EssaySnark is thrilled and tickled to be featuring our very first Blahg Guest Post!
We are thrilled because of what this post represents for this particular person (SUCCESS!) and we are tickled because this person makes us laugh (YES!).
Without further ado, here is a report from one of our Brave Supplicants who’s now graduated to being a full-fledged Going-to-Bschool Success Story!
The Class of 2014 will never be the same.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2012: The former BSer who authored this post was granted a chunk o’ change in scholarship money at their school, too – congrats!!
I’m honored to be posting here on the Snark’s blog…I’ll be even more honored if you make it through this post about my experience as a brave supplicant.
This is just my experience, all opinions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of EssaySnark…So now that we’ve got the legal out of the way, let’s continue.
I stumbled upon this blog in August, and promptly read everything ever posted. It’s a pretty hefty archive of fantastic advice. So I bought a few guides to my top choice schools and discovered they were equally filled with fantastic advice, and it was pretty cheap. And then I was excited to apply!
And then I wasn’t…but that wasn’t anyone’s fault but my own.
I almost quit the application process on Labor Day. It is hard. It is scary. It is expensive. Most of all, I would read these “shining star” profiles of current students that make them sound like a hot fudge sundae complete with all toppings imaginable and I felt like that vanilla ice cream you forgot about in your freezer last month. Edible? Yes. Comparable to the hot fudge sundae? No. And I had my eyes on some pretty competitive schools. In fact, I learned that I had a better chance of getting cancer at some point in my life* than getting in to my top choice school.
But in case you’re reading after that depressing paragraph, I didn’t actually give up. And neither should you. I was so worried about comparing myself to other applicants, but that wasn’t helpful at all. The great thing about people? We’re ALL unique. Yes, even people with the same GMAT score and the same exact path (I’m talking to you, I-bankers & consultants with 3-5 years experience), don’t have the same story of how they got there. And that’s what makes you INTERESTING. But if you don’t communicate that somehow to the adcom, they’re going to yawn their way right past your application.
So, once I decided I was done wondering if someone else had a better profile, I wrote essays about ME & MY EXPERIENCE. (Insert “duh” here).
I dug deeper into my experiences and figured out what communicated the most about me. That means I did actually write an essay about working in a prison. (Yeah, I seriously did work in a prison. Don’t try to steal my topic and use it in your essays. It was barely believable in mine, and I actually did it.)
And (with a LOT of help from EssaySnark), my very vanilla self was able to communicate the reasons that I’m unique, and how I would be an asset to a b-school class.
At one of the many information sessions I attended, I was lucky enough to attend a panel with students and an admissions committee member. One BSer asked “How do you suggest we make our profile unique?” Of course, the panel gave lame answers, because no one else can tell you that. It’s the one part of this process that requires some self-reflection, because no one else knows your story better than you.
So, I wrote this hodge podge post to try to tell you a few things I painfully learned.
- You’re already unique, somehow. So figure out a way to professionally communicate that to the adcom. (My little brother can burp the alphabet, which does make him unique, but that’s not the kind of unique I mean).
- Applying to b-school is hard. It’s scary. It’s expensive. Those things I was afraid of are all still true. But at some point on Labor Day, I decided that I wanted it more than ANYTHING else I could think of. And it was that attitude that made the process possible (Late nights, fitful sleep, all my hair falling out, my bank account looking slightly pitiful from all the traveling to information sessions and paying application fees. All could happen to you too. Do you want it that badly?)
- Once you get in? It’s ALL worth it. So hang on to the dream. Because if me and my vanilla self could do it? You can too.
Thanks to EssaySnark for letting me come visit. Back to your regular scheduled programming, and best of luck with your applications!!
*Cancer stats found here: http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2008/browse_csr.php?section=1&page=sect_01_table.14.html< If that doesn’t freak you out enough to eat more vegetables or wear sunscreen, nothing will.
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