Yes it’s Xmas – and yes EssaySnark is around this week, as we always are at this time – thanks to bschool deadlines, we haven’t had a holiday vacation in uncountable years. If you’re feeling the heat and it’s not coming from the yuletide logs in the fireplace, no worries, we’re here to help! As of this writing, you definitely still have time to go through the full Essay Decimator service to get your essays reviewed.
But it’s Xmas. Who wants to deal with essays today? Today’s post is an awesome gift that a STBBS* gave to us, that we are regifting to you. In fact, this is a gift that keeps on giving: This former BSer wrote so much that we’re breaking this puppy in pieces. We will be posting additional segments of this happy success story over the coming week or so.
MERRY CHRISTMAS BRAVE SUPPLICANTS! Hope Santa brought you goodies today.
Awesome Military Guy’s MBA Success Story: Part 1
My MBA journey began in 2010 – this is when I decided I wanted to pursue an MBA and make a career switch from the military. Problem was, I had taken an assignment that incurred a three-year obligation and I couldn’t separate until the summer of 2013, meaning the earliest I could apply would be Round 1 of 2012. CRAP. Since I’m a glass is half-full kind of guy, I realized that I had the luxury of time to really figure out what I wanted out of the MBA experience, where I wanted to get it from, and what I wanted to do with it. A lot of military guys have no idea what an MBA is for – they just think it sounds nice and guarantees a six-figure salary. I wish I was kidding, but I’m not.
This is how I broke down my MBA journey:
2010 was all about research. I took a careerleader.com self-assessment and looked at my interests to see what I wanted to do post-MBA. I was also very specific in where I wanted to live after graduation, so I started looking at the rankings and cross-checking them to see which top schools had the most GI Bill coverage. This blahg has said that decisions shouldn’t be made on scholarship $$$ alone, [ACTUALLY WE’VE SAID THAT YOU CAN’T COUNT ON SCHOLARSHIPS – BUT THE YELLOW RIBBON FUND IS DIFFERENT, THAT IS GUARANTEED MONEY. -EssaySnark] but if I could find the perfect intersection of prestige, fit, and low-cost, it would be win-win all around. Another huge factor is that I would know going into the process what % of the price tag I’d have to pay, and there were quite a few top-notch schools where the GI Bill would cover 90-100%. You want to talk ROI? That’s ROI.
I started emailing veterans at the schools I was interested in. I can’t stress enough how critical this was to my application process. I was at an advantage of being part of this exclusive fraternity of service members who had been in my shoes, gained admittance to a top MBA, and more importantly, were willing to help. This gave me a leg up on your average BSer who was stuck cold calling current students for information. More often than not, the veterans I contacted got back to me that same day.
After the research, I narrowed my list down to six schools that I wanted to visit.
Look for Part 2 coming soon! -EssaySnark
*STBBS = our lame acronym for a former Brave Supplicant who’s no longer suffering through essays and revisions and GMAT, who has now been monikered a Soon-To-Be-Bschool Student