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I'm at the same stage as most of you guys (jjanders, what do you eat, man!). I finished the first drafts for Columbia .. i.e. essays under word limit, content almost finalized, no obvious grammatical errors etc. Waiting for review comments. Oh, and waiting for recos.
At least 2 more R1's to do. So I am kinda running out of time here
I am still on Kellogg. I have 1-3 done and almost final draft ready. Just a few more little things to work out but I could send them in today if I wasn't crazy about trying to make everything perfect. I have a rough draft of 4a and an outline for 4c.
Chicago, 1st essay havent done anything but Kellogg's #1 will make up a lot of the material with more details and specifics for Chicago. 2nd essay outlined. PowerPoint I have a rough idea of what it will look like but haven't even started on it.
MIT notes on what I will write about, which stories and some details. But I have two months so I am finishing GSB and Kellogg first.
Tuck a lot of stuff from Kellogg fits and its not until mid November so I am not worried.
I agree that it's the same with essays too (Although I still hate the 250 words limit. Essays should be at least 500 words - yeah, even the short ones). I have actually enjoyed the process of writing essays and even the process of reviewing them (It's amazing how much redundant and junk information you write in your first draft).
I know that I won't be enjoying the essays so much by the time I am working on my school #3 .. or when I get review comments like, "Dude, I think you should apply to schools that don't need essays" from the friends
avi and ncprasad: I agree, short essays are actually really good for me now that I'm getting more used to it. It prevents me from blabbering about random things, and does relieve the need to have to come up with creative story telling ideas. The only thing is, I'm realizing that many of my essays, I barely have the space to mention an accomplishment, let alone answer the "for example?" question. I know you have to be specific, but that means every leadership trait you bring up must be supported by an equally long (or longer) sentence talking about an example of that trait. I'm having a very hard time even in 1000 words to get that in, let alone 500.
It does help me take out things that aren't important and really pick the strong messages, but I wish I had 200-300 more words to work with to make things more specific and supported.
dosa: I found sample resumes at http://www.mbagameplan.com. Look for their sample essays. They have templates for the different schools and how this one "Stephen" guy formatted his resume for each school. I would suggest a "hybrid" method just so you can submit your resume to all schools without having to tailor them and worry that Harvard will say, "wait, that's Wharton's format!"
BTW, search "Tuck resume" in the B-school application board, you should find a link to a Tuck resume book. That helped a lot too. Just remember to put work experience first since we're applicants and not MBA students already.
avi and ncprasad: I agree, short essays are actually really good for me now that I'm getting more used to it. It prevents me from blabbering about random things, and does relieve the need to have to come up with creative story telling ideas.
That's why I am not applying to Stanford. They force you to write touchy-feely essays. I can't stand it. Yuck!
It's amazing how much information you can put in a 1 page long resume, isn't it? When I first read that the resumes were supposed to be 1 page, my first reaction was, "Are they crazy?"
This VP level person joined my previous company an as an intro sent us his resume - 29 pages long ........seriously crazy.....it actually included some poetry contest dude had won one class 5
Lol, that's nuts. It's amazing how CVs/resumes differ from country to country...I'm used to a 1 page CV no more no less unless you've published...but after coming to India I've seen 3-4 page CVs that include everything from primary school to college, to events etc.
I have seen resumes 6 pages long as a teaching assistant. I used them as paper rockets. You lose interest after the first 1.5 pages. Whats the point writing stuff someone did in their diaper days.
I love the KISS principle.