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# Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants!

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28 Aug 2008, 14:40
IHateTheGMAT wrote:

#3 is as we'd heard. but, interstingly they do not mention the 400 word limit. It looks like it's not really an essay, it's more of a list. They specify Table of Contents, so I don't think we can write anything about the chapters. Just list them.

Also, it is not mentioned as to how many chapters there are, up to the life till present time or can it be a fantasy novel about the future?
Anyways, still unclear.....
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28 Aug 2008, 14:46
fatb wrote:
IHateTheGMAT wrote:

#3 is as we'd heard. but, interstingly they do not mention the 400 word limit. It looks like it's not really an essay, it's more of a list. They specify Table of Contents, so I don't think we can write anything about the chapters. Just list them.

Also, it is not mentioned as to how many chapters there are, up to the life till present time or can it be a fantasy novel about the future?
Anyways, still unclear.....

Good point. I bet some people will include future titles, while others will only do what's happened. I bet if you ask they'll give some non-answer and say its up to you.

I'm also wondering how many chapters is appropriate. 10? 15? 20? This is going to be a really tough question.

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28 Aug 2008, 14:49
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refurb wrote:
Just for everyone's information, the admissions office told me that you can start scheduling class visits on Sept 15th.

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Thanks for posting refurb! Good info.

Update!

You can actually sign up for class visits now. I'll be visiting on the 23rd of September.

RF
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28 Aug 2008, 16:11
I will be there September 16th!
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28 Aug 2008, 17:34
Good luck on the application all! The third question looks like their way of trying to get at your creativity, seeing how you can summarize the various phases of your life thus far.

It makes sense that with thousands of applications to read, they would not have enough time to read your entire autobiography. Still, pretty happy I do not have to worry about that question this year!

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29 Aug 2008, 08:30
Am I the only one having a ton of fun with that third essay question? I haven't been able to write like this since freshman comp... good times

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29 Aug 2008, 08:35
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Am I the only one having a ton of fun with that third essay question? I haven't been able to write like this since freshman comp... good times

Yes you are

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01 Sep 2008, 14:53
Application for 2009 is now live. Essays are same as last year except for one new one for the "table of contents" essay....our worst dreams have come true...

1. Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you were able to add value to your organization. (Required; 400 word limit) : *
You have not submitted a response for this question.
2. What career do you plan to pursue upon completion of an MBA degree and why? How will the Johnson School help you achieve this goal? (Required; 400 word limit) : *
You have not submitted a response for this question.
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4. Complete this essay if there is other information you would like to add regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate GPA or test scores) does not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School. (Optional; 400 word limit) :
You have not submitted a response for this question.
5. Describe the measures you have taken to strengthen your application since you last applied to the Johnson School. (Required for all re-applicants; 400 word limit) :
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01 Sep 2008, 17:04
Craziness!!! I think im about done with first 2 essays. Third essay is crazy!

Thoughts?
Chapter 1:
I came

Chapter 2:
I saw

Chapter 3:
I conquered Cornell

Chapter 4:
Boo ya!

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01 Sep 2008, 17:58
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Craziness!!! I think im about done with first 2 essays. Third essay is crazy!

Thoughts?
Chapter 1:
I came

Chapter 2:
I saw

Chapter 3:
I conquered Cornell

Chapter 4:
Boo ya!

Damn it, those were my chapter titles!
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02 Sep 2008, 10:00
Folks, are you typing in your college employment stuff under both the "Employment History" and "Collegiate Activities" sections of the application?
Also, to those who've planned class visits, are there opportunities to speak to current students, take a tour etc., or do you just go sit in on a class on your own?

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02 Sep 2008, 10:46
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Folks, are you typing in your college employment stuff under both the "Employment History" and "Collegiate Activities" sections of the application?
Also, to those who've planned class visits, are there opportunities to speak to current students, take a tour etc., or do you just go sit in on a class on your own?

I think I'm only putting it in the collegiate activities section. In the work experience section I'm only putting my post college work experience.

The class visit gives tons of opportunities to talk to current students.

Here is how my visit went:
Get to the office - actually running late, speed to the lot, sprint to the office. Where's the office!! Couple friendly students show me the way...

In the office it was just one admissions guy and 2 other visitors waiting for a class visit. A student guide showed up and walked us to class, which gave us an opportunity to chat with him a bit on the way. Then we sat in on a terribly boring finance class (I thought it was boring and I'm in finance!). Afterwards the student took us back, but since we had some time to kill since our next scheduled event me and the other visitors hung out in the atrium for a bit.

Next we went to the office for our admissions presentation. I was a bit surprised when 3 new Cornell students walked into the office. It turned out they would be giving the presentation. First, we went and picked up some lunch and drinks (paid for by adcom) then they took us into some small conference room and we went through a slide presentation. But the slide presentation was mostly just to make sure they hit some key points. For the most part it was just a free wheeling discussion between the current students and the visitors. We talked about everything - classes, recruiting, living in Ithaca, the party scene, etc. Afterwards the same 3 students took us on a tour of the school and we continued to chat about various topics. And then that was the end of the official visit.

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02 Sep 2008, 13:25
IHateTheGMAT wrote:
Here is how my visit went:

Thanks for the report!

It actually sounds like a pretty good way of getting to know the school.

Question, is the presentation and lunch what the confirmation email referred to as the "information session"?

Quote:
Information sessions are available on the day of your visit. Sessions include lunch with current students, Q&A session and a building tour. If you would like to attend a session, please 'Reply' to this message and indicate if you would like to attend the 1:25 p.m. session.

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02 Sep 2008, 13:58
Ok, and what was the consensus on what the party scene is like there? This is important stuff you know.

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the party scene, etc.

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02 Sep 2008, 14:24
refurb,

Yeah it's the info session. So make sure you sign up for that.

Solaris,

Party scene huh? Not academics? or clubs?! Haha. Just kidding. They all said it was pretty cool. There is an area called college town, which is basically your typical small town main street kinda thing except there are 3-4 streets instead of one. The cool thing is that college town is like the cornell student main street and then a couple miles away is downtown which is basically main street for the townies (hopefully that term doesn't offend anyone, haha). So that makes college town exactly what it sounds like, a small little town populated entirely by college students. I thought it was pretty awesome. There are a lot of bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Certain bars are known as grad school bars and others as undergrad bars. Johnson kids mainly go out at the grad school bars (though I would imagine they venture over the undergrad bars from time to time). There are also a lot of house parties. It sounds like a lot of fun because its kind of a condensed party scene. Pretty much all the single people (and a good chunck of people with partners) live in this condensed area that is short walking distance to college town and the campus, which sounds really cool to me. They also have Thurday happy hours in the atrium with free booze and food provided by the school. Pretty much everyone goes to that. Then there are occasional mixers with the other grad programs, which gives the Johnson guys a chance to hit on girls in the vetrinary program

So, it sounds like a lot of fun to me. Of course, they did also say that it gets kind of old after a while and you get sick of doing the same stuff over and over again. But I think I've got a pretty high tolerance for those kind of activities! Plus, it's not 2-3 bars like Tuck. I think there were like 10 bars there, so it's not too bad. And I did hear from someone that Cornell has the highest number of food places per capita in NY, obviously that's a function of the small population but there actually are quite a few options available imo.

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02 Sep 2008, 15:04
Did they mention anything about the suicide rate?
It had one of the highest when I was applying to college.
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02 Sep 2008, 16:59
Thanks, IHateTheGMAT. Sounds very promising.

I plan to visit September 15th. Has anyone been able to use the "Student Search" feature through Johnson's application system?

Apparently we are supposed to be able to use it, but my application username and password doesn't seem to work on the student search login page.

Anyone familiar with the campus know how far Sage Hall is from the East Hill Best Western? The Statler is a bit too expensive for my taste and I'm wondering if I can walk to campus from the Best Western.

Oh and that suicide by jumping into gorges think is just an urban legend, fatb.

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02 Sep 2008, 17:16
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Thanks, IHateTheGMAT. Sounds very promising.

I plan to visit September 15th. Has anyone been able to use the "Student Search" feature through Johnson's application system?

Apparently we are supposed to be able to use it, but my application username and password doesn't seem to work on the student search login page.

Anyone familiar with the campus know how far Sage Hall is from the East Hill Best Western? The Statler is a bit too expensive for my taste and I'm wondering if I can walk to campus from the Best Western.

Oh and that suicide by jumping into gorges think is just an urban legend, fatb.

Not sure about the best western but Statler is literally accross the street from Sage, about a 5 second walk. I think it's to convenient to pass up. I had no idea it was that close to Sage and I was kicking myself for not staying there (I think I stayed at the Hilton downtown or something like that)

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02 Sep 2008, 17:40
I booked Statler! w00t!
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02 Sep 2008, 20:34
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Here is how my visit went:
Get to the office - actually running late, speed to the lot, sprint to the office. Where's the office!! Couple friendly students show me the way...

In the office it was just one admissions guy and 2 other visitors waiting for a class visit. A student guide showed up and walked us to class, which gave us an opportunity to chat with him a bit on the way. Then we sat in on a terribly boring finance class (I thought it was boring and I'm in finance!). Afterwards the student took us back, but since we had some time to kill since our next scheduled event me and the other visitors hung out in the atrium for a bit.

Next we went to the office for our admissions presentation. I was a bit surprised when 3 new Cornell students walked into the office. It turned out they would be giving the presentation. First, we went and picked up some lunch and drinks (paid for by adcom) then they took us into some small conference room and we went through a slide presentation. But the slide presentation was mostly just to make sure they hit some key points. For the most part it was just a free wheeling discussion between the current students and the visitors. We talked about everything - classes, recruiting, living in Ithaca, the party scene, etc. Afterwards the same 3 students took us on a tour of the school and we continued to chat about various topics. And then that was the end of the official visit.

Sounded a little so-so, at least from your short description (perhaps it's just how I read through it, though). Did the visit make you MORE interested in attending??? Or same or less interest after the visit?

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