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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 12:38
There is an admission chat this Friday 9am-10am PST

http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions/chat.html

I suspect there will be some people asking about interviews for R1.. might be worth dropping by!
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 12:40
Hey everybody,

I'm working on my application now, and am wondering what your thoughts are about the optional essay question "If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to list courses that appear on your transcript."

I scored relatively low on the quant section of the GMAT (77th percentile). While I know this isn't the worst thing ever, I know it's not good and I'm wondering if I should address it via this optional essay.

To add some context, I have an academically strong quantitative background (economics w/ a 3.8+ gpa in quant courses) and strong quantitative work experience (analytical work in municipal financial consulting). I also specifically asked my recommenders to comment on my quantitative abilities. Typically I was scoring 98th+ percentile on the quant section on my practice GMATs, but I just messed up the timing on the real deal.

My initial inclination is not to worry about writing this optional essay and to let the rest of my application speak for itself, but I just wanted to see if any of you thought that is an error in judgement.

Thanks and best of luck to everybody!

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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 12:45
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Hey everybody,

I'm working on my application now, and am wondering what your thoughts are about the optional essay question "If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to list courses that appear on your transcript."

I scored relatively low on the quant section of the GMAT (77th percentile). While I know this isn't the worst thing ever, I know it's not good and I'm wondering if I should address it via this optional essay.

To add some context, I have an academically strong quantitative background (economics w/ a 3.8+ gpa in quant courses) and strong quantitative work experience (analytical work in municipal financial consulting). I also specifically asked my recommenders to comment on my quantitative abilities. Typically I was scoring 98th+ percentile on the quant section on my practice GMATs, but I just messed up the timing on the real deal.

My initial inclination is not to worry about writing this optional essay and to let the rest of my application speak for itself, but I just wanted to see if any of you thought that is an error in judgement.

Thanks and best of luck to everybody!

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Yep. That's exactly where you should talk about it. They just want to know you've put some thought into it.

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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 12:46
On a different note, I just got an invite from Haas. Judging by this forum, it seems like they're still in te beginning waves for this, so give it some time. Good luck to everyone!

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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 12:47
sfmatt85 wrote:
Hey everybody,

I'm working on my application now, and am wondering what your thoughts are about the optional essay question "If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to list courses that appear on your transcript."

I scored relatively low on the quant section of the GMAT (77th percentile). While I know this isn't the worst thing ever, I know it's not good and I'm wondering if I should address it via this optional essay.

To add some context, I have an academically strong quantitative background (economics w/ a 3.8+ gpa in quant courses) and strong quantitative work experience (analytical work in municipal financial consulting). I also specifically asked my recommenders to comment on my quantitative abilities. Typically I was scoring 98th+ percentile on the quant section on my practice GMATs, but I just messed up the timing on the real deal.

My initial inclination is not to worry about writing this optional essay and to let the rest of my application speak for itself, but I just wanted to see if any of you thought that is an error in judgement.

Thanks and best of luck to everybody!

Go Bears!
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I would also not go and self incriminate myself and say i have a low gmat. I think as long as applicants in your pool engineering/finance/male/white/asian etc have a comparable score i dont think it will harm you too much. I think you can skip it
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 12:50
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On a different note, I just got an invite from Haas. Judging by this forum, it seems like they're still in te beginning waves for this, so give it some time. Good luck to everyone!

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Congrats! good to hear that it is beginning :-D
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 13:13
OhDenny,

Just curious, prior to the interview invite, when did you receive the email saying your application had gone under review? Thanks.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 13:43
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Just curious, prior to the interview invite, when did you receive the email saying your application had gone under review? Thanks.


I recieved that particular e-mail on 10/13. Submitted 10/9. But I seem to remember Stephanie saying at a Haas event that they mix the applications up so the order of submission isn't relavent. Did I dream that up?

One thing with the off-campus interviews - they've asked you to pick a location before you pick a date. This is so they can match you up with an interviewer and you can arrange a time directly with them. This is great if you have a home base, but I travel quite a bit, so may have to go a couple of rounds with Admissions to get something on the calendar. Not that I'm complaining! Just glad to be interviewing.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 13:47
I see, thanks for responding. Good luck with the scheduling.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 16:01
Maybe this is why we haven't heard any more interview today, apparently there was a shooting at haas today. Sorry I can't post link but is on google news.

Hope everyone is okay!

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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 16:07
All of us at Tepper are also hoping everyone at Haas is ok.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 08:10
I hope the Haas folks are safe.
How is the campus community dealing with the shooting?
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 09:31
Any EWMBA folks here?

Just applied in R1, Reapplicant from R3 last year.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 09:55
I was an undergrad at berkeley and I lost 3 friends while I was there to random bullsh*t... this shooting makes me so sick to my stomach. At a place like USC you know the area is sh*tty so you stay in your little bubble, but Cal wasn't supposed to be like that, and it is. With that said...

If you are reconsidering applying, I urge you not to have a knee jerk reaction to this. I am still applying, and I've "been there, done that." The education I received was phenomenal, and this isn't the schools fault... especially the b-school... but this is really upsetting. On the bright side, the campus police responded really quickly which is a huge plus. I am going to call my friend on their service and give him congratulations to pass on to his colleagues.

I'll be waiting with bated breath for more information.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 10:35
OhDenny,
First of all congrats for your invite ..
I wanted to ask you that you received the email saying your file is ready for review about a month back .. around 13 October? Also did you status change prior to this interview invite .. saying that your file has been reviewed or was the status same .. saying "Application is being reviewed" ..?

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I recieved that particular e-mail on 10/13. Submitted 10/9. But I seem to remember Stephanie saying at a Haas event that they mix the applications up so the order of submission isn't relavent. Did I dream that up?

One thing with the off-campus interviews - they've asked you to pick a location before you pick a date. This is so they can match you up with an interviewer and you can arrange a time directly with them. This is great if you have a home base, but I travel quite a bit, so may have to go a couple of rounds with Admissions to get something on the calendar. Not that I'm complaining! Just glad to be interviewing.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 13:09
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First of all congrats for your invite ..
I wanted to ask you that you received the email saying your file is ready for review about a month back .. around 13 October? Also did you status change prior to this interview invite .. saying that your file has been reviewed or was the status same .. saying "Application is being reviewed" ..?

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I'm pretty sure there was no "file is done being reviewed" update. If any school would do that, it'd be Haas, but I'm also pretty sure most schools only update statuses for submitted, under review, and invited to invite (and then accept, waitlist, ding, etc.)
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 21:05
Ok ok .. thanks for the info .. and ur status go "application under review" last month only right .. around 13th October ..?

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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2011, 04:18
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I hope the Haas folks are safe.
How is the campus community dealing with the shooting?


Here's a blog post regarding the event by Panpan Wang, Student Body President, FTMBA -

http://berkeleymbastudents.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/one-students-perspective-on-yesterdays-events-at-berkeley-haas/
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