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After much deliberation I have decided to shelve my application plans for this year. For a wide variety of reasons I wasnt sold on the prospects of applying this year. Given my inability to create a good shortlist and the lack of clarity in my mind I thought it best to start addressing this in 9 months time. That will also make it a do or die cycle for me which in some respects may lead to better applications from me.

I wanted to thank all the active voices in this forum who have been of great assistance in my efforts.

I will continue to particpate here albeit not as frequently as before.

Best of luck to all candidates for the upcoming year.
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good luck! any particular reason? Why not concentrate on one or two schools ? especially ones that look favorably on re-applicants if you get dinged?

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A large part of it was my inability to settle on a shortlist which led me to believe that I probably have not enough research and perhaps dont know my future plans as clearly as I think I do.

I agree that the 1 or 2 applications would not have been a shabby idea especially to re-applicant friendly places like Wharton and Columbia. However, given that I have been able to do make no headway on applications in the last 3 months (a number of reasons for this - some legit and some not to legit) I figured it makes no sense to put in a rushed application.

Besides I also have the GMAT retake on Sept 6th that I need to reschedule given that I still havent cracked open the books.

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good luck! any particular reason? Why not concentrate on one or two schools ? especially ones that look favorably on re-applicants if you get dinged?

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Seems like a reasonable decision. I think you will benefit from the opportunity to prepare more thoroughly.

Plus, maybe next year's application volume won't be as crazy as is expected this year!

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After much deliberation I have decided to shelve my application plans for this year. For a wide variety of reasons I wasnt sold on the prospects of applying this year. Given my inability to create a good shortlist and the lack of clarity in my mind I thought it best to start addressing this in 9 months time. That will also make it a do or die cycle for me which in some respects may lead to better applications from me.

I wanted to thank all the active voices in this forum who have been of great assistance in my efforts.

I will continue to particpate here albeit not as frequently as before.

Best of luck to all candidates for the upcoming year.


sm332,

I applied to one school last year (d w/o i) and realized a year's wait and more research might do me some good. Depending on your age, this might be a good move for you. Good luck!

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I am 25 so age aside from places like Harvard (which isnt a target school) should not be an issue :)

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After much deliberation I have decided to shelve my application plans for this year. For a wide variety of reasons I wasnt sold on the prospects of applying this year. Given my inability to create a good shortlist and the lack of clarity in my mind I thought it best to start addressing this in 9 months time. That will also make it a do or die cycle for me which in some respects may lead to better applications from me.

I wanted to thank all the active voices in this forum who have been of great assistance in my efforts.

I will continue to particpate here albeit not as frequently as before.

Best of luck to all candidates for the upcoming year.


sm332,

I applied to one school last year (d w/o i) and realized a year's wait and more research might do me some good. Depending on your age, this might be a good move for you. Good luck!

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I am 25 so age aside from places like Harvard (which isnt a target school) should not be an issue :)



25? What are you doing? Go get drunk every night. Just make sure to wake up in time to make it to work. haha

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LOL - lets call it a mature 25 then ... teetotaller, married .... so the drunkard is not something I can afford to be.



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I am 25 so age aside from places like Harvard (which isnt a target school) should not be an issue :)



25? What are you doing? Go get drunk every night. Just make sure to wake up in time to make it to work. haha

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I had to look up "teetotaller." I may have a problem. :oops:

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different strokes for different folks ... we call cant be the same. :lol:

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I agree that the 1 or 2 applications would not have been a shabby idea especially to re-applicant friendly places like Wharton and Columbia.


I have also heard that some schools (such as Wharton) are re-applicant friendly while others (such as Harvard) are not.

Are these just rumors, or are they based on some article/evidence that I haven't seen?
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Either you're ready for an MBA or you're not. It's a smart move on your part to have thought about this before launching into the madness that is the applications cycle.
Don't apply thinking that even if you get dinged this year, then at least it will be easier to get accepted next year as a reapplicant.

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I think this is based on anecdotal evidence more than anything else. There might be others who might be able to offer some hard evidence on this.

Some of this can also be gauged by the level of feedback offered by the various schools to those who got dinged. Some programs are very happy to share their concerns (Wharton ,Columbia, et al) whereas others not so much (Harvard, Stanford)

Others - please feel free to expand on this

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sm332 wrote:

I agree that the 1 or 2 applications would not have been a shabby idea especially to re-applicant friendly places like Wharton and Columbia.


I have also heard that some schools (such as Wharton) are re-applicant friendly while others (such as Harvard) are not.

Are these just rumors, or are they based on some article/evidence that I haven't seen?

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I think there is certainly a lot to be learned from going through the process but it just doesnt seem smart to apply knowing/expecting to get dinged. This is too arduous a process to take lightly and hence I am not sure one should ever apply just for the sake of getting experience.

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Either you're ready for an MBA or not. It's a smart move on your part to have thought about this before launching into the madness that is the applications cycle.
Don't apply thinking that even if you get dinged this year, then at least it will be easier to get accepted next year as a reapplicant.

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I had to look up "teetotaller." I may have a problem. :oops:


Me too.

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I had to look up "teetotaller." I may have a problem. :oops:


Me too.


Me three... not a very common word I guess?

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hah ... see you all learnt a new word today :lol:

I think this word is very british and not often heard in NA.

I have had several people ask me what it means both in the US and Canada.

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I had to look up "teetotaller." I may have a problem. :oops:


Me too.


Me three... not a very common word I guess?

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me four... I didn't even think that was a word until kidderek looked it up. :P I guess I'm a teetotaller too.

Anyway, I think Berkeley is pretty friendly towards re-applicants. Stanford probably not.
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me four... I didn't even think that was a word until kidderek looked it up. :P I guess I'm a teetotaller too.

Anyway, I think Berkeley is pretty friendly towards re-applicants. Stanford probably not.


Me too. This is what I'm going to tell people from now on when they ask why I'm not drinking. If I make it seem like they should know what that means they'll feel too silly to say anything more about it.
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Yeah I use it all the time sometimes to the desired effect of ending the why not, but one wont hurt, etc, etc

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me four... I didn't even think that was a word until kidderek looked it up. :P I guess I'm a teetotaller too.

Anyway, I think Berkeley is pretty friendly towards re-applicants. Stanford probably not.


Me too. This is what I'm going to tell people from now on when they ask why I'm not drinking. If I make it seem like they should know what that means they'll feel too silly to say anything more about it.

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