I have attended a webinar Stanford Admission Committee on 19th September 22:00 IST. The webinar was hosted by and lasted for 45 minutes or so.
Although online ‘ Submit a Question’ section on the GSB website where you can submit a query has great response time and the responses are terse and you will be often redirected to information on the websites. GSB strongly maintains that whatever needs to be known is already available on the website and up to certain extent that’s valid. Unlike other business schools, Stanford GSB doesn’t share contact information of either current students or alumni. With this at the back of the mind, such webinars that too from Adcom are one of the best resources for knowing more about the GSB and hence I scheduled to attend it even it was at 22:00 hrs IST.
I had submitted some question when I signed up for the webinar and those got answered right at the start of webinar. I has asked about Stanford’s approach to leadership and how that’s unique? The host explained in details about what GSB means by Personalized Leadership experience and the talked about CAT course and Executive challenge. I got sense that leadership at GSB is personalized affair and no one size fits to all model. The approach is also driven by practical elements and lots of opportunities such as Leadership labs, Executive challenge to practice the learned skills. ( If you are learning these terms CAT, Leadership labs Executive challenge for the first time then you are seriously lacking in GSB research. These are common terns in GSB aspirant’s lexicon. So, I was pretty happy having received a personal response to my question.
In terms of rest of the experience, no new information as such but listening to same things from the horse’s mouth was a good feeling. GSB maintains that they have no preference to GMAT over GRE. There was detailed discussion on Entrepreneurship opportunities, advice to Military applicants.
GSB is looking for insights and not mere experiences. So, when someone asked about uploading her project in Architecture in the additional information section, Adcom advised on making it more meaningful by providing the context in essays and recommendation. In other words, the Adcom was more interested the architecture data was not itself important but WHY THAT WAS IMPORTANT to applicant. This was again a great insight and I will try to implement the same in my application.
All in all it was a good webinar but I was able to make most of it because of my ability to see through things, interpret the coded message and learn from the same. I would recommend the next one to fellow applicants.