IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT BEING PUBLISHED IN RESPONSE TO ANY ONE PARTICULAR BSER’S SUBMISSIONS OR PROCESS. This was written in 2015, in response to some other BSer’s process 🙂 but we never found the right time to post it. That BSer is now starting up their first semester at a top MBA program, so all worked out just fine – and we figured this experience may be helpful to others who are starting out in this current application cycle.
If you’re new to EssaySnark, then we always encourage you to read up on the website before diving in with us. That “About” section is a good place to start. There’s also the Help, which covers stuff like the fact that we don’t do telephone consults. Ever. Not for no one.
Yup, we do things differently, and we are not the ‘Snark for everybody! We know this, and we don’t try to be. We do our best to educate BSers so that they can tell if a consulting engagement in Snarkville would be the right fit for them. Sometimes people get distracted by our low prices and sign up without thinking through how things work.
The way things work is that it takes WORK to be successful around here. We even have the decidedly un-PC theory on why some international BSers have trouble with our methods, based on the cultures of different educational systems around the world. We don’t spoon-feed. There is no one “right” answer. The best essays come about through a process of personal exploration and lots of grappling with the concepts.
For App Accelerators, the main reason that people submit stuff that’s out of line for the exercise (and thus get back lots of feedback that says “Nope, this is off target, this won’t work”) is that they skip the exercise. They just rattle of what they think it’s asking for and call it a day. But the App Accelerators are not only about getting your submission reviewed. They’re about you LEARNING what makes for a quality piece of content that the schools will respond well to. That’s done through studying the tutorials that come with them.
We found this somewhere on the interwebs last year and have frequently been tempted to send this to certain BSers who seem to be cutting cornerS:
The thing is, you can’t cut corners in figuring out how to present yourself in your apps. Most people don’t write well, just to acknowledge the baseline skill set that we’re starting with (sometimes, those who fancy themselves “good writers” have the hardest time of all with their essays). And, most people have not spent time digging into their own backgrounds and histories to examine what might be worth presenting to a complete stranger, in an attempt to show that stranger how they’re distinctive in the context of admission to bschool. Or if they have done some of that digging, they stopped at a surface level and didn’t go farther. They don’t realize that saying something in the basic language that everyone uses is not all that helpful. That’s a specific challenge for candidates coming from financial services but it’s an issue for others as well. Or everything they write is smarmy and saccharine, since they’re trying to say what they think they’re supposed to say. They forget that the adcoms have heard it all.
If you feel like all we do is give you pushback then you’re probably right. And we’re doing that because we know you can do better.
We can promise you, the very worst feeling in the world is regret. Specifically, it’s getting your applications rejected later when you know you could’ve done better. NOW is the time for that “do better” to happen.
If you’re phoning it in with the EssaySnark exercises, then you’re only hurting yourself. We KNOW you’re busy. We KNOW that some of you feel like it’s a waste of time to go through the brainstorming exercises that we lay out in the tutorials. We KNOW that you are impatient to just get straight to the essays. We KNOW that sometimes people think this stuff is too basic.
But we also KNOW that this process is OMG so competitive. So, so competitive. There are no shortcuts. There’s no secret way to get accepted. It takes WORK.
And that work needs to come from you, oh earnest BSer who wants this so badly.
The methodology that we’ve developed takes you through the basics. It makes you sweat the details. It teaches you how to approach this stuff, and how to present yourself in a way that lets your strengths shine. Nope, it’s not easy. But yes, it can definitely, definitely pay off.
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