The main problem for anyone sitting on this side of the bschool application process – in the summer, before the first apps are due – is a lack of understanding for what the schools will really respond to, and which ones might be the best fit for you as an individual. You can make broad-strokes decisions about whether you might get in based on looking at a school’s class profile and seeing the average GMAT and all, but all that does is potentially discourage you from trying for School X because your GMAT is too low, or give false hope about getting in to School Y because your GMAT is in range.
What you need is a crystal ball.
EssaySnark has one.
Or at least, we have this little hunk of slightly jaded and definitely rough around the edges but still pretty useful thing we call our collection of experience that we can deploy to try and help you shed some light on the murky situation you’re in.
When we do the Comprehensive Profile Review for a Brave Supplicant, we take as inputs all the key aspects to your background and profile – GMAT score, academics, work history, extracurricular, overall life experience to the extent it’s conveyed to us on the questionnaire we ask you to fill out – and we give our best-guess assessment of a) which schools we think will respond positively to you, and b) which ones may be a good fit for you (those aren’t always automatically the same, though obviously we strive to identify ones for you that happen to be in both categories).
Are we always right on this?
Of course not. We’re not looking at a completed application (which we do as well, through the Sanity Check, but that’s at the end of your struggles of writing essays, not the beginning, when such predictions can be the most useful). We can only gauge potential – but potential is certainly an important piece of information to have on your side when you’re trying to figure out how to allocate your precious and limited resources of time and energy to shortlist your schools for Round 1.
Anyway, long story short, we worked with a BSer last year who recently popped back up to announce the results of their process of applying – and haftasay, the ‘Snark ended up looking good. Let’s share what this person wrote to us in an (unsolicited) email a few weeks ago (posted with permission, with one detail redacted):
Clearly we’re proud that we were able to predict things so accurately – and definitely we can’t claim to be so on-tap as this for every single Brave Supplicant. But what we have developed through all these years of doing this, with all the interactions we have with the schools about their interests and needs and hopes and dreams for all of you trying for their incoming classes, is a sixth sense of who might get in where.
We actually feel that one of the best services we can provide is in suggesting to a Brave Supplicant that they try for a school they may not otherwise have targeted. It’s pretty awesome when someone comes back to us later, telling us that that’s where they’re going to matriculate, and thanking us for suggesting it in the first place. We have a knack of intuiting where certain BSers may fit well. We can’t always offer such suggestions (and to be clear, that’s not what happened in this case), but often we can, and we will. (Please remember though: Most people accepted to bschool don’t get any, or not significant, scholarship awards. Yes we will tell you if we think you may be in such a position as to hope for one, but most often, we have to dampen those expectations when we write your Review.)
Anyway, we’re actually EVEN MORE PROUD of this BSer, who took the inputs we provided them and went off and running in developing their own applications, and look how it turned out! Good on them. We are always pleased and impressed when someone pulls it off on their own. (We do of course enjoy helping others who want additional support, but the whole founding premise of this blahg was to empower everyone to pursue their MBA dreams, with or without such assistance.)
Sorry for what’s clearly a self-congratulatory post today – but honestly, this email was exciting. We hope you agree – and congrats again to this impressive BSer, who’s headed to [YAY-I-GOT-IN school] with a full ride in the Fall!
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