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New post 27 Apr 2008, 05:46
I would suggest the architecture river tours, its a great way to see a lot of the city. Also the Fields Museum and the Aquarium are worth the trip.
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New post 27 Apr 2008, 21:49
AW II photos - I found the link in Facebook:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEMTtRitocY

Anybody I know? ;)
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New post 27 Apr 2008, 22:03
helg wrote:
AW II photos - I found the link in Facebook:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEMTtRitocY

Anybody I know? ;)

That's the video for AWI, don't know why its labeled AWII. The video was added April 1, and I recognize a bunch of the people from AWI in March.
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New post 27 Apr 2008, 22:06
Awww... :oops:
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New post 28 Apr 2008, 08:42
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Not a single person from gmatclub called me or, far as I can tell, signed up for Mad River event tonight. I got stood up! HAH!


Posted a bit too soon!

It was great to finally meet ya in person.
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New post 29 Apr 2008, 04:46
thanks river! i dun think i'm going for the cruise coz 1. spring fling is on a cruise (woooot!!!), 2.i'm on a budget and the river cruises are pretty expensive. oooh, and they also have the walking tours for the tulips. I just realised i can't make it for any of the cubs games...there is just too much to do at the gsb! even for a non-current student. heh. I'll be sure to check out the aquarium and the fields museum. thanks so much :)
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New post 29 Apr 2008, 06:29
Don't forget the Taste, the Museum of Science and Industry (superior to the Field Museum, IMHO), Ravinia Festival (if you're up for a drive, the Evanston people are lucky they're so close), or the Lincoln Park/Brookfield Zoos. The House of Blues always has something going on, too.
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New post 29 Apr 2008, 06:35
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Don't forget the Taste, the Museum of Science and Industry (superior to the Field Museum, IMHO), Ravinia Festival (if you're up for a drive, the Evanston people are lucky they're so close), or the Lincoln Park/Brookfield Zoos. The House of Blues always has something going on, too.


I went to the House of Blues an it was cool, but I really enjoyed the Blue Chicago, I thought it was a more "for locals" kind of place.
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Irishfan wrote:
Don't forget the Taste, the Museum of Science and Industry (superior to the Field Museum, IMHO), Ravinia Festival (if you're up for a drive, the Evanston people are lucky they're so close), or the Lincoln Park/Brookfield Zoos. The House of Blues always has something going on, too.


I went to the House of Blues an it was cool, but I really enjoyed the Blue Chicago, I thought it was a more "for locals" kind of place.


If Blues / Jazz are your thing - you have great options:

1) Buddy Guy's Legends - has a touristy reputation sometimes, but head down there on a Monday night. You will not be disappointed

2) Green Dolphin St. Great food and jazz.

3) Green Mill - Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays (Tuesdays if you like swing). Chicago's jazz staple.

4) Checkerboard Lounge - In my opinion, it still is The place for Blues in Chicago - even after the move to Hyde Park. It was a needed move as at the old location's neighborhood was extremely seedy...

As Irish said - ravinia is great. The metra will drop you off at it from downtown...
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New post 29 Apr 2008, 09:49
Nice suggestions!

Another great place to check out is Kingston Mines. Definitely a Dive (with a capital "D"), but fantastic live performances.
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New post 29 Apr 2008, 09:53
Make sure you pick up some caramel popcorn from Garrett's. When I was last there, I had to wait 45 minutes, but yuuuuummmm....
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New post 01 May 2008, 06:23
Ok. We gonna get visas now. UoC has set forth the following rule for language proficiency needed to get the visa:

The minimum required score in the "new" TOEFL (the IBT TOEFL) is 104 overall, with sub scores of 26 each. The required scores in the "old" TOEFL are 600 with sub scores of 60 or better each or 250 with sub scores of 25 or better each, depending on whether you took the paper or computer version of the test.

From FAQ!!!:

- I took the IBT TOEFL and have an overall score of 104, but one of my sub-scores is below 26. Do I have to retake the TOEFL?

- Yes, you do have to retake the TOEFL. The requirement is a score of 104 with sub scores of 26 or better. If you receive your test results and find that an element of your score does not meet the requirement, you should immediately make arrangements to retake the test.

(https://internationalaffairs.uchicago.e ... oefl.shtml)

How detrimental is it for us, admitted GSBiers? Do we really need to retake f+*&((g TOEFL if we have smth below 26 on that breakdown? :roll:
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Ok. We gonna get visas now. UoC has set forth the following rule for language proficiency needed to get the visa:

The minimum required score in the "new" TOEFL (the IBT TOEFL) is 104 overall, with sub scores of 26 each. The required scores in the "old" TOEFL are 600 with sub scores of 60 or better each or 250 with sub scores of 25 or better each, depending on whether you took the paper or computer version of the test.

From FAQ!!!:

- I took the IBT TOEFL and have an overall score of 104, but one of my sub-scores is below 26. Do I have to retake the TOEFL?

- Yes, you do have to retake the TOEFL. The requirement is a score of 104 with sub scores of 26 or better. If you receive your test results and find that an element of your score does not meet the requirement, you should immediately make arrangements to retake the test.

(https://internationalaffairs.uchicago.e ... oefl.shtml)

How detrimental is it for us, admitted GSBiers? Do we really need to retake f+*&((g TOEFL if we have smth below 26 on that breakdown? :roll:


How come one needs this score if they didn't asked that for application? I don't have this problem but I don't think it's fair as they stated before just a minimum 100 score, anyway Nick I think you should talk to them. Also how come they ask this score, whilst MIT Sloan doesn't even ask the TOEFL for admission (and I'm sure that they doesn't ask for VISA issues also, I can check that with the Brazilians accepted).

If they say that it's required this score take the IELTS, although it's a harder exam overall in my opinion, the sub 7 required is easier to get than the 26 on the TOEFL iBT.

Edited: When I took the IELTS I used this site to study and get to know the exam: http://www.scottsenglish.com/ielts/pages/home.asp
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So is it a visa issue or a GSB issue? If its a visa then probably nothing the school can do...maybe the govt. changed it this year.
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New post 01 May 2008, 13:42
Kwam, thank you for the advice about IELTS. Anything is really better than getting 26 both on writing and speaking parts :)

But I think there is a conflict of the University rules regarding language requirements in its schools. For med schools, I know, it has always been rigid (i.e. not less than 26).

It's very unlikely to be the embassy's requirements. I will try to clarify this issue with OIA tomorrow. Fingers crossed :shock:
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New post 02 May 2008, 08:45
I called to the OIA of UoC and they forwarded me to GSB. The girl at the GSB reception told me that she has heard about this issue for the first time but she also advised to contact some adcoms. Yet I wasn't able to get through to them. I will try to call them back in the evening but I am not sure that I will do that before closing of their office (4.30 or 5.00 pm). So, anyone interested can take the initiative :)
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I am planning to apply to Chicago GSB for class of 2011. I was wondering if any of the GSB admitted students would be willing to critique rev0 of my essays.

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New post 05 May 2008, 01:05
thanks all you guys for the wonderful suggestions, i'm flying off in 2 days and i can't wait! (despite the fact that i'm going to be on the plane an entire day :yak ). I'll try to see wat i can do. there's so much to do at the gsb but i really wanna try out the bars/restaurants/touristy bits :)
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From the admitted students portal:
"Since the Chicago GSB admissions process requires documentation of academic history and English proficiency, most students only need to submit the Financial Resource Statement (FRS) and related documents to Chicago GSB."

The problem here is the word "most"! :evil:

I think that this 104 requirement is new and for the class of 2011, as they have already offered you a spot at the 2010 class, I think they won't ask you to retake the TOEFL or any other test; however, check that out.
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New post 05 May 2008, 05:53
Last time I found only this which increased my panic even more:
Applicants who score below the minimums may still apply, but admission would be contingent upon meeting the minimum scores or other language requirements.
(http://www.chicagogsb.edu/fulltime/admi ... exams.aspx)

But somehow I overlooked this :lol: :
"While the University of Chicago has specific subscore minimum requirements for each test, Chicago GSB does not strictly enforce subscore minimums since a personal interview is part of our Admissions process." :oops: (http://www.chicagogsb.edu/fulltime/faq/index.aspx)

Plus, I called the admission office today and they confirmed that if I have already been admitted, then that "personal interview" thing has evidently been considered before my admission and it was fine. :flower

So can we expect a great language fluency at the undergrad level of UoC? :wink:
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