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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2011, 03:50
gmataspirant123 wrote:
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MIT sloan has an optional essay: "You may use this section to address whatever else you want the Admissions Committee to know."

Is it Ok to talk about my significant leadership experiences ( i was leading a team of 100 members) in the last 1 year and the kind of steps that I took to foster collaboration in the team? The experiences are general in nature and there are many such experiences I want to talk about (I can do it in 250 words).

I couldn't do the above in the other 3 essays (excluding the cover letter) as the 3 essays are asking for specific anecdotes in which I have to highlight what i thought, felt, said and did. That's why I am thinking the optional essay might be a good place to dedicate my experiences as a leader of the team.

Is this the right question to highlight my leadership experiences?


Ideally, you'd want to highlight your major leadership experiences in the mandatory essays and the cover letter. If, as you have mentioned, you have something that pushes your case, but have not been able to mention it elsewhere in the app, then definitely mention it in the optional essay.
While many people advise applicants to use the optional essay to explain any weakness or gaps in the application, I believe that unless you a GLARING weakness/gap and have a really, really, good explanation for it, don't bother addressing it in the optional essay.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2011, 06:00
I'll be on campus tomorrow for the Ambassador's Program in the afteroon.. anyone else participating tomorrow?
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2011, 22:55
Guys,

In writing the cover letter - I feel like I'm writing a biography! Any tips for/from people who are/have faced a similar problem?

Plus, how exactly should I end it? Generally, cover letters end with "I will get in touch with you for...". Im not exactly gonna get in touch with them, instead they will. Quite confused about that.

I hope everyone's essays are going really well :)
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 10:41
Guys - is it advisable to use the same format for all your essays? E.g. having the same structure for your introduction or conclusion.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 11:47
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Where is the space to upload essays in the Application? I didn't find any


Anyone with some tips for this? Would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 11:52
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str1der wrote:
Where is the space to upload essays in the Application? I didn't find any


Anyone with some tips for this? Would be greatly appreciated.

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In the "MBA Applicants Only" section.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 20:02
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str1der wrote:
Where is the space to upload essays in the Application? I didn't find any


Anyone with some tips for this? Would be greatly appreciated.

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In the "MBA Applicants Only" section.


Thanks - I guess it only pops up after you choose the program in the Applicant Info section.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2011, 04:09
I had a similar problem. These are the replies I got from the support team

Reply 1:
The online application is currently being updated and the institution has made the site unavailable at this time. You may check the page periodically for a status.

Reply 2:
Please follow the steps below to clear your cache:
* Log out of the application using the logout function instead of closing the browser
* Close all browser windows
* Open a new browser window
* Go to the Tools menu, then select Internet Options
* Select the General tab
* Select the Delete button (underneath the “Browsing History” heading)
* Delete Temporary Internet files
* Delete Cookies
* Select Close
* Select OK
* Close all programs
* Click the "start button" in the bottom left corner
* Click "shut down"
* Select "restart" from the drop-down menu
**Important note** Please ensure you shut down your computer instead of simply "logging off."
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2011, 08:24
How "late" can the letters of recommendation be submitted? Is it the hard deadline, 1-2 days after the deadline, or is the Sloan adcom more lenient?
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2011, 09:00
Does anyone have the transcript from the online chat today?
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2011, 11:03
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For the cover letter, is everyone writing their addresses and the address of Rod Garcia, adhering to "standard business correspondence"? If yes, that makes up a lot of words, out of 500 !


Anybody got an answer for this?



I was in the online chat room today. Admissions representative said 500 word-count begins after "Dear Mr. Garcia". So the addresses won't count towards the word limit.


Would you have the transcript of the chat by any chance?
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2011, 01:00
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Would you have the transcript of the chat by any chance?

I doubt any one would have it, because, from what I recollect, the screen keeps scrolling.

Here's a link to Sloan's Chat FAQs: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/faq/transcripts.php
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2011, 04:15
So I'm somewhat surprised that no one has commented on this yet.

Each of the essays has its length defined as 500 words, limited to one page... at 12pt font, 500 words is about a page and a quarter (using block formatting).

Are people using 11pt font? I don't want to have to delete the line breaks and indent paragraphs in order to squeeze onto one page.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2011, 07:10
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So I'm somewhat surprised that no one has commented on this yet.

Each of the essays has its length defined as 500 words, limited to one page... at 12pt font, 500 words is about a page and a quarter (using block formatting).

Are people using 11pt font? I don't want to have to delete the line breaks and indent paragraphs in order to squeeze onto one page.


The address header on the cover letter is giving me the most trouble as it eats up a significant chunk of the page. I had to go down to 11 pt and added 1.1 spacing between the lines to clean it up a bit. Did the application strictly ask for 12 pt?
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2011, 08:22
I cannot find anywhere any mention of the 12 pt policy on their website. Where did you see this?

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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2011, 08:26
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So I'm somewhat surprised that no one has commented on this yet.

Each of the essays has its length defined as 500 words, limited to one page... at 12pt font, 500 words is about a page and a quarter (using block formatting).

Are people using 11pt font? I don't want to have to delete the line breaks and indent paragraphs in order to squeeze onto one page.


The address header on the cover letter is giving me the most trouble as it eats up a significant chunk of the page. I had to go down to 11 pt and added 1.1 spacing between the lines to clean it up a bit. Did the application strictly ask for 12 pt?


No I don't think the application specified font size, but it seems a bit silly to add a one page limit if you can make the font 5pt. Maybe they print out all the applications and so they limit it to one page to save paper, though collating would do the same thing.

I consider 12pt font to be the standard font size for most correspondence, which is why I'd default to 12pt, but since they don't specify I'm sure 11 works just fine.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2011, 08:39
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No I don't think the application specified font size, but it seems a bit silly to add a one page limit if you can make the font 5pt. Maybe they print out all the applications and so they limit it to one page to save paper, though collating would do the same thing.

I consider 12pt font to be the standard font size for most correspondence, which is why I'd default to 12pt, but since they don't specify I'm sure 11 works just fine.


I'll go for that then... there's no way the 12 pt is gonna work on the cover letter...
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2011, 09:13
Can someone explain what exactly, they mean by "standard business correspondence"? I take it from the discussion here the consensus is that you should have your address, and the address of the admissions office at the top of the letter, then start "Dear Mr. Garcia", are there any other format things I should be aware of?
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2011, 13:55
Thanks isst, although I was more asking about formatting rather than content.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2011, 16:08
Alea jacta est... Fingers crossed, let's wait !
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