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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 18:56
I worked on reviewing resumes last year for some entry level positions we were filling. It was amazing to see some of the horrible things people would submit considering most career services offer help writing them. I cut slack for people with real work experience, ie not fresh out of school, but not some kid who had the resources available but was either too dumb or too lazy to use them. There was one kid who pretty much listed all the classes he got A's in to show what he had skills in. That was good for a laugh, because your A in that history elective helps your engineering how?

I have to work on my resume, its written with a very technical slant right now because thats how i would present myself for jobs at this point. However, schools are a different animal so its going to need some work.

I just wrote my last few essays for Kellogg today. I did rough drafts for the three optional ones at the end and am going to send them around and see what two everyone thinks I should use. I know which two I am leaning towards but I want to get some input before I spend hours working on them...make sure I choose the best two stories.

I also have hand done some ideas for the Chicago powerpoint but my computer doesn't have PP on it. My wifes does but she has been setting something up on it for work the last few nights so I am not about to mess with that at this point.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 19:00
Chicago - finished drafts almost a month ago...shelved until i visit chicago in sept

Wharton - have decent drafts of 2/3 of the short essays. poor draft of another short essay. my main goals essay is similar to my chicago one...just need to tailor it more

Sloan - very little progress...although i believe 2 of the 4 essays i can reuse from my wharton essays

Ross - no progress at all...may push to r2
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 19:05
A new question for this thread because it seems everyone has slightly different ways of tackling their essays.

1) Are you writing all of them for every school and then going back to edit?
or
2) Are you doing rough drafts of each essay for one school and then editing them?
or
3) Are you doing one essay and then editing it before moving on to your next essay?


I am going more the #2 route of focusing on one school before moving on. I will have them pretty much done before I start on my next school. I am trying to plan a visit, so I will add details from the visit to it later but as of right now I am just focusing on getting as solid a package together as I can.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 19:12
I'm writing one school's draft at a time. Once I get it to "Draft 1" mode (meaning ready to send out for review of content, but not grammar), I can move on to the next one. My only exception is I might do Kellogg and UCLA at the same time because many of them overlap with Haas. I'm definitely doing Stanford by itself.

Then I make all of them improve to "Draft 2". So probably your option 1.

I think 1 works for me because if everything is on paper, I can focus on completing one set of applications depending on where I visited or whom I talked to. I can also easily incorporate lessons learned from the writing process into the schools since I have to go back to edit them anyways.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 19:15
#1 and then #3. I am working on one school's essays at a time and within those, I repeatedly edit each essay until I am satisfied before moving on to the next.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2007, 01:09
A bit of both, I wrote two drafts for Tuck sent them out for edits and while I'm waiting for responses I've started the Wharton essays.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2007, 09:54
I'm getting them to almost final one school at a time.

Kellogg is pretty much in the can, it is just making its final rounds.

Wharton is 50% drafted. Gotta pull together stuff that I did for Kellogg and reformat it for Wharton.

Have thought about Duke and Haas but haven't put pen to paper. I'm pretty sure I know who I want to have dinner with for Haas.

I'm not even looking at Columbia's until after those four are done...I'm tackling them in order of due date (except Kellogg & Wharton since so many people say to start with Kellogg first)
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2007, 15:44
Done with decent drafts for all the 5 HBS essays. Sent 3 of them for review already and will send last two next week.

WOOHOO! :writer.

Completed 3 essay drafts for Ross.

WOOHOO!

I am flying high now but I will probably fall flat on my face after the "Biriyani Effect" takes over.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2007, 18:32
My goodness the extracurricular and work experience list takes forever! Spent most of Saturday doing that!
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2007, 21:21
Got done with the 1st drafts for S/W and almost set for Co.

Need to start with Kellogg and Ross. Loong road ahead!

Yay ! have become become a major shareholder!
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 11:17
Darn .. I had such high hopes from this long weekend .. but I just wasted it all :(

I was planning to complete initial research and maybe finish 1-2 essays for W in the weekend. And here I am .. on the last day of the long weekend with nothing to show for it !
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 11:38
mNeo, you're not alone. I feel like I'm making progress every day by doing a lot of work, but have not much to show for it if it's not related to the essays...
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 11:54
mNeo wrote:
Darn .. I had such high hopes from this long weekend .. but I just wasted it all :(


That'll teach you not to hang out with wastrels on internet forums and online chats. :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 12:31
I just freaking wrote one long draft, made it feel like biriyani.

Now that thing is emiting such foul odour, I deleted the whole document.
Gawd a total waste of my weekend
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 12:33
you're way too hard on yourself avi! I think your "biryani" essays are probably better than my final draft!
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 12:40
aviroop wrote:
I just freaking wrote one long draft, made it feel like biriyani.

Now that thing is emiting such foul odour, I deleted the whole document.
Gawd a total waste of my weekend


I can feel your agony. One suggestion, if I may make - Dont delete any essays no matter how much they stink. Even a horrible essay will have a sentence or two that will be useful.

At the least, you can upload them here later and we can all laugh about it.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 20:02
Hello people! Gosh, I really missed being here :). I was on vacation last weekend, so no progress on the essay front. Things are really heating up now aren't they?!?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 20:22
ncprasad,
Thanks for that suggestion. Ya on 2nd thoughts I installed a file recovery program and got back the deleted file. That took a significant time so that just ended my weekend
And now there is no power in Hollywood (my home). What an ending of a long and 110 F hot weekend
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 21:19
I'm just FRUSTRATED right now... spent the whole day typing out my work history, extracurriculars and honors history, and my "game plan" letter to my recommenders... still not done. It's taking freakin' too long. Was hoping to start my UCLA essays this weekend, so much for that.

Right now even Kellogg R1 doesn't seem likely... Might have to do UCLA, then Stanford, and see if I have time for Kellogg.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 21:39
Join the club kryzak ! I am very disappointed with how I handled this weekend.
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