One of our last-year military success stories wrote this amazing note upon getting word from his schools and we thought some of you could use a little perking-up you-can-do-it type inspiration right about now. 🙂
Team Essay Snark,
Thank you again for the note on My SnarkCenter. I appreciate all of your help throughout the application process. I can’t thank you enough for the pro bono comprehensive profile review. I am sad to see you end this service, although I completely understand your rationale and I apologize for some of my fellow veterans that didn’t extend the thanks you deserved. Your review gave me the confidence that I had targeted the correct schools and I was a competitive candidate. As helpful as the comprehensive profile review was, the career goals app accelerator and complete essay package were what truly pushed my applications over the edge.
I found the the career goal app accelerator to be one of the most beneficial pieces of the process. As someone that didn’t have true career goals before starting the MBA process and honestly had never considered an MBA before April, the app accelerator helped me clarify my goals and tie them to my prior military experience. I don’t think it is a coincidence that I was accepted at the two schools I utilized your essay services for and the schools I didn’t I was rejected or waitlisted. As a borderline candidate, based on my GMAT and GPA, I don’t believe I would be sitting here today with acceptances to [GreatSchool1] and [GreatSchool2] without your candid feedback on my essays.
I also purchased the strategy guides for each school and the interview guide, which were tremendous resources. I really appreciate all the notes/emails of support you sent, the fact that you offer your services at a discount for veterans, and the unbelievable free resource (The Blahg) that you provide for everyone. Thank you again for your support and help during the applications. I just went back through some of our previous correspondence and I can’t believe how much feedback and advice your provided me.
As far as my decision between [GreatSchool1] and [GreatSchool2], I am honestly leaning towards [GreatSchool1] for a few reasons. I’ve never lived in a city…ever. The Army has always stuck me in some less than desirable locations, so I think this could be a unique opportunity. The [industry] conference, the [industry] club, and [GreatSchool1]’s ties to [companies] are all great opportunities to pursue a career in [industry]. I know that sounded like a crazy transition when I pitched it earlier, but I’ve spent a lot of time reaching out to veterans at [companies] and I think I can make the transition in to an operations or supply chain management role. I actually connected the best with the [GreatSchool1] veterans than the [GreatSchool2] veterans, but I felt an overall better fit when I was at [GreatSchool2]. [GreatSchool2] felt like home, but I think [GreatSchool1] could be a great challenge and put me out of my comfort zone. I am used to a small isolated environment so I may grow more at [GreatSchool1]. I know both programs are well respected and I am going to get a tremendous education and experience at both. With my English background, it would be nice to have [GreatSchool1] to bolster my quantitative credentials. Finally, there are more opportunities in [city] for more wife professionally (she is a [profession]) and academically (she is using my GI Bill to pursue her masters as well). I know this is a great problem to have…choosing between my top two choices and I am incredibly humbled to even have this opportunity. I would greatly appreciate any advice or feedback you have.
As far as writing at note for the Blahg I am more than willing to write anything you want, I am a firm believer in the Snark and you were the only service besides the advice of some of my friends that I utilized. I know last year you had the awesome military guy series ( I am not nearly as awesome, but I am a military guy), I would be more than happy to outline my story from my injury, to deciding on an MBA, less than stellar GMAT results, and the amount of effort I went through researching/visiting programs and reaching out to students. The legwork I put in reaching out to students and the research I did was one of the biggest factors I think that got me accepted at [GreatSchool1] and [GreatSchool2]. In both interviews my interviewers were clearly impressed with my why MBA answers. I knew I needed to make up for some areas of my application and what I lacked in numbers I made up for in effort.
Thank you again for everything. I truly feel without your help I wouldn’t be in this position. I know you decided to pull the pro bono profile review, [note: please see here for current status on the military pro bono program -ES] but I know for me it was one of the best pieces of help I received throughout the process.
Just for the record – and as with all of these testimonials and success stories that we post – we did NOT ask this former BSer to pump us up with big endorsements of our services. We do believe in what we offer but we’re not about the shill game. We are of course hugely proud of this and everyone’s successes! We hope to be able to participate in some measure with your own this year, too.