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New post 05 Jan 2009, 20:54
guys,

wanted to get some perspective here....

for essay#3, "what would you do differently", ...."you" is getting me confused here...

1) are they asking for only what we personally could have done differently based on our own personal failure in the entire episode
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2) do they want us to assess the situation as a whole and comment on what could have been done from a team's perspective (improvements etc.) to prevent the failure

essentially, is "you" personal or team?

thanks a lot in advance....

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New post 05 Jan 2009, 21:04
I guess it depends on your scenario...

If you were personally in a position to change the outcome, then you can speak from that perspective and discuss how your actions, if different, could have had an effect.

If, on the other hand, you were following someone else's lead and didn't have the authority to really change how the group or team handled things, then the essay could be more diagnostic about what the team could have done differently, or you could discuss how you could have spoken up and offered a different course of action, regardless of whether it would have been followed.

My sense is that adcom doesn't always have a set answer they're expecting. If you tailor it to the specifics of your experience and get to the heart of what they're really after, which I assume is the ability to self-diagnose and learn from mistakes, you'll probably be alright.

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New post 05 Jan 2009, 21:40
thanks for the helpful input dglasser....

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uggh.. this is so frustrating. one of my recommendors still hasn't turned in the rec. Been waiting approx a week now for him. Now he wants to spend another day on it.. ugg. I am like dude you turned 3-4 recs in already what the heck is the hold-up on this one. He has been great so far so quite frustrating to have this happen on last couple of recs. i wish he never knew the deadline was the 7th. seems to not understand the rolling admissions concept.

oh well... guess i will have to wait another day before submitting.

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Fugo,

My position exactly. And, my recommender is a CBS grad.

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New post 06 Jan 2009, 10:58
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essentially, is "you" personal or team?

thanks a lot in advance....


I struggled with this one as well, but ultimately, I think the question is on you as an individual. You can work backwards though. For example what I did was to identify where the team made a mistake, and focused on what action I could have taken to move the group away from it. I also think that if you focus on where you personally made a mistake (or maybe the mistake was 'missing an opportunity') you show a certain degree of ownership and responsibility for your actions.

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uggh.. this is so frustrating. one of my recommendors still hasn't turned in the rec. Been waiting approx a week now for him. Now he wants to spend another day on it.. ugg. I am like dude you turned 3-4 recs in already what the heck is the hold-up on this one. He has been great so far so quite frustrating to have this happen on last couple of recs. i wish he never knew the deadline was the 7th. seems to not understand the rolling admissions concept.

oh well... guess i will have to wait another day before submitting.


Mine is opposite. My recommenders already submitted the recos. I am still writing my essays. I am going to miss the 7th deadline by a day or two :(
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fugo wrote:
uggh.. this is so frustrating. one of my recommendors still hasn't turned in the rec. Been waiting approx a week now for him. Now he wants to spend another day on it.. ugg. I am like dude you turned 3-4 recs in already what the heck is the hold-up on this one. He has been great so far so quite frustrating to have this happen on last couple of recs. i wish he never knew the deadline was the 7th. seems to not understand the rolling admissions concept.

oh well... guess i will have to wait another day before submitting.


Mine is opposite. My recommenders already submitted the recos. I am still writing my essays. I am going to miss the 7th deadline by a day or two :(


No buddy!!!! Time to pop up few cans of redbull and pull all nighters!
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leonidas wrote:
fugo wrote:
uggh.. this is so frustrating. one of my recommendors still hasn't turned in the rec. Been waiting approx a week now for him. Now he wants to spend another day on it.. ugg. I am like dude you turned 3-4 recs in already what the heck is the hold-up on this one. He has been great so far so quite frustrating to have this happen on last couple of recs. i wish he never knew the deadline was the 7th. seems to not understand the rolling admissions concept.

oh well... guess i will have to wait another day before submitting.


Mine is opposite. My recommenders already submitted the recos. I am still writing my essays. I am going to miss the 7th deadline by a day or two :(


No buddy!!!! Time to pop up few cans of redbull and pull all nighters!


Thanks nincorn. Working on it!!! :)
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I got an interview invite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

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I got an interview invite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D


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Submitted!!!


Congrats! Best of luck, my friend. :gl
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I got an interview invite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D


Awesome! Congratulations! :-D

When did you submit your app?

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Congrats foodstamp!!

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Thanks guys!

I submitted in the last few weeks of Dec.

Good luck to all!

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Congrats!

wow last few days in December! they must be really on top of stuff or your profile must be some superstar material. good luck.

anyway, just submitted myself.

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New post 06 Jan 2009, 21:02
congrats foodstamp! i think you are lucky #1 in the RD pool
it's good to know the adcom is ahead of the game. good luck!

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Thanks again :)

A few people posted invites on the BW forums, so it's not just me. I am definitely not superstar material lol.
Yeah CBS is definitely starting to read RD apps before the Jan 7th deadline.

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Congrats foodstamp.

Good luck, ag. I just submitted too.

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Congrats foodstamp.

Good luck, ag. I just submitted too.


Updated the front page. Rooting for you man.

I looked a lot of the syllabi for CBS today and I am truly impressed with the school. They take a very real-world approach to their academics -- for example, their courses on PE/VC are taught by actual practictioners (partners at PE firms, etc.). The access is just unbelievable from their location.
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