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# Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants

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26 Sep 2012, 08:35
I'm finally feeling good about most of my essays except that Essay 1 is still sitting at 571 words. Need to find a way to chop about 50 words out without hurting the flow....
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26 Sep 2012, 09:14
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I'm finally feeling good about most of my essays except that Essay 1 is still sitting at 571 words. Need to find a way to chop about 50 words out without hurting the flow....

Prepositional phrases, adjectives, and adverbs are killers. Cutting these can net you another 30-50 words (if you haven't done so already).
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26 Sep 2012, 10:07
I was able to combine 2 paragraphs that felt a little repetitive and that saved about 50 words. I'll give it another go through but at least 520 words feels close enough to the 500 limit that I feel ok about it. Still fits on one page at least.
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26 Sep 2012, 10:12
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I was able to combine 2 paragraphs that felt a little repetitive and that saved about 50 words. I'll give it another go through but at least 520 words feels close enough to the 500 limit that I feel ok about it. Still fits on one page at least.

If you're at 520 then leave it be (unless you think it needs grammar or content revisions). I was about 35 words over on a 600 word essay last year. The adcom is not counting and they don't care at that point.
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26 Sep 2012, 13:40
What will the admission committee think if I decide to choose the 600-word essay instead of the 4-page ppt presentation? I have a nice story to tell about my experience studying abroad as I feel it tells a lot about who I am.
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26 Sep 2012, 16:06
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What will the admission committee think if I decide to choose the 600-word essay instead of the 4-page ppt presentation? I have a nice story to tell about my experience studying abroad as I feel it tells a lot about who I am.

I think it comes down to execution. If you write a great essay that gives new insight into who you are then the admissions committee will be pleased. If it seems like an essay that's just repeating what you've already said in other parts of your application then the adcom will likely view it as a wasted opportunity. Then again a vague ppt presentation would probably yield the same response. Go with the method that tells your story best. Only you know what that is. I will go out on a limb and say that an average ppt has a slight advantage over an average essay since the ppt has been part of the application longer.
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27 Sep 2012, 07:30
Application submitted. There's 2 down!
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28 Sep 2012, 04:04
I have finally submitted my App to Chicago yesterday... My last app to be submitted.. Booth was the first school which I started writing essays for but is the last school to which I have submitted...As this application journey wears on,after going through countless pages of the school website, reading blogs, checking out forums from I have come to love Chicago Booth a lot.. I have a new dream school..

I dont know when exactly in this insanely maddening process Chicago replaced Harvard.. Maybe When I started writing the Why MBA essay and stumbled upon John Cochrane's dry humour and a part of me wanted to be in his class right now... Maybe when I saved ChicagoPres v54.ppt.. Maybe when I almost reached out and tried to feel Harper center's chrome and wood thro my monitor...

I realized this as I sat in a bar drinking reflectively... I told my friend If do get into Harvard(I added the standard disclaimer: which is highly unlikely) and Chicago maybe I might end up going to Chicago... To which my ever insightful friend's reply was"Hey,Check out that girl in the hot pants"
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28 Sep 2012, 06:01
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Maybe when I saved ChicagoPres v54.ppt..

Innocuous question. Do you have 53 older versions of your ppt saved on your drive
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28 Sep 2012, 06:11
On a more serious note, I have a question. I just noticed that NYU Stern asks this question to its applicants.

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

Although on the face of it, its different from the Booth presentation, is there any likelihood that Booth might think that I created something that I will re-use in the future? What I mean to ask, is there something that is very different between Booth's presentation and Stern's question?

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28 Sep 2012, 06:14
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On a more serious note, I have a question. I just noticed that NYU Stern asks this question to its applicants.

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

Although on the face of it, its different from the Booth presentation, is there any likelihood that Booth might think that I created something that I will re-use in the future? What I mean to ask, is there something that is very different between Booth's presentation and Stern's question?

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Not really.

I don't think any school thinks that you use 100% fresh material for their application. Everyone knows that the same stories and presentations get tweaked and recycled throughout this process. In an open ended question with a free format like Booth and NYU allow it's even easier to switch out school names and submit (less nuance in the questions vs. traditional essays). I don't think Booth would look at an excellent PPT and say, "This is so good! I bet he/she used this for their Stern app."
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28 Sep 2012, 07:38
cheetarah1980 wrote:
qtrip wrote:
On a more serious note, I have a question. I just noticed that NYU Stern asks this question to its applicants.

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

Although on the face of it, its different from the Booth presentation, is there any likelihood that Booth might think that I created something that I will re-use in the future? What I mean to ask, is there something that is very different between Booth's presentation and Stern's question?

Cheers,
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Not really.

I don't think any school thinks that you use 100% fresh material for their application. Everyone knows that the same stories and presentations get tweaked and recycled throughout this process. In an open ended question with a free format like Booth and NYU allow it's even easier to switch out school names and submit (less nuance in the questions vs. traditional essays). I don't think Booth would look at an excellent PPT and say, "This is so good! I bet he/she used this for their Stern app."

I agree ...One overthought point from my side... Chicago asks you to broaden its perpective(beyond what is stated in other parts)..So in a Chicago essay you will figure out stuff which are not really coming through in the application...

The only reason CB adcom might start thinking that you have recycled the Stern version is maybe if there is significant overlap between what is already present in your application/essays: The fact that you have said something in an essay shouldn't prevent you from using it in a description to your classmates if you literally interpret the Stern question(My name is .. I believe I am the only person in the room with a perfect GPA in Rocket Science which I earned while I sailed in Ady Gil fighting evil Whalers... Then I completed 4 missions in the Endeavour and had to take special approvals from Nasa to continue to teach inner city kids thro a remote satellite link)

Like I said I am overthinking...But maybe useful if you are recycling your Stern ppt to pay attention for overlap between app/essays...
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28 Sep 2012, 13:09
Quick question people: In the 'Activities' section, it says that we can fill upto 12 activities (that will be viewable in PDF). It is not expected for us to fill in all correct? I mean it wont look bad if we leave out some? I just have 4-5 major ones that I do....but do really well.
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28 Sep 2012, 13:30
KillerApp wrote:
Quick question people: In the 'Activities' section, it says that we can fill upto 12 activities (that will be viewable in PDF). It is not expected for us to fill in all correct? I mean it wont look bad if we leave out some? I just have 4-5 major ones that I do....but do really well.

I don't think we are expected to fill all of the activities if we have fewer than 12. They are available in case you need them.
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28 Sep 2012, 18:30
I'm in for round 1 good luck to all!
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28 Sep 2012, 20:05
Guys, what font, size and spacing are you using? I cant seem to find any guidance regarding this on the website.

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28 Sep 2012, 21:16
Can anyone say for sure how many words should the power point contain? Should be the same as the essay word count for Essay-3 that is 600?

What if I go say around 750? destined for ding?
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28 Sep 2012, 21:22
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I have finally submitted my App to Chicago yesterday... My last app to be submitted.. Booth was the first school which I started writing essays for but is the last school to which I have submitted...As this application journey wears on,after going through countless pages of the school website, reading blogs, checking out forums from I have come to love Chicago Booth a lot.. I have a new dream school..

I dont know when exactly in this insanely maddening process Chicago replaced Harvard.. Maybe When I started writing the Why MBA essay and stumbled upon John Cochrane's dry humour and a part of me wanted to be in his class right now... Maybe when I saved ChicagoPres v54.ppt.. Maybe when I almost reached out and tried to feel Harper center's chrome and wood thro my monitor...

I realized this as I sat in a bar drinking reflectively... I told my friend If do get into Harvard(I added the standard disclaimer: which is highly unlikely) and Chicago maybe I might end up going to Chicago... To which my ever insightful friend's reply was"Hey,Check out that girl in the hot pants"

Dude!

You've got serious writing skills! Would love to see your essays! :D
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28 Sep 2012, 21:31
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Can anyone say for sure how many words should the power point contain? Should be the same as the essay word count for Essay-3 that is 600?

What if I go say around 750? destined for ding?

750 words sounds like a lot for 4 slides. Maybe you should edit a little more.
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28 Sep 2012, 21:38
qtrip wrote:
kingme wrote:
Can anyone say for sure how many words should the power point contain? Should be the same as the essay word count for Essay-3 that is 600?

What if I go say around 750? destined for ding?

750 words sounds like a lot for 4 slides. Maybe you should edit a little more.

I get your point but do they have any exact word limit?
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