We had the absolute great pleasure of working with an amazing candidate in Round 1 – not necessarily “amazing” because of their stats or profile, which admittedly had some flaws, but “amazing” because of their attitude and drive and utter willingness to do what it takes to get into bschool. This person was incredibly flexible and resilient. We reviewed their first essays and basically told them that they sucked (the essays, not the person). Did they get mad at us? Did they quit? No. They took the feedback to heart and tried again. And again. And again. They kept at it until we told them we thought they were in good shape. Very impressive. Not like the response that we receive from everyone.
And did it work? YOU BETCHA! They ended up veritably raking in the admits (and scholarships) – so many, that at the time of this writing they STILL had not decided. Here’s their story, in their own words.
I decided to pursue an MBA very long ago; it was during my undergraduate studies when I was doing an internship at a company that had a sponsorship program and I started to notice how impressive were the people selected to be part of this program. I have always been very curious so I immediately started researching programs and fell in love with a top school right away!
Years went by and though I had always kept this plan in my mind, life also had its own plans: I’ve been through a roller-coaster in this 7-years period, including two particularly deep dives.
After that time, I had already visited my dream school, improved my english and worked hard to distinguish myself as a professional. Because I never lost focus of this dream, it was very clear for me when the time came for me to apply.
Having two big weaknesses in my profile would make me work extra hard to excel at other aspects of my application. I wanted to submit the best application possible!!!
I then searched for help and found a local application consulting company that promised to help me with the GMAT, TOEFL and reviewing my essays. Well, that was not only a big disappointment but also a waste of money, so I just started preparing for the GMAT on my own. I studied a lot and on my first test I got a 690, which was very disappointing for me considering the weaknesses in my profile. I then scheduled a second test and I got really worried because work started to take a lot of my time but even though I didn’t have the chance to study it seems that it was exactly what I needed because then I got a 720.
With that score on my hand, I started to dream of flying higher and made my list of target schools. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but that never made me give up on anything!
After I started drafting my essays I turned again to the local consulting company I had hired, only to be disappointed again. I was insecure because I knew I needed someone with experience to help me make sure I was addressing my weaknesses and showing my strengths in the best possible way. So I then hired an hourly service from a globally famous admission consulting company, only to find that brainstorming calls and meetings took a lot longer than they needed and helped a lot less than I expected. So I was determined to do it on my own. I started researching guides and books to help me with the application for each school and finally found EssaySnark!
The strategy guides for my target schools were incredibly helpful and I knew, from reading that, that these little Snarks really knew their business (schools). The guides helped me so much that drafts started to take form and I began to wonder if they were any good. I purchased essay decimators and their feedback was exactly what I needed. I felt that in each interaction they added real value to my application, showing me another perspective and reminding me what I should be focusing on. I felt challenged and I loved it. I knew I was getting somewhere!!!
After a few strategy guides, decimators, resumé review and a list of personalized interview questions I could only regret not buying the comprehensive package. [If it makes you feel any better, none of the a la carte services that you bought are included in the Complete Essay Package bundle; you would’ve had to buy them separately anyway! -EssaySnark] I’m really glad I had internalized the concept of sunken cost years ago so that I could let go of the people that were not helping me and invest in someone that was able to make this experience richer and my application better.
Now that it’s all said, done and submitted; I learned that the dives I took during this roller coaster are part of me, and I am proud of the way I handled them. I felt insecure during the application process and I guess it’s normal to do so. But with the right help, and a lot of hard work, I am now extremely proud to share with you that I have been accepted into four of the top 10 programs in the just released FT 2014 ranking!!!
I had heard my close relatives saying it would be easy, and it wasn’t; I had heard admissions specialists saying it wouldn’t be possible, and it was. In the end, I didn’t listen to any of them. One of the best things I did was keeping realistic about myself, being well aware of both my strengths and my weaknesses; but the absolutely best thing I did was never giving up on my dream!
Four out of the Top 10 – like we said, impressive!! Now this former Brave Supplicant need only work through the decision of WHERE TO GO! They ended up in a great place and it was truly through their own efforts. CONGRATULATIONS!! You deserve it. 😀