Thank you for using the timer!
We noticed you are actually not timing your practice. Click the START button first next time you use the timer.
There are many benefits to timing your practice, including:
I don't think it's any sort of active collusion, but I definitely got the feel that school officials keep their competitive rankings at the front of their minds at all times.
For example, I attended a reception for Columbia in the Bay Area. The dean of admissions made several references to Stanford (a fellow ultra-elite) when talking about alternatives, but made no mention at all of Berkeley. The omission was particularly conspicuous because Columbia actually has a number of joint programs with Haas. It was clear that she wanted to limit the pool of competing schools when describing Columbia. All part of the marketing game I guess.
I remember reading an article some time ago talking about competitive marketing. #1 in any market never mentions the competition, while #2 frequently makes comparisons to #1. The examples used, as I recall, were Pepsi always targeting Coke with their marketing (Pepsi challenge, new generation, etc.); and Miller always targeting Bud. The opposite is almost never true.
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...