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Harm of not attending info sessions, etc [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 16:04
I am finishing up my round 2 applications and am starting to worry that my lack of "hands-on" research will hurt my chances of admission.

I now realize it is common knowledge that it is a good idea to visit schools, contact current students, attend info sessions in your area, etc. I started the process late and completely underestimated this.

1) Is anybody familiar with how much it will harm your application if you do none of these things for a particular school?

2) If this does have a negative effect, how much can you mitigate the harm after you send in your application? ie visiting the school prior to an interview

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Re: Harm of not attending info sessions, etc [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 02:43
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I am finishing up my round 2 applications and am starting to worry that my lack of "hands-on" research will hurt my chances of admission.

I now realize it is common knowledge that it is a good idea to visit schools, contact current students, attend info sessions in your area, etc. I started the process late and completely underestimated this.

1) Is anybody familiar with how much it will harm your application if you do none of these things for a particular school?

2) If this does have a negative effect, how much can you mitigate the harm after you send in your application? ie visiting the school prior to an interview

(To give context for my personal situation, I am applying to a couple top schools Columbia, Chicago and a couple "trans-elites" Michigan and Duke with a solid GPA and a 760 GMAT)


I wouldn't worry about what you haven't done so far. Make personal connections with the programs from here on. Seek out local contacts if you can't get to campuses. Participant in online chats whether facilitated by schools directly or hosted by websites like Accepted.com. Contact school ambassadors on this site was well. Use available resources for discovering more about your programs as well as their fit for you.
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Re: Harm of not attending info sessions, etc [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2010, 22:49
Thanks for the advice.

Now, if I contact student ambassadors, view online chats, etc - should I go out of my way to inform the adcoms of my new research to let them know that I am actually committed to the schools?

Lastly, I realize worrying about this now isn't productive, but can showing a lack of research and commitment to the school hurt an otherwise solid application?
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Re: Harm of not attending info sessions, etc [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2010, 10:59
Convey commitment during interviews. Regarding your second question, don't think you should worry about it. The reality is that your apps are in. Your essays reflect your specific interests. Granted you may not have referenced direct interaction with programs, you see value in potentially matriculating in your programs and that should be clear. Be optimistic about what you've already expressed via your apps.

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