Did you notice that June is half over?
The first Round 1 deadlines are going to hit in just three months.
That may seem like forever but it’s not.
Do you have a plan of attack?
Our data show that those who start earlier have higher rates of success. Everything about applying to business school takes time – much more time than you will expect it to take.
As a way to encourage you off the fence and into action, we’re offering a new service this year – for free – for anyone who goes for our Complete Essay Package end-to-end solution for your first application, provided you get started, like, now.
First, a clarification:
The way we’ve designed the Complete Essay Package is as a one-time purchase. You will go through the steps in that process once. You do not need to get multiple packages in order to apply to multiple schools. In fact, we won’t even sell the Complete Essay Package to you more than once. Remember, we’re the whole “teach you to fish” approach to MBA admissions consulting. Lots and lots of people work with us on their first apps and then apply what they learn to the rest of their schools, and do them on their own, or with much more limited input from us. You can always get your other schools’ essays reviewed by us on an a la carte basis by purchasing Essay Decimators for them (each subsequent purchase even comes at a discount off the previous one).
Anyway, back to this limited-time offer we wanted to tell you about:
Given that those who start early are advantaged, and given that you’re going to learn so much and become an essay writing genius by working through the steps of the Complete Essay Package, and given that you’re going to do additional applications after that… and given that you maybe could use a sounding board or a trusted reviewer for those other applications, and given that you need to be careful on exactly who you ask for their input on your essays… what we’re offering is this:
To be your matchmaker.
Anyone who signs up for the Complete Essay Package before the end of June will be eligible to be matched, by EssaySnark personally, with another one of our clients who’s also going through the same thing – provided you qualify.
By “qualify”, we mean that once your Complete Essay Package is done, we can tell whether you’ve got your essay-writing chops down and that you know what you’re doing when it comes to putting ideas on the page. So to restate this: Purchasing the Complete Essay Package in this timeframe makes you eligible; then you can qualify by doing the work and eventually demonstrating proficiency, which we will evaluate by the state of your final essay drafts.
Those who qualify will then be carefully matched with another Brave Supplicant who’s at the same stage, and an email introduction will be made – and then the two of you can go to town on helping each other out with reviewing drafts or strategizing topics together or whatever else you might want to work on. EssaySnark will not be part of that process. It will be just two peers who decide how to support each other. You’ll have a collaboration partner to help you stay motivated and sane, and not feel so isolated as you sweat through the pieces of your applications.
You can set up a completely anonymous email address to communicate with your buddy through, or you can give him or her your phone number and spend time talking stuff out. How you navigate it will be entirely your decision.
Getting matched is completely optional; just because you sign up with us in the next month does not mean that you must participate in this program. It’s a voluntary opportunity.
If you do opt in, we can’t guarantee that we’ll have someone to match you to, but we’ll do our best to do it all equitably and fairly, based on backgrounds and goals and schools and all those factors that we get to know so well about you through this process.
This is a free add-on benefit to the Complete Essay Package that we’ll be offering as an experiment for the first round. The matchmaking will happen as soon as we get two suitable people who have both finished their first essays with us. We optimistically expect the first pairs to be matched in mid-July, based on the progress we’ve already seen with some head-start Brave Supplicants who are tackling their drafts as we speak.
We cannot guarantee that the person you get matched to is any good at critiquing essay content and we do caution you to be conservative (yet open-minded) in what you accept from any feedback you receive. Remember, this person is also an essay novice, just like you. What you can count on is that they did a decent job of developing one pitch to one school and we have some confidence that they may have some success with their apps, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll offer anything useful or constructive in reviewing your own materials. Essay writing and essay reviewing are very, very different. Still, we think some of you may find value in this opportunity, and so we’re seeing who wants to do it.
We also offer the Crowd-Sourced Essay Reviews which is a totally separate thing; nobody on those forums is vetted and many of them are complete strangers to us. The big difference with this matching service is that we have experience, at least to a limited extent, in working with everyone and we know what they’re capable of.
We have to have a pretty tight window of availability on this because it will only do you good if you can get started with your collaboration partner in July or maybe August, if you want to make use of them for Round 2. And we won’t match you until we’ve seen what you can do, which is towards the tail end of the Complete process. Many people have been able to go through all the steps of the Complete Essay Package in 4-6 weeks; one guy did it in just over 2 weeks last year. Get started now, move quickly, and you may end up with a support buddy in place to help you right when things are heating up.
This post is thus also an explicit encouragement for you to dive in with everything. Even if you don’t take us up on all of this, it really is time to get started.