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ISB dared, & Emory knocked

November 21, 2008

ISB dared to ding me.  Sad thing is they’ll never realize whom they just lost.

Now is not the best time to launch a scathing attack on ISB’s admission process. My only beef is when they say that they evaluate a candidate ‘holistically’. They probably bowed to the market conditions and their selection was entirely profile based. I repeat, entirely.

Several members of our Committee carefully evaluated your application in the following areas: work experience, career plans, academic, extra curricular and community involvement, leadership and interpersonal skills. Decisions are based upon an evaluation of your individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as your qualifications relative to those of our applicants. (Emphasis mine)

Please note that this decision is not a reflection of your personal qualities and achievements or your potential for success in management, but merely a reflection of the limited number of seats in the class.

Nah. Don’t tell me all that. If you want, tell me the truth and I might as well forgive you.

Like I said, now’s not the time. My heartiest congratulations to all those who made it. Kudos for becoming a part of one of the best sought after schools in the region.


Emory sends an email with an interview invite for 1st December at Mumbai. I haven’t even submitted the application yet!

I started the day by beginning to plan the next course of applications, and was pleasantly surprised to find Emory’s email while I was considering the same school! So I now need to work on Emory’s essays and application and they have this weird process of initiating the recommendations after the application’s been submitted. Emory has always impressed me and would have been on my first list had I not been foolish enough to experiment with Wharton. Emory is also known for their generous scholarships, which is why I’d probably take a chance.


Where do I stand today? Lets see – I’m hopeful and optimistic about both Ross and Kellogg, with Ross more than Kellogg cos Kellogg goes around interviewing everyone. Though if my understanding of Kellogg’s fit is correct, I should be among the first people they should consider admitting.

Duke happily announced earlier this week via an email that my application is complete and 19th Dec will decide the fate for me. Others who’ve received a similar intimation have been wise enough to decipher that this means an interview waiver. So would Duke take the chance of admitting me without an interview? That would call for a lot of guts.

Tuck is probably happily ensconced deep under the snow in Hanover. I wait eagerly (practically in vain) for that one fine day when it would wake up and find me fit enough for its next batch of the friendliest people on earth.

To keep my mba dream alive, I need to plan and apply to some other schools. Given the loan situation as it stands today, considering any other 2Y MBA from US, no matter how much I like the program, would be futile cos I simply can’t afford it.

Emory still makes the list.

Looking at schools which I can afford – NUS, HKUST meet the conditions. Even CEIBS, as long as they don’t want a congenital connection with China.

Things are getting worse. As of today, I don’t think I have the strength to get into the whole application process again, and that too for schools which I can either not afford or would consider only if I can afford. For all I know, I might just decline the Emory interview and not apply anywhere else. Yes I’m in that state of mind right now.

770 is fast becoming the bane of my life. Don’t tell me that the only good thing about my application is my score. Evaluate me ‘holistically’. Read my essays damnit. You still have time. Admit me before I change my mind.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2008 4:18 pm

    Hard Luck ahembeea! I am an R2 applicant, and seeing the quality of folks who have been turned down in R1 makes me hellishly nervous! Nevertheless, you have some fabulous schools still in the fray and I hope it works out for you soon! Good Luck buddy.

  2. happybunny permalink
    November 21, 2008 8:20 pm

    BSchoolBound, I totally understand your current mind state. It is so hard. Definitely a hit on the ego. Till today I still wonder, what admits got that I don’t get. Then I see some really weak profile admits, I’m even more frustrated because I don’t know what went wrong. It feels like my first break up with my exbf. ‘Why not me!!?’ it’s just not meant to be. I’m happily married now. So… I know it’s hopeful. Keep your optimism up and it will happen for us, it takes time. *cheers*

  3. November 21, 2008 8:41 pm

    Hey, sorry to hear about ISB… but I’m glad that you still have your confidence. You know that you’re a great candidate!

    And good news – getting an interview invite without even applying! Not many are so lucky. Keep up the high spirits.

  4. November 21, 2008 9:19 pm

    Good that u r not allowing ISB result to dent ur spirits.. It’s surely their loss and maybe your gain. You will now use your INR 2 lakh for ur Ross/Kellog deposit!!

  5. Praz permalink
    November 21, 2008 9:23 pm

    Same here mate, but let’s not fret about it. We will sure use the 5K$ for a school deposit in ’09! Good luck

  6. November 21, 2008 9:24 pm

    Surprised to see a potential candidate like you to get a ding! What superhumans is ISB looking for? Now even I know how it hurts when a feel good factor suddenly converts into a ding! All the best and hang on!

  7. November 21, 2008 10:24 pm

    Sorry to hear about the bad news, man. I think the tough thing about this stage is that you start trying to read the tea leaves to understand what your chances really are, and you have no feedback from the schools until the final decision.

    I hope you do the Emory interview. It’s a great school, and Atlanta is fun. Best of luck going forward, and I hope something great comes your way!

  8. HappyLibran permalink
    November 21, 2008 11:45 pm

    Really .. its frustrating.
    Btw, how did you get interview invite without the application from Emory? did you have any contact with them?

  9. ahembeea permalink*
    November 21, 2008 11:46 pm

    My friends and well wishers – what would I do without you? Your words and support are a source of inspiration during such tough times, and gives me the courage to keep going at it stronger.

    MBAAlmighty – to each his own. I hope you get through the first school in R2 that you apply to and never go thru tough times like me. Good luck!

    Happybunny – Well, I now think wooing my to-be wife was so much simpler than what I’m going through now. Thx for your kind words. Keeping optimism alive is whats going to sustain us through it all. Cheers!

    Matt – its a big jolt, but not strong enough to deter me!Thx again.

    Missionmba – its 2 lakh INR vs heartburn :-). Submit a strong application at ISB and hope you avenge our loss with an admit! atb!

    Praz – sorry to hear that mate, but we’re meant for better places.

    Maverick – superhumans there are aplenty. I could have lent diversity by being only a human, but guess that was not to be.

    Vitaly – yes, and to think that we’re paying to bring such pressure on ourselves 🙂 I’m seriously considering Emory, will update on how it works out.

  10. November 24, 2008 9:04 am

    I just went through the google spreadsheet created by pagalguy members and it looks like most of the R1 admits with just typical IT experience irrespective of the total work experience and GMAT score are IITians.

    If that’s really how ISB is selecting people, I don’t think you should feel too bad!

    I am a R2 applicant and your story is a little discouraging but I’ll keep my fingers crossed and keep working on the application. 🙂

  11. ahembeea permalink*
    November 24, 2008 9:16 pm

    Raj – Its a sad story (with probably very few successes) for most of the IT applicants to ISB this time if they were not from IIT. Having said that, give it your best shot and probably ISB’ll make up for their mistake in R2 🙂

  12. Ashi permalink
    November 27, 2008 12:10 pm

    hey dude keep the faith on duke. I got that mail too and then a week before decisions were due (I applied EA) I had a phone interview. Still think a lot of interview calls will go out in the first week of december 🙂

  13. luckylehana permalink
    April 8, 2009 4:39 pm

    ISB is using a wrong methodology definetely as I have seen a lot of guy from IITs really sucks and ISB will notice the same 2 years down thte line ……….

    It will loose out the good students to the PGPEX programs or the HK/Singapore/Chinese colleges……

  14. ahembeea permalink*
    April 8, 2009 5:34 pm

    lucky – every school has its own idea of what kind of people would be a good fit with the school, and to that extent I think ISB is doing a fair job of selecting people it deems fit with its culture.

  15. Goodygod permalink
    June 4, 2009 4:05 pm


    Same story here…:( got a ding from ISB and got calls from some (without any schols) whcihs i cant sucks…!

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