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# How many essays/schools have you completed?

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03 Sep 2007, 21:46
yeah, the sad thing is, I pretty much utilized every bit of free time this weekend to do my work history and recommendation stuff, and still end up not finishing... this week will not be pretty with UCLA essays...

I will leave Kellogg last now, and work on Stanford after UCLA. If I finish Kellogg by 10/20, I'll submit it. If not, I'll submit when I do my final look over of Haas (which is almost ready)
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03 Sep 2007, 21:55
And the sad part is that while we wasted the whole weekend .. we are spending the last few hours on GMATClub instead of putting some last-ditch efforts to have something to show for the weekend
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03 Sep 2007, 21:57
mNeo wrote:
And the sad part is that while we wasted the whole weekend .. we are spending the last few hours on GMATClub instead of putting some last-ditch efforts to have something to show for the weekend

10 more posts mNeo and you become a Senior Manager. Now, theres something to be proud of. 1 hour to go. get cracking!
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03 Sep 2007, 21:59
A Major Shareholder !!

Well .. yeah .. I can achieve at least something this weekend !! Okay, 8 more posts to go !!
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03 Sep 2007, 22:06
almost done with this freakin' game plan thing... still need to write talking points... sigh

Go mNeo go!
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04 Sep 2007, 00:37
smelling the biriyani and puking all over still!!
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04 Sep 2007, 01:15
I know how you guys feel, I think I've rewritten my goals essay 4 times already...it still reads like a report rather than an essay...a very very boring intro doesn't help either. Hopefully once I finish the Wharton essays things will be easier for Kellogg.
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04 Sep 2007, 04:52
Wow. You guys are really on top of your game. I'm still reading bschool essay books. Though I must opine that most of the essays I've read are terribly boring. There is definitely a marked chasm between essays that were written by students of top 25 schools and those that were written by students of below top 25 schools.

Going through all these essays, I see why so many schools are beginning to reduce the word limit. It forces us to sound less boring.
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04 Sep 2007, 07:21
Just need to do specific talking points to each question of the recommendations now. And I get an email from one of my recommenders this morning saying that he wants to do things "differently" but it won't be a "major change" but he wanted me to know before I continue to have him as a recommender. What a vague way to put things and stress me out!
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04 Sep 2007, 07:29
kidderek wrote:
Going through all these essays, I see why so many schools are beginning to reduce the word limit. It forces us to sound less boring.

I think it makes us be less focused, and not waste the adcom's time, but some of my original essays were better reads than their current stripped-down form. I am working on Chicago's "goals" essay right now, and I really like the length they have allowed. I am able to give important points in my career, really develop why an mba would help me now, and still have plenty of room to discuss why Chicago. Yes, I am over the limit still, but I know that at 1700 some words, I can easily cut out 300 words, get under the limit, and save some space for the conclusion.
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04 Sep 2007, 07:37
It would be nice to have a sliding scale depending on years of work experience. I know for me to talk about my career over 5 years is going to take a lot more time than someone with only 2 year.

I know personally to get my essays to fit I had to eliminate some stuff that definitely adds to my application. Its frustrating to be at 2 and a half pages and having to cut our valuable content just to fit some limit. At the sametime a school like Tuck without hard set limits you have to be careful you don't abuse that by writing 1,000 words where 95% of the people write 500.
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04 Sep 2007, 07:47
yeah, a sliding scale based on work experience years would be helpful. I've cut out so many things to be even within 10% of the limit, and people are asking me, "how come you didn't provide a detailed enough example here?" The answer is, "I don't have enough words to put it in!"
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04 Sep 2007, 09:45
kidderek wrote:
Wow. You guys are really on top of your game. I'm still reading bschool essay books. Though I must opine that most of the essays I've read are terribly boring. There is definitely a marked chasm between essays that were written by students of top 25 schools and those that were written by students of below top 25 schools.

Going through all these essays, I see why so many schools are beginning to reduce the word limit. It forces us to sound less boring.

you reading the book.........ha. I'm one up on you man !! I just got my first book delivered today. But I did manage to write some essays - an now it turns out I'm not even applying to those schools.........

Aaaaarrrrrrgggggggggg - Class of 07 - this is all your doing - you are the ones who cursed me.
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04 Sep 2007, 13:23
I forgot what I was doing. Now after reading all your posts, I forgot what to type also.
Damn!!
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04 Sep 2007, 14:11
Users browsing this forum: bherronp, kryzak, mNeo, riverripper and ME.

Explains why all of us have made little progress on the essays. I need to check into re-hab
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04 Sep 2007, 14:14
Users browsing this forum: bherronp, kryzak, mNeo, riverripper and ME.

Explains why all of us have made little progress on the essays. I need to check into re-hab

Whenever I am online no one is using the forum. Its me who needs the rehab
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04 Sep 2007, 14:19
Users browsing this forum: bherronp, kryzak, mNeo, riverripper and ME.

Explains why all of us have made little progress on the essays. I need to check into re-hab

Hehe. I feel sooo very glad when I see you guys browsing the forum. It is nice to find my fellow losers doing everything they can to stay away from writing the essays (Just like me).

EDIT: And .. this is when I become a "Major Shareholder". Yey !!
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04 Sep 2007, 14:20
Now, rhyme joins the list of users. How was chicago day 1?
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04 Sep 2007, 14:22
What do they call a bunch of losers - MBA aspirants!!

Poor joke on my side
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04 Sep 2007, 14:42
heh... can't really work on essays at work now but can technically do the recommender forms since it's for my boss
04 Sep 2007, 14:42

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