Monday, September 25, 2006

It was around this time last year that I was busy preparing my application for ISB. The amount of time spent over analyzing each essay, reading and re-reading same essays till you felt no one could like it, running after the recommenders and begging them to complete the recommendation without being pushy (it could affect what they wrote about you). One of the difficulties in writing essays is trying to defend what you have written if you have not thought through it enough. Wondering the number of different questions that the AdComm could was an arduous task.

The BITSIAN community was a real help to all the BITSians who applied last year, there are 11 of us here at ISB. Preparing together often acts as a motivation to get the job done. The concept is even more prevalent in a B-school in the context of interviews.

The interview took place in The Taj Hotel in Delhi, and it was a really chilly day. I remember meeting other candidates there, but it was difficult to strike up a conversation given the fact that some of them were nervous, others writing an essay and yet others pacing the room. We had an essay to write, something in 50 words, and the topic was such that you definitely couldn't do justice to it in the time and space provided.

My interview had gone well, but my interviewer left ISB this year, and I would have really liked to know about the answers to the questions he had asked. I remember feeling relaxed, as they chatted with me and the whole process went smoothly, it got over in 25 - 30 minutes.

I am recounting this, as it is time for the cycle 1 deadline and all ISB aspirants gear up to face the challenge of the Admission process.

Good luck to all!
One of the things to remember is, "failures are the pillars of success".



Blogger Meenakshi Chatterjee said...

What topic did you write for in the 50 minutes that you got?

11:49 AM  
Blogger Addy said...

Thanks for the tips di.
Honestly, between the two of you, you have the hugest resource for any reasonably higher-study-oriented BITSian.

11:57 AM  

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