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New post 02 Jun 2007, 16:48
I'm on the waitlist at the GSB and am sending in an update.

Bad move or good move?

GSB doesn't know the name of the other 2 schools I applied to.
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New post 02 Jun 2007, 20:18
They may ask "so why we should admit him?"
Or worse, they think you're asking for their pity.
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New post 02 Jun 2007, 22:50
I wouldn't. Nothing to gain. All you do is reinforce the perception that there might be a reason you are not a fit.
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New post 02 Jun 2007, 23:28
I think the underlying idea is that he'd like to emphasize that he would attend (with no other options) if admitted. I think that's better done by just maintaining your interest in the WL. Showing weakness or begging is probably a bad move (as others pointed out).
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New post 02 Jun 2007, 23:39
It will not help you get it, but it could hurt you. You should just play the W/L game. Just have the confidience knowing that in your situation you can wait it out until the bitter end and can come on a moments notice. That should give you an advantage over many W/L's.
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New post 02 Jun 2007, 23:51
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It will not help you get it, but it could hurt you. You should just play the W/L game. Just have the confidience knowing that in your situation you can wait it out until the bitter end and can come on a moments notice. That should give you an advantage over many W/L's.


Agree with cnc2.

You could say "I'm waiting for the GSB decision before I take mine, since this is my dream school blah blah" and sound really cheesy and/or desperate.

Or you could coolly enquire and play on with the game. I'd go with this. Play a poker game. Show them you're still interested. But don't let them think that your interest is your weakness.
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Wow. Overwhelming majority.

Could've been a disaster.
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New post 06 Jun 2007, 10:25
Someone I know got in to Cornell - and after being admitted was interviewed for the Park Leadership program and met with the Director of Admissions. He asked what schools this person got admitted to and they told them they were denied everywhere else. I think his reaction was interesting - he didn't seem too pleased.

I would keep that close to the vest and just tell them that they are your #1 choice and if accepted you will attend. Thats not far from the truth at this point and it is a safe route.

Telling them you didnt get in anywhere else could come off as desperation, begging, or even attempting to guilt them into letting you in. All three are bad.
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