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Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 08:46
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Shamelessly taken from various forums I have been browsing.......please vent about your b-school app here!

I am currently waiting on interview invites from Stanford, MIT Sloan and HBS (yes I know I am delusional). I currently find myself unable to concentrate at work and refreshing Gmail on my iphone every 10 minutes. My iphone battery tends to run out by mid-afternoon.......

Its funny how you think the GMAT is the most difficult part of the app, then once that is done, you realise the essays are the hardest part. Now I can definitively say that waiting is the hardest part of the process!

In conclusion, AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 09:04
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Ditto.

I think everyone feels the same way.

I'm in favor of AdCom releasing all the decisions (invites, acceptance) on 1 day, to cut down on the misery. Unless of course you get waitlisted, then the pain goes on.
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 09:05
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if I may add. checking GMATClub every 15 minutes on the list as well.
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 09:07
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Shamelessly taken from various forums I have been browsing.......please vent about your b-school app here!

I am currently waiting on interview invites from Stanford, MIT Sloan and HBS (yes I know I am delusional). I currently find myself unable to concentrate at work and refreshing Gmail on my iphone every 10 minutes. My iphone battery tends to run out by mid-afternoon.......

Its funny how you think the GMAT is the most difficult part of the app, then once that is done, you realise the essays are the hardest part. Now I can definitively say that waiting is the hardest part of the process!

In conclusion, AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!


Tell me I'm rejected after reading my application and/or not getting an interview invite. Come on!
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 09:12
yes....add gmat club and BW forum to that refresh list too!

:cry:
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 09:15
Noodles wrote:
yes....add gmat club and BW forum to that refresh list too!

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anyone else think the bw forum has been dead this application cycle, compared to last year?
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 09:17
I'm in the middle of both writing essays AND waiting...I made the final decision to apply to bschool this year on the late side, so I am only applying R2 to schools (with the exception of Stern whose R1 was last week). So I submitted Stern already and am working away on the other schools all due in Jan, but I am nervous/excited about hearing whether the Stern application is viewed as complete, thinking about whether I might get an interview invite before Christmas etc.

Of the schools I'm applying to, Stern is probably the most likely for me to get into, but I am also really nervous because I would be very happy there...Eek!!

Definitely glad I joined GMATClub though--good to have a place to vent/commiserate.
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 09:39
Worst part for me is the what if's (particularly while waiting).

What if I had picked version X instead of version Y for that essay?

Should I have answered this interview question differently?

Should I have applied to a different school instead of this one?

It's hard to put out of mind while you're waiting... The worst part is any feedback would be good - so you know what to do for the schools you're still mulling about/working on...
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 10:04
coudlnt agree more.

waiting is horrible.

and i suggest not to read the essays sent, because its likely you will be more stressed by thinking: my god, i should have wrote that....

application is already sent, no more we can do. just have to wait.

i just wish we could have more visibility on the application. its really a black box for me.

does anyone have any idea of how the evaluation is done? at least for H, S, W, MIT, Columbia, Berkeley?
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 15:16
Chuckle, pulled out all my essays and found tiny tiny errors from the billions of edits. None ruined the readability, but even a single grammar error is frustrating - left over from a tense change, then a rework, then overlooked by both myself and two peer reviewers. There were more, too.

Eh, can't control what you can't control. I think I'm having chicken curry tonight!
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 16:29
I submitted two of my three essays in 11 font, the other in 12. It drove me crazy for at least a week.

Is it mid December yet????
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 17:40
I truly, truly hate 500 word limit on essays! :evil:
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 17:44
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Great thread!
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 17:46
After working my ass off for 15 hours a day (including weekends), I write essays which I cant stand..I have broken my laptop's F5 key just to see an interview invite from my safety school which i thought was a slam dunk..My wife is pissed off on me for not remembering her bday...I hit my car to a safety guard while coming back from a school visit..

And folks say you are suppose to enjoy this experience :x ?
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 18:00
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After working my ass off for 15 hours a day (including weekends), I write essays which I cant stand..I have broken my laptop's F5 key just to see an interview invite from my safety school which i thought was a slam dunk..My wife is pissed off on me for not remembering her bday...I hit my car to a safety guard while coming back from a school visit..

And folks say you are suppose to enjoy this experience :x ?


Oh man - no, not supposed to be enjoyable, but rather educational. Just think how much you have learned! :lol:
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 18:44
This wait is making me sick.Could not decide my R2 schools since they are dependent on my R1 outcome.

My UNC interview was only for 17 mins.That bothers me.

Need to acquire new technical skills to continue in my job.
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 18:52
I think the thing I learned is that nothing could be as bad as this?

In seriousness though, it does give you some perspective - and helps you learn to "live with" things outside your control.

And I agree with whoever said - don't look at your app again...
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2009, 06:41
I am jealous of law school applicants. They sometimes hear back (accept or reject) within 1 week of submitting their applications.

Also, they submit ONE essay called the personal statement to all schools. No need to tweak it for each one. and they all accept generic recommendations and your recommenders only submit one letter to the online system which sends it to every school you want to apply at.

so basically, the marginal cost of an additional application is almost 0 aside from the app fee :).

B-schools should take a hint from some of the other professional grad programs!
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2009, 07:08
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I am jealous of law school applicants. They sometimes hear back (accept or reject) within 1 week of submitting their applications.

Also, they submit ONE essay called the personal statement to all schools. No need to tweak it for each one. and they all accept generic recommendations and your recommenders only submit one letter to the online system which sends it to every school you want to apply at.

so basically, the marginal cost of an additional application is almost 0 aside from the app fee :).

B-schools should take a hint from some of the other professional grad programs!


Except, according to a friend of mine to whom I was complaining about the price of business school apps, that apparently they have to pay to join some law school admissions council or organization which she said costs (I might be wrong about this) $1000 or so...So in that way, they at least have to pay a lot like we do :-) But the apps do seem a TON easier and the marginal cost of additional apps is still almost 0.
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Re: Venting Thread [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2009, 08:47
i dont remember the LSAC fees being that high. yeah they're expensive, but def. not $1000.
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