That statement is usually followed up by:
“Hope it’s OK.”
And then the BSer proceeds to ask us their pressing question, often about low GPA / poor academics, or about not getting a recommendation from their current supervisor, or some other topic that’s covered a bunch of times on the website.
Well guess what.
It’s not OK.
What you’re saying is, “I’m lazy. Just spoonfeed me the answers.”
Or: “I’m busy. Much busier than you! My time is more important. It doesn’t matter that you already worked hard preparing answers to all of these questions to post on the site for me to research on my own. Just spoonfeed me the answers.”
Before you write this off as yet another of EssaySnark’s Get off my lawn! posts (of which there do seem to be a fair amount these days, don’t there?) please let us explain why this matters in the context of your MBA applications.
First, when you throw your hat in the ring for consideration for admission to a top business school, you’re essentially saying, “Hey! I am one of the best!”
Because it’s only the best who get in. Right?
So, EssaySnark’s definition of “the best” may be slightly different from yours, but our definition encompasses qualities and traits like motivated and self-directed and resourceful. Just to name a few.
Being able to leverage the resources already available to you, to do your own research and come up with your own answers (especially when the questions are, uh, kinda basic), well, all of that sounds like abilities that a capable candidate to a top MBA program would have.
Or if you don’t have those abilities, you better learn ’em quick. Bschool is not about spoonfeeding. It’s about drinking from a fire hose. You will be completely and totally overwhelmed if you’re not able to manage priorities, sift through extraneous data, find the nugget of usefulness, and apply it lickety split.
Here’s another example which thankfully does not occur all that often (but when it does… sigh):
A new BSer stumbles into Snarkville and signs up for something, and within a moment or two of their purchase, they email Team EssaySnark for help. “I can’t find such-and-such on your site.”
(We do have one unfortunate technical limitation on essaysnark.com which sometimes prevents new purchases from being made accessible to new clients and we’re not talking about the specific cases where that happens, which we try to minimize.)
Anyway, new BSer, email for help. Or another instance is where they buy the Essay Decimator service to get their essays reviewed, and they submit the essays but they skip the part about also submitting their profile information, so that we can do the holistic review that’s required. Or they buy the Reworking the Resume App Accelerator and they skip the “reworking” part and just send in the resume they already had on hand.
In each of these cases, much frustration and delay would be avoided if the person simply stopped to RTFM.
That’s “Read the F___ing Manual” — or in this case, the Directions.
Yeah there’s a lot to read on this site. We try to communicate everything you might possibly need in advance of making a purchase, and then we give you more to read as you’re working on your strategy.
Some of the bschool applications are pretty involved too. (Have you seen Cornell’s? Whoa.)
We know – because they tell us – that the admissions offices get email after email from applicants who are stressed out and panicking over something in the application – usually because they didn’t bother to read the instructions.
Why does that matter? Isn’t it OK to email the admissions department if you need help on the app?
Yes, of course it’s OK – but if you first took time to work the problem on your own, by actually reading what they have already produced for you, then it’s likely, in many cases, you would solve it by yourself. Without having to involve anyone else (and without the risk of sending a pushy-sounding, impatient, or otherwise not-handling-yourself-as-you-could-be email in – which, yes, will get added to your file in many cases).
These are all aspects of what’s called “emotional intelligence.”
The adcom only wants to admit adults to their program.
They don’t want high-maintenance – ohshitImissedtheFAFSAdeadline or whatever else it is people that they have to go fight fires for. There’s always going to be a handful but it’s nice when the administration can reduce that proactively.
Mistakes happen. Stressed-out BSers miss stuff. Nerves are raw when deadlines approach. But how you handle yourself in these situations – and the effort you expend on your own behalf to help make sure you don’t end up in the pressure cooker environment of OHCRAPDEADLINE!!! in the first place – these are positives that help you convince the adcom (and EssaySnark before the adcom even gets you) that you’re the type of candidate who will be a pleasure to have on board in their community.
ETA in response to the commenters: Please feel free to explore! Specifically, have you seen the link at the top that says “help”? There’s even a topic there on how to find stuff on the blahg. The sidebar has a list of historical posts by month (titled “See posts at this time in past years”) and there’s also a sign-up box to get the feed.