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Check out the chats! Accepted.com chats are chock full of info! Visit our
transcript page to catch up on
what you missed in earlier chats.
Deadlines Dead Ahead
The holidays are past, and it's back to work. Somehow, those application deadlines
seemingly crept up out of nowhere. It's crunch time.
We want to help you, but please give us enough time to do so. Don't wait another minute
before registering for Accepted.com services
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Accepted.com Masters the Niche
The Business Advisor
profiles Accepted.com in its article on "Niche Masters" by Linda Formichelli.
Accepted.com's editors, staff, and clients extend condolences to Accepted.com editor
Sheila Bender on the passing of her son, Seth Bender.
The Optional Question: To Be or Not To Be
Bottom line: Let it be!
You can use the optional question for the following purposes:
What if you don't have any weaknesses to address? Lucky you! Then you simply have
to decide if you have an experience or quality that will add value to your application
and isn't given adequate attention elsewhere in your application. In making that evaluation,
remember that none of the adcoms seek narrow nerds. They read your essays to discover what
kind of human being you are. So if your personal statement or essays have focused exclusively
on professional activities and say little about you as an individual, the optional essay
allows you to reveal a different side of your personality and experience. You can reveal
that other dimension when you write about a hobby, involvement in the arts, distinctive
personal background, community service or political experience, sports participation, etc.
Bottom line: The optional essay is an opportunity for you to provide additional reasons
for the adcom to admit you. Use it wisely to increase your chances of admission.
Make sure you don't squander it by merely repeating material found elsewhere in the
application or offering some kind of grand finale summary. Doing so simply irritates
admissions people. In that case, it's better not to be.
Resumes for College Students and Recent Graduates
You're seeking an internship during college or have just graduated and are targeting
that long-awaited first post-college job. Yet you don't feel that your actual work
experience waitress, cashier, camp counselor reflects your knowledge,
skills, and potential. Most likely, your school-related accomplishments and activities
do more accurately reflect your potential and capabilities.
Here are some tips for preparing a resume if you are pursuing a college-related
internship or that first post-graduation job that go beyond the obvious "education"
and "work experience":
Member, Professional Association of Resume Writers
Job Market for English Faculty Turns...
According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the number of faculty openings in
English is up for the third year in a row. This year, the number of openings rose by
6% from 899 in 1999 to 954 in 2000 according to the Modern Language Association. The
total number of positions in English has risen 37% since 1997.
ABA Remains Accrediting Authority for Law Schools
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a key Department of Education committee
has found that the A.B.A.'s standards for accrediting law schools are reasonable. Critics
charge that A.B.A. standards unnecessarily inflate law school costs and consequently make
it much harder for disadvantaged students to obtain a legal education. Although the critics
have lost this battle, if not the war, they have clearly influenced the A.B.A. to give the
law schools more discretion.
I am pleased to announce that our next chat will focus on the Kenan-Flagler Business
School of University of North Carolina on Tuesday, January 9, 2001 at 10:00 AM PST
(11:00 AM Mountain Time, 12:00 PM Central Time, 1:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:00 PM GMT).
Dr. Jim Dean, Associate Dean at Kenan Flagler; Sherry Wallace, Director of Admissions
at Kenan-Flagler; and a UNC second-year student will join us for a lively discussion.
I have had the pleasure of corresponding with Dr. Dean about Kenan-Flagler's program
and goals. It is a top school committed to growth and improvement. If you are serious
about obtaining a quality MBA education, bring your questions about UNC's program and
admissions policies to Accepted.com's UNC chat. Mark your calendars!
The chat will take place in our chat room.
For further information, please visit our chat section
or e-mail email@example.com.
From My Mailbox
"BTW, your admissions chats are a great source of info. A lot of the things
discussed came out during my recent campus visits at Wharton and Columbia."
Wharton Announces West Coast Outpost
The Wharton School announced that it is launching Wharton West in Northern California,
which will offer Wharton's executive MBA program, MBA courses for students based at
the Philadelphia campus, internships, and executive education programs.
Dear Harker explains, "Wharton West is a direct response to market forces. It
will bring the Wharton brand of management education and the best of Wharton's resources
to emerging markets and developing industries in the West. We recognize that our faculty
and students must be able to work firsthand on the West Coast, and this gives us an
historic opportunity to expand our leadership in business education and service in one
of the world's most important hubs of technological and economic activity."
Chicago Seeks New Dean
Businessweek reports that Dean Robert S. Hamada, the University of Chicago
Graduate School of Business' dean for the last eight years, announced his departure.
For more details, please visit Businessweek.
Yet Another Set of Rankings
Tired of ranking based on mundane, crass measures like salary, student or recruiter
satisfaction, GMAT? Burned out on those who rank according to subjective indices like
reputation? According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the most recent yardstick,
published by the Academy of Management Journal, ranks b-schools based on the schools'
influence and professors' research productivity as measured by the number of pages
that faculty members publish in top-tier scholarly journals from 1986 to 1998.
The latest top ten: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Stanford, NYU, Chicago, Columbia,
Minnesota, UT-Austin, Harvard, Kellogg.
For the complete list, please visit
Specialty in Demand
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published this month a study
projecting the balance between demand and supply for intensivists and pulmonary care
specialists in light of the aging population. The study concludes that the current ratio of
supply to demand will remain "in rough balance until 2020" for intensivists.
However between 2007 and 2020, the study predicts a worsening shortage with a shortfall of
22% by 2020 and 35% by 2030. For pulmonary specialists, the shortfall is anticipated before
2007 and will be 35% by 2020 and 46% by 2030.
Perhaps you should consider this specialty?
Baylor College of Medicine's President Steps Down
Dr. Ralph Feigin, president of Baylor College of Medicine for the last five years, has
announced his plans to resign. Dr. Feigin found overly taxing the increasing demands of
running the school while also teaching and serving as physician-in-chief of Texas Children's
Hospital and chairman of Baylor's pediatrics department. He will stay on as president until
Baylor finds his successor, approximately six months to one year.
Do You Have Entrepreneurial Dream?
Are you torn between pursuing your entrepreneurial vision and completing your bachelor's
degree? The University of Maryland has designed a program that may allow you to do both.
The Hinman CEOs program for upper-class undergraduates encourages entrepreneurial
creativity by placing participants together in a high-tech living arrangement that
encourages them to "incubate creative ideas and develop critical business skills
in a team-based environment." In addition, students will meet weekly with business
leaders and speakers, take courses in entrepreneurship, and be eligible to participate
in the Hinman Business Plan Competition.
For more information, please visit http://www.hinmanceos.umd.edu.
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