Thursday, April 26, 2012

OMG. I got into MUWCI….In another universe.

Edit : This post was written last year when I didn't get in after attending the interview... If you got here from google or something, check out this thread ---> MUWCI Interview -- If you already know that, never mind..

.....“OMG. I got into MUWCI!” That is how another Adarsh would have started his blog post in some parallel universe on his blog.

Not in this one.

In this one, I didn’t get in.

....Here's how the call went.
 
“Hello, is this UWC Mahindra?”
“Yes.”
“I’m calling to know my result. Application number *6*.”
“What is your name?”
“Adarsh”
“Adarsh Rao?”
“Yes.”
“We have sent your letter today….and it is a reject letter.”
I said “Oh. Okay.”
“Thank you.”
“Thank you.”
*Call disconnected*

To be honest, I was expecting it all along so, I wasn't surprised per se but yeah it did feel like crap.

 I'd recently come across Kubler-Ross's model of grief (Wikipedia Link)

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Those are the five stages. I'm closing in real fast on the last stage if I haven't reached it already.

It was an experience I didn't mind experiencing so, I don't really regret applying.

I've been trying to write a blogpost about my 24 hour stay at the UWC Mahindra since the past 20 days. I never really could get myself to write one. Guess some things are meant to be memories just for yourself.

I just thought I should post here that I didn't get in after that really-really long post about me making it to the interview stage.

Until Next time,
Adarsh.


(PS : If you are a future applicant, you're welcome to ask me anything you want to know about the interview. )

Edit 2013 : I would appreciate it if I didn't get any more queries about the interview process anymore. It's become a thing of the past now and I would prefer to keep it as one. I hope you understand. Good luck to everyone applying anyway!

33 comments:

  1. Dude!! I read your blog. I really thought you'd get in! I am a future applicant (FINGERS CROSSED) What exactly happens in the interview?

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    1. Ah well, even I had pretty high hopes of getting in but I guess it wasn't meant to be.. Anyway, enough of my sob story.

      You'll get a outline of the activities scheduled for you in your email of invitation to the interview (if you get selected i.e.). Ours was the first batch which was called to the campus for the 24-hour period, I'm not sure if you'll have the same activities as us. They aren't what one might call 'tough' or 'nervous'. The people there are so open that you'll get used to it pretty quickly and the current students there will answer almost any question that you have.

      Don't get too tensed and don't think about it a lot... You'll have a great time.

      Also, good luck!

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  2. Thanks! That really helped. I'm looking forward to this interview!

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  3. Heyy! I was looking for muwci personal opinions, and your interview stage post came up in the search..
    I really want to get into MUWCI! but i am super nervous.. I was just wondering if you could give me an outline of the application form(since i have to wait atleast another month or two to get it)..
    like what type of questions came in it.. and probably a bit more on the interview!
    I really am sorry about you not getting in... But everything happens for the best and i am pretty sure you'll get into MIT..
    and i truly love your blog.. and i am going to keep coming back.. :D

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    1. I wrote this really long post and when I pressed enter it said 'Chrome cannot connect to the internet' and I lost all of that text... I'll comment again in a week or two (hectic doesn't even begin to describe my 'life' now :P). Check back then.

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  4. Thank you do much for even considering replying! And I am going to be a regular to this blog cays honestly, I love it! And makes me want to start one! :) but I have wy too much on my plate right now. I cant wait for the reply! I really am super nervous! And also, how many were with you when you had to come in for a '24 hour interview thing?

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    1. The application form consists of a few parts -

      Part 1 - This is where you fill the usual stuff. Name, school, address and stuff.

      Part 2 - You need a letter of recommendation from the head of your school and a sheet that you need to hand over to your class teacher who will mark on it how you stand among your peers in various things like 'leadership', 'teamplayership'(is that even a word?). You also need to get your grades written and signed on one of the papers.

      Part 3 - This part consists of about 10 short questions that you have to answer in about 115 words (as there is limited space to write on the paper). This is the most 'fun' part of the application. The questions are designed to make you think about who you are and to give the admissions committee a brief idea about who you are. They also test your writing skill and if you can express yourself eloquently. It might feel intimidating when you first see these questions. I felt lost for the first few days when I tried to write something. It worked out all well in the end.I think that these short essays count for a lot in determining the next pool of applicants.

      That's about it. There might be some other minor details that I have forgotten though.

      The second 'round' of the interview was divided over 3 days. On each day there were around 40 people and these 40 people were further divided into 4 groups of 10 each. And it was with this group of 10 that we spent the remaining time with. Only meeting with the other groups at night or at meal times...

      Don't get nervous just yet. There'll be enough time for that!

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  5. My sister graduated from MUWCI last year. And currently she is studying in Vassar College, New York. It really is an awesome place.
    I'm a future applicant..When I think about getting in there, I get really nervous. Application process was different when she applied so it's of no use to ask her for guidance.
    I'm really confused about if we have to prepare something from course books for getting through the interview process? And which sort of questions do they ask?
    Do school marks(class 10) really matter a lot?

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    1. No extra preparation is necessary other than what you do at school.

      The test isn't too hard, it's there just to make sure you that you have the required aptitude to handle the course load. As long as you do well at school, it shouldn't be a problem.

      "And which sort of questions do they ask?"
      They range from the very absurd to some very thoughtful questions. There are no specific set of questions that they would ask everyone. I was asked some very different questions than my peers.

      Trust me, you don't want to know what questions they are going to ask. It'd spoil the entire objective interview if you just parroted some answers to questions that you knew were coming. I didn't prepare for it, not even a bit(not advised :P), and well, the interview went the way it was supposed to go with they receiving spontaneous answers which, for me, contain more truth.

      Of course, they'll ask some basic questions like "Why do you want to be a part of the UWC process?" That's the only one I can think of!

      As to whether class 10th's marks matter, they do but not much. From what I have heard, the UWC's don't really care about your marks but only care about the person that you are.

      And no, you don't need to provide class 9th grades nor any other grades, just the grades that you got on the last exam that you took at school.

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    2. Even I'm a future applicant ( 2013 ) . My sister is presently doing her IB in UWC . I guess she was in INC when you went there. I really feel bad about your " not-getting-into-MUWCI"
      thingy :/.

      But dude , You really have good writing skills keep up the work and I would really like to add you on facebook . Me its PRIYANKA KHUSH , you can send me a req ( ONLY if you wish to ) . Presently I have my boards in March and preparing for it , How about you ?

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  6. And by the way, do we have to provide class 9th grades or just the formative assessment grades? Or SA1? o.O

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    1. I have the same doubt SHREYA , BTW I'm priyanka and Im applying for MUWCI too :) :)

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    2. Heyy Priyanka! :)
      So I bet you have applied already and must be waiting for the interview call?
      I'm soooo nervous! :(

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    3. Heyy Priyanka!
      I bet you have applied already and must be waiting for the interview call?
      I'm soooo nervous! :(

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  7. Hey Adarsh! I'm the same dork who had e-mailed you a while ago (remember?) Neways, I have got the form, filled out most of it, abd will be sending it by mid-feb.
    Shreya and Priyanka :- We needta give our prelim grades OR our SA1 marks. Haven't you got the form yet? Hurry! The application's painstakingly thought-provoking.

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    1. I know it's late but I had mailed them and asked.. since i had not got my gradesheet by 15th they asked me to send a raw one which contained grades till FA4..

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  8. HEYY, i am applying for it too.
    could i know how the marks required to get into it.?

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  9. Hi guys, I'm Utkarsh - another prospective applicant for 2013... Just came across your blog now, Adarsh!

    It's really great to see there are others who're equally as excited and nervous as I am with all our forms sent in now! Well, I guess we can't do anything more than just wait for a bit and hope for the best... Anyways, one question - by when can we expect calls from the UWC Committee to start coming in with the first set of selected applications to start rolling in? And folks - how're your board preps going? :D

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    1. Hey Utkarsh! They'll be calling for the interview applications around 15th march.. I think it'll be done much before that!
      And the interview is from 5-7 april according to the MUWCI newsletter..
      I'm wondering if I'll even get called for the interview..
      But I have applied to some other IB schools too..just in case.. :)

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  10. Anyone got any notification yet? I applied too... A couple of people have got the mails, read on CC

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    1. I havent got any notification either. :(
      They will let us know even if we dont get in na? o.O
      My friend got her invite two days ago..

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  11. Hey there! I got the mail which said I got an interview yesterday:)
    Did anyone else from here get in? Mine's going to be a phone interview, though, since I live in Malaysia.

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    1. Congratulations!

      There's a thread on CC(College Confidential) where a few people have commented on last years thread that they've gotten in. You might want to check that out.

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  12. Hey im sorry that you didnt get in
    I am not good at writing
    at all
    i can express myself but i cant use impressive words or phrase it in any extraordinary manner
    im just a guy who can express himself in simple english, is fluent, not too good with writing but wants to get into muwci
    so do writing skills matter that much ?

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  13. I got the call for the interview too! :)

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  14. And hey Adarsh, can you tell me more about the aptitude test? What do they ask? Maths? Logical questions?

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  15. Hey Adarsh could tell me about the aptitude test and about the group discussion which happens there?

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  16. Hey Adarsh can you tell me more about the aptitude test, group discussion and personal interview at the UWC? I have an interview on the April 4th 2013.

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  17. Guys, Utkarsh again. I'm in! Adarsh - one question. The interviews. What sort of questions will they ask? I presume they'll be on the lines of, "What makes your candidature unique / different from the rest?" And will they have copies of our application with them?

    (Been to the campus so many times before - this time, oh boy; the thought in itself makes me nervous!)
    :D

    Thanks for your help! And by the way - I'm in Group C on Day 3. Anybody else here from the same group?

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    1. Yes, something along those lines. Yes, they will have a copy of your application and most of of their questions will originate from the answers you wrote in there.

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    2. Yes, something along those lines. Yes, they will have a copy of your application and most of of their questions will originate from the answers you wrote in there.

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  18. So this Wednesday, some people I came across on facebook got their acceptances. They are like 10 people. And I was wondering if you know if they send all acceptances in one day(how long could it possibly take to mail 30-ish people?!). And since I haven't got it I should be assured that if by any chance no one rejects the offer, I am not in.
    Is that so?
    I heard from some people that this decision takes quite long and they don't send acceptances at once. But I don't believe it.
    Is it true?
    Did your friends get their acceptances on different dates?
    Thank you!!

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