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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2013, 12:48
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Confession: writing up concise blurbs of extracurricular activities has me stressed and snacking on Starbursts. Now I know why people say to do your dream school app last. I'm going to be fat with cavities by the end of September.


i started binge eating on unhealthy amounts of sour patch kids and sour skittles. at the library now working on essays and my stomach hurts from the three packs i ate this morning. totally understand what you mean...
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2013, 09:03
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Went to a Stanford MBA Program Alumni Briefing in my city the other night - found it very helpful. First, the panel was held in McKinsey's office, which was very cool to see, since I've never seen that. There were 3 women on the panel, and they went through a quick slide show explaining what Stanford is about, what they enjoyed, etc. Later, they opened it up for an informal Q&A, and helped provide insight into their experiences at GSB.

Overall, it was a cool experience. I highly recommend attending one in your city/nearby city if you can.
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2013, 21:56
Is anyone else having a problem pasting text into the application? I like to type everything up in Word (even the short answers) and then paste them directly into the app but it's not working. I can paste elsewhere but not in the text boxes with the character limits.

Also, sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. It's kinda frustrating.
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2013, 06:41
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Is anyone else having a problem pasting text into the application? I like to type everything up in Word (even the short answers) and then paste them directly into the app but it's not working. I can paste elsewhere but not in the text boxes with the character limits.

Also, sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. It's kinda frustrating.


In my experience:
1. Pasting doesn't work if what you are trying to paste is over the char limit. You can try pasting the first 80% of the words, and then type in the rest to see where you hit the char limit
2. Pasting doesn't work if there's already text inside the box. You should delete everything before re-pasting.
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 01:46
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Just finished off a jar of Nutella before getting up the courage to push "submit application". Now it's all up to the Universe (and DB)...Good Luck all!
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 04:37
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The 185-character limits are ridiculous--barely longer than a tweet.


Basically. There goes any explanation of my leadership positions/progression in an organization.

No lie, I replaced "and" with "&" in order to squeeze some extra characters in. During my sugar high, I mused if this might ding me.


Gaaaahhhh *rips hair out* :x
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 10:21
Submitted!! Now the wait begins.....
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 18:27
Submitted. Best of luck!
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2013, 03:19
submitted my app! good luck to all!
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2013, 10:46
submitted!! good luck to everyone else!
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2013, 19:34
This might be a dumb question, but in the Activities section, where you fill out when you started an activity and when you ended it. If i'm still involved in mine present day, do I leave the "To" field blank? It doesn't seem to let you write in "Present" and you can only write in a date. Or am I suppose to put today's date?

And a second question. When the application "how many people does your organization employ" under employment history, am I to take that has "how many employees work for this company in total?" or as "how many employees worked in your office/division." So for example, if I worked for a Wealth Management team of 7 people for Merrill Lynch, would I report 7, or would I report the total amount of Merrill Lynch employees?
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2013, 22:20
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This might be a dumb question, but in the Activities section, where you fill out when you started an activity and when you ended it. If i'm still involved in mine present day, do I leave the "To" field blank? It doesn't seem to let you write in "Present" and you can only write in a date. Or am I suppose to put today's date?


I left the "To" field blank for activities in which I'm still involved. I'm not sure if it's the official way to indicate that, however.

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And a second question. When the application "how many people does your organization employ" under employment history, am I to take that has "how many employees work for this company in total?" or as "how many employees worked in your office/division." So for example, if I worked for a Wealth Management team of 7 people for Merrill Lynch, would I report 7, or would I report the total amount of Merrill Lynch employees?


I understood that as "how many employees work for this company in total." Organization would too be ambiguous in terms of defining the office or division, etc.
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2013, 23:19
Is it just me, or is Stanford's online app uniquely frustrating to complete???

The tiny character counts, the wonky copy/paste functions, the crazy file restrictions for transcript uploading, having to ask my parents for their personal educational histories (they couldn't even remember the years--they had to look it up), having to separate out internships from activities...I spent all of college doing seven different internships, but I can only include two under the part-time employment section so it looks like I did nothing in college! Ughhhhhh
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 18:25
For people who haven't submitted yet, be careful when reading the essay instructions. I made it the right size, right font and right line spacing, but FORGOT ABOUT THE PAGE NUMBERS. I don't know how I missed it, and I'm reminding others not to make the same mistake.

Hopefully this small oversight won't affect my application.
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 18:28
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Is it just me, or is Stanford's online app uniquely frustrating to complete???

The tiny character counts, the wonky copy/paste functions, the crazy file restrictions for transcript uploading, having to ask my parents for their personal educational histories (they couldn't even remember the years--they had to look it up), having to separate out internships from activities...I spent all of college doing seven different internships, but I can only include two under the part-time employment section so it looks like I did nothing in college! Ughhhhhh


Heeks - I completely agree. At first I somewhat appreciated their desire for brevity, but then as I was filling out the form, I just became more and more frustrated with the character restrictions.
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 18:28
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Is it just me, or is Stanford's online app uniquely frustrating to complete???

The tiny character counts, the wonky copy/paste functions, the crazy file restrictions for transcript uploading, having to ask my parents for their personal educational histories (they couldn't even remember the years--they had to look it up), having to separate out internships from activities...I spent all of college doing seven different internships, but I can only include two under the part-time employment section so it looks like I did nothing in college! Ughhhhhh


What I find frustrating is that the required content/explanation is BELOW the text box.
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 18:33
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For people who haven't submitted yet, be careful when reading the essay instructions. I made it the right size, right font and right line spacing, but FORGOT ABOUT THE PAGE NUMBERS. I don't know how I missed it, and I'm reminding others not to make the same mistake.

Hopefully this small oversight won't affect my application.


I had just noticed this last night! I almost made the same mistake, but thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 18:39
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For people who haven't submitted yet, be careful when reading the essay instructions. I made it the right size, right font and right line spacing, but FORGOT ABOUT THE PAGE NUMBERS. I don't know how I missed it, and I'm reminding others not to make the same mistake.

Hopefully this small oversight won't affect my application.
Don't worry lindalibinbin - this totally will not affect your outcome at the GSB. As you said, it's a small oversight. The adcom cares about attention to detail but they're not ogres. :)
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2013, 00:48
So, I applied last year R2 and was waitlisted. I pulled up my old application to check on a few dates and realized at the top it says "Application for Fall 2014." Did I actually apply for the wrong year and get waitlisted for Fall 2013? Do they even let you apply an entire year early? I know it doesn't matter now but I'm just so confused... As a re-applicant I'm making sure to dot all I's and cross all T's...
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Re: Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2013, 06:32
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So, I applied last year R2 and was waitlisted. I pulled up my old application to check on a few dates and realized at the top it says "Application for Fall 2014." Did I actually apply for the wrong year and get waitlisted for Fall 2013? Do they even let you apply an entire year early? I know it doesn't matter now but I'm just so confused... As a re-applicant I'm making sure to dot all I's and cross all T's...
@BuilderSF, they don't let you apply a year early, so that sounds like a software oddity in how last year's data was preserved in the transition into this year's online app.
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