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New post 19 Dec 2008, 23:47
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Anyone know where I can find some sample ppts for Booth? This is the second year with this sick powerpoint question, but I cant find any examples.


I did an abstract PowerPoint which got me rejected. I used a hobby of mine, spent the 4 slides speaking about 4 different values that it has instilled in me, and related the values to success in life and business.

A very typical format which many people use (and many accepted students especially have used over the past couple of years) is something of the following: 1 slide on family and friends, 1 slide on hobbies and interests, 1 slide on something else (unique personal traits or values, perhaps), and 1 last slide on future aspirations and how Booth ties in. Cliche and I'm sure they see hundreds of people use a format similar to this - but it works and gets people admitted.


agold, i tried a similar approach with the powerpoint and focused on a specific thing and how i learned from it. obviously this didnt work for me. i really think going the traditional route will help -- family, hobbies, interests, why booth etc...


I agree. There is not much room in the 2 essay questions to address personal interests, extracurriculars, etc. They are very professional in nature. You need to cover as much ground as possible in the PowerPoint, rather than focusing on 1-2 things. It needs to be a collage - not a clear/easy to follow message.
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mkmba09 wrote:
Anyone know where I can find some sample ppts for Booth? This is the second year with this sick powerpoint question, but I cant find any examples.


Are you serious? I got into booth and I'm not even posting my PPT slides in the essay vault. If you can't come up with a personalized PPT for Booth, you can kiss it goodbye. They give all the guidelines/suggestions you need: Be genuine, be yourself. That's the best advice I can give you as well.


Agree. And looking at examples could actually harm the process. Your PPT should uniquely represent you and should be the result of reflecting on what matters to you and on what you'd like to communicate to them. No example can show you that, but looking at them could make it harder to be creative and unique. Gotta do the work to get into bschool!
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agold wrote:
I agree. There is not much room in the 2 essay questions to address personal interests, extracurriculars, etc. They are very professional in nature. You need to cover as much ground as possible in the PowerPoint, rather than focusing on 1-2 things. It needs to be a collage - not a clear/easy to follow message.


For info, my essay 2 and my powerpoint were all about my extra curricular and only the essay 1 was about work and long-term goal. Risky strategy but it has worked.

I think as long as you tell your story you are fine.
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I am happy with the quality of my second essay, but not its quantity. Is a 650 word essay a problem when 1000 words is allowed?
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I am happy with the quality of my second essay, but not its quantity. Is a 650 word essay a problem when 1000 words is allowed?


I think it is a problem. In a competitive year, if adcom notices your essay is significantly shorter, then they may attribute that to a lack of caring on your part, which could send your app straight to the ding pile. I would try to get at least 900 words in.
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I am happy with the quality of my second essay, but not its quantity. Is a 650 word essay a problem when 1000 words is allowed?


I think it is a problem. In a competitive year, if adcom notices your essay is significantly shorter, then they may attribute that to a lack of caring on your part, which could send your app straight to the ding pile. I would try to get at least 900 words in.


That's what I thought. I wish I could swap the word limits between essay 1 and 2. Thank you for replying. :-D
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Futureman wrote:
msday wrote:
Futureman wrote:
I am happy with the quality of my second essay, but not its quantity. Is a 650 word essay a problem when 1000 words is allowed?


I think it is a problem. In a competitive year, if adcom notices your essay is significantly shorter, then they may attribute that to a lack of caring on your part, which could send your app straight to the ding pile. I would try to get at least 900 words in.


That's what I thought. I wish I could swap the word limits between essay 1 and 2. Thank you for replying. :-D


It helped me to begin by writing without thinking about the word limit. Inevitably you wind up with essays that are significantly longer than the limits. Then it's a matter of eliminating the fluff. It's much easier to reduce a long essay than to extend a short one.
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Thanks for all the info guys! That does help structure thoughts around content.
Those who are harping the 'original' story - I don't think this essay is any different from all the others - eventually there will be a type and style that the school likes. I was just trying to gauge that. I am sure there was similar hype about 'why MBA' question when it was first asked back in the day.
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Hi - I was dinged. I have updated the first page. Now, I really have to figure out if I want to go all out for R2. I just wish I could get feedback for Chicago before proceeding because I thought it was a decent app...maybe I was wrong.
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agold wrote:
I did an abstract PowerPoint which got me rejected. I used a hobby of mine, spent the 4 slides speaking about 4 different values that it has instilled in me, and related the values to success in life and business.

A very typical format which many people use (and many accepted students especially have used over the past couple of years) is something of the following: 1 slide on family and friends, 1 slide on hobbies and interests, 1 slide on something else (unique personal traits or values, perhaps), and 1 last slide on future aspirations and how Booth ties in. Cliche and I'm sure they see hundreds of people use a format similar to this - but it works and gets people admitted.


agold, i tried a similar approach with the powerpoint and focused on a specific thing and how i learned from it. obviously this didnt work for me. i really think going the traditional route will help -- family, hobbies, interests, why booth etc...


My powerpoint was abstract in nature. It was more on the artistic side but I used it to convey a strong message. I think as long as you portray yourself in the right manner, and the message is to the point and effective you should be okay. The traditional route is a safe one, but if you want to risk it to possibly make a bigger impact on the reader, I think people should go for it.

In my essay I showed my hobby, and used it to visually describe my personality and reasons why I want my MBA now, outside of my professional and academic reasons described in essays 1 and 2.
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Also if you do choose to try an artsy fartsy route, make sure you have artists critique it and the average joe critique it to ensure your presentation is understandable to those on both sides of the spectrum ;).
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Sorry to hear that Mbagal. Good luck with other apps.

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Hi - I was dinged. I have updated the first page. Now, I really have to figure out if I want to go all out for R2. I just wish I could get feedback for Chicago before proceeding because I thought it was a decent app...maybe I was wrong.
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How in the world did you pull your avatar off Irishfan?

Notre Damn logo with Booth logo combined? Me wanna learn :-D

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Also if you do choose to try an artsy fartsy route, make sure you have artists critique it and the average joe critique it to ensure your presentation is understandable to those on both sides of the spectrum ;).


The "have others read it" is a good point. Mine ended up being a photo collage describing my ECs, my goals, my background. The first two versions, however, made no sense to anyone - even those who knew me and had read my essays :? Feedback was really helpful during the editing process :)
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woohoo got the Booth admit package today! Nice USB drive with the booth wallpaper image pre-loaded :)
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Hello Friends

I am new to GMAT-Club, and am started to get a feel of it....I am applying to Chicago Booth in R2...
Can somebody please share some insights on Presentation....I have created a draft of it, but it is becoming too wordy...any idea whether it is to be taken purely from a "Presentation" standpoint, or as a 4 pager which somebody is going to read...

Thanks a ton!!!!

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hey pursuit,

Welcome to gmatclub. There is no right or wrong way of preparing the ppt. IMO, the adcom is probably expecting a presentation as opposed to an additional 4 pages to read. I am making my ppt using visual aids. Basically a quick overview abt who I am, wht I wanna do and why chicago.
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Thanks for the reply Traffix....

I agree with your thoughts, and that's how I started...but when i was putting it together, it was getting diffcult to answer the basic question "Presentation that captures who you are"....so I am taking a little different approach to reflecting who i am...'

if i want to reflect a quality....will just giving an example suffice it??
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I cannot find it now, but there is one excellent post (from a current Booth's student) in this thread. Look guys into earlier pages...

The most important thing I got from it was to translate "me" and "my experiences" into "Booth's experience". In other words: so what that you speak 15 languages... The important thing is that because you can speak 15 languages you'll set up multilingual club at Booth and you will start translating Booth's news into as many national languages as possible.
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Thanks for the reply Traffix....

I agree with your thoughts, and that's how I started...but when i was putting it together, it was getting diffcult to answer the basic question "Presentation that captures who you are"....so I am taking a little different approach to reflecting who i am...'

if i want to reflect a quality....will just giving an example suffice it??


ya, u have 4 pages, u can always play with the content to present your best face. You know your situation the best. But, I will advise you to ask someone to critique your ppt after u have prepared it. When you were preparing a slide, u might have had something else in mind which might not necessarily be relayed to an outsider. Its always good to get a second opinion.

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