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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 11:54
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I am having trouble with Booth's 2nd short answer essay: b. Tell us about something that has fundamentally transformed the way you think. (200 words maximum).

Would it be too boring to talk about a concept I learned studying for the CFA? Or a class I took at University? I was also thinking about discussing some type of world event...The Arab Spring? Working in investment management during the 2008 Financial Crisis?

I have not had many epiphanies in my life...I tend to learn gradually which in essay format can be rather boring.

Any thoughts or ideas would be most helpful.

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Well, what I picked up from some of the consulting firms' essay analysis was that the word "transform" in the question is a very strong word so whatever story you choose should show a very strong contrast between the 'before' and the 'after'. The story could come from anywhere really; but the distinction between your initial thought and the new one must be clear
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2012, 08:21
Less than a month until Rd 1 deadline and it's pretty quiet in here. I'm working on my essays now, applying ED to Columbia so that took my main focus but now that it is done I'm moving on to Booth. For the first essay is it worth talking about the flexible curriculum or is that one of those things that is taken for granted(like being in NYC as a plus for CBS is rather obvious and not worth taking up space in the essay to mention).
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2012, 05:03
I'm compiling a list of recommendation questions of the schools I'm applying in order to make it easy for my recommenders to prepare the letters. Does anyone know Booth's recommendation questions? Below's the guideline on Booth's website.
Please provide a written letter of recommendation. Be sure to include how the applicant ranks comparative to his/her peer group. Other items to consider are the applicant's:
Most salient strengths
Areas of development, including efforts the applicant has taken to show improvement
Team skills and leadership ability
Initiative, curiosity, and motivation
Other matters which you feel we should know about the applicant

But my friend gives me different recommendation questions he obtained from his consultant.
Please provide a written letter of recommendation in support of the applicant. In comparison with his/her peer group, address the following questions in your letter:
A) What are the applicant's most salient strengths?
B) What are the applicant’s areas of development?
C) What is your overall impression of the applicant?

Does anyone know the recommendation questions? Thank you.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2012, 06:52
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The flexible curriculum should definitely be mentioned in essay 1. It's one of the cornerstones of what makes Booth, Booth. However, you can't just include it in a throw away statement. Your goal in this essay is to show your fit with Booth. You need to show why the flexible curriculum is something that you need and want in your MBA studies. You also have to understand what the flexible curriculum really means. It doesn't mean you get to pick and choose which subjects to take. Understand how the flexible curriculum fits into your skillset and goals and communicate that in essay 1. Hope this helps.


Thanks for the thoughts, I think my problem is that it was coming out a little too generically. I wanted to mention specific classes but can't seem to find an actual course catalog on the website anywhere. Which leaves me with just talking about the few classes they post as examples on the application page which sounds a little disingenuous.

Does anybody else find the PowerPoint essay overlapping the resume? I'm trying to add some more detail and flesh out what I think are important personal highlights but at the same time most of those highlights are already covered in my resume just in not so much detail. I have a slide(might become 2) that is on just personal info that is new but the slides on professional and educational experiences feel like they are repeating the resume. This especially concerns me since the question specifically says "Understanding what we currently know about you from the application, what else would you like us to know?" I think I might just need to completely rethink my approach to this question or at least the first few slides of mine.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2012, 06:58
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I'm compiling a list of recommendation questions of the schools I'm applying in order to make it easy for my recommenders to prepare the letters. Does anyone know Booth's recommendation questions? Below's the guideline on Booth's website.
Please provide a written letter of recommendation. Be sure to include how the applicant ranks comparative to his/her peer group. Other items to consider are the applicant's:
Most salient strengths
Areas of development, including efforts the applicant has taken to show improvement
Team skills and leadership ability
Initiative, curiosity, and motivation
Other matters which you feel we should know about the applicant

But my friend gives me different recommendation questions he obtained from his consultant.
Please provide a written letter of recommendation in support of the applicant. In comparison with his/her peer group, address the following questions in your letter:
A) What are the applicant's most salient strengths?
B) What are the applicant’s areas of development?
C) What is your overall impression of the applicant?

Does anyone know the recommendation questions? Thank you.


What consultant is your friend using? The only information posted on the website is what you put at the top. Those other 3 you list are similar, is he sure that isn't last year's recommendation questions?
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2012, 11:51
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Thanks for the thoughts, I think my problem is that it was coming out a little too generically. I wanted to mention specific classes but can't seem to find an actual course catalog on the website anywhere. Which leaves me with just talking about the few classes they post as examples on the application page which sounds a little disingenuous.

Does anybody else find the PowerPoint essay overlapping the resume? I'm trying to add some more detail and flesh out what I think are important personal highlights but at the same time most of those highlights are already covered in my resume just in not so much detail. I have a slide(might become 2) that is on just personal info that is new but the slides on professional and educational experiences feel like they are repeating the resume. This especially concerns me since the question specifically says "Understanding what we currently know about you from the application, what else would you like us to know?" I think I might just need to completely rethink my approach to this question or at least the first few slides of mine.


Do not fall into the trap of thinking that your PPT has to hit on specific categories. If your educational achievements are already covered in sufficient detail on your resume then don't include it in your PPT. The question tells you to look at your application as a whole and then use 4 pages to fill in the blanks. In my PPT there was nothing about my educational or professional life. I did expand on one EC that was mentioned in my resume. Other than that everything else was personal. Think of the four pages as a chance to let the adcom get to know you. Remember that Booth uses admissions fellows (2nd year students) to do the first read of an application. Admissions fellows are looking for people that they would want as classmates and in their network. They want to look at your application and see that you're a person that they would want to hang out with at TNDC (Thursday Night Drinking Club) or stay in their cabin during ski trip. This is also a really good place to show why you fit well at Booth. Think about the school's culture and the aspects that mesh with your personality. Show these things off in the PPT.

As for the flexible curriculum I don't know if it's really about saying, "I want to take X or Y class." The point of the flexible curriculum is to allow you to take the subjects you want when you will need them at the level that suits your ability. If you have an accounting background you don't have to sit through intro accounting with the people like me who don't know a debit from a credit. You can cover your accounting requirement with a higher level class. Let's say you know you won't be going into anything finance related and want to jump into your marketing and strategy courses. You can put off taking a foundation class in accounting til 2nd or 3rd quarter if you like. Remember, Booth's philosophy is that you need to learn the business disciplines and can then apply them to any business problem (it's like your tool kit). It's up to you how and when you choose to learn each discipline. Think about your goals and the subject areas that you may want to study at a more intermediate level. Think about the classes that you would want to put off for a semester or even for 2nd year. You don't have to outline your proposed class schedule in your essay but you can show that you know how the flexible curriculum will meet your unique needs. HTH.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 04:06
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 16:37
I keep hearing that some schools are more rigorous and quantitative than others--what does this exactly mean? I'm an engineer so math and applications of math don't really phase me. I understand that some of the higher level financial classes may require some experience building and working with models. But what about some of the general classes in management, marketing etc? Can anyone explain this to me, I'd really like to know how these schools differ.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2012, 13:50
20 days and counting... are people feeling ready?
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2012, 07:47
RoyHalladay wrote:
I keep hearing that some schools are more rigorous and quantitative than others--what does this exactly mean? I'm an engineer so math and applications of math don't really phase me. I understand that some of the higher level financial classes may require some experience building and working with models. But what about some of the general classes in management, marketing etc? Can anyone explain this to me, I'd really like to know how these schools differ.


Classes haven't started yet, so my perspective is somewhat limited.

But it's my understanding that Booth emphasizes a more quantitative approach to problem solving than other schools. So regardless of your class subject (finance, economics, strategy, marketing, etc.), you'll often be analyzing numbers and solving data intensive problems.

Furthermore, Booth places ~50% of its grads into finance. So if you're interested in taking some extremely advanced, quant-heavy finance classes, you'll have a lot of options.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2012, 19:15
Is anyone else having trouble with the powerpoint? I have a story and framework all picked out, but:

A) My graphical ability is suspect at best. This I could overcome with many revisions.
B) More worrisome, I have very few pictures of myself doing the activities I'd be talking about, especially the period after college (my ppt doesn't really work without showcasing me, I don't think...)

At this point, even if I was to produce a ppt, it would be almost entirely text, at which point shouldn't I be writing the essay instead? I know I could tell my story effectively that way, but it just feels like a big trap. Anyone else in the same predicament? :(
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2012, 00:38
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Is anyone else having trouble with the powerpoint? I have a story and framework all picked out, but:

A) My graphical ability is suspect at best. This I could overcome with many revisions.
B) More worrisome, I have very few pictures of myself doing the activities I'd be talking about, especially the period after college (my ppt doesn't really work without showcasing me, I don't think...)

At this point, even if I was to produce a ppt, it would be almost entirely text, at which point shouldn't I be writing the essay instead? I know I could tell my story effectively that way, but it just feels like a big trap. Anyone else in the same predicament? :(


A) You still have a few weeks before the deadline, right? That should be plenty time to put something together and then tweak the graphics/layout until it looks good. The adcom is less concerned with your powerpoint skills and more concerned with your ability to produce a creative visual narration of information left out of your other essays.

B) Only 1 of my 4 powerpoint slides had pictures of me. The rest were loaded with photos I found online.

C) I have seen powerpoints from admitted students that had tons of texts and others that had none. None of my slides had more than 3 sentences of text on them. It's my opinion that given the nature of the project, less words is better.

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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2012, 05:52
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Is anyone else having trouble with the powerpoint? I have a story and framework all picked out, but:

A) My graphical ability is suspect at best. This I could overcome with many revisions.
B) More worrisome, I have very few pictures of myself doing the activities I'd be talking about, especially the period after college (my ppt doesn't really work without showcasing me, I don't think...)

At this point, even if I was to produce a ppt, it would be almost entirely text, at which point shouldn't I be writing the essay instead? I know I could tell my story effectively that way, but it just feels like a big trap. Anyone else in the same predicament? :(

I agree with MDF. Like I said in an earlier post, there is no template for the 4 slides. If you have lots of text then so be it. If the pictures don't feature you then so be it. Hell, you could tell your story and only use cartoon characters. You're trying to create a narrative that shows who you are. No one says that it has to be an overt representation.

There is still plenty of time. If the PPT isn't sitting well with you then write a draft of the essay. Revise both the essay and PPT in the next couple of weeks. You will likely have a good idea on which one you want to submit. I agonized over the PPT for weeks but actually put mine together 3 days before the application was due. Trust me, it will click and when it does the whole thing becomes quite easy to create.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2012, 09:02
If anybody else was looking to reference specific courses in their essays this should be a helpful link.

http://boothportal.chicagobooth.edu/por ... search/205

Will allow you to search the course catalog since they do not list many courses on the general MBA website.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2012, 23:54
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Is anyone else having trouble with the powerpoint? I have a story and framework all picked out, but:

A) My graphical ability is suspect at best. This I could overcome with many revisions.
B) More worrisome, I have very few pictures of myself doing the activities I'd be talking about, especially the period after college (my ppt doesn't really work without showcasing me, I don't think...)


A) How about friends who are graphical wizards??? Your ideas. Their skills in assisting you. Outsourcing!
B) That's all right. I've seen so many powerpoints full of pictures of the candidate doing stuff, and you know what? Rather than making you seem unique, they make you seem the same like everyone else.... apparently we all take the same pictures while on holiday.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 11:24
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 18:53
A week to go for R1 deadline, 101 GC applicants and just 3 pages of discussion?

C'mon guys! Use this thread to ask questions, sort out last minute confusions and if nothing else, build an online support system!!

A bunch of us from the class of 2014 (as well as some previous classes) are still very active here and we would be more than happy to help you out..
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 19:16
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A week to go for R1 deadline, 101 GC applicants and just 3 pages of discussion?

C'mon guys! Use this thread to ask questions, sort out last minute confusions and if nothing else, build an online support system!!

A bunch of us from the class of 2014 (as well as some previous classes) are still very active here and we would be more than happy to help you out..



Compared to last year's thread at this point in time, this year's thread has been quiet. Let's hope the chatter picks up over the week as people begin submitting R1 applications.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 20:28
I remember Sandy on the Harvard thread saying that the new layout of gmatclub made it harder to navigate and find threads. I wonder if that's having an affect on the overall traffic of the site, and isn't indicative of a drop in MBA apps.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2012, 06:14
Any guidance on the essay 2b anyone? I am struggling to figure out how 'fundamental' the transformation should be?
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