ISB Application submitted, takeaways

Posted: December 1, 2010 in bschools, ISB, mba
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Lets get to the point, damn straight!

Here is a list of TODOs an MBA aspirant should keep in mind to submit his/her application successfully:

  1. Keep your essays for the last week or so
  2. Write scholarship essay on the last day before going to office
  3. Scan all documents ย to be uploaded in the evening of the deadline and let the whole office know you are upto something ๐Ÿ˜
  4. Ask the finance guys for the most recent breakup of your salary, on the last day, and then bug him to hurry up
  5. Sleep very less for the last 3-4 days before the deadline
  6. Change your essays drastically one day before the deadline
  7. Call up your Mom and Dad to ask for their income returns, in case you wish to apply for a need based scholarship
  8. ……….. etc …..Keep all things for the last moment ………….. etc …………….

 

Whoaaaa!

 

Caution: Now if you wish to follow the above list, you are headed for disaster. To confess, I found myself doing many such things, hence the word “Caution” in the beginning.

Filling up an application form is a daunting task. You want to do that in the best possible way, since you may never get that ‘second chance’ ๐Ÿ˜ ย So plan things accordingly and help yourself by escaping last minute anxieties.

Revert the TODOs in the above list to get a list of GOOD TODOs that an applicant should follow ๐Ÿ™‚

So I’m done with submitting my ISB App for the Class of 2012. ย Frankly, after proof reading essays for (n+1)th time, I just couldn’t take it anymore, hence hit the submit button.

My take on the application process:

 

Application Process:

  • Damn smooth barring a few hiccups when you need to clear cookies etc to save info. But that’s okay! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • The Admissions Office is very helpful. Prompt email and phone replies.
  • Special Helpline setup – 7am to 12 pm – very helpful.

 

Essays:

  • You can find analysis of how to approach the essays in plenty on the web. Just Google.
  • I think it takes time to bring out the best in your personality and decide what needs to be presented. Don’t ignore this fact. It takes time.
  • 300 words is just too few to tell your story, generate interest towards your profile and convince the AdCom to call you for an interview (i/v). So be very choosy what needs to be said. Rather, what needs to be left unsaid. Wow! I love philosophy ๐Ÿ™‚
  • That’s enough I guess! ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Scholarship Essay:

  • Advisable to submit an essay for a need based scholarship. Even if you don’t get that, what’s the harm?
  • The essay specifically stated to write on the need based part.
  • Merit based scholarships are different from Need based ones – No essays to be submitted for merit based schols – every admit is considered for such schols

 

I think the most most important important ๐Ÿ™‚ things are summed up above.

Submitted the app at ~ 22:00 hrs. Had Pizza ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Hope to get that elusive call. Amen!

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Comments
  1. Ashok Kadam says:

    All the best friend. I submitted at 4:00 AM on 30th November ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Yaman says:

    Hi,
    Which schools provide need based scholarships for Indian students?
    I was able to find many scholarships but not many in which Indian students were allowed… Would be thankful if you could tell your experience with scholarships.
    Thanks
    Yaman

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