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MIT Sloan Reapplication Evaluation

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Hi!
I applied to MIT Sloan last year, for fall 2018 admissions and I did not get in. I am planning on reapplying in R1 for the fall of 2019, and looking for some advice on my reapplication strategy.

About me: 26 yearold, female.
Undergrad GPA: 3.85 (math and psychology major)
Gmat: 740
Work in marketing at a large technology company (IBM). I have been here for 3.5 years, and received two promotions.
I also work as marketing director of a streetfood startup (part time).

Since I last applied, I did not receive any promotions at work, but I did expand my role and responsibility. I took a MOOC course through Coursera on Entrepreneurship, and joined the board of a non-profit organization. I also continued my role as marketing director of a streetfood startup.

I am looking for advice on who I should get recommendations from -- I need two! --- options:
1. My current supervisor at IBM (who provided my recomenndation last year, but could speak to new projects I am working on)
2. My department director - I haven't worked very closely with him, but he can speak to some of the impact of my projects, and is a VP at my company
3. My past supervisor at my current company (she was my supervisor 2 years ago, and would write an amazing recommendation, but it would be of things I was doing 2 years ago)
4. The founder of the streetfood startup (he wrote my recommendation last year, and honestly my role there has not changed greatly)
5. The director of the non-profit board I joined. Although I only joined a few months ago,, I have done a lot there.

Can you help me decide what I should stress out of everything above, in my video and cover letter? Should I focus on attributes of my personality that I did not mention before in my application last year, or more about what I have been up to in the last year, should I mentioned the online Entrepreneuship course?
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New post 20 Jul 2018, 15:45
We actually just wrote a blog post two days ago about reapplicant strategy so definitely check that out here!
https://admissionado.com/mba/mba-reappl ... plication/

To answer your question re the LOR, schools want a current supervisor so I'd definitely ask yours & the fact that he/she can speak to the new projects is great. Of the other options #3 sounds like your best bet. Two years is not that long ago & the most important factor in a strong LOR is someone who can speak with specifics about your work & back everything up with strong examples. It's not enough for someone to say how great you are; they need to PROVE it via examples. That's why seniority doesn't matter as much as having someone who has worked directly with you. It sounds like #3 could also provide a new perspective since not much has changed with the street food start up. In terms of the non profit I think it's just too recent & I'm guessing there has not been a lot of opportunity to show impact there yet vs. the impact you had at your current co two years ago.

In terms of what else to do differently this time, it's hard to say for sure without seeing your app, but one place you could consider making a shift is your goals if you think there is any chance that could have been a weakness last year. The challenge as a reapplicant is always showing what's changed since you last applied, since the truth is it was not that long ago! Many of the most successful reapplicants come up with stronger goals the second time around & that allows you to make a stronger why MBA/why our school argument.

Definitely check out the blog post for more ideas on what to do differently this time!

I hope that helps & good luck to you!
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