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New post 02 Apr 2008, 07:51
I am starting this thread so that the mods can convert this to a sticky and allow read-only access for most people.
I take the immense pleasure of adding our very own nervousGMAT for the feat she has accomplished. It not only makes her an asset to this club but also a role model for all future applicants.

I'll let the results below talk for themselves...
Congratulations Nervous...Make sure you edit this post with your final choice once you've made it.

nervousgmat wrote:
Program: MBA FT
Area of interest in MBA : General Management, Finance
GMAT: 720 (42Q, 47V) ; 5.0 AWA
GPA: 3.9; Finance major in a Big Ten school
Work experience(WE): 5 years at matriculation; 3 years of Financial Planning & Analysis
Nationality: Russian (moved to the US when I was 18)
Age: 26 at matriculation
Gender: Female
Extra-curriculars/community: Tutor English/Russian and GMAT's verbal section

Accepted.com:
"I think your odds are decent to good that one or more of the schools you listed will admit you, though I think your odds at Kellogg are lowest because of the weak extracurriculars (and would probably advise against applying there). Duke, Darden, and UNC seem the most doable to me, with Ross as a maybe and Chicago as a longshot but not an impossibility."

I love proving people wrong :-)

Schools applied to:
School 1: Kellogg, R1
Status: Interviewed 11/7; ACCEPTED 12/19 with $13K/year Sears Scholarship

School 2: Ross, R1
Status: Interviewed 11/14; ACCEPTED 01/10 with $20K/year scholarship

School 3: Duke, R1
Status: Interviewed 10/2; ACCEPTED 01/18 with $26K/year scholarship

School 4: Kenan-Flagler, R2
Status: Interviewed 10/3; ACCEPTED 02/01 as a Fellow with 80% scholarship

School 5: Yale, R2
Status: Interviewed 2/26; ACCEPTED 04/01

School 6: U of Chicago, R2
Status: Interviewed 2/4; ACCEPTED 03/24 with $15K/year Chicago GSB Merit Scholarship

School 7: Darden, R2
Status: Submitted 12/29; invited to interview; Application Withdrawn

School 8 (maybe): Vandebilt, R2
Status: Interviewed in mid-September; Application Withdrawn

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New post 02 Apr 2008, 07:58
You can remove my comment here if you want, but I have to say that Terry12 probably belongs as well for cracking Stanford for the club (and getting Wharton as well).

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New post 02 Apr 2008, 09:43
I don't see why we can't have discussion in this thread. After all, we are praising the big GMATClub successes here.

I completely agree with bherronp, terry12 definitely belongs to the hall / wall of fame. Not only did he break the Stanford curse for us, he also consistently succeeded in some of the most difficult schools. I just don't understand what Harvard was thinking :o

ps. Congratulations nervous for such an envious record.

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Program: MBA FT
Area of interest: Health Care Management, with a medical device bent.
GMAT: 770 (Q49/V50), AWA 6.0
GPA: 3.90, Biol/Econ double-major, top-15
Merit scholarship to top-10 med school
Work experience: 7 years as physician
Nationality/Race: Indian-American
Age: 32 (ugh) at matriculation
Gender: Male
Extracurriculars/community:
- Lots during undergrad and medical school, not so much since then.

Schools applied to:

School 1: HBS R1
Status: Dinged without interview

School 2: Stanford R1
Status: Accepted, matriculating

School 3: Wharton R1
Status: Accepted

School 4: MIT Sloan R1
Status: Accepted

School 5: Kellogg R2
Status: Accepted with $$

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New post 02 Apr 2008, 10:06
I personally recommend "positivesoul" for this. From a 420 GMAT to an Wharton admit, his/hers was quite an inspirational journey. Also, a wall of fame need not be based on who got how many admits and where. We need to celebrate people who overcame odds. Even in nervous's case, her claim to fame is beating the odds and overcoming the obstacles that Accepted.com predicted.

Also, there are tons of people here who have contributed immensely to the forum even though they dont have multiple UE admits (or) Stan or HBS admits to show for it. HongHu, Paul, AkamaiBrah, Pelihu and rhyme have all done fantastic contributions and if we are having a wall of fame, we should recognize them.

P.S: Hall of Fames are laden with people without a SB victory or a World Series victory. So, why bring in admission success into the equation. Just my opinion.

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New post 02 Apr 2008, 10:54
.. and kryzak for being the real moderator / organizer of this forum.

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New post 02 Apr 2008, 10:58
mNeo....
The only reason I thought it wouldn't be a good idea to "discuss" was because there is a good chance that it wouldn't be a wall of fame anymore with too many congratulatory/appreciative/kudos kind of posts.

NC....
I am all for it and agree that results should not be the only criterion.....just thought I'll throw this thread in there and set the ball rolling....

Here are a few thoughts that we can consider when nominating folks..but then we need to make sure that someone (Mods and such) actually agree that the person is worthy of being added...

1) Impressive turnarounds in the GMAT - msday86, positivesoul and others
2) Unusual success with admissions - Terry12, NervousGMAT and others
3) Active and sincere contributors - Rhyme, kryzak and others

For now...one of the mods needs to create a "real" Wall of Fame and merge parts of this thread into that.

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New post 02 Apr 2008, 11:16
The risky thing with such praises / appreciations is that the people that you don't mention will feel bad. So I am playing it safe .. I ain't creating any "wall of fame". :lol: But other mods are welcome to do so.

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New post 02 Apr 2008, 13:32
haha, thanks for the mention guys. Let's see how this thread evolves and decide later on. but it's true, Nervous and Terry12's achievements are ones to be put up as shining examples of overcoming odds and proving people wrong. Like I said about Stanford, it's HBS's loss to not admit Terry12. But then again, they probably knew he would reject them anyways. :P

speaking of Accepted.com, I wish I asked about Kellogg... but here's my analysis from them:

Accepted.com wrote:
1. Minimal at Stanford, slightly less minimal at CBS, unlikely but possible at Haas, possible/maybe at NYU and UCLA.

You appear to lack formal or unusually strong leadership in your worklife, and your overall profile, while strong, is not terribly unusual. There's not much 'wow' factor, just a lot of solid to good credentials.


Too bad I couldn't break into Stanford, otherwise it would have been sweet. :P
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New post 02 Apr 2008, 15:32
How about extending this concept to have an annual GMAT club awards. Here are the categories :
- Most useful poster (we can nominate 4 and run a poll and announce the winner, several candidates come to mind - rhyme, kryzak, pelihu etc.)
- Most successful b-school applicant (same as above - here terry and nervous could be one of the many candidates)
- Most successful gmat taker (here we could have different types of success, for instance msday for 790, positive soul for moving from 470 to 700)
- Most helpful school ambassador
- The guys with the most ideas (I nominate myself ;) )
- The most unsuccessful b-school candidate ( another nomination for me )

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New post 02 Apr 2008, 15:43
interesting idea bsd, though for the most "successful" category, how would we define success? Just comparing nervous and terry, their successes are quite different, but both are successes nonetheless. Is it more of a success to apply to H/S/W and get into 2 of 3, or is it more successful to get into a ton of UE and E schools? I personally cannot make the call.
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kryzak that's precisely why we'll let gmatclubbers decide - by running a poll and nominating terry, nervous and others that we feel have been successful this year.

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well, I think I was more talking about the nomination process... do we just take any names people nominate, or is there some sort of criteria for nominations?
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I nominate PELIHU for most insight into the recruiting process!!!

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oooh.. just my 2p... annual awards are not a good idea... In another forum i moderate (100k members). the annual awards started off well, but eventually leads to an all year round pissing competition as people look to get nominated. It ends up with cliques being formed and those people voting for each other and trying to `knock` others down.

We scrapped the annual awards, and the community is beginning to calm down again.

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New post 02 Apr 2008, 16:27
Toga..a word of caution indeed...but then...this is GMATClub and not any other forum.
I think there are enough moderators out here to keep it real and kick nuisance makers out!

And yeah..what would awards give the person? Just bragging rights and another fancy title I guess :wink:
I doubt if people would be influenced by that...

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oooh.. just my 2p... annual awards are not a good idea... In another forum i moderate (100k members). the annual awards started off well, but eventually leads to an all year round pissing competition as people look to get nominated. It ends up with cliques being formed and those people voting for each other and trying to `knock` others down.

We scrapped the annual awards, and the community is beginning to calm down again.

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well noted toga, and I can definitely see that happen. Though with GMATClub, I believe the members here are well behaved enough (and we have "power hungry" mods like myself to lock threads down :twisted: ) that I don't think people will really "fight" to get any annual awards, especially when the application process is so grueling and once you're in b-school, you probably wouldn't care much about a virtual award you won. :P

It's something worth thinking about and worth a shot. If it does get into the situation toga described, we probably will just put an end to it immediately. :) This isn't the BW forums where even a friendly question gets tons of personal attacks back. :P
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On second thought, I think we dont need this "Wall of Fame". This forum has succeeded because there is no hierarchy and people are equal here. Everyone contributes to one another's success. For instance, my acceptance to Ross was not entirely of my own doing. Several people, many of them dont frequent the forum anymore, helped me gain the knowledge to succeed. So, I cant readily accept any titles saying the most unexpected success or whatever.

Even people who post insightful posts do so because there are others stimulating the
discussion. If you contribute enough, you will make enough friends and I have been fortunate to make some myself. I dont need any additional incentives. Also, for those who contribute, there is enough recognition already with the "mod" title and the kudos system.

This is a forum for equals, irrespective of how smart or successful each one of us individually are. I vote to keep the forum the way it is today. No special awards, no walls of fame. Just a group of friendly folks helping each other.

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ncprasad wrote:
This forum has succeeded because there is no hierarchy and people are equal here.


NC, I don't know what you're talking about, but in my mind, other than Praet, I rule over all y'all. :wink:

just kidding. Anyway, great post, kudos!
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New post 02 Apr 2008, 17:06
What about just starting a "superlatives" thread instead? This way, it's not competitive and hopefully funny.

e.g. rhyme could be "Most Likely to stage a coup to become president of Chicago GSB", or nervous could be "Most Likely to receive Christmas bonuses from Yale and UNC waitlisters", pelihu could be "Best Networker Ever" (even though I've never met you).

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I agree with NC 100%. I think this place is more than about who gets in where. I have gotten a lot of help from folks that wouldnt make the wall based on the schools they got into or dinged by. Nervous and Terry definitely deserve props for getting in where they did but so do 50 or 60 other people who got into great schools.

I think that the help we give each other is what sets this place apart not who got in where. If you want to recognize folks recognize the productive posters, mods, and admin who make this place what it is. I know without a lot of the information and motivation I gathered on this site I wouldnt have gotten into Kellogg.

Feel free to recognize fellow posters, mods, praet, whoever you want for the help and info they provide on here. However, please dont name Kry, his ego is already out of control. :lol:
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