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# Calling all MIT Fall 2009 applicants!

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19 Oct 2008, 14:57
CompanyMan wrote:
I am having a difficult time finding separate examples of challenging task, plan execution and idea defense and anything else I might want to discuss from past three years of my life. I also feel the need to find a separate instance when i made an impact for the cover letter to have a balanced application.

I believe that I will end up giving a very personal example for defending the idea question. Any one else in the same boat?

i had a tough time describing my actions for 400+ words, so in some cases, I spent a lot more space setting up the situation (150-200 words) and writing a feasible conclusion (100 words). So my actual descriptions were only 200-250 words, which made the essays more manageable. I frankly could not have written any more without embellishing.
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19 Oct 2008, 19:00
msday86 wrote:

i had a tough time describing my actions for 400+ words, so in some cases, I spent a lot more space setting up the situation (150-200 words) and writing a feasible conclusion (100 words). So my actual descriptions were only 200-250 words, which made the essays more manageable. I frankly could not have written any more without embellishing.

Me too. I spent a good chunk setting things up.
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19 Oct 2008, 19:10
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How disadvantaged are you if you apply to Sloan in Round 2? I have heard in the past that Round 2 at Sloan is very, very difficult.

Additionally - does anyone know if MIT requires a recommendation from your direct supervisor? They make no mention of it.

Not sure about the recommender question. On the other, I have heard that 2/3 of their class is from round 1.
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20 Oct 2008, 01:07
Please see a chat with MIT Sloan admissions at http://www.accepted.com/chat/Transcript ... 8_mit.aspx

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Oct 7, 2008 12:14:54 PM)
...we admit half the class in each round, and typically do receive more applications in round 2, so statistically there tends to be a higher acceptance rate in round 1 vs. Round 2.
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21 Oct 2008, 17:09
It seems like the essay questions are more geared towards talking about your job rather than ECs. Is anybody else feeling the same way?

I'm only concerned because of my engineering background, they essays could tend to get rather boring.
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21 Oct 2008, 18:37
balki1867 wrote:
It seems like the essay questions are more geared towards talking about your job rather than ECs. Is anybody else feeling the same way?

I'm only concerned because of my engineering background, they essays could tend to get rather boring.

While I used my job for all but the last essay, I can definitely see plan execution, challenging interaction and impact on an organization coming from an EC. I seriously debated it for the first two.
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24 Oct 2008, 15:00
Can the cover letter incorporate impact from other essays? I talked about my major impacts in my other essays but I am not sure whether to use those examples or provide different ones. Any ideas?
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24 Oct 2008, 22:42
Thanks guys. That's what I was thinking good luck +1
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25 Oct 2008, 21:57
Wow, anybody feel like MIT's application is way shorter than those of other schools? I thought their essay questions were particularly long but seems like they made up for it in their online app.
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25 Oct 2008, 23:52
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Wow, anybody feel like MIT's application is way shorter than those of other schools? I thought their essay questions were particularly long but seems like they made up for it in their online app.

Yes !! the Online application is way short and perhaps justifies their "unique" essay questions. However, I do feel that they hardly care about extra acads, volunteering etc.... from the nature of the questions.

On that note, is anyone using the fourth question to write a full essay or bullet points of extra acads, etc etc.
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26 Oct 2008, 10:55
I'm using the fourth essay to talk about one of my ECs which I haven't mentioned before in the essays (and naturally have not mentioned anywhere else in the online app as it does not ask)
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26 Oct 2008, 11:05
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I'm using the fourth essay to talk about one of my ECs which I haven't mentioned before in the essays (and naturally have not mentioned anywhere else in the online app as it does not ask)

me too
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26 Oct 2008, 11:19
I used it to talk briefly about my career plans since I had not addressed that anywhere else.
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26 Oct 2008, 13:25
Thanks guys.
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26 Oct 2008, 15:49
Hey guys,

I know MIT has said to keep the content of our essays to the past 3 years. Do you think they might be a little more lenient for the 4th essay? I was going to talk about what I learned from a challenging time (like some other schools ask about), but this experience is more like 8 years old. Since it's the optional essay I don't know if they will still want to hear about stuff from the last 3 years only, or if we can reach back further for this one.

Does anyone have thoughts on this or insight from talking to an Adcom member?

Thanks!
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26 Oct 2008, 15:59
8 years ago seems like a long time but if it is something majorly significant in your life I don't see it as terrible.
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26 Oct 2008, 16:05
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Hey guys,

I know MIT has said to keep the content of our essays to the past 3 years. Do you think they might be a little more lenient for the 4th essay? I was going to talk about what I learned from a challenging time (like some other schools ask about), but this experience is more like 8 years old. Since it's the optional essay I don't know if they will still want to hear about stuff from the last 3 years only, or if we can reach back further for this one.

Does anyone have thoughts on this or insight from talking to an Adcom member?

Thanks!

At a recent MIT event, the adcom present hinted that the timeline rules for the optional essay might be more flexible than for the others, assuming it's something of great significance. I might be misinterpreting it though.
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26 Oct 2008, 20:48
Anybody else submitting this tonight? I am about to press the submit button...the first school to take AMEX that I've seen
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26 Oct 2008, 22:06
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Anybody else submitting this tonight? I am about to press the submit button...the first school to take AMEX that I've seen

I am waiting on a recommendation....gosh... end of the month deadlines suck, my managers are really busy right now..
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27 Oct 2008, 04:57
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Anybody else submitting this tonight? I am about to press the submit button...the first school to take AMEX that I've seen

I submitted on Sunday.
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