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Concerned about no response from Kelley AdCom or Student Ambassadors

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New post 08 Aug 2019, 15:32
Hello all,

Long-time lurker, first time poster :)

I have Kelley as one of my shortlisted schools for entrepreneurship and from everything I've read it seems to be a great fit. However, I've contacted 2 student ambassadors but haven't received a reply from either. One was about 2 months ago and the other has been 2 weeks or so (I'll send a follow-up to this person tomorrow).

AdCom took about a week to respond to my email to connect me with a student... this is understandable. They asked for some details so they'd connect me with the right student. It's been silence ever since.

Bright side: On LinkedIn, I contacted an alum and a second year. The second year was really formal and seemed uptight, while the alum was quite friendly and open about the program - he even recommended it.

Is this a bad sign of my fit for the school or am I just being paranoid?

Either way, I would prefer to know now than later with a rejection letter.

What's your take on this?
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tadtoad wow, I am quite surprised by this to be honest. I doubt this is any reflection on adcom interest in you personally. Classes start very soon and they might be frazzled with all of that.

I dont have the same picture they do but, if you are Nigerian I would imagine they are very interested in the diversity you would bring to UI. I would like you to get LinkedIn Premium if you don't already and contact a butt load of alums with a very "easy to say yes" type email. mention your goals, and how you would like to develop. give them a list of ten questions and ask if they would rather chat through the answers for 20 minutes over Skype.

don't just give them open ended vague questions like "what should I do" type stuff.

The reason I mention this is we want to rule out the crappy letter variable and just observe the number of responses; you might want to do a test and control here by sending the same letter to another school you are considering. you want a decent "sample size" so it seems logical to make conclusions, and a way to compare as well. I have found that if they are enthusiastic they will respond to letters I create with my clients and if not they wont' - the response rate is telling.

And, of course the feedback is as well, but really the response rate is a great measure of overall enthusiasm. Maybe pick people who have been out for a few years - see if the Indiana alumni factor has helped them.

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Hello all,

Long-time lurker, first time poster :)

I have Kelley as one of my shortlisted schools for entrepreneurship and from everything I've read it seems to be a great fit. However, I've contacted 2 student ambassadors but haven't received a reply from either. One was about 2 months ago and the other has been 2 weeks or so (I'll send a follow-up to this person tomorrow).

AdCom took about a week to respond to my email to connect me with a student... this is understandable. They asked for some details so they'd connect me with the right student. It's been silence ever since.

Bright side: On LinkedIn, I contacted an alum and a second year. The second year was really formal and seemed uptight, while the alum was quite friendly and open about the program - he even recommended it.

Is this a bad sign of my fit for the school or am I just being paranoid?

Either way, I would prefer to know now than later with a rejection letter.

What's your take on this?

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New post 09 Aug 2019, 01:27
MBAPrepCoach Thanks for your reply. I was also thinking it partly has to do with them being busy with their internships.

Concerning the possible crappy letter & sample size, okay I'll give it a shot.

Maybe I was just looking for the same level of enthusiasm I got from W.P Carey. I used a similar format (tweaking where necessary) with W.P Carey AdCom and alums on LinkedIn and the results were great. I was put in contact with a student that has a similar focus, even got connected with a Nigerian - both were super helpful and open. The alumni on LinkedIn even offered to connect me with the people that invested in his company if I ended up at W.P. Carey.

Nevertheless... I'll soldier on! I'll update this thread if anything changes.
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New post 24 Aug 2019, 09:07
Update: About a week after my last post, one of the students I contacted responded and she was super helpful! She even put me in contact with her classmates and friends at my other target schools. They've also put me in contact with a whole bunch of people. So paranoia over!
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New post 24 Aug 2019, 15:37
YAY

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