Aggiegrad2011 wrote: ScrabbleChamp wrote:
Out of curiosity, I called Mr. Le just now to find out what I could do to make my application "sparkle" more, as I am thinking I may wait a year and re-apply and hope for the best. He was very helpful and gave me several good tips... but, what surprised me the most is that I was an auto-ding. He said I did not make it past the first committee review. He told me why, but still, if I went IR 1/24 and didn't make it passed the first committee, why did it take so long for them to say no? I think they were just trying to get my blood pressure up.
All in all, though, he was very helpful and, if I decide to wait a year, I know what to do differently, if only for UW's sake.
The transparency is nice isn't it? Despite receiving bad news, at least it was from the hip and now you know what's up.
I wish more people were like that. =/
Agreed. I guess I just made a tactical error, or a couple of them, actually. In retrospect, it makes sense, though. I guess I just have to learn to be more open (I'm a very closed individual.) Basically, he told me that, as a combat vet with multiple decorations, including one for heroism in battle, I should have written my personal statement about that. I didn't... I really hate writing about myself and surely don't really like having to write/speak/think about anything I've done that was judged by someone else to be brave while others did not make it out... I digress. He also stated, and this is a big one that I thought was a no-no, that they prefer resumes be long and expressive. I kept my resume to a one-page max because I thought that was the way it is supposed to be, but I was wrong. He specifically stated someone mentioned they didn't like that I only had a one page resume, especially because of my professional experience. And, lastly, he stated they like meat and potatoes. That is, if you have an addendum, don't keep it short and sweet. Use the addendum as a chance to explain whatever it is you are explaining and why it matters and what it means to you. I always though addenda were to be short and sweet and get to the point. UW prefers more substance.... Iowa doesn't mind short and sweet, though.