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Is it ever a bad thing to apply even if you will get dinged?

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Is it ever a bad thing to apply even if you will get dinged? [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2008, 12:09
So I was origianlly planning on applying in fall 2009, and it was pretty confirmed when i scored a 550 on my GMAT that I would be applying next year, but a local school I was interested in reached out to me and said if I can put together an application I should apply this year. (it would still be a long shot, but worth a shot the Admissions office said), I'm wondering, other than losing the application fee, will I lose anything? Will the school look at my application next year and see that I applied and was rejected the year before, and if so, would that count against me?

My essays *should* be pretty unique and interesting as should my reccomendations...so, I am thinking I may as well give it a shot?

worst comes to worst I get dinged and im out a 100 bucks...?
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Re: Is it ever a bad thing to apply even if you will get dinged? [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2008, 15:26
If you have the time and the money, then you should go for it...even if your chance is 1%, that's still 1% greater than if you never tried...
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Re: Is it ever a bad thing to apply even if you will get dinged? [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2008, 17:22
as long as you put in a GOOD effort (and not just a "hail mary" effort), then it's always worth trying. This will prevent the "what if" moments in the future. :)
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Re: Is it ever a bad thing to apply even if you will get dinged? [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2008, 05:33
Is that school your number 1 choice? If yes go-ahead and give your best shot.
But if there are any other schools you would apply and go to if accepted in 09 you should think more? I would rather not "settle" down because I can start school one year early.
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Re: Is it ever a bad thing to apply even if you will get dinged? [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2008, 05:54
yeah, one of the two schools is my top choice, and is very long shot, have low GMAT and GPA for the school just taking a shot in hopes my essays and work ex somehow wow them!

as for the other, that school is 3rd on my personal list of schools...

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Re: Is it ever a bad thing to apply even if you will get dinged? [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2008, 06:33
I applied to Stanford and Harvard, even though I knew my chances were almost zero. Like Kryzak said, it avoids that "what if" issue down the road.
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Re: Is it ever a bad thing to apply even if you will get dinged? [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2008, 21:32
From my own personal experiences, having the mentality that "nothing really rides on this" does wonders. When I get stressed out I tend to overthink things...and there have been many times when that has gotten me into trouble. When I was applying to u-grad schools, I didn't think that my stats were good enough for a particular school...but a few days before the app was due...on a whim...I wrote an essay that I just had fun with. There was no pressure at all...I was candid, funny, I was everything that I was afraid to be in my other essays. Well I ended up gettin in which was a huge surprise to me. My advice would to be a little more adventurous with your essays than you might normally be. Good luck!
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