Some of you may be relative newcomers to the blahg, in which case you may not have had the pleasure of reading some of the Success Stories that we’ve been honored to post over the past seasons. We had a bunch of them in January that were especially instructive. So what we’re going to do today is excerpt some of the best bits o’ advice from a select few of them, so that you can benefit from the accumulated wisdom of former BSers who made it out of the trenches with an admit or two to show for their efforts.
1. This never-give-up story had a lot of important insights, but this one in particular stands out to us (or maybe we’re just biased):
Essays are everything. IMHO, they are more important than GMAT, GPA. Get an expert advice and make sure you don’t f*ck those up.
2. This post was chockful of goodness but the paragraph that we found most instructive is here:
My advice, be truthful with yourself. Do not fully buy into free profile reviews by admission consultants trolling boards. I had a variety of suggestions, from targeting Wharton/Booth to going after only regional top 50, which confused the hell out of me. Only take advice on targets from those that have a full understanding of your profile, goals, and personality… Without those things their educated guesses are just stabs in the dark. Also, learn as much as you can about every school you apply to, and only apply to programs you are genuinely interested in. emphasis added
3. And this one echoed our own beliefs:
Most of all, have faith in the process. I’ve heard from my mentors, friends, and The Snark, that at the end of the day, we’re all going to end up at the school that is meant for each of us. It’s hard to believe at the outset, but I’ve now discovered that to be 100% true… [M]y acceptances came from the two schools that were most appropriate for my situation. (And in hindsight, my initial top two choices would actually have been less appropriate, go figure!)emphasis added
These extracts are admittedly self-serving – we’re telling you that essays are important, and EssaySnark is our name. Of course we’re going to think that. But the cautions and warnings and also the exhortations to have faith are all so appropriate.
If you put in the work, with a clear-headed strategy, this whole ordeal is undoubtedly going to pay off for you. You’re starting early enough that we have high hopes for all of you. Maybe you’ll be the first one to contribute a Success Story to the blahg in a few short months from now? We hope so.