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Application Withdrawal | From CPA to M&A

Not in the sense that I miss filling out applications because I DON’T. Rather, I withdrew my applications from NYU & Yale this morning.  Both are great schools that I simply didn’t take the time to get to know. I attended a 2-hr tour and information session really just to answer the 1st part of Stern’s Consortium essay question: What is your personal experience with the Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us. As for Yale, I didn’t visit and only applied in the last few days before the deadline when I found a way to twist/mangle/warp one of my Columbia essays to somehow write Yale’s personal statement. I clearly didn’t feel as passionate about NYU or Yale as I do for Columbia, Booth and Tuck.

Speaking of Booth and Tuck, I’ve invested so much time and energy getting to know these schools that I can make a strong case for why there’s currently a 3-way tie for my first choice. I initially planned to refrain from making any hardcore comparisons until I had all the results. The thing is, Columbia’s enrollment deadline is before I hear back from the other 2 schools (see Status of Applications page) so I have some serious thinking to do.

Columbia Connect will be held on 2/10. It’ll be my third time visiting so I know I’ll have a great time, but hopefully I’ll receive a solid tuition fellowship as well. If that’s the case, my decision should be a whole lot easier.

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4 Responses to Application Withdrawal

  1. Fellowships to schools you love do make the decisions easier. However, if you do get a sweet fellowship from CBS I would encourage you not to withdraw your apps from the other schools you’re in love with. They might give you a solid fellowship too. Or would money from CBS trump any other offer you could get?

    • Hey Zil. At this point, I’m 90-95% accepting the offer, with the remaining 5-10% just being the act of writing a deposit check. Today, I realized that when people ask me where I’m going, I just say “Columbia” without hesitation, lol and I have to admit it has a nice ring to it. I plan to write a longer post but basically Tuck’s location is impractical for me and the class size is too small. Booth, even though I love Chicago and the Harper Center, hasn’t given me an interview yet and I can’t think of a good reason to ask for an extension just to see if 1) I’ll get accepted and 2) I’ll get more money. There’d have to be a significant difference in my net outflow at the end of the day for me to pick Booth. I know I’m being nit-picky, but both schools are amazing so I kind of have to be. Also, Columbia moved extremely quickly on my application which is a great signal and one that I really appreciate. Oh, and I could move to NYC just for the Haitian food – one of my favorite places is just 15 blocks from campus!

      While I’m not a republican, I can’t help but feel like Mitt Romney in the sense that he wants to end the nomination process and turn his focus to President Obama. I just want to be done with admissions and focus on Scholarships, Pre-MBA internships and saving money. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started filling out applications for all sorts of things (Toigo Foundation, NBMBAA scholarships, Investment Banking summer camps, and so forth) It really never ends!

  2. Food is a damn good reason for any and all choices. The Harper Center cafeteria solidified my decision to apply to Booth. I know that CBS answered you very quickly, but isn’t that more a function of their rolling admissions process? It’s hard to say that other schools who operate by defined rounds are less interested or wasting time.

    And yes I’m sick of this process too and would like to be done with it. I’ve also started looking at scholarships and started planning my summer travel. Umm…the NBMBAA 2012 scholarship app is open now? I just checked last week and it still has the 2011 info up.

  3. glorioussilver says:

    Yeah, I reread what I wrote and I could have worded it better. I meant that CBS turned my application around more quickly than other CBS candidates, not compared to other schools. I agree with you that I can’t use response time against programs w/o rolling admissions.

    Oh and I didn’t realize until after I replied to you that the NBMBAA Scholarship Information was from last year so thanks for keeping me honest, lol. I added a page to my blog “Scholarships and Pre-MBA opportunities” where I’ve been posting some links and resources. Hopefully, you and others will find this information useful.

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