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30 Aug 2007, 20:36
kryzak wrote:
They know that whomever they pick, that person will be a superstar in terms of grades, career, and extracurriculars

Sigh.. 1 out of 3 isn't bad?
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31 Aug 2007, 01:49
kryzak wrote:
good point, the class visit schedule is very vague. I would suggest you ask a student when you befriend one. I'll check if I can get one for you too, as I'm supposed to meet with one soon now that he's back in town (Palo Alto).

I'm pretty much just sitting in these classes to say I've done one. And the website wouldn't let you sign up for more than one class visit, bummers. I'll just have to sneak in using any connections I have then!

wow Kryzak, that will be really helpful !
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04 Sep 2007, 18:06
So for me, the "What matters most" essay was easy. The "Goals" essay is still a bit of a work in progress, but I know what I am trying to say (although 2 pages double spaced is so short). I am really stuck trying to find a non-work related subject for one of the 4 short essays. I have a clear subject to discuss for the 4th one, but its work related, and all of the strong ideas I have for writing about the other 3 are work related.

I am going to sound very one dimensional I am afraid.
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05 Sep 2007, 07:47
Is there an online registration form for Stanford visits? If so, I can't seem to locate it. Or do you just show up the day of?
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05 Sep 2007, 07:55
Hi All,

Stanford, Haas, and some other schools, has a One Packet Policy, which means that all supplementary material has to be sent in only 1 package. So my question is, if the transcript is sent from the undergrad uni, the GMAT score sent from GMAC/Pearsonvue, and maybe one or more of the recommenders cannot do online and have to sent the rec via regular mail, how can this be in one packet?

Or do you have to get the undergrad school, GMAC, and recommender to all send everything to you, and then you put it together in one packet and send it out?
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05 Sep 2007, 08:40
hrm... I didn't know about this "one packet rule". I thought that only applied to stuff you have to send to them? Berkeley specifically said to have the official transcripts sent to their address from your institutions... I just did that yesterday... oops!
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05 Sep 2007, 08:40
bherronp wrote:
Is there an online registration form for Stanford visits? If so, I can't seem to locate it. Or do you just show up the day of?

bherronp, check my link on page 3.
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05 Sep 2007, 14:14
I have a question on the Stanford apps ? Do we upload one word document for all the questions as a one seven page doc or do we upload a different document for each of the questions ? i am asking this for the following reason.

if we upload it as one seven page document, we will be able to write 2 1/2 pages for essay A and then use half the page for one of essay C. I couldn't find this info on the site. All it says is that it has to be a total of 7 pages. Sorry if this info is already there and I have stupidly overlooked the same.

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05 Sep 2007, 15:42
I believe it's one document of 7 pages max. You can shorten one essay to give more space for another. The page suggestions for each essays are just that, suggestions. Hope that helps!
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05 Sep 2007, 15:50
kryzak wrote:
I believe it's one document of 7 pages max. You can shorten one essay to give more space for another. The page suggestions for each essays are just that, suggestions. Hope that helps!

Thnks Kryzak for your response !!!! BTW, I am planning to do R1 for Stanford. Its the only FT program I am applying for in R1.

Can anybody attending Stanford's info sessions please confirm Kryzak's one document point ?
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05 Sep 2007, 16:25
no need to confirm... it's right here:

(copied here for everyone's benefit)

Essay Format and Instructions

Your answers for all three essay questions must not exceed 7 pages in total.

Each of you has your own story to tell, so you may allocate these 7 pages among the essays in the way that is most effective for you.

Below are some guidelines but you may write as much or as little as you like on any question as long as you do not exceed 7 pages total.

* Essay A: 3 pages
* Essay B: 2 pages
* Essay C: 1 page each
* Use a 12-point font, double spaced, and make sure it is easy to read.
* Indicate which essay question you are answering at the top of each page.
* Number all pages.
* After you upload your documents to your application, preview each document to ensure that the formatting is true to the original.
* Save a copy of your essays.
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06 Sep 2007, 06:50
How bad an idea is it to try and adjust your margins? My essays are exceeding the 7 page limit by several pages. I was able to get them to fit within the page limit by decreasing the margins to .5 all around.
Although I'm pleased with my essays overall I am still editing and will try and get them down so I can increase the margins. However, what do you guys think about it? Is this okay to do?

Am I the only one having issues with the page limit thing?

Good luck to all!
Sarah
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06 Sep 2007, 08:35
skaballet wrote:
How bad an idea is it to try and adjust your margins? My essays are exceeding the 7 page limit by several pages. I was able to get them to fit within the page limit by decreasing the margins to .5 all around.
Although I'm pleased with my essays overall I am still editing and will try and get them down so I can increase the margins. However, what do you guys think about it? Is this okay to do?

Am I the only one having issues with the page limit thing?

Good luck to all!
Sarah

I think a slight tweaking might be acceptable. Going down to .5 will clearly be noticed.
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06 Sep 2007, 10:01
yeah, 0.5 is a bit extreme... 0.7-0.8 might be acceptable...

if you're going over by that much, you really need to scour your essay and remove any non critical examples, even if they're "nice to have" in there.
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06 Sep 2007, 10:55
My brain goes dead the moment I try to answer question 1. Can someone throw some light how you guys are answering this question ?
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06 Sep 2007, 13:01
hey ppl,

what fonts are yu using?? Times new roman seems to be the smallest to me + am tinkering abt with line spacing a bit - How can they do this !!! 7 pages - 4 essays - no fair.

Th satn ad com kept saying that they've asked only for three essays this time around - they consider the short essays to be one.
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06 Sep 2007, 13:27
question 1 is the reason I haven't started Stanford apps yet...

3 pages is roughly 1200 words, not too bad for Question 1. 800 words for question 2 is only 200 fewer than the one for Haas, also not extremely bad.

400 words each for Question 3 is more than enough, considering Haas had questions that were 250 words.
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06 Sep 2007, 16:59
My response to q1 touches on my values and how I formed them and have adhered to them. Trying to write in a casual tone and including examples that illustrate my personality, character, etc.

Does that help at all, or too vague?
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06 Sep 2007, 17:59
definitely helps. talked to a current student today, and he gave me some good ideas... two approaches. one is to find a unifying theme of your life motivations and write it that way. The other is to look at what themes you want to portray to each business school, see what's left out of Essays B and C, and try to develop a theme for Essay A using the remaining things you want to talk about your candidacy...
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06 Sep 2007, 19:01
Yeah - that's seems like a good approach too. I'm trying to fit in extra information about myself, but finding that it's easy to get too off from the question at hand.

Well, that's what the delete key is for... now, back to writing.
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