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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2012, 15:12
OptimisticApplicant wrote:
How are you all planning to sign your cover letters? For example, are you doing...

Sincerely,
First Last

OR

Sincerely,
[HANDWRITTEN SIGNATURE]
First Last

OR

Sincerely,
[TYPED SIGNATURE IN A SCRIPT FONT]
First Last

or something totally different?

Thanks!
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With Handwritten signature, don't you think it *may* come across as pretentious candidate. Just a bit of risk.
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2012, 15:21
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MIT sent an email with some essay tips:

Essay 1: Describe a time when you had to convince a person or group of your idea. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)
Essay 2: Describe a time when you overcame a personal setback. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page) This example may be from a professional situation and should be something that affected you as an individual.
Optional Supplemental Information: Share something you would like your future classmates and the Admissions Committee to know about you in a multimedia or written format. (300 words or fewer, limited to one page) This will not be shared with anyone outside the Admissions Committee without your permission.

Presentations must be accessible via an unprotected URL and cannot be uploaded directly into your application. Videos should be no more than one minute long; please do not use Flash.

For each essay, please provide a brief overview of the situation followed by a detailed description of your response including what you thought, felt, said, and did.

Please limit the experiences you discuss to those which have occurred in the past three years.


A few thoughts/questions:
For Essay 2, I'm happy they clarified that this was not limited to just personal situations, but it's probably back to the drawing board for me on this one.

For Essay 3, does this mean we shouldn't use this as a typical "additional information" section (clarifying low exam scores, GPAs, other extenuating circumstances)? I'm starting to think this is more of a "describe yourself in 300 words" essay that may or may not end up being shared with the incoming class.




Info session I was at explicitly said that the Supplemental Information is really not optional - you should definitely answer it.

Thoughts on the setback essay: is getting rejected from other schools 2 years ago (and demonstrating learning/growth/why I am ready now) a reasonable approach? Only real setback I've had in the last 3 years.
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2012, 15:48
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Thoughts on the setback essay: is getting rejected from other schools 2 years ago (and demonstrating learning/growth/why I am ready now) a reasonable approach? Only real setback I've had in the last 3 years.


I definitely considered writing this exact essay and then chose against it -- I figured it would be a relatively common topic and didn't want to come off as one of the masses. However, everyone's story is extremely personal and if you can make it your own, then go for it! Good luck!
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2012, 10:16
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I definitely considered writing this exact essay and then chose against it -- I figured it would be a relatively common topic and didn't want to come off as one of the masses. However, everyone's story is extremely personal and if you can make it your own, then go for it! Good luck!


Do you guys also think this essay is no different from Columbia's #2 and Tuck's #3 (see below)
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Columbia #2. Describe a personal experience and how it has influenced who you are today.

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Tuck #3. Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback.
What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2012, 10:22
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mba2014hopeful wrote:
I definitely considered writing this exact essay and then chose against it -- I figured it would be a relatively common topic and didn't want to come off as one of the masses. However, everyone's story is extremely personal and if you can make it your own, then go for it! Good luck!


Do you guys also think this essay is no different from Columbia's #2 and Tuck's #3 (see below)
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Columbia #2. Describe a personal experience and how it has influenced who you are today.

Quote:
Tuck #3. Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback.
What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?


I think it's similar to Tuck's but not necessarily to Columbia's: a personal experience does not have to be about a personal setback.

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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2012, 12:27
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mba2014hopeful wrote:
I definitely considered writing this exact essay and then chose against it -- I figured it would be a relatively common topic and didn't want to come off as one of the masses. However, everyone's story is extremely personal and if you can make it your own, then go for it! Good luck!


Do you guys also think this essay is no different from Columbia's #2 and Tuck's #3 (see below)
Quote:
Columbia #2. Describe a personal experience and how it has influenced who you are today.

Quote:
Tuck #3. Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback.
What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?


I think it's similar to Tuck's but not necessarily to Columbia's: a personal experience does not have to be about a personal setback.

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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2012, 09:37
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For essay #2(overcoming setback), I found the information in this link helpful. Not from a b-school, but has lot of relevant tips.

http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissi ... art-i.aspx


This is an awesome writeup. Thanks for sharing. Very, very helpful
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2012, 09:39
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icaniwill wrote:
mba2014hopeful wrote:
I definitely considered writing this exact essay and then chose against it -- I figured it would be a relatively common topic and didn't want to come off as one of the masses. However, everyone's story is extremely personal and if you can make it your own, then go for it! Good luck!


Do you guys also think this essay is no different from Columbia's #2 and Tuck's #3 (see below)
Quote:
Columbia #2. Describe a personal experience and how it has influenced who you are today.

Quote:
Tuck #3. Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback.
What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?


I think it's similar to Tuck's but not necessarily to Columbia's: a personal experience does not have to be about a personal setback.

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The tuck essay does not ask you to focus necessarily on a personal setback. Eg: a failed project that impacted our promotion or something could be a setback. The adversity part, yes, is more personal. But the essay overall is farther away from Sloan's than Columbia's is
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2012, 09:53
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icaniwill wrote:
Guys,

For essay #2(overcoming setback), I found the information in this link helpful. Not from a b-school, but has lot of relevant tips.

http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissi ... art-i.aspx


This is an awesome writeup. Thanks for sharing. Very, very helpful


Yea. I found this one page writeup more helpful than tons of others admission consultant's books/blogs. It is clear and drives the point home very well.
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2012, 13:40
About the personal setback essay, I contacted the MIT office and got this reply:

Hi Your Highness:

When we said "personal" we really meant "individual" so as to mean not something that affected your team at work. It need not be a personal (non-work) story at all. Work related stories are fine.

Regards,
Harriet Barnett


Does this help a little bit more? I am in the same boat, trying to select the experience for this essay. In for R1.
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2012, 22:41
I recently attended the MBA tour in Bangalore where I met MIT Sloan Admissions Officer and an alum. I've written my experiences here for those who might find it useful.

http://amitkpandeyece.blogspot.in/2012/ ... -2012.html
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 10:37
How are you guys handling Supplemental essay? I was at MIT grads office last Friday and the ad-com member mentioned that they highly encourage applicants to take the opportunity to use the essay.
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 11:12
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How are you guys handling Supplemental essay? I was at MIT grads office last Friday and the ad-com member mentioned that they highly encourage applicants to take the opportunity to use the essay.


Created a 1 min video and pasted the link.
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 16:07
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How are you guys handling Supplemental essay? I was at MIT grads office last Friday and the ad-com member mentioned that they highly encourage applicants to take the opportunity to use the essay.


Created a 1 min video and pasted the link.


Did you upload it in YouTube, or somewhere else? Not sure where is the best place to do that

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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 18:02
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Grumppee17 wrote:
icaniwill wrote:
How are you guys handling Supplemental essay? I was at MIT grads office last Friday and the ad-com member mentioned that they highly encourage applicants to take the opportunity to use the essay.


Created a 1 min video and pasted the link.


Did you upload it in YouTube, or somewhere else? Not sure where is the best place to do that

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I did youtube and then shortened the link on bit.ly. The links there last a long time and won't expire. You could get fancier but honestly, it doesn't matter as long as the content is good. :)
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 10:06
I felt I was ready with my ideas for this App and suddenly today, I have two essay themes, one for each essay, that I think are much better than what I wrote in the first place. Now, hence, I have two versions of each essay and a confused mind on which one to go with.

- For the personal essay, one is a theme that deals with a family issue and how I worked to support my family while the other is on how I dealt with not getting a promotion at work despite being a top performer with a perfect score on my annual evaluation, and how after moving on, I have achieved much more recognition in my current role.
Cons for the first: I guess a lot of ppl will write this, so I feel I may not be able to differentiate myself enough. However, this affects people in addition to me and hence is more 'meaningful'
Cons for the second: Again, a sizeable number would have this setback, and differentiation will be tough. However, this is more inward looking and affects only me

- For the convincing essay, both themes are professional, but in one I persuaded multiple stakeholders to go along with a proposed idea that fundamentally changed the company's staffing model. The second is not really an idea of mine, but definitely involved more direct persuasion

Thoughts? (I know you dont have adequate info on the essays or my background, but I would appreciate comments based only on the above for now)
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 11:04
[EDIT - Best of luck everyone!]

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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 13:00
I know a couple of people have asked this, but does anyone know where we put information like: 1) explanation of why we are not using a current supervisor, 2) fact that our spouse is also applying, 3) addressing undergrad GPA, etc? I know I am probably missing something obvious, but I have not been able to figure it out.
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 13:16
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I know a couple of people have asked this, but does anyone know where we put information like: 1) explanation of why we are not using a current supervisor, 2) fact that our spouse is also applying, 3) addressing undergrad GPA, etc? I know I am probably missing something obvious, but I have not been able to figure it out.


Somehow it's supposed to go in the cover letter. Not quite sure yet how to do that eloquently.

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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 14:57
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I felt I was ready with my ideas for this App and suddenly today, I have two essay themes, one for each essay, that I think are much better than what I wrote in the first place. Now, hence, I have two versions of each essay and a confused mind on which one to go with.

- For the personal essay, one is a theme that deals with a family issue and how I worked to support my family while the other is on how I dealt with not getting a promotion at work despite being a top performer with a perfect score on my annual evaluation, and how after moving on, I have achieved much more recognition in my current role.
Cons for the first: I guess a lot of ppl will write this, so I feel I may not be able to differentiate myself enough. However, this affects people in addition to me and hence is more 'meaningful'
Cons for the second: Again, a sizeable number would have this setback, and differentiation will be tough. However, this is more inward looking and affects only me

- For the convincing essay, both themes are professional, but in one I persuaded multiple stakeholders to go along with a proposed idea that fundamentally changed the company's staffing model. The second is not really an idea of mine, but definitely involved more direct persuasion

Thoughts? (I know you dont have adequate info on the essays or my background, but I would appreciate comments based only on the above for now)

Did these both take place within the last three years?
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