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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 08:26
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Perhaps, in the system, i don't think that one would have pulled themselves up from a 0.0000000001 chance to a 0.5 if one was myopic, misogynous, bigoted. Just a thought.


I think this stat falls in the 43%.

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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 11:33
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nyama wrote:
I work with everybody. After a long higher education record of 10years (college + grad school), means i worked with everyone. Even the conglomerate i work for, women left and right. I think one point i forgot to mention is that, if i can convince the 2nd year female student of the awesomeness of my file, then my business career is set...because i would be able to sale anybody 'snow' here in Chicago in winter...! :) The salesman of the year!


I'm starting to think this is a fake profile; at least, I hope that it is.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2013, 03:11
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Just came back from my interview with an alum. Questions were 'Walk me through your resume, why MBA, why now, Why Booth, what do you like to do outside of work, What other schools have you applied to?'

He was also interested to see how my life experiences have shaped my present outlook. Questions went back to as far as my childhood, but it was an easy going conversation. I have no idea how I 'performed' since I didn't feel like I was being judged. Anyway, now that it's over I'm having a hard time suppressing the mental playback :lol:

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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2013, 10:14
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hey guys,

just had my booth interview this week with an alumnus (off campus). my interview was not typical to say the least. a number of times during the interview he criticized booth and kept asking me why i want to go there despite that. it was mostly centered on why booth and whether its the right fit for me. when i told him about my career plans, he said they were fluff and too idealistic.

its honestly put me off booth a fair bit. i'm not sure if others have had an interview like this. oh and he didn't take any notes.

i'm curious, are alumni really allowed to criticize their school during the interview? it sounded very unprofessional to me.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2013, 22:47
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Interview is over. Is there anything I can do to improve the possibility?
Hmm.. is the interview very important in Chicago Booth's admissions criteria?
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 09:00
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I'm taking it laid back....interviewing Sat 9th, the last day of interviewing! I live in Chicago, so Hyde Park, where the Harper Center is, is a few minutes by driving away. I just hope that i get interviewed by an experienced adcom official, not a 2nd year student. I think that i have more life experiences, graduate school experiences (yep, applied and got in, PhD bio-sciences, plus three MAs degrees -two done!), etc than a 2nd year. An older person can really relate to me. My enemy for the interview is a 2nd year, female student....that's a train rack right there...

So, praying that i don't see 'enemy combatants' on interview day!

May I ask why you feel this way?


- Would she understand when i say that 'for our people, to change their lives,' hoping to be president of my country 20 years from now?
- Would she understands, that my life is bigger that an MBA? That the MBA is just part of the many tools that i will use to get ahead in the years ahead?
- That the short term and long term goals i will elucidate in that interview, might be different from what i will actually do when i graduate? That i have a right to change my mind? That this is interview, 'not a big deal' because it can't possibly capture the me and the life i have lived over the last decades?

I just think that some people out there, they forget to look at the big picture, ending up obsessing over an interview or class. That some of us are interviewing at uchicago is a mirracle in itself, why? Well, because, ten years ago in the village, the probability of getting into booth for me stood at 0.0000000001. I have battled this impossible probability, reducing it to almost 0.5. An interview should not stop me.

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I had my interview today, super Saturday. There were many other people interviewing today. The interview itself was a walk in the park. Most of the time, spent on my extensive resume, where i walked her through all the things i have done. It was an informal interview, way relaxed, conversational. I Think she only asked 4 or 5 questions:

1. What do you find challenging about your work?
2. Why Booth
3. What are your plans? Why the MBA, what can it add
4. When you moved here * years ago, what was it like?
5. What was it like to finally get your BA?


Most of the questions, related to the resume. Overally, the interview was ok. I sold my story to her, and she seemed satisfied. Now, the wait begins! 19 days to go! Good luck everyone!


So it appears that 2nd year female students aren't so incompetent after all?
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 11:41
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I am stunned by Nyama's post. I respect for your accomplishments and wish you the BEST in your goals. You are an achiever. But how can you put down someone at the school you are applying to? I have meet people a LOT younger than me who are so accomplished and can yet remain humble.
Booth students are definitely very capable yet humble. I have personally interacted with about 10 of them and NONE of them have a chip on their shoulder and are very courteous. When I started my app process, I started talking to the students, I also met with the faculty and the admissions staff when I visited the school. This is ONE AMAZING school that really cares about people and knows to respect prospective students whether they get in or not. After the wonderful experience I had on campus, Booth is the place I want to go to.

I think we've already established that nyama's approach is, hmm, how shall we say, unconventional.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 06:20
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Sadly, I think that sentiment gets lost between the essay writing, the recommendation hunting, and the eternal waiting.


This entire process has highlighted for me the importance of a support network that will tell you when you're being a ridiculous freakazoid who should sit down, drink a beer, watch QI, and shut up about the self-inflicted stress of applying to one of the best business school programs in the world.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2013, 12:16
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This week is causing a massive stomach ache...
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 03:29
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Anyone know why Booth is the only school that has profiles of all/almost all of its international students on its webpage?


Coincidence? Or maybe they want to attract more international applicants?


I guessed so too. But, is there a reason they have to put in extra effort to attract international applicants? I think I read somewhere that Booth does not get as many quality applicants as the other M7 schools do (partly because of it being in the midwest?) Any ideas if this is true?


Well, Booth was the first university to grant an MBA to a woman, the first university to award an MBA to an African-American student, and the first business school to establish a minority scholarship program. Maybe, U. Chicago is also simply just the first to do what all others should do for their international students as well...
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 06:48
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Innnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!

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Got the call about 15 minutes ago! IN! (US applicant)
Good luck to everyone else today!
(I blanked for most of the call but I think he said that status will be updated tomorrow)
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Got the call about 1.5 hours ago.
The number was a suspicious mobile from middle part of China. I guess some of the calls are made through Skype or other IP phone cards.
A piece of advise for international applicants: get all the calls, even very strange-looking ones. Not all the calls are from +1-
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IN!!! Just got the call!

From India..guys waiting hold on, there are more to come!! :)
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 10:47
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anyone in NY get a call yet?


here, im in NY and got the call at 2:23pm.
so excited!
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Almost lost all hope but just got the call at around 2:45PM EST. Admitted with $$ - totally worth the wait!! Hang in there guys there's still time left! Based in NYC.
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Cheetarah , arien , dalilama ,anybody who knows more about it please give some tips to us wait listed candidate. What else we can do to enhance our candidacy . Beside video and an essay what else can we do .i have said everything that I wanted To say in my essays and interview ,don't know what new I can add in video or the essay.


I don't know about Booth specifically, but in general if you don't have anything major to add to your profile and you still want to submit a WL update of some sort, then just let the school know of your interest. At the end of the day though, it is NOT a requirement to send a WL update (people are accepted to schools without one).
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Started for me one (or two) days earlier than needed. And - I have not written a thank you note (for my excuse - in the country where I was interviewed and where my interviewer is from, it is not so common like in the US) - but still "paranoying" about it....


I'm parannoying about my thank you note too: I misplaced the guy's business card somewhere between Chicago and LA, and by the time I found it, it was late enough that I didn't want to remind him that I was so late writing a thank-you note. :P
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I assume the rule is 'Thou should write a thank you note, otherwise thou will be waitlisted' :(
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2013, 14:41
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wl as well. can't believe we have to wait till May 22nd to get final decisions! oh the angst. is everyone submitting the 90 sec video?


I just got in off the WL (miracles do happen!), and I attribute a lot of it to my video. I would recommend doing everything possible to show you really want to be at Booth.
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