There’s this odd fetish in Silicon Valley these days with failure. It’s, like, celebrated and stuff. We don’t get it.
No of course we get it – in the context of startups, we understand that any successful venture is unlikely to be successful the very first time out of the gate. The adage is to iterate fast and go through lots of ideas and find the ones that really work – and pursue them relentlessly – and if you realize that they don’t work, well, don’t sweat it, cross that one off as a failure and pivot or whatever and dump all your drive and ambition into the next plan. The assumption is that you need to make some mistakes before you find your groove.
(That’s oversimplified but it’s our take on the general attitude out in CA.)
While we’re not a fan of “celebrating” failure since failure is, um, whassicalled, oh yeah, failure – we also can tell you that in the domain of bschool admissions, if you’re going to fail – that is, not make it in – then we strongly encourage you to get that out of the way early.
You really need to apply in Round 1.
Not only are there advantages in terms of chances of admission, particularly at the top-top schools and even more particularly for residents of any super-oversubscribed class (at any top school, not just top-top ones) but Round 1 also offers this major huge advantage TO YOU. If you don’t get in, then you have actionable information you can then use in Round 2. Basically, if your Round 1 apps go over with a thud, then guess what? You now know that they sucked! You can adjust course and try again in Round 2. That is just all-around HUGE in terms of advantages.
If you wait till Round 2 for your first apps, then it’s all of those eggs in the proverbial one basket. There is no Round 3 (well, there is, but it’s really not a smart move for most people at most schools).
Hopefully all of you BSers won’t fail AT ALL! Hopefully your first apps will be your last apps.
But nobody can guarantee that.
This is why you need to be getting yourself in gear for Round 1.
There are some cases when it will prove impossible. If your GMAT score just isn’t up to snuff, then obviously no, we’re not suggesting to apply anyway. You need to have your apps be the best they can be. Don’t just cram in a bunch of submits because it’s supposed to be “easier to get in.” It’s never “easy” for anyone. The ones who sail through the process are the ones who bust butt and put in the work to make it happen in the months and, usually, year(s) before ever getting ready to push that little Submit button.
If you’re just waking up to the reality that Round 1 is on its way, there’s still time! Just don’t let this precious opportunity slip past due to some avoidable unable-to-get-it-togetherness on your part.
F@ck failure. May we soon be celebrating your successes in Snarkville!