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25 days later

I had taken a sanity check on 4th Dec, to get my application process back on track and I’m quite happy I did. So despite targeting 5 very different essay sets, I am pleased with my current status:
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Columbia: all essays done, revised, checked, reviewed & modified – even the 21st century MBA one. One reco is in, the other one should come by the 1st. So, planning to kick-off my new year with the submit button!
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LBS: done for more than a month, rethinking on whether to put in R2 or R3 – I heard their R3 is like  US schools’ R2, and they even have an R4. Now am I being pennywise n poundfoolish here? need a quick over-the-weekend decision, as I’ll have to courier the transcripts on 31st
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Wharton: first things first, the Outsider essay rocks! or so my reviewers said. The problem is that the failure essay doesnt. Attacking it this weekend, so that new year’s eve sees this essay jiving into the night! 3 recos have been activated, follow-up required – this would be my first school with a current employer reco, although an ex-colleague, and not a supervisor.
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HBS: all essays have turned out better than I expected. Maybe I need to overhaul my 3rd accomplishment, possibly even replace it… Plus I need to activate the recos soon, as I have already asked all 3 recommenders to use the same Wharton examples.
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Chicago:Essays are good, but the ppt looks cool… much better than I expected initially. Just a bit of editing required, and I’ll be home. I’m targeting it after all my other submits, next weekend maybe, as there’s enough time.
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So that’s that, a heavy weekend ahead, followed by a very stiff work scchedule next week, and then my Tuck interview (Where are you, my 2nd year Tuckie? You were supposed to contact me 2 weeks back…)

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Wharton & Chicago came out with their R1 admits almost 2 weeks back, and their deadlines were barely 2-3 weeks before MIT …
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Is Rod Garcia going thru all the applications himself?
I thought he’d have an Adcom for that 😉
Why then is MIT taking so much time to come out with the interview calls?

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Now that a lot of Round One decisions have started, many people have a great holiday season to look ahead to… but thats only half the story.
A larger number are in the process of fine-tuning their balance applications, maybe even overhauling entire essays!
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I found a nice blog post with advice on how to approach Round Two… check it out, all ye banished-to-dingland folks, there’s always more to look forward to!

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Dear HBS reviewer,
You may recall I sent you my HBS essay set almost a week ago. I understand this is holiday season and you have gone on a 2week-long vacation to God-knows-where-in-the-hills. I would like to remind you that the least you could have done is to tell me you would take extra time. When your cellphone was unreachable, I had to follow up at your office only to be told that you are on leave till 2nd January.
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I hope you do recall the time when I put in your recommendation for your current job, after you had been dying to get in PE for the last two years. I didnt want to sound desperate by mentioning this, but I really am. Please read my essays soon and give me some relevant feedback, like the last time you did for my Tuck essays.
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Dear Columbia reviewer,
I know I need to be extremely polite with you since you have been my ex-boss, and are writing recommendations for 8 schools. But I expected you to give me the Columbia feedback by Friday. I am sure you are busy drinking away to glory with your long weekend break, but please take a look at my essays somewhere between your first and fifth beer of the day. I fully understand before the first, you would be suffering last night’s hangover, and after the fifth you would be preparing for tomorrow morning’s.
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I need to send you my Chicago essay once you’re thru with Columbia, so please hurry up! Not that I have completed the powerpoint, but I cannot tell you that, can I? I look forward to your feedback so that puts some fire under my ass and makes me expedite my Chicago set.

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… I’m not too happy with the way my powerpoint has shaped up; there’s so much more I can say, and in a much better way, but I’m not getting those creative juices flowing 😦
I’ve heard stories of how creative people have gotten with their Stern III, and with a similar applicant catchment I’m getting worried.
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Any ideas from people who have submitted and got their decisions ?
Guys, do your good deed of the day 🙂 share some ideas, even those you didn’t use, or those you’ve heard others used, whatever, anything will help right now!!! 

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A big round of congratulations to all R1 admits, especially fellow bloggers…
bschoolbound: Wharton
mbarunnergirl: Chicago, Columbia
tinydancer: Wharton
mbabound08: Kellogg
chaos: ISB
powerleveler: INSEAD
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And some fresh interview calls:
mbabound08: Berkeley
julydream: Darden
achilles: Stern
usha: ISB
chaos: Tuck
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I’m sure there are many more admits in our blogosphere, which will be posted once the partying is thru… way to go, guys! For the waitlisters, I’m sure you are working on other R2 apps while waiting on H/S/etc decisions. I’ll be joining you soon (next week/month/year – hey I love saying this) in the long wait  – though I’m already a bit concerned with the slow MIT & Darden processes!!!

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My current recommenders are both my ex-managers at my previous firm, and I last had worked there more than two years back

I would like to avoid reaching out to any supervisor at my current firm, mainly because no one here knows my plans and it would become difficult for me. Actually I did talk to one of my previous managers here, about 3 months back, and he was willing… but I would only be able to talk to him on phone, as he is based in another city. Don’t know whether he even remembers our conversation!

For the same reason I want to avoid any clients. Anyways most of them are hardly aware of the process, and sorry for being blunt and arrogant, dont think any of them would be able to write properly. My only other option is an ex-colleague who quit about 3 months back, which is the option I’m seriously exploring now. He was very suportive and even wished me success more than 4-5 times in 15 min.

Now here’s the twist: HBS wants 3 recos, for which I’ll definitely need him! For the balance does it make sense to have 2 recos from my previous company? Will they wonder why I didnt get my current or recent supervisor? Even if I can explain that in some way, will they not think that I did not have anyone else from my personal/community life who could vouch for me? I’m confused how to approach this…

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