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After my two dings (Darden & Sloan), both without interview, I have been sort of down. Not because I got dinged, but because I wasn’t even invited to interview. Was my application that bad? Does this mean I’m dead meat at Wharton, Harvard, etc? Maybe, maybe not… so I decided to brainstorm on what went wrong. I had done most of this in December while preparing my R2 apps, but it helps to recalibrate my expectations.

Darden: the 300 word essays did me in! Even while writing the essays, I was very confused what they are expecting one to write, how can I get the adcom to know more about me in just 2-3 so-short essays. Just when I was deciding to drop Darden from my list, I had the opportunity to go to their admissions event, and I met Dean Bruner

Anyways, even when I read and re-read my application in Nov/Dec I did not feel confident enough. It wasn’t portraying me fully – though I was (and still am) confused how I could convey everything in 300 words. I think it was all down to the GPA and background stuff for Darden selections, and that way I wasn’t sure I’d make it.

MIT Sloan: This was a long shot from the word go! I decided on Sloan very late (around mid-Oct) and attempted to try out the essays. I can say my essays were quite good, but they lacked anything related to MIT save a few stray points. Neither had I done much research on the school, nor did I think it was important at the time. Plus the E&I program was probably for techno-entrepreneurs, and my goals (while entrepreneurial) are far placed from that. In hindsight, I would have been a misfit in the MIT culture, and surely they realized it before I did. Key learning: research schools before you apply!

The only issue I have is that MIT didn’t even call me for interview. If my essays were good, then they would have tried to understand more about me, wouldn’t they? But then, all my reviewers have given me a ‘two thumbs up’ for my R2 essays, which aren’t too different from the MIT ones. Troubling thought, isn’t it? Will my R2 schools ding me in the same way, considering most of them are even more competitive?

The saving grace was Tuck’s invite. I have heard they do not hand out too many interview invites (given that majority applicants schedule self-initiated IVs) so maybe they did like my essays. The only major difference between my MIT and Tuck essay quality was the school-specific details – Tuck asked for it directly, I gave them my thoughts. Did this exclusion make MIT not extend an IV invite? I don’t know and never will.

Whats next? Some more waiting and anxiety before Tuck’s results are declared on 8th.

Down, but not out! Not yet!

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Waiting for the inevitable

MIT Sloan R1 results are being released today
And I’m waiting for my first DING 😦
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Oh well… it can only get better than this! 🙂

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Some thoughts & self-evaluation on my 1st round applications:

MIT Sloan : submitted on 30th Oct

No interview call yet; I’ve been optimistic, but reality is soon going to bite, on 28th, the day their Round 1 decisions are due. So this may be the end of the road for me at MIT. Agreed they claim to hand out invites till the last day, but practically thats a longer shot than getting into HBS with 100% scholarship 🙂

Darden: submitted on 1st Nov

No love here too! Darden R1 invites seem to have ended – haven’t heard of any new interview invites in the last 2 weeks. In hindsight, my essays were quite weak (but then what do they expect in 300 words?) Maybe they’ll still want to talk to me…

Tuck: submitted on 14th Nov

Got an adcom-initiated interview invite & talked to a 2nd year student. Not a great interview, but not bad enough for a ding either! Results are due on 8th Feb. Lets c…

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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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Too much partying… now the hangover has started hitting me!

Less than 30 days left for 5 schools: HBS, Wharton, (more…)

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I just checked my applications for Darden and Sloan, and both have changed from their previous ‘submitted’ status. So, along with Tuck which (more…)

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My first “SUBMIT”

MIT Sloan has been submitted – The first in my series of school apps.

Next up: Darden !

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