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Committing to the HBS/HKS joint degree

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Committing to the HBS/HKS joint degree [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 06:27
I'm going to send my HBS app next week, and I really, really want to do the joint degree with HKS.

The problem is that HKS has not released essay topics and, in general, the app hasn't gone live, so I can't ask my recommenders to write the letteres yet.

The question is: what happens in the remote scenario in which I apply to HBS next week INCLUDING the additional "why do you want to joint degree" essay, and then it happens that in November I decide that I do not want to go ahead with the joint degree, and do not apply to HKS? Do I look bad in the eyes of HBS for having told them that I was going to apply to HKS too and then I didn't, or do they simply evaluate my MBA admission as usual?

You may ask why my mind would change in just a few months. It really has to do with recommendation issues that are difficult to explain, but just trust me, my recommenders' availability in the future is somewhat uncertain, so I want to be prepared for a scenario in which I cannot apply to HKS.
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Re: Committing to the HBS/HKS joint degree [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 07:57
hcueva wrote:
recommenders' availability in the future is somewhat uncertain


This makes no sense to me. Why would you let a recommendation letter stand between you and what you want to pursue in life?

Even in a worst case scenario, which is admittedly imperfect - you have a few choices -

* Use the same recommendations that you did for HBS with a note explaining why you were unable to get new ones
* Leverage whoever wrote your HBS ones to write the other ones
* Find someone else to do it - coworker, peer, old boss, new boss, client, whatever
* Find last year's rec questions, ask your the recs to write a rec now -- just do it in letter form (a few pages) addressing those questions as much as possible. If this years are different, simply note that your reco folks were only available before the app was published and you are thus submitting a letter rec. Or dont explain it at all.

I can't fathom how you would let something so tiny get in the way of what you want.
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Re: Committing to the HBS/HKS joint degree [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 08:43
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hcueva wrote:
recommenders' availability in the future is somewhat uncertain


This makes no sense to me. Why would you let a recommendation letter stand between you and what you want to pursue in life?


Rhyme, thanks for your reply and encouragement. However, I would like to know your opinion on my actual question, the one I wrote in bold. I paraphrase: If for some reason completely beyond my control, I decide not to apply to HKS after I previously told HBS I would (by including the "why the joint degree" essay in my HBS app), would that look really bad in the eyes of HBS, or would they still take me into the MBA program (assuming they liked me in the first place)?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Committing to the HBS/HKS joint degree [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 11:28
hcueva wrote:
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hcueva wrote:
recommenders' availability in the future is somewhat uncertain


This makes no sense to me. Why would you let a recommendation letter stand between you and what you want to pursue in life?


Rhyme, thanks for your reply and encouragement. However, I would like to know your opinion on my actual question, the one I wrote in bold. I paraphrase: If for some reason completely beyond my control, I decide not to apply to HKS after I previously told HBS I would (by including the "why the joint degree" essay in my HBS app), would that look really bad in the eyes of HBS, or would they still take me into the MBA program (assuming they liked me in the first place)?

Thanks in advance.


Sorry, dont know. I don't know if the applications are considered together (e.g. your app would be considered incomplete) or if they are considered entirely separately in which case the only question is whether one talks to the other. Your guess is as good as mine. Certainly if you say you plan to apply and then don't, and they notice, thats going to raise a few questions about the seriousness of your candidacy.
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