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# Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants

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26 Jun 2012, 05:41
in for R1. Bring it on!

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28 Jun 2012, 22:37
In for R1... Let's get this started!!

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04 Jul 2012, 08:02
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in for R1. Bring it on!

Are you a big Fabregas fan? Or is your name Francesc, hah!?

I'm a HUGE Arsenal fan, so am also a fan of Cesc (obviously sad he left Arsenal, but can't blame him for going back to his hometown team, which also happens to be the best team in the world!). Cesc enjoyed an amazing performance at the Euros!

Good luck on your HBS app!

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Francesc wrote:
in for R1. Bring it on!

Are you a big Fabregas fan? Or is your name Francesc, hah!?

I'm a HUGE Arsenal fan, so am also a fan of Cesc (obviously sad he left Arsenal, but can't blame him for going back to his hometown team, which also happens to be the best team in the world!). Cesc enjoyed an amazing performance at the Euros!

Good luck on your HBS app!

I wish my name was Francesc and I was Fabregas

I am also a huge Arsenal fan and a fan of Fabregas... Good luck to you too ....

Cheers..

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04 Jul 2012, 09:26
Count me in for R1!!

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10 Jul 2012, 14:40
2+2, anyone?

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10 Jul 2012, 20:10
bumpity bump bump

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11 Jul 2012, 12:44
No one?

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15 Jul 2012, 10:16
Last shot!

I think I am not competitive at least at HBS, too old for HBS.
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20 Jul 2012, 16:39
Working on my essays I have come to a place where I find admission consultants divided.
the question is "Tell us about something you wish you had done better. (400 words)" from HBS admission

The doubt I have is apart from an obvious failure essay can an achievement which could have been done better can also be included in this?? say I saved 5 people in a snow storm but if I hadn't sat about thinking for an hour before I did that We wouldn't require to amputate limbs of two due to frost bit(bit extreme isn't it??) or say I saved a village from starving but while they were reaching brink of starvation I had the same powers i had when I saved them. so I should have saved them earlier instead of sitting around not utilizing my power(that is a bit milder I hope).

but my point is somebody, given a chance would improve achievements shouldn't that go into this essay or is it that failure only can go into the essay??

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21 Jul 2012, 18:33
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2+2, anyone?

I'll be applying in R1

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25 Jul 2012, 05:55
nice! there was an awesome discussion last year... hopefully more people can join in and help us recreate that!

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25 Jul 2012, 14:54
Got an interview! (summer round 2+2) Anybody know what % of applicants get an interview for 2+2?

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Got an interview! (summer round 2+2) Anybody know what % of applicants get an interview for 2+2?

haha, more importantly, what percent of interviewed applicants get admitted.
That would be about 50-60. So good work.

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Count me in for R1! Good luck everybody. Just go rejected from LBS after being on the waiting list for 4 months. Will be applying to many more schools this time around.

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Working on my essays I have come to a place where I find admission consultants divided.
the question is "Tell us about something you wish you had done better. (400 words)" from HBS admission

The doubt I have is apart from an obvious failure essay can an achievement which could have been done better can also be included in this?? say I saved 5 people in a snow storm but if I hadn't sat about thinking for an hour before I did that We wouldn't require to amputate limbs of two due to frost bit(bit extreme isn't it??) or say I saved a village from starving but while they were reaching brink of starvation I had the same powers i had when I saved them. so I should have saved them earlier instead of sitting around not utilizing my power(that is a bit milder I hope).

but my point is somebody, given a chance would improve achievements shouldn't that go into this essay or is it that failure only can go into the essay??

Use this as an opportunity to admit failure - a true failure. Don't try to (or blatently) sneak a positive character trait or an achievement into this essay. It will sound insincere. Admitting a failure can show strength, depth of character, deep self-awareness, and a drive for self-improvement - all qualities that HBS wants to see in applicants!

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Use this as an opportunity to admit failure - a true failure. Don't try to (or blatently) sneak a positive character trait or an achievement into this essay. It will sound insincere. Admitting a failure can show strength, depth of character, deep self-awareness, and a drive for self-improvement - all qualities that HBS wants to see in applicants!

maybe, but not many people have such failures, e.g. ones that lead to deep introspection, blah, blah, nor are many people capable of teasing out impressive lessons from same. I just did mock interviews for a lot of 2+2 kids who tackled this question, and were invited for interviews, being held later this week for 2+2 round 1, and guess what, they often had the "accomplishment but" mode of answer, and, well, they got interviews. So that is feedback of a sort, and as a rule, in the grand scheme of things HBS is interested in things you have done versus what you think about those things, interviews are for what you think etc. and a good accomplishment, even if shoehorned somewhat into a 'done better' answer has real force.
And btw, you can also be introspective about an "accomplishment but" answer, even more so, in some cases, because you focus on why you did X but could not do X+1. Well, there is no one rule, but admitting to, ahem, a "true failure" (is that like forcible rape versus date rape?) and then having a goofy or banal lesson can get you in worse place than some "accomplishment but" essay. Let's say you dont get along with your step father, and you say
yadda yadda, dont like the guy, preferred dad, step dad is dog person, I like cats, he came into my life at hard time for me, he has an odd sense of humor, ..............dunno, what exactly are we seeing about you that is going to tilt an application??? Some jive about not making that mistake again, like with other people, being patient, not jumping to judgments, ??? keeping an open mind about dogs? commiting to family? getting beyond yourself, and, btw, those last two are better than most kids will come up, but so what??? In the end it sounds like whinning. Altho sure, with some therapy and a consultant you could bang that essay into a pass. It would be real, real hard to make ground w. that. altho, sure, as with anything, it could be done. I've now read hundreds of these essays, both the 2+2 kids and my own round one clients, it's an annoying question, like all setback questions, but I dont think there is any clear ONE better way to answer it.
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end of August and not much of applicants' buzz here, I am wondering WHY?!
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end of August and not much of applicants' buzz here, I am wondering WHY?!

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