room at the Palmer House (4 star) when the posted rate was$269/night. Booth's rate at the Chicago Hilton was \$299 for that weekend. You can choose your star level and your location. It's just something to consider. Also, this website http://www.biddingtraveler.com/ is awesome because it teaches you how to bid multiple times in the same day by selecting hotel star levels/areas that don't actually have hotels, and it doesn't break any Priceline rules. You can have the website do it for you or you can do it manually.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  26 Dec 2012, 23:57
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I know this has been mentioned a few times but I got a PM regarding the PowerPoint vs the optional essay on the application and wanted to address it here.

For me, I initially struggled with anything good for the PowerPoint. I was fixated on the idea of being able to transfer everything I would say in an essay onto 4 slides, "can I fit all these themes on there, all these ideas, AND these Booth clubs, classes, professors???" (Ok maybe that worked for some people. More power to ya!)

Eventually, I was able to come up with a cool (definition of cool in that it was very bschool application appropriate, very me) idea for the Booth essay (think late night epiphany, woke up, started brainstorming, and making it happen kinda idea). I was very confident that my ppt was creative, different and showed who I was in a way that would catch the attention of adcom members' eyes that have been staring at thousands of powerpoints. If you're doing a ppt just because all the forums tell you to not fall for the optional essay and it's not going to be your best work, don't do it. If you think you'll do a better job expressing yourself with the essay, then by all means do the essay. Maybe all the forums have scared all the applicants into making the ppt and you'll actually stand out with an essay. =]

Whatever you do, just make sure it really reflects who you are and is your best work.

Also, did everybody else already get their welcome packages? I got an invite for admit weekend by mail but no big envelope =[

Update 2/27/13: No I will not post/send you my ppt. Not only is it irrelevant for your application/profile/background, it's only going to set a template in your head for what you think it should look like, and it won't be a blank canvas to paint the masterpiece that is your story.

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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  27 Dec 2012, 11:51
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lfa wrote:
I know this has been mentioned a few times but I got a PM regarding the PowerPoint vs the optional essay on the application and wanted to address it here.

For me, I initially struggled with anything good for the PowerPoint. I was fixated on the idea of being able to transfer everything I would say in an essay onto 4 slides, "can I fit all these themes on there, all these ideas, AND these Booth clubs, classes, professors???" (Ok maybe that worked for some people. More power to ya!)

Eventually, I was able to come up with a cool (definition of cool in that it was very bschool application appropriate, very me) idea for the Booth essay (think late night epiphany, woke up, started brainstorming, and making it happen kinda idea). I was very confident that my ppt was creative, different and showed who I was in a way that would catch the attention of adcom members' eyes that have been staring at thousands of powerpoints. If you're doing a ppt just because all the forums tell you to not fall for the optional essay and it's not going to be your best work, don't do it. If you think you'll do a better job expressing yourself with the essay, then by all means do the essay. Maybe all the forums have scared all the applicants into making the ppt and you'll actually stand out with an essay. =]

Whatever you do, just make sure it really reflects who you are and is your best work.

Also, did everybody else already get their welcome packages? I got an invite for admit weekend by mail but no big envelope =[

To add to this, I would really look at the PPT as an opportunity to differentiate and display your creativity. You have four blank slides to convince the adcom you are right for Booth. I looked at this and really wanted to do something beyond posting random pictures and writing up blurbs about those pictures. I think my end product was what got me accepted. And I otherwise would not have had the opportunity if they didn't have the whole PPT question.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  27 Dec 2012, 14:43
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I also have good feelings about the PPT. For those of you who are struggling with your R2 PPTs, I would suggest googling "Example Booth Powerpoint." I did that, and I think the example PPT was actually right here on GMAT Club. Anyhow, within minutes of viewing an example PPT, I had one of those lightbulb/aha! moments and went straight to work on my PPT presentation. Of course, I didn't copy or mimic the example in any way/shape/form, but it did give me just enough inspiration for my own, unique idea. It was the most fun I had while preparing grad school applications. There was even a handwritten note on my addmission letter about my PPT..So just a suggestion for those going forward to get the juices flowing..

EDIT: here is the direct link to the example PPT
booth-powerpoint-essay-example-113159.html

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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  31 Dec 2012, 09:59
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MBKULOV wrote:
FuzzyBuzzard wrote:
In Booth application, under academic record there's a section stating
Quote:

I don't have any failing grades in my official grade report (it is impossible to get your degree with a failing grade), though I have failed in one course, but took it again and passed successfully.
Does it mean that I have to mention that? it is a rather irrelevant fact, in my view...

yes -- is it acceptable to post an essay here or are they looking for a blurb/short explanation?

I still don't know what the answer to my question is, but definitely not an essay!
If what they mean is "have you ever flanked a course? why?", the answer should be short and sweet. No one is really interested in reading 250 words on failed course when all the aplication is 500+200+200 words..
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  31 Dec 2012, 10:45
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MBKULOV wrote:
beehagit wrote:
FuzzyBuzzard wrote:

I don't have any failing grades in my official grade report (it is impossible to get your degree with a failing grade), though I have failed in one course, but took it again and passed successfully.
Does it mean that I have to mention that? it is a rather irrelevant fact, in my view...

I'm interested to see what people think of this as well...

yes -- is it acceptable to post an essay here or are they looking for a blurb/short explanation?

I had the dubious honor of failing a class the last semester of my senior year of undergrad. On this section of the application I wrote a short blurb about the failed class and what happened. Maybe 40-50 words. I also included the optional essay to explain my overall low GPA. Hope this helps.

I don't know about the case where you failed a class but it doesn't appear on your transcript. If they only ask to explain what's on the transcript then I would follow those directions to a T. I guess I don't think it matters if the grade was replaced. Actually I had an incomplete turn to an F. I retook the course and had the new grade replace the F. I don't think I ever mentioned it on my applications because it was irrelevant. That might be your answer.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  31 Dec 2012, 11:45
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FuzzyBuzzard wrote:
In Booth application, under academic record there's a section stating
Quote:

I don't have any failing grades in my official grade report (it is impossible to get your degree with a failing grade), though I have failed in one course, but took it again and passed successfully.
Does it mean that I have to mention that? it is a rather irrelevant fact, in my view...

I would just follow the directions to avoid integrity perception issues. Also talk about the situation in your optional and how you turned it around. Also highlight any other academic achievements (awards/honor soc) to offset the blemish and show that overall you were a serious student. I didn't fail any classes but I did receive two "D"'s that I retook. I made B's on the retakes and still finished in my top 8% and made the honor society...create a similar narrative for your own situation and that should help.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  31 Dec 2012, 11:46
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APPalachiantrail wrote:
sesamemochi wrote:
Has anyone who created a PPT included any animations? I'm trying to determine if animation would fall under "motion images" or if that refers to something like embedded images and video clips.

It might be best to pdf your slides instead of submitting a ppt. Opening a ppt on a different computer, let alone different operating system, may cause unintended changes to your color schemes, images, charts, etc. I would consider animations to be a "motion image," but I'm more risk averse than most

I'm with you. I converted my PPT to a PDF. Why not make it easy for them? I didn't want any negative emotions from a difficult file to be anchored into their mind about my app.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  31 Dec 2012, 12:06
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FuzzyBuzzard wrote:
mbaover30 wrote:
I would just follow the directions to avoid integrity perception issues. Also talk about the situation in your optional and how you turned it around. Also highlight any other academic achievements (awards/honor soc) to offset the blemish and show that overall you were a serious student. I didn't fail any classes but I did receive two "D"'s that I retook. I made B's on the retakes and still finished in my top 8% and made the honor society...create a similar narrative for your own situation and that should help.

I disagree with you
Writing a whole essay about this says between the lines "I failed badly, please don't think I'm a loser, here are some great things I did", while the correct approach should be something like "I failed a course because of X, the next semester I did Y to change this and moved on".

Bedises, I really don't understand what they aim for - It is even possible to graduate with an "F" in something?

I feel like that is exactly what MBAOver30 did.. He got a poor grade "X", retook the class - "Y", and moved on to finish top 8%.

I feel you both have good advice (which is not as far apart as you may think). How many words a candidate allocates to a situation like this is really dependent on the candidate and the rest of his/her overall profile. If a candidate wants to turn the situation into a "how I overame a challenge essay" --go for it. If it really wasn't a big deal for you, don't write an essay on it.

Now..I don't know a lot about other schools (especially international schools), but at my school if you failed, the F stays on your transcript no matter what. It is a permanent record. Even if you ratake the course and receive an A, the course would show up on your transcript twice. For example:
Fall 2000
Course X - F
Spring 2001
Course X - A

If it shows up on your transcript, absolutely write a little blurb about it in the additional info box. From the sounds of it, your F doesn't appear on your transcript. If it doesn't show up on your transcript, use your judgement. I would ask the admissions office if you are still perplexed about what to do.

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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  02 Jan 2013, 06:04
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karthikrocks777 wrote:
Do I have any chance at Booth.

Only one way to find out...
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  04 Jan 2013, 05:23
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MBKULOV wrote:
karthikrocks777 wrote:
Hi Guys,
I have a lowly GMAT of 690(Q 49,VA-35).
X-82%
XII-91%
College-B.Tech (IT)-82%-First class with distinction.
3 yrs workex in IT industry.(Active technical lead leading a team of 7 ppl in the absence of my lead for the past 3 months)
Good EC's-Martial Arts, Carnatic singer,scuba diver,founded an environmental club in 2010 which has grown to 230 ppl by dec 2012.goal keeper of a nearby football club.

Do I have any chance at Booth.

i would apply -- what type of martial arts?

Kalaripayattu-martial art form of Kerala,India
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  04 Jan 2013, 16:35
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Submitted for R2. Best of luck, everyone!
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  05 Jan 2013, 08:32
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Does anyone know how I could remove/delete my GMAT score from the application? I sent an official copy of the GMAT to Booth when I took the test and this reflects on my application but I want to submit my GRE score instead. I know I can submit both but I want the school to consider just the GRE.

Thanks.

On the application they ask you to input your test score. Only enter your GRE information on the application. They don't match your official records to your application for a LONG time. In fact, I was admitted in R1 and they still haven't matched my official copy to my application. Also, they will only look for your GRE official score if that's the only one you put on your application.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  08 Jan 2013, 11:48
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MBKULOV wrote:
Hi, after I submitted, I saw a red X by GMAT score, but logged onto MBA.com and read this:

University of Chicago Booth School of Business - MBA, Full Time
Chicago IL, USA 12/13/2012 12/14/2012

So submitted on the 14th?

Top10MBACandidate wrote:

See this note at the top of your application status screen...

"It can take time to process materials. We appreciate your patience and ask that you wait four (4) weeks following the application deadline for materials that were sent separately, such as test scores (GMAT, TOEFL, etc.), transcripts, and recommendations, to appear as having been received. We will contact you if we have not received your materials by that time."

I was actually admitted in R1 and my GMAT still hasn't been matched to my application, so don't worry

Posted from my mobile device

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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  08 Jan 2013, 12:01
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Submitted! Honestly I gave my best shot at Booth. Now the waiting game starts...
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  08 Jan 2013, 14:19
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Submitted! Honestly I gave my best shot at Booth. Now the waiting game starts...

Same here, good luck!
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  08 Jan 2013, 14:38
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My first MBA application successfully completed.

Lets hope I get in.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  08 Jan 2013, 15:02
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Submitted for R2. Good luck everyone!
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