>Sometimes BSers come to us a little late. As in, they already submitted an app (or two), and then the discover the blahg after that… or maybe they’re just stubborn and they try on their own at first, but they don’t quite get the results they were expecting. We’ve got one in that category who nonetheless has a very happy story to share.
So without further ado… another Going-to-Bschool Success Story!
Glad to say that the admissions process is officially over for me. I
applied to four schools for round one and am in the fortunate
conundrum of selecting between two.
I took a moment to look back at my first two applications and the
dramatic evolution that occurred as a result of the Snark’s comments
on my final two applications.
What. A. World. Of. Difference.
I firmly believe that it’s the help I received from Essay Snark that
meant the difference between rejects on the first two, and acceptances
on the final two. I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation
to the Snark for working with me on such a short timeline. I submitted
my final [you just THOUGHT they were final! -EssaySnark] drafts for TWO
schools, both of which had deadlines less than a week away
(PLEASE, PLEASE, do NOT do this, for the sake of your own
sanity) The ripped-to-shreds comments on my essays are what made
them turn from chaff to something presentable, and enough to get two
admissions committees to say “yes”.
Thus my advice is, no matter what, do have a fresh set of CRITICAL
eyes look at your essays. I honestly think close friends, family,
significant others, aren’t the best as they may not be willing to
“tell it like it is”. On the other hand, with all the money
being spent on this process (GMAT, airfare, application
fees, etc. etc. etc.) I think that everyone should
consider having the Snark look at their essays. I’m usually a
cheapskate, but when money needs to be spent, you have to do it. In
addition, Snark’s fees, when compared with other consultants (who have
scared me with the “advice” they sometimes dole out), is a steal.
In closing, I think I want to say a few quick thoughts. First, I think
it’s important to be focused on WHY you’re doing all of this. It may
be the big mansion on the hill with a 1,000,000 car garage. It may be
to help your family, here or overseas. For others, it’s to get out of
a rut in their current job. It may be all of the above, or something
completely different. Either way, it may sound cliché, but keep your
eyes on that goal, as it’ll help you through the inevitable peaks and
troughs in the whole process. As an extension, keep in touch with all
those you care about, it’s easy to become consumed in this process and
I found that keeping occupied (especially during the “waiting period”)
with my friends, family, and usual activities, helped to pass the
Most of all, have faith in the process. I’ve heard from my mentors,
friends, and The Snark, that at the end of the day, we’re all going to
end up at the school that is meant for each of us. It’s hard to
believe at the outset, but I’ve now discovered that to be 100% true. I
came in with a rank order of schools that I’d want to attend.
Somewhere along the line, and on multiple occasions, that order
switched. Eventually, I decided to let any acceptances flow in, and
see what happened. I had a certain set of criteria that I wanted in a
school, and post-graduation. At the end of the day, my acceptances
came from the two schools that were most appropriate for my situation.
(And in hindsight, my initial top two choices would actually have been
less appropriate, go figure!)
For the Round 2 Brave Supplicants, have faith, seek encouragement from
those around (especially fellow Brave Supplicants), and stay the
course. The pure elation from your first acceptance will make the
difficulties of what is often a year-long process (or longer), a
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- 05/11/12 Getting all philosophical on you
- 06/22/12 A little bit of hope and Lady Luck