A BSer said that to us in Round 2 last spring, after getting rejection after rejection from his target schools.
Apparently that’s the conclusion he’d come to after looking at his profile.
His GMAT was great. His GPA was a tad low, but not that bad – and he’d gone to great schools. His work experience was bschool-appropriate. Where were the gaps? What were the schools reacting to, to cause these negative decisions over and over again?
He’d apparently looked at his demographics, and the fact that he was coming from an oversubscribed candidate pool, and that he was a little older than average, and decided that the schools had 86ed him based on those factors alone. “The game is rigged,” he decided.
Sorry buddy. We don’t think that’s it.
This is gonna sound super harsh but… if you’re checking all the boxes and on paper, your profile looks like a winner, yet you cast your app out there in the world and you don’t make it in anywhere… then you gotta ask yourself…. maybe it’s you*?
As in, perhaps there’s a trace of the cockmeister going on. Could be that there’s a little arrogancemonster living inside you that you have not fully recognized. Maybe you come on a little strong. Maybe you’re a little full of yourself.
Maybe it’s not the schools’ fault that they rejected you.
Despite our efforts to help this BSer, we could not – or would not – point out all instances of where they wrote stuff that made our eyes roll. We did take pains to point out the places where they made our stomach turn, but we don’t feel obligated to help someone whitewash an essay. We will not help you excise all evidence of who you are from the essays. If you come on strong, we’ll tell you the first time, and maybe the second – but if that’s who you ARE, then it’s just impossible (and ethically inappropriate) for us to get you to gloss that over.
No matter how many reviews we did with this BSer, the essays were still seeping arrogance out around the edges. The career goals were exceedingly ambitious and not fully backed up by the rest of the pitch. There were obvious questions that anyone could ask themselves based on a review of this person’s work history and background. (We actually laid out a huge number of such questions in the Comprehensive Profile Review that we did for this person well before they started writing their essays – too bad they didn’t do more to adapt their strategy accordingly).
Anyway. This post was written by a disgruntled Snark feeling frustrated – frustrated that this BSer couldn’t be more self-aware and incorporate the feedback we were trying to provide, and saddened that their reaction is to blame the system, instead of taking the opportunity to really reflect on what might be going on. Not saying that that’s easy. Just sayin’.
* Or maybe you’re not trying for schools where you’re an honest fit. That’s a real possibility too – but not in this case. This BSer should’ve been able to make it into one of the schools they were targeting.