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# Calling Chicago (Booth) Applicants for 2009

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26 Sep 2008, 04:45
sonibubu wrote:
Hey rhyme,
Is LPF always at the same location? When I went in Nov, 2007 after GSB Live it was at some lounge in downtown Chicago. You wouldn't happen to know the name of that place would you?

98% of the time it's here at school, sometimes when there are other events (like Alumni stuff or big CEO conversations etc) its downtown - I don't recall which lounge it was though, things tend to blur in grad school.
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26 Sep 2008, 11:24
rhyme wrote:
sonibubu wrote:
Hey rhyme,
Is LPF always at the same location? When I went in Nov, 2007 after GSB Live it was at some lounge in downtown Chicago. You wouldn't happen to know the name of that place would you?

98% of the time it's here at school, sometimes when there are other events (like Alumni stuff or big CEO conversations etc) its downtown - I don't recall which lounge it was though, things tend to blur in grad school.

Sound right. When I went it was an alumni event. Kind of weird being a prospective in that situation because the last thing an alumus wants is to be bothered by a prospective applicant when they're looking to talk to current students, maybe even recruit.
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27 Sep 2008, 09:52
cougarblue wrote:
For the community involvement section, how much space is everyone using? I've got 7-8 paragraphs (approx. 650 words) does anyone think this is too much?

I haven't seen any responses on this and am kind of curious myself. To me 650 words for this section seems a bit excessive as I would expect anything of major importance to be discussed in the essays.

Anyone?
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27 Sep 2008, 12:23
Rhyme,
Regarding PPT presentations:

If I mention an activity that I'm heavily involved with in the application EC section, is it a bad idea to include it in my PPT presentation?

Namely, I'm involved with a literacy center and I've got pics from the graduation ceremony in my PPT. Acceptable or a no-no? Also, pics from an alumni association event (I'm president of the local chapter).
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30 Sep 2008, 10:02
Who all is planning to submit for R1?
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30 Sep 2008, 11:09
terp06 wrote:
Who all is planning to submit for R1?

I'm in for R1. woo.
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30 Sep 2008, 11:46
ac8706 wrote:
terp06 wrote:
Who all is planning to submit for R1?

I'm in for R1. woo.

moi aussi (me too) - Essays complete, just waiting on recommenders.
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01 Oct 2008, 13:48
I am in for R1. I will be in Chicago for GSB Live on Oct 17th, anyone else?
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01 Oct 2008, 15:01
I'm in for R1 too. I'm close to finished with the first two essays. The ppt is throwing me for a loop though.
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01 Oct 2008, 15:12
Count me in for R1 also.
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01 Oct 2008, 15:38
How much is everyone concentrating on the why chicago part for essay 1, given that essay 2 also requires some of that? Are you mentioning it at all?

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01 Oct 2008, 15:48
I would say 40% or thereabouts. Why Chicago, why now needs to be a large part of the essay, maybe 60-65% total, and then the rest of the essay should be career progression and short and long-term goals.
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01 Oct 2008, 15:59
I'm mostly talking about why now which leads through from my career to date and of course ST/LT goals.

I would say Why chicago is probably 15-20% in essay 1. I'm saving most of it for essay 2. I'm also thinking about including some elements in the ppt. Not sure right now if it's a great idea.

Are you guys talking about Why Chicago in the ppt at all?
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01 Oct 2008, 16:40
Ok, thanks guys. I was also thinking the same as yellowjacket - do less of why chicago in this one, and concentrate more on what led to my goals and the why now. I just wasn't sure if others are mentioning why chicago at all. I guess the safer option is to mention it. I don't think I would do anything about why chicago in the ppt.
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02 Oct 2008, 07:21
Just don't forget that question 1 isn't asking "Describe your career to date, your short and long term goals, and your desire to pursue an MBA at the university of Chicago." It's asking why now. All that other stuff is good, but don't forget what the actual core question is.
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02 Oct 2008, 07:55
Rhyme:

How can you discuss why you want an MBA now w/out giving an explanation of how an MBA fits into your career plan (goals), and where you are in that career plan (career progress)? It would seem empty without them, therefore I am largely addressing this as if it included all of the standard questions.
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02 Oct 2008, 09:42
cougarblue wrote:
Rhyme:

How can you discuss why you want an MBA now w/out giving an explanation of how an MBA fits into your career plan (goals), and where you are in that career plan (career progress)? It would seem empty without them, therefore I am largely addressing this as if it included all of the standard questions.

Careful. The question isn't asking for why you want an MBA, its asking for why now. That's not the same thing. Assuming that's what you meant, you are absolutely right, I don't think you can answer "why now" without answering where you've been and where you are going... but be careful to actually answer the why now question.

Often people will write:

* Here's what I've done
* and I want to do A short term
* and I want to do B long term
* And this is why I want to get an MBA from Chicago
* Which will help me achieve A and B

Take note that nowhere in that outline is an explicit response to the "why now" question. If it helps, think of it differently - if someone asked you "Why do you need to go to graduate school this year as opposed to next year?" - would there be a clear answer in your essay? Or to put it differently, will it be clear why you've chosen to apply this year? What has happened in your career that DEMANDS you get an MBA now? Or, what is going on in the industry that requires you to get it now - why would next year be too late? Or why would staying at your current job another year not get you any closer to your goal?

This isn't an easy part to answer. It's the hardest part of any essay, because frankly, the most honest answer is usually "My career isn't going anywhere". I have to run but I can post some general ideas later.
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02 Oct 2008, 09:57
rhyme wrote:
This isn't an easy part to answer. It's the hardest part of any essay, because frankly, the most honest answer is usually "My career isn't going anywhere". I have to run but I can post some general ideas later.

This is my thought on this question. What are other plausible ways to answer it?

If you absolutely can't stick around in your job for one more year, chances are that you're not good at it or that you're not going to gain anything from it. For me, it's the latter. I am no longer intellectually challenged in my position and there is nowhere for me to move up within the organization because my boss isn't going anywhere.

How do you address this question without sounding negative?
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02 Oct 2008, 11:33
rhyme wrote:
cougarblue wrote:
Rhyme:

How can you discuss why you want an MBA now w/out giving an explanation of how an MBA fits into your career plan (goals), and where you are in that career plan (career progress)? It would seem empty without them, therefore I am largely addressing this as if it included all of the standard questions.

Careful. The question isn't asking for why you want an MBA, its asking for why now. That's not the same thing. Assuming that's what you meant, you are absolutely right, I don't think you can answer "why now" without answering where you've been and where you are going... but be careful to actually answer the why now question.

I'm confused with the way you started your response, I did say "why you want an MBA now." At any rate,I think your reply was helpful and I'm definitely including a solid paragraph which directly addresses why right now is the ideal time to pursue an MBA. I think this question is easier to answer if you're trying to change careers.
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02 Oct 2008, 11:43
cougarblue wrote:
I think this question is easier to answer if you're trying to change careers.

Even then, why is this year the best year to change careers, and not next year?
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