Yes sometimes this process takes two years… and sometimes EVEN LONGER. Today’s awesome story comes from a Brave Supplicant who came to us way back in October 2012 — well, we’ll let them tell you what happened.
Hello Brave Supplicants,
The admissions process is tough. Really tough. I emphasize with everyone’s plight. In fact, I experienced nearly every type of heartbreak possible during my admissions journey.
A couple of years ago, I submitted half-hearted applications to two top schools. I was rejected by both schools, but it was expected. My GMAT score and undergraduate GPA were both below the schools’ averages. I couldn’t articulate clear career goals. I didn’t visit any campuses or attend any information sessions, and my lack of specificity was well reflected in my essays.
The following year, however, I was very serious. I visited campuses, talked with students, and I was hungry for an acceptance that year—so hungry that I was willing invest some money to get feedback on my essays. That said, I wasn’t going to give my money to just any of the many available admission consultants out there. I had been following some of EssaySnark’s blog posts, and they just felt credible and up-to-date. Thankfully, EssaySnark provides a la carte options without charging a MBA tuition fee for them.
I decided to try out the Essay Decimator service as a trial run, and boy was that a turning point. The feedback that I received on my “decimated” essay was brutal but honest. I rattled off facts in my essay like a machine-gun and failed to craft an understandable story that demonstrated (rather than tell) leadership. I continued to use the Essay Decimator service a few more times, and the quality of my essays jumped as I started making considerations that I hadn’t been making before.
In retrospect, I should’ve utilized EssaySnark much earlier in the application process. Ultimately, I received a mixture of waitlists and rejections. I decided to go for a THIRD run at the process this year anyways, but I’m happy to report that it was a successful one. I was accepted by two top MBA programs, and even though I didn’t utilize the EssaySnark services for this year’s set of applications, I really do credit them for creating a proper foundation from which I could start excelling.
My personal recommendations:
- Everyone’s mothers and their grandmothers say this, but I’ll remind everyone again to start early! Personally, I would suggest not even starting applications until you have achieved your ideal GMAT score. It’s very stressful to apply without the assurance of a solid score, or to study for the GMATs and apply within the same time period.
- Getting my GMAT score up made a big difference in getting interviews. If you are within the 80% range, you can reasonably hope for an interview invite, but beating the school’s average is your best bet to get in.
- You’ll notice that EssaySnark talks a lot about crafting your career goals. Its business school– they want to be well-utilized and they care a lot about your “hireability”! Make sure your career goals align well with your resume. Don’t say you want to work in finance if you have a lackluster math background. Read the school employment reports and talk to students to figure out if your career goal is achievable at that school, because the admissions office will know if it is or not.
- The EssaySnark blahg subscription pass and the strategy guides are very reasonably priced, and are great resources that will teach you how to approach the process.
We swear, we did not pay this person to say those things! We always only ask for a write-up of experiences to share with others, we don’t ask for testimonials or endorsements, and we were honored by the comments that came through – and very impressed by the character revealed in this individual too. What we get in this awesome story is RESILIENCE and PERSISTENCE and a dose of HUMILITY… This is another amazing success story because they DID NOT GIVE UP! (It also underscores the fact that you are not beholden to us as your admissions consultant for every single app – the whole “teach ’em to fish” thing is our philosophy.)
We were thrilled when this former BSer contacted us out of the blue a few months ago to report on their happy news from the just-past season. We’d fallen out of touch and we always wonder what happens to those BSers who’ve gone before. So we say, CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN! Yes, there’s a learning curve involved, but it also simply requires a willingness to do what it takes. Sometimes that’s called “grit” and it’s a very attractive trait. We’re certain this person will be a major success in all their future undertakings. Hopefully we’ll get another update from the jungle of bschool madness at some time!