MBA Admissions Wire by "Tad Holbie"

"Tad Holbie's" weblog of his 2002-03 business school application experience.
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Currently Reading:
Liar's Poker
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street

Bond Market
How the Bond Market Works


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Montauk
How To Get Into the Top MBA Programs

Kaplan
Kaplan GMAT 2003

Kaplan 800
Kaplan GMAT 800
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My Applications
Michigan
Status: Admitted in R2!
* Homepage
* Ambasador Program
* M-Track Message Board
* Monroe Street Journal newspaper
* University of Michigan Merchandise
* UMBSA FAQ about life in Ann Arbor
* Ann Arbor Weather
My posts:
* List of essay topics
* Outlining the essays
* My alumni interview
* UMBS/Ann Arbor photos:
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(Click to enter my UMBS photo album)
Chicago GSB
Status: Submitted for R1; Denied Admissions after interview
* Homepage
* ChiBus newspaper
My posts:
* My alumni interview
* Approach/status of essays: 1, 2, 3, 4
* Posts on essay B: 1, 2
* Dinged!
* Chicago photos:
(Click to enter my Chicago photo album)
Columbia
Status: Denied Admissions after Interview
* Homepage
* Online Status Check
* Finance Dept. homepage
* The Bottom Line Newspaper
* Columbia Merchandise
* Adrian Hind, student weblog
* New York weather
My posts:
* Info session summary
* My second campus visit
* List of essay topics
* Outlining the essays
* Posts on essay #1: 1
* Posts on essay #2: 1, 2
* Posts on essay #3: 1
* My alumni interview
* Columbia photos:
(Click to enter my Columbia photo album)
HBS
Status: Submitted for R1; Denied Admissions
* Homepage
* HarBus newspaper
* Adam Medros, student weblog
My posts:
* Info session summary
* Recommendation e-mail
* Approach/status of essays: 1, 2, 3, 4
* Essay word counts
* Posts on essay #3 and #4: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
* Posts on essay #6: 1, 2, 3
* Photos from campus
* Class visit experience
* Dinged!
* HBS photos:
(Click to enter my HBS photo album)
Kellogg
Status: Denied admissions after waitlist
* Homepage
* Online Status Check
* 2002-03 Calendar
* Kellogg Merger newspaper
* Professor McGee's Musings
* Northwestern University Merchandise
* Evanston weather
My posts:
* 2002 Waitlist Wrapup
* List of essay topics
* Starting the Kellogg app
* Outlining the essays
* Posts on essay #1: 1, 2
* Posts on essay #2: 1
* Posts on essay #3: 1, 2
* Posts on essay #4: 1
* Reviewing my essays
* My alumni interview
* Notes on my second campus visit
* Northwestern/Kellogg photos:
(Click to enter my August Kellogg photo album)
(Click to enter my April Kellogg photo album)
Sloan
Status: Submitted for R1; Denied admissions after interview.
* Homepage
* Sloan Management Review
* 2002 Employment Report (PDF)
My posts:
* Info session summary
* Links to Sloan's tracks
* Note the mail-in items
* Approach/status of essays: 1, 2
* Cover letter: 1, 2
* Post on essay #1
* Post on essay #3
* My interview experience
* MIT/Sloan photos:
(Click to enter my Sloan photo album)
Stanford GSB
Status: Submitted for R1; Denied Admissions
* Homepage
* Stanford Reporter newspaper
My posts:
* Online recommender setup
* Posts on essay A: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
* Posts on essay B: 1
* Dinged!
Wharton
Status: Submitted for R1; Denied Admissions after interview
* Homepage
* Student2Student message board
* Wharton Journal newspaper
* Laura Bennett, student diary
* Student Diaries
My posts:
* Info session summary
* Approach/status of essays: 1, 2, 3, 4
* Posts on essay #1: 1, 2
* Posts on essay #4: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
* Photos from campus
* The interview experience
* Dinged!
* Wharton photos:
(Click to enter my Wharton photo album)
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Advice/Thoughts
GMAT
Taken: Once, in 2002
Score: 760+
Advice: Get it over with quickly, aim for 670+
* Thoughts on the GMAT: 1, 2, 3
Recommendations
Advice: Ask them at least 2 months in advance
* Initial thoughts
* On delays: 1, 2
Essays
Advice: Develop an overall message. Write outlines. Revise many times. Have a friend proofread. Be honest. Answer what is asked.
* My initial thoughts
* Don't write what you think they want to hear
* My process
Interviews
Advice: Know yourself. Review your application, answers to common questions.
* AdComm or Alum?
* My list of prep questions
Application Process
Advice: Start early. Give yourself at least two months to finish your first application.
* The "bible" of MBA application's, Montauk's How to Get Into the Top MBA Programs
* Tips on where to start
* Living the double life
* Dealing with disappointment
Financial Aid
Advice: Start early, even before getting accepted anywhere. Americans should fill-out and submit their FAFSA forms as soon as they have 2002 financial/tax info.
* Department of Education FAFSA Website
* Request a PIN for the FAFSA
* List of documents needed to complete the FAFSA form
* FAFSA School Code Lookup
* Legal Disclaimer
Site Info
Started: August 28, 2002
Creator: "Tad Holbie"
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Disclaimers
Who is "Tad Holbie"?
Tad Holbie is a pseudonym I created to protect my privacy and identity as I apply to business school (don't believe me? Google it for yourself). I am a young, American, first-time applicant to some of the elite business schools in the fall of 2002. My e-mail is tholbie@hotmail.com.
If I am accepted to one of the business schools I've applied to, I will be more revealing about my identity and personal details.
When did I start all this?
I started this Weblog a couple months after I got serious about applying to business school. The first post was on August 28th, 2002. When do I have time to write this site? In between my full-time job and writing essays, time is limited. But I am a fast typist and am quick to jot down my thoughts during spare moments.
Why MBA Admissions Wire?
I started this website to record and share my experiences applying to business school (a long and stressful process). As time has gone by and greater numbers of readers e-mailed me to ask for advice, encourage me, and share their experiences, I have turned this site into a resource for all MBA applicants, in effect creating an online community.
How do I do MBA Admissions Wire?
It's very easy, and (best of all) free. Just go to Blogger.com and after a free registration you can have your own Weblog too! Even better, they offer free hosting on their Blogspot.com server!
Disclaimer:I am not an admissions officer, nor am I affiliated with any of the schools, organizations, or sites listed on this page (i.e. I haven't even been accepted to any B-School--this is my first time applying!). The events described on this web page are real events, though certain names, genders, locations, and dates (i.e. interview dates, submission dates, etc.) may be changed to protect my identity. If you are applying to any of the schools listed on this page, please refer to their official web sites for the definitive deadline dates, application procedures, etc. (i.e. It's not a smart move to rely on this page while applying). The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author.
I am also neither a lawyer nor an accountant. All information and events describing or related to financial aid, tuition, scholarships, loans, and other monetary matters is strictly meant to only describe "Tad Holbie's" situation, and should not be considered instructions, financial advice, or in any way pertaining to the [reader's] financial situation. Consult your own accountant/lawyer when making important financial decisions.
Any questions, e-mail him at tholbie@hotmail.com (and no, that isn't my real name).
About Interviews: I may or may not disclose if/when/with whom I have been invited to interviews. At present, I'm leaning towards discussing my interview experiences a few days/weeks after they happen. Mark me "undecided".
Privacy Policy: If you choose to e-mail me, I promise not to publish your name, e-mail address, or contact information on my website without first getting your permission. I may excerpt part or all of your e-mail on my site, but will take care to edit out any information that might identify the source. If you don't want any or your e-mail posted on my site, just put "Please keep private" at the bottom of your e-mail. Any questions, e-mail me at tholbie@hotmail.com.
Posting Policy: Basically, anything you post can be reviewed by me. If I find a post to the message board or comment system that is sufficiently rude, offensive, moronic, I'll feel free to a) delete it, and/or b) ban you from posting ever again. In conclusion: You don't have free speech on my site, so don't be a jerk.
Commentary

Welcome! First time visitors are encouraged to start here.

Saturday, February 01, 2003

Posted 12:13 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #390263828:

UMBS announces its new Bloomberg Certification program.
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Posted 9:10 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90263243:

I was reading over the online version of the Kellogg Merger [school newspaper] and, like many MBA papers, it has a section on cohort/section life (in Kellogg's case, it's called "Chatter"). Basically it's a column about the goings on in each section (here's an example from the latest issue).

Maybe it's just me, but this is what weblogs were made for. Why should the sections have to tie their "news updates" to the print cycle of a ink-and-paper publication? With a weblog, publication can be on-the-fly, collaborative, dynamic. Just a thought.
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Friday, January 31, 2003
Posted 5:29 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90261300:

The most sensible Business Week post in a while.
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Posted 5:18 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90261137:

Odds and Ends
Thoughts that have crossed my mind recently:

1) I guess a lot of you are making last minute changes to the apps due around now (the list would include Haas, Anderson, Fuqua, and Sloan). Good luck!
2) The application scene is now in the heart of the "dead zone" between first and second round decisions (Sloan being the odd school out, with its R1 decisions two weeks hence). Next week is going to be very quiet.
3) My weekend will be mostly MBA-free (thank goodness), although that doesn't mean I won't be working on apps. ;-)
4) My main goal for the weekend, which should take an hour or two, is to get reaquainted with my Kellogg application. I don't have any fancy method of preparing for interviews or whatnot; rather, I want to be reminded of what my case was, see if there are any areas I want to "correct", and refresh my memory of a school's high points.
5) I expect next week to be fairly quiet (on the MBA front) and tedious (on the job front). The weekafter will be action-packed, with a [probable] trip to Boston, a major work deadline, the Sloan decision, and the [expected] embarking for Hong Kong.
6) The decision wait is taking its toll on me; my temper is noticeably shorter and I've had two co-workers tell me I "look like hell" (not that I'm a flowering beauty on other days). In my defence, they both saw me after nights of only three hours of sleep. (Note: "Mr. Deeds" is not worth staying up late to watch).
7) I have made some tweaks to the site over the past ten days: making my GMAT range more accurate, taking out the "My Goals" blurb at the top, etc. I'm trying to make the site more accurate, streamlined, and useful to the average reader. As always, suggestions are welcome.
8) Once again, I step up to defend AdComm officers.
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Posted 3:04 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #390260681:

I follow Jim McGee's weblog about knowledge management pretty closely, and recommend it to anyone interested in the subject (full disclosure: McGee is a professor at Kellogg). In a recent post, he touches on a subject close to my heart:

"Once you learn that you can create, I think you become more comfortable with sharing the results of your creation. Don't worry, there's more where that came from. If you're contribution is to simply distribute the fruits of someone else's creation, perhaps you are more fearful about your value in the mix. Fear makes you likely to grasp at what you've got, rather than reach out for what is possible."

This pretty much sums up my attitude towards this site. As it has progressed and grown larger, I've become more confident in its value. Some readers ask why I'm not afraid or embarassed by the possibility that my endeavor will end in complete failure (by which they mean not being accepted to any business school). The words above is a big part of the answer: "I have become comfortable sharing the results of [my] creation." I think that my story, whether ending in triumph or not, has value to others.

That, and I don't base my self-worth on business school admissions (nothing personal, y'all) or the opinions of the loitering class.
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Posted 12:45 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90258618:

Friday Deadline Countdown
* 14 days left until the MIT Sloan Round 1 decision
* 43 days left until the UMBS Round 2 decision
* 59 days left until the Kellogg Round 2 decision
* ?? days left until the Columbia decision

My status:
* Sloan - Submitted for Round 1; Interviewed
* Kellogg - Submitted for Round 2
* Columbia - Submitted for Regular Decision
* UMBS - Submitted for Round 2; Interviewed

I'm warily eyeing that one-month gap between the Sloan and UMBS decisions. Thankfully the Hong Kong trip should help make that time go by faster...
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Posted 11:08 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90259508:

Amazon is speechless
I'm looking for some good books to read during the trip to Hong Kong, so I go to Amazon and click on its recommendations. It's answer? "We're sorry. We were unable to find any titles to recommend after looking at your purchase history."
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Posted 8:37 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90258677:

For all the Columbia (Regular Decision) applicants out there, apparently they don't start releasing acceptances until February 14th (Valentine's Day...awwwww).
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Posted 8:12 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90258702:

I just looked over the Kellogg Round 1 thread on the Business Week Forum. Glancing through the posts (from 2629 to 2850) on the R1 decision day, January 27th, it seems clear that the acceptance rate for the last day was much lower than the preceding weeks. I saw fewer than five accepts compared to more than twenty dings/waitlists. The overall reported rate for accepts on that thread was much higher (I'm aware that rejected candidates are much less likely to post, but that doesn't factor in comparing one period to another).
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Thursday, January 30, 2003
Posted 5:07 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #390256429:

This is perhaps the most bizarre business school webpage I've ever come across. I was just checking out the Sloan website, and saw a link to a "Student newsletter" (in the bottom right of this page). Going to the newsletter, I find that:
1) It's dated February 3, 2003 (I know MIT is futuristic and all, but...)
2) It's written in a language that I don't recognize (it looks like a mixture of Latin and...some other language--kudos to anyone who can identify it). Here's a snippet from the "Schoolwide Information" section:
"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Sed rhoncus consectetuer justo. Vivamus interdum. Vestibulum pede massa, vestibulum ut, aliquet ac, congue ut, nisl."

It's strange that Sloan would link to a non-English site from its homepage. Perhaps it was hacked?
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Posted 4:05 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90256148:

Habla usted espanol?
Knowledge@Wharton goes trilingual...
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Posted 2:57 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90255768:

INS Adventures
I got a taste of the joy and beauty of the INS experience this morning when I accompanies a friend to get his green card renewed. After ninety minutes waiting outside in sub-freezing temperatures and two hours lined up inside a lifeless office building, despite having all the requisite forms/materials all he got was an appointment form for a couple weeks hence. The whole scene (four hours waiting, zero results) reminded me of how much tougher a road international applicants face. My hat's off to them.
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Posted 2:22 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90255592:

One thing I'll say for my upcoming Kellogg interview, it is perfectly timed, coming just a couple weeks after I submitted the application. The essays are still fresh in my mind, but I've had a rest from them. With the UMBS interview I was still in the midst of finishing the app (i.e. the interview was a bit too early); with the Sloan interview, it had been two months since I turned in the app (i.e. a bit too late); this one will be just right.
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Posted 6:34 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #90253515:

Not encouraging: My CBS application has gone from "Received" to "Incomplete". I'm going to look into this ASAP...

Update: I called the Columbia admissions office, and got the story behind this. Apparently it is either common/expected that, if you have mailed in part of the application, your status will read "Incomplete" until they've matched up all the documents. I was assured (several times) that it doesn't necessarily mean that my application is missing data (which it isn't). If the status still reads incomplete in a few weeks I should call back to fix it.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Posted 5:06 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88229492:

I finally got the photos from my trip to Northwestern scanned and uploaded to MSN. Here is the Jacobs Center, the main Kellogg building:

(Photo not available)

(Click to enter my Kellogg photo album)


I visited Kellogg on a free day during a business trip to Chicago, way back last August. As the photos suggest, the weather was gorgeous-a hot summer day cooled by the breezes of Lake Michigan. In the heart of winter, it's hard not to smile at the thought of relaxing on the benches there.

Unfortunately, as it was still summer, there were very few students around. I chatted with one or two (in the one year program) in a nearby cafe over a coffee, and they were relaxed and friendly. I definitely felt that Evanston was a very comfortable environment (especially when compared to the two schools I had visited earlier in the summer--Columbia and Wharton). It's a very green, pretty college town set not too far from a major city.

As the photo album suggests, I didn't take any organized tour of the school, just walked around the lake and the Northwestern campus in general. Getting around the campus, and the north Chicago area in general, was very easy. I had never been to Chicago before, but with a map and a $20 (!) rental car had no problem making my way from O'Hare to the campus. Of the business schools I've visited over the past year, Kellogg is by far set in the nicest locale...
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Posted 4:09 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88226657:

Wow, who would have thought that an Icelandic web search for "kit kat, case solution -fast.type:offensive -fast.type:offensive" would return this site, at #17?
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Posted 1:46 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88219042:

Hong Kong is a go, for the final two weeks of February. I'm praying that I'll get a positive decision from Sloan on the 14th, because the next day I'll have over twelve hours of sitting in an airplane to ruminate over it...
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Posted 12:54 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88216305:

Business Week has posted its interview with UMBS' Placement Director about MBA-related recruiting, job prospects, and career issues. Quick summary: Class of 2002 was hit hard; 2003 might be a slight improvement; no way to predict about 2005; international applicants the hardest hit.
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Posted 12:04 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88213590:

Covert Interviewing 101
Nowadays, especially with so many companies switching to casual dress, preparing for an after-work interview takes careful planning and pinpoint accuracy. Here's the schedule I follow:

T minus 1 week:
Suit, dress shirt dry cleaned. Haircut, if needed.

T minus 2 days:
Dress shoes brought to shoeshine near office. Copies of resume printed on nice paper.

T minus 1 day:
Shiny dress shoes placed in desk drawer at office. School materials, resume reviewed extensively. Print out map to the interviewer's office.

T minus 12 hours:
Arrive at work very eary, before anyone else, wearing full business suit and old, non-dress shoes. Immediately remove necktie, suit jacket, hang in coat room in another part of the office (i.e. where coworkers won't see them). Also move shined dress shoes from desk to coat room (in non-descript opaque bag). Don sweater vest, brought that morning, to further conceal the fact that am wearing suit pants and a pressed white shirt. Brown shoes serve the same purpose. Read Wall Street Journal, take note of any "big news" for use in interview.

T minus 6 hours:
Review list of possible questions, run over prepared answers. Review highlights of school, especially reason for applying. Read through essays to determine which work/extracurricular projects were not mentioned, for highlighting in the interview.

Don't eat anything pungent for lunch.

T minus 4 hours:
Relax. Review school newspaper for anything of note.

T minus 1 hour:
Leave the office early with a fake excuse. Switch to dress shoes in coat room, leave old shoes and sweater vest in bag in coat room (for pick up the next day). Take suit coat and necktie to restroom, don necktie. Check outfit, use facilities, then leave office through stairs to avoid being spotted by coworkers in the elevator. Go to interviewer's office, hanging out at Starbucks if arrive too early. Instead of relaxing, try to chanel excitement into positive, confident air. Remind self that they would be lucky to have you at their school. Remind self that you desparately want to be admitted there.

T minus 10 minutes:
Arrive, game face on. Go time.

T plus 1 day:
Retrieve non-dress shoes, sweater vest. Mail hand-written thank-you note.
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Posted 11:29 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88211370:

Blogger.com is back!
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Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Posted 1:55 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88168601:

Being at the client site results in much less free time for MBA things. Hopefully on the flight home tonight I'll be able to kick off my Kellogg interview prep: Re-reading my application, re-reading the Kellogg information brochures and notes and whatnot, etc.
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Posted 9:56 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88157305:

I would call this one of the advantages of working in an MBA "feeder" industry...
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Posted 8:50 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88154520:

I didn't spot this before, but there is a Kellogg AdComm FAQ thread on B-Week with some useful information. For example, I noticed that interviewees need to e-mail Kellogg after they've completed their alumni interview. (Note: This thread is for the AdComm to post on only; ask questions on her other thread).
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Posted 8:13 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88153148:

"TexasCanuck" has the definitive post on why stats don't matter much in B-School admissions.
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Posted 8:10 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88153056:

This morning, the wind chill in Boston is -17 degrees. It is moments like this that I regret not applying to USC and UCLA. ;-)
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Monday, January 27, 2003
Posted 3:46 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88114712:

Goody
My CBS application now has a status of "Received" (step 2 in their process) (Note: Didn't receive any e-mail alerting me to the new status). Now if only they have time to read my app, like it, and send me an invitation in the next couple of weeks, I might be able to pull off an interview before the Hong Kong trip...if, if, if...

Speaking of which, Kellogg's alumni interview is scheduled for next week...
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Posted 2:43 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88111727:

Strange. The Columbia Businss School online application seems to be down right now. I get the following error message:

"Server busy or unable to fulfill request. The server is unable to fulfill your request due to extremely high traffic or an unexpected internal error. Please attempt your request again (if you are repeatedly unsuccessful you should notify the site administrator). (Location Code: 25)"
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Posted 1:15 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88107385:

Wow, UNC has stirred up a storm of vitriol because of the delays in the release of decisions. I hope, for their sakes, the applicants who are apalled/enraged by a one or two day delay in decisions (what, they've never missed a deadline?) calm down a bit before they make the decision on where to spend two years of their life (not to mention $60k+).
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Posted 11:07 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88101338:

"Ravi" makes a good point over on the message board: If you are still working on any essays, take advantage of Microsoft Word's "readability statistics" feature, which will give you a measure of how readable your essays are. I had forgotten about this feature, and it could have come in handy.

To enable the feature, follow these instructions (from MS Word help):
"Display readability statistics
1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
2. Select the Check grammar with spelling check box.
3. Select the Show readability statistics check box, and then click OK.
4. Click Spelling and Grammar on the Standard toolbar.
When Word finishes checking spelling and grammar, it displays information about the reading level of the document."
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Posted 10:38 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88099953:

It Makes It All Worthwhile
I've started getting e-mails from readers who have been admitted to R1 schools. To be honest, it makes me very happy that some people have gotten a little bit of solace or encouragement from this site; after all, that's the idea behind it. E-mails like this one make it all worthwhile:

"Hey Tad,
I wanted to thank you for your help during my application process over the last few months and also for your blogs, which have mirrored some of my feelings and thoughts through this crazy process.

I got into Kellogg this week and though you did not directly help my application, I thought I should thank you..."

Trust me, an e-mail like this outweighs a thousand anonymous slurs and insults on B-Week. Thanks to all for reading, and stick around, because there's much more to come!

PS - I do get a fair number of e-mails from this site, but I do read each one and try to respond in a timely manner. I should note that the message board has relieved some of my e-mail load, since it allows people to [anonymously] ask questions and get answers from the collective intelligence of the MBA applicant community. Pure synergy, baby!
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Posted 8:49 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88095435:

I'm back in Boston for two days, having arrived late last night. I come into the [client's office] this morning and do my usual early morning web-browsing (since I'm usually the first one in, there's not a lot to do at these hours). Naturally I check my own website (this one), and see a few questions on the message board. I type in my response and press "POST", and lo and behold, the message board tells me I'm banned from posting! After checking my Tag-Board.com administrative panel, I discover that indeed the IP address of this company is in the "banned" list. It's a small world after all...

PS - I'm amazed to think at how much my world has changed since I was last in Boston on business, December 17th. (Wince).
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Sunday, January 26, 2003
Posted 5:51 PM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88064674:

I ran across Sloan's 2002 employment report (PDF) on their CDO website. With such a small class, it's tough to make an accurate comparison with some of the other big business schools, but the numbers seem roughly in-line. The top-hirer is IBM, but from there on down it's the usual "who's who" of Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, McKinsey, etc.

I must say, it is a bit distressing to see that the base salary figures for Wall Street are below my current salary, but I never said I was in it for the money ;-)
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Posted 9:35 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88047130:

"DAMCKIE" proposes a pre-decision happy hour for Sloan applicants on February 13th. That sounds like a good idea, and since I'll probably be in Boston on business some of that week, if I can get away from the office I'd definitely be there...
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Posted 9:32 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88047044:

One More Time...
I found an e-mail from Kellogg in my inbox on Friday, containing the name of my alumni interviewer. Quite, quite relieved. It now seems likely that I'll be able to complete the [mandatory] interview sometime in the next couple of weeks, before I head off to Boston and Hong Kong. I'll be writing about how I go about preparing for an interview over the next couple of days.

Now if I could just get Columbia to send me an interview invitation soon, my schedule would be complete...
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Posted 9:12 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88046532:

For those of you applying to the University of Chicago GSB, I have uploaded some pictures from the U. of C. campus to my MSN group. They were taken last August during a business trip to Chicago (hence the sunny skies, lack of snow, etc.). Unfortunately, I don't remember/know the names of all the buildings in question, or whether they are used by the business school. To be honest, even on a Sunday afternoon, I felt a little nervous walking around the campus with a lot of photographic equipment--the area didn't exactly feel safe. Of course, during the school year the campus would be filled with students, making it safer...


(Click to go to Chicago GSB photo album)


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Posted 8:20 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88045338:

The secret is revealed: Either I'm a group of people, a good-samaritan B-School student, or an applicant, already accepted somewhere else, with some scheme against Kellogg?!? That narrows it down... ;-)
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Posted 12:01 AM EST by Tad Holbie, Post #88033963:

I'll be making a few organizational changes to the site over the next few days, in order to make it easier to use for all the new visitors.
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