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Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017

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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: To Round Two Interviewees: What’s Next?
Greetings from Dillon House.

Many of you heard the What's Next talk when you were here on campus for your interview. Does that seem like a long time ago?

We'll be ready to release decisions tomorrow at 12:00 noon, Boston time.

Here's a recap of how it will work:

  • No phone calls ahead of time. While we love to give happy news, we don't want to create an anxiety zone where you are watching your phone constantly. We know you've been out-of-control throughout much of this process - we can give you the control of where you are and with whom when decisions go out.
  • After the decisions, we will be making congratulatory calls. We'll also send a poll to make sure we set up conversations that would be most helpful to you as you are making the decision to join us in the fall.
  • There will be candidates asked to join the waitlist and we definitely plan to be making offers to a significant number - but we can't be exactly sure when. All waitlisters will get detailed information about next steps in the decision letter tomorrow.
  • We DO mail hard copy admit letters - these are the official offers of admission. These will be mailed in early April.

We're all set...and want to say thank you one more time to everyone who is waiting for tomorrow's news.

Onward.
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New post 31 Mar 2015, 18:47
flyingdragonamy wrote:
In HBS as well. Such a relief and it was such a journey. I want to thank everyone around me who have been supporting me along the way. And personally I have benefited enormously for having a mentor in this process. I really just want to share the name of the consultant I worked with and developed a strong connection with.

Her name is Alice van Harten. I had shopped around before choosing a consultant and Alice struck me as a warm, down-to-earth person, whom I want to open myself to. More importantly, Alice believed in me and was always there for me especially when I doubted myself. I am just so grateful.

For those who are preparing for R2, I recommend just having a chat with her about your progress. It doesn't hurt. :)

Here is her website: http://menlocoaching.com/

All the best to those who are still working on your application!


I too would like to wholeheartedly recommend Alice van Harten of Menlo Coaching (http://www.menlocoaching.com)
I contacted Alice for a free 30 minute consultation. after reading these words by flyingdragonamy: "More importantly, Alice believed in me and was always there for me especially when I doubted myself" If you've ever felt like this was you, please read on.

Background
I applied to HBS in round 3 of the 13/14 admissions cycle. I was waitlisted and ultimately rejected. Most people (friends, family, colleagues) thought it was because I had applied R3. They reasoned that if I retook the GMAT and mentioned my promotion in my new application, I would be fine. However I became concerned when I saw a fellow round 3 13/14 admissions cycle re-applicant get waitlisted in R1 of this year. So I reached out to Alice on a whim, just to see what she would have to say. I only planned on retaking the GMAT and updating my resume to reflection my promotion. I was also only going to make minor changes to my essay. But working with Alice changed all that.

The Basics
Alice will review your resume, your essay, your recommender packages, your application etc and provide insightful and grammatically correct edits. She has good inside knowledge of how Adcoms operate and think. She used to be a consultant, so she knows how to help you communicate what you are trying to say compellingly and concisely. But anybody can do that right?

Executive Summary
Choose Alice because she's not going to put you in a cookie-cutter archetype b-school applicant box. She will help you become the best, most compelling, most engaging version of you. She will help you become crystal clear and super specific about your short and long term career goals and why an MBA is needed. When you are done with your application, it will still look, feel, sound and read like you! Read on for further details

Menlo Coaching Difference
More importantly, Alice lets you be you, while you are working with her and when you tell your story in the B-school application. This is an unfortunate pitfall with many consultants. They say "why don't you say this, or write about this or have this as your long term goal" - because in their experience that's what someone like you (stats, background, work exp, X factor) should say to maximize chances of getting in. I did that the first go around and while the application all made sense and it seemed like someone like me could write it, I wasn't passionate about it, I couldn't defend my essay or my long term goals in the interview and it showed.

Alice let me show her my whole self and then she took it all - the good bad and the stuff I don't like to think about and helped me shape it into something that I am incredibly proud of and something that speaks incredibly well of me. She took all my life stories and helped me see the common thread in them, the X factor that makes me special and helps me standout from all the other under-represented minorities I may be compared with. She pushed me to think critically about my short and long term goals to the point where I did not just talk about them in the application, they are actually what I'm going to do after HBS. I'd always thought I'd get in and figure that stuff out later, but working with Alice has enabled me to be more focused about how I'm going to use my time at B-school. I'd like to add that my long term goals and my first essay for HBS remain true - they just weren't communicated in a way that was uniquely me or that I could be passionate about and defend. Anyone could have written my first HBS essay, but only I could have written the second one.

Responsiveness & Flexibility
Alice also took me on 3 weeks before the R2 deadline and helped me revamp my entire application! Then she helped me with my apps to Wharton and Sloan which I hadn't even started before I engaged her. Guys this was Christmas time and she has a family. That is the kind of amazing, kind-hearted, emotionally invested person she is. I was slacking on everything because I wasn't really convinced I could get in anywhere but Alice was a huge motivator. She would tell me stories about her life and background that were just what I needed to hear. It's uncanny how perfectly she understood why I was doubting myself and how she was able to give me strategies and pep talks to overcome my doubts. Her response time is amazing, she lets you know when she will get back to you and keeps the promise. If you need something quicker than she can manage, she'll give you some quick edits and general editing direction to help you get started while she works on fuller edits. That's how committed she is.

Interview Prep
After getting interview invites, I flew out to the west coast to practice with her in person and it made a world of difference. She was flexible enough to schedule more time with me because I needed more time. She helped my sister last minute with her GSB interview and I'm talking last minute here. My sister who is a tough customer said Alice provided better value than her main consultant did. My sister got into GSB!

Alice also helped me with Wharton TBD. I believe as a result of her help, my idea was selected. This allowed me to shine and contributed to my Wharton admit I'm sure.

Watch outs
Only watch-out with Alice as a result of her niceness. I like people to be blunt, otherwise I don't always get the feedback or suggestion they are trying to make. I told Alice this after she gave me some advice I did not want to take. After that, she was as blunt as I needed her to be. So make sure to let Alice know that if she disagrees with your direction, she should let you know loud and clear.

Conclusion
I'm so grateful to have had Alice's support this time around and I hope to work with her for many more years!

If you have any further questions, please PM me or ask on here. Happy to help!
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R3 applicant here!!! Someone else?
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New post 02 Apr 2015, 06:37
I'm in for R3 this time, though there's barely a chance for me lol
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me too
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In for R3
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New post 04 Apr 2015, 22:21
Not even remotely optimistic, but in for R3.
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also in for R3 - I can't tell if they need the official GMAT right now - anyone know?
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Don't think so. I submitted a self-reported score.
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New post 05 Apr 2015, 18:41
angelfire213 wrote:
i am :)
smartsuki wrote:
:? Anyone applying in the R3 ?


Me too! Aplying as a 2+2.

Any other 2+2 out there?
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tanchoco wrote:
angelfire213 wrote:
i am :)
smartsuki wrote:
:? Anyone applying in the R3 ?


Me too! Aplying as a 2+2.

Any other 2+2 out there?


I'm applying R3 as a 2+2 as well!
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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: To Round 2 Interviewees: What’s Next?
Greetings from Dillon House.

Many of you heard the What's Next talk when you were here on campus for your interview. Does that seem like a long time ago?

We'll be ready to release decisions tomorrow at 12:00 noon, Boston time.

Here's a recap of how it will work:

  • No phone calls ahead of time. While we love to give happy news, we don't want to create an anxiety zone where you are watching your phone constantly. We know you've been out-of-control throughout much of this process - we can give you the control of where you are and with whom when decisions go out.
  • After the decisions, we will be making congratulatory calls. We'll also send a poll to make sure we set up conversations that would be most helpful to you as you are making the decision to join us in the fall.
  • There will be candidates asked to join the waitlist and we definitely plan to be making offers to a significant number - but we can't be exactly sure when. All waitlisters will get detailed information about next steps in the decision letter tomorrow.
  • We DO mail hard copy admit letters - these are the official offers of admission. These will be mailed in early April.

We're all set...and want to say thank you one more time to everyone who is waiting for tomorrow's news.

Onward.
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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Round 3
Coming into the home stretch for the Class of 2017 application season - today's the deadline!

12:00 Noon, Boston time. Don't panic if it takes a while to submit - we'll keep the system open for a while.

And we'll continue to accept recommendations for a couple of days.

We will begin to review your application when we have received one recommendation - it's your responsibility to keep checking your application to see that both have been received.

We'll get information out tomorrow about interview days/notification!
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New post 06 Apr 2015, 12:43
Congrats to everyone who has been admitted so far and good luck to those of you still going through the process! I'm excited to share that http://www.tripweave.com has officially launched. We are bringing awesome pre-MBA travel experiences to a select group of schools that don’t yet have them, including HBS. Signups are currently open for trips taking off this fall (deadline to register is May 4th) so please check out our site or email us at info@tripweave.com to see if any of our trips pique your interest! Options include Iceland, Tanzania and Thailand, among others :)
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also in for R3 - I can't tell if they need the official GMAT right now - anyone know?


Excited to see this angelfire213!
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can she post the interview dates already!
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New post 08 Apr 2015, 07:10
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can she post the interview dates already!


That is exactly what i was thinking. How so soon? I thought that they would give out interview invites in the second and third week of April.
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We'll get information out tomorrow about interview days/notification!


she lied :(
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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: To Round 2 Interviewees: What’s Next?
Greetings from Dillon House.

Many of you heard the What's Next talk when you were here on campus for your interview. Does that seem like a long time ago?

We'll be ready to release decisions tomorrow at 12:00 noon, Boston time.

Here's a recap of how it will work:

  • No phone calls ahead of time. While we love to give happy news, we don't want to create an anxiety zone where you are watching your phone constantly. We know you've been out-of-control throughout much of this process - we can give you the control of where you are and with whom when decisions go out.
  • After the decisions, we will be making congratulatory calls. We'll also send a poll to make sure we set up conversations that would be most helpful to you as you are making the decision to join us in the fall.
  • There will be candidates asked to join the waitlist and we definitely plan to be making offers to a significant number - but we can't be exactly sure when. All waitlisters will get detailed information about next steps in the decision letter tomorrow.
  • We DO mail hard copy admit letters - these are the official offers of admission. These will be mailed in early April.

We're all set...and want to say thank you one more time to everyone who is waiting for tomorrow's news.

Onward.
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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Round 3
Coming into the home stretch for the Class of 2017 application season - today's the deadline!

12:00 Noon, Boston time. Don't panic if it takes a while to submit - we'll keep the system open for a while.

And we'll continue to accept recommendations for a couple of days.

We will begin to review your application when we have received one recommendation - it's your responsibility to keep checking your application to see that both have been received.

We'll get information out tomorrow about interview days/notification!
ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors

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