We posted recently about the costs of applying to bschool which are sometimes unconsidered, and today we have a follow-up comment to offer on a related topic.
We often hear of people saying that they’re going to apply to five, or ten, or whatever number of applications – and then ask us for freebie help all over the place. We offer plenty of freebie help (we even review essays for free!) but you have to look at this from our perspective.
If you are applying to that many schools, then that says that:
a) you really want to get into bschool
b) you don’t care which one you get into
This basically tells us that you have no strategy, and so you actually need our help more than you realize. And, you would require more work from us than someone else who comes into this with better preparation.
The final thing it tells us is either you’re cheap, or you just don’t value our services – both of which are a turn-off. You can be spend-savvy, no problem, but being cheap is seriously unattractive (just ask your last date).
Here’s the deal: Nobody blinks an eye when they see an application fee charged by a school. They don’t even question it. It’s the price, and they pay it. How come that’s not the attitude when it comes to asking for help from us? It’s actually much more cost-effective to pay up for some assistance on figuring out what you’re going to say to the adcoms, before you pay up on the fee that the adcoms charge you to say it. So many times, we see people cough up some content in a bunch of essays and apps and submit them all over the place, and come back empty-handed. Spewing forth some randomness in your essays is unlikely to get you very far. Spewing forth that randomness in even more essays simply means you’re paying even more for the privilege of getting rejected from more schools.
Not everybody needs to get help on their apps – but we believe that most everyone will benefit from some. Strike that – everyone, period, will benefit from some. If nothing else, you’ll gain some confidence that the strategy you’ve designed for yourself is sound. (The Sanity Check is perfect for this.) This will offset at least a bit of the gnawing doubts and fend off some of the confidence-eating demons that everyone deals with in the time from app submission to interview invites. There will be several long weeks there where you will have plenty of time on your hand to wonder if what you did was on track. Getting input from a professional means that you have someone on your side who can tell you if you’re going to be in good shape or not. Going it alone means, well, you’re alone. How will you know if what you did was “good enough” until the schools finally come back with some response? And of course by then, if you were off in your approach, it will be sadly too late.
Getting some assistance from a qualified consultant doesn’t guarantee you anything – however this truly is not the place where it makes sense to be a cheapskate.
Again, we offer lots of stuff for free, and you’re totally invited to take us up on a chance to get a free essay review or ask questions here on the blahg or whatever. But as you consider where you’re going to allocate your precious dollars in investing in yourself and going for the dream of the MBA, just make sure that you’re understanding what you’re getting out of it (and asking for MORE STUFF for free when we already give lots of it is simply a turnoff).
We love what we do. We love providing a service to people and helping BSers change their lives by getting into great MBA programs. We go all out for the good guys. We want you to succeed!!
At the same time, this is, like, a business for us, and while we’re genuinely motivated to give back to the world in the small way that this blahg allows us to, we’re not interested in supporting the freeloading shmucks. You’re revealing so much about yourself when you are in gimme-mode.
If you can afford to apply to 5 schools, you can afford to PAY for some help from us.
In fact, if you simply consider it rationally, you would realize that if you invest a little of your hard-earned money in some one-on-one consulting with us upfront, you probably won’t even need to apply to that many schools – you’ll have a STRATEGY that will pay off with a much smaller amount of time and effort – and money. We typically recommend that people focus in on only three or four schools, total. With the right planning and pitch, you’re bound to get into at least one of them. That’s a lot less in app fees! And it’s a lot fewer headaches in figuring out what to say in those essays.
Sometimes people are a little short-sighted. Big picture, people, big picture.