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New post 22 Dec 2008, 09:23
Thanks ninkorn! Appreciate your detailed response! +1

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How did u guys tackle the "how do you think an MBA from Chicago GSB might have aided in your decision making process" of the essay?
I have few ideas, but would wanna know from the R1 folks as to what they did!


In the simplest form, I used the following formula to draft the essay.

You (a) + Booth (b) = Something Totally Transformational (w. outcome only possible by entering Booth)


(a) – You are not a commodity (even though there might be another applicant from similar background). You need to make yourself standout while making connections to the current Booth culture. Think of yourself a new IPO. Discuss your potential, past experience, and strengths. Since a second year student also read your application, you need to write your essay in a way a second year can relate to (when 2nd yr was in your shoes 2 years ago before applying to Booth).
(b) – Booth is all about diversity, whether its gender, race, career background etc. This is most important. Don’t try to compare yourself to a fellow applicant with investment bank or consulting background. Instead, compare yourself to future “you”. If you need to figure out what benefits Booth can bring – just imagine yourself 10 years in the future and ask yourself, “I remember 10 years ago, I was this kind of person (both as individual and professional). I am glad I went to Booth because thanks to Booth MBA, I was able to attain….”

Show your engagement with community and your surroundings. Express your commitment to make impact on others and how you can improve yourself and others at the same time. (Win-win situation)

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I am a reapplicant and planning to apply to R2.

Is the Standard Resume 1 page? Last year it was an extended resume.

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I am a reapplicant and planning to apply to R2.

Is the Standard Resume 1 page? Last year it was an extended resume.


Yep. I don't know what happened to the expanded resume this year, but I guess it was too much information. To the best of my understanding you should keep it to one page.

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Thanks wedbud.
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Yep. I don't know what happened to the expanded resume this year, but I guess it was too much information. To the best of my understanding you should keep it to one page.

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New post 23 Dec 2008, 05:18
Currently finishing up my R2 essays. I know this has probably already been beaten to death here but I would be curious what some people's thoughts are on the differences between Kellogg and Booth. For me it seems the big one is Kellogg's reputation for Marketing and Booth's reputation for Finance (neither of which really concern me) but I'd be curious what some of the R1'ers who already went through this issue came up with. Out-of-class activities, especially social ones would be good to know, heck even useful links (no need for filler prose on official school websites). PM me if you'd like.

Thanks from an int'l who unfortunately can't make it to Chicago pre-application deadline.

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Currently finishing up my R2 essays. I know this has probably already been beaten to death here but I would be curious what some people's thoughts are on the differences between Kellogg and Booth. For me it seems the big one is Kellogg's reputation for Marketing and Booth's reputation for Finance (neither of which really concern me) but I'd be curious what some of the R1'ers who already went through this issue came up with. Out-of-class activities, especially social ones would be good to know, heck even useful links (no need for filler prose on official school websites). PM me if you'd like.

Thanks from an int'l who unfortunately can't make it to Chicago pre-application deadline.


Aside from the obvious academic strengths of each school, visiting both really helps you understand the culture. I can see myself at both schools - felt comfortable at both and liked both, but in different ways. Kellogg's focus was on teamwork, helping colleagues, etc. and Chicago was more focused on courses and faculty. I think both schools have a great group work environment though, I wouldn't say that is a negative of Chicago - they just haven't made it a part of their brand or the main focus of their culture. Students were very friendly and outgoing at both schools - and I'm not totally sold on the pocket protector theory, I myself don't own one and don't plan to and will probably end up at Booth ;-).

Edit: Kellogg also has more of a focus on experiential learning which I find appealing about the school.

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What's the pocket protector Theory? :?:

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I agree with jlola about teamwork aspect. You will be on teams at booth, a lot of them. You probably will have a team project for every class......but it won't be every project that you do. I am all about the balance. The pocket protector theory, well you are going to have that at any top school. Most people I have seen and talked to, admits, current students are just cool fun people. Yes I have met some "pocket protectors" but I want to be in a diverse class, and that lends to the diversity.

And as for those reputations....chicago has an outstanding marketing program. Their professors are tops in their field. They have a great analytical marketing program which I think is very beneficial since that is the where marketing is heading.

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This thread made my day:
http://forums.businessweek.com/bw-bscho ... ?msg=78595

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Great find kwam!! Great thread to read before going on holidays :)

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I came here to post that too.... too funny.

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This is a question about the optional essay. I read a few posts earlier about using this for describing international exp. etc. Here is an excerpt from a chat transcript with the adcom. R1ers who got admitted, pls. shed light.

Andrea: We don't have a set word count for the optional essay. Keep in mind, though, that this is an opportunity to describe any anomalies that cannot be addressed elsewhere in the application and not an opportunity to submit another lengthy essay. Use what you need to tell us what is relevant, but be judicious.

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This is a question about the optional essay. I read a few posts earlier about using this for describing international exp. etc. Here is an excerpt from a chat transcript with the adcom. R1ers who got admitted, pls. shed light.

Andrea: We don't have a set word count for the optional essay. Keep in mind, though, that this is an opportunity to describe any anomalies that cannot be addressed elsewhere in the application and not an opportunity to submit another lengthy essay. Use what you need to tell us what is relevant, but be judicious.


Mine was about 2 sentences long.

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poochandi wrote:
This is a question about the optional essay. I read a few posts earlier about using this for describing international exp. etc. Here is an excerpt from a chat transcript with the adcom. R1ers who got admitted, pls. shed light.

Andrea: We don't have a set word count for the optional essay. Keep in mind, though, that this is an opportunity to describe any anomalies that cannot be addressed elsewhere in the application and not an opportunity to submit another lengthy essay. Use what you need to tell us what is relevant, but be judicious.


Mine was about 2 sentences long.


mine was about 2 paragraphs long :)

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Hi rhyme,

I want to apply to Chicago for R2. I am interested in the area of microfinance. I tried looking up on Chicago's website for information regarding Chicago's involvement in microfinance. But i couldnt find much. I feel you might be able to help me in this aspect.

I live in california and i am not planning to visit chicago anytime soon. Is it possible for me to talk to you on phone. Please let me know.

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Hi rhyme,

I want to apply to Chicago for R2. I am interested in the area of microfinance. I tried looking up on Chicago's website for information regarding Chicago's involvement in microfinance. But i couldnt find much. I feel you might be able to help me in this aspect.

I live in california and i am not planning to visit chicago anytime soon. Is it possible for me to talk to you on phone. Please let me know.

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As for the microfinance specifics, I really dont know much (if anything) about resources particular to that area .. so I dont think i can shed much light there (there are no courses specifically tailored towards microfinance - id say the best method of breaking in is to network and talk to professors with experience in the field etc).... that said if you want to chat, I'm happy to, just drop me a PM. Keep in mind I'm going to be traveling for the next two weeks though so it might be tough to find a time before mid jan.

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poochandi wrote:
This is a question about the optional essay. I read a few posts earlier about using this for describing international exp. etc. Here is an excerpt from a chat transcript with the adcom. R1ers who got admitted, pls. shed light.

Andrea: We don't have a set word count for the optional essay. Keep in mind, though, that this is an opportunity to describe any anomalies that cannot be addressed elsewhere in the application and not an opportunity to submit another lengthy essay. Use what you need to tell us what is relevant, but be judicious.


There was something similar two years ago. IT wasn't quite optional but it read something like "Have you had any international travel experiences? Have they impacted your language skills or views in any way?" It was supposed to be short answer, no word limit, but I sent in over 1000 words anyway. I think if you have something of consequence to say then say it. As Andrea says "be judicious".

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hi everyone--
this is a question about the powerpoint question.

i have a very "standard" setup of four pages - one overview page, one page on my personal development, one on academic and one on professional development/future aspirations.

the problem is my ppt looks very much like an investment banking pitchbook. no pictures, lots of bullet points and sub bullet points (with some graphics to make the layout semi-interesting, like different columns, timeline arrows, etc).

some may say boring, but personally i much rather have a page that anyone can pick up and understand my story than something that is aesthetically pleasing. i just feel like pictures i have arent interesting enough and bullet points would be more efficient use of the limited space we have.

would this be considered too essay like (not creative enough) for the purpose of powerpoint? i felt like i did not have enough room in the actual application/essay 1,2 to tell my story, so i wanted to cover as much ground as possible in the powerpoint..but reading through the thread, im wondering if im trying to do too much. any thoughts/opinions?

thanks in advance!

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poochandi wrote:
This is a question about the optional essay. I read a few posts earlier about using this for describing international exp. etc. Here is an excerpt from a chat transcript with the adcom. R1ers who got admitted, pls. shed light.

Andrea: We don't have a set word count for the optional essay. Keep in mind, though, that this is an opportunity to describe any anomalies that cannot be addressed elsewhere in the application and not an opportunity to submit another lengthy essay. Use what you need to tell us what is relevant, but be judicious.


Mine was about 2 sentences long.


mine was about 2 paragraphs long :)


Mine was 3 paragraphs :)

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hi everyone--
this is a question about the powerpoint question.

i have a very "standard" setup of four pages - one overview page, one page on my personal development, one on academic and one on professional development/future aspirations.

the problem is my ppt looks very much like an investment banking pitchbook. no pictures, lots of bullet points and sub bullet points (with some graphics to make the layout semi-interesting, like different columns, timeline arrows, etc).

some may say boring, but personally i much rather have a page that anyone can pick up and understand my story than something that is aesthetically pleasing. i just feel like pictures i have arent interesting enough and bullet points would be more efficient use of the limited space we have.

would this be considered too essay like (not creative enough) for the purpose of powerpoint? i felt like i did not have enough room in the actual application/essay 1,2 to tell my story, so i wanted to cover as much ground as possible in the powerpoint..but reading through the thread, im wondering if im trying to do too much. any thoughts/opinions?

thanks in advance!


Hmm I used a lot of photos....at least two on each slide...and had a similar format to yours. For me, that'd be too much text. I'd be interested in hearing about what others did for their powerpoint though.

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