Many of you lurking ’round these parts are waiting to hear your fate from your Round 2 applications. Some of course already have heard – congrats to those ISB and Cornell and Columbia and other success stories we’ve been in touch with lately! Many other schools will be announcing final Round 2 decisions towards the end of the month.
And then there’s the contingent who’s kicking the tires on this idea of applying to bschool. Or those who know that they’re going to apply in the coming season and they’re getting started early – like the BSer we posted about yesterday.
Kudos to you. Our stats collected over the years point to a strong correlation between getting started with the real work of applications in the March-April-May timeperiod, and ultimate success in the subsequent app season. Starting early is one of the best ways that we know of to mitigate the risk in MBA apps.
Applying to bschool is MUCH more intense than most people realize. We’re not suggesting that people should be writing essays yet – that monumental task can wait. You don’t have to be digging into that particular project quite yet.
What you can do is RESEARCH – research on yourself, and your motivations behind getting the MBA, and drilling down into exactly what this endeavor is about and how it can benefit you. And, research into the schools.
Developing a shortlist of schools that are appropriate targets for you is a time-intensive affair. You have to know YOURSELF first – thus, that emphasis on research and investigation. You need to have clarity around career goals and understand your own motivations and rationales before you’ll be in a good position to select some schools that will match where you’re coming from, and best help you in where you want to go.
Research on yourself takes time (we’ll be talking more on just how to go about that part in the coming weeks). Research on the schools takes effort. You can’t expect someone else to identify schools that are a good fit for you. You need to investigate what they’re about and decide that for yourself.
So it’s good to see the motivated types poking around here in Snarkville. It’s a very good sign that you’re already on the bandwagon and checking out sites like this, to get a head start on your app project by diving into the research part. But you should go beyond this browsing-websites thing. Get yourself off the couch and plan a trip to visit some schools. As we mentioned yesterday, this is prime season for that.
We also have a bundle of services available called EssaySnark Foundations, for anyone who’s roaring to go on identifying the building blocks of their application. It’s a great way to start on your apps in this momentary lull when schools are winding down from last season and before the next one officially begins.
Or just keep reading up around here. In the weeks to come, we will be digging in with more detail on some of the basic steps to take on preparing for this life-changing adventure that is the bschool application.
And oh yeah… to those that are still waiting to hear your Rd 2 fate… GOOD LUCK WITH IT! Can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you in the end.
PS: One of our Foundations clients from last year just told us about the decision he made and which top-notch school he’s matriculating to – congrats to you! For everyone else, it may seem like you have forever ahead of you before that’ll happen, but believe us, it goes really fast.