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Re: Cornell (Johnson) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2012, 11:49
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Anyone willing to take a look at my 'Table of Contents' essay? This thing is killing me--wish it was a normal essay!


Definitely!
I would be happy to help out, My grandfather (a PhD) helped me with mine and gave me some really great advice.
He was the one who helped my uncle get into Johnson a few years back and my uncle later served as an admissions officer at Johnson.

I'm definitely not an expert, but I had a lot of great help in writing mine!

I just sent you a PM


I’ve gotten a few pm requests for help with this essay So I thought I might share a little more of my personal thoughts if they might be of help to others. I’m by no means a professional writer, I had just as much of a hard time on this essay as anyone else, but I’m starting to realize just how lucky I was to have five incredible essay reviewers to help me along the process. Thought I should pass it on to everyone still going for R4 or next year. Too bad I wasnt done earlier, it seems like most of us are already done writing and did rounds 1-3

The problem I first game across in this TOC essay is that I wanted my chapter headings to include all of my details from work (promotion received, money saved, project completed, etc.) my chapter titles were super long and loaded with details (mostly because I wanted to avoid being vague)

However in my first essay revision I was told that I missed the point completely.

This essay was for me to show creativity and be unique. The adcom already has my resume and a few other essays, they are not looking for another resume here, and they probably have hundreds of applicants who turned this table of contents into a second resume, so make sure it is different, don’t become one of those.

Also write it like a table of contents, avoid the outline format (III, A, 1, i, etc), having chapters 1-30 makes it clean, concise, and easy to read

I think this essay is a great place to talk about influential people who helped you in your life, and anything else you didn’t get to mention in your other essays and resume. My grandfather said to focus on who you are and what made you this person, talk about a life changing event from boy scouts or something, things that happened to you, people who taught you, something your parents did, and personal feelings, reflections on your own past, things you've learned, people you've helped.

Think about how a professional writer would see your life, they would try to turn every event into a compelling story that catches the reader’s attention. To make my story engaging I had to set aside a lot of my work details. I wanted to write chapter headings that would be memorable and pique the interest of my interviewer. I wanted to show up to interview and have him/her to say "hey tell me about that time you drove across 13 countries with only a tent to sleep in, that sounds crazy!".

I also think adcoms see plenty of essays that are simply brag sheets, I think it would be refreshing for an adcom to see something else, so really use this time to be unique. Your chapter headings can definitely still show leadership, ambition, decication etc. but write about who you are, not what you think the adcom wants you to be, they can see right through that.

finally, be yourself. :D


These are just my opinions on this essay in general, most of which came from feedback and critiques I received. I hope this advice helps someone get going in the right direction. This is definitely one of the toughest essays in my opinion, I had a good amount of writers bloc on this one.

Feel free to PM me with more questions, or if you want another set of eyes to read a draft, I’m happy to help wherever I can. I’ve definitely had a lot of help from others in the process, so hopefully I can pass it on.
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Re: Cornell (Johnson) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2012, 07:47
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Great experience in Ithaca this weekend! The staff and students were fantastic and very welcoming. We had a little snaffu with the class visit, but the team worked to alleviate the problem for the group of us quickly and reasonably. Campus was gorgeously blanketed in snow all weekend. Great, great trip.

Good luck to everyone else!


If possible, can you share your interview experience?

Sure!

My interview was scheduled for Monday morning. I was interviewed by one interviewed and the interview was scheduled to last 30 minutes. We ended up running over by about 10 minutes, but we were not really rushed to finish.

The interview was blind, so there was a sort of “walk me through your work experience and how you got there” question to start off the interview. As I discussed my career path, several smaller questions also popped up. Discuss a time when you handled a problem; have you ever mitigated an interpersonal disagreement; what has been your greatest accomplishment; what sort of position would be my “dream job.” We talked about my WE for probably 15 minutes and then we kind of switched into the Cornell part of the interview. I was asked which clubs/organizations I would want to participate in and what I would contribute to these. I was also asked to highlight what I felt was the greatest weakness of my application. I was then able to ask my interviewer some questions.

Overall it felt pretty interviewy, which came as some sort of a surprised based off of others’ experiences here, but based off of conversations with others who had interviewed with this person previously that day, they reflected my concerns. I felt very welcomed by the whole team and didn’t feel out of place or a burden at all while on campus and genuinely felt that everyone from the admissions team down to the admissions ambassadors honestly wanted to see you on campus next year.

I don’t know how much this will help everyone, but I hope it brings some resource to those who have interviews down the line. Again, good luck!

Also, if you’re looking for a hotel, stay at the Best Western University Inn. Staff was very helpful and they have a free shuttle to and from campus/collegetown/the commons. It’s maybe 2 minutes drive from campus.
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Re: Cornell (Johnson) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2012, 20:24
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I have an application question.
In the employment section, the form asks for "Hours per month". This question is preceded by "Number Supervised". Now are they looking for Hours/month of supervision? Or hours/month in your job?
Help is greatly appreciated..


Anyone?? Please let me know your thoughts...


I put hours worked at my job overall. Although I did put 0 for # supervised since most of my team management varies by project and I dont have any full time direct reports... I think adcom just wants to get an idea of your time commitment and responsibility level at your organization. Or reach out to adcom... They're actually super nice and extremely willing to help. Good luck!

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I have an application question.
In the employment section, the form asks for "Hours per month". This question is preceded by "Number Supervised". Now are they looking for Hours/month of supervision? Or hours/month in your job?
Help is greatly appreciated..


Anyone?? Please let me know your thoughts...


IMO supervision seems like a weird thing to quantitate in hours. Technically, every hour I worked in a management position was spent supervising.
so:
Hours spent supervising = Hours worked
so if it were me, then I would just put my number of hours worked per month ~173

In your case i'm assuming you only spent part of your time supervising, (or you wouldnt have asked in the first place). If this section asks for your FT and PT work, then I would put total hours per month.
if this section of the app is for FT work only, then put hours of supervision only, (since they will assume 170 hours)...

but like i said, just my guess, I hope I explained that clear enough, let me know...
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Re: Cornell (Johnson) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2012, 05:26
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An extremely positive (or negative) interview with an ADCOM member will carry more weight because that person will literally sit in the Decision Meeting and advocate for or against you. An Alum will not.

At Johnson, there is a portion of the interview evaluation that assesses the degree of effort the applicant made to get to the school. If you're international, it's not expected (unless you're in Canada) so don't sweat it. Johnson has some very Tuckish qualities when it comes to whether an applicant made an effort to come see them. They aren't clear parallels, but there's a resemblance between the two schools when it comes to evaluting "fit." Neither Ithaca nor Hanover is for everyone.
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Just got the call,
I'm IN!
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TopMBA: My Cornell app (R3) just went under review.
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Got my first admit! Consortium R2. Invited to the admit weekend in April. Got a missed call and voicemail from the Adcom member who interviewed me and then after I called back, got a call from Unknown number with news of my admit from another member.
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Haven't heard much in the way of interviews for R3... anyone still waiting with me? My app went under review on Feb 10th.


I'm still waiting...went under review 2/13
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Haven't heard much in the way of interviews for R3... anyone still waiting with me? My app went under review on Feb 10th.



ditto, under review last week
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I received an e-mail giving me the congratulations for my acceptance and some information on financial aid. But i havent received any call.

Does this mean i am accepted or not?

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Re: Cornell (Johnson) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 13:34
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don't lose hope yet ... I know several people who were waitlisted (last year) in R2 and R3 then were later admitted. Cornell's waitlist does move a bit when compared to other schools' ... so getting waitlisted at Cornell won't be the worst thing in the world.
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I've been trying to contact Laurie for the past 4 hours. Finally got through and she told me I am in! She said they will be updating the website tomorrow (2/28/12) to show an additional link for admitted applicants info.

I am a R2 regular applicant.
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I've been trying to contact Laurie for the past 4 hours. Finally got through and she told me I am in! She said they will be updating the website tomorrow (2/28/12) to show an additional link for admitted applicants info.

I am a R2 regular applicant.



IN as well!! Just got the call!!
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INN!! I'm an international applicant :-D
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IN!! Got the call at 5:05
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Walked out of the gym to find a voicemail. I am IN! No word on Park weekend however. Oh well, still happy!

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Re: Cornell (Johnson) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 16:27
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IN! Got call at 7pm EST. Domestic candidate.

Will get financial aid/possible scholarship information in an email by the end of this week. Congrats to the folks with an acceptance and good luck to all still waiting.
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Re: Cornell (Johnson) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 20:47
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R3 just got emailed for an interview invitation. w00t. $640 just for the plane ticket out there from Cali ouch! Do you guys usually just fly there, interview, sleep, and then go home?
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Re: Cornell (Johnson) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2012, 13:52
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i'm from CA too and interviewed on campus. paid something like $500 for a RT ticket from SFO to ITH. got a hotel on hotwire for $65/night (the 3 star one is Holiday Inn and they have a free shuttle that will drive you between airport, hotel, and campus). I was in and out of Ithaca within 24 hours.

if Johnson is high on your list, pay the money and do an on campus interview. although the official party line is all interviews are weighted equally, if you get waitlisted (or worse), you don't want to wonder whether interviewing on campus would have made a difference. when i interviewed on campus, 75% of the other interviewees there had flown in from outside the US. if others can fly in from Shanghai to interview, you can fly from CA.

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R3 just got emailed for an interview invitation. w00t. $640 just for the plane ticket out there from Cali ouch! Do you guys usually just fly there, interview, sleep, and then go home?


I also was coming from California. I went and was accepted (R2). I know it is pricey, but with a school like Johnson I think it makes a big difference. But, that being said all interviews are supposed to be weighted equally. So, I think the biggest decision factor is if you want to see the campus and see if it is a place where you could see yourself. I went in on a Saturday for my Monday interview so I wasn't too tired or anything. Also, it gave me a chance to see Ithaca, which was important for me. If you haven't visited, I would recommend going if you can afford it and take the time off.
As for cheaper flights, I paid under $400. I used hipmunk.com to help me find better deals. I love that site! I've found it is so much easier to use than other sites.
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