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wow...holy crap BSD. Amazing news. This is the earliest admit I have ever heard of. _________________
Kellogg Class of 2010...still active and willing to help. However, I do not do profile reviews, don't offer predictions on chances and am far to busy to review essays, so save the energy of writing me a PM seeking help for these. If I don't respond to a PM that is not one of the previously mentioned trash can destined messages, please don't take it personally I get so many messages I have a hard to responding to most. The more interesting, compelling, or humorous you message the more likely I am to respond. GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings
Thanks guys. For those who don't know me (as I've been in hibernation mode from the club for a couple of months now), I'm the founding father of the 2008 ZERO admits club : 103-t62142
There were a lot of us who had to survive multiple dings last year and I hope that each one of us get a solid admit this year.
I'll put a debrief of my entire London ordeal and what I believe went wrong last year and how / why I succeeded this year. I'll also have to decide whether I want to apply to other schools this year (I'm already midway through a few applications).
LOL fresinha I think I may have overestimated the importance of the GMAT. I took it twice, hit the same score both times. I was gutted with my second effort, but it didnt matter in the end. Anyway I'll post the full story later.
Hey BSD congrats you deserve this. Btw where exactly you want to land after mba?? such MC, PE, IB?? I heard LSB is good for IB..I worked in World Bank, washington DC. they are also tend to recruit folks from LSB.
I applied to LBS in R1 last year. I'm from Australia and LBS is an extremely strong brand in Australia. One of my recommendors is an alum. Last year I was rather naive about the whole process and simply did not understand the importance of the essays. I just assumed that once I write a dry statement of purpose and some work experiences, I was done. However, as we all know by now, that is the quickest way to waste $250 on an app.
But LBS was different, they invited me for an interview despite my awful essays. Not quite sure what attracted me to them - maybe an alumni recommendation did the trick. My interview went really well. My interviewer really liked me and he gave me an awesome reference (I'm still in touch with him). However, that didn't excuse my awful essays.
I believe I had the following things wrong with my essays : - Poor aims (certainly not distinct enough) - Dry tone ( like a boring PhD thesis or a very boring business letter) - Very impersonal (you won't know anything about the real me if you read them) - Nearly non-existent extra-curriculars. - During my application, I was in between jobs and that didn't look too good on the resume (even though I had some good work experiences prior to that).
So it was not surprising that they put me on Waitlist after the interview (it just took me a lot longer to realise these mistakes).
LBS waitlists works in a weird way. They keep me on the WL throughout the year up until a few weeks before the classes start (with periodic updates). And so when they finally dinged me in late July 2008 (waitlisted for 8 months), I was already writing applications for 2009 having given up all hope.
But LBS mentioned that they would give me early consideration for Class of 2009 (since I had stuck through the entire waitlist). All I had to do was submit an updated resume. This early decision was to be made September 10th (last night).
So I submitted the resume and I also submitted a cover letter, highlighting the key improvements in my profile. That seemed to do the trick.
Things that worked for me this year : - I was able to really tie my new role with my stated aim, thus demonstrating my commitment to that aim. - I had a new, very distinctive, extra curricular.
Final decisions are in: Berkeley: Denied with interview Tepper: Waitlisted with interview Rotman: Admitted with scholarship (withdrawn) Random French School: Admitted to MSc in Management with scholarship (...