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26 Mar 2010, 17:08
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Hi folks,

I thought I'd start this thread so that those of us on the waitlist could commiserate together as well as swap strategies and moves we may be able to use to get off this dreaded status and attain the Admitted status we worked so hard to achieve.

Current student bsd_lover has posted a few links which we can start off with:

how-leverandon-is-going-to-get-off-of-the-waitlist-at-darden-75302.html#p566150

So far, I've reached out to my interviewer and politely let him know of my waitlist status. Hopefully, he can become an advocate of mine if they call upon him again for his opinion.
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26 Mar 2010, 18:03
Thanks Lakai for starting this thread. Are you planning to call the school? Do you have any idea how to submit another letter of recommendation?
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26 Mar 2010, 19:33
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i have no idea what the answers to those questions are. quite frankly, this is the reason why i started it, so we can all do a gigantic brainstorm together.

i'm not sure what calling would achieve. however, if you wanted to have another recommendation sent in, I would call to ask who to send it in to.

but the question is, what would another recommendation serve? the way i see it, unless you have an LBS alumni who writes it, I'm not really sure what another rec would add.
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26 Mar 2010, 19:39
Anyone knows how does the WL system work?

1. R2 WL review on 14 May and R3 admission decision on 20 May - Does this mean that R2 WL are thrown into the R3 pool as well?

2. Will a WL be offered a place once any admitted candidate from the same Round withdraw his or her offer?
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26 Mar 2010, 19:40
lakai777 wrote:
i have no idea what the answers to those questions are. quite frankly, this is the reason why i started it, so we can all do a gigantic brainstorm together.

i'm not sure what calling would achieve. however, if you wanted to have another recommendation sent in, I would call to ask who to send it in to.

but the question is, what would another recommendation serve? the way i see it, unless you have an LBS alumni who writes it, I'm not really sure what another rec would add.

agree, an alum reco would be really helpful...
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26 Mar 2010, 23:44
lakai777 wrote:
i'm not sure what calling would achieve. however, if you wanted to have another recommendation sent in, I would call to ask who to send it in to.

hi lakai, thanks for starting the thread. I will surely contract my recommended, tell him about my status and hopefully he will put a good word if he will be asked again.
LBS specific message was: "We do not require you to send any extra information unless we specifically contact you ourselves." For me is not clear if they just "not require" or simply "not accept", so I will contact the school first and I will ask directly if they accept and what type the information would be helpful. Maybe sometime it pays off just to have patience and wait, as bsd_lover did ...
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27 Mar 2010, 01:06
hey everybody

good stuff lakai777. thanks

here's my opinion:
- apart from informing my interviewer, I think my approach would be a passive one for now; I won't be sending any update to the adcom unless there's a really major change in my profile. an additional reco/cover letter might actually hurt my application if seen as a desperate move or with no significant impact.
- I don't think there's much I can do other than waiting, setting the right expectations and keeping an eye on alternatives.

PS: i assumed from the dreaded email that we are kept on that list by default; no need to confirm back.
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27 Mar 2010, 02:09
A waitlisted candidate asked me this. Posting here for everyone's benefit :
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i bsd, hope u are able to answer my query...

after each review, a waitlister will get:
2. another review, or
3. ding (is this scenario highly likely?)

the reason i'm asking this is that i'm really sold on LBS and i dont mind waiting another year for the 2013 programme if i can get a decent chance of landing the deferred admit...

The most likely option is option 2. You will keep getting re-waitlisted. The "real" review will happen closer to when the "big deposit" get paid (or not paid) at which time it becomes clearer who exactly will come and who wont. Its unlikely that the dings will come until before the very end. If your heart is set on LBS and you keep waiting till the end, you may get the opportunity to get a deferred admit for 2013 or a special consideration for 2013. By then, many waitlisted candidates, frustrated by the wait move on to other schools they have been admitted to.
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27 Mar 2010, 06:37
Hello everyone,
I have a rather naive question but I am not sure I understand what BSD and others seem to say: candidates currently on the wait list may eventually get a deferred admit for 2013 ? As in "congratulations you're in, only next year" and without requiring to submit a new file, sit another interview, and refresh your screen for hours on the results' d day :D ?
If so, I would be very interested in knowing what is recommended to obtain this invitation!
Also, on what ground do you think sending an extra reference letter from a student/alumni will make a material impact on our current wait list status ? I do have the possibility to do that but I am wondering if it would not be more beneficial to keep that card close to my vest for now and eventually use it should I have to reapply next year.
In others words, as much as I would love to get in now I am trying to find the right balance between throwing my whole weight at the "wait list" situation vs keeping some dry powder for next year should I need to reapply.
What do you guys think ?
One last question: reapplicants have Essay 7 to write on what they did to improve their application, is there anything else to it ? Specifically, do reapplicants need to provide two reference letters from different people than the first time ?
If you have any questions let me know either on this thread or PM as I would be happy to help other fellow applicants in any way I can.
Cheers.
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27 Mar 2010, 08:29
Hi Guys

I really like this forum. Never wrote a post sofar but now i am WL R2, I feel the need.

I launched a discussion on Businessweek "London Business School 2010 - Waitlisted" ( i am to new to post a link)

If you want to visit you are welcome

especially you bsd_lover. Your posts are always interesting, supportive and honest.
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27 Mar 2010, 10:31
Well folks there are no guarantees in life. You WILL need to submit a new resume and at least one or two waitlist updates showing continual improvements and commitment (as you should note from my story). Who knows it may be tougher than ever this year with a higher number of applications and reported waitlists..

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and without requiring to submit a new file, sit another interview, and refresh your screen for hours on the results' d day :D ?
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27 Mar 2010, 10:55
Tougher is better ! Because we all know it's well worth fighting for
Good luck every one. And thanks again for your encouragements BSD.
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27 Mar 2010, 18:59
Hi bsd
Do you know how I can submit an extra letter of recommendation. Thanks for all your insights.
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28 Mar 2010, 02:05
You should be able to email it to the programme office
Ari123 wrote:
Hi bsd
Do you know how I can submit an extra letter of recommendation. Thanks for all your insights.
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28 Mar 2010, 12:47
had a look at last year's LBS WL thread on BW; i needed to set my expectations well on this, and it surely helped!
for the record, i think LBS's waitlist strategy is just brutal, very "selfish", and demeaning. that's only my view, and it won't keep me from saying that London remains my favorite school by far. But at least for now, i have a decent reply for the "what don't you like about the school?"
gents what are your plans apart from LBS? regardless of the far outcomes of our status, i would certainly like to keep in touch with smart people sharing the same misery -and ambition.
personally, my opportunity cost is way too high; the only school for which i'm willing to take that risk is actually LBS and i have no problem waiting or re-applying next year. Meanwhile, I'll focus in the next couple of months on my last cfa level test, then explore maybe other job opportunities while keeping an eye on LBS. I just turned down a school offer and dropped out of the waitlist of another school.
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28 Mar 2010, 13:25
frontline
thanks
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28 Mar 2010, 13:47

chainchain wrote:
frontline
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28 Mar 2010, 14:33

I just found it...........

Ok it's going to be WAY harder than I thought...Apparently they are going to keep us on the waitlist until the end...then only few of us will see the light...

At least I learned something....no need to check the forums daily.....
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28 Mar 2010, 15:40
Frontline/BSD

Something is surprising. the WL forum was way more active in 2008 & 2009

on BW or even Gmatclub there is not so many WL this year

Does that mean that we are actually less on the WL?

or

Does that mean that I am desperately trying to find positive signs to feel better?

thanks
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28 Mar 2010, 15:55
I think you are desperately trying to find positive signs to feel better. The process is usually very standardised and there are enough great candidates every year to have a good waitlist pool.

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