Some people — okay, LOTS — get a little enamored — nay, OBSESSED — about the MBA. Or more precisely, they get a little obsessed about getting into an MBA program.
In fact, they get so darn uptight about the process of getting into bschool that they often lose sight of what will happen once they’re at bschool. ‘Cuz you think APPLICATIONS are stressful? The hard work has only just begun, my friend.
EssaySnark had a client in this category a few years ago. This Brave Supplicant will always be held in a cursed dear place in EssaySnark’s heart. This guy applied to like 20 different schools. Yes, 20. And that was before we met him. The challenge he laid before us was that he wanted to reapply at like 12 schools, since he’d gone flailing around in the bschool universe trying to make something happen all last-minute one Spring and got rejected all over, and then came crawling to us for help come the next Fall. And he was borderline manic about these applications. Throwing them out hither and yon. Yes, he did his research, he had that much going for him — lots of networking and outreach and the like. He basically left his regular job to devote himself to this practice. And he got stung by the rejections over and over again, and got really depressed about it. But those schools were just a tad outside his level. His GPA was smack and his GMAT was not high enough to truly compensate. He did in fact get several offers from some darn good (top 20) schools but he was never satisfied. In the end, he resigned himself to attending the one that his girlfriend liked the best. But he never seemed happy about it. He seemed to think he was H/S/W material (or at least Col/Chi/NYU material) but those schools for whatever reason didn’t seem to agree.
We were happy that he landed multiple offers. We told him he should be happy too.
Fast forward a few months, and the new school term has begun, and EssaySnark trades some how’s-it-goin’ emails with the dude, and lo and behold, he sounds TIRED. Not just tired, veritably EXHAUSTED. And more than a bit OVERWHELMED. Reading between the lines, we’re thinking that he’s probably not having all that much a fun time there. That his experience of bschool is turning out to be WORK. (And this isn’t even at a H/S/W caliber school!)
Don’t forget, friends, that all your hard work of the past few weeks is leading… if you’re lucky… to MORE HARD WORK!
Getting in to bschool is just the beginning!