Back in early April, we got an update email from a former Brave Supplicant – two, actually. This was a couple applying to bschool together. And boy did it make us happy to receive this. We hadn’t heard from them since like January and at that point, they had not seen much success in their joint efforts. Things apparently turned around in a huge way from there. Here’s the news they shared (posted with permission, identifying details scrubbed):
Hi Essaysnark, Our MBA application process is finally over with the last set of results we got on Friday.
I will start with some not-so-great news: I am still waitlisted at [Good School], but [my partner] got rejected. We believe it’s because of the not-so-great interview with a first year student (believe that’s rare) on campus. We both interviewed at [Top School], but got rejected. The interview went well for both of us, but maybe our profiles were not competitive enough for this year’s applicant pool.
Now to the awesome news: We BOTH have been accepted at [Amazing School], [Incredible School] and [Fantastic School]. We are extremely excited – especially because we loved everything about [Amazing School] during our visit and we are thankful to be in a dilemma of choosing between these great schools. We are leaning towards [Amazing School] (which I remember is one of your favourite schools 🙂 ), but the more we talk to [Fantastic School] students/alumni, the more confused we get. [Fantastic School] impressed us a lot when we visited as well – with its impressive students, hardworking career office and extremely friendly adcom. If you have any thoughts on [Amazing School] vs. [Fantastic School], we will appreciate it as always.
You were incredibly helpful right from the start – the comprehensive profile review, the essay reviews, decimators – everything helped us. Your advice on the blog to visit the schools was so useful – we drove 1000 miles and visited 6 schools in a week (and interviewed at 4 of them!). You taught us to fish, rather than serving us the fish – thank you! We are very (very!) grateful to you…
Shameless self-promotion: These two individuals each purchased the Complete Essay Package – that’s what they mean by the “taught us to fish” thing. They went through that process on their first applications, and then applied what they learned to the remaining apps they subsequently completed on their own. Love seeing outcomes like this! (You don’t have to pay for multiple gazillion dollar consulting packages to get into bschool.) Congrats, you two!!!!!!! Not an easy decision but an excellent place to be.