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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.

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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?


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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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?


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, 07:32
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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
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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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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?


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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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.


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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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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
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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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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 18:45
Thanks - helpful

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Not a whole lot of info to go off of, but here's my $0.02...

Go with the family issue. The other components of Sloan's app are geared towards revealing professional stories - seems like a good opportunity to write about something personal.

Use the example with your own idea - it likely better show cases your creative problem solving skills.

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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)

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