In Part 1 of our story, we met the Brave Supplicant defeated: Round 1 comes and goes and, with the help(?) of an admissions consultant, the results are discouraging. Rejection at two schools. What will she do next??? Read on and find out!
- Before R2: I was depressed and wondered if I had aimed too high, whether I was right to trust my consultant, whether I even had what it takes to get into B school. Before I could decide whether to go ahead for R2, something terrible happened.
- The Storm: Two members of my family got into a serious accident and I put off my application plans. A few weeks later, my boyfriend dumped me unceremoniously over the phone. The whole thing felt like a foggy and frightening storm and I couldn’t find my way out. To make matters worse, word had gotten out that I was trying for an MBA and far away relatives that I hadn’t spoken to in years told me that I was an idiot, that I had a responsibility to my family not to burden them financially, that the US is way out of my league. I’m sure they didn’t know about the international student loan, but that didn’t stop them from lecturing me.
- Starting from scratch: I had to decide between reapplying next year and pushing ahead for R2. I knew that I was tiring of my job and that I couldn’t expect to grow more in the next 8 months, so that didn’t justify a reapplication. I had to do this NOW. I just needed to get organized. After taking a couple of weeks off, I forced myself to examine every aspect of my profile and list down all the things that needed fixing. It was painful. I had a forgettable GPA from a non IIT college, no MBB or Goldman experience, no international assignments, no multimillion dollar deals.On the other hand, I had watershed moments in my life, personal stories, a good track record of performance, resilience and unusual extracurricular activities that could shed light on the kind of person I am. These were not earth shattering things. They might actually have happened to many of you, you just don’t realize how it impacted you. Fortunately, the admissions process looks at you as a whole person so there are always some bright spots to focus on. I carried a notebook around for 2-3 months and jotted down every useful thought I could.
- EssaySnark, a bright spot of white light: I’d been following EssaySnark for a long time, but I felt I wouldn’t be able to trust some anonymous person on the internet. Eventually, I came to understand and appreciate their down to earth, no BS attitude to essays. After an application sanity check, I was impressed by the detail of feedback. I felt like they really understood my potential and my difficulties in getting the message across. What I needed was someone to help me be strategic in my applications, and tease the points out of me and that is exactly what the Snark did.
I then signed up for a number of services in quick succession, from the resume check to the essay decimator to the interview prep. I always felt that the Snark went beyond what was strictly necessary in order to help me so I tried to put in my best effort in the essays to make it worth their while.
I am now on the other side of admissions, and I’m loving every bit of it. I applied to 4 top 20 schools in R2 and was waitlisted at 1 and accepted at the rest, with scholarships. I went from someone who didn’t think she’d get in anywhere to a person who’s attending a top 5 school this fall.
This is definitely one of those cases where the BSer’s HARD WORK is what made the difference! You came to us open-minded and flexible, and those are two of the most important qualities in someone who wants to work with us. Congratulations,
Brave Supplicant Soon-To-Be-Bschool-Student!!! We’re just as excited reading this story today as we were when we first heard the news of your awesome win.
Well actually no, that’s not true – we jumped up and down and yelled out loud when we got your email about the acceptance to Top 5 School! We’re just grinning like a complete idiot at the screen now (no yelling).
For all you BSers reading this: There’s more! This STBBS has offered some advice – which we’ve now published in the final installment of this great story.