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MBA Tour - is it really useful at all? [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2007, 23:44
... for those of us who have gone to many of our target's school's infosessions already?

I'm looking at the schedule:

8:30AM Registration Opens
9:00-9:45AM Panel Session: How Admissions Decisions are Made
9:50AM-2:55PM Business School Presentations
3:00-5:00PM MBA Fair

The "How Admissions Decisions are Made" will just be a rehash of the "holistic" methods again, nothing new.

The B-school presentations are probably good, but some schools I want to see won't be there (Northwestern, Stanford), and I've seen the 5 hour version of Berkeley and will see UCLA very soon.

The MBA Fair sounds kinda boring... probably just pick up brochures and do the "career fair" 3 minute chat thing.

So the question now is, what's the point of going? Can anyone convince me? ;)
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 00:46
On the same boat here.. the word 'holistic' is now my # 1 hated and overused word. Unfortunately I used that bloody word today while describing a work process.. felt like slapping myself and then heard it again in the Columbia session

I am sposed to attend the mba fair on 8th september, but after attending 3 school sessions, I dont see much benefit.
Cornell is showing up, so probably I can visit, pick up some brochures and let the ad-com know how "committed" I am, but I dont want to waste my Saturday.

So probs.. go there for one hour and eat the brains out of Cornell, make fun of USC and count how many people queue up for Wharton

I am turning into a total misanthrope.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 00:55
aviroop wrote:
On the same boat here.. the word 'holistic' is now my # 1 hated and overused word. Unfortunately I used that bloody word today while describing a work process.. felt like slapping myself and then heard it again in the Columbia session

I am sposed to attend the mba fair on 8th september, but after attending 3 school sessions, I dont see much benefit.
Cornell is showing up, so probably I can visit, pick up some brochures and let the ad-com know how "committed" I am, but I dont want to waste my Saturday.

So probs.. go there for one hour and eat the brains out of Cornell, make fun of USC and count how many people queue up for Wharton

I am turning into a total misanthrope.


Nice use of vocab :). I'm thinking of doing something similar, go show up meet the adcoms from schools I'm interested in and then leave.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 01:13
shmegs - are u also attending the LA fair? I am finding the info sessions to be a bit of a bore - more than the session, its the series of never ending questions that bore me to death.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 01:23
No I'll be attending the fair in Bangalore on 4 October. Haha at least you won't be listening to "How is school X better than IIM?"
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 01:25
I'm attending Columbia's event next week (even though I've submitted my application) just to show some dedication towards Columbia. However, I've run into a little problem, I'm trying to come up with something I can do that would make me memorable and endear myself to the attending ad coms.

I was thinking of coming in a white pimp suit (complete with cane) and a harem of girls. However, I thought this might not appeal to the female ad coms...

I've thought about coming in with a birthday cake, but I can't seem to find out when the attending ad com's birthday is. Can anybody give some tips on this?
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 01:46
how about a velcro suit.. (next step is obvious) and an impromptu lap dance on the female ad-com.
might work
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 01:53
aviroop wrote:
how about a velcro suit.. (next step is obvious) and an impromptu lap dance on the female ad-com.
might work


that is a good plan... if only I had the body and stature to go with it....

but seriously, how memorable and how can i endear myself at an event? I need to be able to differentiate myself from the crowd...

Maybe I could go in and say "I would just like to ask, with my profile, what are my chances with Wharton?"

but how important is making a splash at the event?
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 02:01
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aviroop wrote:
how about a velcro suit.. (next step is obvious) and an impromptu lap dance on the female ad-com.
might work


that is a good plan... if only I had the body and stature to go with it....

but seriously, how memorable and how can i endear myself at an event? I need to be able to differentiate myself from the crowd...

Maybe I could go in and say "I would just like to ask, with my profile, what are my chances with Wharton?"

but how important is making a splash at the event?


It would be great to have an adcom remember you. But in all honesty how many people will an adcom remember? Maybe 10-30 or something like that... I would say the best way to make an impression will be to speak about why you want a MBA and make sure that your passion comes across.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 04:22
yea

prob a big waste of time
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 08:44
So it looks like there's not much benefit in going then...
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 08:49
Other than answering the "How did you come to know of us" question on the online application.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 08:51
well, considering I'm visiting UCLA twice, Stanford/Haas uncountable times, meeting with numerous students and alums, and going to their infosessions and class visits... I don't see how showing up at their booth at the MBA tour would show more interest ;)
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 08:52
I think they are good to go if you can't visit do a campus visit. But be prepared because its difficult to ask more than a few questions.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 10:53
I am planning to show up just for a couple of hours atleast.

mNeo, kryzak etal : may be I can meet you after all.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 10:57
I am planning on attending one of these. I don't know if any of my top 4 choices will be at it but my 2 or 3 of my backups are going to be there so since I am not going to be spending much time visiting and stressing over them at this point it is worth the trip.

I think the more you put into learning about schools the better off you are. I know some schools actually ask what events, tours, and things you attended to learn more about the school. The more things you list the better off you are going to be since you are showing a genuine interest.

Informal visits and talking to students is great but anything that puts your name through the admissions office is going to be better.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 11:03
I am fairly sure that this tour is going to be a big waste of a Sunday that I could have used in writing an essay. But my wife is planning to apply to some of these schools later. So we'll have to go (After all, she has joined me in all my info sessions).

So I don't see me gaining much from this event except for "getting to meet prasad, kryzak and whoever else is coming to the SF one".
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 13:30
riverripper wrote:
Informal visits and talking to students is great but anything that puts your name through the admissions office is going to be better.


True, except I'm doing formal visits and my name is sent through to the admissions office for every event all my top schools are hosting... ;)

I'll consider coming if mNeo, ncprasad, and others are there... we still haven't figured out a way to find each other...
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2007, 13:50
Athe ad-com to announce ur GMATCLUB ids on the mic so that u guys all know who ur are - and so does the ad-com

2 birds with one stone
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2007, 14:18
crap..slept through the whle day today.... missed the darn mba tour thingy... neways no biggie.
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