Now that 12noon Eastern has come and gone and your HBS fate has been unveiled, and you’re in one of the HBS Decision Moods, here are some options to consider:
- Smug (aka YAYOMGIWASINVITEDTOINTERVIEWWOOHOO): Interview prep! And a special request from the ‘Snark: Please be especially kind to others today – not everyone is having such an awesome day as yours has turned out to be
- Bummed (aka rejected/denied/aaaaarrrrrrggggh!): Man it sucks. We know. You’re like Dilbert in this video (no not that Dilbert a cuter one):
- Glum (aka “deferred” otherwise known as waitlisted): Buck up, Bucko! You’re still in the running! The best response to a waitlist decision is to pour yourself into your life – do more in the community, double down at work, find ways to make an impact. If and when HBS wants to meet you for an interview down the road, it would help you tremendously to have even greater examples to talk about for how you’ve made a difference in your life.
So it didn’t work out the first time? No problem! You just needed to get warmed up! You started early, and HBS rendered its decision in plenty of time for you to rebound and recover. We see LOTS of people who are turned away from HBS in Round 1 make it into awesome bschools later in the season. Don’t give up! Consider this a practice run. 🙂
For the Bummed and the Glum, we have some help.
In honor of all of you BSers who were “released” from HBS today
We’re offering an HBS REJECTED ME special – today only – $200 off the Complete Essay Package.
Read about the Complete Essay Package here.
That HBS essay was hard – but it’s its own animal. The way you present yourself in all your other school essays should be pretty different than what you did there. If you’re now faced with the prospect of some Round 2 applications that you weren’t necessarily planning for, you may want to start at the beginning and develop your strategy from scratch. This Complete Essay Package is perfect for those BSers who haven’t availed themselves of EssaySnark’s services yet. If you’ve already gotten some essays reviewed by us, you can still go through the Complete process on a fresh application if you didn’t take advantage of that full methodology before. If you haven’t had any assistance on your MBA apps to date, this may be a good way to build in an insurance policy into your application strategy, to get some trusted feedback and make sure you’re approaching it all the best way possible.
If you want to sign up, you must click through this link to get the discount.
Expires at midnight tonight.
You could also go for the Post-Mortem Review of your HBS app – but frankly, we think that clean-slate-ing it with a future-focused app strategy is a better use of your energy and resources. Don’t look back. The fact that HBS turned you away is not actually that important, in the grand scheme of things. You have all these options ahead of you to explore and make the most of. Focus there.
Another option is you can sign up for the Round 2 Countdown. We’re now less than three months out from the Round 2 deadlines in the first week of January! That sounds like so much time but it also will be hardly enough. The reality is that now is the time to
take a vacation get your act in gear for Round 2. With EssaySnark behind you, you can cover your bases and know what to work on, when, for best effect.
Remember, MBA app decisions are INDEPENDENT EVENTS. Just because Harvard said no to you does not mean that that’s how the other schools are going to respond.
(And of course, at the same time, you may want to dig in to see where things could be improved.)