The joint session between Cornell, Yale, NYU Stern, Fuqua Cal and Tuck was awesome!
This Atlanta info session had a very different vibe then the sessions I have previously attended in San Francisco. The room was very diverse and had almost an equal grouping of men and women.
For the session each of the school reps took turns giving a general overview of the various parts of the application process from Essays to Interview.
Here are some new takeaway points:
*The optional essay DOES NOT need to be an essay. Actually it should just be bullet points that explain the special circumstances you you exerienced.
*For Essays: Get feedback from people who know you well to make sure the essay reflects your true self. Also get feedback from people who don’t know you well to make sure that they understand you career and academic progression.
*For interviews: Find out who conducts the interviews for the schools you are looking at, I.e. 2nd year students, alumni or admissions officers. Then plan to have follow-up questions after the interview that is suited specifically to them.
*For interviews: Make sure you don’t spend too much time on your first few questions because then your interviewer won’t be able to get to ask you all the questions on their list. Therefor they will not be able to give the admissions commitee a full overview of you as a candidate.
*For interviews: find out what information your interviewer is comming into the interview with. Have they seen your full application, or will they just have your resume. This will help you understand how you need to shape your interview answers. If you ask the school they will tell you this information.
*For interviews: when answering a question use the SAR method
Speak with specific annecdotes
Action-tell about the specific actions you took
Results-what was the outcome
*About the Consortium
-schools can see your rankings
– Where they really matter is when schools hand out fellowships, since schools only have a certain amount of dollars to handout.
I am attending the Consortium MAPS event on Saturday will be sure to share all the insights I gain from that event here.